can Starbucks share the script with the rest of us t.co/1gm1U2wCwg
— Andrew Cunningham (@AndrewWrites) January 31, 2019
Krugman: Ignoramuses like Howard Schultz imagine themselves as calm titans standing above fanatics on the left and right.
Deficit obsession was always nuts. Now it’s nuts and antiquarian, like goldbuggery or people who want to restore monarchy.
A cataclysmic volcanic eruption in 536 was followed by 18 months of darkness, terrible cold, plague wiping out a third to one-half the population of the Eastern Roman Empire, two more major volcanic eruptions, and two centuries of economic collapse. www.sciencemag.org
Uber exits Barcelona. This stinks of political corruption. It does not solve the actual problems with ridesharing services and instead attempts to make ridesharing less convenient for the passenger, which is completely backwards.
The actual problem with ridesharing services is that they exploit drivers and are not subject to safety regulations. The “problem” these regulations attempt to solve is that ridesharing services are more convenient for passengers than conventional taxis or car services.
Barcelona’s regulations do not make ridesharing better for drivers. They do protect taxi drivers’ monopolies. Feh.
A new version of Stephen King’s “The Stand” for TV? Sure, why not.
Or, should I say, “I can dig it”?
We recently rewatched the 1994 version and thoroughly enjoyed it as scenery-chewing fun. Also, we marveled at how young the stars looked.
“I always tell my daughters they can be anything they want, so long as they don’t make other people feel uncomfortable.” www.mcsweeneys.net
Now it’s Google’s turn in the Apple doghouse. www.theverge.com
Apple and Facebook kiss and make up. www.cnbc.com
This American Life re-airs its Christmas 1996 episode, which includes David Sedaris’s “Santaland Diaries” and a story from David Rakoff about posing as Freud in a department store window Christmas display because nothing says Christmas like Sigmund Freud. www.thisamericanlife.org
How to beat the 18-hour flight from Newark, NJ, to Singapore. www.ws
The late Frank Zappa was a technology visionary who foresaw holograms. He shot some film of himself performing in 1974 for use in that technology. Now, a Zappa hologram based on that footage is going on tour with the Mothers of Invention. www.rollingstone.com
Several episodes of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” are going to be confusing, if you’re not familiar with the Catskills history as a vacation destination for mid century middle class New York Jews. www.vulture.com
According to the facts as laid out here by CNBC, it looks like former Intel interim CEO Swan got the permanent position after last week’s earnings call — and after nobody else wanted the job. Hopefully he can keep his fly zipped. www.cnbc.com
Thanks to YouTube, an idea discredited thousands of years ago attracts die-hards, grifters, and trolls. They even have their own convention. www.thedailybeast.com
“Only way this looks worse is if they had compensated the teens with Juul pods.” www.axios.com
Coach Vince Lombardi at a lunch counter in Green Bay, WI, 1960 reddit.com
If I’m reading this right, Google+ will stop accepting activity from consumer accounts April 2, and begin deleting them at that time. Deletions will take months. support.google.com
Google+ will continue as a G Suite service but honestly I’d be surprised if there is any significant activity on that.
What a shitshow. Remember when Google+ was the future of Google? This is an ignominious end.
Lately, I’ve been appreciating Google+ as a platform for sharing. Links are just formatted so nicely when you post them there, much better than Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr. Easy to read, easy to see images in their proper context. Feh.
More than 40 years ago, a man moved to an abandoned mining town to be alone. He says that there are days in the winter “when it’s so quiet that the noisiest thing is the snow hitting your jacket.” www.thisislovepodcast.com
Apple is not fucking around. Apple shut down Facebook from distributing internal iOS apps, including early releases of the Facebook app, Instagram, Messenger, as well as employee transportation apps and the company lunch menu.
This follows news that Facebook has been using Apple’s program for internal app distribution to instead track teenager customers with a “research” app.
Apple makes its enterprise program available to companies to distribute apps to its employees, but instead Facebook was using it to distribute an app that tracks users, including teens as young as 13. Facebook says it is discontinuing that app.
Revoking the certificate doesn’t just stop distribution. It stops apps from working. “Facebook is treating this as a critical problem internally…. ”
Juniper Networks revenue slumped due to weakness in cloud and service provider market, but the company said enterprise and security are doing well, and it’s looking forward to a late-2019 turnaround. Me on www.lightreading.com
A roundtable discussion with the builders of Open Diary, Diaryland and LiveJournal, which pioneered social media 20 years ago. glitch.com
Startup Stateless goes loco for colo, scores $11.3m. Me on www.lightreading.com
Discarded smart lightbulbs reveal your wifi passwords, stored in the clear. boingboing.net
And crap like this is a big part of why we don’t have a smart house. Who needs all that security exposure just to avoid having to get up out of a chair and flip a lightswitch?