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2 billion.

Wow, everyday it gets worse. Now it seems like every single Facebook user has had their information sucked up by "malicious actors". Maybe, it's time to burn down the whole thing and try again. I know that there are people out there who are able to program computers while still managing to possess a sense of morality and decency. Surely, a reasonably useful and financially viable social network can be built where the terms "users" and "customers" are referring to the same group of people. Not every successful business has to be built on advertising and selling user information. Anyone care to give it a shot?


Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 - 1968).

I remember clearly the night 50 years ago — sitting on the floor in the living room and watching TV with my parents when the news broke that Martin Luther King had been killed. It was shocking.


Ezra Klein.

I listen to a lot of podcasts, but there are few that I stick with over long periods of time. I usually get tired of the same hosts, who tend to tell the same stories, and rant about the same things. One that I have managed to stick with for a while is the podcast by Ezra Klein. He writes for the Vox network, and he makes a podcast every week in which he interviews a guest. He picks interesting interview subjects and asks good questions. I usually find it to be a worthwhile hour.

This week, Klein scored a coup when he got Mark Zuckerberg to sit for an interview. Many news outlets reported on some of Zuckerberg's quotes from the interview. Personally, I didn't find this particular session to be all that informative — Zuckerberg had a couple of good zingers, but mostly he was being his usual disingenuous self. I've had trouble deciding if Zuckerberg is really human, or if he might actually be a robot. This interview didn't help sway me one way or the other.

If you scan back through some of Klein's past podcasts, you can find some that are much more fun. Two in particular that I would recommend are the interviews with Steven Pinker, author of "Enlightenment Now" from Feb. 12 and Jaron Lanier from Jan. 15. You may have never heard of Lanier before, but he is a computer scientist who has done many offbeat things — he is certainly an order of magnitude more interesting that Zuckerberg. (And probably an order of magnitude smarter, too.)


Sylvan Esso.


The Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra.

Great fun. Maybe we should try this in Audio Club. (via kottke.org.)


12 things to understand about tech.

These really resonate – particularly items 5, 6, and 9. Definitely 9 — understanding how companies make their money tells you everything about why they behave the way they do.


More bad days for Uber.

Brad Templeton writes about some of what went wrong when an Uber self-driving vehicle hit and killed a pedestrian in Arizona. There are more to details be learned about this incident, but, as always with this company, we must wonder if Uber's generally aggressive approach led to poor engineering decisions. Lidar technology shows up prominently in the article. (And the discussion that follows.)


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