January Thaw in Sight after Two-Week Wintry Onslaught and “Bomb Cyclone” Weather Underground
Why Raspberry Pi isn’t vulnerable to Spectre or Meltdown Raspberry Pi (E. Mayer). E. Mayer:
Now if Pi were just 10x faster, it might actually be a viable alternative in the PC and laptop space. :( I actually do own and use a Pi3-like ARM-based Linux micro-PC for code-development, but it’s an Odroid C2, a Korean make. It’s based on the A53 version of the ARMv8 architecture, and even with optimized vector assembly code, is slow in absolute terms. I’ve also (via a contact at ARM) run high-performance code on the later A57, it’s about 3x faster than the A53 and is competitive with the Core2 on my 2010 Macbook, i.e. is getting close to viability in terms of that market, but AFAICT remains a niche product. I’ve heard rumors that Apple might switch part of its product line to ARM in the not-too-distant future, but that’s all they are at this point, rumors.
Mark Zuckerberg’s personal challenge this year is to fix Facebook Recode. In other words, to be the CEO of his company?
The Battle for Best Semi-Autonomous System: Tesla Autopilot Vs. GM SuperCruise, Head-to-Head The Drive. “SuperCruise’s operational domain is wisely limited by GPS to what they call ‘limited-access’ roads, otherwise known as divided highways, which use on- and off-ramps instead of intersections.” If your algorithm doesn’t work, control the parameters…
Good enough for government work? Macroeconomics since the crisis Paul Krugman, Oxford Review of Economic Policy (UserFriendly). “For now, let me instead just focus on how different the economics-profession response to the post-2008 crisis has been from the responses to depression and stagflation. For this time there hasn’t been a big new idea, let alone one that has taken the profession by storm.” Funny, that!
Analysis: What Lies Ahead for Syria in 2018 Syria Deeply
Saudi princes arrested for holding anti-austerity protest BBC. I’m playing the world’s smallest violin….
What’s behind the protests in Iran and what can you do? Owen Tudor, TUC
China’s hi-tech missile ambitions are marching ahead at warp speed South China Morning Post
Bringing Hip-Hop to Small-Town China Sixth Tone
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Voters Are Starting to See Trump As a Garden-Variety Conservative New York Magazine
How Trump abandoned populism The Week
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The psychiatrist who briefed Congress on Trump’s mental state: this is “an emergency” Vox. Lambert here: I’m not a fan of armchair diagnosis, whether for Terry Schiavo, Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump, and I’m not particularly trusting of the press. And I can’t help wondering how organic this (latest) campaign is. It appears that we’re looking at the Democrat strategy for 2018 and 2020 — a gaslighting strategy — which Trump feeds, no question — that does not require the Democrat Party (especially its consultant and donor classes) to change either personnel or advocate universal concrete material benefits, especially for the working class — and please forgive me if I’m not filled with enthusiasm, or fired with the prospect of success. They have learned nothing, and forgotten nothing, as Talleyrand said of the Bourbons.
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The Overton Window and Trump’s Judges Common Dreams
Trump Administration To Fight Order To Give Documents To Democratic Voter Fraud Commissioner HuffPo (CL). Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap.
The leading lobbying group for Amazon, Facebook, Google and other tech giants is joining the legal battle to restore net neutrality ReCode. As intervenors, but then in the last (successful) fight to preserve net neutrality, they filed friend-of-the court briefs.
“Vote out” congresspeople who won’t back net neutrality, advocates say Ars Technica. (Scroll down for a list of Senators who do not support Merkely’s resolution to reinstate net neutrality under the the Congressional Review Act.)
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Here’s Why Trump Can’t Beat Pot Buzzfeed
Sessions Unleashes the Hounds on Pro-Pot States The American Conservative
Democrats in Disarray
The US Democratic Party After The Election Of Donald Trump James Galbraith, Social Europe. Very good.
The Resistance Inc: Scott Dworkin and the Anti-Trump Gravy Train Washington Babylon and Exclusive: Resistance Grift – How Scott Dworkin Turned the Resistance into a Personal Payday Progressives Army
She Quit Working For Trump. Now She’s Running For Congress To Fight Him. HuffPo. Stoller: “Might want to mention that a key part of her job under Obama was working on the investor-state dispute settlement provision of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”
Krasner dismisses 31 from Philly DA’s Office in dramatic first-week shakeup The Inquirer. Excellent!
Seventy-seven nation industrial reserve army New Socialist. On the Paradise Papers.
Americans Haven’t Been This Poor and Indebted in Decades New York Magazine
More Ohio Amazon workers relying on food aid Policy Matters Ohio
Problems with Bridge Card leave some Michigan residents in the cold Detroit Free Press
The secret lives of students who mine cryptocurrency in their dorm rooms Quartz. Them that’s got shall get….
RIP Marc Raskin, Who Connected the Dots Between Inequality and War Foreign Policy in Focus (Re Silc).
AI-Fooling Glasses Could Be Good Enough to Trick Facial Recognition at Airports Motherboard (Re Silc). “Adversarial objects, for your face” (q.v. NC here).
Life Time fitness tunes out all-news TV outlets from its big screens Star-Tribune. Well done.
Antidote du jour:
And a bonus antidote:
— Alan Ferrier (@alanferrier) January 5, 2018
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.