We Experiment On Human Beings! « OkTrends
When we tell people they are a good match, they act as if they are. Even when they should be wrong for each other.
data  okcupid  algos 
2 hours ago
The Silent Spotify Album 'Sleepify' Made $20,000 in Royalties | Motherboard
You remember Vulfpeck, right? That'd be the Los Angeles funk band made internet-famous for releasing a record on Spotify consisting entirely of silence, accompanied by the instruction that it was to be listened to while sleeping: put the thing on repeat and head to bed. This wasn't some conceptual statement about really anything so much as it was an effort at raising money for a tour. "We are basing the routing of the tour on where people listen the most," Jack Stratton, Vulfpeck's frontman, told Noisey back in March. "So that’s the deal with the fans. A rough calculation shows that a fan would generate more than a $20 ticket after a week of playing the album whilst they sleep."
17 hours ago
BuzzFeed Isn’t Selling Your Data From All Those Quizzes | New York Observer
But missing from the Marketplace story is the crucial fact of whether BuzzFeed is actually selling the data to marketers.

“We’re not in the business of selling data. We’re in the business of selling social advertising,” a spokesperson for BuzzFeed said.
19 hours ago
BuzzFeed Quizzes: What Data Set Do You Belong To? : NPR
A scroll through your Facebook News Feed will turn up BuzzFeed quizzes about what Harry Potter character you are. Ad Age reporter Kate Kaye tells NPR's Scott Simon what BuzzFeed's doing with all the quiz data.
19 hours ago
Oakland's Sudo Mesh Looks to Counter Censorship and Digital Divide With a Mesh Network | TechPresident
Sudo Room and one of their working groups, Sudo Mesh, is currently building a mesh network called the People’s Open Network. Mesh networks are a type of decentralized network connected by nodes, which can be wifi routers or other transmitters, that share the connection, thereby creating a communication network far more resilient to natural disasters and censorship because there is no single cut-off point.
21 hours ago
There Is Almost Nothing Nineties Nostalgia Can't Sell, Because Of Science | ThinkProgress
“People get a charge out of the transportive experience of remembering,” he explained to me by phone. “I think that nostalgia is just one aspect of that enjoyment that people get from playing with what their minds can do… It’s kind of like when you’re watching a trivia show, like Jeopardy. Being able to come up with the answer feels good. When you’re trying to remember something, and you remember a detail, that feels good too, for the same reason. Your mind solves the puzzle, and that feels great.”
22 hours ago
How Fans Recreated Game of Thrones in a Minecraft Map the Size of LA | Underwire | WIRED
Granberry estimates that he now spends 20 to 30 hours per week on the project in addition to his day job; thanks to making headlines on sites like Reddit, Kotaku and Wired (sorry, guys), the popularity of WesterosCraft has grown over the past several months, straining both the server and its co-creators. “It’s become more and more of a part-time job than a hobby,” said Granberry.
games  crowdsourcing 
22 hours ago
The secret of Minecraft — The Message — Medium
People often compare Minecraft to LEGO; both support open-ended creation (once you’ve mastered the crafting table, you can build nearly anything) and, of course, they share an essential blockiness. But I think this comparison is misleading, because a LEGO set always includes instructions, and Minecraft comes with none.

Minecraft is a game about creation, yes. But it is just as much a game about secret knowledge.
22 hours ago
Hold the Phone: A Big-Data Conundrum - NYTimes.com
So, in theory, data on how often people search for “iPhone slow,” as provided by Google Trends, can measure the frustration globally. (Data for only the United States show similar results.)

Because this data is available weekly, she was able to cross-reference these searches against release dates of new phones. The charts show the results, which are, to say the least, striking. In the top chart, there are six distinct spikes, and they correspond to releases of new iPhones.
algos  stacks 
22 hours ago
E-ZPasses Get Read All Over New York (Not Just At Toll Booths) - Forbes
The man, who goes by the Internet handle “Puking Monkey,” did an analysis of the many ways his car could be tracked and stumbled upon something rather interesting: his E-ZPass, which he obtained for the purpose of paying tolls, was being used to track his car in unexpected places, far away from any toll booths.

Puking Monkey is an electronics tinkerer, so he hacked his RFID-enabled E-ZPass to set off a light and a “moo cow” every time it was being read. Then he drove around New York. His tag got milked multiple times on the short drive from Times Square to Madison Square Garden in mid-town Manhattan…
privacy  hacks 
23 hours ago
Cloward–Piven strategy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Richard Kim, writing in 2010 in The Nation (in which the original essay appeared), called such assertions "a reactionary paranoid fantasy ..." but says that "the left's gut reaction upon hearing of it--to laugh it off as a Scooby-Doo comic mystery--does nothing to blunt its appeal or limit its impact."[14]
2 days ago
Meet Executive Order 12333: The Reagan rule that lets the NSA spy on Americans - The Washington Post
Gen. Keith Alexander, a former NSA director, has said publicly that for years the NSA maintained a U.S. person e-mail metadata program similar to the Section 215 telephone metadata program. And he has maintained that the e-mail program was terminated in 2011 because “we thought we could better protect civil liberties and privacy by doing away with it.” Note, however, that Alexander never said that the NSA stopped collecting such data — merely that the agency was no longer using the Patriot Act to do so. I suggest that Americans dig deeper.
3 days ago
US warned: surveillance reform hinges on change to Reagan executive order | World news | theguardian.com
Executive order 12333 is not a law. Within the intelligence agencies, however, "it is the Bible," a former CIA and Senate intelligence committee lawyer observed last year to the Guardian.

Written in 1981 to delineate intelligence practices in the wake of a bout of congressional restrictions on intelligence, activities undertaken under 12333 are not subject to even the secret congressional and judicial oversight that NSA actions under Fisa require. The claim of authority for 12333 is the president of the United States' constitutional powers for the conduct of foreign policy.
3 days ago
Son Finds His Late Dad's 'Ghost' In A Racing Video Game
Well, when i was 4, my dad bought a trusty XBox. you know, the first, ruggedy, blocky one from 2001. we had tons and tons and tons of fun playing all kinds of games together - until he died, when i was just 6.

i couldnt touch that console for 10 years.

but once i did, i noticed something.

we used to play a racing game, Rally Sports Challenge. actually pretty awesome for the time it came.

and once i started meddling around... i found a GHOST.


you know, when a time race happens, that the fastest lap so far gets recorded as a ghost driver? yep, you guessed it - his ghost still rolls around the track today.

and so i played and played, and played, untill i was almost able to beat the ghost. until one day i got ahead of it, i surpassed it, and...

i stopped right in front of the finish line, just to ensure i wouldnt delete it.

3 days ago
Silicon Valley's gig economy is not the future of work – it's driving down wages | Sarah Jaffe | Comment is free | theguardian.com
It might be a big step from a Facebook group to a union, but getting together to express grievances is a first step toward organizing. Worker's organizations are going to – and going to have to – look different in this century from the unions we're accustomed to. They will need to be as flexible, streamlined and quick as the tech companies they target – but the basics won't change. And, as the longtime labor movement saying goes, the boss is often the best organizer: TaskRabbit's changes may have finally given gig-workers something to get together about.
4 days ago
Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a TerroristThe Intercept
While the guidelines nominally prohibit nominations based on unreliable information, they explicitly regard “uncorroborated” Facebook or Twitter posts as sufficient grounds for putting an individual on one of the watchlists.
4 days ago
Gaza and Israel: The Road to War, Paved by the West - NYTimes.com
Yet, in many ways, the reconciliation government could have served Israel’s interests. It offered Hamas’s political adversaries a foothold in Gaza; it was formed without a single Hamas member; it retained the same Ramallah-based prime minister, deputy prime ministers, finance minister and foreign minister; and, most important, it pledged to comply with the three conditions for Western aid long demanded by America and its European allies: nonviolence, adherence to past agreements and recognition of Israel.
4 days ago
North Korea unveils plans for underwater hotel in new 'tourist city' | World news | theguardian.com
“Underwater hotels are the most suitable form of tourist accommodation for North Korea", said Petrov. “As a foreign tourist you won’t be able to escape. You will not be able to see anything that happens outside of your hotel room or sneak a photo from your window."
5 days ago
Various Artists: Wish I Was Here OST | Album Reviews | Pitchfork
Badly Drawn Boy’s contemplative “The Shining”—taken from an album which first saw release nearly 15 years ago, cementing the soundtrack’s functionality as a nostalgia trip that registers on the level of seeing a Kerry/Edwards bumper sticker on a car windshield.
5 days ago
Hope and Ka-ching | The Baffler
This startling idea had been suggested to Armando Robles, one of the leaders from the fight with Republic, by the documentary film The Take, the story of Argentinean factories where workers practice “horizontalidad,” or democratic self-management. Robles had also met Brendan Martin, a former computer programmer who had been so inspired by The Take that he had moved to Argentina, learned Spanish, and invested his life savings in a rotating loan fund to help factory takeovers and democratic cooperatives flourish and expand, a venture he called the Working World.
labor  horizontalism 
6 days ago
Humans of New York
He knew I wouldn’t take charity, so this was his way of giving me charity— overpaying me for a job. That was the way he was— Atilla Tetik is his name, from Long Island. And even though the $1,000 was a big help, seeing that I could finish a job made me feel powerful. And I immediately started working again."
inspiring  debt  labor 
10 days ago
Light Skin, Labor and “Straight Out of Compton” | tressiemc
I have privately argued many times that casting calls are important sociological texts. I have also said I would love to see the calls that gave us Miley Cyrus’ infamous VMA performance. The casting call is where our personal “preferences” are revealed for the structural inequalities we are willing to accept to defend our privileges.
race  beauty  emotional-labor 
10 days ago
Snowden: NSA employees routinely pass around intercepted nude photos | Ars Technica
sooner or later this person's whole life has been seen by all of these other people. It's never reported. Nobody ever knows about it because the auditing of these systems is incredibly weak. The fact that your private images, records of your private lives, records of your intimate moments have been taken from your private communications stream from the intended recipient and given to the government without any specific authorization without any specific need is itself a violation of your rights. Why is that in a government database?”
11 days ago
Through Lens, 4 Boys Dead by Gaza Shore - NYTimes.com
By the time I reached the beach, I was winded from running with my heavy armor. I paused; it was too risky to go onto the exposed sand. Imagine what my silhouette, captured by an Israeli drone, might look like as a grainy image on a laptop somewhere in Israel: wearing body armor and a helmet, carrying cameras that could be mistaken for weapons. If children are being killed, what is there to protect me, or anyone else?
11 days ago
Two-Thirds of These Female Scientists Say They’ve Been Sexually Harassed - The Daily Beast
Incidences were much more common with women: 71 percent of women reported harassment and 26 percent reported assault on site, compared to men’s 41 percent and 6 percent respectively.

Clancy and her colleagues also reported that the majority of women victims were subordinates who oftentimes worked directly under their perpetrators, while harassment aimed at men usually came from peers
science  harassment 
11 days ago
Undocumented Immigrants and Libertarian Refuseniks at the Border | Blog | The Baffler
But it didn’t need to be this way. Vargas actually would have stood a better shot at leaving southern Texas through an inland checkpoint—not through the airport—by exploiting a strange loophole pioneered by libertarian activists outraged by what they see as an infringement of their Constitutional right to freedom of movement.
12 days ago
An elegant escape | Film | The Guardian
"Loneliness is the deal. Loneliness is the last great taboo. If we don't accept loneliness, then capitalism wins hands down. Because capitalism is all about trying to convince people that you can distract yourself, that you can make it better. And it ain't true."
-tilda swinton
12 days ago
Cardboard Children: Cards Against Humanity | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
But Cards Against Humanity is a terrible game. Let’s be clear here. It’s an awful game. It’s not even a game at all. It’s a pastime. And a weird one. It’s a good laugh, sure, when you’re playing it with good people. But then, everything is a good laugh when you’re playing with good people. I dislike Cards Against Humanity because it’s completely mindless. When you look at your hand of cards, all you’re really doing is reading a string of jokes and choosing the funniest one. If your idea of a good time is sitting in a room with friends and reading through sickipedia.org until you see a joke you like, then Cards Against Humanity might be the game for you.
12 days ago
Quote by Rainer Maria Rilke: “A complete sharing between two people is an imp...”
“A complete sharing between two people is an impossibility and whenever it seems, nevertheless, to exist, it is a narrowing, a mutual agreement which robs either one member or both of his fullest freedom and development. But, once the realization is accepted that, even between the closest human beings, infinite distances continue to exist, a wonderful living side by side can grow up, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole and against a wide sky!”
12 days ago
Kara Swisher: Tech's Most Powerful Snoop -- NYMag
“These people were very accessible,” Swisher recalls of a younger Bezos and his cohort, “and you met them before they were who they are now. When people get rich, people lick them up and down all day, so some of them morph into thinking that being licked up and down all day is their reality and that everything that comes out of their mouths are golden nuggets. Everyone starts to rewrite history, but if you knew them, and have some historical knowledge …”
technology  vc  business 
12 days ago
Secret Is Becoming The Next Tinder - Forbes
If Secret is willing to embrace raunchier content (or at least not tamp it down), it could see a growing audience. Tumblr mostly embraced its “porn problem,” and as of a year ago, 16.5 percent of its traffic is sexual content, and 22 percent of external traffic referrals to Tumblr are from adult websites. Porn helps keep Tumblr strong.
13 days ago
Twitter / lordemusic: this man has been stalking ...
this man has been stalking me, photographing me and refusing me privacy. i am scared of him. he frequents central akl
13 days ago
Facebook 'Friends' Its City, Pays for Officer - WSJ
Officer Ferguson, 34 years old, is sometimes called "The Facebook Cop," but it isn't for her savvy use of social media. It is because her salary and benefits are paid entirely by Facebook Inc., which is based in this well-off city of 32,000.

In an unusual deal, the social-networking giant has agreed to fund a $194,000-a-year police position, including salary and benefits.
police  facebook  thebook 
14 days ago
Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek to Control the Internet - The Intercept
The secretive British spy agency GCHQ has developed covert tools to seed the internet with false information, including the ability to manipulate the results of online polls, artificially inflate pageview counts on web sites, “amplif[y]” sanctioned messages on YouTube, and censor video content judged to be “extremist.”
14 days ago
Girl Scouts Get A Badge In Intellectual Property Maximalism | Techdirt
The Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation has helped create a special new "IP patch" for the Girl Scouts.
15 days ago
This Is Not a Vermeer ™ — The Message — Medium
Why would Vermeer have copied an obscure Italian painting? Copying was quite common then, not only as an act of training, but also for financial gain. So perhaps Tim’s theory was right — Vermeer was a copier.
art  fake 
16 days ago
Hockney–Falco thesis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Hockney–Falco thesis is a controversial theory of art history, advanced by artist David Hockney and physicist Charles M. Falco, suggesting that advances in realism and accuracy in the history of Western art since the Renaissance were primarily the result of optical aids such as the camera obscura, camera lucida, and curved mirrors, rather than solely due the development of artistic technique and skill. In a 2001 book, Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters, Hockney analyzed the work of the Old Masters and argued that the level of accuracy represented in their work is impossible to create by "eyeballing it". Since then, Hockney and Falco have produced a number of publications on positive evidence of the use of optical aids, and the historical plausibility of such methods.
optics  art  history  art-history 
16 days ago
Off the Grid in Florida, Robin Speronis Fights Municipal Code - Businessweek
Off the Grid Living in Southwest Florida—One Woman’s Story. One day last November, Liza Fernandez, a reporter for WFTX, the local Fox (FOX) affiliate, decided to do a story on her. Near the end of the broadcast, Fernandez noted that Speronis’s rudimentary setup violated “most codes and ordinances” in Cape Coral and that “anyone caught living in such a home could be forcibly removed.”
16 days ago
Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport - Voices - The Independent
And, as the bombs rain on Gaza, Israeli teens have taken to tweeting scantily-clad selfies alongside their political sentiments.  In two now deleted tweets, one wrote “Death to all of you Arabs you transfag”, while another proclaimed “Arabs may you be paralyzed & die with great suffering!”  Another teen simply tweeted “Death to these f****** Arabs”, and attached a photo of themselves pouting alongside it.
16 days ago
Stowe Boyd — Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius...
Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see.
Arthur Schopenauer
17 days ago
a r t . i n s p e c t o r
The Art Inspector is a third party certification agent that examines the environmental impact of art process and practice. Art Inspector works with interested agents such as curators, artists, collectors, and others in order to pre-qualify artists who pass a standard of environmental stewardship.
art  environment  social-practice 
17 days ago
Matter Battle! - etc
A Matter Battle is the conflict between human intentions and the laws and behaviors of the physical universe. Material acts that are without intention, or where intention is purposefully exploratory such as drip painting, are not Matter Battles.
design  materiality 
19 days ago
Ex-Facebook Data Scientist: Every Facebook User Is Part Of An Experiment At Some Point - Forbes
2. If you’re on Facebook, you have definitely been a test subject at some point.

Ledvina: “Experiments are run on every user at some point in their tenure on the site…”...Ledvina: “…Whether that is seeing different size ad copy, or different marketing messages, or different call to action buttons, or having their feeds generated by different ranking algorithms, etc.” [Ed Note: Link on "call to action" is mine not Ledvina's.]
20 days ago
Glitch · Game Review · The A.V. Club
Glitch’s backstory, involving 11 giants who dreamed the world of the game into existence, is mostly stupid. Players inclined to figure out what’s going on can wander the world, talking to trees and rocks to learn more of the past of Ur, the land where the game takes place. But the mythology is mostly incidental to having a good time. Glitch is almost completely dependent on players figuring out their own fun, and this aimless quality may irritate more goal-oriented gamers, who long to be told what to do.
20 days ago
For Taylor Swift, the Future of Music Is a Love Story - WSJ
n mentioning album sales, I'd like to point out that people are still buying albums, but now they're buying just a few of them. They are buying only the ones that hit them like an arrow through the heart or have made them feel strong or allowed them to feel like they really aren't alone in feeling so alone. It isn't as easy today as it was 20 years ago to have a multiplatinum-selling album, and as artists, that should challenge and motivate us.
music  culture  paying 
20 days ago
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