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10 days ago by sechilds
Privacy versus quality data – do we have to choose? - The Globe and Mail
As part of a modernization initiative, Statscan has designed a pilot project to test the accuracy and viability of using personal bank data as an alternative to the traditional survey tracking the spending habits of Canadians. Having access to accurate data is crucial to policy makers and citizens alike as they inform cost of living increases, house price fluctuations, social programs, economic development and many other socioeconomic issues. These data will be used to produce statistics comparable to those collected in the traditional way to determine whether this new approach meets the agency’s stringent quality measures. The Chief Statistician, Anil Arora, has said in public statements that this approach was developed in consultation with the Canadian Bankers Association and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. It is equally important that they understand that Statscan is an independent agency of the federal government and follows strict laws that protect these personal data, whether they collect them directly or access them from existing databases.
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Grateful to China for making such a nice statue for us! We are very proud of this statue ❤❤
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Investigations underway following Ontario minister's exit - iPolitics
TORONTO — Two third-party investigations have been launched into recent high-profile departures from Premier Doug Ford’s government, says Ontario’s social-services minister. Speaking to reporters in Ottawa on Monday, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Lisa MacLeod said the government launched the third-party investigation “immediately” following Wilson’s exit. On Monday, the Toronto Sun and Global News reported that both Wilson and Kimber left following allegations of sexual-harassment. Even after her remarks, the premier’s office responded to repeated questions with terse statements and a refusal to comment on individual cases. Wilson has not issued a statement about his resignation, and the premier’s office said he has “entered a treatment facility to deal with addiction issues.” Kimber did not reply to requests for comment.
10 days ago by sechilds
Dr. Drang on Twitter: One day I will remember upfront that things like Keyboard Maestro and launchd don’t run under my normal login environment. But this was not that day.
@drdrang: One day I will remember upfront that things like Keyboard Maestro and launchd don’t run under my normal login environment.

But this was not that day.
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Havonta csak egy keveset tegyél el | Kiszámoló - egy blog a pénzügyekről
Azt a gondolatot, hogy érdemes félretenni pénzt havonta a szűkösebb időkre még az is elfogadja, aki egyébként nem így csinálja. Azonban sokak el sem kezdik a…
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remembered that I was talking about this on Saturday but I can't remember the context
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Ob sich das bei den Regierungskonsultationen so zugetragen hat, kann ich nicht sagen 😎 Ins E…
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Lime launches electric scooters in Canada | BetaKit
“Over the past several months, we have spent time in Waterloo to understand how our Lime-S escooters can help this progressive city reach its smart transportation goals,” said Andrew Savage, VP of strategic development for Lime. “We are committed to meeting the unique needs of cities across Canada and are excited to continue expanding our global footprint.” Lime said it is working with provincial leaders to bring the scooters into other Canadian markets. Since first launching in June 2017, the company has worked in over 100 markets across the United States and Europe. “E-scooters have become a popular option in many other communities and I’m pleased that we are the first Canadian city to pilot a broad use of this mode of transportation.”
10 days ago by sechilds
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Our second election day surprise.
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10 days ago by dwillis
Communauto first free-floating carshare approved under Toronto pilot | BetaKit
Montreal-based Communauto has expanded to Toronto, making it the first free floating car service approved in a city pilot. Permits cost $1,487.85 plus HST per vehicle, and streets at 95 percent for residential parking are excluded from reservation systems. “I think the further consultation that the council asked us to do was very helpful to make sure we could have a pilot that was attractive in a very short amount of time, and Communauto is here as a result of that.” Tory called Car2Go’s decision to leave Toronto “unfortunate,” but indicated that it was still open to having its services operating in the city. Speaking with BetaKit after the press conference, Robert said that the permits were actually one of the things the company looked for before entering the Toronto market.
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Transit raises $17.5 million Series B to enable multimodal transportation | BetaKit
The round was led by Alliance Ventures, a five-year $1 billion strategic investment fund with Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi. “We are pleased to make a strategic investment in Transit, the leading urban mobility navigation start­up in North America,” said François Dossa, Alliance global vice president of ventures and open innovation. Transit is open about its mission to kill car ownership, believing that car-free transportation is at the point that it can compete if cities, operators, and mobility platforms are working together. By working closely with public transportation operators, Transit said it can save agencies money and staff time required to develop and maintain their own app Agency partners include Boston’s MBTA, Baltimore’s MDOT MTA, Silicon Valley’s VTA, Tampa Bay’s PSTA, and Montreal’s STM. Part of enabling this, Transit said in a recent blog post, is to ensure open APIs for mobility services.
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Iran Sanctions and Oil Prices: Who’ll Feel the Pain? - The New York Times
Markets have taken the Trump administration’s move in stride so far. But experts differ on whether a reduction in output could yet prove disruptive.
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10 days ago by noiseguy
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I don't like to tweet much about politics but... My grandparents were Holocaust survivors. The links between Donald…
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This is awful. RIP New York and DC.
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Harvard on Trial - HESA
Well, the easy retort here is that SATs and academic grades are a flawed definition of merit, especially since results on standardized tests are to a substantial degree a reflection of economic privilege. The question would then be “why does the holistic definition of merit seem to tilt so heavily against Asian-Americans?” (as indeed it does – check out this Bloomberg piece about how Asian-Americans fare on the “personal ratings” section of the Harvard application assessment). I think the bigger analytical fallacy involved in all of these discussions is the assumption that institutions like Harvard have some kind of absolute and fair definition of merit – test-based, holistic, whatever – to which they hold everyone. Here, we have to go back to the Supreme Court’s Bakke decision of 1978 which struck down a University of California affirmative action program which specifically reserved seats for Black students. Most particularly, those benefits essentially accrue only to those students who attend that particular institution, who are told that this exposure is something that will “help them in their later careers” because they will have greater understanding of people different backgrounds, cultures, etc.
10 days ago by sechilds
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Larissa Lai, The Tiger Flu
All of us readers, writers, and citizens need to find ways to surrender the default setting of there being one Canadian culture (which happens, totally randomly I'm sure, with no coercion or hegemony involved) to be basically white and Anglo. Each suffers calamitous ruptures within their families and communities, setting each on the path toward a quest whose goal may end up having to stand in opposition to their desires. I assumed at first that for some reason Lai was referring to to Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin and Jane Austen (two British women writers of the Romantic period, broadly defined), but no, "Godwin-Austen" is actually an alternate name for K2. English professors, as I've said openly many times, are generally bad readers of SF, because they've traded in any chance at genre familiarity for esoterica across multiple historic periods: 17th-century religious treatises, 19th-century ballads, whatever. At the end of the course, a student came to me in tears to say that as a trans woman, this was the first time she'd seen herself in a novel she was studying at university: I'd taught it for multiple reasons, queerness being only one of the minor attractions for me, but I genuinely treasure that moment.
10 days ago by sechilds
qthewetsprocket: whowasntthere: notcuddles: ...
It will disappear without trace in less than five days, but if an observer waits for the elf to return to the ring, he or she may be able to capture it. fairy rings are usually caused by decaying organic matter, generally a tree stump. many types of fungi have symbiotic relationships with tree roots and mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of such fungus. From a writer’s perspective, it’s even more interesting to find out why they exist on a horticultural level, because it opens up a whole realm of fictional possibilities. And if folklore has taught us anything, it’s that “fairies” and other spirits usually occupy trees, or have them as their life force.
10 days ago by sechilds
https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2018/11/paid-maternity-leave-affect-children.html
Abstract: This paper provides the first evidence of the effect of a U.S. paid maternity leave policy on the long-run outcomes of children. I exploit variation in access to paid leave that was created by long-standing state differences in short-term disability insurance coverage and the state-level roll-out of laws banning discrimination against pregnant workers in the 1960s and 1970s. While the availability of these benefits sparked a substantial expansion of leave-taking by new mothers, it also came with a cost. The enactment of paid leave led to shifts in labor supply and demand that decreased wages and family income among women of child-bearing age. In addition, the first generation of children born to mothers with access to maternity leave benefits were 1.9 percent less likely to attend college and 3.1 percent less likely to earn a four-year college degree.
10 days ago by sechilds
Crazy Work Hours and Lots of Cameras: Silicon Valley Goes to China - The New York Times
One Chinese technology executive said he worked 14 to 15 hours a day at least six days a week. Another said he worked every waking hour and forced himself to watch movies to relax.

The reaction from a group of Silicon Valley executives: Wow.

“We’re so lazy in the U.S.!” blurted Wesley Chan, a venture capital investor, on the first day of what would be a weeklong journey into the Chinese technology scene.
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10 days ago by noiseguy
The Replication Crises and its Constructive Role in the Philosophy of Statistics-PSA2018 | Error Statistics Philosophy
Below are my slides from a session on replication at the recent Philosophy of Science Association meetings in Seattle.
10 days ago by sechilds
Words Without Music: A Memoir by Philip Glass
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Philip Glass - Words without Music,

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Martha's essay a pa…
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Industries Turn Freedom of Information Requests on Their Critics - The New York Times
And it was just one example of how both state-level public records laws and the federal Freedom of Information Act, written to ensure transparency and accountability in government, have morphed into potent weapons in legal and business disputes, raising questions about the chilling effects — and costs — they impose on targets who are doing research in controversial or sensitive fields. But the sheer scale of the requests in recent years, and their growing use by advocacy groups and business interests to challenge academic work at public universities, has alarmed some experts, who say the commitment to openness embodied by freedom of information laws could be tested. offers to many taxpayers through an agreement with the Free File Alliance, which includes Intuit, makers of TurboTax and other software; H&R Block; and 10 additional commercial tax preparation companies. Joseph Bankman, a tax law professor at Stanford, said that worries about public records requests stifle the peer review process.CreditJared Soares for The New York TimesIn a July opinion piecein The Hill titled “Free File Providers Scam Taxpayers; Congress Shouldn’t Be Fooled,” Mr. Ventry originally included his affiliation as chairman of the tax agency’s advisory council as well as his academic post. Responding to the academics’ criticism in a letter to the editor published in the policy journal Tax Notes, Tim Hugo, a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates who serves as the alliance’s executive dire
10 days ago by sechilds
Good Intentions | besidealife
What are these actually worth, especially when what they amount to is hurt and pain and misery…or inconvenience or humiliation or shame? No one says, “Well, at least I had good intentions” when everything turns out OK and no one is upset or offended or otherwise injured. When the shit doesn’t hit the fan. You can’t take credit and admit guilt. Tagged as Absolve Responsibility , Admit Guilt , Big Bites , Cake , Guilt , Humiliation , Juicy , Misery , Shame , Shit , Take Credit , The Fan
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What do I mean by Computing Education Research? The Social Science Perspective | Computing Education Research Blog
As a new guy at the University of Michigan, I spend a lot of my time explaining who I am and what I mean by computing education research. That’s an interesting question, and I have done some work there (e.g., on how students come to understand multiple class object-oriented systems, like Model-View-Controller), but that’s not my focus. Let’s keep that community of practice in consideration, and next consider a different one: High school teachers who teach computer science. I’m interested in how we make computing education efficient and effective, and in understanding the underlying cognitive mechanisms at work. My specific interest is the edge of the community of practice, constructing legitimate peripheral participation for students who might use computing to aid in their entrance into the field.
10 days ago by sechilds
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Ned Batchelder: Careful with negative assertions
A cautionary tale about testing that things are unequal... Negative tests (asserting that two things are unequal) is really tricky,
because there are infinite things unequal to your value. Your assertion
could pass because you accidentally have a different one of those unequal
values than you thought. Better would be to know what unequal value you are producing, and test that
you have produced that value, with an equality assertion. Why the test was broken: the refactorer left the trailing comma on the
“modified =” line, so “modified” is a 1-element tuple.
10 days ago by sechilds
Mathbabe’s Guide to Overtravel | mathbabe
And by that I really mean pack something that you can consistently eat in the middle of the night when you’re in a weird time zone relative to your internal brain time zone, and which won’t gross you out, but will also not tempt you whatsoever when you’re relatively satisfied, including when you’re in an airport lounge, which is a low fucking bar and hard to get much lower without being truly disgusting. I mean, if you don’t knit, replace this with some hobby thing you can do when you’re drunk in an airport lounge and there’s no baseball on TV and the wifi sucks and you’re fighting off existential angst (more on this below). Business class seats have USB chargers so you don’t need to worry about losing juice on your phone, and if you’re in coach then bring a portable battery. The short answer to this problem is to remain “open and connected,” which is a squishy concept but basically means, assume that the person you’re about to meet is interesting, deep, thoughtful, and is about to expose something unexpectedly important and meaningful to you. It’s especially embarrassing to feel righteous anger when you’re flying business class to an amazing city to give a talk about your book that a bunch of people read and loved, because for god’s sake it’s a fucking dream come true.
10 days ago by sechilds
atencio: Key & Peele: Pizza Order This was my... | kung fu grippe
It’s such a simple idea for a scene, but the escalation between the characters was written perfectly, and it built to a hilarious finish. In Jordan’s original script, all of the people he names were characters on LOST, which is why Keegan becomes obsessed with “Claire.” However, before we could shoot Jordan’s side, we found out that ABC had denied our request to use LOST paraphenalia in Jordan’s character’s apartment, so at the last minute our art department (led by the fearless Gary Kordan) had to scramble to find another movie or show we could reference in the sketch. At the very last minute we managed to get Fox to let us use “Firefly” and Weta to grant us permission to use all the Lord of the Rings characters in the sketch, so we changed the names to be the names of the actors who played characters in those universes. It worked out for the best, too, because I like LOTR a hell of a lot more than I like Lost. This is a personal weblog, or "blog," by
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https://www.learninghouse.com/knowledge-center/research-reports/ocs2018/
The Learning House, Inc. and Aslanian Market Research surveyed 1,500 current, future and recently graduated online students to identify the programs and services they want most. Optimizing course content and websites for mobile is vital for colleges and universities that strive to grow their online student population. As three-quarters of online college students pursue a degree for career-focused reasons, career services are increasingly applicable to their post-graduation success. For students who have experienced both in-person and virtual classrooms, 85 percent feel that learning online is as good or better than attending courses on campus. Particularly in the graduate student segment, areas such as computers and IT, health & medicine, and STEM have seen steady growth compared to 2014 data.
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