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Nintendo vs Nintendees: Super Smash Bros Melee is a case study in spiteful corporate fuckery.

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#1yrago Mayor Pete: Obama should have left Chelsea Manning to rot in prison for 35 years…

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#1yrago “Out of Home Advertising”: the billboards that spy on you as you move through public spaces…

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Predictive policing tools work really well: they perfectly predict what the police will do. Specifically, they predict whom the police will accuse of crimes, and since only accused people are convicted, they predict who will be convicted, too.

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Instead, predictive policing serves as empirical facewash for bias. Take last year's biased policing statistics, give them to a machine learning model, and ask it where the crime will be next year, and it will tell you that next year's crime will look much the same.

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An Especially Cursed House: Kate Wagner and the Fall of the House of Colt's Neck.

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The meat-and-potatoes of Kate Wagner's @mcmansionhell is making extraordinarily hilarious architectural criticism out of mediocre "luxury" homes. Anyone can find hilarity in a tacky monstrosity, but finding the humor in unimaginative status-displays takes insight and skill.

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