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Postby landspeedrecord » Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:16 am

the day the music burned (nyt)
The 2008 vault fire was not, as Universal Music Group suggested, a minor mishap, a matter of a few tapes stuck in a musty warehouse. It was the biggest disaster in the history of the music business

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/11/magazine/universal-fire-master-recordings.html?action=click&module=RelatedLinks&pgtype=Article

maybe this is more of "a new article to drink a nice glass of scotch to." fuck the nyt, but this is a great piece
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Postby delgriffith » Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:21 am

blurst of times wrote:i literally read this on my lunch break today (ended up being a long one), and i highly recommend it
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/05/27/losing-religion-and-finding-ecstasy-in-houston

This (or a version very close to it) features in Jia's upcoming book of essays, which I'm happy to report is really special. She's one of the best writers out there.

Bracing myself to dig into that Universal fire story, thanks landspeed.
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Postby viachicago » Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:29 pm

landspeedrecord wrote:the day the music burned (nyt)
The 2008 vault fire was not, as Universal Music Group suggested, a minor mishap, a matter of a few tapes stuck in a musty warehouse. It was the biggest disaster in the history of the music business

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/11/magazine/universal-fire-master-recordings.html?action=click&module=RelatedLinks&pgtype=Article

maybe this is more of "a new article to drink a nice glass of scotch to." fuck the nyt, but this is a great piece



almost feel like this deserves its own thread. such a depressing read
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Postby OLD SAINT RIXX » Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:28 am

do any of you use apps for saving articles to read later, organizing them etc? i am a ridiculous mess when it comes to this, i'll either email myself links to articles I want to read later (always gets buried under new email) or i'll keep adding pages in my Microsoft OneNote library which becomes absurdly cluttered and hard to navigate through the hundreds of copy and pasted URLS

i did a quick bit of research and it looks like the top two apps are instapaper and pocket. any of y'all have experience with either? i downloaded instapaper and holy shit it is so clean and intuitive and integrated into iOS and easy to use, I love it. i wonder if either app has a social function where you can send articles to friends within the app. like a modern web 2.0 StumbleUpon
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Postby shizaam » Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:10 am

yeah instapaper's great, been using for years
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Postby ripersnifle » Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:59 am

can't believe i somehow missed this wild Jenny Odell piece in NYT from last Nov.
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/11/27/style/what-is-inside-this-internet-rabbit-hole.html
maybe it has already been discussed in here(?)
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Postby Repo » Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:58 am

great article about the malaysia airlines missing plane
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/ar ... es/590653/
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Postby shizaam » Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:45 am

viachicago wrote:
landspeedrecord wrote:the day the music burned (nyt)
The 2008 vault fire was not, as Universal Music Group suggested, a minor mishap, a matter of a few tapes stuck in a musty warehouse. It was the biggest disaster in the history of the music business

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/11/magazine/universal-fire-master-recordings.html?action=click&module=RelatedLinks&pgtype=Article

maybe this is more of "a new article to drink a nice glass of scotch to." fuck the nyt, but this is a great piece



almost feel like this deserves its own thread. such a depressing read

kept putting off reading this, but it really is fantastic
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Postby shizaam » Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:47 am

ripersnifle wrote:can't believe i somehow missed this wild Jenny Odell piece in NYT from last Nov.
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/11/27/style/what-is-inside-this-internet-rabbit-hole.html
maybe it has already been discussed in here(?)

so good. these from her are also fantastic:
https://medium.com/@the_jennitaur/excav ... 6d0b119583
http://www.jennyodell.com/museumofcapit ... ewatch.pdf
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Postby mascotte » Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:32 pm

It is perhaps not widely understood (outside the specialized domains of risk modeling and property insurance) that the last twenty years have seen the relatively rapid growth of a new kind of financial instrument: the catastrophe bond. I aim in what follows to offer the reader a brief introduction to these innovative money-things, which sit at the precarious nexus of mathematical modeling, environmental instability, and vast sums of capital. Techno-legal creations of considerable complexity (and some genuine elegance), “cat bonds” circulate in the Olympian air of global high finance, where they afford investors an opportunity to place large bets on the occurrence (and non-occurrence) of various mass disasters: earthquakes, hurricanes, plagues, suitcase nukes. The lengthy, turgid, and highly confidential specifications that make up the prospectuses of these investments might be said to represent a special and entirely overlooked subgenre of science fiction: what we discover, turning the pages of such deals, are fanatically extensive metrical descriptions of countless doomsday scenarios, each story told in lovingly legalistic and scientific detail. Unlike most dystopian fantasizing, however, the worst-case scenarios played out in the appendices of cat bond issues come with very real-world prospective paydays, precisely priced and proper to the consideration of an imaginative portfolio manager looking to diversify her investments.

Put your paranoia aside (at least temporarily). It is quite possible that cat bonds are basically a good thing, creating mechanisms as they do for hedging against the tremendously disruptive costs of low-probability, high-negative-impact natural and/or social events. It is also possible, of course, that they are simply another sophisticated exercise in plutocratic self-dealing. We will bracket that thorny problem for now, and focus here on conveying (1) a general understanding of how these instruments work, and (2) a specific appreciation of the way that they constitute perhaps the most elaborate and powerful social technology currently available for articulating just what we mean when we say “catastrophe.”


http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/issues/57/burnett.php
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Postby dr. badvibes » Thu Sep 26, 2019 6:33 pm

this too:

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Postby ripersnifle » Tue Oct 15, 2019 1:07 pm

supersaturated wrote:Patricia Lockwood on John Updike:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/v41/n19/patricia-lockwood/malfunctioning-sex-robot
came here to post this. here's a pastebin if it's paywalled for people:
https://pastebin.com/uLCqMRUA
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Postby Merciel » Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:04 pm

The procedural history laid out here is fascinating: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/16/maga ... -ring.html
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Postby murderhorn » Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:41 am

ripersnifle wrote:
supersaturated wrote:Patricia Lockwood on John Updike:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/v41/n19/patricia-lockwood/malfunctioning-sex-robot
came here to post this. here's a pastebin if it's paywalled for people:
https://pastebin.com/uLCqMRUA


yeah this is amazing. "dispatches from the days when they could have still saved us, and the world"
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Postby murderhorn » Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:42 am

also the line about spending four hours on the shading on Eve's upper lip is a Napoleon Dynamite line I think?
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Postby inmate » Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:15 am

don't know why i've never opened this thread until now. can't wait to go through and read every single article that's been posted
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Postby Chyet » Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:38 pm

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/reviews/review-essay/2019-10-10/new-masters-universe?utm_source=twitter_posts&utm_campaign=tw_daily_soc&utm_medium=social

The New Masters of the Universe
Big Tech and the Business of Surveillance


In his 1944 classic, The Great Transformation, the economic historian Karl Polanyi told the story of modern capitalism as a “double movement” that led to both the expansion of the market and its restriction. During the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, old feudal restraints on commerce were abolished, and land, labor, and money came to be treated as commodities. But unrestrained capitalism ravaged the environment, damaged public health, and led to economic panics and depressions, and by the time Polanyi was writing, societies had reintroduced limits on the market.

Shoshana Zuboff, a professor emerita at the Harvard Business School, sees a new version of the first half of Polanyi’s double movement at work today with the rise of “surveillance capitalism,” a new market form pioneered by Facebook and Google. In The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, she argues that capitalism is once again extending the sphere of the market, this time by claiming “human experience as free raw material for hidden commercial practices of extraction, prediction, and sales.” With the rise of “ubiquitous computing” (the spread of computers into all realms of life) and the Internet of Things (the connection of everyday objects to the Internet), the extraction of data has become pervasive. We live in a world increasingly populated with networked devices that capture our communications, movements, behavior, and relationships, even our emotions and states of mind. And, Zuboff warns, surveillance capitalism has thus far escaped the sort of countermovement described by Polanyi.
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Postby mascotte » Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:58 am

The consistency of experiences — from prison to prison, from lifers to the newly incarcerated, from young and old, from black and white — paint a chilling portrait of corruption, violence and the disintegration of state institutions purported to correct and rehabilitate.

Alabama prison administrators openly flout the department’s stated rules and regulations in an attempt to exert control and discipline prisoners, the Montgomery Advertiser has found after months of reporting and interviews with dozens of men incarcerated across the state.

In the seven months since the Department of Justice released a scathing report on the Alabama Department of Corrections, prison officials have withheld food from men, micromanaging minor disciplinary infractions while violence and unexpected deaths continue unabated, including nine which occurred during the reporting of this story in September and October.


https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/in-depth/news/2019/11/13/alabama-department-corrections-prison-inmates-describe-horrid-conditions/2234480001/
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Postby mascotte » Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:36 pm

Good piece on dried cats. Yes. Dried cats.

https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/roundtable/another-cat-wall
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Postby Gutslab » Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:44 pm

The Young and the Reckless: A gang of teen hackers snatched the keys to Microsoft's videogame empire. Then they went too far.
https://www.wired.com/story/xbox-underground-videogame-hackers/
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Postby lockheed » Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:03 pm

Nice day if it doesn't rain.
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Postby shizaam » Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:53 pm

this on bagels, unions, and the mob is pretty great http://www.grubstreet.com/2020/01/bagel ... union.html
"Even into the modern era, the presence of bagels in America was largely confined to Jewish enclaves, predominantly in New York City, the old-world bread still sufficiently exotic that every mention of it in the New York Times (usually brief items concerning labor issues) assumed no previous knowledge on the part of readers"
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Postby mascotte » Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:00 am

For more than half a century, governments all over the world trusted a single company to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret.

The company, Crypto AG, got its first break with a contract to build code-making machines for U.S. troops during World War II. Flush with cash, it became a dominant maker of encryption devices for decades, navigating waves of technology from mechanical gears to electronic circuits and, finally, silicon chips and software.

The Swiss firm made millions of dollars selling equipment to more than 120 countries well into the 21st century. Its clients included Iran, military juntas in Latin America, nuclear rivals India and Pakistan, and even the Vatican.

But what none of its customers ever knew was that Crypto AG was secretly owned by the CIA in a highly classified partnership with West German intelligence. These spy agencies rigged the company’s devices so they could easily break the codes that countries used to send encrypted messages.

The decades-long arrangement, among the most closely guarded secrets of the Cold War, is laid bare in a classified, comprehensive CIA history of the operation obtained by The Washington Post and ZDF, a German public broadcaster, in a joint reporting project.

The account identifies the CIA officers who ran the program and the company executives entrusted to execute it. It traces the origin of the venture as well as the internal conflicts that nearly derailed it. It describes how the United States and its allies exploited other nations’ gullibility for years, taking their money and stealing their secrets.

The operation, known first by the code name “Thesaurus” and later “Rubicon,” ranks among the most audacious in CIA history.

“It was the intelligence coup of the century,” the CIA report concludes. “Foreign governments were paying good money to the U.S. and West Germany for the privilege of having their most secret communications read by at least two (and possibly as many as five or six) foreign countries.”

From 1970 on, the CIA and its code-breaking sibling, the National Security Agency, controlled nearly every aspect of Crypto’s operations — presiding with their German partners over hiring decisions, designing its technology, sabotaging its algorithms and directing its sales targets.

Then, the U.S. and West German spies sat back and listened.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/national-security/cia-crypto-encryption-machines-espionage/
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