WIRED December/January 2021

The Wired mission is to tell the world something they've never heard before in a way they've never seen before. It's about turning new ideas into everyday reality. It's about seeding our community of influencers with the ideas that will shape and transform our collective future. Wired readers want to know how technology is changing the world, and they're interested in big, relevant ideas, even if those ideas challenge their assumptions—or blow their minds.

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3 min.
rants and raves

In October, Brendan I. Koerner tracked down the players in an alleged cheating scandal that rocked the poker industry, while Clive Thompson examined YouTube’s efforts to curb the spread of conspiracy theories on its platform. For our election security package, Benjamin Wofford profiled Dana DeBeauvior, the chief clerk and election administrator of Travis County, Texas, who led the charge to build a secure electronic voting system. Readers share annoyances, theories about conspiracy theories, and electoral optimism. RE: “THE SHOWDOWN AT STONES” As an online poker player from years ago, I was very interested in the article. But I must say, I felt “cheated.” I really thought there would be some vindication for Brill and was even more annoyed that the “cheat” was not uncovered. —David Topping, via mail@WIRED.com Ripped the poker world apart? It did…

1 min.
introducing the get wired podcast

News from tomorrow Get WIRED is a new podcast about how the future is realized. Each week, we burrow down new rabbit holes to investigate the ways technology is changing our lives—from culture to business, science to design. Through hard-hitting reporting, intimate storytelling, and audio you won’t hear anywhere else, Get WIRED is the smartest, sharpest, most thorough show on how tech transforms what it means to be human. Listen and subscribe to Get WIRED on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.…

18 min.
wish list 2020

String Theory A lot has changed in the 66 years since Fender released the go-to ax of Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, and John Frusciante. The venerable American-made Stratocaster, however, looks about the same. The latest update makes the neck even more playable, with a satin finish and rolled fingerboard edges. The redesigned pickups use alnico alloy magnets with different strengths for each string, resulting in a more balanced tone that punches as much crunch into low-end riffs as screaming solos. Fender American Professional II Stratocaster $1,500 STAFF PICK “I’ve finally discovered why dads in Tommy Bahama shirts love pretending they’re Eric Clapton.”PARKER HALL Youth Lounge Nugget’s rugged, frameless sofa is a pandemic parenting panacea. Kids can turn it into a fort, runaway truck ramp, or human catapult. Four pieces of foam, two of them hinged,…

26 min.
the man who co nquered noise

“The city of SHENZHEN in JULY. The weather is HOT, the trees brimming with LIFE …” So begins the baritone voice-over in a video shot in the summer of 2018 by the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei and posted to YouTube. It chronicles a corporate event in the slightly corny style of a 1960s educational film, starting with aerial drone footage of Huawei’s campus—an island of lush greenery surrounded by the high-rise buildings of the city known as China’s Silicon Valley. A spirited orchestral version of Beethoven’s “Turkish March” plays as a town car wends its way through the campus, pulling up to a stately white structure mixing classical Greek architecture and the wide overhanging rooftops of China’s great pagodas. There’s a bit of the White House tossed in too. Two footmen dressed…

4 min.

While you’re surfing the web, you ought to thank Jacob Thornton for making it so pretty. He’s a programmer who, along with web designer Mark Otto, created Bootstrap, free software that the pros use to make their sites look spiffy. If you’ve ever noticed that a lot of websites have the same big chunky buttons, or the same clean forms, that’s likely because an estimated one-fifth of all websites on the planet use Bootstrap. One reason for its spread is that Thornton and Otto made Bootstrap open source. Anyone can use it without permission, and anyone can tweak it and improve it. Thornton didn’t get a salary for making Bootstrap. When he and Otto first released it, back in 2010, they had day jobs working for Twitter. But both were…

20 min.
they call it the fatal funnel.

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, WHEN I RETURNED HOME AFTER FIGHTING IN IRAQ, A FRIEND ASKED ME TO DESCRIBE THE BRAVEST THING I SAW ANYONE DO. I had led a Marine platoon in the Second Battle of Fallujah, in 2004, and had seen plenty of heroism—Marines dragging their wounded off machine-gunswept streets, or fighting room to room to recover a comrade’s body. But none of these compared to the cumulative heroism of the 19- and 20-year-old infantrymen who placed their bodies across that fatal funnel—a doorway with a potential enemy inside—every day. Clearing the enemy from the city, house by house, was a game of Russian roulette played on a grand scale. You never knew who might be waiting on the other side of the door. ¶ In the early days of the…