The Unvarnished Nerd

Hollywood is afraid to portray realistically alienating hackers. Mr. Robot goes there.

June 10 2015 12:16 PMThe Curious Case of Mencius MoldbugA software engineer’s odious political writing got him booted from a tech conference. It shouldn’t have.
May 27 2015 2:43 PMIgnore the Tech SkepticsDismissing the digital era amid the empty buzz of Silicon Valley is easy. But our lives will depend on technology soon enough.
May 6 2015 5:17 PMBig AnecdataStudies that explain systemic racism using Google searches are fascinating. Don’t trust them.
April 21 2015 1:08 PMIf You Can’t Stop It, Hide ItTwitter has a new plan to make its community less abusive—by siloing off abuse.
April 7 2015 2:47 PMFghcvq Is as Fghcvq DoesThe encryption app NQ Mobile Vault uses laughably crackable encryption. It’s not the only app that should make you nervous.
March 10 2015 7:29 PMThe Death of OutrageIt once fueled the Internet. Now the Internet’s moving on.
Feb. 20 2015 8:23 AMYou Had One Job, LenovoAnd it didn’t involve sneaking malicious adware onto your customers’ computers.
Feb. 5 2015 12:04 PMThe Wikipedia OuroborosThe online encyclopedia chews up and spits out bad facts, and its own policies are letting it happen.
Jan. 14 2015 2:03 PMThe Code We Can’t ControlFrank Pasquale’s new book highlights the dangers of “runaway data” and “black box algorithms.”
Dec. 17 2014 4:04 PMThe Sony Hackers Are TerroristsWe’ve never seen a cyberattack like this one. Here’s why it’s so frightening.
Dec. 2 2014 9:44 PMThe Princess TrapOur daughter is getting into dolls and dress-up. What are programmer parents to do?
Nov. 13 2014 8:45 PMThe Hacktivist’s DilemmaCan Anonymous’ shadowy prankster activism survive itself?
Sept. 12 2014 10:27 AMWhy Apple Pay Can Succeed Where Google Wallet FailedWith its careful and steady approach, Apple may achieve a coup in the credit ecosystem.
Sept. 2 2014 3:55 PMBlame AppleFive reasons why celebrities and civilians should never trust Apple with nude photos, or any data at all.   
Aug. 21 2014 12:07 PMWhen AOL Was GayOLHow LGBTQ nerds helped create online life as we know it.
June 2 2015 6:29 PMThe New RandroidsA slice of America’s tech workers is primed to desert the Democratic Party. And libertarian-leaning Republicans want them.
May 18 2015 4:34 PMThe Silicon TowerCompanies like Facebook are making incursions into academic research. Here’s why that’s such a problem.
April 29 2015 3:47 PMTwitter at the CrossroadsThe company knows it’s in trouble. And its options are bleak.
April 15 2015 5:29 PMBuyer Still BewareLibertarians think the “perfect information” of the Internet will make regulation obsolete. They are so, so wrong.
March 31 2015 6:25 PMPrivacy Is Becoming a Premium ServiceAT&T wants customers to pay the company not to spy on them. And it’s not an outlier.
Feb. 24 2015 6:07 PMAre Lenovo and Superfish Evil or Incompetent?Also, what’s Komodia, and is it evil or incompetent?
Feb. 12 2015 5:09 PMThe Open-Source QuestionSome of the Web’s most important infrastructure is barely funded. How can we preserve it?
Jan. 21 2015 5:37 PMWords, Words, WordsText-only video games have been around for decades. Hadean Lands shows how they can be innovative, complex, and genuinely artistic.
Jan. 7 2015 2:31 PMDon’t Trust the FBI YetAnd don’t believe the skeptics, either. Here’s why the Sony hack remains as murky as ever.
Dec. 11 2014 11:33 AMEncyclopedia FrownWikipedia is amazing. But it’s become a rancorous, sexist, elitist, stupidly bureaucratic mess. 
Nov. 20 2014 1:48 Is Working. We Should Still Be Furious About Its Failures.
Oct. 28 2014 12:53 PMHow to End GamergateA divide-and-conquer plan for dissolving a toxic online movement.
Sept. 4 2014 12:32 PMGaming Journalism Is OverThe gaming press declares that gamers are dead. But they are the ones who are becoming obsolete.
Aug. 27 2014 3:14 PMLetter to a Young Male GamerSome ground rules to keep in mind in the wake of an ugly, sexist scandal.
Aug. 20 2014 1:50 PMThe First Gay Space on the InternetIt was called soc.motss, and it anticipated how we use social networks today.