How would you spend an extra $1,320 a month?

Happy Saturday, y'all. I originally planned to make this a special issue about protecting your comput
How would you spend an extra $1,320 a month?
By Daveslist • Issue #26
Happy Saturday, y'all. I originally planned to make this a special issue about protecting your computer from the prying eyes of the government after a new law that passed this week, but I’m still gathering data on the specifics. Be on the lookout for that later this week.
In the meantime, we’ve got some really interesting stuff this week. San Francisco’s MUNI was taken over by a hacker, Howard Schultz is stepping down at Starbucks, and Canada is about to try Universal Basic Income for reals.
Let’s get it on…

Welcome to holiday party season!
Welcome to holiday party season!
Howard Schultz stepping down as Starbucks CEO
This is big news, as Schultz has been a visionary leader. Whether you love or hate Starbucks, you can’t deny that they exist on practically every other corner in America. Schultz made gourmet coffee mainstream. Many think he’s stepping down to get into politics, and he’d be a formidable candidate in my humble opinion.
Ransomware creep accidentally hijacks San Francisco Muni, won't give it back
This is a great illustration of what can happen when a hacker gets into a government or municipal system. Last week the San Francisco Muni (San Fran’s light rail system) was taken over by a hacker who refused to give it back until Muni paid a ransom. It didn’t stop the trains, but the passengers rode for free, costing Muni $50,000 in lost fares. In an ironic twist, the hacker got hacked right back by someone using the information he provided in his ransom note. It’s full scale cyber war out there, kids.
Sex, Drugs, and the Biggest Cybercrime of All Time
In case the Muni story wasn’t enough for you, here’s some more color on the types of people who run these scams. This one is a long read, but provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of teenage hackers. With equal parts brains and audacity, these guys were living the high life. Until they weren’t.
Rich Kids Stay Rich, Poor Kids Stay Poor
Several years ago I was paid to write a study exploring class mobility in America, and I had to admit at the time that the results of my research surprised me. Basically, there is little movement on the edges; the rich stayed rich and the poor stayed poor. There was significant mobility within the middle class, meaning that it was common for someone to go from lower middle class to upper middle class and vice versa within a generation, but there was little movement from class to class.
This new study from Stanford goes much more in depth with the data, and the takeaway for me is that you never want to bet against a woman, no matter where she starts.
Poor Citizens to Receive $1,320 a Month in Canada's 'No Strings Attached' Basic Income Trial
You guys know I’m fascinated by the concept of Universal Basic Income as a potential solution to the job crisis brought on by automation. The biggest limiting factor for UBI proponents is that it hasn’t been tried at scale in the wild. That’s all about to change, as Canada is launching a major UBI experiment in the coming months. I’ll keep you posted.
What if jobs are not the solution but the problem?
This is a solid rant, but if you’re easily offended you might want to give it a pass. I happen to agree with the author, however, that people (especially Americans) will soon have to redefine their self worth by a metric other than what they do for a living, because jobs are on their way out.
New battery tech lasts for days, charges in seconds
We’ve seen some radical leaps in charging technology over the past 18 months, and more is on the way. Energy storage (specifically battery) technology has been a major limiting factor in a wide range of fields, but it looks like we’re beginning to catch up to demand. 
The Fact and Fiction of the NASA EmDrive Paper Leak
Well, this is interesting. For a couple years the idea of an EM Drive has been making the rounds in the nerdiverse. Then somebody built one. And it worked. Thing is, the best minds on Earth don’t know how or why, because it violates the laws of physics. It’s tantalizing, because it potentially solves so many of the problems of space travel, but maybe it’s not real? 
Global Warming Alters Arctic Food Chain, Scientists Say, With Unforeseeable Results
Algae is the bedrock of all aquatic food chains, which then become a part of land based food chains. So what happens when the water warms up and you’ve suddenly got 47% more algae, and earlier in the season, then you’ve ever had before?
We’re about to find out…
The true story of Nintendo's most coveted game
I love stories like this. Why does a mediocre cartridge game command upward of $30,000 if you’re lucky enough to find a copy? Read this to find out.
That’s it for this week, y'all. Hope you enjoyed the links. As always, feel free to share with anyone else you think might enjoy this issue. If you want to chat about any of the links, hit REPLY and let me know what you think.
Stay safe, have a great weekend, and be on the lookout for the special issue later this week!
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