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 hours 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 
6 hours 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 
8 hours 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.
8 hours 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
16 hours 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2 days 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.
2 days 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 
2 days 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.
2 days 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.
2 days 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 days 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.
7 days 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 
10 days 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.
design  development  illustrator  resources  webdesign 
11 days 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.
12 days 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.
13 days 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.
13 days ago
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.
13 days 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
13 days 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.
13 days 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.
13 days 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
13 days 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 
13 days 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.
15 days 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?
16 days 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.
17 days 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?
19 days ago
Watch Movie Unlawful Killing (2011) Online Free - SolarMovie
A documentary about the allegedly conspiratorial killing of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed
19 days 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.
19 days ago
PC History Timeline
Lots of pictures/info about lots of personal computers made since the beginning to the early 90′s
19 days ago
Akiyoshi's illusion pages
Akiyoshi KITAOKA, Professor, Department of Psychology, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan studying visual perception, visual illusion, optical illusion, trompe l'oeil, 3D, etc.
19 days ago
'I'm deeply concerned for Apple's future,' says star developer - Jan. 5, 2015
The fact that someone is complaining about Apple's (AAPL, Tech30) software isn't news. The fact that one of Apple's most prominent app makers is making a big stink about it is.
19 days ago
The Complete Winds of Winter Resource | Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire
In terms of interests in ASOIAF, one of biggest interests is The Winds of Winter. George RR Martin’s long-awaited 6th novel is a topic that many people are curious about (or desperate to get their hands on). But for me, my interests in the book is… well, it’s something a little more than simple interest. Whether it’s the writing progress, sample chapters, read chapters or really anything, I’ve tried to get my hands on every scrap of information about The Winds of Winter. Over on /r/asoiaf, I wrote up a Grand Winds of Winter post about 9 months ago, but I didn’t have the space on reddit to make the post as grand as it could possibly be. So, I thought I might try to compile the true Winds of Winter resource here on the blog.
19 days ago
Technical Documentation - Copy Protection | Dungeon Master Encyclopaedia
This document describes the copy protection scheme that was used for Dungeon Master and Chaos Strikes Back on Atari ST and Amiga. These games used a very sophisticated copy protection. It took several months after the first release of Dungeon Master before the copy protection was correctly defeated, while most copy protections are defeated in a matter of hours or days by experimented hackers.
26 days ago
World War II’s Strangest Battle: When Americans and Germans Fought Together - The Daily Beast
Days after Hitler’s suicide a group of American soldiers, French prisoners, and, yes, German soldiers defended an Austrian castle against an SS division—the only time Germans and Allies fought together in World War II. Andrew Roberts on a story so wild that it has to be made into a movie.
26 days ago
Sir Winston Churchill 's family feared he might convert to Islam - Telegraph
The discovery of a letter to Sir Winston Churchill from his future sister-in-law has thrown new light on his fascination with Islam and Muslim culture
27 days ago
How Steve Wozniak Wrote BASIC for the Original Apple From Scratch
"Mind that I had never taken a course in compiler (or interpreter) writing in my life. But my friend Allen Baum had sent me xerox copies of pages of his texts at MIT about the subject so I could claim that I had an MIT education in it, ha ha."
apple  history  programming 
27 days ago
Caspar Henderson - jumping spiders and human memory
The ways in which jumping spiders see and map the world help to illuminate the mystery of human memory
27 days ago
Is Netanyahu Finished? Maybe So
Netanyahu has stood atop the Israeli political scene for more than half a decade and that after his first term as Prime Minister starting almost twenty years ago. No single leader has so dominated Israeli politics since ben Gurion. The upcoming election in March 2015 is one he himself engineered well in advance of what was required under law, thinking that it would strengthen his hand. And yet, two weeks later, Netanyahu's position seems to deteriorate by the day.
29 days ago
Lost Garden: Top 5 design debates I ignored in 2014
Back in the 80’s and 90’s, when conversation about game design was first bubbling up out of our community of insecure practitioners, a few polarizing topics would arise again and again. You’ll recognize them: The correct definition of ‘game’ - Narrative vs Mechanics - Randomness vs Skill - The importance of realism - Casual vs Hardcore
design  gaming 
29 days ago
The Lord of the Rings Mythology Explained - YouTube
Before you see the final Hobbit Movie, learn about the mythology of The Lord of The Rings universe
29 days ago
García Media → Here are six predictions for the new year
The year 2014 is going to be making an exit (stage left) soon, and we can already see 2015 peeking its baby head from behind the curtains. It was a year of challenges and opportunities. The new year amplifies on some of the advances of 2014. What’s ahead? Here are six predictions.
29 days ago
Roman Coins Blog | A blog about Roman coins
using inferential statistics we can develop a sophisticated model that can predict the chances of finding a coin for sale at auction for any Roman emperor (or empress)
29 days ago
If Mary and Joseph tried to reach Bethlehem today, they would get stuck at an Israeli checkpoint
Palestinian Christians complicate the simplistic narrative of “Muslims v Jews”; they are an inconvenient reminder that the conflict in the Holy Land has nothing to do with theology and everything to do with freedom and self-determination. Whatever your view of Jesus or Muhammad, if you are a Palestinian resident of the West Bank you are a victim of the longest military occupation in the world.
4 weeks ago
A Lost 1996 Interview with David Foster Wallace — Medium
In February 1996, David Foster Wallace came to Boston. He was the not-quite recognized writer of the massive book, Infinite Jest, which was just beginning to capture the attention of reviewers, readers and a generation of writers. Christopher Lydon interviewed David Foster Wallace on The Connection on WBUR in Boston, and told him he seemed to be living in “a moment between of cultish obscurity and international artistic celebrity, perhaps even immortality.” Last winter, we went to the WBUR archives to see if we could find the tape. We found it in the dusty basement, nestled between shows about the 1996 presidential primaries and escalating violence in the Middle East.
interview  culture  literature 
4 weeks ago
Ayn Rand Reviews Children’s Movies - The New Yorker
Ayn Rand is zó een takkenwijf. "The Little Mermaid: A young woman achieves all of her goals. She finds an object of value—in this case, a broad-chested brunet man—and sacrifices as much as she believes necessary (the ocean, talking, etc.) in order to acquire him."
4 weeks ago
Linus Torvalds' BitKeeper blunder | InfoWorld
Torvalds seems to have fallen for the "free beer" argument: He didn't have to pay for BitKeeper, so he figured it was good enough. But not having to pay is not, and has never been, the real purpose of free software. The point is to avoid the situation Torvalds eventually found himself in: McVoy didn't like how his product was being used, so he took his ball and went home. Could you afford to switch gears in the middle of a project if one of your key software vendors did the same?
4 weeks ago
Peter Jackson Must Be Stopped | WIRED
J.R.R. Tolkien once said that “believable fairy-stories must be intensely practical. You must have a map, no matter how rough.” But in Peter Jackson’s new and final Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which opened Wednesday, there is no map. There’s not even a plan. We veer far not just from Middle-earth, but from all plausibility. But you can’t blame Tolkien for this. Jackson got us here; he’s the one who must be stopped.
5 weeks ago
The Best Data Visualization Projects of 2014
It's always tough to pick my favorite visualization projects. I mean, it's a challenge to pick and rank your favorite anything really. So much depends on what you feel like at the time, and there's a lot of good work out there. Nevertheless, I gave it a go.
5 weeks ago
A Poor Imitation of Alan Turing by Christian Caryl | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books
These errors are not random; there is a method to the muddle. The filmmakers see their hero above all as a martyr of a homophobic Establishment, and they are determined to lay emphasis on his victimhood.
5 weeks ago
BBC News - Whistleblower reveals how fraud of Booking.com worked
A whistle-blower has revealed how stolen personal data was used to con thousands of customers of one of the world's biggest hotel booking websites.
5 weeks ago
The Everything Book: reading in the age of Amazon | The Verge
Chris Green holds an envelope. At least, it looks like an envelope. In reality, it's a piece of office copy paper that's been cut and folded into the shape of a Kindle Voyage, the latest in Amazon's bestselling line of e-readers. Green, the head industrial designer at Lab126, the secret lab where Kindles are designed, unfolds the paper to show it has been stuffed with everything that makes a Kindle: a CPU, a modem, a battery.
5 weeks ago
Res Obscura: A Spaniard in Samarkand, 1404
On September 8, 1404, the Castilian diplomat Ruy Gonzales de Clavijo reached the Silk Road city of Samarkand. He had travelled over five thousand miles by foot, sail, horse and camel; passed through steppe, deserts, seas and mountains. Now he had reached his destination: the capital of a vast new empire created by a military genius, mass murderer and patron of the arts named Timur (meaning “iron” in Persian). De Clavijo’s lord, King Henry III of Castile, had dispatched him to learn more about the man who Europeans called Tamurlane. If possible, he was to forge a peace treaty with the world-conqueror, whose sack of Baghdad alone caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands.
5 weeks ago
“Archer” unaired pilot is the most inconceivable episode of “Archer” you could ever imagine… | A Campaign of Shock and Awe
in lieu of drawing and animating the Archer character in every scene they drew a mother-f**ing RAPTOR.  Icing the cake of this sweet entertaining terror is the fact that it comes complete with raptor noises.  Watching this episode is like watching a collective of people sharing the same imaginary friend.
5 weeks ago
Embiggening English: The Simpsons and changing language | OxfordWords blog
Meh isn’t in the OED — yet — but don’t expect those who use it to be excited or even interested when it does. The OED. Meh. Meh is an ungrateful word. But, like d’oh, it’s existentially significant. In a Language Log post some years ago, Ben Zimmer noted that meh had so captured the zeitgeist of 2004 that people were not only using it but talking about meh-ness, the condition of meh, a sort of meta meh, as it were, which is so preposterous that, what can you say? Meh. Meh is a perfectly cromulent word.
5 weeks ago
Hexspeak - Wikiwand
Hexspeak, like leetspeak, is a novelty form of variant English spelling using the hexadecimal numbers. Created by programmers who wanted a magic number, hexspeak words can serve as a clear and unique identifier with which to mark memory or data.
5 weeks ago
The Fatal Pinch
Many startups go through a point a few months before they die where although they have a significant amount of money in the bank, they're also losing a lot each month, and revenue growth is either nonexistent or mediocre. The company has, say, 6 months of runway. Or to put it more brutally, 6 months before they're out of business. They expect to avoid that by raising more from investors. That last sentence is the fatal one.
5 weeks ago
Tim Burton Confirms Winona Ryder Will Return For Beetlejuice 2 via reddit.com
Keaton told us on February 13 that he was in if Burton was, and on October 17 he mentioned that they were waiting for a script; but now Burton is here to set the record straight — “Beetlejuice 2″ is happening, and some very familiar faces will return.
5 weeks ago
David Mumford | Can one explain schemes to biologists
The sad thing is that this was rejected as much too technical for their readership. Their editor wrote me that 'higher degree polynomials', 'infinitesimal vectors' and 'complex space' (even complex numbers) were things at least half their readership had never come across. The gap between the world I have lived in and that even of scientists has never seemed larger. I am prepared for lawyers and business people to say they hated math and not to remember any math beyond arithmetic, but this!? Nature is read only by people belonging to the acronym 'STEM' (= Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and in the Common Core Standards, all such people are expected to learn a hell of a lot of math. Very depressing.
5 weeks ago
How NASA Stays Beautiful | Co.Design | business + design
NASA has a better grasp of design than any other government agency. The U.S. space agency has several teams devoted solely to data visualization and graphics, and its materials have a consistent design language that’s pretty much the best compared with any other arm of federal bureaucracy.
5 weeks ago
CBC.ca | Vinyl Tap | Past Episodes
Two hours of music and stories from one of Canada's musical legends. Playing with The Guess Who, Bachman Turner Overdrive and as a solo act, Randy Bachman has provided a veritable soundtrack to the last thirty years of popular music. Now he's come to CBC Radio to play his favourite songs and tell stories from his life on the road and in the studio.
6 weeks ago
The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Chord | Kevin Houston
In 2004 a mathematician claimed to have discovered this musical holy grail by applying mathematics. Once and for all, the riddle was solved because, after all, mathematics is not wrong and you can’t beat the scientists with their fancy abstract toys. Except there was a problem. He got it horribly wrong. Here, for the honour of all mathematicians, I would like to put the record straight — or at least straighter. The mathematical tale of the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Chord is a tale of 18th century mathematicians, the study of heat, Karaoke tricks and a measure of luck.
6 weeks ago
Whisper it quietly, the book is back … and here’s the man leading the revival | Books | The Guardian
James Daunt is a bookseller with a penchant for stories (Anna Karenina is one of his favourites), who is also an inveterate risk taker. In 2011, he watched a Russian oligarch named Alexander Mamut make an insane bid for commercial suicide. And then he volunteered to join him. Mamut’s crazy venture (“Nobody invests in bookshops to make money,” says Daunt) was his bid for Waterstones, then an ailing chain, burdened with several million pounds of debt. Daunt’s reckless career move was to join Mamut as his CEO, a job widely seen as a poisoned chalice. Many Waterstones-watchers predicted various dire scenarios. Sometimes, however, stories have happy endings.
6 weeks ago
Procedural worlds, statistical analysis, image processing and PRNG exploitation for the lulz | Sam Hocevar
It was suggested on the #gnaa IRC channel that the movie Gayniggers from Outer Space (GNfOS), from which the organisation takes its name, be upvoted to the IMDb top 250 as an emotional tribute to this cult movie. The GNAA not being 4chan, they did not have an army of idiots to carry out their deeds; they had to use imagination, skill and technology instead.
6 weeks ago
Planning A Front-end JavaScript Application -Telerik Developer Network
Planning a front-end web application is about more than just picking a few JavaScript solutions to aid in the architecture and testing of a web application. While this might be where much of the front-end community focuses, seasoned developers know that building enterprise-grade software is much more than this. In this article, I am going to describe 16 steps that front-end developers should go through when planning a front-end web application. These steps aim to cover the entire life-cycle of a front-end application.
6 weeks ago
The Lurker: How A Virus Hid In Our Genome For Six Million Years – Phenomena
In the mid-2000s, David Markovitz, a scientist at the University of Michigan, and his colleagues took a look at the blood of people infected with HIV. Human immunodeficiency viruses kill their hosts by exhausting the immune system, allowing all sorts of pathogens to sweep into their host’s body. So it wasn’t a huge surprise for Markovitz and his colleagues to find other viruses in the blood of the HIV patients. What was surprising was where those other viruses had come from: from within the patients’ own DNA.
6 weeks ago
You can take down Pirate Bay, but you can’t kill the Internet it created - The Washington Post
In the late hours of Tuesday night, the Pirate Bay abruptly disappeared from the Internet, the result of a surprise raid on the site’s servers by Swedish police in Stockholm. But forget the big-picture questions of Internet freedom or intellectual property. The real problem, for millions of Internet-users, is how am I going to watch TV?
6 weeks ago
Alternese (JBR Uchronlang)
What would English be like if 1066 hadn't happened?  I don't mean that in the “freakish calendric anomaly” sense, obviously; I mean it in the ordinary sense of allohistorical linguistics.  I've already got “what‐if” pages about the languages of 3,000 AD and 40,000 BC, but now I'm taking a step sideways in time to consider an “alternative history”: a world where William the Conqueror never earned that name, where Greece is the centre of the most prosperous and stable economy on the planet, and where the only city with an anglophone population of four million is Wolverhampton.  How different would the language sound, if you were visiting that city and eavesdropping on some casual conversation about the weather?
english  linguistics 
6 weeks ago
Als de premier ersatz is - De Standaard
Het besef dat een vakbondsleider harakiri pleegt als hij het besparingspakket van het regeerakkoord slikt, bestaat niet. De emotionele en politieke intelligentie van Dehaene, Martens en zijn fluisteraar Fons Verplaetse voor de besognes van de syndicale leiders ontbreekt compleet bij deze ploeg. Te veel regerings- en kabinettenvolk komt uit een totaal andere sociale klasse en is zich nauwelijks bewust van de relativiteit en vooringenomenheid van de eigen dogma’s. Anderen zijn allergisch voor alles wat vakbonden dierbaar is en willen eindelijk met het Belgische syndicalisme en overlegmodel afrekenen. Zo omarmt het ultraliberalisme het Vlaamse separatisme en wordt de communautaire breuklijn verder uitgediept.
6 weeks ago
Theo Francken: bewijs ons een dienst en vertrek ;-) - DeWereldMorgen.be
Iemand die geen schroom voelt om het vrije verkeer van personen te beschrijven als het ontspringen van de dans, die is diep doordrongen van de suprematie van de overheid op het individu. Iemand die de daaraan ontleende macht gebruikt om het laatste woord te halen in een persoonlijke mediavete, die is het staatsmanschap op een nog diepere intellectuele en stilistische grond onwaardig. Iemand die dat alles, ten slotte, afsluit met een verdomde smiley en kapittelt als een maatschappelijke dienst, die is voorbij ontsporing en smakeloosheid. Het is een wonde op het Belgische politieke gelaat. Een misselijkmakende schande. De knipoog-smiley is geen detail. Het is de essentie. Slechts het meest arrogante masker van de macht knipoogt in het aangezicht van onrecht.
6 weeks ago
Rafi Eitan: ‘Peres And Rabin Knew Pollard Was Planted In US Armed Forces’ » Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry
The former head of the allegedly rogue clandestine organization that ran Jonathan Pollard confirmed Sunday for the first time that the prime minister and defense minister at the time knew full well that Israel had a spy within the US armed forces.
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College rape: Campus sexual assault is a serious problem. But the efforts to protect women are infringing on the civil rights of men.
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How Not to Write an API — On Coding — Medium
One common pattern I see is that most APIs have a REST or NVP based API at it’s core. Then they generally have some method if signing a request. Following that is more than 1 way to send different types of data, between JSON, XML or a file stream. But one pattern always puzzles me. The documentation on these core APIs are usually lacking. Instead, they develop SDKs for specific languages. Now, on the surface, that make sense. Let’s make it easy to use our API in your language of choice. But that idea is flawed.
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Programming Modern Systems Like It Was 1984
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[48924] Please Offer An Excel Export Option
Data is ultimately meant to be consumed by people. This may come as a shock, but most people are not computer programmers. They are not going to read your CSV with Python and process it with Pandas or Numpy. They are not versed in the libcsv API, nor do they possess ambitions to convert your CSV to JSON in order to build a web mashup. Of the grammar of graphics, they know nothing. In all likelihood they are going to open your CSV file in Microsoft Excel 2004, or if you're lucky Microsoft Excel 2007, and they are going to spend hours building pixelated pie charts, bar charts, and 3D line graphs. You might not use Excel to analyze data, but they almost certainly will. So why not accommodate their intentions as well as you can? Isn't programming fundamentally about helping users achieve their goals?
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