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One great use for ChatGPT, simple recipes.

If you try looking for a recipe on Google they take forever to get to the point, and pop up all kinds of offers when all you wanted was a checklist of ingredients and steps.

For example, how to make hard-boiled eggs.

Try doing the same thing on Google to see what I mean.

I trust that President Biden will do what's best for the country.

Pete Buttigieg should be the Democrats' official blogger. Every day a new insight into what makes people do what they do and why the Dems have all the right ideas. He's a perfect spokesperson in that role. A daily Pete. He should do it.

Financial Times:
OpenSecrets: ~80% of donations from internet companies have gone to Democrats so far this US election cycle, down from 90% in 2020, as support for Trump grows  —  Some of America's wealthiest tech investors have come out for Trump.  But most Big Tech leaders are staying silent, for now

Sultan Quadri / Semafor:
Starlink faces regulatory obstacles in Africa, as countries worry about losing control over content and the company providing services without paying taxes  —  LAGOS — At the end of April, Starlink, the satellite broadband service owned by South African-born tech billionaire Elon Musk …

Dominic-Madori Davis / TechCrunch:
Some Black founders and investors say they feel betrayed by Ben Horowitz's support for Trump, as he has always been seen as an ally to the Black community  —  “It appears personal interest and profit supersedes people,” one founder lamented.  —  Some of the richest, most influential investors …

Washington Post:
One defective CrowdStrike update for Windows breaking global systems resurfaces concerns about Microsoft's monopoly in government and enterprise IT systems  —  Officials say the incident highlights how much businesses and governments rely on the giant's products.

Steven Levy / Wired:
A look at Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz's self-interested Trump support, including the “final straw”, a Biden proposal to tax unrealized capital gains at 25%  —  Venture capitalists Ben Horowitz and Marc Andreessen claim the tech industry, California, and the country are doomed if we don't embrace the former president.

David Weston / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft estimates that CrowdStrike's update affected 8.5M Windows devices, or less than 1% of all Windows machines  —  On July 18, CrowdStrike, an independent cybersecurity company, released a software update that began impacting IT systems globally.  Although this was not a Microsoft incident …

David E. Sanger / New York Times:
The CrowdStrike debacle may have accidentally provided cybercriminals and countries a road map to using security software to disrupt US critical infrastructure  —  With each cascade of digital disaster, new vulnerabilities emerge.  The latest chaos wasn't caused by an adversary …

A 25-minute ramble with the themes of the Dreaming piece I wrote earlier today.

Spoiler alert: I reveal the ending of the movie Casablanca.

Respecting yourself means sticking to problems we can and need to solve, and work together.

We can't make anything to happen until we start listening to and working with each other.

There is no perfect super-Democrat. Our candidate is Joe Biden. Any real candidate is going to suck.

It's like We Make Shitty Software, all candidates suck. But we do a great job.

The Democratic song this year, and always, should be With a little help from my friends.

Read George Lakoff, a great linguist who figured out how American politics work.

Check out Elizabeth Spiers piece about how it's time to get over the West Wing ideal. Martin Sheen never was and never will be president.

And remember your vote is a chess move, not a love letter.

CrowdStrike says a sensor configuration update to Windows systems triggered a logic error that resulted in a system crash and BSOD on impacted systems  —  What Happened?  —  On July 19, 2024 at 04:09 UTC, as part of ongoing operations, CrowdStrike released a sensor configuration update to Windows systems.

Like it or not, Twitter is still the social web of record. This is something we need to fix. It's going to take a long time, but it has to start.

Isn't it surprising, with old age such an important topic, that we aren't learning more about it? I'm there now, myself -- immersed in it, can't escape it. I guess I didn't want to know about it until I had to. It's a real perspective-shift.

Some coffee notes for a Saturday morning.

  1. This election is a total mess.
  2. Trump is extremely beatable.
  3. Biden is extremely beatable too.
  4. We've all had a chance to live in an America with Trump as president, and Biden. I know which one was better for all of us. (Evidence: our response to Covid, S&P 500 price.)
  5. Biden's health is not good and it of course will get worse in the coming four years.
  6. Trump's health isn't good either and it also will get worse. He doesn't care for himself. He's 77. He's near the end of the decade most people die.
  7. The Dems can run the show without Biden.
  8. The Repubs plan to run the show without Trump, he's just a figurehead, I hope you know that. An actor they put on stage to distract you from the nasty shit they are already doing (evidence, the Supreme Court). When he says Project 2025 isn't his, he's telling the truth. He has no idea what's in it and doesn't care. All he wants is to stand up at rallies and vent, and have his own Rick's Cafe in Casablanca and be Rick. It's the quieter, less showy folk that use him that you should be scared of.
  9. Even if Biden wanted to step aside, and he clearly doesn't, the mess that would follow can't be unraveled before the election, so if you push Biden out we lose, pretty sure of that. This is why I think Nate Silver lost his way, he's a sports fan, as am I. What's your next move after taking out the pitcher. You better have a good reliever warmed up in the bullpen, right? We don't even have a freaking bullpen Nate (hope he reads this).
  10. But it's fun to dream of the super-Democrat, the candidate who would totally clean Trump's clock, win in a landslide, and when they take office would clear out the junk on the Supreme Court, bring back Roe v Wade, slam the brakes on climate change, and then kick Putin's ass and restore America to greatness for real, and also prepare us to survive the next pandemic. But it's just a dream. It can't happen. Any good candidate will stay out of the mess that will follow a Biden step-aside. No one would want their future tied up in the mess-to-come.
  11. Remember, your vote is a chess move not a love letter.

Rick Blaine owns a nightclub and gambling den in Casablanca.

Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Trump's comments on Taiwan hollowing out the US chip industry are incorrect, and risks opening up a fissure for China to exploit and push its own tech sector  —  Viewing the US-Taiwan relationship as contentious, instead of cooperative, risks opening up a fissure for China to exploit.

Kelsey Piper / Vox:
Q&A with California state Senator Scott Wiener on his AI safety bill, addressing AI risks and liability concerns, critiques from the open source community, more  —  California state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) is generally known for his relentless bills on housing and public safety …

Emma Beavins / FierceHealthcare:
Healthcare payments infrastructure provider Commure plans to acquire and take private Augmedix, which develops AI ambient clinical documentation tech, for $139M  —  Healthcare technology company Commure plans to buy Augmedix, a healthcare artificial intelligence company founded in 2013, the companies announced Friday.

TSMC says that its HPC group, which includes AI and server chips, accounted for 52% of wafer revenue in Q2, the first time it made up the majority of sales  —  - HPC division houses AI accelerators, servers and MacBook chips  — TSMC's key sales driver has shifted from smartphones to AI

Chris Metinko / Crunchbase News:
Venture funding to cybersecurity startups grew to $4.4B in Q2 2024, up 144% YoY; funding in H1 2024 was $7.1B, up from $4.7B in H1 2023  —  Venture funding to cybersecurity startups had its best quarter since Q1 2022 — surging 144% year to year — and seemingly building off a strong start to the year.

Damien Wilde / 9to5Google:
Xiaomi unveils the Mix Fold 4, starting at ~$1,237, and the Mix Flip, its first flip foldable, with a 4.01" cover display, starting at ~$825, available in China  —  Xiaomi has officially launched two brand new foldables, including the firm's first ever flip device.

She had to sleep it off. Still very cute!

Historically it's unjustifiable. The NYT et al are grievously wrong, and that should be reflected on their op-ed pages. We've been here before, this is as much a hack as Hillary's Emails. Maybe you can't see it now, but win or lose, people are going to look at this period when we all lost our minds.

I posted the above piece around the social web, I like the way it looks on Threads the best.

An eye-opening segment on Brian Lehrer's show today. The first half is an interview with Hakeem Jeffries, you can skip that part, pretty standard stuff. It gets interesting at 17:50 when they take calls from listeners. A lot of different points of view from people of all ages, they're incredibly passionate, well thought-out, coherent. This is way better than the punditry you hear on news. The real crime here is that the insiders of the Democratic Party are taking control, after they were manipulated by the press. A total insider's route-around of the democratic process, it's just as bad imho as what the Repubs are planning around Election Day. The press did the same thing to NY governor Andrew Cuomo, who was elected by the people, and forced out without any legal process, and certainly not a vote. That experience argues in favor of when you're in doubt, do the thing the voters said to do. Anything else is very very questionable. Why are you taking control? Where are you authorized to do that? I think perhaps some of the Dems forget how huge an issue this was in the 2016 process.

Now that Elon Musk is giving so generously, dollars and flow, to the fascists, he's encouraging more of us to use Zuckerberg's twitter-like system, aka Threads. But Zuck isn't making it go down easy. There's a piece in Bloomberg (paywall) that says Trump is badass but isn't supporting either candidate. What could possibly go wrong?

Matt says some interesting new stuff is coming from Automattic now that WordPress 6.6 is out. Something for writers? Perhaps something that moves WordPress into a space adjacent to twitter-like systems? They just added support for Threads to WordPress, so now you can crosspost from a blog to a thread. Haven't tried it yet. They also have a new identity system built around Gravatar, announced in early June. It'll be interesting to see what they come out with. I wonder if there is a developer ecosystem building on this, and if they have an evangelism program. I have my own vision of how these things should work.