This day in history

2003, 2008, 2018, 2022.

Cory Doctorow
2 min readDec 7, 2023

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#20yrsago Not to be read by Metafilter Matt https://web.archive.org/web/20031208053325/https://jonsullivan.com/thread.php?id=110&mat=8549

#20yrsago How many years does an Azeri have to work to buy a copy of WinXP? https://web.archive.org/web/20031204165358/https://firstmonday.org/issues/issue8_12/ghosh/index.html

#15yrsago How the Great Firewall of Britain works https://nock.co.uk/2008/12/08/great-firewall-of-britain/

#15yrsago Maker of squeezy arthritis-friendly handgun claims the FDA has classed it as a medical device https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16207-company-tries-to-get-gun-classed-as-medical-device/

#5yrsago US governmental conservationists really hope that young endangered seals will stop getting eels stuck in their nostrils https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/12/07/make-better-choices-endangered-hawaiian-monk-seals-keep-getting-eels-stuck-up-their-noses-scientists-want-them-stop/

#5yrsago Every NSFWpocalypse sends users to small, indie platforms, who are threatened by the same factors that make no-platforming practical https://memex.craphound.com/2018/12/07/every-nsfwpocalypse-sends-users-to-small-indie-platforms-who-are-threatened-by-the-same-factors-that-make-no-platforming-practical/

#5yrsago Paranoid, miserable Facebook employees have started using burner phones to complain about the company to each other and the press https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/charliewarzel/facebooks-tensions-zuckerberg-sandberg

#5yrsago PWC recommended that corporations should ask science fiction writers about the future https://onezero.medium.com/nike-and-boeing-are-paying-sci-fi-writers-to-predict-their-futures-fdc4b6165fa4

#5yrsago America’s largest sex-furniture manufacturer pays well, sources locally, and is profitable and fast-growing https://qz.com/1481545/what-the-largest-sex-furniture-manufacturer-in-the-us-can-teach-america-about-trade

#5yrsago #D5: Advice for people who just realized that Qanon is bullshit https://violentmetaphors.com/2018/12/04/your-q-anon-exit-briefing/

#5yrsago Devo’s open letter on “Drowning in a Devolved World” https://www.vice.com/en/article/qvqek5/devo-open-letter-devolution-rock-hall-trump-2018

#5yrsago Australia just voted to ban working cryptography. No, really. https://memex.craphound.com/2018/12/07/australia-just-voted-to-ban-working-cryptography-no-really/

#5yrsago Videos from the University of Chicago “Censorship and Information Control” seminar https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeNP7NIWmB70wFBv9QolYkg

#1yrago EU to Facebook, ‘Drop Dead’ https://pluralistic.net/2022/12/07/luck-of-the-irish/#schrems-revenge/

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