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Fri, 30 Nov 2018

The Greatest Leap, part 2: The 50/50 bet that won the Space Race for America | Eric Berger/Ars Technica https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/12/apollo-guts

Sedans aren’t dead. American sedans are. - Joe Nocera/Bloomberg https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2018-11-29/chevrolet-sedans-suffer-while-toyota-and-honda-hang-on

When it comes to technical books, I'd rather deal directly with @pragprog, @ManningBooks @leanpub or @Apress than go through Amazon. It's a shame that @OReillyMedia doesn't sell direct anymore.

The thing about @JustStrings and @StringsByMail is that both companies are staffed by music enthusiasts who care about their products and their customers. At this scale, Amazon doesn't come close. Prices are all over the place, and you often don't know who you're buying from.

Amazon isn't better for everything (or even many things). For guitar strings, I buy from @JustStrings and @StringsByMail. Both have great prices, huge selection and excellent customer service - and it's all very consistent.

An Amazon revolt could be brewing as the tech giant exerts more control over brands - Jason Del Rey/Recode https://www.recode.net/2018/11/29/18023132/amazon-brand-policy-changes-marketplace-control-one-vendor

Listen to shortwave radio on the internet with wide-band WebSDR in Enschede, the Netherlands http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/

‘Emerging’ as a writer — after 40 - Jenny Bhatt/Longreads https://longreads.com/2018/11/28/emerging-as-a-writer-after-40/

Google Container by Perflyst: This Firefox add-on is a fork of the Facebook Container add-on that prevents Google from tracking you around the web https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/google-container/

Tue, 27 Nov 2018

"Tech crash echo": It's beginning to feel a bit like 2000 - Vineer Bhansali/Forbes https://www.forbes.com/sites/vineerbhansali/2018/11/26/tech-crash-echo-its-beginning-to-feel-a-bit-like-2000

By using Vim as my editor for news stories, I'm now getting more comfortable with it as my coding editor

This company makes shavers ... for your back https://bakblade.com/

Remember calling for the time? You can still do it https://www.nist.gov/pml/time-and-frequency-division/services/telephone-time-day-ttds

Open source is not about you - Rich Hickey/GitHub (as an aside, it looks like GitHub Gists as blog posts is a thing) https://gist.github.com/richhickey/1563cddea1002958f96e7ba9519972d9

Google workers ask bosses to cancel the company’s secret, censored search engine for China - Davey Alba/BuzzFeed https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/daveyalba/china-google-workers-letter-cancel-company-secret-dragonfly

Fri, 23 Nov 2018

The new Yahoo? Facebook should heed the lessons of internet history - The Economist https://www.economist.com/business/2018/11/24/facebook-should-heed-the-lessons-of-internet-history

Thu, 22 Nov 2018

The case for slowing everything down a bit - Ezra Klein/Vox https://www.vox.com/technology/2018/11/19/18101274/google-alphabet-facebook-twitter-addiction-speed

Is it finally time for media companies to adopt a common publishing platform? Jesse Knight/Nieman Journalism Lab http://www.niemanlab.org/2018/11/is-it-finally-time-for-media-companies-to-adopt-a-common-publishing-platform/

Dell XPS 13: The best Linux laptop of 2018 - Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet https://www.zdnet.com/article/dell-xps-13-the-best-linux-laptop-of-2018/

Gitless: A simple version control system built on top of Git https://gitless.com/

As deadly flames approached, a mother called her daughters to say goodbye - Corina Knoll/Los Angeles Times https://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-the-last-call-20181122-story.html

Why does this contemporary bicycle maker use wood for the frame? https://materiabikes.com/2018/10/24/why-wood/

Five Black Fridays at the mall food court - Kaitlyn Tiffany/Vox https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/11/21/18104973/black-friday-mall-coffee-worker-experience-gloria-jeans

Wed, 21 Nov 2018

The homeless crisis is getting worse in America’s richest cities - Noah Buhayar and Esmé E Deprez/Bloomberg Businessweek https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-11-20/the-homeless-crisis-is-getting-worse-in-america-s-richest-cities

Tue, 20 Nov 2018

Nine of every 10 Silicon Valley jobs pays less than in 1997 - Leonardo Castañeda/San Jose Mercury News https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/11/18/silicon-valley-wages-have-dropped-for-all-except-highest-paying-jobs-report/

Mon, 19 Nov 2018

The State of JavaScript 2018 https://stateofjs.com/

Sun, 18 Nov 2018

Is this a new way forward for "small" GUI programs? http://stevenrosenberg.net/blog/programming/2018_1118_maybe_some_things_can_be_a_web_program

Sat, 17 Nov 2018

YouTube starts showing free Hollywood movies with ad breaks | Garret Sloane/Ad Age https://adage.com/article/digital/youtube-starts-showing-free-hollywood-movies-ad-breaks/315631/

20 years of open source Erlang: OpenErlang Interview with Robert Virding - Erlang Solution blog https://www.erlang-solutions.com/blog/20-years-of-open-source-erlang-openerlang-interview-with-robert-virding.html

Thu, 15 Nov 2018

Facebook is a normal sleazy company now - Siva Vaidhyanathan/Slate https://slate.com/technology/2018/11/facebook-is-a-normal-sleazy-company-now.html

Kathy Hoffman had had enough. So she ran. And won. - Karen Tumulty/The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/this-31-year-old-had-had-enough-so-she-ran-and-won/2018/11/14/cd6a7046-e6c2-11e8-bbdb-72fdbf9d4fed_story.html

Who does Facebook fire after a bombshell New York Times story? - Kurt Wagner/Recode https://www.recode.net/2018/11/15/18095967/facebook-new-york-times-story-mark-zuckerberg-sheryl-sandberg-fired

Facebook responds to New York Times article on Russia, Muslim ban, fake news, sex-trafficking legislation and Android vs. iPhone https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2018/11/new-york-times-update/

What to do if you leak data on Github https://github.com/GitGuardian/APISecurityBestPractices/blob/master/Leak%20Mitigation%20Checklist.md

Facebook blamed George Soros for anti-Facebook movement: NYT - Troy Wolverton/Business Insider https://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-george-soros-critics-nyt-2018-11

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta is open to customers - Red Hat Customer Portal https://access.redhat.com/products/red-hat-enterprise-linux/beta

The Windows 10 October 2018 update (1809): Let's try this again - Brett Howse/AnandTech https://www.anandtech.com/print/13592/the-windows-10-october-2018-update

Canonical extends Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Linux support to 10 years - Sean Michael Kerner/ServerWatch https://www.serverwatch.com/server-news/canonical-extends-ubuntu-18.04-lts-linux-support-to-10-years.html

Quitting Instagram: She’s one of the millions disillusioned with social media. But she also helped create it. - Elizabeth Dwoskin/The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/11/14/quitting-instagram-shes-one-millions-disillusioned-with-social-media-she-also-helped-create-it/

Firms trying to fill jobs 'should try paying more,' Fed's Kashkari says - Jeff Cox/CNBC https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/13/firms-trying-to-fill-jobs-should-try-paying-more-feds-kashkari-says.html

Japan's cyber-security minister has 'never used a computer' - BBC News https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-46222026

Slate is a completely customizable framework for building rich text editors https://docs.slatejs.org/

Wed, 14 Nov 2018

I used to be homeless — and here's what everyone gets wrong about it - Mark Anthonhy DiBello/Yahoo https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/used-homeless-apos-everyone-gets-201049080.html

Private by design: How we built Firefox Sync - Tom Ritter/Mozilla Hacks https://hacks.mozilla.org/2018/11/firefox-sync-privacy/

Mark Shuttleworth is not selling Canonical or Ubuntu -- yet - Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols/ZDNet https://www.zdnet.com/article/mark-shuttleworth-is-not-selling-canonical-or-ubuntu-yet/

Amazon has its own distribution of OpenJDK https://aws.amazon.com/corretto/

Qualtrics is a family business, one that SAP just bought for billion - Bloomberg https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-12/how-one-family-built-8-billion-startup-far-from-silicon-valley

Host a static website on GitLab https://about.gitlab.com/product/pages/

Building a simple static site generator using Node.js - Victor Parmar/SmallData https://smalldata.tech/blog/2018/08/16/building-a-simple-static-site-generator-using-node-js

Mon, 12 Nov 2018

The Year 10,000 problem - Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_10,000_problem

These are the things Apple customers hate the most (there's a lot) | Chris Matyszczyk/ZDNet https://www.zdnet.com/article/these-are-the-things-apple-customers-hate-the-most-theres-a-lot/

Sun, 11 Nov 2018

Fedora Toolbox — Hacking on Fedora Silverblue - Debarshi's den https://debarshiray.wordpress.com/2018/10/22/fedora-toolbox-hacking-on-fedora-silverblue/

Fedora Toolbox ready for testing! — Christian F.K. Schaller https://blogs.gnome.org/uraeus/2018/10/23/fedora-toolbox-ready-for-testing/

Scripting Java 11, shebang and all - Nicolai Parlog/blog@CodeFX https://blog.codefx.org/java/scripting-java-shebang/

Why doctors hate their computers - Atul Gawande/The New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/11/12/why-doctors-hate-their-computers

The New York Times is digitizing more than 5 million photos dating back to the 1800s - Laura Hazard Owen/Nieman Journalism Lab http://www.niemanlab.org/2018/11/the-new-york-times-is-digitizing-more-than-5-million-photos-dating-back-to-the-1800s/

Sat, 10 Nov 2018

The History of Unix, Rob Pike - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2NI6t2r_Hs

Homelessness is a tragedy the U.S. can afford to fix - Noah Smith/Bloomberg https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2018-05-21/ending-homelessness-is-a-job-for-the-federal-government

How to improve math class | Jo Boaler/Time http://time.com/4970465/how-to-improve-math-class/

Before envelopes, people protected messages with letterlocking - Abigail Cain/Atlas Obscura https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-did-people-do-before-envelopes-letterlocking