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"Despair is often just low blood sugar"
— Alain de Botton

Delhi Rapists Blame Dead Victim

The gang-rape and murder of an Indian student on a Delhi bus in 2012 shocked the world. Prepare to be shocked again by this film-maker’s account of her meetings with the “apparently normal” rapists. They blame the victim; they show no remorse; they seemingly cannot accept that they have done wrong. “A decent girl won’t roam around at nine o’clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy” (1,580 words)

Year Zero: Our Timelines Begin

“In 10 years, every human connected to the Internet will have a timeline. It will contain everything we’ve done since we started recording, and it will be the primary tool with which we administer our lives. This will fundamentally change how we live. We’ll look back at the time before our feed started as a huge, unknowable black hole”. We already have the tech, and the data; it’s a matter of knitting it all together (2,330 words)

Samsung On The Line

Samsung desperately needs a big hit with the its new Galaxy S6 smartphone, as it struggles to remain competitive against Apple and Xiaomi. Its refusal to buy the Android operating system may prove one of the worst business decisions ever. Samsung still has a huge place in the Korean economy, and big plans for the internet of things, but analysts wonder if the company’s high-growth years are behind it (2,800 words)

The Silence Of The Law

Review of A Scrap Of Paper, by Isabel Hull, about the role of international law in the Great War. Then, as now, countries violated international law when it suited them, but they spent a lot of time debating it and justifying their actions by reference to it. Why? Because it mattered “at the margins”. Also recommended: everything on this excellent new site, including reviews by Martha Nussbaum and Cass Sunstein (3,035 words)

Billionaire Gamer God

Somebody get this man a therapist. Markus Persson invented Minecraft, watched while it conquered the world, then sold it five years later to Microsoft in a fit of emotion for $2.5bn. What next? Nothing good, apparently. “Insanely rich and prematurely washed up”, Persson has “regressed toward adolescence”. He drinks heavily, talks of starting a new business, but “right now he can’t focus much”, so he spends time on Twitter (3,520 words)

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