You hate me! I know, because you tell me so, over and over again. I’m infuriatingly arrogant, comprehensively mistaken, and blithely unconscious of my good luck. I’m a citizen of Anywhere, but reside Somewhere with you, and share none of your affections and loyalties. I don’t understand the difficulties of ordinary life. Most of all, you resent my sneering contempt. You suspect I think you’re a racist rube, the worst thing a person can be in our society. I’m not wild about you either, though not because you’re a hick who won’t do as I say. I concede your right to pursue your own good in your own way, but I dispute that your negative liberty to make choices for yourself constitutes a positive liberty to determine who may marry whom or deny preventive health care, including contraceptives, to women (to give two examples). I have my own resentments, too: There are big problems I want to help solve, such as replacing fossil fuels, curing … [Read more...] about Four Rules for Learning How to Talk To Each Other Again
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Style Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Aaron Traywick envisioned a future in which self-taught scientists would cure diseases and bend the human body to their will. ByJonah Engel Bromwich May 19, 2018 People who knew Aaron Traywick, the biohacker who died last month at a spa in Washington, D.C., were initially suspicious about the circumstances of his death. David Ishee, a researcher for Mr. Traywick’s company, Ascendance Biomedical, said his first thought upon hearing that Mr. Traywick’s body had been discovered in a sensory deprivation tank was that he had faked it and run off with his clients’ money. Tristan Roberts, another biohacker who worked with Ascendance, thought the same thing. Maybe the body was just “a very convincing clone,” he joked. Kelly Martin, who helped found Ascendance The police do not suspect foul play and … [Read more...] about Death of a Biohacker
Open letter regarding Australia's Open Government National Action Plan. Despite open government's best intentions to prioritise collaboration, government bodies consistently duplicate each other's effort. Collaborating as effectively as open communities is much harder than you'd think. A number of us "open technologists" have drafted a paper describing the challenges government faces, along with our vision for how to address these. It is being presented as part of Australia's updated Open Government National Action Plan. For the technical reader If you are a technologist and agree with this vision, please add your technical credibility by signing in source article's comments section or by emailing <cameron . shorter AT g m a i l . c o M> . Diverse support will help sponsors wanting to back its recommendations. Open Letter This letter is presented on behalf of the citizens, technologists and organisations signed below. When addressing the updated Open Government … [Read more...] about What Could Open Government Learn from Us Open Technology folks?
It’s been said that the only people who tell the truth are the children and the insane. Now, developers may seem insane at times and they are just as prone to childish tantrums as anyone, but that doesn’t mean they speak the truth. Indeed they often shade the truth just like the suits in the corner office when speaking to the developer team. They just use a different language.To help you navigate the subtle inflections and sneaky barbs of your developers, here is a translation guide to some of the terms developers often use in team meetings.‘Non-standard’On a good day, standards are a nice way for a group to synchronize their behavior and build up a collective stack of code that encourages cooperation and tons of network effects. On a bad day, they’re a cudgel by which one tribe of developers beats down another.Outside of a few corners controlled by government agencies, most so-called standards are just regular code with the word “standard” in … [Read more...] about What those developers really mean
Let's say you're not a techie, but you've heard that a new Note phablet is coming up. You're excited, and expect it to be great -- just like all previous models were, for their own time. But then Samsung comes up and announces not one, but two Note models -- the Note 4 and Note Edge -- the second of which looks like something taken out of a Sci-Fi flick. You're bewildered by just looking at this thing -- it's got a screen that slopes to the side after all! What's even more surprising is that the techie next to you is equally as surprised, despite the occasional rumors of something like this brewing up, and despite knowing that Samsung has been working on advanced display solutions for a while.Indeed, us too were surprised to see Samsung execs whip out the Note Edge during the company's presentation at IFA 2014. What was even more surprising was to hear that this isn't going to be some niche, limited-edition gadget -- all four major US carriers have already made it clear that they … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: first look