Boing Boing: “Massive scale” shut-down of polling places in districts known for suppressing black voters. You want to talk about questioning the legitimacy of an election? Maneuvers like this one make me question which party is the crooked one.
Paulina Borsook, Freedom to Tinker: Neophilia and Human Nature. After a well written illustration about how concern about Internet behavior and regulation is more “nothing new under the sun,” Borsook offers a bibliography that would make a fantastic syllabus for a college course on the roots of Internet culture, policy, and journalism.
OS X Daily: How to batch rename files on Mac OSX easily from the Finder. Awfully useful. Though it’s not “instant” on files in iCloud Drive.
Slashdot: Satya Nadella: “We clearly missed the mobile phone.” What is so frustrating to those of us whose fortunes were tied to Microsoft’s (I was an intern in 2001 and an employee from 2002 to 2004) is that it wasn’t for lack of trying.
There was constantly something going on in mobile, often with senior leadership taking the reins. But too often it was trying to push a version of the Windows user experience into a handheld format.
The lesson? Don’t let your product portfolio strategy overrule user experience, or users will overrule you.
The New Yorker: Billy Bragg’s Railroad Songs. Splendid write-up of Bragg’s new album, and its connection to America in the year of Clinton vs. Trump.
Out of the Box: “Nat’s War”: The Southampton Slave Rebellion of 1831. The Library of Virginia has posted original documents from the trial of Nat Turner and is inviting people to help transcribe the documents.
Boing Boing: Spy is back! Sort of. No word yet on whether Carl Swanson is on board.
Eugene Volokh and Paul Alan Levy, Washington Post: Dozens of suspicious court cases, with missing defendants, aim at getting web pages taken down or deindexed. Brilliantly slimy hack of the legal system and search engine infrastructure. Google won’t take down search results without a court order? Sue an imaginary defendant with a similar name, get him to settle, and use the settlement to get the pages taken down.
CNet: Samsung puts Galaxy Note 7 out of its misery. When your recalled phone bursts into smoke and flames on a plane, it might be time to give up the ghost.
The Verge: Replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone catches fire on Southwest plane. If the FAA bans smartphones from flying over this, I know who I’m blaming. Note the kicker last line.
Five Thirty Eight: Election Update: The Craziest End To The 2016 Campaign Runs Through New Mexico. There’s a scenario in which there’s a tight electoral college such that the electoral votes in New Mexico might decide the election, but in which Gary Johnson holds those votes. I don’t even wanna think about how that scenario plays out afterwards.
OSXDaily: Use Siri on the Mac! A List of Mac Siri Commands. I’m still one OS version back on my work Mac, so I’m looking forward to being able to try these out soon. I do wonder what sort of look I’ll get from my coworkers, though.
Alabama’s activist judge Roy Moore was removed from office for gross misconduct on Friday for his role in blocking same-sex marriage legislation. It’s all First Amendment until it runs into violations of federal court orders, folks.
New Yorker: David Bowie, celebrated by his friends. That’s a concert I’d love to have seen. I’m a huge fan of Blackstar and of McCaslin and his band.