The Super Bowl commercials were really bad this year, huh?

Monday, February 4, 2019 at 12:36 AM

There’s a sequence in Ralph Breaks the Internet, the 2018 sequel to 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph, wherein Ralph, a video game villain who finds himself wandering the backroads of the internet, finds himself in a sort of meme studio, a factory designed to just keep coming up with funny ideas that might…

Elizabeth Warren’s book, The Two-Income Trap, explained

Friday, February 1, 2019 at 12:27 AM

Many presidential candidates write books. Most are invariably forgettable — the product of the same collaborative writing process that produces a “major address” but without the excitement of live performance, an audience, or a charismatic performer. Elizabeth Warren is different.

Leaving Facebook Makes You Happier and Less Informed, Study Finds

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 8:27 PM

Last March I deleted my Facebook account and never looked back.

The Evolution of Darknets

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 2:42 PM

To prevent the problems of customer binding, and losing business when darknet markets go down, merchants have begun to leave the specialized and centralized platforms and instead ventured to use widely accessible technology to build their own communications and operational back-ends.

Why Silicon Valley’s “growth at any cost“ is the new ”unsafe at any speed“

Monday, January 21, 2019 at 3:01 PM

If there’s one person outside of government who has stood against Facebook’s crashing wave, it’s Ashkan Soltani.

Mysterious 'Planet Nine' Might Actually Be a Gigantic Disk of Space Objects

Monday, January 21, 2019 at 3:01 PM

The mysterious “Planet Nine,” which is theorized to be 10 times larger than Earth and lies somewhere in the outer reaches of our solar system, might not be a planet at all, says a new study.

Study: Cory Booker’s baby bonds nearly close the racial wealth gap for young adults

Monday, January 21, 2019 at 9:25 AM

Baby bonds, a proposal embraced by likely presidential candidate Cory Booker, would give newborns savings accounts that would be worth tens of thousands of dollars by age 18.

How conservative media became a “safe space”

Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 10:45 AM

One of the more peculiar political phenomena of the last few years has been the rise of “woke conservatives,” sometimes called “Never Trumpers.

Trump is looking for a new way to cut Medicaid — without Congress

Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 11:29 AM

Two years in, senior Trump administration officials are still finding new ways to cut Medicaid.

New ransomware rakes in $4 million by adopting a “big game hunting” strategy

Monday, January 14, 2019 at 12:50 PM

A recently discovered ransomware group has netted almost $4 million since August, in large part by following a path that’s uncommon in its industry—selectively installing the malicious encryption software on previously infected targets with deep pockets.

Why Kamala And Beto May Have More Upside Than Joe And Bernie

Monday, January 14, 2019 at 12:45 PM

Last week, we introduced a method for evaluating Democratic presidential contenders, which focused on their ability to build a coalition among key constituencies within the party. In particular, our method claims there are five essential groups of Democratic voters, which we describe as:…

We’re All To Blame For The Shutdown

Monday, January 14, 2019 at 12:35 PM

At its strategic core, the partial government shutdown — soon to enter a record-breaking 22nd day — is a breakdown of bargaining: two sides, no solution in sight. President Trump and congressional Democrats are engaged in the latest battle of a game that economists have studied for decades.

Yellow vests knock out 60% of all speed cameras in France

Friday, January 11, 2019 at 6:39 PM

Members of the “yellow vests” protest movement have vandalised almost 60% of France’s entire speed camera network, the interior minister has said. Christophe Castaner said the wilful damage was a threat to road safety and put lives in danger.

Joshua Tree National Park has been trashed in the shutdown. Now visitors are cutting down trees.

Friday, January 11, 2019 at 10:44 AM

A week ago, Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California was forced to shut down its campgrounds due to “health and safety concerns over near-capacity pit toilets,” according to CNN. But despite the partial closure, things continued to get worse.

American Phone Companies Are Literally Letting Their Networks Fall Apart

Friday, January 11, 2019 at 10:15 AM

Once as important as the American railroad and electrical grid, American phone companies aren’t quite what they used to be.