Before Game of Thrones and Nightflyers, George R.R. Martin’s work inspired a great Outer Limits episode [The Verge]

“Sandkings,” by George R.R. “Game of Thrones” Martin, is one of my favorite stories, and I loved the TV movie. It stars Beau Bridges, who is a national treasure.

“Sandkings” tells the story of a man who adopts a colony of alien insects as pets. Like an ant farm. The insects worship the man as a god. This works out well for the man. For a while.

And now “Sandkings” is available on Hulu, part of their streaming the 1995-2002 run of “Outer Limits.”

Microsoft Is Worth as Much as Apple. How Did That Happen? [The New York Times]

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella turned the company around by focusing on its core strength in business services; betting big on the cloud; ditching failing lines, mainly the handset business; and opening up the culture.

Really an amazing turnaround; in the technology industry, dominant technology companies in decline, like Microsoft was, don’t make a comeback. I can only think of two examples other than Microsoft: Apple, which required the return of its charismatic founder, and IBM 25 years ago.

That Bloomberg Supply-Chain-Hack Story [Schneier on Security]

Bruce Schneier is skeptical of the Bloomberg supply-chain attack on Apple and Amazon servers, among others. He said if it was true, we’d have seen a photo of the chip by now.

That raises a good thumb rule for judging the veracity of any explosive investigative report. Particularly high-profile sexual harassment charges, like Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein. Corroborating reports start to come out after the initial expose.

Starbucks says it’ll block porn on its public Wi-Fi next year [The Verge]

Starbucks is succumbing to pressure and putting porn filters on its public WiFi. An organization called Enough is Enough has been giving Starbucks grief for failing to protect its customers from porn. Enough is Enough says that public WiFi networks “are attracting pedophiles and sex offenders” and put children at risk. This sounds like bullshit to me from people looking to enrich themselves by scaring parents.

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“I Think a Lot of Them Can’t Hide Their Misogyny”: How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez De-Fanged the Fox News Haters [Vanity Fair]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez drives the right nuts.

And not just the right – also, moderate, older Democrats.

I love her. Moderate, older Democrats are destroying the party. Moderate, older Democrats cost the party the two houses of Congress, the judiciary, two thirds of the states, and they’re on their way to losing the courts. If the moderate, older Democrats have their way, the Democratic Party will be a powerless third party, sitting at the kiddie table with the Libertarians and the Greens. Time for change.