Links - September 27, 2016
- How Slack and Facebook Are Making Access to Information Less Democratic Ezra Galston - BreakingVC
There are clear tensions regarding how information is stored and accessed on the internet. In the OSS world, there is a loud group that constantly complains about the IRC => Slack trend, for example. Whether the fringe is becoming more or less accessible, I don’t know, I have not tried to hang out there, but there is an overwhelming feeling of the walls closing in on themselves.
- The Falsity of False Equivalence Paul Krugman - The New York Times
The fact that this is not clearer to the public at large is insane. It is a bizarre time to live.
- A mistake is just a moment in time Jason Fried - Signal V. Noise
Internalize your mistakes, correct your course, but don’t forget you messed up.
- What San Francisco Says About America Thomas Fuller - The New York Times
I lived in Chicago for 4 years, and I never saw levels of poverty and homelessness as intense as I see in San Francisco. However, both cities have poverty. Both cities have homelessness. In Chicago it is a matter of “out of sight, out of mind”, while in SF you see it day in and day out. Market Street and the Magnificent Mile are a stark contrast, but both cases require society to provide solutions. This article is missing a call to action.
- The Free-Time Paradox in America Derek Thompson - The Atlantic
- Spotify Is Perfecting the Art of the Playlist Devin Leonard - Bloomberg
Probably one of the best features in Spotify. Pretty cool story of how it came about.
- Snapchat Releases First Hardware Product, Spectacles Seth Stevenson - The Wall Street Journal
A glimpse into the future of media/advertising, an interesting personal story, and a product I’d love to try. The back story of how this story got leaked by Business Insider, and the WSJ ended up being whipped into releasing it early says a lot about journalism in the 21st century, too. A lot to unpack.
- I Used to Be a Human Being Andrew Sullivan - New York Magazine
Another piece about the perils of living attached to our screens, and taking a break from the addiction. These have become more and more common, but somehow Sullivan gives a refreshing view.
- The MIT License, Line by Line Kyle E. Mitchell - /dev/lawyer
I wish I understood licensing better, but this is a first step. Open source software is amazing. It is one of the reasons computers today are as powerful as they are.
- Compressing and enhancing hand-written notes Matt Zucker
Another cool project on image processing by Zucker. Code that solves a real problem, however tiny, is always worth reading.