Links and Notes - Tue, Nov 19, 2019

10:32 a.m.

Yesterday was mostly sunny with temps reaching the low 50s, our warmest day in a while.

Nov 19, 2019 9:52 am EST
Weather : Overcast with Haze
Temperature : 41 F
Humidity : 82%
Wind Speed : WSW 6 mph
Barometer : 29.81 in
Dewpoint: 36 F
Visibility : 2.50 statute miles
Wind Chill : 37 F

Toledo 7-day forecast
Last Update: Nov 19, 2019 9:48 am

Today: Cloudy, with a high near 42. West wind 3 to 5 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Calm wind.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph after midnight.

Thursday: Showers, mainly after 1pm. High near 53. South wind 8 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night: Showers likely, mainly before 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 36. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 29.

Saturday: A chance of rain and snow showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 40. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 41.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 46.


Police surround last holdouts at Hong Kong university

Hong Kong university protesters defy surrender warnings

Desperate Hong Kong protesters explore sewers in campus escape bid

China slams Hong Kong judges after mask ruling, raising pressure on city’s freedoms

Show concern and support for the Hong Kong protesters, and LeBron James will call you ignorant. James is classless. I infer that James supports the oppression espoused by the Chinese government.

weird whining story. not what i thought it was going to be.

As millions pay for premium subscriptions to have a “clean” digital media experience, privacy and freedom from advertising are gradually becoming luxury goods

Sam Lessin / @lessin: It is kinda interesting to watch the idea that privacy is a ‘premium good’ go mainstream in NYT articles. The tech world has been talking about this inversion as obvious for 10+ years.. i.e. this is me making this point in @jeffjarvis book in 2010!
Sachin Rekhi / @sachinrekhi: “What the internet once promised was nothing short of complete informational equality. But today's internet functions a lot like the physical world, with an income-based hierarchy in which everything ... is determined by how much you can afford to pay.”
Hal Koss / Halgorithm: Surfing uncanny valley
Ashkan Soltani / @ashk4n: How freedom from advertising, not just privacy, is a luxury good ‘in the future, there will be two types of people: “people who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do”’
Dwight Silverman / @dsilverman: “It's not surprising that given the choice between a free, seedy internet and a costly, orderly one, more people are opening their wallets.” The “premium” internet vs. the free one. Via the @NYTmag - behind a paywall, natch.
Albert Lloreta / @albertlloreta: 'You've always had Louis Vuitton handbags. Now you have software that makes you feel the same way.'
Rowan Walrath / @rowanwalrath: “We have not fully appreciated how much of our internet experience is shaped by socioeconomic status, and the magnitude of the tax the internet imposes on lower-income users in the form of data-sucking devices and predatory ads.”
Bear Braumoeller / @prof_bearb: I genuinely can't tell whether this is a sincere and profoundly blinkered attempt to portray paid internet services as classist, or a brilliantly subtle attempt to promote them. (Or both.)
David Montgomery / @dhmontgomery: “Paying for goods and services online used to mean you were an easy mark — someone too lazy or unsophisticated to figure out the necessary hacks and workarounds. Now, subscriptions are a status symbol.” @kevinroose on the New Internet:
Daniel Tunkelang / @dtunkelang: “Free” was always a lie. If you aren't paying for the product, you are the product — and you're paying with your attention, data, or worse. As Joan Didion said, people with self-respect know the price of things.
John Zhu / @jzheel: This is a pretty crappy take, mainly bc the examples don't back up the premise. Freedom from ads/"online cesspool" is NOT the value proposition for Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, etc.
Mathew Ingram / @mathewi: “In the moment, it felt vaguely like extortion — as if $11.99 was the price not just of uninterrupted entertainment but also of fencing off my brain from low-rent scammers and opportunists”
Silvia Pareschi / @silviapareschi2: The tech investor Marc Andreessen once said that in the future, there will be two types of people: “people who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do.”
Parmy Olson / @parmy: “If privacy becomes an expensive add-on, the rich and the poor will have very different experiences of the internet.” Great write-up of where this trend is going.
Kevin Roose / @kevinroose: I wrote an essay for the @NYTmag's tech and design issue about the “luxury internet” — a kind of digital farm-to-table movement for people who want to pay to escape the clunky, predatory free internet and inhabit tasteful, private spaces instead.
Frank Pasquale / @frankpasquale: “Fortnite character skins — they're like costumes for your avatar — have become a source of social cachet for young kids. Poorer kids who use the free, default skin inside the game report being bullied by their peers who can afford to buy rarer ones.”

Fitbit users are getting rid of the devices because they don’t trust Google (

Algebraic Data Types: Things I wish someone explained on functional programming (

TikTok hits 1.5B downloads, outperforming Instagram (

Lenovo Ideapad S340 Review 2019! - A Budget Portable Laptop Under $400?

List of all tools we used to create a hit HTML5 game on Steam (

Sweden Drops Julian Assange Rape Investigation (

Amazon is sending me packages I didn't buy (

Hacker Publishes 2TB of Data from Cayman National Bank (

A Dead-Simple Web Stack in Haskell (

Apple's New Map: Midwest and Western U.S. (

this is odd.

hn comment:

Puzzle me this - as an employee in the US, for a company paying well above market for your labor, with generous perks and the freedom to speak out against the employer (which is likely absent in China), the response of the Chinese workforce seems rather paradoxical - criticising an accommodating work environment, which, mind you, is only possible because of freedom of speech.