America, Land of the Free

From Motherboard: Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is flying a Predator drone, military technology used for surveilling and killing terrorists abroad, over Minneapolis as protesters continue to demonstrate against police brutality, according to publicly available flight data. The drone flown over Minneapolis is an unarmed version of the aircraft.

Programmatic Solutions to Miracle Sudoku

This blog from benjamincongdon.me is really interesting. It demonstrates how to build a Miracle Sudoku solver using Prolog, which is a logic programming language written in a declarative syntax. It’s incredible how concisely a solver for Sudoku puzzles can be written in that language! What’s remarkable about these solvers is how they can tell you […]

Facebook’s Nicotine

From DaringFireball: Polarizing divisive content is to Facebook as nicotine is to cigarette makers: a component of their product which their own internal research shows is harmful, but which they choose to increase, rather than decrease, because its addictiveness is so profitable. Accurate comparison.

Weasels have eaten our phone system

For about an hour on Tuesday night, Citibank customers trying to phone the company were met with the same odd message in place of a polite automated service operator: “Hello world. Weasels have eaten our phone system.” I think the best part is the reasoning why. Open source software, a dedicated contributor from 15 years […]

Political Lies and Business Lies

From MoneyStuff today: One point that I often make about the U.S. legal system is that lying about financial matters is quite broadly and severely criminalized—basically any sort of dishonesty having anything to do with money is arguably wire fraud—but lying about politics is common, legal, and frankly encouraged. If you sell knickknacks on the internet and […]