"Critics of the big tech companies are often told, 'If you don’t like the company, don’t use its products.' I did this experiment to find out if that is possible, and I found out that it’s not—with the exception of Apple."
What happened when a reporter blocks blocked Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple for a week.
- Purism laptop
- Nokia phone
- physical maps, calendar, and books
This is one of my favorite videos on the internet: Kaki King performing the opening monologue from Dune. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP9P_EpGnwc
the NYer profile of the publishing grifter (Dan Mallory) upset me the same way the Fyre fest docs did. Media/art/publishing institutions hand opportunities to people like that. Gatekeepers have been trained to eat up that kind of toxic charisma, while actual talent — modestly packaged — has very little chance of going anywhere.
In case it is something you’d be interested in: I am on a podcast today about the movie “Groundhog Day” and its religious significance to me as an ostensibly non-religious / formerly religious person. http://adamglass.org/cinemacredo/2019/02/02/ep-2-groundhog-day-with-stephen-goldmeier/
notes on a panel discussion re: algorithms in criminal justice Show more
I went to a panel discussion last night about algorithms in criminal justice, and it started with a judge describing the success of his county's pre-trial release program based on risk-assessment instruments, but quickly pivoted when genius data scientist Prof. Julia Stoyanovich started explaining the scientific method, how data actually works, how bias is encoded in algorithms... it was really vindicating and exhilarating.
Systems Analyst, Bronx Defenders ¤ Former Public Defender
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