Rolling Stone's 500 Worst Reviews of All Time (work in progress) [Page 4] - Rate Your Music
De 500 vreemdste reviews in Rolling Ston -- met parels als "Perhaps the worst of the batch, "Perfect Day" is a soft lilter about spending a wonderful day drinking Sangria in the park with his girlfriend, about how it made him feel so normal, so good. He should forget this artsy-fartsy kind of homo stuff and just go in there with a bad hangover and start blaring out his visions of lunar assfuck. That'd be really nice."
18 minutes ago
Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban on Personally Identifiable Web Tracking - ProPublica
this summer, Google quietly erased that last privacy line in the sand – literally crossing out the lines in its privacy policy that promised to keep the two pots of data separate by default. In its place, Google substituted new language that says browsing habits “may be” combined with what the company learns from the use Gmail and other tools.
18 hours ago
10 Modern Software Over-Engineering Mistakes – Medium
Duplication is better than the wrong abstraction
4 days ago
Donald Trump Tattoo - Inked Magazine
Like the enormous Mexican border wall that Trump dreams of, Campbell’s tattoo will grab everyone’s attention and raise your blood pressure one way or the other. “I expect that my tattoo is going to piss off a lot of people,” Campbell said. “But when Trump is in the White House the jerks that made fun of me will see that I was right all along. Although, honestly, I’m still a little worried about what my mom will think. Sorry, mom.”
8 days ago
When is data science a house of cards? | Pinterest Engineering
As data scientists, when we reach an answer, we often communicate that answer and move on. But what happens when there are multiple data scientists with varying answers? The expense of replicating and testing the quality of work often leaves critical business challenges unstaffed. At Pinterest, we lowered the cost of replication to the point that could afford to run an experiment. So we did. We asked nine data scientists and machine learning engineers the same question, in the same setting, on the same day. We received nine different results.
9 days ago
Opinie: De islam-enquête is een voorbeeld van hoe het niet moet | Opinie | De Morgen
We verzochten gisteren om inzage in de technische fiche, die naar verluidt eind deze week op de Humo-site verschijnt. We vrezen het ergste. Er bestaat geen register waaruit men op willekeurige basis 500 moslims kan distilleren. Als dat bij Ivox wel zou bestaan, moet de Privacycommissie daar eens een hartig woordje gaan spreken. Pasten ze de onbetrouwbare sneeuwbalmethode toe? Ging men respondenten ronselen in moskeeën? Werkte men met zelfaanmelding? Het enige wat we tot nog toe konden afleiden, is dat het om een internetenquête ging. Hoe daar adequaat en representatief gerekruteerd werd, is ons een raadsel. Vooral omdat dit zo goed als onmogelijk is. Waar woonden de deelnemers? Hoeveel mannen, hoeveel vrouwen, en wat was de leeftijdsverdeling? Wat waren de precieze vragen en antwoordcategorieën? Een screenshot van de bevraging op internet toonde ons een zogenaamde dubbele negatie bij de 'begripsvraag', wat tegen de regels ingaat.
10 days ago
Fuck You Startup World – Medium
Fuck your startup scene with your 30 minute morning routines of reading TechCrunch, TNW, Wired, Gizmodo, Mashable, The Verge and ProductHunt- all so you dwont feel ‘left out’. Fuck your weird fucking conversations, things like “OMG did you see Snapchat’s new feature? OMG Instagram is totally copying Snapchat? Did you see Zuck’s live townhall? OMG did you see what Elon Musk tweeted? OMG Uber raised another round!”. Fuck that. Nobody cares.

And what the fuck all those parties after raising money. Don’t you get it? You just dug your grave a little bit deeper. You should celebrate any day that you don’t have to sell off another part of your company.
10 days ago
Medium’s metric that matters: Total Time Reading – Data Lab – Medium
Away from the publicity glare of the Valley tech blogs, every web company should have some not-so-bullshit metrics that guide the business and provide an indication of its health. Ideally, there is one number to rule them all. Josh Elman calls this The Only Metric That Matters. At Medium, our number is Total Time Reading, or TTR.
11 days ago
6 case studies: using research and data to improve a live service | User research
We're the GDS user research team and we work on projects across government in the UK. This is what we're learning and thinking about. We share case studies and project updates too.
archive  agile  article  government 
11 days ago
Experience mapping is a strategic process of capturing and communicating complex customer interactions. The activity of mapping builds knowledge and consensus across your organization, and the map helps build seamless customer experiences.
mapping  design  ux 
11 days ago
Planetfall 2 prototype : Infocom : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
Don’t get your hopes up: this is a very early prototype from the cancelled sequel to Infocom’s classic text adventure. It’s barely playable, though it does provide an interesting look at how the game would have played with a realtime 3D engine. The prototype does introduce a puzzle (at least the only one I could find) and features voice acting as well as a pretty cool soundtrack tune. Judging by the puzzle, you were able to give orders to your robot companions similarly to how Infocom’s classic text adventures worked.
25 days ago
The Making of Lemmings – Read-Only Memory
How DMA Design created a classic, and what happened next
games  history  programming 
29 days ago
Allez adieu Astérix… Il est grand temps de tourner la page de nos héros de BD franco-belges | Slate.fr
Astérix, Blake et Mortimer, Achille Talon: les vieilles gloires de la BD d’antan n’en finissent pas d’occuper les rayons BD des librairies. Pour l’éternité? Un phénomène commercial et conservateur qui prend des proportions inquiétantes.
6 weeks ago
Nero’s Rotating Dining Room | CNRS News
"The main dining table, which was round, rotated night and day, imitating the motions of the globe." The surprising construction mentioned by Suetonius in his biography of Nero has been found. On Palatine Hill (Rome), a Franco-Italian team of archaeologists discovered remains of a mechanism that could have allowed the rotation of the floor of the main dining room of the Domus Aurea—Nero's vast imperial palace.
7 weeks ago
People who post their fitness routine to Facebook have psychological problems, study claims - Business Insider Deutschland
People who are always keen on documenting their gym activities (or every time you simply go for a good, old-fashioned run) tend to be narcissists. According to the researchers, the primary goal is to boast about how much time you invest in your looks. Apparently these status updates also earn more Facebook likes than other kinds of posts. "Narcissists more frequently updated about their achievements, which was motivated by their need for attention and validation from the Facebook community", the study concludes.
10 weeks ago
Overheid, stop met starters dood te knuffelen! | De Tijd
Elke sub­si­die is goed­be­doeld maar zal de goed geïnfor­meer­de on­der­ne­mer be­voor­de­len te­gen­over de min­der geïnfor­meer­de. Sub­si­die­zoe­ken is im­mers een stiel ge­wor­den, en ge­spe­ci­a­li­seer­de con­sul­tants kun­nen daar­bij hel­pen. Het heeft ech­ter wei­nig te maken met on­der­ne­mer­schap en een nieu­we dy­na­miek in een regio op gang bren­gen.
10 weeks ago
In political megathreads, can we please try to be more straightforward. | MetaTalk
Een Australiër die zegt dat het racistisch is dat Amerikanen ironie en sarcasme gebruiken over Amerikaanse dingen omdat andere Amerikanen die niet Amerika geboren zijn daardoor gediscrimineerd worden. Not even joking: "It's fncking insensitive and in this context could be viewed as racist. A non American born American is much less likely to get all the references and this kind of chatter alienates people. So, whilst I haven't read that thread because I. Just. Can't. Even. Trump's election would affect the bloody universe so it's fair that both non American born Americans and people who are not Americans are reading and participating and looking to not be excluded. Again."
11 weeks ago
Nee, het is blijkbaar geen grap
Zij wijzen erop dat vaders na een echtscheiding minder rechten hebben op omgang met hun kinderen. Dat er wel allerlei goede doelen bestaan die besnijdenis bij meisjes willen tegengaan, maar niet bij jongens. Dat mannen in de rechtspraak vaker worden bestraft en zwaardere straffen krijgen dan vrouwen voor hetzelfde vergrijp. Dat mannen veel vaker dan vrouwen zelfmoord plegen. En dat er nauwelijks ruimte is om dergelijke misstanden aan te klagen. Mike Buchanan, oprichter van ’s werelds enige politieke partij voor mannen: ‘In de ogen van de staat zijn mannen tweederangsburgers.’ Stel, redeneren de mannen, dat dit alles andersom was geweest en vrouwen benadeeld werden. Dan was er een storm van verontwaardiging losgebroken. Dan moet de benadeelde partij worden beschermd en gecompenseerd. Waarom blijft het dan stil wanneer mannen die benadeelde partij zijn? Wie het ter sprake brengt, wordt genegeerd, bespot of buitengesloten. Het is die dubbele maatstaf die de mannenrechtenbeweging ter discussie stelt.
11 weeks ago
Er loopt een rechtstreekse lijn van N-VA naar de Vlaamse Verdedigings Liga (en terug) - DeWereldMorgen.be
Als het over racisme gaat draagt N-VA heel consequent het masker van de dubbelzinnigheid. Een dubbelzinnigheid die de partij in staat stelt om zowel de extreemrechtse achterban als de gematigde achterban tevreden te stellen. Het recente opiniestuk van De Wever is er een goed voorbeeld van. Er kan zowel een oorlogsverklaring tegen IS in gelezen worden, als een oorlogsverklaring tegen de islam en iedereen die dat geloof omhelst. Beide lezingen en (en alle schakeringen ertussen) zijn geldig, zonder dat één van beide er letterlijk in vermeld wordt.
11 weeks ago
Why isn't my child as clever as me? | Life and style | The Guardian
We all think our children are special. But how does it feel when you realise your daughter just isn't very clever?
11 weeks ago
Nicholas Windsor Howard - The Apple Goes Mushy Part I: OS X's Interface Decline (Introduction)
Whether or not Steve Jobs’s absence caused the decline (though I suspect it did), I grow frustrated as I watch each software update further erode one pillar of Apple’s formerly astronomical greatness.
12 weeks ago
De maskers vallen in Turkije - Lukas De Vos
Maar één man had baat bij het buiten de wet stellen van elke oppositie. Dat Europa nu “de redding van de democratie” toejuicht, is bijzonder lafhartig. Zelfs met de beladen Turkse legertraditie. Dat deed Chamberlain ook in 1938. Europa vergeet dat Erdogan nog niet zo lang geleden de aanpak van nazi-Duitsland verheerlijkte. Die nachtmerrie is in Turkije dichter bij dan gedacht.
july 2016
cthulhushrugged comments on How did the Kim family obtain power in North Korea and hold on to it?
in spite of the Soviet trappings, the North Korean state that emerged from the wreckage of the Second World War was far closer to a Neo-Confucian kingdom like the Song or Ming Dynasties of Imperial China, than of a truly Stalinist-Soviet state
july 2016
Theresa May has vowed to unite Britain – my guess is against the poor | Opinion | The Guardian
Finally we’ve thrown off our politically correct shackles and can tell it like it is – “That tapas ... It ain’t a meal. It’s just snacks. It ain’t right Terry! Pizza! They’re havin’ a laugh. It’s just cheese on fuckin toast! That Polish. Where’s the vowels? It ain’t right. It’s bad enough we let the Welsh get away with it.”
july 2016
'De opgeklopte angst van milieuorganisaties voor ggo's ondermijnt hun eigen geloofwaardigheid' - België - Knack.be
Het is moorddadig het werk van deze mensen te stoppen omdat ze de natuur een handje willen toesteken. Dit kan niet op basis van het geloof, niet op basis van heimwee naar het verleden, niet op basis van doorgeschoten risicovrees, en zeker niet voor de belangen van de belijdenis van de nieuwe milieugodsdienst: het ecologisme.
july 2016
Vegetarians Found To Have More Cancer, Allergies And Mental Health Disorders
A cross-sectional study taken from the Austrian Health Interview Survey AT-HIS 2006/07 found that vegetarians are actually less healthy than normal eaters. Subjects were matched according to their age, sex, and socioeconomic status leaving 1320 people - 330 vegetarians, 330 that ate meat but still a lot of fruits and vegetables, 300 normal eaters but that ate less meat, and 330 on a more carnivorous diet.  After controlling for variables, they found that vegetarians did have lower BMI and alcohol consumption but had poorer overall health. Vegetarians had higher incidences of cancer, allergies, and mental health disorders, a higher need for health care, and poorer quality of life.
july 2016
Kingdom Death: Monster is the $400 board game borne from bloody nightmares | Ars Technica
You'll never encounter a more brutal game than the pen-and-paper monstrosity that is Kingdom Death: Monster. Let's rattle off every one of its negatives
july 2016
Why we are calling for a ban on vets offering homeopathic remedies | Danny Chambers | Science | The Guardian
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons should listen to more than 1,000 vets and end pseudo treatments for sick animals
july 2016
Nobel laureates urge Greenpeace to stop opposing GMOs | Reuters
More than 100 Nobel laureates called on the international environmental group Greenpeace on Thursday to end its opposition to genetically modified crops, saying there is a scientific consensus they are safe and can benefit society.
july 2016
How Oracle’s business as usual is threatening to kill Java | Ars Technica
It's amazing—there's a company here that's making us miss Sun.
july 2016
Ramadan 2016: Israel 'cuts off water supply to West Bank' during Muslim holy month | Middle East | News | The Independent
Almost 200,000 Palestinians in the West Bank do not have access to running water, and require permission before collecting it themselves, according to a report by Amnesty International.
june 2016
A few months ago, I brought to light the insane state of today's advertising…
These ads destroy performance, leech bandwidth by 10s of megabytes, and are served by major ad networks, including Google's own AdX and AdSense.
june 2016
How to Win the Coding Interview — Dev Mastery
Let’s be honest, most developers don’t love having to write code as part of an interview process. Some have even threatened to quit the business over it. But it’s not going to change any time soon. So, if you’re serious about getting a job, you need to understand how to succeed at these interviews. I’m here to help. We’re going to go over what I look for in a coding interview and by the end, you should have a pretty good idea of how to succeed.
may 2016
Kom van de bank en scoor voor België, meneer De Wever - Apache
Het zou oneerlijk zijn om De Wever en de N-VA te verwijten dat ze onder één hoedje spelen met de casinokapitalisten. Wat men hen wel kan verwijten is dat ze in het grote theaterstuk dat de politiek is, geen ruimte laten voor dialoog. Elke tegenstem wordt gezien als een aanval en de monotone, neoliberale, conservatieve en nationalistische monoloog mag niet worden onderbroken. Ze voeren politiek theater van de meest lamentabele soort op: wij zijn goed en alle anderen zijn slecht. Waarom? Omdat de kiezer dat zo heeft gewild. Voorwaar een gevaarlijke gok met in 2018 en 2019 verkiezingen voor de deur.
may 2016
Why Viggo Mortensen Is Off the Grid
This summer, the quintessentially un-Hollywood Viggo Mortensen stars in a film about a father of six who rejects the world to raise his kids completely off the grid. How much does this character resemble the actor himself? Let's start with his flip phone.
may 2016
BBC - Earth - The bizarre beasts living in Romania's poison cave
Movile Cave has been cut off for millions of years. Its air is thick with harmful gases, yet it is home to an array of strange animals
may 2016
Panama Papers: Saudi Arabia king sponsored Netanyahu’s campaign — Middle East Observer
In March 2015, King Salman has deposited eighty million dollars to support Netanyahu’s campaign via a Syrian-Spanish person named Mohamed Eyad Kayali. The money was deposited to a company’s account in British Virgin Islands owned by Teddy Sagi, an Israeli billionaire and businessman, who has allocated the money to fund the campaign Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
may 2016
Uber picks up ex-EU digital chief Neelie Kroes—after cooling-off period | Ars Technica UK
Kroes' new role has not surprised many observers in Brussels: she regularly weighed in on the company’s battles with local authorities in the city. The Uber post falls outside the commission's 18-month conflict of interest period, which has been designed to prevent so-called “revolving door” appointments.
may 2016
30 years later, QBasic is still the best | Personal Registry Editor
Noah has been asking me repeatedly to teach him how to make his own video games. And for the past 5 months, I have been looking for the holy grail of language/IDE for kids in the hope of turning that spark of interest into a memorable experience… My quest has led me to endless forums, through which I have tried countless suggestions: SmallBasic, Pico-8, Smalltalk, Scratch, etc. I have even inquired of the Great Oracles of StackOverflow, to no avail. After 5 months, I ended up with a disappointing conclusion: nothing is even close to what I had back in another era. 30 years later, QBasic is still the best when it comes to discovering programming.
game  programming 
may 2016
Microsoft's hover gestures for Windows phones are magnificent | The Verge
It's not clear whether Microsoft will ever bring its 3D Touch work to the market. The software giant is largely retrenching from its Lumia Windows phones, and rumors suggest the company is focusing on a "Surface Phone" launch for next year. While Windows Phone might not have a competitive advantage on the app side, this type of 3D Touch interaction is truly innovative and unique. We just might never get the chance to test it in reality to see if it works as well as Microsoft's concepts.
may 2016
John Boehner slams Ted Cruz: ‘I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life’
Boehner harshly denounced Sen. Ted Cruz as “Lucifer in the flesh” during a discussion Wednesday night at Stanford University.
april 2016
Nokia is buying digital health firm Withings for $191 million | The Verge
Nokia has announced plans to acquire Withings — a French consumer electronics company focused on digital health — for €170 million ($191 million) in cash. The acquisition will significantly boost Nokia's portfolio of wearables and fitness devices, bringing 200 Withings employees and products — including its Activité smartwatch, E-ink fitness tracker, and Bluetooth thermometer — into Nokia's advanced technologies division.
april 2016
O Reader! My Reader - The Awl
Google Reader was launched in 2005, when everything was still okay and BuzzFeed hadn’t been founded yet, and it was shut down on July 1, 2013. To my mind, that is the day the Internet died, and what we are experiencing now is purgatory. Make yourself comfortable.
april 2016
Lieve familie, vrienden en collega’s, | metronieuws.nl
Maar dan tot slot het volgende: gefeliciteerd nageboorte van een mislukte gastarbeidersgeneratie. GEFELICITEERD. Ik denk dat jullie ouders, die huis en haard verlaten hebben om jullie een thuis in vrijheid en veiligheid te bieden, trots zijn op jullie. Jullie ouders die jarenlang hun familie gemist hebben, onder erbarmelijke omstandigheden geleefd en gewerkt hebben zodat jullie, hun kinderen het beter zouden krijgen in het leven dan zij. GEFELICITEERD met jullie totaal mislukte Nederlanderschap. GEFELICITEERD met jullie loyaliteit aan een stel berggeiten uit Turkije, geitenneukers zo je wilt, die jullie volgen zodra ze oproepen tot NSB-gedrag. Enig idee wat een NSB’er was? O wacht nee, die lessen over de Tweede Wereldoorlog zijn geschrapt he? Ja, dank voor het weg met ons. Ik feliciteer jullie Nederturken met je NSB-gedrag. Jullie zijn de reden dat ik vastzit in Turkije.
april 2016
A Protocol for Dying - Hintjens.com
Time for my last article. I could probably write more, yet there are times for everything and after this, my attention will be focused on the most comfortable position for my bed, the schedule for pain killers, and the people around me.
april 2016
'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari' Sparkles with Life in New 4 | Indiewire
It's almost hard to believe that the horror classic "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" was released a little more than 95 years ago. The quintessential German Expressionist silent film still strikes fear in its viewers today, thanks to its dedicated and haunting art direction and disturbing mise-en-scéne of jagged edges, highly contrasting use of light and the incorporation of oblique and curving sets. And that terror is about to reach totally new levels with a brand new 4k restoration, thanks to the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation.
april 2016
Lettre ouverte à Jan Jambon - Belgique - LeVif.be
Personne n'a dansé après les attentats, Monsieur Jambon. Vos amalgames racistes ne cacheront pas longtemps votre incompétence. La Belgique mérite mieux que vous. Notre sécurité à tous nécessite mieux que vous. Personne n'a dansé après les attentats, mais après votre démission, nous danserons. Moi en tout cas, je danserai.
april 2016
Media Websites Battle Faltering Ad Revenue and Traffic - The New York Times
85 cents of every new dollar spent in online advertising will go to Google or Facebook, said Brian Nowak, a Morgan Stanley analyst. (...) Facebook also announced that it would open up Instant Articles — which encourage publishers to post their content directly to Facebook — to “any publisher.” (...) the rate at which links to outside websites are shared on Facebook,
compared with videos and Instant Articles, has declined. (...) Mr. Denton, once known for harsh assessments of the media business, struck a conciliatory tone. “The Instant Articles deal seems great,” he said in an interview last week. “Users get relevant stories and relevant ads. It’s the realization of that particular Internet dream."
internet  marketing 
april 2016
Opinie: Dit mag niet overwaaien als het zoveelste Wetstraat-relletje | Standpunt | De Morgen
Dit mag niet overwaaien als het zoveelste Wetstraat-relletje. Ofwel is er een ernstig veiligheidsprobleem, ofwel heeft een vicepremier in de federale regering een significant deel van de bevolking die hij moet beschermen, moedwillig gestigmatiseerd met een islamofoob discours zonder bewijs. Dan zal de minister zelf mee de veiligheid en samenhorigheid in het land in gevaar gebracht hebben. Dat zou onaanvaardbaar zijn. Dit is niet iets dat je in de nek van een verbindingsofficier kunt schuiven.
april 2016
Two despised frontrunners, two dying parties and a deeply broken system: How did we get here? - Salon.com
Trump and Clinton may be the two most hated frontrunners in history, dueling symbols of a duopoly in decay
april 2016
Dag Laurens - De Standaard
En daar is hij, de akeligste en tegelijk mooiste zin van het jaar: "Als hij de rug rechtte om van zijn fles Spa te drinken, zag ik hem in profiel. Voor we zoogdieren werden, waren we vogels."
april 2016
Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems | Books | The Guardian
It may seem strange that a doctrine promising choice and freedom should have been promoted with the slogan “there is no alternative”. But, as Hayek remarked on a visit to Pinochet’s Chile – one of the first nations in which the programme was comprehensively applied – “my personal preference leans toward a liberal dictatorship rather than toward a democratic government devoid of liberalism”. The freedom that neoliberalism offers, which sounds so beguiling when expressed in general terms, turns out to mean freedom for the pike, not for the minnows.
business  economics  politics 
april 2016
Hillary wins! Named most corrupt politician of 2015
She's in a dead heat with Trump, loses to several Republicans in the polls, and can't seem to shake that pesky Bernie Sanders, but nevermind the bad news, it's time to score a win for Hillary: The nonpartisan watchdog group Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) named Hillary Clinton at the top of it's worst ethics violators for 2015!
april 2016
The murder, the error, and the terror (an introduction to Israeli Newspeak) – Mondoweiss
Can’t we just have it easy, and assume Al Sharif was guilty, because he is Palestinian? Can’t we just take it for granted that he was a terrorist? As the terms are twisted, so are our minds. Israel’s Supreme Court factually legalised torture in 1987 by calling it ‘moderate physical pressure’. The Americans followed the lead in their ‘war on terror’ from 2001, calling it ‘enhanced interrogations’. In this ‘heat of battle’, in this ‘war on terror’, anything can happen. Anyone can be a terrorist. And murder – well, that just has to be open to discussion. Orwell was a prophet.
april 2016
Clinton’s dismal approval ratings prompt Dem fears | TheHill
“The No. 1 reason that her favorability is so bad is that you have large numbers of Americans who say they don’t trust her,” he said. “I could make it sound more complicated than that, but that’s really what it is. Voters see her as the ultimate politician, who will do or say anything to get elected.”
april 2016
Renal Support Network: Gout and CKD - A New Era of Hope
The victim goes to bed and sleeps in good health.  About two o'clock in the morning, he is awakened by a severe pain in the great toe; more rarely in the heel, ankle or instep.  This pain is like that of a dislocation, and yet the parts feel as if cold water were poured over them.  Then follows chills and shiver and a little fever.  The pain which at first moderate becomes more intense.  After a time this comes to full height . . . So exquisite and lively meanwhile is the feeling of the part affected, that it cannot bear the weight of bedclothes nor the jar of a person walking in the room.
april 2016
Malcolm Gladwell got us wrong: Our research was key to the 10,000-hour rule, but here’s what got oversimplified - Salon.com
Yes, it takes effort to be an expert. But Gladwell based 10,000-hour rule in part on our work, and misunderstood
april 2016
Mounting data suggest antibacterial soaps do more harm than good | Ars Technica
Whether you’re coming home from an airport fluttering with international germs, a daycare full of sticky-fingered toddlers, or just a grimy office building, scrubbing your hands with bacteria-busting soap seems like a great idea. But the data that have washed up on the cleansers in recent years suggest that they actually do more harm than good—for you, those around you, and the environment. Scientists report that common antibacterial compounds found in those soaps, namely triclosan and triclocarban, may increase the risk of infections, alter the gut microbiome, and spur bacteria to become resistant to prescription antibiotics. Meanwhile, proof of the soaps’ benefits is slim.
environment  health 
april 2016
GAP Kids pulls and apologized for ad people thought racist. Nobody blinked at last years ad. | Adland ®
The two girls so physically intertwined are actually sisters. The black girl, Lucy Dinknesh Lubensky, who is so very clearly a quiet shy girl as you can see in the pre-release video at The Mail, is Brooke Smith's daughter, and the taller girls is Fanny Grace Lubensky, also Brooke Smith's daughter. Looking at Brooke's twitter, it's apparent that she is quite annoyed with this whole thing.
april 2016
Karl Rove's Handbook
In researching the Republican strategies (syn: Karl Rove), I came across an interesting analysis of the G.W. Bush (syn: Karl Rove's puppet) re-election campaign that may be of interest.  It is the closest thing to a "Rove's" handbook that I've seen.  It discusses both the tactics used and suggests responses/countermeasures.   Medical cautions:  Do not view if you suffer from high blood pressure, fits of rage, manic depression or thoughts of suicide.  Do not read if you have a history of computer abuse. Remove all sharp or throwable items from arms lenght before reading. You should be 18 or older, or view with supervision. Side effects:  Viewing may result in damage to household property, yelling, screaming, or thoughts of revenge.  Temporary hair loss, ringing in the ears and eye gouging have also been reported after viewing.
april 2016
Netanyahu: Anti-Israel 'slander and lies' caused Brussels attack | The Times of Israel
Allez, dat weten we dan ook, dus: "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said Saturday that a shooting attack at the Brussels Jewish Museum that killed three people and critically injured a fourth was caused by anti-Israel attitudes in Europe."
april 2016
Hillary Clinton's Support Among Nonwhite Voters Has Collapsed
In short, the Clinton campaign is in the midst of an historic collapse — much of it due to the unraveling of support for Clinton among nonwhite voters — and the national media has yet to take any notice.
april 2016
Belgische inflatie spurt weg van Europees gemiddelde | De Tijd
Dat België een 'in­fla­tie-ei­land­je' in een Eu­ro­pe­se zee van ne­ga­tie­ve in­fla­tie is hoofd­za­ke­lijk te wij­ten aan de be­las­ting­ver­ho­gin­gen die de ver­schil­len­de over­he­den door­voer­den: naast de Tur­tel­taks was er ook nog de (fe­de­ra­le) btw-ver­ho­ging op elek­tri­ci­teit en de (Vlaam­se) ver­ho­ging van het in­schrij­vings­geld voor ho­ge­re stu­dies.
march 2016
De verkeerde ‘wij’ en ‘zij’ - De Standaard
Amen. En fuck Mia Doornaert. "Het is ‘wij’ tegen ‘zij’, schrijft Doornaert flink. Maar ze vergist zich van tegenstander. ‘Wij’ zijn degenen die zoeken naar universele waarden op basis van diverse (religieuze en seculiere) levensbeschouwingen. ‘Zij’ zijn de fundamentalisten (religieuze en seculiere) die dat weigeren. Doornaert vraagt om een eerlijk debat. Maar door religieus geïnspireerde mensen bij voorbaat te stigmatiseren, vergiftigt zij veeleer het debat en creëert ze onnodige maar vooral hoogst gevaarlijke polarisering."
march 2016
Hands-On: The Vacheron Constantin 57260, The Most Complicated Watch In The World (Exclusive Live Photos, Thoughts)
57 complications. 2,826 individual components, 242 jewels, 957 grams, 10 patents, 31 hands, 85 different prototypes, 16 kg of drawings, eight years, one client, untold millions.
march 2016
Why is David Cameron so silent on the recapture of Palmyra from the clutches of Isis? | Voices | The Independent
In the end, it was the Syrian army - and its Hizballah chums from Lebanon, and the Iranians, and the Russians - who drove the Isis murderers out of Palmyra
march 2016
So You Wanna Be a Chef— by Bourdain | Michael Ruhlman
I am frequently asked by aspiring chefs, dreamers young and old, attracted by the lure of slowly melting shallots and caramelizing pork belly, or delusions of Food Network stardom, if they should go to culinary school. I usually give a long, thoughtful, and qualified answer. But the short answer is “no.”
march 2016
Blandly. A Full-Service Integrated Digital Blanding Agency
march 2016
Google’s AI won the game Go by defying millennia of basic human instinct - Quartz
The AlphaGo-Lee Sedol matchup was an intense contest between human and artificial intelligence. But it also contained several moves made by both man and machine that were outlandish, brilliant, creative, foolish, and even beautiful. Deconstructing the gameplay helps explain why AlphaGo’s achievement is even more notable than it may seem on the surface and points to a fascinating future for AI.
ai  games  go  strategy 
march 2016
VW’s $1.85 Million Bugatti Escapes Cuts as Successor Eyed - Bloomberg Business
Ondertussen, in een andere wereld... “The clientele between Bentley and Bugatti is remarkably different,” Wolfgang Duerheimer, who returned to his post as Bentley CEO and president of Bugatti in June after 2 years, told reporters in July. “The Bentley customer on average owns 8 cars. The average Bugatti customer has about 84 cars, 3 jets and one yacht.”
march 2016
The scariest thing about Brussels is our reaction to it | Simon Jenkins | Opinion | The Guardian
Paranoid politicians, sensational journalists – the Isis recruiting officers will be thrilled at how things have gone since their atrocity in Belgium
march 2016
EXCLUSIVE: Belgian Intelligence Had Precise Warning That Airport Targeted for Bombing - World News - Haaretz - Israeli News Source Haaretz.com
Dus die lekken uit het onderzoek hebben er direkt toe bijgedragen? Goed werk, mensen. "Abdeslam's arrest was apparently the trigger for Tuesday's attacks, due to the concern in ISIS that he might give information about the planned attacks under interrogation, particularly in the light of reports that he was cooperating with his captors."
march 2016
Angola’s Wikipedia Pirates Are Exposing the Problems With Digital Colonialism | Motherboard
Wikimedia and Facebook have given Angolans free access to their websites, but not to the rest of the internet. So, naturally, Angolans have started hiding pirated movies and music in Wikipedia articles and linking to them on closed Facebook groups, creating a totally free and clandestine file sharing network in a country where mobile internet data is extremely expensive. It’s an undeniably creative use of two services that were designed to give people in the developing world some access to the internet. But now that Angolans are causing headaches for Wikipedia editors and the Wikimedia Foundation, no one is sure what to do about it.
movie  piracy  wikipedia 
march 2016
Interview: Fifty Foot Combo gaat al 20 jaar luid, wild, sexy en ranzig door | NMTH
HOERA! "In plaats van luide rauwe energieke sexy rock’n roll doen jonge bands meer aan emo-tsie, singersongwriter en pathos. Saai. Dus nemen wij het dan maar zelf weer op."
march 2016
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