linked list friday: the rich stay richer, “sorry” vs “thank you”, cutting down on phone use

link tuesday: Chinese censorship, smart devices, soaking the rich, sick days

last linked list friday of 2018! microaggressions and privilege, emergency room bills, chores and allowances

just hangin’ on friday linked list: willpower is overrated, Dr. Elon and Mr. Musk, solar panels are very cheap!

pre-thanksgiving linked list: disney theme parks are growing, doctors and computers, creepy thermometers

monday linked list: China maybe didn’t hack, except for the other hacks; doctors reading lab results; how to save the Supreme Court

– After that big China hack story last time, it might be falling apart – Apple and Amazon have issued very strong denials, and no other news source has been able to confirm much. Here’s an article that casts doubt on it.

How the US Forced China to Quit Stealing – Using a Chinese Spy – …but that’s not to say that China isn’t involved in hacking. Here’s an interesting part of the story:

Donald Trump’s trade war against China has largely been couched as a way to punish China for its years of rampant intellectual property theft. And the official documents that make a case for that war have made scant mention of the progress that the Obama administration made. “After years of unsuccessful US-China dialogs, the United States is taking action to confront China,” wrote the US Trade Representative’s office, disregarding the quite successful dialog that took place at the Omni Shoreham hotel in 2015. If the US isn’t going to acknowledge that things ever got better, what incentive does China have to keep on good behavior?

What the tests don’t show: Doctors are surprisingly bad at reading lab results. It’s putting us all at risk. – the math here is really not that hard, but it’s important that doctors get this right! (thanks David!)

How to save the Supreme Court: The Supreme Court faces a legitimacy crisis. Here’s what we can do about it. – I expected to roll my eyes at these suggestions, but they’re actually pretty good ideas. (I think the Supreme Court panel is the most feasible one) I used to be a big fan of lifetime appointments because it’s a very good antidote to corruption, but it makes the stakes for a Supreme Court seat so ridiculously high that I’m willing to consider other options now.

Stumbling Toward Armageddon: Newly declassified documents show why the Americans and the Soviets came so close to war in 1973. – because Brezhnev was addicted to sleeping pills. Much like with nuclear missiles, this is why the strategy of “raising tensions to get what you want” can have catastrophic results.

Wall Street Loves These Risky Loans. The Rest of Us Should Be Wary. – gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

The exciting new idea hospitals have to bring down drug prices – hospitals are banding together to produce generic drugs; competition is good!

In Praise of Mediocrity: The pursuit of excellence has infiltrated and corrupted the world of leisure. – yay hobbies!

The Faster, Cheaper, Better Way to Charge Electric Vehicles – battery swapping always seemed like a good idea, and maybe it’s coming back!

IBM Takes Cybersecurity Training on the Road – I like escape rooms and I don’t know much about cybersecurity but I’m willing to learn if I can get in this sweet truck!

Fight Night With LeBron: Laker fans get their first glimpse of L.A.’s newest megastar, in one of the most chaotic home openers in memory. – I’ve always been a minor LeBron fan, but I think this article converted me to a major LeBron fan, and I hope the Lakers do well except when they play the Rockets 🙂

thursday linked list: china hacking US hardware, compromising on policy is dead, delayed sexual assault allegations

The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies – wow – this is a huge scoop and incredibly scary! (if you have hardware access to a machine there’s basically nothing you can’t do)

Democrats Don’t Care About Policy Compromise Anymore — Just Like Republicans – this makes me really sad. Like I’ve mentioned before I’m much more of an incrementalist/pragmatist. It also seems very very difficult to pass anything meaningful without compromises.

Why Women Can Take Years to Come Forward With Sexual Assault Allegations – I know it can seem like an “ambush” or whatever, but there are good reasons most women don’t report sexual assault when it happens to them 😦

Amazon raises minimum wage to $15 for all US employees – yes, this is partially a political move, and partially a business move, but even though the reasons aren’t altruistic this is an unambiguously good thing. Yay!

How AI changed organ donation in the US – I was vaguely aware of this, but this is a really cool application of an algorithm to save lives!

Which Foreign Aid Programs Work? The U.S. Runs A Test — But Won’t Talk About It – interesting, although this is aggravating:

“In this country we don’t like giving poor people money,” he says. There’s “an inherent sense” that they can’t be trusted to spend it wisely. No matter, Carbonell adds, that the research strongly indicates that poor people don’t spend cash aid on vices like tobacco and alcohol.

“We don’t want to be seen as just giving handouts to poor people,” he says. “And that is a very deeply ingrained fear at USAID.”

What Happens When Gig-Economy Workers Become Employees – some like it, some don’t.

Once again, Putin gives us a lesson on the usefulness of the blatant lie – sigh

U.S. officials suspect Russia in mystery ‘attacks’ on diplomats in Cuba, China – this is an interesting twist.

A Map of the World Where the Sizes of Countries Are Determined by Population – cartograms are good and useful!

I lost my infant son to a drunk driver. This change could save countless lives. – lowering the legal blood alcohol concentration limit would save lives!

The Surprising Reason that There Are So Many Thai Restaurants in America – whoa, didn’t know that the Thai government subsidized restaurants! Also “gastrodiplomacy” is a cool word.

Many Ways to Be a Girl, but One Way to Be a Boy: The New Gender Rules – the rare article that’s depressing for girls _and_ boys!

The Effectiveness of Publicly Shaming Bad Security – I’m glad we’ve reached a point where this can work!