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Posted by salman on 6/2/2018, 4:43:02 PM
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Opinion | The Strange Failure of the Educated Elite - The New York Times   By: https://www.nytimes.com/by/david-brooks (2018-05-28T23:07:40.000Z)
The flaw in boomer leadership.
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Posted by salman on 3/18/2018, 9:18:51 PM
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How The New York Times Is Making War With Iran More Likely   By: ()
The newspaper of record and Washington think tanks are inhibiting the public from understanding Iran's perspective in regional conflicts.
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Posted by salman on 4/7/2018, 2:57:16 PM
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"Imagine if a bunch of telecoms people had sat down in 1998 and defined what a ‘partial multimedia terminal’ and ‘advanced multimedia terminal’ would look like and what specs it would have and then told the manufacturers, or rather, the ‘suppliers’, to go away and come back in a decade with products that matched the spec. That isn’t how it happened - rather, the process of creating the technology shaped the final result. We tried many paths, and worked out the ones that worked (and in the end the telcos were not in control anymore and the ‘suppliers’ had all changed). We didn’t start with a predetermined conclusion and then go away and build it. In the same way, I sometimes think that talking about L4 or L5 presumes the shape of the outcome - instead, the outcome will be shaped by the process. "
Steps to autonomy — Benedict Evans   By: ()
We talk a lot about levels of autonomy, and ask when the first ‘fully autonomous’ cars will appear. That might be the wrong way to look at it - there will be lots of different kinds of ‘autonomy’, and the ‘where’ and ‘what’ may matter as much as the ‘when’. 
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Posted by salman on 5/16/2018, 3:10:15 AM
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I Played Fortnite and Figured Out the Universe - The Atlantic   By: Robin Sloan ()
The best strategy is blasting everyone you see—until it's not.
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Posted by salman on 12/18/2017, 11:06:26 PM
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"There used to be this sense of an arc in history in which, if there was something that seemed like an injustice in society and people worked to improve it, there might be some backlash, but gradually it would improve. Now, what happens is that the backlash is greater than the original thing, and in some ways worse. For instance, the Arab Spring, driven by social media, turned into networks of terrorists. ...  Black Lives Matter is followed by a rise of white supremacy and neo-fascism which would have been inconceivable until recently. Now, I’m just waiting to see what happens with the #MeToo movement, because the same thing always happens with these moments that are social media-centric."
The father of virtual reality sounds off on the changing culture of Silicon Valley, the impending #MeToo backlash, and why he left Google for Microsoft   By: Zoë Bernard and Steven Tweedie, Business Insider ()
Widely recognized as a founding father of VR, Jaron Lanier has been hugely influential in shaping the technology of today — so we asked him about the future.
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Posted by salman on 5/12/2018, 6:28:22 PM
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"Platforms that create new possibilities.. are the single most important economic force when it comes to countering the oncoming wave of computers doing people’s jobs, and lazily written regulation that targets aggregators but constricts platforms will inevitably do more harm than good."
Tech’s Two Philosophies – Stratechery by Ben Thompson   By: (2018-05-09T14:50:33+00:00)
Google and Facebook represent one philosophy, and Microsoft and Apple represent another; tech needs both, but ultimately platforms are more important than aggregators.
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Posted by salman on 1/30/2018, 10:39:04 PM
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"La conscience du peuple est toujours le préalable à la sagesse des gouvernants"
Jean-Pierre Raffarin - Vidéo - Play RTS   By: ()
Darius Rochebin reçoit l'ancien Premier ministre français Jean-Pierre Raffarin.
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Posted by salman on 4/19/2018, 10:11:35 PM
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LNUG #72 - April 2018 | London Node.js User Group (London, United Kingdom) | Meetup   By: ()
**NOTE: LNUG is at a different venue this month! We will be at Condé Nast in Adelphi Building, 1-10 John Adam St**--------------------------------------------This month:- Paul Jensen - **End-to-end te
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Posted by salman on 8/15/2017, 10:14:05 AM
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Norwegian Vikings purchased silk from Persia - Apollon   By: ()
Read this story on the University of Oslo's website.
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Posted by salman on 8/26/2018, 2:15:00 PM
When Cary Welch was a young man, he spent much time in the Islamic and Asian wings of museums. As he recounted many years later, this was not necessarily because he was more attracted to that type of art, but because fewer people visited those sections, and so he could immerse himself in the beauty of the art, unencumbered by the hordes who hurriedly bustled in and out of the well-trodden sections of the museum. He could sit there at peace, contemplating these masterpieces, sometimes soaking in the intricacies of a minor detail, and at times, pondering the spirit of the composition as a whole.
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