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Dan Saber

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Fear & Loathing

Where we go from here: Covid-19 and Politics

In my last post, I discussed how and why Covid-19 would change work. You can find it here, but TL;DR: New digital norms will form, permanently imbuing the knowledge economy with a remote-friendly flavor. It seems equally clear that Covid-19 will have... Continue Reading →

Where we go from here: Covid-19 and Work

Allow me to get this out of the way: I would prefer if none of this had happened. I would prefer if the novel coronavirus hadn’t jumped from its original pangolin/bat/civet host and into a human being. I would prefer... Continue Reading →

In Praise of Friction

I used to have a Spotify subscription. As a music fan, nothing could be better. Within hours of signing up, Spotify learned my proclivities so well that I began to hang around the app’s Discover tab, waiting for recommendations. My... Continue Reading →

One Night in the Old Bay Area

The NFC Championship took place in Santa Clara last Sunday. The 49ers ran all over Green Bay, winning 37-20, in what can only be called a drubbing. But I’m not here to talk about the game. I’m here to talk... Continue Reading →

Monopolist Behavior in the Wild: Apple Edition

UPDATE! Since I published this post, Apple reverted their policy. Hurray for muckraking! How To Make Friends The iPhone’s “Subscription Management” menu is famously inaccessible. To get there, you must slay an ogre, somersault through an intergalactic wormhole, and click,... Continue Reading →

Destroy Your Country’s Economic Mobility with This One Neat Trick

I live in the Bay Area. The Bay Area is extremely expensive. (Source not cited.) Oppressively high housing costs have led to all kinds of fun social pathologies. San Francisco’s homelessness crisis is only the most well-documented. There is also… Continue Reading →

Using Data to Hold Crappy Businesses Accountable (Airline Edition)

Contextualizing My Vendetta I've been on a streak of bad flights lately. The last two, in particular, were horrible -- and not horrible in the standard "cramped seats/rubbery food/my-God-that-smell" way. Horrible due to (A) an unexplained cancellation, which turned my 12-hour... Continue Reading →

The Digital Age is Killing the Middle Class: Reconsidering Jaron Lanier’s 2013 Argument in Light of 2016 Election Nonsense

I. I recently wandered down a Google Black Hole on The Skills Gap, hoping to see if economists had come to a consensus on whether it was a real thing or Convenient-sounding Story. While there, I found an interview that... Continue Reading →

Ford Purgatory: Busted Transmissions and Short-Term Thinking

I. Upon completing college, I joined the Treasury Department. (No, I didn’t.) But I did help them bolster the once-proud, then-crumbling pillars of the American Economy: too-big-to-fail banks and car companies. Concretely, I bought a Ford Focus. I’d read Consumer... Continue Reading →

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