Kara Swisher

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Code Genius Alan Turing Gets Royal Pardon — 60 Years Too Late

Alan Turing, one of computing’s most significant pioneers and a key codebreaker in World War II, was given a posthumous royal pardon in Britain for his 1952 conviction for homosexuality, after which he was punished via chemical castration. While it does not correct the past and the devastating impact of history’s discriminatory laws, this tragic injustice done to the tech luminary is now in the dustheap it always should have been in.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work