Fascinating take on the history and expletive-ridden-ness of Diamonds on Priceonomics: So here is a modest proposal: Let’s agree that diamonds are bullshit and reject their role in the marriage process. Let’s admit that as a society we got tricked for about century into coveting sparkling pieces of carbon, but it’s time to end the nonsense. Yes.
Brian Donohue on threatpost reports: “We believe that people shouldn’t have to make a trade-off between security and ease of use. This is why we’re happy to support Simply Secure, a new organization dedicated to improving the usability and safety of open-source tools that help people secure their online lives,” Meredith Whittaker and Ben Laurie of Google said. As great as these initiatives sounds, it somehow still feels like the two companies are only there […]
Alex Hern on The Guardian wrote: According to figures from LONAP, the internet exchange point that provides the physical infrastructure for much of England’s internet service providers, downloads peaked at more than 70 gigabits a second at 8pm Wednesday – a 60% increase on the same time the day before. Amazing. And while i’m on this topic, I can’t imagine being the CEO of an ISP who sees these kinds of traffic uptakes without looking […]
David Streitfeld at New York Times wrote: Every fall, Mr. Bezos, the founder of Amazon, hosts Campfire, a literary weekend in Santa Fe, N.M. Dozens of well-known novelists have attended, but they do not talk about the abundance of high-end clothing and other gifts, the lavish meals, the discussion under the desert stars by Neil Armstrong or the private planes that ferried some home. The man who sells half the books in America seemed to […]
A great article by Timothy B. Lee on Vox about the story behind Digg’s Revival So Betaworks had about six weeks to create a new Digg. The company decided to ditch the user voting system that had been the hallmark of the original Digg. The Digg user community had become too acrimonious — and the front page too spammy — to be salvaged. Instead, the new Digg would use a combination of software and human […]