David Auerbach David Auerbach

David Auerbach is a writer and software engineer based in New York. His website is http://davidauerba.ch.

March 14 2014 12:02 AMTruer DetectiveThe sleuthing plot of the Veronica Mars movie gets all the technology right.
March 3 2014 10:30 AMPlato’s ReturnRebecca Newberger Goldstein resurrects the Greek philosopher in an audacious, brainy book.
Feb. 20 2014 1:08 PMNot So DeepHow accurate is the hacking subplot on House of Cards?
Feb. 6 2014 9:03 AMMicrosoft’s Next Decade: Sliding Doors EditionOne new CEO. Two visions of the future.
Jan. 24 2014 2:51 PMThe Hardest Computer Game of All TimeIt was called Robot Odyssey, it took me 13 years to finish it, and it sealed my fate as a programmer.
Jan. 13 2014 11:17 AMGoogle Is Trying Harder Than Ever to Be FacebookAnd as a result, its users feel betrayed and manipulated.
The Next Silicon Valley
Dec. 20 2013 12:36 PMInvasion of the Body Snatchers: San Francisco Edition
Dec. 2 2013 3:32 PMThe System Can Be Fixed!Healthcare.gov is no longer a total disaster.
Nov. 25 2013 11:08 AM“The System Never Stopped Functioning”The people behind the Common App say it’s fixed. It’s not—far from it.
Nov. 13 2013 10:54 AMBecause the College Application Process Just Wasn’t Stressful EnoughThe Common App meltdown was ridiculous and totally avoidable.
Oct. 31 2013 11:48 AMMUSCULAR ’Roid Rage!NSA surveillance of Google and Yahoo is nasty and brutish—and pointless and illegal.
Oct. 30 2013 10:36 AMThe Uninsured Are Now Unpaid Alpha Testers for the GovernmentThey should get discounts on their premiums.
Oct. 22 2013 1:53 PM5 Million Lines of ObfuscationThe healthcare.gov mess is inspiring some messy reporting.
Oct. 12 2013 9:00 AMQuixotic Queries Question Quality!At healthcare.gov, the plot thickens.
Oct. 2 2013 10:45 AMDebugging the Program of Everyday LifeHow software engineering saved my marriage.
March 6 2014 4:37 PMLanguage BarriersStephen Wolfram claims he can make the world computable. Is he on to something?
Feb. 25 2014 4:24 PMAn Extraordinary Kind of StupidThe weirdest thing about the Apple security bug is how simple it was.
Feb. 12 2014 11:45 AMI Built That “So-and-So Is Typing” Feature in ChatAnd I’m not sorry.
Jan. 30 2014 10:47 AMFeed the BeastFacebook’s growth may be leveling off, but its ability to milk its most loyal users keeps improving.
Jan. 17 2014 4:10 PMObama’s Nonreform ReformsThe president’s NSA surveillance speech left six key questions unanswered.
Jan. 8 2014 10:13 AMThe NSA Is Bad for BusinessAnd that’s why all the biggest tech rivals are joining together to limit government surveillance.
Dec. 11 2013 3:56 PMThe Age of the Product ManagerMarissa Mayer’s “flaws” are part of what makes her a new, better kind of CEO.
The Next Silicon Valley
Dec. 2 2013 11:12 AMThe Do-OverSilicon Valley hatched from a unique mix of historical and cultural forces. Could it happen again?
Nov. 19 2013 11:58 AMFilling the VoidGoogle’s autocomplete suggestions can be horrifying. But the hive mind isn’t as sick as you think.
Billion to One
Nov. 6 2013 3:51 PMThe Tortoise’s Guide to Becoming a Tech BillionaireYou don’t need a brilliant idea. You need patience and a hard shell.
Political Gabfest
Oct. 30 2013 7:18 PMGabfest Extra: What Went Wrong With Healthcare.gov?John Dickerson and David Auerbach discuss how a real software company would deal with the Obamacare mess.
Oct. 25 2013 7:33 AMDebugging the Healthcare.gov HearingsThursday’s testimony was a spectacle of tech illiteracy and buck-passing.
Oct. 16 2013 10:13 AMSecrets and LiesWould any hacker trust the Julian Assange portrayed in The Fifth Estate?
Oct. 8 2013 10:49 AMErr Engine DownWhat really went wrong with healthcare.gov?
Sept. 26 2013 12:53 PMThis Is How the Cookie CrumblesThe four steps to controlling how you’re tracked online.




More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

What Charles Barkley Gets Wrong About Corporal Punishment and Black Culture

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

Three Talented Actresses in Three Terrible New Shows

Why Do Some People See the Virgin Mary in Grilled Cheese?

The science that explains the human need to find meaning in coincidences.


Happy Constitution Day!

Too bad it’s almost certainly unconstitutional.

Is It Worth Paying Full Price for the iPhone 6 to Keep Your Unlimited Data Plan? We Crunch the Numbers.

What to Do if You Literally Get a Bug in Your Ear

  News & Politics
Sept. 16 2014 7:03 PM Kansas Secretary of State Loses Battle to Protect Senator From Tough Race
Sept. 16 2014 4:16 PM The iPhone 6 Marks a Fresh Chance for Wireless Carriers to Kill Your Unlimited Data
The Eye
Sept. 16 2014 12:20 PM These Outdoor Cat Shelters Have More Style Than the Average Home
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Slate Plus Video
Sept. 16 2014 2:06 PM A Farewell From Emily Bazelon The former senior editor talks about her very first Slate pitch and says goodbye to the magazine.
Brow Beat
Sept. 16 2014 8:43 PM This 17-Minute Tribute to David Fincher Is the Perfect Preparation for Gone Girl
Future Tense
Sept. 16 2014 6:40 PM This iPhone 6 Feature Will Change Weather Forecasting
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 16 2014 11:46 PM The Scariest Campfire Story More horrifying than bears, snakes, or hook-handed killers.
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.