Elon Musk Doesn’t Want Free Speech on Twitter . . . and Neither Do You

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Elon Musk’s bid to take over Twitter starts with platitudes about free speech. He says he’s a “free speech absolutist.” “Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy,” he says in the news release about his takeover of the company, “and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of … Continued

Hollywood’s focus on the dark side of tech could change American attitudes

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Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are having their Hollywood moment. Could this change the way America perceives the tech industry? American ingenuity is a value we grew up believing in. The American mythos of technologically advanced startups and their dazzling founders is an unbroken chain, from Edison to Jobs to Zuckerberg. They make us feel good about … Continued

Did 1.5 billion people rush to get in on Trump’s “Truth Social?”

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According to the Washington Examiner: By Tuesday morning, 1.5 billion people had viewed the app in the iPhone App Store, with nearly 400,000 people receiving notices they were placed on a waitlist upon trying to sign up. Could this be true? When it comes to numbers, be skeptical It pays to understand the world that numbers … Continued

Donald Trump’s “Truth Social” site launches with a resounding “Oops!”

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After receiving a solicitation from the Republican Party to join Donald Trump’s “Truth Social” social network, I decided to try it out. Although the solicitation says it is “Live,” the sign-in page asks you to join a waiting list. Since you have to agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, I wanted to … Continued

Meta’s new values look more awful than awesome

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Less than six months ago, it seemed that Meta, the company behind Facebook and Instagram, had learned a very public lesson. Between its involvement in spreading disinformation in the January 6 insurrection, a humiliating leak of documents showing how little it cared about the corrosive impact of its policies, and public calls to break the company up, … Continued

A tool for exploring Wordle consonant-vowel patterns

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I hope you’re having fun solving Wordle puzzles; I know I am. As I attempt the puzzles, I’m often thinking about how vowels and consonants appear in different patterns in five-letter words. I wanted to start exploring those patterns, so I wrote a Python program to probe the results of different patterns. If you want … Continued

Wordle: Revised mathematical analysis of the first guess

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Yesterday’s mathematical analysis of the popular word puzzle Wordle was flawed. It assumed that the words used in the puzzle were similar to other word lists, but they’re not — and that changes everything. What word list does Wordle use — and why does that matter? Wordle actually uses two word lists (or properly speaking, … Continued

A mathematical analysis of the best first guess for Wordle

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Wordle, the simple word-guessing game, has become insanely popular. Your job is to guess a common five-letter English word and see which of the letters in your guess are in the unknown word, either in the correct or incorrect location. You can only play once a day, you have six tries, and everyone is guessing … Continued