What I’ve read this week — October 30, 2020

This idea that we’re all characters in an advanced civilization’s video game is, well, kind of awesome

2 min readOct 30, 2020


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Each week I try to post links to a few articles that I’ve read and found deserving of being shared.

Links of Interest

Are we living in a computer simulation? I don’t know. Probably. — Vox

I know nothing about computer science, but this idea that we’re all characters in an advanced civilization’s video game is, well, kind of awesome. So I reached out to Virk and asked him to break it down for me.

Jon Stewart Returns With Current Affairs Series for Apple — The Hollywood Reporter

Jon Stewart is headed back to our TV sets. As part of an expansive, multiyear deal with Apple, the Emmy-drenched former writer, producer and host of The Daily Show is set to front an all-new current affairs series for the streaming service. The show, which will run for multiple seasons, puts Stewart back in the anchor’s chair as he explores a host of topics at the center of both the national conversation and his own advocacy work.

Apple develops alternative to Google search — Ars Technica

Apple is stepping up efforts to develop its own search technology as US antitrust authorities threaten multibillion-dollar payments that Google makes to secure prime placement of its engine on the iPhone.

Apple, Google and a Deal That Controls the Internet — The New York Times

In a landmark antitrust complaint, the Justice Department is targeting a secretive partnership that is worth billions of dollars to both companies.

Which U.S. states are using Apple’s Exposure Notification API for COVID-19 contact tracing? — 9to5Mac

In this story, 9to5Mac is tracking which U.S. states and territories are using Exposure Notifications API in iOS and Android apps.

The 5G Hocus Pocus — Om

I usually turn to network quality monitoring services such as OpenSignal and Ookla test results and data to gauge network performance. But, given the lack of 5G devices (and realizing that this might change in time), I am cautious in believing what they say at present. So, I started to dig in, just to educate myself about the market. I wondered: How real is 5G in the US? Is it worth the money?




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