Singapore develops new standard for cross-border verification of COVID-19 test results

Epic systems employee climate

I chased the American dream. It brought me back to my father’s deathbed in China.

Xinjiang investigation

Facebook & Privacy

Notes On the Slate Star Codex Controversy

Their goal is to become entrepreneurs. But instead of building products, they create content. Or even worse, they do research and take courses on how to create content.

The Whole Web Pays For Google And Facebook To Be “Free”

Toyota Develops Packaged Fuel Cell System Module to Promote the Hydrogen Utilization toward the Achievement of Carbon Neutrality

TSMC at the head of history’s tide: two high walls and one sharp knife

EVs Could Make Dealerships a Thing of the Past, Too

The Brown M&M’s Principle: How Small Details Can Help Discover Big Issues

India’s new intermediary liability and digital media regulations will harm the open internet

Stupid lessons: It turns out that selecting all objects and changing storage class doesn’t change storage class on all objects. Instead, you have to create a lifecycle rule to transition objects, and tell the lifecycle rule to clear multipart uploads. Otherwise, many objects (in our case, most of them) won’t transition.

This tool lets you confuse Google’s ad network, and a test shows it works

How to poison the data that Big Tech uses to surveil you

The Factual: Best Covid-19 News Sources of 2020

Health Experts Are Telling Healthy People Not to Wear Face Masks for Coronavirus. So Why Are So Many Doing It?

‘I’ve Never Seen Anything Like This’: Chaos Strikes Global Shipping

How Did Absentee Voting Affect the 2020 U.S. Election?

TSMC at the head of history’s tide: two high walls and one sharp knife

?? Chen Shuai:

In December 1989, Taipei’s cold rain was drizzling, and Samsung head Lee Kun-hee (???) went to Taiwan for a study trip. He secretly invited Morris Chang (Chinese: ???/Morris Chang[a][b][c][d]), the founder of TSMC, to have breakfast for one purpose: to poach the 58-year-old veteran.

At this time, TSMC has been silently established for two years, and it is still unknown in the industry. Its “foundry” model was not the mainstream approach of the chip field at that time, and people couldn’t understand it. In 1987 when TSMC was founded, Samsung founder Lee Byung-chul (???) passed away, and his third son, Lee Kun-hee, took charge of Samsung. As soon as he took office, he shouted the slogan “Start-up Again (????)” and made a foray into electronics and semiconductors.

Morris Chang is the talent that Lee Kun-hee badly needs. In 1983, he stepped back from the position of “third-in-command” of Texas Instruments. Although he could just enjoy the American dream of “one house, two cars, three dogs,” he was always unwilling. So two years later, when Sun Yun-suan, “Chiang Ching-kuo’s successor,” invited him to take up the post of president of the Industrial Technology Research Institute in Taiwan, Morris Chang decided to risk it and get out of his comfort zone.

Texas’ oldest Black university was built on a former plantation. Its students still fight a legacy of voter suppression.

Alexa Ura:

To this day, officials in Waller contend the litigation over the 2018 early voting schedule is not a continuation of past suppression tactics. They balk at today’s Waller County being painted with too broad a brush based on a history in which current leaders say they played no part.

Although he grew up in the region, County Judge Carbett “Trey” Duhon didn’t arrive in Waller County until 2005, when his family bought a 10-acre plot on the northern end of the county and he opened his law practice in the area.

Since taking the helm of the county in 2015, he’s come to realize how the county’s decisions today are tormented by its past. But he rejects the notion that there’s any overlap and argues county leadership has actually moved to expand access for students during his tenure.


Silent Running: The sci-fi that predicted modern crises

Cascend: Data Shows Wind-Power Was Chief Culprit Of Texas Grid Collapse

How Swift Achieved Dynamic Linking Where Rust Couldn’t

Transcript: Matt Pottinger on “Face the Nation,” February 21, 2021

Want To Live Longer, Be Happier, Stay Healthier? Studies Say Go To Church Regularly!

Vehicle Dependability at All-Time High, J.D. Power Finds

Do farmers have the right to repair their own equipment?

Off grid “free” land

A COVID-19 vaccine life cycle: from DNA to doses

Bloomberg New Economy: How Elon Musk Won Trump’s China Trade War

Whistleblowers: Software Bug Keeping Hundreds Of Inmates In Arizona Prisons Beyond Release Dates

Why Tech Moguls Are Obsessed With Building Utopian Cities

Swedish officials report ‘escalated’ threats and hate in coronavirus debate

Massacre in the mountains

Silicon Valley runs on Saudi

Reimagining our great political experiment may save it from terminal decline


But more than that, the study says something fascinating about how we perceive the world around us: that visual cues can effectively override our senses of taste and smell (which are, of course, pretty much the same thing.)

Location-Based Pay” – Who Are You to Complain?

Armenia Is an Orphaned Client State

Grant Thornton ‘failed to check Patisserie Valerie cash levels’

How Poverty Makes Workers Less Productive

The U.S. fumbled a lot of things during this pandemic, but compared to almost every other peer nation, it is handling vaccination well.

Once again. Facebook (and Google) relies on and collects a majority of its data from *when you’re on products they don’t control and you’re not intending to interact with them.* That’s why they fear iOS privacy changes, data protection (aka privacy) laws & antitrust scrutiny. /1

Colorado City mayor resigns, responds to his controversial Facebook post

Taking a Fall

What went wrong with America’s $44 million vaccine data system?

Facebook reported revenue it ‘should have never made’, manager claimed

How Oracle Sells Repression in China

Citibank just got a $500 million lesson in the importance of UI design

The Fantasy of Opting Out

RightBooks: American Carnage


Two recent obituaries.

Darwin Ness

We frequently worshipped with Darwin Saturday evenings. Observing his drive, devotion and faith was humbling, to say the least.

David Villa

I met David – wearing a Santa tie – while we were marooned at O’hare. This occurred when United Airlines’ ORD – MSN flight performance was modeled after a random number generator (2008-2009).

Take your chances: canceled, on time or delayed. The odds grew against the paying traveler as day turned into evening.

Thus we stood at the gate, not at all surprised that our last flight of the day to Madison was cancelled.

We shared a rental car to Madison that evening, swapping family and business tales, including the recent big bank bailouts.

Our paths occasionally crossed and included lunch or tea conversations.

Life on earth is fleeting; our “time of grace”, for sure.

PS. After enduring endless ORD – MSN flight misadventures, I phoned Air Wisconsin’s VP – Operations.

I simply asked when they might stop with the random number generator? Laughing, he said that United determines where and when they fly. (Air Wisconsin continues to provide “regional jet” service to the large “mainline” airlines).


Amazon responds to Elon Musk’s accusations of impeding SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet plans

List of inventors killed by their own inventions

The Full Automation Fallacy

Build or Die! US Industrial Policy with Rob Atkinson

How The US Legalized Corruption

People are fed up with broken vaccine appointment tools — so they’re building their own

Kate Bingham: Why the UK strategy on Covid vaccines has been a great success

The year 2021 will bring DeFi into adolescence

The days are long but the decades are short

The computers rejecting your job application

Protecting your capital during a war

We’re still missing the origin story of this pandemic.

China is sitting on the answers.


Covid-19: Social murder, they wrote—elected, unaccountable, and unrepentant

The Vaccine Had to Be Used. He Used It. He Was Fired.

“Yet what we see at times is people with a Bernie Sanders sign and a ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign in their window, but they’re opposing an affordable housing project or an apartment complex down the street.”


1/ “Covid-19: Social murder, they wrote“: “medical professionals allow(ed) themselves to be manipulated by corrupt politicians & influenced by media propaganda instead of being guided by their own ethical principles

Credit scores and internet browsing

More Money, More Vaccines?” Here’s a Solution in a Toolkit

News outlets paid off old editorial promises with new headlines: Ponzi journalism.

In defense of interesting writing on controversial topics

Martin Luther Rewired Your Brain


Fauci.  Compare that to revisiting the Balaji thread.

The Effects of High?Information Environments on Legislative Behavior in the US House of Representatives

Wake Up, You’ve Been Asleep for 50 Years

Oral History Interviews During a Pandemic

The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election

Commentary on the Time 2020 election article.

The anti-science presidency?

From control rooms to testing, several strategies helped UP contain pandemic

Consider the Source

How the New York Times deceived Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg.

Today, the fate of the SpaceX Starship offers an example of how government oversight agencies can stifle innovation when they are unable to distinguish between innovation and execution and throw roadblocks in front of the single company that has transformed access to space.

Sweden: Here’s a graph they don’t want you to see

Now It’s The Democrats Turn To Destroy The Open Internet: Mark Warner’s 230 Reform Bill Is A Dumpster Fire Of Cluelessness