Rome is burning, and Facebook wants to know if we Like the fiddler.

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[D]efending yourself against an oppressive government doesn’t START at the 2nd amendment. It starts with the 1st and 4th amendment.

Is this how a dystopia starts? http://mobile.theverge.com/2014/8/14/6001243/ferguson-missouri-is-this-how-a-dystopia-starts
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The role of the song-picking DJ is dead.

Why Classic Rock Isn’t What It Used To Be | FiveThirtyEight // Support song-picking DJ’s, listen to http://www.thecurrent.org!
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It’s a dangerous myth, that we should all need permission any time we’re getting value out of a piece of culture. And it’s one that gets entrenched deeper each time we accept the idea that we’re able to make use of a work because a copyright owner is or would be OK with it, and not just because we have a basic right to participate in culture that is more fundamental than anybody else’s desire to maximize profits.

Houston, We Have A Public Domain Problem — Medium
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This is a crisis. The reason for capitalism is that it is supposed to allocate reward based on “merit” — it is supposed to move capital into the hands of the people who can do the most with it — and if all our policy decisions are made in service to a class of supermanagers whose wealth comes from squatting on a fortune managed by some green-eyeshade quants who grow it without its owner ever doing a notable thing apart from being born to dynasty, there is no more reason for capitalism.

Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century - Boing Boing
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The culprit isn’t Millennials, or Facebook, or analytics software like Chartbeat. The problem is our brains. The more attention-starved we feel, the more we thirst for stimuli that are familiar. We like ice cream when we’re sad, old songs when we’re tired, and easy listicles when we’re busy and ego-depleted.

Why Audiences Hate Hard News—and Love Pretending Otherwise - Atlantic Mobile
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[I]f you are not embedded in the use of a plant hallucinogen, there is no way for you to get your instructions in the larger dance of what is happening because the gaian mind, the over soul, whatever you want to call it, this is how it controls the global mega system, through the shedding and release of chemical messengers of all sorts that move all kinds of organisms around, including self reflecting higher organisms.

Shrooms are an API // Source: Touched By The Tremendum (March 27, 1990) | Edge.org
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In my view, it normally takes the telecoms industry 4 years to spot a good idea, 4 years to implement it, and another 4 years to realise it was too late. For WebRTC, those numbers seem to have been cut to 2 years, which ranks as an improvement of sorts.

The old-world telco mindset lives on. IMS advocates still don’t “get it”
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The law of DRM means that neither the writer who created a book, nor the publisher who invested in it, gets to control its digital destiny: the lion’s share of copyright control goes to the ebook retailer whose sole contribution to the book was running it through a formatting script that locked it up with Amazon’s DRM.

How Amazon is holding Hachette hostage (How Hachette made the rope that Amazon is hanging it with)
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Achieving 60fps is not possible in all occasions but achieving interoperability is better. I’d rather have a poor person pick a smartphone for the first time, learn just enough HTML to build a little app that helps his community and start changing things then having the same person get into debt to buy the latest iOS thing and then be unable to deliver the app for his community because Apple didn’t like it.

Mozilla to sell ‘$25’ Firefox OS smartphones in India | Hacker News
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Secret leverages the insecurity of not being in the know; what might be the most literal example of FOMO.

http://nathanjurgenson.com/post/88421803650/whispering-secrets
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