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www.worldpressphoto.org/content/world-press-photo-withdraws-award-giovanni-troilo’s-charleroi-story
Och here: dat alles in scène gezet was, was niet zo erg voor WorldPress Photo, 't is pas als blijkt dat hij liegt over de locatie van zijn foto's dat het erg wordt. Maar ondertussen wel zeveren over teveel Photoshop-gepruts aan schaduwen en zo. Goed bezig. -- "World Press Photo learned that the photo of a painter creating a work with live models had instead been shot in Molenbeek, Brussels. Troilo confirmed over telephone and email that the image had not been taken in Charleroi, contrary to what he submitted to the contest. This falsified information is a violation of the 2015 Photo Contest entry rules."
15 hours ago
Charleroi-fotoreeks Troilo verliest prijs World Press Photo - Het Nieuwsblad
Gerechtigheid is geschied. Serieus, gasten. "Nadat nieuwe feiten aan het licht waren gekomen over de fotoreeks ‘La Ville Noir - The Dark Heart of Europe’, heropende World Press Photo dinsdag het onderzoek naar de integriteit ervan. De Italiaanse fotograaf bevestigde aan World Press Photo dat een beeld uit de reeks niet in Charleroi maar in Molenbeek genomen is, in tegenstelling tot wat hij eerder had verklaard."
15 hours ago
Links: quo vadis? - DeWereldMorgen.be
Auwtsj. "De oppositiekuur die de sp.a nu noodgedwongen ondergaat had een moment kunnen zijn voor een diepgaande reflectie over de verleden en toekomst van de partij, maar blijkbaar gaat alle aandacht en energie naar het uitvechten van interne geschillen. Het schouwspel dat vandaag in de sp.a rond de voorzittersverkiezingen wordt opgevoerd is dan ook bedroevend: in de berichtgeving wordt gefocust op de machtsstrijd tussen de clans en de persoonlijke vetes tussen de kandidaten en hun supporters; over een diep programmatorisch debat en de eventuele pertinentie van een koerswijziging vernemen we niets. Het consensusdenken heeft de hele partij aangetast alsof het betonrot was. De enige credibiliteit die de Vlaamse socialisten lijkt te resten is dat ze het slachtoffer zijn van de othering vanwege de neoliberale diehards van de N-VA. Als die zeggen dat het ‘allemaal de schuld van de sossen’ is, kan dat nog wat sympathie voor onze verongelijkte sossen oproepen. Het ‘sossen bashen’ verhult ook meteen de hoge mate van beleidscontinuïteit tussen de vorige en de huidige regeringen op federaal en Vlaams vlak."
2 days ago
Bart Tommelein treedt op voorgrond: 'Gekibbel moet stoppen' - België - Knack.be
"Zijn bevoegdheden mogen dan niet de zwaarste zijn, staatssecretaris Bart Tommelein (Open VLD) is niet van plan zomaar wat aan temodderen. Facebook heeft het al geweten." -- Oh ja, absoluut. "HELABA HELABA, wat odet Facebook hier allemaal?!?! Dat moet GEDAAN ZIJN!!!" // Even later, nadat de man op audiëntie mocht bij een paar mannen van Facebook: "Jamaarja, maarja, ge moet dat begrijpen, Facebook is ook geen vzw hé..."
3 days ago
Bill Nye says science changed his anti-GMO views
Score one for science! "After publishing in his book, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation that he is critical of GMO’s he spent time with scientists in the field and revised his views and says he will be revising his book for the second edition due out in the fall of 2015."
4 days ago
Kibbelen voor gevorderden - De Standaard
In het veiligheidsdebat klinkt de kritiek van CD&V en Open VLD verrassend eensgezind: zowel Jambon als minister van Defensie Steven Vandeput ging onderuit. Zo moest Peeters Vandeput uit de nood helpen tijdens het kernkabinet dat besliste over inzet van paracommando’s. De defensieminister was zo slecht gebriefd dat hij niet eens een volledig dossier kon voorleggen, laat staan toelichten. Jambon ging de mist in tijdens de discussie over het intrekken van de identiteitspapieren van potentiële Syriëstrijders. Zo zag hij onder meer de rol van de jeugdrechtbank bij de aanpak van minderjarigen over het hoofd. Juist daarom werkt de aankondigingspolitiek van de N-VA zo op de zenuwen. De partij verkiest een stoere aanpak, maar kan het vervolgens legistiek niet waarmaken.
5 days ago
The dress is white and gold. Or, why BuzzFeed won - Digiday
Soon, Time, Esquire, GQ and the like will become indistinguishable from BuzzFeed. And the problem with that is simple: BuzzFeed is better at being BuzzFeed than Time. These brands will have to compete purely on BuzzFeed’s terms. As the saying goes, the problem with wrestling a pig is you get dirty and the pig enjoys it.
6 days ago
'What ISIS Really Wants': How Readers Are Responding to The Atlantic's Cover Story - The Atlantic
A survey of reactions to The Atlantic's cover story—from think tanks to jihadist Twitter
8 days ago
Tired of Safari - QuirksBlog
It is increasingly becoming necessary to do something about Apple, its absolute refusal to talk to anyone, and its dickish way of bending the mobile web to its desires. Personally, I became tired of Safari quite a while ago, and I wouldn’t mind taking Apple down a notch. So let’s do it.
8 days ago
Dagen zonder stoofvlees - De Standaard
Of weet ge wat, Byttebier? Laat ons hoofd ook eens gewoon gerust. "En ga zondag, als je langsgaat bij je kijkers, behalve vlees ook seitan proeven. Dan word je niet alleen de populairste kok vandaag, maar ineens de man van de dagelijkse kost van morgen."
9 days ago
The Trouble with Dijsselbloem | Jacobin
For Dijsselbloem, extinguishing Syriza’s promise is imperative. It is a precondition for restoring the stability of the EU that he, his party, and economic elites so desire. But it is as necessary for the continuation of the dreamless, managerial, suit-and-tie progressivism from which he has never strayed.
10 days ago
The dangers of the "Google Analytics-powered Startup"
Let me start off by saying that I am not advocating for people not to use Google Analytics; in fact I use it avidly and consider myself a big fan. With this post, my mission is rather to provide a bit of perspective for the many current and prospective startup founders out there who base (or intend to base) their ‘data-driven work style’ on Google Analytics alone. In my world, Google Analytics should be seen as one advisor of many rather than ‘the one truth’, and here’s a few reasons for that:
google  analytics 
11 days ago
Opt Out From Online Behavioral Advertising By Participating Companies (BETA)
Some of the ads you receive on Web pages are customized based on predictions about your interests generated from your visits over time and across different Web sites. This type of ad customization — sometimes called "online behavioral" or "interest-based" advertising — is enabled through your computer browser and browser cookies. Such online advertising helps support the free content, products and services you get online. Using the tools on this page, you can opt out from receiving interest-based advertising from some or all of our participating companies.
internet  advertising  privacy 
11 days ago
Greece Should Not Give In to Germany’s Bullying | Foreign Policy
Had the Varoufakis plan been put forward by an investment banker, it would have been perceived as perfectly reasonable. Yet in the parallel universe inhabited by Germany’s Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, such demands are seen as “irresponsible”: Greece must be bled dry to service its foreign creditors in the name of European solidarity.
13 days ago
Yanis Varoufakis: How I became an erratic Marxist | News | The Guardian
A Greek or a Portuguese or an Italian exit from the eurozone would soon lead to a fragmentation of European capitalism, yielding a seriously recessionary surplus region east of the Rhine and north of the Alps, while the rest of Europe is would be in the grip of vicious stagflation. Who do you think would benefit from this development? A progressive left, that will rise Phoenix-like from the ashes of Europe’s public institutions? Or the Golden Dawn Nazis, the assorted neofascists, the xenophobes and the spivs? I have absolutely no doubt as to which of the two will do best from a disintegration of the eurozone.
economics  europe  politics 
15 days ago
Butterick’s Practical Typography
Among web-pub­lish­ing tools, I see Medium as the equiv­a­lent of a frozen pizza: not as whole­some as a meal you could make your­self, but for those with­out the time or mo­ti­va­tion to cook, a po­ten­tially bet­ter op­tion than just eat­ing peanut but­ter straight from the jar. The prob­lem, how­ever, is that Medium holds out its ho­mo­ge­neous de­sign as more than a frozen pizza. It has be­come, by the Jedi mind trick­ery fa­vored by to­day’s tech com­pa­nies, a Bel­la­gio buf­fet of de­li­cious nonsense.
design  typography  writing 
15 days ago
Minister Van Overtveldt toont hoe het niet moet | De Tijd
Het is las­tig om mi­nis­ter van Fi­nan­ciën te zijn in deze tij­den. Het is nog las­ti­ger om dat te zijn in­dien je niet ge­hin­derd wordt door enige vorm van ken­nis, of als dat al­thans zo lijkt. Of erger nog, als je ‘ide­o­lo­gie’ gaat ver­pak­ken als pseu­do-in­tel­lec­tu­a­lis­me of in­tel­lec­tu­e­le on­eer­lijk­heid. Dat lijkt Johan Van Overt­veldt te over­ko­men als hij zich ver­bergt ach­ter de OESO en het IMF om zijn punt te maken, dui­de­lijk zon­der te weten waar die ge­pro­pa­geer­de be­leids­voor­keu­ren pre­cies van­daan komen.
16 days ago
Car Dashboard UI Collection — Medium
Nowadays nearly every car manufacturer implements digital dashboards. Here is a collection of some of them.
car  dashboard  dashboards  design 
16 days ago
What ISIS Really Wants - The Atlantic
The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.
17 days ago
Israel Acknowledges Contraceptive Shots Given to Ethiopian Jews
The Israeli government has tacitly acknowledged injecting Ethiopian women immigrating to Israel with a long-acting contraceptive without their knowledge, telling them they couldn’t come into the country if they didn’t take the shot, which the women thought was a vaccination. Many have called the practice appallingly racist. The shots are being blamed for a 50 percent drop in the birth rate in Israel’s Ethiopian community over the past decade.
18 days ago
Rich Stanton on: Requiem for a dreamer • Eurogamer.net
Despite all of this, a tiny part of my brain still believes in Molyneux. And this is the whole point: were Molyneux a total fraud, no-one would be interested. He'd be a minor annoyance. But because of Bullfrog and Lionhead, and not forgetting the hard work and talents of many others, he has a record that includes several truly special games.
19 days ago
Gordon Ramsay’s dwarf porn star look alike found dead in badger den half eaten - Shocking News True Stories Worldwide
Bon. We mogen het internet voor vandaag ook weer even dicht doen: "The thirty five year old star of X-rated movie Hi-Ho Hi-Ho, It’s Up Your Arse We Go was discovered in a badgers den, partially eaten, by Ministry of Agriculture experts who were checking the den ahead of a planned badger-gassing program. The midget porn stars 107 centimetre (3’6″) body was discovered ‘partially gnawed’ in the badger burrow, however at the moment it is unclear how the adult actor died, suicide has not been ruled out by investigators."
20 days ago
Opinie: Ik daag u uit om werk te vinden met deze twee masterdiploma's | Opinie | De Morgen
De VDAB haalt als een ware pro dt-fouten uit je wervingstekst, maar voor de rest kan je als hooggeschoolde best niet te veel verwachtingen koesteren. Nu ben ik niet politiek correct, ik weet het. Maar het is de waarheid.
20 days ago
Lets review.. Docker (again) | Cal Leeming Blog
It's been just over a year since my last review of Docker, heavily criticising it's flawed architectural design and poor user experience. The project has since matured into 1.0 and gained some notoriety from Amazon, but has suffered growing user frustration, hype accusations and even breakout exploits leading to host contamination. However the introduction of private repos in Docker Hub, which eliminated the need to run your own registry for hosted deployments, coupled with webhooks and tight Github build integrations, looked to be a promising start. So I decided to give Docker another chance and put it into production for 6 months. The result was an absolute shit show of abysmal performance, hacky workarounds and rage inducing user experience which left me wanting to smash my face into the desk. Indeed performance was so bad, that disabling caching features actually resulted in faster build times.
21 days ago
Why Is Food Babe Selling a Product With BHT? | Bad Science Debunked
Why is Vani Hari (the “Food Babe”) harassing Kellogg’s and General Mills because their cereals contain BHT, when she’s earning a sales commission on a product that contains BHT?
23 days ago
The curious case of the Facebook page that posts the same thing every day - The Washington Post
Once a day, every day since August 21, some fan with a weird sense of humor has posted the exact same photo of Italian pop singer Toto Cutugno to Facebook.
23 days ago
'Mijn leven is mislukt' - Wetenschap - Knack.be
Whut? "Zelf heb ik als bioloog geen zin meer in zinloze discussies met creationisten die de evolutietheorie als onzin afdoen, wegens niet passend in de kraam van God. Je kunt je tijd niet blijven verliezen, hoewel ik af en toe geconfronteerd word met het gegeven dat de Steinerscholen creationisme laten onderwijzen in de biologielessen, en dat de evolutietheorie er als een 'geloof' wordt bestempeld - iets waar onze onderwijsadministratie zich eens over zou moeten buigen."
25 days ago
The Rat Tribe of Beijing | Al Jazeera America
Every morning, a metamorphosis takes place below the ground of China’s capital. In a world without sun or fresh air, people roll out of bed in windowless rooms, empty bedpans into communal toilets, pay 50 cents for a five-minute shower, ascend concrete stairways to the outside world and transform themselves from residents of the city’s most despised housing to strivers, hungry for a piece of the Chinese dream.These new Beijingers, who number about 1 million, are known as members of the “rat tribe,” or shuzu, because they make their homes underground in warrens of small, often-dank rooms that are cheaper than almost anything they can find above ground.
china  economics 
25 days ago
How startup Fab died - Business Insider
"We spent $200M in the past 2 years. $200M!" Goldberg's letter read. "We spent $200M and we have not proven out our business model. We spent $200M and we have not proven that we know precisely what our customers want to buy. "We are the most heavily funded startup in NYC in our life cycle and we have spent 2/3 of the cash ... Holy shit this is a big deal."
26 days ago
What's Up With That: Why Do Cats Love Boxes So Much? | WIRED
So what are we to make of the strange gravitational pull that empty Amazon packaging exerts on Felis sylvestris catus? Like many other really weird things cats do, science hasn’t fully cracked this particular feline mystery. There’s the obvious predation advantage a box affords: Cats are ambush predators, and boxes provide great hiding places to stalk prey from (and retreat to). But there’s clearly more going on here. Thankfully, behavioral biologists and veterinarians have come up with a few other interesting explanations. In fact, when you look at all the evidence together, it could be that your cat may not just like boxes, he may need them.
26 days ago
Langverwachte taxshift treft vooral gewone gezinnen - Het Nieuwsblad
En dat is slecht, dat het gedrag wijzigt?? "Van Overtveldt verkiest hogere lasten op consumptie omdat die een stabielere bron van inkomsten zijn dan extra lasten op vermogen of milieuvervuiling. ‘Je mag er gif op innemen dat die leiden tot een wijziging van het gedrag, waardoor de ecologische doelstellingen worden gehaald, maar er op termijn geen inkomsten meer zijn.’"
26 days ago
Steeds meer Vlamingen staan achter Israël | Joods Actueel
"Ik wil gewoon even meedelen dat het schandalig is hoe weinig de Israëlische standpunten weergegeven worden op de VRT (VTM?)."
27 days ago
Aanval op het gelijke kansenbeleid | Kif Kif
Het enige echte antwoord is het wegwerken van het tekort aan kinderopvang. Dan verwacht je van politieke partijen toch hevige pleidooien om de capaciteit aan kinderopvang in de steden uit te breiden?   In plaats daarvan legt N-VA de nadruk op hoe de beperkte plaatsen verdeeld worden en komt het gelijke kansen beleid onder vuur te liggen. Volgens mij blijft bij de mensen het volgende hangen van de uitspraken van minister Homans: de N-VA neemt het op voor wie werkt en de rest zit toch maar op café met zijn kinderen. En die boodschap, dat is geen toeval maar bewuste politieke strategie. Dat is mensen tegen over elkaar opzetten en het draagvlak voor een gelijke kansen beleid bewust proberen ondermijnen.
4 weeks ago
'We Palestinian Christians say Allahu Akbar' — RT Op-Edge
Archbishop Sebastia Theodosios (Atallah Hanna), 49, is the only Orthodox Christian archbishop from Palestine stationed in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, while all other bishops of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem are Greeks. The Israeli authorities had detained him several times, or stopped him at the border, and taken away his passport. Among all Jerusalem clergymen he is the only one who has no privilege of passing through the VIP gate in the airport – because of his nationality. “For the Israeli authorities, I am not a bishop, but rather a Palestinian,” explains his Beatitude. When talking on the phone he says a lot of words you would normally hear from a Muslim: “Alhamdulillah, Insha’Allah, Masha’Allah”. He speaks Arabic, and the Arabic for ‘god’ is Allah, whether you are a Christian or a Muslim.
4 weeks ago
Microsoft Windows on Devices – Raspberry Pi 2
We’re excited to announce that we are expanding our Windows Developer Program for IoT by delivering a version of Windows 10 that supports Raspberry Pi 2. This release of Windows 10 will be free for the Maker community through the Windows Developer Program for IoT.
4 weeks ago
Syria’s President Speaks | A Conversation With Bashar al-Assad | Foreign Affairs
So what do you think Israel’s agenda is? -- They are supporting the rebels in Syria. It’s very clear. Because whenever we make advances in some place, they make an attack in order to undermine the army. It’s very clear. That’s why some in Syria joke: “How can you say that al Qaeda doesn’t have an air force? They have the Israeli air force.”
4 weeks ago
When Bread Bags Weren't Funny - Bloomberg View
In every generation, we forget how much poorer we used to be, and then we forget that we have forgotten. We focus on the things that seem funny or monstrous or quaint and darling. Somehow the simplest and most important fact -- the immense differences between their living standards and ours -- slides right past our eye. And when Ernst tried to remind us, people didn't say "Wow, we've really come a long way"; they pointed and laughed.
4 weeks ago
Un enfant de 8 ans au commissariat pour «apologie du terrorisme» - Libération
«Etes-vous Charlie ?», demande-t-il. Ahmed, 8 ans, répond que non. Pourquoi ? «Parce qu’ils ont caricaturé le prophète. Moi, je suis avec les terroristes.» Le prof alerte son directeur. Ce dernier décide de convoquer le gamin, puis ses parents, qui raisonnent leur rejeton. Mais il ne s’arrête pas là. Le 21 janvier, le directeur de cette école, située dans le sud de la ville, dépose plainte au commissariat pour «apologie du terrorisme».
5 weeks ago
De dreiging van Arabische muziek | Jan Blommaert (en z'n gedachten)
Tussen neus en lippen geeft De Wever ons hier een voorbeeld van wat we al weten: de totalitaire surveillantiecultuur. Die zit als volgt ineen: (1) op basis van platte machtsargumenten identificeer je een vijand; (2) en stel je ELK aspect en eigenschap ervan voor als bewijs dat het een vijand is. Alles wordt ‘quod erat demonstrandum': een baard, een hoofddoek, een religieus gebruik, een soort eten, een taal, een muziekstuk. Vervolgens (3) maak je de meest absurde bokkensprongen zolang ze de QED volgen (“ge kunt toch niet ontkennen…”) en (4) stel je dit alles voor als evident, vanzelfsprekend, “gewoon een feit” en (5) stel je zij die deze nonsens bekritiseren voor als mensen die “de feiten ontkennen”.
5 weeks ago
The Netanyahu Disaster - The Atlantic
I still don’t understand Netanyahu’s thinking. It is immaterial whether an Israeli prime minister finds an American president agreeable or not. A sitting president cannot be written off by a small, dependent ally, without terrible consequences.
5 weeks ago
Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say -- NYMag
Stanford recently canceled a performance of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson after protests by Native American students. UCLA students staged a sit-in to protest microaggressions such as when a professor corrected a student’s decision to spell the word indigenous with an uppercase I — one example of many “perceived grammatical choices that in actuality reflect ideologies.” A theater group at Mount Holyoke College recently announced it would no longer put on The Vagina Monologues in part because the material excludes women without vaginas. These sorts of episodes now hardly even qualify as exceptional.
5 weeks ago
"There and Back Again"
No elf/dwarf love triangle - No necromancer adventures - Kili sacrifices himself for Bilbo at the end instead of Evangeline Lilly (who’s not in this film at all) - No orcs (until necessary in the Battle of Five Armies) - Laketown is about 10 minutes - Bard does not use his son as a bow - and the full story in all less than the length of “Return of the King.” After about 312 new edits and cuts and almost 5 hours removed from the trilogy, this single film combines the three Peter Jackson movies into one immense epic that accurately tells the story of Bilbo, while maintaining what new ideas and battles have been implanted in Jackson’s retelling (such as the Battle of the Five Armies containing orcs instead of goblins).
5 weeks ago
My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward - Pacific Standard
We met at 18. We wed at 24. At 27, I checked my wife into a psych ward—for the first time. How mental illness reshapes a marriage.
5 weeks ago
Holy Shit, I Interviewed the President — Medium
Legacy media isn’t mocking us because we aren’t a legitimate source of information; they’re mocking us because they’re terrified. Their legitimacy came from the fact that they have access to distribution channels and that they get to be in the White House press pool because of some long-ago established procedures that assumed they would use that power in the public interest. In reality, those things are becoming less and less important and less and less true. Distribution is free to anyone with a cell phone and the legitimacy of cable news sounds to me like an oxymoron. The median-aged CNN viewer is 60. For Fox, it’s 68.
journalism  media  politics 
5 weeks ago
Tough times on the road to Starcraft - Code Of Honor
I’ve been writing about the early development of Warcraft, but a recent blog post I read prompted me to start scribbling furiously, and the result is this three-part, twenty-plus page article about the development of StarCraft, along with my thoughts about writing more reliable game code.
games  gaming  programming  history 
5 weeks ago
The Leaning Buildings of Santos, Brazil | Amusing Planet
The coastline along the city of Santos, some 80 km from Sao Paulo, in Brazil, offers a strange sight. Like dominoes about to topple, the waterfront is lined by a string of high rise apartments that are unmistakably tilted to one side.
5 weeks ago
How Marine Le Pen is winning France’s gay vote » The Spectator
The Front National now has the support of a quarter of Paris’s gay voters – and only 16 per cent of the straight ones
5 weeks ago
What should I do about Youtube? | Zoë Keating
My Google Youtube rep contacted me the other day. They were nice and took time to explain everything clearly to me, but the message was firm: I have to decide. I need to sign on to the new Youtube music services agreement or I will have my Youtube channel blocked.
5 weeks ago
The Best Case for Jesus » Peter Kirby
Fair’s fair. Let’s try to make the best possible case for the historical existence of Jesus. One never learns about an issue completely unless they are willing to look at it from more than one angle. I intend to write a few more posts on this blog taking up the view of the loyal opposition. Thus I will presently, with respect for the dispassionate approach of Thomas Aquinas, look at the objections first.
5 weeks ago
flynavy88 comments on King of Saudi Arabia Has Died At 90
This is going to be an interesting few years for Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah was considered a reformer - his brother and predecessor, King Fahd, was a conservative who drove Saudi Arabia far deeper into Wahhabi Islam, in order to appease the clerics. King Abdullah, on the other hand, pushed quietly for a lot of reform for females and tried to reverse a lot of the change the hard-line conservatives in the country did during his predecessor's reign. There are a LOT of people who don't quite understand the dynamic between the Saudi people and the Saudi government - an absolute monarchy - and why blaming splitting/spurning Saudi Arabia could hurt us a lot more than trying to keep reforms in Saudi Arabia going. The following is a bit of a history lesson, but very relevant to the struggle going on there.
5 weeks ago
West’s praise of King Abdullah shows Saudi Arabia is exception to human rights stance | World news | The Guardian
The reverential reaction from western leaders to the news of King Abdullah’s death and the expected procession of top dignitaries to pay condolences in Riyadh serve as a reminder that Saudi Arabia, with its abundant wealth and geopolitical influence, is a perpetual exception to the west’s emphasis on human rights.
5 weeks ago
I Don’t Vaccinate My Child Because It’s My Right To Decide What Eliminated Diseases Come Roaring Back | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
As a mother, I put my parenting decisions above all else. Nobody knows my son better than me, and the choices I make about how to care for him are no one’s business but my own. So, when other people tell me how they think I should be raising my child, I simply can’t tolerate it. Regardless of what anyone else thinks, I fully stand behind my choices as a mom, including my choice not to vaccinate my son, because it is my fundamental right as a parent to decide which eradicated diseases come roaring back.
5 weeks ago
Newly unsealed documents show Steve Jobs’ brutal response after getting a Google employee fired | PandoDaily
Apologizing and groveling to Steve Jobs is a recurring theme throughout these court dockets… as is the total disregard for all of the not-Steve Jobs names whose lives and fates are so casually dispatched with, like henchmen in a Hollywood film.
5 weeks ago
How the CIA made Google — Medium
The inside story of Google’s rise, revealed here for the first time, opens a can of worms that goes far beyond Google, unexpectedly shining a light on the existence of a parasitical network driving the evolution of the US national security apparatus, and profiting obscenely from its operation.
5 weeks ago
New pacman for atari 2600 - Homebrew Discussion - AtariAge Forums
This is a "new" version of pacman for atari 2600 I've been programming since about 2007, but had left in 2008, then in 2013 I resume again to try to finish.  I've been trying to make it as close to the original looking at various sites on the "AI" Ghosts, game logic, etc.  This version has nothing to do with the other version called pacman4k, this is a completely new version, do not use any undocumented opcode.  Currently the rom is about 120 bytes free, so I'm trying to add other things.
games  retro 
5 weeks ago
The Emularity « ASCII by Jason Scott
Welcome to the Emularity, where the tools, processes and techniques developed over the past few years means we’re going to be iteratively improving the whole process quicker, and quicker, and we’ll be absorbing more and more aspects of historical computer information.
5 weeks ago
Kranten gingen zich na Verviers te buiten aan kritiekloze speculatie - DeWereldMorgen.be
Een week na de feiten weten we nog altijd weinig over wat er gebeurd is in Verviers en hoe sterk de aanwijzingen zijn geweest dat er een aanslag op til was. We kregen wel een hele reeks maatregelen die onze maatschappij wat minder vrij maken. Maar of zij terecht zijn en, vooral, of zij mogelijke terreurdaden ook maar enigszins kunnen tegenhouden, komen we niet te weten. Het angstklimaat moet ze rechtvaardigen. Er wordt zelfs geen poging ondernomen om hun effectiviteit aan te tonen.
5 weeks ago
The Content Model of the Web is Broken
There’s simply no money in advertising for content sites. Ad networks, most notably Google, don’t pay what they once did. Direct advertising dollars are now very hard to come by.
6 weeks ago
Many machines on Ix - On Tone Policing Linus Torvalds, or Linus Torvalds...
Refrains like “The stupidity, it burns” are simply clichéd elements of a tired performance; Linus’s particular brand of banter — “paste-eaters”, “monkeys” — has nothing to do with the technical merit.  It’s the bluster of a bully, someone who can’t or won’t discuss a disagreement on equal terms, because he think he doesn’t have to.
6 weeks ago
A Localization Horror Story: It Could Happen To You
This article points out cases where gettext (a common system for localizing software interfaces -- i.e., making them work in the user's language of choice) fails because of basic differences between human languages. This article then describes Maketext, a new system capable of correctly treating these differences.
i18n  development  language  programming 
7 weeks ago
The 7 Habits of Highly Efficient Adobe Illustrator Users - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Tutorial
It might initially take some time to change your settings, learn keyboard shortcuts and create actions. And there are times when you'd rather do something the old familiar way, even if it takes longer. But if you take some time up front to make your workflow more efficient, it will pay off in the long run. You'll soon see that getting rid of daily annoyances will free up your creativity and leave you with a more pleasurable Illustrator experience.
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7 weeks ago
The Rise and Fall of the Lone Game Developer
When I was in college they told us there would always be a demand for software developers. In general that’s still true. I always wondered what it would look like when it stopped being true, when the need for developers dwindled, and programming stopped paying the bills. Now I know.
7 weeks ago
Putting Time In Perspective - UPDATED | Wait But Why
To try to grasp some perspective, I mapped out the history of time as a series of growing timelines—each timeline contains all the previous timelines (colors will help you see which timelines are which).  All timeline lengths are exactly accurate to the amount of time they’re expressing.
7 weeks ago
Transgender People Can Explain Why Women Don't Advance at Work | The New Republic
Because trans people are now staying in the same careers (and sometimes the very same jobs) after they change genders, they are uniquely qualified to discuss the difference between how men and women experience the workplace. Their experience is as close to the scientific method as we can get: By isolating and manipulating gender as a variable and holding all other variables—skill, career, personality, talent—constant, these individuals reveal exactly the way one’s outward appearance of gender affects day-to-day interactions. If we truly want to understand women at work, we should listen carefully to trans men and trans women: They can tell us more about gender in the workplace than just about anyone.
7 weeks ago
Airships
A real-time strategy game where you design airships and then fight with them. The aim is to have pretty chaotic explodey fights and interesting ship design choices.
7 weeks ago
Andrew Chen, Gilt: Designing For China | Design Driven NYC
Andrew Chen, Director of Product at Gilt, spoke at December 2014’s edition of Design Driven NYC and outlined all of the considerations that went into redesigning the Gilt experience for China. He discussed a variety of lessons learned, from the efficacy of infinite scroll to constraints around use of CDNs. Here are the highlights
7 weeks ago
Poker-playing program marks breakthrough in AI, researchers say - SD Times
A group of researchers from the University of Alberta have created an unbeatable poker program that they say marks a milestone in artificial intelligence and game theory.
7 weeks ago
What It's Like Living in the Coldest Town on Earth | WIRED
It got down to -24 degrees Fahrenheit in Oymyakon, Russia, over the weekend. As frigid as that seems, it’s typical for this town, long known as the coldest inhabited place on Earth. If that kind of number is hard to wrap your brain around, such a temperature is so cold that people here regularly consume frozen meat, keep their cars running 24/7 and must warm the ground with a bonfire for several days before burying their dead. It’s hard to know why anyone would want to live in such a place, and harder still to imagine why anyone would want to visit. But photographer Amos Chapple just couldn’t resist.
7 weeks ago
Why Do All Records Sound the Same? — Cuepoint — Medium
Desperate to get their music on the radio at all costs, record labels are employing powerful software to artificially sweeten it, polish it, make it louder— squeezing out the last drops of its individuality
7 weeks ago
Reimplementing TeX's Algorithms: Looking Back at Thirty Years of Programming
Glenn Vanderburg, director of engineering at LivingSocial, gave an interesting recount of his effort to implement TeX’s algorithms in Clojure at the last ClojureConj conference. In the process, he discovered how much programming has changed in the last thirty years.
tech  history  tex 
7 weeks ago
Ex-Google Engineers Have Created A New Android Tablet, Copied From Microsoft Surface In Every Other Way
A new startup called Jide Technology founded by three ex-Google engineers who were working on Google Search, Google AdWords and Google Maps has developed a new Android tablet named ‘Ultra Tablet’. ‘We can’t stand the drawbacks of the tablets and laptops on the market today and we wanted to do something about it’, said the team behind this startup. So, what did they come up with? An absolute rip-off of Microsoft Surface.
7 weeks ago
Free speech vs. hate speech: Why is it legal to insult Muslims but not Jews?
How can we ban hate speech against Jews while defending mockery of Muslims?
7 weeks ago
Het falen van de islam­kritiek | MO
Voor de nuchtere beschouwer komt het over als een wat merkwaardige strategie: extremisme onder moslims bestrijden door hen voor te houden dat de islam van nature gewelddadig is, vijandig aan het westen en tegengesteld aan de moderniteit. Door moslims te vertellen dat als zij ervan uitgaan dat hun religie vredelievend en barmhartig is, dat zij de Koran dan verkeerd hebben gelezen. Nog even los van het waarheidsgehalte van een dergelijke insteek, lijkt dit bij voorbaat weinig productief. Toch is dat de grondslag van de Nederlandse traditie van islamkritiek, sinds de opkomst Geert Wilders en Ayaan Hirsi Ali, zo’n tien jaar geleden.
8 weeks ago
Cartier-Bresson's classic is back – but his Decisive Moment has passed | Art and design | The Guardian
It’s the book that changed photography forever. But why republish The Decisive Moment after 62 years, when it cements such out-of-date ideas?
8 weeks ago
Watch Movie Unlawful Killing (2011) Online Free - SolarMovie
A documentary about the allegedly conspiratorial killing of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed
8 weeks ago
Star Trek: The Next Generation In 40 Hours — Medium
I want to make the case Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) is important and worth your time in 2015, and I want to suggest about 40 hours of Star Trek viewing that will cover all of the great episodes.
8 weeks ago
PC History Timeline
Lots of pictures/info about lots of personal computers made since the beginning to the early 90′s
8 weeks ago
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