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Attack of the Hack Back

If there were a prize for the worst cybersecurity policy idea that just won‘t die, it would have to go to ‘hacking back,‘ or making it legal for people to attack the computers that are attacking them. This idea has been around for years, which means that for years, people have been warning that this is a very bad idea-it‘s not the first time I‘ve written about this topic myself. But it‘s a strangely persistent

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The Curse of the Halfway Technology

Twenty years ago last spring, on a long Amtrak ride from Boston, I taught myself HTML and wrote my own website. It wasn‘t so hard, actually, for someone like me, whose first professional word processing program was WordPerfect, in which you highlighted words as bold, for example, by typing ‘B‘ before the word and ‘B‘ after the word. So yeah, I had a website that I had coded with bold and italics and even a photograph

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Trump Is Not the Failure He Appears to Be

The Trump administration is ‘substantially ahead of schedule‘ in implementing its agenda, Donald Trump claimed a few days ago. As with all of Trump‘s bombastic claims, it is worth treating this bit of braggadocio with a healthy dose of skepticism. Compared with the outsize promises he made on the campaign trail, his administration has achieved remarkably little. Obamacare has not been repealed, and taxes have not been slashed. I

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More Than a Hashtag

Mallory Ortberg, aka Dear Prudence, is online weekly to chat live with readers. An edited transcript of the chat is below. (Sign up below to get Dear Prudence delivered to your inbox each week. Read Prudie‘s Slate columns here. Send questions to Prudence at prudence@slate.com

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Sarah Kliff on the Big Questions

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‘I Don‘t Think I Was Brave. I Was Angry.‘

In the wake of Harvey Weinstein‘s ouster from the celebrated film studio that bears his name, which came only days after the New York Times first reported his allegedly decades-old pattern of harassment and assault, it‘s tempting to believe that we‘re entering a new era of intolerance for sexual abuse perpetrated by powerful men. But it may be too early to pronounce a shift. As Rebecca Traister pointed out at New York magazine,

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Teens Love the App TBH, so Facebook Is Buying TBH

You know what they say: If you can‘t bring the teens to Facebook, just buy the app where they‘re all hanging out. Or something like that. On Monday, hit app TBH announced that Facebook is acquiring it.

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For Women, #MeToo Is Frustratingly Familiar

Last week was a ‘particularly rough week to be a woman,‘ as Slate writer Katy Waldman wrote in response to the mounting allegations of sexual assault against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, the creation of the ‘Shitty Media Men‘ spreadsheet, and the one-year anniversary of the release of now-President Donald Trump‘s infamous ‘grab em by the pussy‘ tape.

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What Would Che Say?

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the murder of Che Guevara, the Argentinian guerilla who helped lead the Cuban revolution, fought in insurgent struggles from Latin America to Africa, and eventually met his end in Bolivia. Guevara‘s reputation rests on his status as an iconic Cold War combatant and quixotic espouser of revolutionary ideals. That those ideals were often not matched by reality is part of what makes him both despised an

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Memory Machine

It‘s hard to think of a more uncanny notification from your smartphone than ‘You have a new memory.‘ Are phones reading minds now? But that‘s a regular occurrence on iPhones these days thanks to Memories, which Apple‘s phones now create by mining your photos and videos, setting them to inoffensive music, and offering an edited, movie-montage version of your smartphone-snapped life. And to add a predictably Black Mirr

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The Angle: Peppy Brew Edition

Signing on: Justin Peters is going to watch Fox News and blog about it for Slate. He started his series by immersing himself in a certain early rising president‘s favorite morning show, Fox Friends:a potent blend of bad faith, cheerful banality, and ‘pettiness of spirit‘ all delivered before most people commute.

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Hang Up and Listen: The How Many Altuves Edition

Listen to Hang Up and Listen with Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin:

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Party Bouncer

Mallory Ortberg, aka Dear Prudence, is online weekly to chat live with readers. An edited transcript of the chat is below. (Sign up below to get Dear Prudence delivered to your inbox each week. Read Prudie‘s Slate columns here. Send questions to Prudence at prudence@slate.com.)

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Retyping the Future‘s Past

Over three days in July 1939, a group of 200-odd fans gathered in New York City for the inaugural meeting of the World Science Fiction Convention. The event‘s coordinators had optimistically predicted that attendance would be five times larger, but a schism within the community had hurt turnout.

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Grimm Meets Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

Every era has its own fairy tales-fables that teach children what a princess looks like, and what monsters they should fear. According to the short stories in Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado‘s exhilarating debut collection, a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction, our foundational myth might be Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, in which violence against women is everywhere and its entertainment value is infinit

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The Obama Backlash in Two Parts

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Wildfires Don‘t Just Burn Things Down. Their Smoke Is Creating a Public Health Crisis.

This story was originally published by Wired and has been republished here with permission from Climate Desk.

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Dear Prudence Live Chat

Need help getting along with partners, relatives, co-workers, and people in general? Ask Dear Prudence! Mallory Ortberg takes your questions on manners, morals, and more. Please keep your questions succinct (recommended max. length is around 150 words).Submit your questions or responses to previous questions below:

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Work at Slate

If you loveSlateand are incredibly talented, maybe you should work for us. Slate and Panoply just so happen to be hiring.

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The Ghost of Munich

The specter of appeasement haunts the Korean Peninsula. This is nothing new: Hawkish pundits have been warning for decades that negotiating with the Kim regime would be akin to selling out to the Stalinist regime. South Korea‘s ‘talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work,‘ U.S. President Donald Trump emphasized in early September. More recently, the president dismissed negotiations with ‘Little Rocket Man‘ as

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Did Giants Roam the Earth?

It was on this day in 1869 that two workers claimed to have discovered the remains of a giant while digging a well in Cardiff, New York. You may use the comment thread on this page to discuss what became known as the Cardiff Giant or to pursue other points of off-topic, freewheeling discourse.

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Of Shrimp and Petroleum

Each week, Roads Kingdoms andSlate publish a new dispatch from around the globe. For more foreign correspondence mixed with food, war, travel, and photography, visit itsonline magazine or follow@roadskingdoms on Twitter.

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Mind the Wi-Fi

Each week, Transport for London, the agency that runs the London Underground in addition to the capital‘s taxi licensing, stoplights, and more, records 19 million entries and exits at Tube stations. Enabled by the two-tone blue Oyster card that Londoners use at fare gates, this astounding amount of data informs everything from station design to train schedules. But it tells transportation planners virtually nothing about what happens during

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How ‘Big Data‘ Went Bust

Five years ago-in February 2012-an article in the New York Times‘ Sunday Review heralded the arrival of a new epoch in human affairs: ‘The Age of Big Data.‘ Society was embarking on a revolution, the article informed us, one in which the collection and analysis of enormous quantities of data would transform almost every facet of life. No longer would data analysis be confined to spreadsheets and regressions: The advent of superc

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