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The programmer David Heinemeier Hansson was scheduled to speak at this week’s massive Web Summit in Dublin but did not. In the (profanity-laced) speech he says he would have given, he derides VCs and their cult of “disruption.”
Brian Bergstein, Executive Editor

Confessions of a Paywall Journalist
Why putting paywalls around journalism is bad for democracy.
—Brian Bergstein

First, Let’s Get Rid of All the Bosses
Inside the mad experiment Zappos seems to be running on its workers.
Will Knight, Senior Editor, AI

Explaining Extreme Events of 2014
Tropical cyclones in Hawaii. Extreme drought across East Africa. Massive floods in Jakarta and across the Canadian prairie. Heat waves in Australia. All of these weather events were caused, to some degree, by human-induced climate change, according to the newly published report, “Explaining Extreme Events of 2014 from a Climate Perspective,” published by the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. The annual report examines scientific studies from around the world to “break out various factors that led to the extreme events, including the degree to which natural variability and human-induced climate change played a role.” The report editors avoid the loaded word “caused,” opting for “influenced.” But the conclusion is clear: “human-caused climate change greatly increased the likelihood and intensity for extreme heat waves,” and other weather events, last year. More of the same is sure to follow.
Richard Martin, Senior Editor, Energy

The Kernel of the Argument
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Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief

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