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Lucian Constantin’s Motherboard guide to protecting your home router is full of excellent, nearly impossible-to-follow advice that you should follow, but probably won’t. Constantin sensibly points out that your ability to trust your router ultimately and absolutely depends on its security track record (“How did it handle vulnerabilities…

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Why are we still doing this to each other? It’s thankfully been a really long time since I’ve been invited to a recurring meeting. But I heard a couple mentions of them last week, and it brought back terrible pre-Basecamp memories. It reminded me that not everyone is so lucky — many people…

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An NBER paper from 2015 tracks the decline in corporate spending on basic science in R&D, which has become a practical, application-focused line-item in corporate budgets, creating a safe, predictable, and slow cycle of innovation. Deepmind’s AlphaGo Zero — which taught itself to play a remarkable game of…

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I’m not picking on Twitter in particular, but its trajectory illustrates a systemic problem. Designers and programmers are great at inventing software. We obsess over every aspect of that process: the tech we use, our methodology, the way it looks, and how it performs. Unfortunately we’re not nearly as obsessed…

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Do I see a trend of software becoming simpler? Yes and no. Let’s look at cars. Many people think Ford’s Model T was the “first car”. It wasn’t. Or they think it was the first mass produced car. It wasn’t that either. One of the big reasons for its success…

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