What I read on Tuesday

Continuing the experiment of noting how I waste my time. Today’s reading includes edible unspeakable horrors, the secret eldritch ceremonies of those who control the internet, Apple CEO Tim Cook telling climate deniers to suck it, and a real magic ring you can buy on Kickstarter that works with your smartphone.

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The Guardian: Tim Cook tells climate change sceptics to ditch Apple shares
“When we work on making our devices accessible by the blind, I don’t consider the bloody ROI,” Cook said, adding that the same sentiment applied to environmental and health and safety issues.
He told Danhof that if he did not believe in climate change, he should sell his Apple shares. “If you want me to do things only for ROI reasons, you should get out of this stock,” he said.

LiveScience: Giant Virus Resurrected from Permafrost After 30,000 Years
Pathogens are so cool!

Tech Crunch: Researchers Find That Twitter Can Locate HIV Outbreaks
The team mapped over 9,800 tweets with sexual and drug-related themes and found that their locations were a good predictor for established statistics on HIV-prevalence.

Mashable: Samsung Upgrades the Chromebook
I continue to lust for a new laptop.  If these new Chromebooks are as nice as this article indicates, I might be making a purchase later this year (though what I really want is an Apple Air).


Skeptic.com: Believe the Survivors or the Science? What the science of memory can teach us about the Dylan Farrow/Woody Allen case
Difficult subject matter, but makes some very valid points about both memory science and the importance maintaining reason to prevent irrational witch hunts.

The Guardian: Meet the seven people who hold the keys to worldwide internet security
It sounds like the stuff of science fiction: seven keys, held by individuals from all over the world, that together control security at the core of the web. The reality is rather closer to The Office than The Matrix

GeekFeminism.org: In defense of Women in Tech (WiT) groups
This blog makes some great points. I don’t really have any experience with WiT groups, but I have helped to create women’s groups before. I’m not surprised that the seeping pus of the internet has sprayed the idea of Women in Tech groups with some of that weird, confused goo that seems to appear whenever females try to claim a little bit of space for themselves.

Mashable: This Bluetooth Ring Is Like a Magic Wand on Your Finger
Living in the future is crazy stuff.