David Auerbach David Auerbach

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

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.
Aug. 7 2014 12:00 PMThe Big Data ParadoxIt’s never complete, and it’s always messy—and if it’s not, you can’t trust it.
July 24 2014 12:43 PMThe Most Sexist Video Game of All Time?It’s called Catherine, and it reveals a lot about misogynist gaming culture.
July 9 2014 3:17 PMVenture Capitalists Are Not a DiseaseThey’re only a symptom of what’s ailing Silicon Valley.
June 26 2014 11:52 PMGoogle’s Master PlanIt’s easy: Turn everything into data.
June 10 2014 4:49 PMA Computer Program Finally Passed the Turing Test?Not so fast.
May 30 2014 11:52 AMFour Technology Fallacies That Need to DieI come to bury them.
May 21 2014 6:42 PMWhy Has Google Forsaken MetaFilter?
May 9 2014 9:57 AMThe Oldest Rivalry in ComputingForget Apple vs. Google. Emacs and Vi have been battling for text-editor supremacy among programmers for 40 years.
Slate Plus
April 30 2014 11:41 AMWhich Gadgets Do Slate Tech Writers Hate the Most?
April 14 2014 1:17 PMThere Will Be More BloodThe Heartbleed security flaw is bad. And it’s not the only one.
March 31 2014 2:20 PMUnnatural DisasterRoger Pielke Jr.’s writing is an embarrassment to Nate Silver’s new venture.
March 19 2014 1:11 PMThe Mystery of the Exploding TongueHow reliable is Google Flu Trends?
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.
July 30 2014 2:12 PMBig Data Is OverratedAnd OkCupid’s user experiments prove it.
July 17 2014 2:47 PMThe Most Terrifying Thought Experiment of All Time
June 30 2014 1:09 PMHere Are All the Other Experiments Facebook Plans to Run on YouAn exclusive preview.
June 17 2014 12:02 PMCoder’s HighProgramming is just like drugs, except the dealer pays you.
June 4 2014 3:22 PMNot So SwiftApple has us wondering: Does the world really need new programming languages?
How Failure Breeds Success
May 28 2014 2:48 PMRe-AnimatorHow Stewart Butterfield created Flickr and Slack out of the ashes of failed projects.
May 14 2014 12:36 PMYes, Your Internet Is Getting SlowerYour provider likes it that way. And the government doesn’t care.
April 30 2014 2:09 PMThe Death of ZyngaAnd the birth of all the other companies perfecting Zynga’s pay-to-win games model.
April 24 2014 10:50 AMTrust Nothing, Verify EverythingA software engineer reads Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
April 7 2014 2:06 PMBeavis and BallmerLet me count all the ways I hate Silicon Valley.
March 24 2014 3:41 PMTech Companies Are Reading Your Email. Do You Care?
March 18 2014 5:09 PMGame Over and Over and OverThe extremely difficult Dark Souls II and the rise of “masocore” gaming.




Meet the New Bosses

How the Republicans would run the Senate.

The Government Is Giving Millions of Dollars in Electric-Car Subsidies to the Wrong Drivers

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Cheez-Its. Ritz. Triscuits.

Why all cracker names sound alike.

Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom

The Eye

This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059

Medical Examiner

Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?  

A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.

The Afghan Town With a Legitimately Good Tourism Pitch

A Futurama Writer on How the Vietnam War Shaped the Series

  News & Politics
Sept. 21 2014 11:34 PM People’s Climate March in Photos Hundreds of thousands of marchers took to the streets of NYC in the largest climate rally in history.
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Sept. 21 2014 1:15 PM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 5  A spoiler-filled discussion of "Time Heist."
Sept. 21 2014 9:00 PM Attractive People Being Funny While Doing Amusing and Sometimes Romantic Things Don’t dismiss it. Friends was a truly great show.
Future Tense
Sept. 21 2014 11:38 PM “Welcome to the War of Tomorrow” How Futurama’s writers depicted asymmetrical warfare.
  Health & Science
The Good Word
Sept. 21 2014 11:44 PM Does This Name Make Me Sound High-Fat? Why it just seems so right to call a cracker “Cheez-It.”
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.