May 222021
 

 
Emily Wilder, fired by AP after 16 days on the job. (photo: Angel Mendoza)
Emily Wilder had thought she’d hit it big. After interning at the Arizona Republic, she earned a newsroom assistant job at the Phoenix bureau of the Associated Press, starting May 3. It wouldn’t last long. 
Several right-wing organizations, including the Federalist (5/19/21) and Washington Free Beacon (5/18/21) outlets, attacked the news service over Wilder’s previous affiliation with Students for Justice in Palestine, when she was an undergraduate at Stanford University. AP, which recently had its office in Gaza destroyed by Israeli missile fire, bowed to the pressure (Washington Post, 5/20/21).
The News Media Guild, the union representing AP staff, said it was investigating Wilder’s firing…

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May 222021
 

CHICAGO—Excited about his final opportunity to make friends as an adult before surrendering to a life of solitude, local man Josh Kelly reported Friday that the adult kickball he joined would be a great way to meet other people who are entirely out of options. “It feels good to do something different and meet some…

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May 212021
 

As always, takedowns happen in seconds, and the appeals are processed in just as timely a fashion — only 1,602 days this time. Fifty-three months!

From: Instagram <no-reply@mail.instagram.com>
Subject: Your video has been re-posted
Date: Fri, 21 May 2021 11:43:29 -0700

We received your appeal and re-posted the video you originally shared at 1:25 PM on December 31, 2016.

View Video

Previously, previously, previously, previously.

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May 212021
 

 
iHeart Media‘s purchase of design podcast 99% Invisible means that the canary in the coalmine just died.
In the past couple of years, two high-profile acquisitions of podcast companies have produced a whirlwind of think pieces from the media press. Forbes (12/4/20) prophesied that Amazon’s 2020 purchase of podcast publisher Wondery put the industry “on a Path to a Crossroads.” And a Poynter headline (2/7/19) proclaimed Spotify’s 2019 purchase of celebrated commercial podcast network Gimlet Media “could change podcasting’s future.”
But that future has already arrived. In a largely ignored story last year, Liberty Media, a conglomerate that already owns SiriusXM radio and the audio streaming and podcast platform Pandora, secured the right to a 50% stake in…

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May 212021
 

In 2018, LWN covered a talk by Gernot
Heiser
about the seL4 project, which has developed an open-source
operating system for safety-critical applications and gone to the trouble
of proving its correctness. Much of that work has been done at CSIRO in
Australia. Heiser has announced
via Twitter that CSIRO’s support for this project is being shut down, with
the staff being redirected to artificial-intelligence projects. Hopefully the seL4 Foundation, established in
2020, will be able to carry on this interesting work.

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May 212021
 

GAZA CITY — Dr. Khaled Harazeen described the scene at al-Shifa Hospital in the occupied Gaza Strip as “catastrophic.”
“We are already working within extreme limitations and now we face dozens of victims at a time,” he told The Intercept. “We try our best to triage the cases, but there are so many wounded. The end result is a lot of deaths and an unbearable load on the medical staff.” Harazeen added, “We are shattered.”
Leading up to the ceasefire announced on Thursday evening, the medical professionals of Gaza’s main hospital had worked around the clock for more than a week to treat the soaring number of war injuries inflicted by Israeli airstrikes — nearly 2,000 in only 10…

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May 192021
 

Several readers have alerted us to some serious problems at freenode, which runs an IRC network that
is popular in the free-software world. Evidently there has been a change
of control within the volunteer-run organization that has led to the
resignations of multiple different volunteers, at least in part due
to a concern about the personal information of freenode users under the new
management. “The
freenode resignation FAQ” has collected a bunch of information (and
links to even more resignation letters) that may help shed some light on this mess.
From the FAQ: “Freenode staff have stepped down. The network that
runs at freenode.org/net/com should now be assumed to be under control of a
malicious party.”
In the meantime, many of the volunteers who resigned have formed…

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 2021-05-19  No Responses »
May 102021
 

Having written over 600 blog entries, I thought I would have already covered the complexities of the
CLUSTER command, but it seems I have not, so let’s do that now.

CLUSTER is an unusual SQL command because, like non-unique CREATE INDEX, it only affects performance. In fact,
CLUSTER requires the existence of an index. So, what does CLUSTER do? Well, what does CREATE INDEX do? Let’s look at how storage works in Postgres.

User data rows are stored in heap files in the file system, and those rows are stored in an indeterminate order. If the table is initially
loaded in INSERT/COPY order, later inserts, updates, and deletes will cause rows to be added in unpredictable order in the heap…

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 2021-05-10  No Responses »
May 102021
 

Earlier in the morning, 1,000 security forces stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem as worshippers were praying, firing stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets, while snipers took up positions on rooftops, injuring more than 330 Palestinians.

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May 102021
 

If you’ve been following along with us, the past several months haven’t gone great for streaming platform Twitch. It all started with Twitch’s decision to simply nuke a bunch of streamer content as a result of a massive influx of DMCA notices it received. While Twitch streamers and some in the public went ballistic over this, the company decided to try to distract the world with bright shiny objects like emojis, only to continue to let the DMCApocalypse continue even after it apologized for its lack of transparency. Then Amazon, which owns Twitch, put on Twitch’s GlitchCon and spent a pretty penny on it, while streamers on the platform wondered why Amazon didn’t just spend that…

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May 092021
 

Older readers may remember the Stylophone, a small battery powered electric organ using conductive PCB pads and a stylus to create notes. The simple multivibrators in those instruments made them monophonic, but here in 2021 we can do better than that! [Sjm4306] has gone the extra mile with a PCB organ, by making a capacitive-touch instrument that boasts four-note polyphony.
At its heart is an ATmega328p whose software sports four tone generators that each emerge on a different pin. These are summed using a set of 100 Ω resistors and fed to a tiny speaker. Power comes from a CR2032 lithium cell, and he notes that a higher voltage delivers more volume.
The full story is detailed in…

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May 072021
 

I always thought it would be a great honor to be referenced in the hallowed pages of WIRED magazine. Like Mike, I’ve been reading it since its beginning, as a then student studying information technology and watching the Internet take hold in the world.

This week it finally happened, and ugh… My work was referenced in support of a terrible take on Section 230, which not only argued that Section 230 should be repealed (something that I spend a great deal of personal and professional energy trying to push back against) but masqueraded as a factual explanation of how there was no possible reasonable defense of the law and that therefore all its defenders (including me) are,…

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 2021-05-07  No Responses »
May 062021
 

For almost 15 years the website LiveLeak shocked and entertained the internet. If you wanted to see uncensored and horrifying footage of war and violence that YouTube wouldn’t allow, then LiveLeak would serve it up to you. In 2014, Business Insider called it “The Islamic State’s favorite site for beheading videos.” Now, LiveLeak is gone, replaced with a softer sounding video website called ItemFix that eschews the violence and gore that made LiveLeak a staple of the dark side of the internet. “Nothing lasts forever though and—as we did all those years ago—we felt LiveLeak had achieved all that it could and it was time for us to try something new and exciting,” LiveLeak co-founder Hayden…

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May 062021
 

Cancel culture is at a crossroads, seems to me.  And I might as well be at the center of it.  If I wasn’t before, I appear to be now.
But what is cancel culture?  Isn’t that a rightwing term used to excuse bigoted behavior and avoid accountability for said behavior?  Yes, that’s how the right uses the concept — as a weapon against the rest of society.
And that’s all I’ll say about that.  Now to the left.  Cancel culture on the left also exists.  The people claiming otherwise are part of the left’s version of cancel culture.  (Note to anarchists:  when I use the term “left,” this includes you, too.  We can argue about the semantics of…

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May 062021
 

On May 5, the proponents of several Ohio initiatives filed this brief in U.S. District Court, in Thompson v DeWine, s.d., 2:20cv-2129. This is the case over petitioning relief for initiatives. Although the Sixth Circuit denied injunctive relief (and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to get involved), that doesn’t necessarily mean Ohio’s policy is constitutional. The proponents of the initiatives will seek a ruling that Ohio violates the First Amendment by its policy. Here is the brief.

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