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We need an internet of unmonetisable enthusiasms
ne2pi/iStock The best podcast in the history of the world ever (right now, according to me, your mileage might vary) is the declaratively titled A History of…
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No one’s coming. It’s up to us. – Dan Hon – Medium
Adapted from “We Are The Very Model Of Modern Humanist Technologists”, a lightning talk given at # foocamp 2017 in San Francisco on Saturday, November 4th,…
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‘Treacherous Treasury’ claims signal a new target for hard-Brexiters
Jacob Rees-Mogg The Observer Row erupts after Jacob Rees-Mogg suggested in the Commons that Whitehall was deliberately undermining leave process Michael Savage…
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How to Not Die in America
On the second Tuesday in June, I start to feel fluish. If this is 2016 and I’m still a freelance writer, I’m losing money immediately on the assignments I can’t…
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17 days ago
The Shadow Of The Colossus remake is heresy—and it’s also essential
The games of Fumito Ueda have a contentious relationship with technology. The loose trilogy of dreamy, atmospheric adventure games he created for Sony—2001’s…
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Deep learning technology is now being used to put Nic Cage in every movie
Screenshot: Gfycat Last month, Motherboard reported on a Redditor using deep learning technology to map female celebrities’ faces onto pornographic performers,…
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Testing of Microservices
Why do we write tests? Most people would say that we write tests to verify that things work as we expect them to. While that is true, it’s not the whole truth.…
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Reality has a surprising amount of detail
Reality has a surprising amount of detail 13 May 2017 I. My dad emigrated from Colombia to North America when he was 18 looking looking for a better life. For…
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German ambassador: second world war image of Britain has fed Euroscepticism
Brexit Exclusive: Peter Ammon says some Brexiters were motivated by a sense of national identity built around UK standing alone Diplomatic editor Last modified…
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18 days ago
Here's A Leaked WhatsApp Chat Showing Tory Leavers' Confusion About One Of Their Key Brexit Demands
BuzzFeed News Nadine Dorries has been among the Tories’ punchiest advocates of a “hard” Brexit – arguing for Philip Hammond to be sacked, calling Dominic Grieve…
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19 days ago
Women, Plandids, Power – Rachel Coldicutt – Medium
This is (almost) the text of a talk I gave as part of the Museum of London’s Futureshocks season , on humans in the city. It’s about how technology has allowed…
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19 days ago
Bill & Ted writer reveals new plot details for 3rd film
Don't Miss Here's why that Bill & Ted alien was called Station Here's why that Bill & Ted alien was called Station Share December 11 2017 2:24 PM Bill & Ted 3…
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22 days ago
Bright the Hawk’s Flight on the Empty Sky: Ursula K. Le Guin
Ursula K. Le Guin was of course immensely important to science fiction, and beyond that to literature. The wider world of letters has recognized her…
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23 days ago
Review | An expert’s guide to science fiction’s greatest — and neglected — works
Any reader who loves science fiction will want to visit New York sometime before March 10. Starting Thursday, the Grolier Club — the oldest bibliophilic society…
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23 days ago
“A woman alone? A recipe for RAPE, unfortunately”
Jenny Tough, adventurer and world traveller, responds to the author of this comment (and doesn’t even swear once) I roll over, make several clumsy attempts to…
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23 days ago
Ursula K Le Guin, by Margaret Atwood: ‘One of the literary greats of the 20th century’
Ursula K Le Guin The author of The Handmaid’s Tale bids hail, farewell and thank you to the revered sci-fi and fantasy author, who has died aged 88 Last…
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24 days ago
Men Only: Inside the charity fundraiser where hostesses are put on show
At 10pm last Thursday night, Jonny Gould took to the stage in the ballroom at London’s Dorchester Hotel. “Welcome to the most un-PC event of the year,” he…
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25 days ago
On Go
Updated 2015-09-25: So, about six years later, people are still reading this. I'm not sure how to feel about this; Looking at it now, it's incoherent, badly…
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28 days ago
Why Did Two-Thirds of These Weird Antelope Suddenly Drop Dead?
It took just three weeks for two-thirds of all the world’s saiga to die. It took much longer to work out why. The saiga is an endearing antelope, whose bulbous…
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29 days ago
The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm In 2018
1. Somebody, somewhere does something bad. Tom Phillips / BuzzFeed / Getty Images 2. Somebody spots the bad thing. Tom Phillips / BuzzFeed / Getty Images 3.…
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4 weeks ago
Jared O’Mara won’t be the last MP brought low by things they said growing up online
Can you remember everything you’ve ever posted online? Would you be ready to stand by it all, even if you can’t? Are you – apologies for the term – a millenial?…
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4 weeks ago
Opinion | Donald Trump’s Racism: The Definitive List
Donald Trump has been obsessed with race for the entire time he has been a public figure. He had a history of making racist comments as a New York real-estate…
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4 weeks ago
How Toby Young got where he isn’t today | Stewart Lee
‘Who calls themselves, as an adult, the “Toadmeister” anyway?’: Toby Young. T he grindingly algorithmic controversialist Toby Young was always painfully and…
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4 weeks ago
CES Was Full of Useless Robots and Machines That Don’t Work
This year’s electronics expo promised a ‘better life’ and ‘better world.’ It instead offered a folding machine that can’t fold sweatshirts. Steve Marcus/Reuters…
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Why Carillion has gone into liquidation rather than administration
Contrary to popular — and populist — opinion, outsourcing is a messy business with little margin for profit. Or for error. Serco boss Rupert Soames has a…
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4 weeks ago
I'm Sorry You Feel This Way NatWest, but HTTPS on Your Landing Page Is Important
Occasionally, I feel like I'm just handing an organisation more shovels - "here, keep digging, I'm sure this'll work out just fine..." The latest such event was…
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A Strategy for Ruination
Literature & Culture A Strategy for Ruination An interview with China Miéville Jan 8, 2018 15 Min read time Share: AddThis Sharing Buttons Image: China Miéville…
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Centurions: Power XTreme – The Unreliable Narrator
Back in March of this year it occurred to me just how much children’s television programming I was actually absorbing on a daily basis. I don’t have the…
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5 weeks ago
Why we do this – Matt Wynne – Medium
I just got home from a week-long retreat with the rest of the team from Cucumber Ltd, along with a special guest. We started the meetup by reflecting on and…
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5 weeks ago
Reducing Boolean Satisfiability to The Witness
August 6th, 2016 Spoiler Alert This article contains major spoilers for The Witness. It goes into moderate detail about puzzle pieces. Background Recently, I've…
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5 weeks ago
The “stuff” we create (Phil Gyford’s website)
I’ve rebuilt my website. This one you’re reading, unless you’re reading this via RSS, in which case, this one . 16:17 on 12 Jan 2018 Tags Misc ← Older It’s…
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5 weeks ago
How to sleep a million years — Idea of the day
How to sleep million years 19 July 2013 Let me assure you, the "fluxcapacitor" project is very interesting. Unfortunately, I find it very difficultto describe…
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5 weeks ago
Results: the DOS Armchair Audit
Since the Digital Outcomes and Specialists framework went live, we’ve been frustrated by the quality of writing in published opportunities. In September last…
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5 weeks ago
fogus: Perlis Languages
Perlis Languages Aug 14, 2011 this is another entry in a series on programmer enrichment A language that doesn’t affect the way you think about programming is…
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5 weeks ago
Mammals prefer to cradle babies on the left, study demonstrates
It is thought that when holding a baby face-to-face, humans mothers prefer to keep the baby in their left visual field to aid communication.Photograph: Bubbles…
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5 weeks ago
I’m harvesting credit card numbers and passwords from your site. Here’s how.
The following is a true story. Or maybe it’s just based on a true story. Perhaps it’s not true at all. It’s been a frantic week of security scares — it seems…
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5 weeks ago
Why Raspberry Pi isn't vulnerable to Spectre or Meltdown - Raspberry Pi
Over the last couple of days, there has been a lot of discussion about a pair of security vulnerabilities nicknamed Spectre and Meltdown . These affect all…
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5 weeks ago
Big Shiny Robot | Luke Skywalker's Arc in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
Warning: there will be spoilers for The Last Jedi in this article. In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the treatment of Luke Skywalker's character might be one of the…
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5 weeks ago
How Land Registry data reveals London’s secret tunnels
“Basement and Sub-Basement Cable Chambers, Cable Ducts, Tunnels and associated areas of Faraday Building North, Carter Lane, London”. A friend’s brother works…
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5 weeks ago
News
Home News About Films Words Team My name is Carrie Gracie and I have been a BBC journalist for three decades. With great regret, I have left my post as China…
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5 weeks ago
Purposes, concepts, misfits, and a redesign of Git
Purposes, concepts, misfits, and a redesign of Git De Rosso & Jackson OOPSLA ’16 It’s OOPSLA in just a few weeks time, and ‘Purposes, concepts, misfits, and a…
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6 weeks ago
What’s wrong with Git? A conceptual design analysis
What’s wrong with Git? A conceptual design analysis De Rossi & Jackson Onward! 2013 We finished up last week talking about the how to find good concepts /…
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6 weeks ago
TIFU by using Math.random() – Betable Engineering – Medium
By Betable CTO, Mike Malone L ike most good TIFUs this didn’t happen today. It actually happened about two years ago. It is, however, still relevant. More…
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6 weeks ago
inessential: 2018: Some Hope
Mike Monteiro writes of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey : Jack let it happen. He watched as a once-entertaining, once-illuminating, once-vital network to global…
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Updated Rules for Settlers of Catan
While our popular board game Settlers of Catan is based on the basic foundations of any primitive civilization — agriculture, transportation, the building of…
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Java is Unsound: The Industry Perspective
Recently Nada Amin and I discovered that Java and Scala are unsound. We submitted the finding and related discussion to OOPSLA, an academic conference on…
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6 weeks ago
I made a record.
It’s the last day of 2017. I released a record today. It’s mainly electronic, a bit ambient, and there’s quite a lot of piano music on it. You can stream it in…
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6 weeks ago
How I accidentally learned Prolog – The If Works
This year at the London Computation Club , we’ve been reading Types andProgramming Languages (TAPL). We covered about half the book, completingthree of the…
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6 weeks ago
The Year of The Devil
When we started this blog, we promised ourselves to make a new post weekly. That worked! … For some years. We realize this blog has turned into somewhat of a…
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6 weeks ago
Towards a bra-free Instagram experience – Lauren Hallden – Medium
Hey Instagram. I was just wondering, does your company collect any user feedback from women? I ask because I am one, and I’ve noticed that my sponsored content…
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6 weeks ago
How do Ruby & Python profilers work? - Julia Evans
Hello! As a precursor to writing a Ruby profiler I wanted to do a survey of how existing Ruby &Python profilers work. This also helps answer a question a lot of…
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7 weeks ago
Introducing the Valley of Gods – The Campo Santo Quarterly Review
Introducing the Valley of Gods In the Valley of Gods , Campo Santo’s second video game after Firewatch , is about two women making a movie. It’s 1928, the women…
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7 weeks ago
The Death Star and the Final Trench Run
Star Wars fans pride themselves on knowing each and every detail from the original trilogy. But there’s one little detail from “Star Wars” (1977) that might…
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7 weeks ago
Generation Screwed
WHOA! Show me the (slightly less cool) mobile version instead. Like everyone in my generation, I am finding it increasingly difficult not to be scared about the…
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7 weeks ago
The Evolution of Trust
created by: NICKY CASE play my other shtuff • follow my tweeter download the music & source code based off robert axelrod's 1984 book, "THE EVOLUTION OF…
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8 weeks ago
Google Maps’s Moat
GOOGLE MAPS’S MOAT How far ahead of Apple Maps is Google Maps? DECEMBER 2017 ⚠️ Tap or click any image to enlarge Over the past year, we’ve been comparing…
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8 weeks ago
InLinkUK - targeted advertising, planning permission and public space
Our local high street is going to have one of its phoneboxes replaced with an ' InLink '. InLink is a public wifi network provided by BT through on-pavement…
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9 weeks ago
How do you measure whether software architecture is going well? | Lobsters
I think it might be interesting to look at the blast radius for incidents, though, I have no idea what kind of software you work on…

But imagine you have a…
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9 weeks ago
Let your code type-hint itself: introducing open source MonkeyType
Today we are excited to announce we’re open-sourcing MonkeyType , our tool for automatically adding type annotations to your Python 3 code via runtime tracing…
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9 weeks ago
Someone Used Wet String to Get a Broadband Internet Connection
It’s pretty fast, too. SHARE TWEET Daniel Oberhaus Dec 13 2017, 6:21pm Image: Christopher Sessums/Flickr As the FCC prepares to the destroy the US internet by…
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9 weeks ago
Use a .dev domain? Not anymore. – Medium Engineering
For years, programmers used .dev domains for testing their code. Those days are over. In the course of my work I sometimes test features on unreleased, upcoming…
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9 weeks ago
Understanding the FutureLearn gender pay gap – FutureLearn – Medium
In this post Kathy Skelton, Director of Strategy at FutureLearn, shares how we found out there was a pay gap at FutureLearn, and how we’re trying to close it.…
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9 weeks ago
Harvey Weinstein Is My Monster Too
Chad Batka for The New York Times Opinion Dec. 12, 2017 Leer en español Harvey Weinstein was a passionate cinephile, a risk taker, a patron of talent in film, a…
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9 weeks ago
I just got a developer job at Facebook. Here’s how I prepped for my interviews.
I just finished seven on-site interviews at Silicon Valley tech companies. I ultimately accepted an offer for a software engineering job from Facebook. Here’s…
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9 weeks ago
This Speech Was Written For President Nixon To Deliver If The Astronauts Didn’t Make It To The Moon
We’re fortunate it was a speech that Nixon never had to deliver, but take a look at the manuscript below to see what might have been!
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9 weeks ago
Statistics, we have a problem. – Kristian Lum – Medium
Recently, while browsing Twitter, I saw a few machine learning researchers post about an incident at one of their big conferences (NIPS) in which a band…
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9 weeks ago
Shut up about diversity – Dora Militaru – Medium
A critical guide to weighing up your contribution to the diversity issue in technology and beyond My local web performance community group hosted a Christmas…
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9 weeks ago
City millionaire says Vote Leave directed his donation decision
Anthony Clake’s statement is the first evidence Vote Leave encourgaed a potential donor to give money to other leave campaigns.Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA A…
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9 weeks ago
10 More New Features in Ruby v2.5
With the upcoming release of ruby v2.5 scheduled (as per tradition) for 25th December,it’s good to know what’s changed in the language - so you can take…
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9 weeks ago
Ken Friedman, Power Restaurateur, Is Accused of Sexual Harassment
The Spotted Pig, the West Village restaurant that put Ken Friedman, an owner, and the chef April Bloomfield on the map. Karsten Moran for The New York Times…
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9 weeks ago
Design Thinking is Kind of Like Syphilis — It’s Contagious and Rots Your Brains
( This essay is long. If it would be easier for you to read a pdf — though one without images and video links for now — please drop me a note at…
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9 weeks ago
Move Slowly and Fix Things – Signal v. Noise
Synoptic Table of Physiognomic Traits Ruminations on the heavy weight of software design in the 21st century. Recently I took a monthlong sabbatical from my job…
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9 weeks ago
“Cat Person”
But the next week he came into the movie theatre again, and bought another box of Red Vines. “You’re getting better at your job,” he told her. “You managed not…
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9 weeks ago
Apple is really bad at design
The “notch” on the new iPhone X is not just strange, interesting, or even odd — it is bad. It is bad design, and as a result, bad for the user experience. The…
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10 weeks ago
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