SAN FRANCISCO — The day after President Donald Trump told the Proud Boys, a far-right group with a history of inciting violence, to “stand back and stand by,” during the first presidential debate last month, tech investor Cyan Banister tweeted that the group had “a few bad apples. “
The open defense of an organization that has been deemed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center is one extreme example of an increasingly public reactionary streak in Silicon Valley that diverges from the tech industry’s image as a bastion of liberalism. Some libertarian, centrist, and right-leaning Silicon Valley investors and executives, who wield outsize influence, power and access to capital, describe tech culture as under siege by activist employees pushing a social justice agenda.
Curtis Yarvin, dubbed a “favorite philosopher of the alt-right” by the Verge, has become a familiar face on the invite-only audio social network Clubhouse,
In 2010, Alex Hicks released his first video game on Roblox. Ten years later, he’s made more than $1 million a year as the owner of game development studio RedManta, which creates games for the popular kids platform and has since generated nearly one billion plays combined.
After several software engineering internships at Roblox, Hicks developed a solid understanding about game design, developer toolsets, and operations — a skill set that led him to quit college and develop games full time.
Now, he shares with Business Insider how embracing Roblox’s communities and focusing on efficiency helped him reach the million-dollar revenue mark in 2020.
“[A]t this point I’m feeling I’m much farther ahead than many of the people I know who graduated with game design degrees,” Hicks said.
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Just days ago, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a rare emergency directive instructing all federal agencies to apply a Windows Server security update before midnight on Monday, September 21. That directive spoke of the need to take immediate and emergency action in order to mitigate the risk of a critical Windows Server exploit called Zerologon.
The exploit, which enables an attacker to become an instant administrator, is so serious it rated a perfect 10 on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) and Microsoft itself determined it to be of critical severity. CISA also urged local and state governments, along with organizations in the private sector, to patch their Windows Server domain controllers as a matter of urgency. Now the Microsoft Security Intelligence team, a