Anywhere but Medium
Next time you want to post an essay to Medium, do the open web a favor and post it elsewhere. Anywhere. Tumblr. WordPress.com.
blogging  blog-posts 
Leonardo da Vinci Designed a Nightmare Scuba Suit
The perfect summer outfit for your dystopian marine nightmares.
diving  history  design  articles 
China will start prohibiting ad blocking on September 1st
The ad blocking industry is facing a stark challenge from the Chinese government. China’s new Internet Advertising laws includes wording that explicitly prohibits “tampering with or blocking other businesses’ advertisements.”
china  ads  law  internet  business 
2 days ago
Aftonbladet.se: Den farliga godheten
Anders Johansson om Teratologen och litteraturens nödvändiga autonomi.
books  culture  articles  swedish 
3 days ago
The Gel That's Revolutionizing Pain Treatment
Researchers have created a gel that can attach to inflammation sites and slowly deliver drugs to combat a wide variety of ailments—ulcerative colitis, arthritis and mucositis, to name a few. Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response, bringing extra blood to an injured area, but in cases of chronic inflammation, the heat, pain, and swelling become a problem. Developed at the Laboratory for Accelerated Medical Innovation at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the hydrogel—a solid material with high water content—can carry a combination of drugs, and matches its drug release to the level of inflammation around it.
articles  health  medicine  science  drugs 
3 days ago
How free mobile games are designed to make money
By collecting troves of data on how users play their games, developers have mastered the science of applied addiction. And with the rise of "freemium" games that rely on micro-transactions, they have good reason to deploy the tools of behavioral psychology to inspire purchases.
articles  games  psychology  business  mobile  shopping 
4 days ago
No. 11: The Ends of the Internet, Boris Beaude
The Ends of the Internet is an investigation into all the reasons why the Internet, which has been with us for over thirty years, is now on the verge of disappearing. Originally conceived as a space of freedom, the Internet has become the world’s largest panopticon and freedom of expression is subject to surveillance and supervision on an unprecedented scale. The utopian theories of collective intelligence have been undermined by a growing tendency towards commercial exploitation. A small group of companies profit from the majority of online activities. Even the robustness of the Internet itself is now at stake, with vulnerabilities increasing and many organizations, governments and individuals targeted by malicious cyber attacks.
netpolitics  books  internet 
4 days ago
You can now build your own Wire client
We are going to open source the rest of our client code base which wasn’t initially publicly available. Namely the components related to the UI layer of the application, the web and native clients, as well some of the tools we use internally. We didn’t make it open from the beginning because we were still working on other features but now that these are available, it’s easier to structure the code and to be able to publish it. […] I think open-sourcing the full Wire client code base represents an important milestone. We are starting a new phase for the company, where this technology and in particular this solution, could be useful for other industries. Just like in real time communications, many industries face the same challenges and have the same strict requirements with regards to security and privacy, as well as the need for scaling, robustness and a rich feature set — qualities that are built into Wire by design.
blog-posts  instant-messaging  open-source  software  development 
4 days ago
Pokémon Go kan bryta mot lagen enligt svensk upphovsrätt
Pokémon Go använder just offentlig konst som pokéstops (ställen där man kan hämta pokébollar och andra föremål) och visar både namn och bild på verken. Vilket alltså kan vara problematiskt enligt svensk lag.
articles  photography  art  swedish  sweden  law  games 
6 days ago
Do Crows Hold Funerals for Their Dead?
[…] it doesn't necessarily mean the birds are mourning for their lost buddy. Rather, they're likely trying to find out if there's a threat where the death occurred, so they can avoid it in the future.
articles  animals  birds  behavior  science 
6 days ago
Opera browser sold to a Chinese consortium for $600 million
The Norwegian company has sold its browser, performance apps and name.
blog-posts  browser  opera  business 
8 days ago
The History of the URL: Path, Fragment, Query, and Auth
URLs were never intended to be what they’ve become: an arcane way for a user to identify a site on the Web. Unfortunately, we’ve never been able to standardize URNs, which would give us a more useful naming system. Arguing that the current URL system is sufficient is like praising the DOS command line, and stating that most people should simply learn to use command line syntax. The reason we have windowing systems is to make computers easier to use, and more widely used. The same thinking should lead us to a superior way of locating specific sites on the Web.
url  webdev  internet  history  blog-posts 
8 days ago
Polisblockad mot kulturhus i Marievik - Nu ska rejven stoppas
Kulturföreningen Fritt forum är nu förbjudna att hålla rejvfester i sin lokal på Liljeholmskajen. Under lördagskvällen samlades rejvarna för att protestera mot förbudet - med dans. Vi var på plats under manifestationen.
articles  music  stockholm  swedish  sweden  culture  rave 
8 days ago
Theatlantic.com: Why Do Turtles Have Shells?
The turtle’s shell, then, is a wonderful example of exaptation —the evolutionary process where a trait evolves for one function and is then co-opted to serve another. They began as digging platforms and then became suits of armor. Feathers are another example. They now help birds to fly, but they probably originated as ways of keeping warm or signaling to mates and rivals.
evolution  animals  articles 
9 days ago
Why Windows 10 sucks or Everything Wrong with Windows 10
Firstly, Microsoft openly stated that pervasive data Microsoft: 'We finally fixed everything in Windows 10' View this page source code to find the source of this picture collection will be present in any Windows version starting from Windows 10 and as a host of research on the Internet shows, this data collection cannot be disabled using official means. If you decide to disable total tracking (including keyboard scanning and voice recording) you'll have to disable over a hundred different Internet addresses and then no one guarantees that a new Windows update doesn't add new hosts because Microsoft surely is not interested in losing such a lucrative feature meant for Big Brother agencies. Read the rest of the article for official Microsoft statements and for various information on how Windows breaches you privacy and how you might try to control it (it's almost futile btw).
windows  windows10  microsoft  os 
9 days ago
Webkit.org: Improving Color on the Web
The past few years have seen a dramatic improvement in display technology. First it was the upgrade to higher-resolution screens, starting with mobile devices and then desktops and laptops. Web developers had to understand high-DPI and know how to implement page designs that used this extra resolution. The next revolutionary improvement in displays is happening now: better color reproduction. Here I’ll explain what that means, and how you, the Web developer, can detect such displays and provide a better experience for your users.
webkit  browser  color  color-management  blog-posts 
9 days ago
Addons.mozilla.org: Private Tab
Use private tabs in the same window as regular tabs and create shortcuts to open sites in private tabs automatically.
extensions  firefox  privacy  tabs  ui 
9 days ago
Unexpected role of interferon-γ in regulating neuronal connectivity and social behaviour
Immune dysfunction is commonly associated with several neurological and mental disorders. Although the mechanisms by which peripheral immunity may influence neuronal function are largely unknown, recent findings implicate meningeal immunity influencing behaviour, such as spatial learning and memory.
brain  psychology  gutmicrobiome  articles  science  health 
10 days ago
Addons.mozilla.org: Privacy Coach
Privacy Coach is your one-stop shop to learn about and manage your Firefox for Android privacy settings.
extensions  firefox  privacy  security 
10 days ago
This is a tool for powerful automation of OS X. At its core, Hammerspoon is just a bridge between the operating system and a Lua scripting engine. What gives Hammerspoon its power is a set of extensions that expose specific pieces of system functionality, to the user.
automation  osx  lua  scripting  apple  software 
11 days ago
Archive.org: Creative Computing Magazine
Creative Computing was one of the earliest magazines covering the microcomputer.
history  magazines 
11 days ago
Dn.se: Här står striden om vilka som ska bo i Berlin
Den tyska huvudstaden får tiotusentals nya invånare varje år, hyror och bostadspriser stiger. De gångna dagarna visar att slaget om Berlins framtid riskerar att bli våldsamt.
– Ändamålet helgar många medel, säger anarkisten Anna, 30, från Stockholm, bosatt på Berlins just nu mest omtalade adress – Rigaer Strasse 94.
articles  berlin  germany  cities  politics  swedish 
11 days ago
Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System
Bring back memories and make brand new ones with Nintendo's ultimate retro gaming experience, launching 11th November!
console  games  hardware  nes  nintendo 
12 days ago
The Fight for the "Right to Repair"
Manufacturers have made it increasingly difficult for individuals or independent repair people to fix electronics. A growing movement is fighting back
articles  repair  diy 
12 days ago
Hyperloop i Sverige – så mycket kostar det
Bolaget vill bygga en 500 km lång korridor mellan Stockholm och Helsingfors, där resenärerna skulle kunna genomföra resan mellan de båda huvudstäderna på smått otroliga 28 minuter. Det kan jämföras med dagens restid på 3,5 timmar med färja eller flyg. […] Föra hela bygget skulle prislappen sluta på drygt 160 miljarder kronor, enligt rapporten. Hyperloop erkänner att det är höga summor, men menar samtidigt att snabbheten, turtätheten och bekvämligheten skulle öppna upp en ny knutpunkt för 5 miljoner personer, med 43 miljoner pendlare och en omsättning på 9,5 miljarder kronor per år. De drar även paralleller med de arbetstillfällen som skapats efter byggandet av Öresundsbron. […] Prislappen är också lägre än de 230 miljarder kronor som planeras för Sveriges höghastighetstågsprojekt, med en topphastighet på 320 kilometer i timmen, cirka en tredjedel av Hyperloops beräknade hastighet. […] För att hantera konstruktionskostnaderna föreslår bolaget att bygget kan delas upp i respektive huvudstad. På så vis skulle investerarna kunna tjäna ihop pengar innan den mer kostnadsintensiva pipelinetunneln börjar byggas genom Östersjön. […] Samtidigt finns fortfarande frågetecken kring tekniken, påpekar Björn Hasselgren, forskare vid Tekniska högskolan i Stockholm. […] Han menar att Hyperloop än så länge bygger på teoretiska modeller och förhoppningar.
transportation  sweden  articles  science  travel  swedish 
13 days ago
Nymag.com: The Cost of Diane Arbus’s Life on the Edge
A new biography and Met exhibit show how she sacrificed her marriage, her friendships, and eventually her life for her career as an artist living on the edge.
articles  photography  history  photographers-old  art 
13 days ago
Chrome.google.com: Pokémon Go Away
Had enough of the Pokémon Go!-hype? This extension will help you out. It scans popular websites for Pokémon Go!- references and hides them upon loading the webpage.
chrome  extensions  games  fun 
14 days ago
Rigged YouTube videos can use Siri and Google Now to hijack your phone
Researchers have cooked up a way to attack mobile devices that relies on a victim doing nothing more than listening to a boobytrapped YouTube video.

In the attack, “hidden” voice commands (more like impossible to understand for humans) trick voice-activated assistants like Google Now or Siri into doing whatever the attacker commands.

All a victim has to do is to listen to a rigged video from any of multiple sources, including a laptop, a computer, a smart TV, a smartphone or a tablet.

The researchers, from the University of California, Berkeley, and Georgetown University, say on their project page that the hidden voice commands are “unintelligible to human listeners but which are interpreted as commands by devices.”
hack  voice  video  youtube  ios  android 
14 days ago
Marp — Markdown Presentation Writer
Marp is the simplest presentation writer with Markdown.
slideshow  software  osx  windows  apple  markdown  open-source  presentation 
14 days ago
A Cavity-Fighting Liquid Lets Kids Avoid Dentists’ Drills
Nobody looks forward to having a cavity drilled and filled by a dentist. Now there’s an alternative: an antimicrobial liquid that can be brushed on cavities to stop tooth decay — painlessly.
teeth  health  medicine  science  articles 
15 days ago
Collaborative List of Open-Source iOS Apps
A collaborative list of 490 open-source iOS apps, your contribution is welcome 😄 (last update July 11, 2016).
apple  ios  open-source  software  lists 
15 days ago
Svd.se: Varumärket Zlatan: så definierar samhället framgång
Han har spelat sin sista match i landslaget och nu vill han bygga ett internationellt varumärke. En heroisk karaktär finns utmejslad i en bästsäljande biografi, egen herrdoft, ett klädmärke och ett par påkostade reklamfilmer för Volvo. I ”Prolog” befinner han sig ensam i en dunkel Parisvåning. I bar överkropp går han till attack mot en boxningssäck. Monologen handlar om individualism. Zlatan säger: ”Gå din egen väg. Men glöm inte varifrån du kommer.”
articles  football  swedish 
16 days ago
Expressen.se: Elin Grelsson Almestad om romantiseringen av landsbygden
Landsbygden har reducerats till ett ställe som ska säljas till storstadsbor. Elin Grelsson Almestad om det skitiga och slitsamma som inte ryms på Instagram.
cities  housing  articles  swedish 
16 days ago
Youtube.com: Stringless Yo-Yo!
How can you Yo-Yo without the string attached?
videos  physics  games 
16 days ago
Wikipedia.org: Freedom to roam — Sweden
In Sweden allemansrätten (lit. "the everyman's right") is a freedom granted by the Constitution of Sweden. Since 1994 the Instrument of Government says that notwithstanding the right to own property "everyone shall have access to nature in accordance with allemansrätten".[15] What this means is not further explicated on in the constitution, and only sparsely in other legislation.[16] In practice, allemansrätten is defined as actions that are not crimes, will not make a person liable to pay damages, nor can be prohibited by any authority.[17] As in other Nordic countries, the Swedish right to roam comes with an equal emphasis being placed upon the responsibility to look after the countryside; the maxim is "do not disturb, do not destroy".

Allemansrätten gives a person the right to access, walk, cycle, ride, ski, and camp on any land—with the exception of private gardens, the immediate vicinity of a dwelling house and land under cultivation. Restrictions apply for nature reserves and other protected areas. It also gives the right to pick wild flowers, mushrooms and berries (provided one knows they are not legally protected), but not to hunt in any way. Swimming in any lake and putting an unpowered boat on any water is permitted unless explicitly forbidden. Visiting beaches and walking by a shoreline is permitted, providing it is not a part of a garden or within the immediate vicinity of a residence (legally defined as the hemfridszon). The hemfridszon's size depends on conditions but can be as large as 70 metres from an ordinary dwelling house.[16] To better protect access to water and the right to walk along beaches, it is since 1975 generally not permitted to build a new house near (generally 100 m) from a beach and/or shoreline.[18]

Fishing remains essentially private—apart from on the biggest five lakes and the coast of the Baltic Sea, the Sound, Kattegat and Skagerrak. It is permitted to drive a car on a private road unless explicitly signposted otherwise. Small camp fires are generally permitted, but in some periods banned by local authorities due to wild fire risk. It is allowed to put up a tent on any uncultivated land for a night or two.[19] There has been some controversy on commercial use of the berry picking rights, when companies legally contract people to pick berries in the forests.[20]

Exercise of the rights is overseen by the County Administrative Boards—which can, for example, force the removal of a fence if it obstructs access to areas that are important to the allemansrätt.[16]

Many Swedish people consider this to be a form of legacy or human right. Thus to put up a 'no trespassing' sign would be considered a violation.
law  sweden  nature 
16 days ago
Google Is Transforming NYC's Payphones Into a 'Personalized Propaganda Engine'
The whole thing is financed by advertising. Each kiosk's twin 55-inch displays will carry targeted ads based on an audience profile algorithmically derived from the information the kiosks collect from their users. But as the old internet saw goes: If you're not paying for the product, you are the product. And that should give New Yorkers pause, says Lee Tien, a lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "If CityBridge is using a business model that is not charging, and they are spending a bunch of money putting these things in, they are going to be monetizing the data hard," Tien says. "That means that they are always thinking about how to collect your data and how to profit off of it."
usa  wifi  privacy  databrokers  ads  articles 
16 days ago
Frihet bortom gott och ont?
Vad gör Expos avslöjande med Nikanor Teratologens författarskap?
articles  books  racism  nazism  swedish 
16 days ago
The Lounge — Self-hosted web IRC client
The self-hosted web IRC client. Always connected.
irc  selfhosted  open-source  software  server 
16 days ago
Addons.mozilla.org: Clean Links
Converts obfuscated or nested links to genuine clean links.
extensions  firefox  links 
17 days ago
Yung Lean’s Second Chance
Yung Lean approached American rap as an outsider, became infamous, and then tragedy struck. A year later, he has the chance to do better.
hiphop  artist  music  articles 
17 days ago
Unpleasant Design & Hostile Urban Architecture - 99% Invisible
Benches in parks, train stations, bus shelters and other public places are meant to offer seating, but only for a limited duration. Many elements of such seats are subtly or overtly restrictive. Arm rests, for instance, indeed provide spaces to rest arms, but they also prevent people from lying down or sitting in anything but a prescribed position. This type of design strategy is sometimes classified as “hostile architecture,” or simply: “unpleasant design.”
design  blog-posts  cities  architecture 
17 days ago
Bulgaria Got a Law Requiring Open Source
Less than two years after my presentation titled “Open source for the government”, and almost exactly one year after I became advisor to the deputy prime minister of Bulgaria, with the efforts of my colleagues and the deputy prime minister, the amendments to the Electronic Governance Act were voted in parliament and are now in effect. The amendments require all software written for the government to be open-source and to be developed as such in a public repository.
open-source  software  development  blog-posts  government 
17 days ago
Facebook wins privacy case against Belgian data protection authority
The Belgian data protection authority on Wednesday lost a legal battle with Facebook in which it sought to stop the social network from tracking the online activities of non-Facebook users in Belgium who visit the social network's pages.
articles  facebook  privacy  law  eu 
17 days ago
E-Mail from Bill
In the future, people will send each other sound and pictures as well as text, and do it in real time, and improved technology will make it possible to have rich, human electronic exchanges, but at present E-mail is the closest thing we have to that.
history  email  microsoft  articles 
17 days ago
Chance The Rapper is the world's first truly independent artist
His fourth mixtape, Coloring Book, makes him the first artist to get an album in the Billboard 200 charts based on streams alone – is he the future of music?
music  business  streaming  hiphop  articles 
17 days ago
Youtube.com: Deception, Lies, and CSGO
CSGO has reached peak shadiness with ProSyndicate and TmarTn.
videos  games  business  asshole 
20 days ago
Washingtonpost.com: How frigatebirds cross entire oceans without ever needing to rest
Europeans named the birds “frigate” for their resemblance to the swift warships. They look powerful, with their forked tails and long, slender wings; the shadows they cast on the sea surface could just as easily belong to a flock of pterodactyls. They make incredible feats of endurance — flying for two months without once setting foot on land, for instance — seem almost effortless: They ascend to altitudes of 2,000 feet and drop back down to sea level again with just a single flap of their wings.
articles  animals  birds 
20 days ago
How well do you know CSS display?
The display property is one of the most important CSS properties we use for layout. Most of us would have used block, inline and none. table and inline-block are also quite common. The new darling is definitely flex, because it’s a display property that was created specifically for layout. The upcoming grid (currently still being actively worked on) is another layout-specific property that we’ll soon have in our arsenal as well.
blog-posts  layout  css  tutorials  webdev 
20 days ago
Google.com: Heebo
Heebo is a Hebrew and Latin typeface family, which extends Christian Roberton's Roboto Latin to Hebrew. The Hebrew was drawn by Oded Ezer and the font files were mastered by Meir Sadan. Since the Hebrew design of this family is primary, the vertical metrics are different to the original Roboto family. This family is auto-hinted, whereas Roboto is hand-hinted, so the rendering quality of Roboto may be better on older Windows machines. The Heebo project is led by Meir Sadan, a type designer based in Tel Aviv, Israel. To contribute, see github.com/meirsadan/heebo
fonts  google 
21 days ago
Google.com: Mada
Mada is a modernist, unmodulted Arabic typeface inspired by road signage seen around Cairo, Egypt, by Khaled Hosny. The Arabic component is characterized by low descenders, open contours, and low contrast forms, making it suitable for signage, small point sizes, and user interfaces. However Mada can work also as a display typeface, with a modernist and simplistic feeling. The Latin component is a slightly modified version of Source Sans Pro, led by Paul Hunt at Adobe Type.
21 days ago
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