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Why Nothing Works Anymore

Technology out of control, NASA's free software, botnets, ransomware, AI's PR problems, and more!

[theatlantic.com]

Why Nothing Works Anymore

Gather round, children, and hear the tale of how complex interdependencies and connected systems brought down the world. (I stole the spirit of this from a tweet that I couldn't find. Credit to ether of reality.)
[technologyreview.com]

Botnets of Things

A review of the various bad things that can happen with botnets.
[slate.com]

Your Cheat-Sheet Guide to the New Space Race

In case you're wondering who the big players are, this is a point-by-point source for lots of links and quick info about what's going on in space (and with the little humans thinking about it on earth).
[theintercept.com]

How to Run a Rogue Government Twitter Account with an Anonymous Email Address and a Burner Phone

This isn't a story - it's literally a step-by-step tutorial on how to do this. In case you're into that sort of thing, or just interested in how people do it.
[motherboard.vice.com]

The Secret History of a Fleeting Pre-Internet Digital Media Channel

Retrotech history with some neat interactive visualizations about teletext and the future it foretold.