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Facebook has replaced Google+ as one of my frequently-visited tabs in Chrome. Resistance is futile....
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"Today, a company can artificially disrupt an industry by using cash to make up for the inefficiencies of the business plan. If Uber has a big enough war chest, it can disrupt the taxi business by taking a loss on rides for several years. It does that to drive everyone else out of business and establish its monopoly. Is that disruption? Sure. It's not a creative sort, because it does not have a sustainable marketplace on the other end. It's just destructive destruction. Like what Amazon did to the book industry.

"So Uber can establish a monopoly in a taxi market without worrying about the long-term health of that market. It's OK if the drivers can't make a living, or the traffic patterns won't work, or the roads break down, or people with special needs can't get transportation. It's OK because Uber doesn't need the taxi market to stay viable; it simply needs a monopoly in order to leverage over to something else, like logistics, drone delivery, or robotic driving.

"Most of Uber's drivers can't make a living as an Uber driver. While taxi drivers and limo drivers could recoup enough money to keep themselves and their families alive, Uber drivers are not paid enough to do that. The platform keeps the money." And then lists on the stock exchange, making its founders unimaginably rich.
Doubts about the motivations of the new tech titans are piling up, writes Kelsey Munro.
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Another day, another vote to close on Stack Overflow.

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The new journal Discrete Analysis has just been launched.

Points to note.

1. It is an arXiv overlay journal. That means that to submit a paper you just post it to the arXiv and tell us that that is what you have done. If we accept it, we suggest revisions, you post those, and that's it. That enables us to keep our costs about two orders of magnitude lower than those of a traditional journal. Papers are free to read (obviously) and we make no charge to authors.

2. Contrary to what one might expect, the website of the journal adds considerable value to the articles, by presenting them properly. Thanks to the work of Scholastica, the platform we chose for the journal, the site looks beautiful and is laid out extremely thoughtfully (this will become clearer when we have more articles). We have also provided "Editorial introductions" for each article, which aim to place it in context and help you judge whether you might be interested in reading it. If you open one of these, it does not take you to a different page, but opens up in a box on the existing page. (In general, we have tried to minimize the amount of loading you have to do.)

I have written more about it in a blog post:

   https://gowers.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/discrete-analysis-launched/
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On the one hand, Martin Shkreli is an A-grade dickbag.

On the other, how many of us have wanted to do the same thing to Lamar Smith or the rest of the Republican climate-change-is-a-conspiracy bunch?


'Pharma bro' said he was going 'school Congress'. When faced them, he uncharacteristically shut his mouth.
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People getting jail sentences for burning public lands without permission in order to hide illegal poaching?

Government overreach.

People being executed by government representatives in the streets, for selling cigarettes? Or for having a toy gun? Or for minor traffic infractions?

Not government overreach.

Mandatory minimum jail sentences that leave no leeway for judges' discretion?

Appropriate and needed in order to deter crime. From non-white people.

Mandatory minimum jail sentences that leave no leeway for judges' discretion... when they affect white people?

Government tyranny.
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I am confident I will prevail. The allegations against me are baseless and without merit.
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This footage i've recovered tells a different tale. But a handsome donation to my charitable foundation could make this footage disappear.
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It's not April 1. Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise Group, announced today that next year Microsoft will be releasing a version of SQL Server that runs on Linux. A private preview is available today that includes the core relational database features of SQL Server 2016.
Will follow the release of SQL Server 2016 for Windows later this year.
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Zoe Quinn can't fight any more :(
Her home address, passwords and nude photos were widely distributed. She was threatened with rape. Zoe Quinn had a solid criminal case. But now, this high-profile victim of cyber-harassment has given up on the legal system.
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In response to North Korea's latest nuke test, South Korea will begin broadcasting K-pop across the border. In the face of this onslaught, the North Korean leadership must be rethinking their...

Hmm.

Man, I got to get me some of those nukes.
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An Australian man who made headlines after saying Facebook told him to take down his profile admits he hoaxed the media.
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Congrats, fuckface, you actually made things worse.
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