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The First White President
It is insufficient to state the obvious of Donald Trump: that he is a white man who would not be president were it not for this fact. With one immediate…
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19 days ago
Opinion | A Rebel, a Warrior and a Race Fiend
Donald Trump is operating the White House as a terror cell of racial grievance in America’s broader culture wars. He has made his allegiances clear: He’s on the…
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19 days ago
How Apple Should Fix Apple TV – 500ish Words
This all seems so obvious, and yet… Let me preface this by saying that I like the Apple TV. It’s a solid device. And actually, it’s annoying to be in a room…
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20 days ago
Universal credit is a shambles because the poor are ignored | Nick Cohen
Iain Duncan Smith on a visit to Glasgow’s Easterhouse estate. His promise to ‘listen and learn’ rings horribly hollow today.Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the…
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21 days ago
The right are defending Uber, because they don't really understand it
Rest in peace, British capitalism. You had a good run, but thanks to Sadiq Khan’s decision to end Uber’s licence to operate in London, it’s all over now. Even…
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21 days ago
The More Things Change - bitquabit
React, if you’ve somehow missed it, is the new hotness in web programming. The idea is simple: each React component describes its view idempotently, in…
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21 days ago
Writing Well about Terrible People
This morning, I set myself the task of turning my response to a New York Times article into something less ephemeral and annoying than a tweetstorm. I gave…
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21 days ago
Steve Bannon Sought To Infiltrate Facebook Hiring
Steve Bannon plotted to plant a mole inside Facebook, according to emails sent days before the Breitbart boss took over Donald Trump’s campaign and obtained by…
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21 days ago
Taxiapp: London's black cab co-op alternative to Uber - Co-operative News
TFL announced today (22 September) it will not be renewing Uber’s licence with the ride-hailing app ‘not fit and proper’ to operate in London. The decision has…
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21 days ago
Understanding Uber: It's Not About The App - London Reconnections
On Friday 22 September, many Londoners who regularly use Uber received an email. “As you may have heard,” it began, “the Mayor and Transport for London have…
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21 days ago
May’s breakup speech made Brexit sound magical … if you’re drinking Bacardi | Marina Hyde
‘Theresa May’s speech took place in front of a backdrop reading: ‘Shared History. Shared Challenges. Shared Future’, which is Italian for ‘Is it too late if we…
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22 days ago
Your platitudes about defying harassment are great...
First off, they’re not “platitudes.” Either you believe other people should be treated with respect and be free to exist online without being stalked or fearful…
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24 days ago
Netflix and the slow death of the classic film
Culture Netflix Movies Streaming Film Reed Hastings, the Netflix CEO who co-founded the company long before “streaming” entered the popular lexicon, was born…
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28 days ago
Rise of Functions as a Service: How PHP Set the “Serverless” Stage 20 Years Ago
“Serverless” is the new flavour du jour in software development. AWS Lambda, Microsoft Azure Functions, Google Cloud Functions, IBM OpenWhisk all represent…
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4 weeks ago
Seven questions about technology so taboo that nobody studies them
What technologies and questions about technology are just too hot to handle? According to researchers presenting at “ Forbidden Research ,” a conference held…
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4 weeks ago
Dark Sky API Status: Downtime incident.
The API was down for around five hours this morning from 12:20AM ET through6:24AM ET. The initial cause of the downtime was the simultaneous failure of around…
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4 weeks ago
Generate colour themes with ease thanks to this SCSS mixin – Mono
In a recent web app project, I wanted to generate a bunch of colour themes quickly. The basic UI remains the same, and the navbars or buttons get a key colour.…
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4 weeks ago
A Most American Terrorist: The Making Of Dylann Roof
Sitting beside the church, drinking from a bottle of Smirnoff Ice, he thought he had to go in and shoot them. They were a small prayer group—a rising-star…
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4 weeks ago
The last woman who makes sea silk
Chiara Vigo: The last woman who makes sea silk 2 September 2015 From the section Magazine Image copyright Andrea Pasquali Silk is usually made from the cocoons…
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4 weeks ago
An Experiment in Structured Code Editing – isomorƒ blog – Medium
One of the core experiments of isomorƒ is creating a new paradigm for editing code based around a few guiding principles: It is structured. The user is editing…
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4 weeks ago
Theresa May Takes Her Darkest, Most Desperate Turn Yet
Theresa May prepares to speak to the media outside 10 Downing Street, in central London, April 18, 2017. By Stefan Wermuth/Reuters. It is one of the great…
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4 weeks ago
Excerpts from the All-Girl Remake of “Lord of the Flies”
Photograph by Michael Duva / Getty A planned film adaptation of “Lord of the Flies,” the 1954 novel thatexamined the inherent evil of humanity through an island…
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4 weeks ago
A beginner’s guide to using My Get Me There: Manchester’s hilarious attempt at reinventing London’s…
In August 2017, Transport for Greater Manchester announced the introduction of a new and improved paperless ticketing system to be rolled out across the city’s…
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4 weeks ago
Gemfile's new clothes - Depfu Blog
Jan Krutisch , Co-Founder at Depfu 06 September 2017 The Bundler team currently works hard on pushing Bundler to the 2.0 release . This release will change a…
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4 weeks ago
House Address “Twins” Proximity – The Unusually Named Blog
In a previous post, I did a bit of analysis of the names of towns and streets . However, that clearly wasn’t enough to sate my bizarre interest in all things…
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5 weeks ago
The way forward on Brexit is a new poll on whatever EU deal is reached | Andrew Adonis
‘We need … to sing in praise of a European Union which has achieved a peace, prosperity and freedom which our ancestors only dreamed of.’Photograph: Getty…
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5 weeks ago
London Underground Wifi Tracking: Here's Everything We Learned From TfL's Official Report
Earlier this year, Gizmodo UK scored ourselves a scoop, as we exclusively revealed some of the findings from last year’s wifi tracking trial , in which…
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5 weeks ago
Compilers are the New Frameworks
My current “investment thesis” is that what we call web frameworks aretransforming from runtime libraries into optimizing compilers. When it comes toeking…
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5 weeks ago
A Baby Wails, and the Adult World Comes Running
A normal human baby, according to psychologists, will cry about two hours over the course of a day. A notorious human crybaby, according to her older siblings,…
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5 weeks ago
HSBC is killing my business, piece by piece — How to plan for your bank screwing up
I set up my own company in 2012. After decades of working for other people I felt the time was right. I had the experience and the contacts to make it viable…
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6 weeks ago
‘Adventure Time’ Is Slowly Going Off the Air, And Everyone’s Moving On
“ Adventure Time ” has a long way to go, but in many ways, it already ended. In early February 2017, just a few months after Cartoon Network notified the team…
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6 weeks ago
Vidal Sassoon: Hairdresser's Secret Life as Jewish Anti-Fascist Streetfighter
Vidal Sassoon: anti-fascist streetfighter (Reuters) It is one of the most unlikely bits of fashion trivia anyone could possibly imagine. Vidal Sassoon, the man…
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6 weeks ago
Better developer conferences
Between 2013 and 2015, I organised and ran five iterations of a developer conference called Edge conf . It was my attempt to fix some of the things I felt were…
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6 weeks ago
Inside the Massive 711 Million Record Onliner Spambot Dump
Last week I was contacted by someone alerting me to the presence of a spam list. A big one. That's a bit of a relative term though because whilst I've loaded…
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6 weeks ago
What Every Programmer Absolutely, Positively Needs to Know About Encodings and Character Sets to Work With Text
If you are dealing with text in a computer, you need to know about encodings. Period. Yes, even if you are just sending emails. Even if you are just receiving…
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6 weeks ago
Software development 450 words per minute - Vincit
"Something's a little bit off here." That's what I predict your first thought to be upon seeing my cubicle for the first time. There's no screen or mouse in…
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6 weeks ago
The President of Blank Sucking Nullity | The Baffler
My father is convinced that his dog is embarrassed. He doesn’t mean the rudimentary way that dogs ever show embarrassment, which from my observation amounts to…
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7 weeks ago
How work changed to make us all passionate quitters – Ilana Gershon | Aeon Essays
In the early 1990s, career advice in the United States changed. A new social philosophy, neoliberalism, was transforming society, including the nature of…
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7 weeks ago
Maybe Trump is a kind of cry for help from the Earth, a human flare | Frankie Boyle
US president Donald Trump at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, last week.Photograph: Ralph Freso/Getty Images S o are we heading for a Mad Max -style future? I don’t…
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7 weeks ago
Smarter Rails Services with Active Record Modules
MVC is Not Enough! We're familiar with the MVC (Model-View-Controller) pattern that Rails offers us––our models map to database tables and wrap our data in…
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7 weeks ago
I’m An Ex-Google Woman Tech Leader And I’m Sick Of Our Approach To Diversity!
We must stop fucking it up for the amazing women in tech! I ran cross-functional engineering projects managing 20–30 men (engineers mostly) at Google. Most of…
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7 weeks ago
Brian Aldiss obituary
Brian Aldiss in 2007. He wrote lively, intelligent prose, shot through with subversive humour, linguistic novelty and human observation.Photograph:…
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7 weeks ago
Don’t Over-REACT to the Facebook Patents License – FOSSA
Finally, the Facebook grant itself is not new. The grant was released in 2013, and ReactJS’ popularity has been growing since then. As with many open source…
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7 weeks ago
tim | Refusing to Empathize with Elliot Rodger: Taking Male Entitlement Seriously
[Content warnings: Discussion of domestic violence, suicide, and verbal abuse, including specific misogynist slurs and more general sexist gaslighting…
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7 weeks ago
Voyage to the Otherworld: A New Eulogy for Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury. At the end of February 2012, I was sitting in a bar in the Chicago Hilton, discussing Ray Bradbury. I was staying at the Hilton, and in a moment…
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7 weeks ago
Node.js Forked Again Over Complaints of Unresponsive Leadership - The New Stack
The codebase for popular Node.js JavaScript runtime has been forked again — the second time in less than three years — with a growing number of contributors…
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7 weeks ago
"We just feel like we don’t belong here anymore"
Over the weekend, Charlottesville, Virginia, exploded in violence over the impending removal of a Confederate monument. White nationalists, Ku Klux Klan…
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7 weeks ago
The four MIT grads who created Zork in their off hours call it “a good hack”
Forty years after the creation of Zork, the text-adventure computer game continues to entertain players and influence technologists. COURTESY OF MIKE DORNBROOK…
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7 weeks ago
Did This Book Buy Its Way Onto The New York Times Bestseller List?
Pajiba received details from two separate anonymous sources who got in touch, each claiming that author Lani Sarem herself admitted plans in multiple meetings…
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7 weeks ago
201708 - apenwarr
The world in which IPv6 was a good design Last November I went to an IETF meeting for the first time. The IETF is aninteresting place; it seems to be about 1/3…
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7 weeks ago
A Beginners guide to urban 'Forest Bathing' - Trees for Cities
It may sound strange, but a new activity is captivating imaginations and inspiring thousands of people to get outdoors and enjoy the health benefits our trees…
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7 weeks ago
The Handmaid’s Tale Speaks Through Pop Music
There aren’t many music cues in the first three episodes of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale , but the handful of song choices all illuminate a particular aspect of…
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8 weeks ago
How Trump Ruined My Relationship With My White Mother
Panama Jackson and his mama at Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor, Mich., circa 1983 (courtesy of Panama Jackson) Like most of America, I’ve had a week. Whereas…
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8 weeks ago
Typed nils in Go 2 | Dave Cheney
This is an experience report about a gotcha in Go that catches every Go programmer at least once. The following program is extracted from a larger version that…
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8 weeks ago
All the Greedy Young Abigail Fishers and Me
Years ago, I helped Abigail Fishers get into college in Texas. That was my job: I “tutored” entitled teenagers through the application process. Specifically,…
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8 weeks ago
Platforms as networks of assets – Cassie Robinson. – Medium
I’m interested in social infrastructure and co-operation — what it means for people to be in relationship, as a community, a neighbourhood, a town, a City. And…
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8 weeks ago
"We Hire the Best" is a Red Flag
If a company emphasizes that they only hire the best talent over how they're a welcoming, healthy work environment-- that is likely not a company you want to…
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9 weeks ago
Dodging garbage fires – soledad penadés
Trigger warning: harassment, non consensual sex, porn, and all other sorts of gross things I have dealt with. You might have heard about “ the Google guy “. I…
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9 weeks ago
"I'm a woman in computer science. Let me ladysplain the Google memo to you."
Outside contributors' opinions and analysis of the most important issues in politics, science, and culture. I’m a lecturer in computer science at Stanford. I’ve…
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9 weeks ago
We Know Who He Is – Cate Huston – Medium
This weekend my twitter feed was all people discussing the Latest Scandal — the dude who wrote a 10 page screed on why women and black people aren’t cut out for…
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9 weeks ago
On “soft” skills and senior engineering
Like many people, I was disappointed but not surprised to see that anti-diversity “manifesto” that’s been making the rounds on the internet over the past week.…
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9 weeks ago
A Letter To Leave Supporters
MATT DUNHAM via Getty Images A Letter to Leave supporters - from a Remain supporter You are patriots. So are we. We both believe in doing what is best for…
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9 weeks ago
My London—Edinburgh—London 2017 – Simon I'Anson – Medium
03:36, 3 August 2017. It’s dark and wet somewhere south of Cambridge. I’ve been wearing the same kit for over 24 hours. I slept in it last night. I’ve got…
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9 weeks ago
Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
O ne day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an iPhone since she was…
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9 weeks ago
Haruki Murakami’s Advice to Young Writers
Photo by Ole Jensen / Getty Images International best-seller Haruki Murakami has a new short story collection out, entitled Men Without Women . To celebrate,…
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10 weeks ago
So, about this Googler’s manifesto. – Yonatan Zunger – Medium
You have probably heard about the manifesto a Googler (not someone senior) published internally about, essentially, how women and men are intrinsically…
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10 weeks ago
Exclusive: Here's The Full 10-Page Anti-Diversity Screed Circulating Internally at Google
Photo: AP A software engineer’s 10-page screed against Google’s diversity initiatives is going viral inside the company, being shared on an internal meme…
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10 weeks ago
We Need to Talk About Digital Blackface in GIFs
In this op-ed, Lauren Michele Jackson tackles the recurring use of black people as reaction GIFs and its implications in terms of broader “digital blackface.”…
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10 weeks ago
Farewell to Slack, with love – Merci Victoria Grace – Medium
After a lot of deliberation, I’ve decided to leave Slack. I am so grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to help build the company and product. My timing was…
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10 weeks ago
The Languages Which Almost Became CSS
The history of all the languages which almost became CSS and the development of the styled web. When Tim Berners-Lee announced HTML in 1991 there was no method…
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10 weeks ago
Paranoid London (Look it Up!) – Jack Nicholls – Medium
“ Cocaine ” by Valerie Everett is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Hello everybody back home. It’s another rambling letter! This isn’t because I’ve gone crazy, but…
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10 weeks ago
Why You Should Stop Caring What Other People Think (Taming the Mammoth) - Wait But Why
We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. Part 1: Meet Your Mammoth The first day I was in second grade, I came to school…
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10 weeks ago
Why the lack of Indian and African faces in Dunkirk matters | Sunny Singh
‘The French army deployed at Dunkirk included soldiers from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and other colonies, and in substantial numbers. But we don’t see…
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10 weeks ago
Are We as Doomed as That New York Magazine Article Says?
No one knows how to talk about climate change right now. I don’t have an idea about where to begin, and I write about it professionally. On the one hand, the…
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11 weeks ago
When Will the Planet Be Too Hot for Humans? Much, Much Sooner Than You Imagine.
To read an annotated version of this article, complete with interviews with scientists and links to further reading, click here . I. ‘Doomsday’ Peering beyond…
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11 weeks ago
The Wanking Foreigner From ‘The Big Bang Theory’ | Nikesh Shukla
In North Devon, in England, in the rural countryside, there are people who have never seen a brown person before. There are people whose only experience of…
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11 weeks ago
David Warner on Twin Peaks, Tron, Titanic, Time Bandits, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II
Welcome to Random Roles , wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask…
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11 weeks ago
A Woman, Explaining Things
There is a television show I love. The show frequently features brilliant, courageous, unstoppable women. They are emotionally vulnerable. They are allowed to…
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11 weeks ago
Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again
Literature & Culture Jun 29, 2017 11 Min read time Share: AddThis Sharing Buttons Image: Paul Woodford Junot Díaz interviews Margaret Atwood about The…
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