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Tag: U.S. government

Read : 2019-06-14

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Telegram hit by DDoS attack! Blames China” (Ciso Mag, 2019-06-13). The attack coincides with political protests in Hong Kong against the mainland government; protestors reportedly use Telegram to coordinate, and Telegram founder Pavel Durov claimed the attack came mainly from IP addresses in China. The article clearly explains a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.
  2. ‘Brave like Gabe’: Remembering the runner who never gave up in the face of an unbeatable opponent“, by Tim Layden (Sports Illustrated, 2019-06-11). What a rousing end to the story, how fitting given Gabe’s foundation, and how lovely the parallel to athletics, were this once unbeatable opponent taken down by team effort in the (near?) future.
  3. The U.S. is purging Chinese cancer researchers from top institutions“, by Peter Waldman (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2019-06-13).
  4. How Washington learned to love debt and deficits“, by Kate Davidson & Jon Hilsenrath (Wall Street Journal, 2019-06-13).
  5. Facebook’s new cryptocurrency, libra, gets big backers“, by AnnaMaria Andriotis, Peter Rudegeair, & Liz Hoffman (Wall Street Journal, 2019-06-13).
  6. Who ‘deserves’ to go to Harvard?“, by Heather Mac Donald (Wall Street Journal, 2019-06-13). One extreme, as told by the other? Power imbalances exist; systemic inequities exist; feelings of entitlement exist. Each can be protected against, exploited, mitigated, exacerbated. As for the “capitalist ethos”,…what’s described sounds more like a “meritocratic ethos”, no?
  7. The Engadget staff on ‘Neon genesis evangelion’“, by Daniel Cooper (Engadget, 2019-06-14). Netflix is set to release the 24-year-old Japanese series on its platform 21 June.

Read : 2019-06-03

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Google gets ready for legal fight as U.S. mulls an antitrust probe“, by Keach Hagey, Rob Copeland, & Sam Schechner (Wall Street Journal, 2019-06-02). The U.S. government ratchets up its anti-trust rhetoric and actions against big tech. The article reads like a tale of attempted domination, both by big tech firms and by government organization (and ultimately, the individuals who lead both). Would it be possible to have reasoned discussion over the costs and benefits various products and firms bring to individuals and society? and the current and possible alternative pay structures associated with these products?
  2. Opinion: Inside the WSJ Opinion team“, by Wall Street Journal (YouTube, 2019-02-28). “Have you seen this video?” they asked. Well, with 175 total views, the answer is probably no. It might help if the video weren’t unlisted đŸ˜‰
  3. The incredible power of friendship“, by Brad Stulberg (Medium, 2018-01-12). On Aristotle’s analysis of friendship: utility, pleasure, and virtue. (I thought I had previously posted a link, but a search yielded nothing.)