Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody’s Counting
Amid a historic spike in U.S. traffic fatalities, federal data on the danger of distracted driving are getting worse.
netcritique  mobile  transportation  death  safety  articles  stats  usa 
11 hours ago
Comments on the Yashica digiFilm camera on Kickstarter
I have also reported this project to Kickstarter, which has a rule stating that "Projects can’t mislead people or misrepresent facts." This project does both.
The creator location is misrepresented as "Tokyo, Japan." I find no record of any Tokyo, Japan offices of the Hong Kong based MF Jebson Group, which has owned the Yashica brand name since 2008.
The video, at 0:52, displays text that reads "YASHICA...Japanese Camera Brand...Since 1949" and shows a lens trim ring imprinted with "JAPAN." The voiceover is also in Japanese. Again, the creator is a Hong Kong based company.
At 0:30 in the main promo video, the model is shown pretending to focus a lens. A diagram on the campaign page reads "light...is auto-focused by the lens." These are (successful) attempts to mislead people into believing that this camera has a focus mechanism.
The sample photos that were not taken by this camera, and could not have been for reasons that Cyrus clearly explained below. They are a blatant attempt to misrepresent what this camera would be capable of.
The creators have not shown a prototype of the project as required by Kickstarter. Yet, two days ago, they claimed to have a "working prototype [based] on the specification we shown in the campaign page." Repeated requests for photos of that prototype, or sample images taken with that prototype, have been ignored.
People have been patient, polite, and reasonable, but the sponsors have not brought their project into compliance with Kickstarter rules.
cameras  photography  business  forum-posts 
Kenneth Goldsmith: Is it all just wasted time (on the internet)?
The notion that the Internet is bad for you seems premised on the idea that the Internet is one thing — a monolith. In reality it’s a befuddling mix of the stupid and the sublime, a shattered, contradictory, and fragmented medium. Internet detractors seem to miss this simple fact, which is why so many of their criticisms disintegrate under observation.
internet  culture  netcritique  blog-posts 
Wikipedia.org: Internaut
Internaut is a portmanteau of the words Internet and astronaut and refers to a designer, operator, or technically capable user of the Internet. Beginning with participants in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), it gradually expanded to members of the Internet Society (ISoc) and the larger community.
wiki  language  internet  history 
UbuWeb, the 20-year-old website that collects the forgotten and the unfamiliar.
People say that Facebook and Google have colonized the web and taken it over, but that’s just not true. Those sites haven’t impacted UbuWeb one iota. UbuWeb continues as it always has. I actually think it’s possible still to do something really independent on the web. We’ve just forgotten how to do it.
history  internet  poetry  netart  quotes  netcritique 
DIY Apodisation Filter
People who know the (Minolta) Sony 135mm f/2.8 [T4.5] STF [Smooth Trans Focus] lens know it. And some people who like Bokeh quality - not only quantity. Here in the Xitek forum are many Sony STF example pictures. There is even a Canon photographer who mount converted this lens to get that bokeh on Canon. But this Sony lens could be adapted to Canon EOS.
lenses  optics  diy  photography  tutorials 
2 days ago
Magic mushrooms can 'reset' depressed brain
A hallucinogen found in magic mushrooms can "reset" the brains of people with untreatable depression, raising hopes of a future treatment, scans suggest.
drugs  articles  brain  psychology 
2 days ago
Your Brain Limits You to Just Five BFF
The number of people we can have meaningful contact with is limited by the size of our brains. Now this group seems to be subdivided into layers, say anthropologists.
psychology  science  friends 
2 days ago
Harvard.edu: PURE study makes headlines, but the conclusions are misleading
Large-scale efforts to study the health effects of diet in developing countries are important, but this study is fraught with methodological problems—especially confounding by different degrees of socio-economical development in different countries and questionable dietary intake data. Dr. Frank Hu, Chair of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, notes that one should look beyond the sensational headlines and the abstract of the paper:

The main messages for nutritional advice have not changed: follow a healthy dietary pattern that includes abundant amounts of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, and nuts; moderate amounts of reduced-fat dairy products and seafood; and lower amounts of processed and red meat, sugar-sweetened foods and beverages, and refined grains. Such a dietary pattern does not need to limit total fat intake but the main types of fat should be unsaturated fats from plant sources rather than animal fat.
health  food  science  articles 
4 days ago
News.ycombinator.com: hunterjrj's comment on Dietary Carbohydrates Impair Healthspan and Promote Mortality
Note that this is probably not what you are thinking (low-carb, very-low carb or even keto diets are good for your healthspan).

The lowest quintile in this study were consuming 46,4% of kcal from carbs (that's about 230 gram of carbs for a 2000 kcal total intake). Not even close to low carb by today's standard in the health blogosphere.

The authors make this explicit in the discussion section:

>>> However, the absence of association between low carbohydrate intake (eg, <50% of energy) and health outcomes does not provide support for very low carbohydrate diets. Importantly, a certain amount of carbohydrate is necessary to meet short-term energy demands during physical activity and so moderate intakes (eg, 50–55% of energy) are likely to be more appropriate than either very high or very low carbohydrate intakes.
science  food  health  hackernews  forum-posts 
4 days ago
Wikipedia.org: Saudade
Saudade (European Portuguese: [sɐwˈðaðɨ], Brazilian Portuguese: [sawˈdadi] or [sawˈdadʒi], Galician: [sawˈðaðe]; plural saudades) is a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves.
wiki  love  language 
5 days ago
Wikipedia.org: Bro (subculture)
Bro is a male youth subculture of "conventional guys' guys" who spend time partying in ways similar to each other.
culture  gender  wiki 
5 days ago
News.ycombinator.com: cableshaft on RIP the Broccoli Tree
There's so many examples of this it's just so sad.

Joshua Tree on U2 album cover destroyed: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2971368/U2-fan-pilgrimaged-band-s-Joshua-Tree-outraged-finding-CHOPPED-California-desert.html

Kids knock down 16 million year old rock formation: https://military.id.me/news/idiots-ruin-18-million-year-old-american-treasure/

One man accidentally killed the oldest tree ever: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-one-man-accidentally-killed-the-oldest-tree-ever-125764872/

World's most isolated tree knocked down by drunk driver: https://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/earths-most-isolated-tree-only-one-around-250-miles-was-struck-and-killed-drunk-driver.html

So sad how an act of stupidity by as few as one person can eliminate something of beauty that's been around longer than tens, hundreds, thousands of their lifetimes.
netcritique  hackernews  forum-posts  tree  sweden 
5 days ago
Mark Zuckerberg 'tours' flooded Puerto Rico in bizarre virtual reality promo
“One of the most powerful features of VR is empathy. My goal here was to show how VR can raise awareness and help us see what’s happening in different parts of the world,” he said, adding that he also wanted to publicize Facebook’s partnership with the Red Cross.
vr  facebook  articles  netcritique 
6 days ago
Kan vi tämja datorerna?
Det är dags att bestämma vad vi ska ha den nya AI-tekniken till. Till att lösa klimatkrisen eller förslava oss själva i en AI-ledd diktatur? Valet är (förhoppningsvis) vårt.
ai  future  articles  swedish  netcritique 
6 days ago
The Death of Che Guevara Declassified
This memorandum—classified SECRET-SENSITIVE/Eyes Only—was prepared for President Lyndon Johnson five days after Che’s death. It transmitted a short summary from CIA director Richard Helms confirming the details of Che’s final hours. Helms’s attached report, “Capture and Execution of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara,” confirmed that Guevara had not died from “battle wounds” during a clash with the Bolivian army, as the press had reported from Bolivia, but rather had been executed “at 1315 hours…with a burst of fire from an M-2 automatic rifle.” The White House memo also confirmed that the Bolivian government was covering up its role in Che’s execution by claiming his body had been cremated and could not be repatriated to his homeland of Argentina, or to Cuba.
history  politics  war  death  usa  articles 
6 days ago
The End of the Road
At risk is the personally identifiable information of many, many thousands of internet users who chose to visit or otherwise interact with DisruptJ20.org, a website created and maintained by one of our customers. While we regularly work with law enforcement and hand over certain types of data as part of various ongoing investigations, this particular request for customer data was overly broad, and we objected to it on those terms. The court chose, in this case, to act as an intermediary between DreamHost and the Department of Justice to ensure that user rights remained protected and that First and Fourth Amendment protections were respected. We had been awaiting Chief Judge Morin’s final order, which would spell out the exact nature of the data that DreamHost would be required to hand over while mulling over a decision to appeal the court’s general order.
law  usa  hosting  dreamhost  blog-posts 
6 days ago
How Video Games Satisfy Basic Human Needs
Psychologists found that video games that allowed players to play out their “ideal selves” (embodying roles that allow them to be, for example, braver, fairer, more generous, or more glorious) were not only the most intrinsically rewarding, but also had the greatest influence on our emotions.
games  articles  psychology 
7 days ago
Where Dreams Go To Die
Where Dreams Go To Die is a documentary created by Ethan Newberry (The Ginger Runner) that follows Gary Robbins and his two attempts at completing The Barkley Marathons.
movies  running  sport  documentaries 
8 days ago
'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia
Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention.
netcritique  mobile  psychology  design  articles 
8 days ago
Why Facebook is in a hole over data mining
It’s Mark Zuckerberg’s business model that allows Facebook to be manipulated by political activists – no wonder he’s in denial about it.
netcritique  socialmedia  facebook  articles  politics 
9 days ago
The Coming Software Apocalypse
A small group of programmers wants to change how we code—before catastrophe strikes.
software  development  programming  articles 
9 days ago
A worldwide survey of neonicotinoids in honey
Our results confirm the exposure of bees to neonicotinoids in their food throughout the world. The coexistence of neonicotinoids and other pesticides may increase harm to pollinators. However, the concentrations detected are below the maximum residue level authorized for human consumption.
health  environment  food  insects  science 
9 days ago
Phaidon's new book explores graphic design in North Korea
Nicholas Bonner’s book Made in North Korea offers a rare glimpse into the visual culture of the totalitarian state – from cigarette and food packaging to postcards and airline tickets. We talk to Bonner about the North Korean graphic design industry and how the role of packaging and ephemera differs in such a society
books  reviews  design  northkorea  blog-posts 
9 days ago
Vimeo.com: Farewell - ETAOIN SHRDLU - 1978
A film created by Carl Schlesinger and David Loeb Weiss documenting the last day of hot metal typesetting at The New York Times. This film shows the entire newspaper production process from hot-metal typesetting to creating stereo moulds to high-speed press operation. At the end of the film, the new typesetting and photographic production process is shown in contrast to the old ways.
videos  documentaries  movies  history  printing  typography 
9 days ago
Reddit.com/r/Piracy/How to get around WSJ paywalls
[…] all you have to do is go to archive.is and archive the page. You now can read the full article without paying them money.
reddit  tutorials  forum-posts 
10 days ago
How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds
The smartphone is unique in the annals of personal technology. We keep the gadget within reach more or less around the clock, and we use it in countless ways, consulting its apps and checking its messages and heeding its alerts scores of times a day. The smartphone has become a repository of the self, recording and dispensing the words, sounds and images that define what we think, what we experience and who we are. In a 2015 Gallup survey, more than half of iPhone owners said that they couldn’t imagine life without the device. We love our phones for good reasons. It’s hard to imagine another product that has provided so many useful functions in such a handy form. But while our phones offer convenience and diversion, they also breed anxiety. Their extraordinary usefulness gives them an unprecedented hold on our attention and vast influence over our thinking and behavior. So what happens to our minds when we allow a single tool such dominion over our perception and cognition? Scientists have begun exploring that question—and what they’re discovering is both fascinating and troubling. Not only do our phones shape our thoughts in deep and complicated ways, but the effects persist even when we aren’t using the devices. As the brain grows dependent on the technology, the research suggests, the intellect weakens. [ https://archive.fo/mvysg ]
netcritique  mobile  psychology  articles 
10 days ago
Plånboken – Industri kring digitala kyrkogårdar
Varje dag dör tiotusentals av sociala medieföretagens användare, och många gånger fortsätter deras användarkonton att leva vidare. Vad tjänar företagen på det? Och håller det på att skapas en industri kring digitala lik?
socialmedia  death  business  netcritique  radio 
10 days ago
Addons.mozilla.org: Character Identifier
This extension adds a context menu item for selected text that provides more information (from the Unicode database) about the characters...
extensions  firefox  typography  unicode  chrome  opera 
10 days ago
Air-L — Association of Internet Researchers
The Association of Internet Researchers is an academic association dedicated to the advancement of the cross-disciplinary field of Internet studies. It is a resource and support network promoting critical and scholarly Internet research independent from traditional disciplines and existing cross academic borders. The association is international in scope.
mailinglist  netcritique  internet  science 
11 days ago
Before and after Ello: interview with Robert W. Gehl
Robert W. Gehl is an an Assistant Professor in Communication at the University of Utah, and author of the book Reverse Engineering Social Media: Software, Culture, and Political Economy in New Media Capitalism (Temple University Press, 2014). The book combines key concepts from computer science and critical theory to analyze how social media operate, and provides a rich theoretical framework for understanding these platforms as engines of free labor. The book makes it crystal clear how, for example, Facebook’s product is not social interaction so much as information and eyeballs for advertisers, and how users are encouraged to go to work for social media platforms. It goes beyond criticism, though, to ask what an alternative to hegemonic social media could look like, and this focus on alternatives is also central to Rob’s current work.
socialmedia  netcritique  ads  business 
11 days ago
The Platform Metaphor, Revisited
The most successful internet businesses are based on the idea of offering a platform. Author Tarleton Gillespie discusses the hidden meaning of this popular and widely accepted metaphor and reveals how it serves businesses.
socialmedia  netcritique  articles  language 
11 days ago
How free porn enriched the tech industry — and ruined the lives of actors
Jon Ronson’s new podcast The Butterfly Effect explores how the internet has devastated the porn industry.
business  porn  podcasts  articles 
11 days ago
Youtube.com: Brian Eno - Windows 95 Sound x23
The music is Brian Eno's start sound for Window 95 slowed down 23 times.
The video is a commercial for Windows 95 played at .23x speed.
music  microsoft  windows  history  sound  videos 
11 days ago
Q and A With Brian Eno
Q: How did you come to compose "The Microsoft Sound"?

A: The idea came up at the time when I was completely bereft of ideas. I’d been working on my own music for a while and was quite lost, actually. And I really appreciated someone coming along and saying, “Here’s a specific problem — solve it.”

The thing from the agency said, “We want a piece of music that is inspiring, universal, blah– blah, da-da-da, optimistic, futuristic, sentimental, emotional,” this whole list of adjectives, and then at the bottom it said “and it must be 3 1/4 seconds long.”

I thought this was so funny and an amazing thought to actually try to make a little piece of music. It’s like making a tiny little jewel.

In fact, I made 84 pieces. I got completely into this world of tiny, tiny little pieces of music. I was so sensitive to microseconds at the end of this that it really broke a logjam in my own work. Then when I’d finished that and I went back to working with pieces that were like three minutes long, it seemed like oceans of time.
quotes  sound  music  microsoft  composing  windows  articles  interviews 
11 days ago
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