Pluralistic: How a billionaire's mediocre pump-and-dump "book" became a "bestseller" (15 Feb 2024)


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Pluralistic: How workers get trapped by "bondage fees"; Red Team Blues Chapter One, part five (21 Apr 2023)


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Pluralistic: Iowa's starvation strategy; The Red Team Blues Tour; Red Team Blues Chapter One, part three (19 Apr 2023)


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Pluralistic: How tech does regulatory capture; Part 2 of the Red Team Blues serial (18 Apr 2023)


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Pluralistic: Podcasting "How To Make a Child-Safe TikTok"; Serializing the first chapter of Red Team Blues (17 Apr 2023)


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Pluralistic: The AI hype bubble is the new crypto hype bubble (09 Mar 2023)


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Pluralistic: Booklist on "Red Team Blues" (13 Jan 2023)


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Crypto + Copyright = 🤡💩

No, you can’t own a fucking color, you absolute lunatic

Part of the sales pitch for a Color Museum NFT.

The world of crypto is full of scams, grifts, and absolutely foreseeable flops. The underlying ideology of crypto — the much-vaunted “system design” — starts from the principle that systems are most stable when they appeal to each participant’s self-interest, rather than their solidarity, generosity or empathy. This is an extension of the “greed is good” / ”there’s no such thing as society” ideology of the Thatcher-Reagan revolution. It’s an ideology grounded in empirically false propositions about how people actually behave in markets.

In a recent interview, Yanis Varoufakis describes his experience running an economy in God-mode when he was chief economist of Valve, overseeing game economies with “access to the full data set in real time,” lured by the prospect of “playing ‘god; i.e. being able to do with these digital economies things that no economist can do in the ‘real’ world, e.g. alter rules, prices, and quantities to see what happens.”

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Pluralistic: 03 Jun 2020


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Pluralistic: 09 Apr 2020

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  1. Neighbors treated to socially isolated buildingside screening: Scott Duggan treated his terrace to "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."
  2. Philips quadruples ventilator costs: They reneged on their HHS deal and will get $646.7m for their trouble.
  3. Kansas GOP nukes ban on large Easter gatherings: What's wrong with Kansas?
  4. Kickpunch's Disney comics/horror movie mashups: Daniel Björk's terrifying poster children for fair use.
  5. Plastic-eating enzyme: Leaf-branch compost cutinase to the rescue.
  6. Cold brew coffee chemistry: Making the black stuff reproducible.
  7. Tails adds Secureboot support: Evil chambermaids, beware!
  8. Crisis makes heroes of IT workers: When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth.
  9. Automating fake PDF signatures: Make it look like you printed, signed and scanned.
  10. Pocket Art Director: Your high-handed boss in D20 form.
  11. This day in history: 2019
  12. Colophon: Recent publications, upcoming appearances, current writing projects, current reading

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