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Wednesday, 22 May 2024

“No way to prevent this” say users of only language where this regularly happens

Xe Iaso: “In the hours following the release of CVE-2024-4323 for the project Fluent Bit, site reliability workers and systems administrators scrambled to desperately rebuild and patch all their systems to fix a vulnerability in HTTP parsing code that allows for heap corruption and arbitrary code execution by making a HTTP GET request with a megabyte of the letter ‘A’ in its body.”


Friday, 17 May 2024

Why is China producing so many export goods, anyway?

Noah Smith: “This might sound like a bunch of Marxist mumbo-jumbo, but it’s actually not very different from how other countries think about technology, industry, and the national interest.”


Wednesday, 15 May 2024

Against Sunscreen Absolutism

Rowan Jacobsen, The Atlantic: “Such a stance surely reflects understandable concerns about mixed messaging. But it also seems more and more outdated, and suggests a broader problem within American public-health institutions.”


Wednesday, 8 May 2024

The macro arsonists

Noah Smith: “This allows us to answer the question of ‘Why does the government borrow in a currency that it can print?’.”


Monday, 6 May 2024

North Korean weapons are killing Ukrainians. The implications are far bigger

BBC: “‘We are witnessing the real-time crumbling of UN sanctions against North Korea, which buys Pyongyang a lot of breathing space’”


Saturday, 4 May 2024

What the Debate Over Famine in Gaza Is Missing

Yan Slobodkin, Slate: “Yemen and Ethiopia have suffered tens of thousands of deaths each under IPC Phase 4 ‘emergency’ conditions without sliding into Phase 5. Sudan is currently facing a food crisis that threatens to be more deadly than the one in Gaza because the affected population is larger, but the IPC has not designated famine there either.”


Saturday, 27 April 2024

The Court Just Sealed Everyone’s Fate, Including Its Own

Brynn Tannehill, The New Republic: “Except, what happens when neither Democrats nor Republicans have any respect for the courts?”


Sunday, 7 April 2024

Meet Stephanie Pope, The Woman Trying To Clean Up Boeing’s 737 MAX Mess

Jeremy Bogaisky, Forbes: “A little-known finance specialist who had most recently run the smallest of Boeing’s three divisions […] the surprise promotion was seen as giving Pope the chance to gain the operational experience to succeed […] ‘Proficiency in Microsoft Excel is not what’s missing here,’ Richard Aboulafia, a managing director at AeroDynamic Advisory, told Forbes.


Tuesday, 2 April 2024

Baby bust

Paul Campos: ”… but it’s also the case that pro-natalist government policies seem to have very little effect on TFR. Another huge political problem is that there’s massive resistance to immigration in most of the countries that are in desperate need of immigration …“


Wednesday, 27 March 2024

Mounting research shows that COVID-19 leaves its mark on the brain, including with significant drops in IQ scores

Ziyad Al-Aly, The Conversation: ”… a three-point downward shift in IQ would increase the number of U.S. adults with an IQ less than 70 from 4.7 million to 7.5 million – an increase of 2.8 million adults with a level of cognitive impairment that requires significant societal support.“


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