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Is Git Irreplaceable? (2019)

Source: Hacker News

Article note: Git is a tool with heinous ergonomics, unreasonably over-complicated for the vast majority of use cases, terrible at co-versioned binary data, I will be very sad if it's ubiquity halts progress on versioning systems that actually suit use cases for projects other than things that look like the Linux kernel.
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AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile APUs

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Article note: I was chatting recently about AMD's long-term utter failure to address the mobile space. Apparently this is their attempt. It's not a massive win, but unlike the Turion generation, it's credible.
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For tech-weary Midwest farmers, 40-year-old tractors now a hot commodity

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Article note: 50 years of technological development, dedicated entirely to rent-seeking behavior. It's such a good microcosm of the state of things.
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Lisp Symbolics Macivory 3 with loaded software

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Article note: I've never been a huge fan, but the lisp aesthetic really was a distinct and marvelous thing.
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Qasem Soleimani: US Kills Iran Quds Force Leader, Pentagon Confirms

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Article note: Oh shit.
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The StingRay Is Why the 4th Amendment Was Written

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Article note: Fact.
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ToTok, a messaging app that as of last week was one of the most popular in the Apple and Google stores, is billed as a secure way to chat by video/text message with friends/family But it turns out that it’s actually a spying tool for Emirati intelligence https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/22/us/politics/totok-app-uae.html …

Source: Twitter / swiftonsecurity

Article note: Oh huh. My cynicism was half right; TikTok is an intelligence op, but by the UAE rather than the Chinese.

ToTok, a messaging app that as of last week was one of the most popular in the Apple and Google stores, is billed as a secure way to chat by video/text message with friends/family But it turns out that it's actually a spying tool for Emirati intelligence https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/22/us/politics/totok-app-uae.html …

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Smartphones and the location data marketplace

Source: Hacker News

Article note: The NYT has been doing a great job on giving accessible explanations of the alarming tracking the modern fondleslab has enabled. Less charming, ublock orign swatted down 25 things loading that page; its very hard to fix shit when the government, media, and industry's interests are aligned.
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ACM signed letter opposing open access

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Article note: Fuckers, I just gave them renewal money, and they're actively working against my interests to prop up the zombie parasite publishing industry. Hopefully someone will squeeze the candidates on it next election so they can at least be given the finger in a public way.
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Navy’s flawed technology set the USS John McCain up for disaster

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Article note: Years ago, one of the directions I was considering going in when I was looking at PhD programs centered on the problems (particularly with feedback and discoverability) with touchscreen interfaces. I was mostly interested in consumer facing electronics (media players you can't operate without both hands and both eyes), and subsequently the automotive industry has ended up doing a ton of the legwork because their wretched touchscreen HMIs have been killing people. But the military-industrial complex is still doing it big. Here, we have a management process that created then didn't train around a touchscreen interface so bad it caused a deadly maritime disaster, which is the clearest case study possible in "don't do that shit."
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