Items for January 2022

sex as a social construct

Tags: gender, science, society

People don't work as much as you think

Tags: work, attitudes

Pourquoi les chauffards conduisent des grosses bagnoles chères ?

"Why do bad drivers have big expensive cars?"

Tags: cars, attitudes

A Bug in Early Creative Commons Licenses Has Enabled a New Breed of Superpredator

That should be an object lesson in trying to fix bad laws with hacks. Besides, it's been a notorious problem for a long time that CC licenses have overly strict attribution requirements, and nobody listened.

If y'all had cared about the spirit of the license, it would have been half a page of text. Leave us alone, we'll fix this without your help now.

And meanwhile I'll be afraid to touch any more CC-licensed works with a ten-foot pole. Thanks for that.

Tags: culture, law

Why I Broke Up with Firefox

Mozilla’s decision to allow people to donate to them in cryptocurrency really turned me off.

Tags: internet, business, climate

Netflix Lost $50 Billion in Value Overnight

Wall Street is freaking out about the streaming giant’s growth prospects

Tags: internet, movies, business

DSA: EU Parliament Vote Ensures a Free Internet, But a Final Regulation Must Add Stronger Privacy Protections

Tags: europe, internet, law

Open source developers, who work for free, are discovering they have power

Tags: programming, work

Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion

Tags: big tech, games

Media Websites: 70% of the Carbon Footprint Caused by Ads and Stats

Tags: internet, climate

People in the Middle Ages Slept Not Once But Twice Each Night: How This Lost Practice Was Rediscovered

Tags: health, middle ages

Pseudonymous

Tags: internet, privacy

Multiple Sclerosis Is Likely Caused by a Virus, Finds Study of 10 Million Military Personnel

Tags: health, science

Remembering Aaron Swartz, who died on this day, a victim of the copyright system

Tags: internet, law

Who runs the internet? Furries

Tags: internet, fandom

Cory Doctorow: Science Fiction is a Luddite Literature

Tags: business, tech, history, culture