On Cory Doctorow's Pluralistic

The right’s theories about human behavior are bankrupt.

Adjacent, similar NYC neighborhoods have wildly different coronavirus outcomes: Flushing and Corona are similar neighborhoods in Queens. Flushing has one of the city’s lowest rates of infection, possibly because its population has a lot of Asian immigrants (racists take note!) and were warned by overseas family and friends. Neighboring Corona “is the epicenter of the NYC outbreak.”

Both neighborhoods are full of people who work similar jobs in food service, cleaning, construction and transportation. Most lack health insurance and half of the residents in each neighborhood share a room with at least one other person.

Honey in a glue dispenser for easy spreading. Julie bought a honeydipper some time ago, and declared it nearly useless. This looks like a promising alternative.

Thunderspy: Devastating Thunderbolt attack: It’s an example of an “evil maid” attack, “whose threat model is someone gaining physical access to your computer in your absence, such as a hotel chambermaid.”

I really like Eric Michaud and Ryan Lackey’s 2013 suggestion to cover your laptop screws with glitter nail-polish and take a picture of the glitter in the blobs, and then verify the glitter position if your computer is out of your control.

If you can’t get an airline ticket refund, ask your credit card company

Pluralistic: 12 May 2020

80% of Britons want happiness, not growth:

A YouGov poll found 80% of Britons “would prefer the government to prioritise health and wellbeing over economic growth during the crisis, and 6 in 10 would still want the government to pursue health and wellbeing ahead of growth after the pandemic”….

GDP is a terrific example of Goodhart’s Law: “When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.”

In other words, you start by measuring GDP as a proxy for economic prosperity. But eventually you sacrifice prosperity for the masses to keep GDP growing.

We’re seeing this more prominently now with the stock market.

The bailout is working - for Wall Street

Don’t trust Facebook’s “Supreme Court:” “Facebook has a new “supreme court” of 20 esteemed outsiders who will make binding judgments on some content removal decisions…. “

But Facebook always lies,

and any principled position they have advanced in the past turned out either to be a deception, or was jettisoned the instant it interfered with the company’s ambitions.

I mean, this is some scorpion-and-frog stuff: why would we expect FB to behave any differently now?

Pluralistic: 11 May 2020

Mitch Wagner @MitchWagner