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How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap | WIRED
Eccentric billionaires are tough to impress, so their minions must always think big when handed vague assignments. Ross Perot’s staffers did just that in 2006, when their boss declared that he wanted to decorate his Plano, Texas, headquarters with relics from computing history. Aware that a few measly Apple I’s and Altair 880’s wouldn’t be enough to satisfy a former presidential candidate, Perot’s people decided to acquire a more singular prize: a big chunk of ENIAC, the “Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer.”
computer  history 
2 hours ago
Fossil hunters unearth galloping, dinosaur-eating crocodiles in Sahara | Science | The Guardian
Fossil hunters have uncovered the remains of primitive crocodiles that "galloped" on land and patrolled the broad rivers that coursed through north Africa one hundred million years ago. The skeletons of five creatures that walked with dinosaurs – and ate them – were unearthed in remote and rocky regions of what are now Morocco and Niger during a series of expeditions in the Sahara desert.
4 days ago
The Shazam Effect - The Atlantic
By studying 20 million searches every day, Shazam can identify which songs are catching on, and where, before just about anybody else. “Sometimes we can see when a song is going to break out months before most people have even heard of it,” Jason Titus, Shazam’s former chief technologist, told me. (Titus is now a senior director at Google.)
analytics  music 
4 days ago
Google Algorithm Change History - Moz
Each year, Google changes its search algorithm around 500–600 times. While most of these changes are minor, Google occasionally rolls out a "major" algorithmic update (such as Google Panda and Google Penguin) that affects search results in significant ways. For search marketers, knowing the dates of these Google updates can help explain changes in rankings and organic website traffic and ultimately improve search engine optimization. Below, we’ve listed the major algorithmic changes that have had the biggest impact on search.
4 days ago
Facebook Has Finally Killed Organic Reach. What Should Marketers Do Next? | Forrester Blogs
After years of pushing brands’ reach lower with one hand (and opening marketers’ wallets with the other) Facebook has finally announced the end of organic social marketing on its site.
5 days ago
The Online Photographer: Urgent Controversy? No
I've mentioned that people often point me to things, and occasionally lots of people point me to the same thing. That's the case with an article in an otherwise useful British newspaper by an otherwise sensible British critic titled "Flat, soulless and stupid: why photographs don’t work in art galleries." The writer doesn't actually make an argument. He just says he wishes people wouldn't put photographs in art galleries. This is in one sense a bit like saying he just wishes people wouldn't let black people and Jews fully participate in society—which is to say, it's baldly retrogressive, and blatantly bigoted—but he doesn't even advance an argument for his opinion; it's apparently the result of some dyspeptic musings while attending a particular exhibit he didn't enjoy.
6 days ago
Oxford students shut down abortion debate. Free speech is under assault on campus - Telegraph
An attempt to hold a reasonable debate about abortion in Oxford was called off after students threatened to disrupt it. Tim Stanley, one of the debaters, writes that the authoritarian Left has become everything it claims to hate.
6 days ago
Microsoft puts Docker on Windows clients — Tech News and Analysis
Microsoft said today that users can now run Docker inside a Windows machine and manage Linux-based containers with the new Docker Command Line Interface for Windows. The news follows up on Microsoft and Docker’s recent partnership to ensure that Docker can run nicely on the Azure cloud and Windows Server.
6 days ago
Uber has an asshole problem - Vox
A conviction that the rules don't (or shouldn't) apply to you is fine when you're battling a taxi mogul who compares your business to ISIS. But it's extremely unattractive when you start talking about compromising customer user data for the purposes of blackmail. And it's completely insane when that kind of recklessness leads you to talk to journalists about the oppo tactics you're planning to deploy against other journalists.
6 days ago
Book design inspired by Edward Tufte - LaTeX Template on writeLaTeX
Edward Tufte is a pioneer in the field of data visualization, and his works inspired the creation of two LaTeX classes for books and handouts. Here we present the excellent sample book produced by the The Tufte-LaTeX Developers pre-loaded into writeLaTeX for you to use as a starting point for your own work.
6 days ago
Chrome is dying
I don't usually like death metaphors for software but it really seems to apply to Chrome on the Mac. It just keeps getting more and more impossible to use.
7 days ago
'De verkeerde tax-shift: gepensioneerden betalen meer belasting, GDF Suez minder' - België - Knack.be
De bakkers, kleermakers, elektriciens, bloementelers, caféhouders, kappers, schoonheidsspecialisten en garagisten die een NV of BVBA hebben opgericht, hebben net zo min als de kleine KMO's het grote eigen vermogen om de notionele interesten te laten spelen. Zij staan onder voortdurende concurrentie van de multinationale spelers op hun terrein. Maar daar waar hun mastodont-concurrenten slechts 6,7 procent vennootschapsbelasting betalen, betalen zij vaak meer dan 20 procent vennootschapsbelasting, of gewoon de volle pot van 33,99 procent. De fiscale stabiliteit van de regering bevordert de grootste spelers, en dat is ook ten nadele van de zelfstandige middenklasse van ons land.
8 days ago
België derde hoogste vermogensbelasting? Geen sprake van
Tegenstanders van een vermogenswinstbelasting zwaaien met rapporten waaruit moet blijken dat de vermogens in ons land al heel zwaar belast worden. Wie de cijfers even onder de loep neemt, snapt meteen: hier klopt niets van.
9 days ago
How a $47 Shrimp Treadmill Became a $3-Million Political Plaything – The Conversation - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education
It is disingenuous for the Republican-controlled House Committee on Science, Space and Technology to promote the idea that scientists are wasting millions of taxpayer dollars to run shrimp on treadmills based on a 30-second video clip. Given that every teaspoon of seawater can contain millions of bacteria, it does not take a mental giant to understand that the health of marine organisms and the safety of the seafood we eat are closely related.
10 days ago
Amazon Finally Added a Long-Needed Feature to the Kindle | TIME
On Friday, Amazon rolled out a software update that includes “Family Library,” a feature that will allow two adults and up to four children to share content on one Kindle. The adults can decide whether they want to share all or just a portion of their books with other users tied to a device, and each adult can separately make annotations and bookmarks in the same e-book.
10 days ago
Video: Rosetta mission scientist Dr Matt Taylor cries during apology over 'offensive' shirt - Telegraph
Fuck dit soort "feministen" -- "In recent days the heavily-tattooed London scientist had become a firm favourite with the public for his unlikely appearance and enthusiastic interviews. But the shirt has divided opinion, with many women in the science community accusing Dr Taylor of sexism."
10 days ago
De angst van De Wever | Jan Blommaert (en z'n gedachten)
En De Wever liegt nog maar eens.Geconfronteert met de woorden van Mayeur, dat De Wever de dokwerkers best “aan de bron” had kunnen tegenhouden, beweerde De Wever dat dit geen enkele juridische basis zou hebben. Wel, wie het Antwerpse politiereglement van 2014 leest, beginnend met artikel 102 op p34, zal daar lezen dat (a) er geen onaangevraagde en niet-goedgekeurde “demonstraties” mogen plaatsvinden in bepaalde zones van de stad, incluis De Keyserlei bij het Centraal Station. (b) Dat de Burgemeester zeer grote bevoegdheden heeft in het beteugelen van overtredingen hierop.
11 days ago
BBC News - Researchers 'appalled' as EU chief scientist role is axed
The EU Commission confirmed that the position held by Prof Anne Glover since 2012, would not be extended. Prof Glover had incurred the wrath of green groups with her open support for genetically modified crops.
11 days ago
Who built this Siberian summer palace… and why?
With its island location and towering square walls that were once impenetrable, it looks at first glance to be an ancient fortress or kremlin to keep out enemies. Others believe the 1,300-year-old structure in rural Siberia has more mystical properties and might have been a summer palace, monastery, or even an astronomical observatory. Whatever it is, more than a century after it was first explored, archaeologists are no further forward in discovering the secrets of Por-Bajin, who built it or why. Most likely constructed in 757 AD, the complex has fascinated and frustrated experts in equal measure since it was located in the middle Tere-Khol, a high-altitude lake in Tuva, in the late 19th century.
11 days ago
‘De prachtige samenleving’ van Bart De Wever | Bleri Lleshi's Blog
Al wat misloopt in België is de schuld van de socialisten. Alsof de socialisten België en Antwerpen op hun eentje hebben geregeerd. Met Di Rupo was er de afgelopen 3 jaar een socialistisch premier, maar van 1980 tot 1999 was de premier iemand van CD&V. Tussen 1999 en 2008 was Guy Verhofstadt (Open Vld) premier. Kortom de afgelopen 35 jaar was er slechts 3 jaar een socialistische premier en toch vind De Wever het doodnormaal om van socialistisch beleid te spreken. De Wever weet zelf heel goed wie aan de macht was de afgelopen decennia, maar het gaat hem om framing en een zondebok zoeken: de socialisten.
12 days ago
The Sixth Stage of Grief is Retro-Computing — The Message — Medium
Hour after hour, this terrible fever. What the hell am I doing? I kept asking myself. Why am I forcing a fine new machine to pretend it is a half-dozen old, useless machines?
computers  emulation  history 
13 days ago
Dit is de beste Belgische strip - De Standaard
MBWAHAHAHAHAHA. "De Kiekeboes: Album 26 is door bezoekers van de Boekenbeurs en luisteraars van Radio 1 verkozen tot beste Belgische strip aller tijden." Fuck you, Luisteraars van Radio 1.
14 days ago
“Radicale Vlamingen steken tientallen wagens in brand in Brusselse moslimwijk” Over beeldvorming van minderheden en de bedenkelijke logica van Bart De Wever | youssefkobo
Waarom distantieert Bart De Wever zich niet van de vernielingen die de Antwerpse havendokwerkers hebben veroorzaakt? Ik hoor u al denken “Op wat slaagt dat nu? BDW was radicaal tegen die nationale stakingsdag” So what, Belgische moslims zijn radicaal tegen ISIS en toch vraagt De Wever aan hen om zich er van te distantieren. Waarom zou een Belgische moslim zich moeten distantieren voor wat andere moslims aan de andere kant van de wereld uitspoken als de Antwerpse burgemeester zich nog niet eens distantieert/verontschuldigt voor wat zijn burgers hebben uitgericht in Brussel
14 days ago
Open Brief van Schepen van Onderwijs aan Minister van Onderwijs
"Overal in Vlaanderen worden op scholen mosselsoupés, kaas- en wijnavonden en spaghettifestijnen georganiseerd om investeringen te dekken en sociale steunkassen te vullen. Maar een schoolbestuur uit de Brugse Poort, het Rabot of Nieuw Gent roeit met heel andere riemen. Deze ouders kunnen zich geen spaghetti-avond permitteren. Een gezin met vier kinderen is er zijn halve weekbudget voor maaltijden aan kwijt. De situatie van een school uit het rijkere De Pinte die met een kaas-en wijnavond 4 000 euro ophaalt, valt niet te vergelijken met de scholen in een grootstedelijke context. 'Vertrouwen en ruimte geven' wordt 'trek uw plan' als het gepaard gaat met een besparing op deze scholen, op deze leerlingen."
14 days ago
How did the first world war actually end? | Paul Mason | Paul Mason
For Hitler, the German workers’ role in ending the war became the “stab in the back”: it was his ultimate justification for eradicating the German labour movement after 1933. In the British imperialist version of events the Kiel sailors become useful ancillaries: Yanks and tanks turn the western front and, naturally, the Germans throw the towel in once their front starts to crumble. But to social historians the German workers’ role in ending the war is no surprise. Because exactly 100 years ago this week, they had also turned out in their hundreds of thousands to try and prevent it starting. The German socialist party was a massive social institution – with libraries, schools, choirs, nurseries – and during the fatal slide to war they called their members onto the streets in every major city.
history  war 
14 days ago
How to become a data scientist in 8 easy steps: the infographic | DataCamp Blog
After being dubbed “sexiest job of the 21st Century” by Harvard Business Review, data scientists have stirred the interest of the general public. Many people are intrigued by this job, namely because the name has an interesting ring to it. But it is exactly the name that also raises a lot of questions. Because what is a data scientist and what do data scientists do exactly? Many of us who devote their lives to data science have frequently been confronted with questions like these.
14 days ago
Intellektuelle und der Mauerfall - Wie haben wir geirrt! | Cicero Online
Tjaha. "So viel steht fest: Es gab weit und breit keinen Politiker, der den Deutschen im Jahre 1990 den folgenden einfachen Satz zugemutet hätte: Die Wiedervereinigung wird unendlich viel kosten, aber sie ist wert, was sie kostet."
16 days ago
De post-betoging blues | Jan Blommaert (en z'n gedachten)
De structuur van de rellen begint stilaan vorm te krijgen. Antwerpse havenarbeiders gingen over tot vandalisme; hierop kwam een overreactie vawege de oproerpolitie, wat dan tot de verwachte escalatie leidde met havenarbeiders, vergezeld van een aantal infiltranten van politie en extreemrechts, in een veldslag met de oproerpolitie. De toevallig samengetroepte pers smulde ervan.
17 days ago
De Rechtzetting » Hevige rellen ontaarden in ordelijke betoging
De organisatoren van het amok benadrukken dat slechts een honderdduizendtal geëngageerde burgers betrokken waren bij de ordelijke betoging. ‘We doen er alles aan om het te vermijden, maar je kunt nooit helemaal uitsluiten dat er zich bij willekeurige geweldplegingen zo’n verwaarloosbare massa losscheurt die weigert deel te nemen aan zinloze vernielingen,’ aldus de Waalse metallo Sylvain le Malin.
17 days ago
Waar zijn de 89’ers? - De Standaard
De Muur was open omdat iedereen zei dat hij open was. En omdat iedereen zei dat alles veranderd was, was alles ook veranderd.
17 days ago
‘Er zijn er die punker worden, ik werd de Marokkaan’ - De Standaard
‘Ik krijg media-aandacht omdat ik Marokkaan ben. En ik gebruik dat. Keihard. Het zou dom zijn om dat niet te doen. Daarom gaan onze eerste twee films ook over allochtonen. Het zou heel lastig worden als we gewoon een Vlaamsch verhaal hadden gemaakt. Maar het is niet de bedoeling dat we in dat thema blijven steken. Onze derde film wordt iets totaal anders. Een sciencefictionfilm als we dan al in Hollywood zijn. Of desnoods een samoeraifilm in Japan.’
17 days ago
‘Laat de gewone taalgebruiker bepalen wat goed Nederlands is... - De Standaard
De voorvechters van het ABN hebben in de jaren 60 en 70, vanuit een goedbedoeld streven naar emancipatie, het omgekeerde bereikt van wat ze beoogden. Ze hebben de Vlaming mismeesterd, hem in de richting van een kromtaal gestuurd. Hij leerde de regeltjes van de Noord-Nederlandse norm wel, maar omdat die zo tegen zijn taalgevoel indruisten, raakte hij vooral in de war en paste hij ze niet of verkeerd toe.
17 days ago
Addicting Info – American Bible-Thumper Travels To Scandinavia, Freaks Out After Discovering How Secular They Are (VIDEO)
An excruciating discussion with a humanist over coffee ends with the humanist telling McLain, “In short, I have no need of a god. To put it bluntly.” McLain stares off into space, his mind melting.
17 days ago
The reddit Front Page is Not a Meritocracy - Todd W. Schneider
if a post is on reddit's second (or third, or fourth) page, what are the chances that it'll make it to the first page?
data  reddit  visualization 
18 days ago
Product – Databricks
A unified platform for building Big Data pipelines – from ETL to Exploration and Dashboards, to Advanced Analytics and Data Products.
19 days ago
The formula that explains why all hipsters look the same
Ever wondered why those who rail against conformity appear to favour the same types of clothes, trundle around on the same fixie bikes and all sup on the same rare Bolivian coffee beans from the same pop-up cafes in the same trendy neighbourhoods of their city?
20 days ago
106 IDF Ex-Generals, Spy Chiefs Urge New Peace Bid – J.J. Goldberg – Forward.com
In what appears to be the largest-ever joint protest by senior Israeli security personnel, a group of 106 retired generals, Mossad directors and national police commissioners has signed a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging him to “initiate a diplomatic process” based on a regional framework for peace with the Palestinians.
22 days ago
I Hope Twitter Goes Away - The Blagoblag
Lately I've been reflecting on why I hate Twitter so much.
community  twitter 
22 days ago
Eleven countries studied, one inescapable conclusion – the drug laws don’t work | Society | The Guardian
Eight month study shows legalisation policies do not result in wider use, and the US should be watched with interest
23 days ago
Weber's Germany: The Veterinarian Totalitarian - Alternate History Discussion Board
“When we train an animal we speak to it in human tongue and treat it as though it was human – to reasonable extents. We use words as our first recourse and violence as our last. Convince an animal it is human and it will follow our commands to the death. The Slavic peoples will never make achievement and their lands will never prosper without the firm hand of the Germanic people at their leash. As we train our hounds and our bullocks and our horses, so too must they be trained to accept their servitude.”
25 days ago
Deinocheirus: The "Terrible Hands" Finally Get a Body. And it's WEIRD.
The most important lesson may be that dinosaurs are going to continue to surprise us. As Lee and coauthors write at the end of their paper, “The discovery of the original specimen almost half a century ago suggested that this was an unusual dinosaur, but did not prepare us for how distinctive Deinocheirus is—a true cautionary tale in predicting body forms from partial skeletons, even for animals in which the relationships are known.”
26 days ago
Why we retired the feedly URL shortener | Building Feedly
As part of the feedly web and mobile 24 update, we retired the feedly URL shortener. It felt like the right thing to do for users and makes us a better citizen of the Web.
26 days ago
LOST CASTLE on Behance
In 1979 the Castle of Mesen was protected as a monument, but because of procedural errors that protection was undone in the following year. A new recent application for protection as a monument was not feasible. The refusal was due to the poor state of the buildings and the fear of high restoration costs. In 2010 the church, chapel and classroom buildings have been demolished.
29 days ago
vpro achterwerk - Max Laadvermogen
Het is sportdag en Max moet verplicht moet sporten. Hij ziet dit niet zitten en probeert te doen alsof hij gewond is. Zijn maatje Albert heeft zojuist een EHBO-cursus gedaan en probeert Max te helpen. Midas legt uit hoe je nepwonden kunt maken die heel echt lijken.
29 days ago
Gaming « The Dish
Am I wrong to detect in this pile-on another round of bullying of these people, of treating them as scum, of dismissing anything they might have to say? Here are Gawker’s Sam Biddle’s tweets last week: "Ultimately #GamerGate is reaffirming what we’ve known to be true for decades: nerds should be constantly shamed and degraded into submission"

Just to make sure his point wasn’t lost, he then facetiously tweeted: "Bring Back Bullying"

This was meant ironically, of course – a debating flourish. But the joke only works when you’re re-visiting those high school wars, only to dismiss the losers of them. It was a piece of condescending ridicule, designed to rub the losers’ faces in their own demise, from a prominent perch.
29 days ago
#GamerGate: The Players and the Played | Paula Wright
But are radical feminist claims about games promoting violent norms really correct?  Studies of violence in video games say no. Last year the U.S. Supreme Court evaluated the evidence and came to a disappointing conclusion for people, like Sarkeesian, who are fond of using ideological rhetoric to win hearts over minds before all the evidence is in.
29 days ago
Israelis excel at camouflaging the expulsion of Palestinians - Diplomacy and Defense Israel News | Haaretz
As the descendants of a people which was banished throughout history from its homes and various homelands, we Israelis have developed our own expulsion skills – skills that would not embarrass the kings, nobles and officials of the goyim. Our contribution to the family of banishing nations is great, especially considering our short existence as a sovereign entity.
israel  palestine 
4 weeks ago
The future of the book | The Economist
Ammost as constant as the appeal of the book has been the worry that that appeal is about to come to an end. The rise of digital technology—and especially Amazon, a bookshop unlike any seen before—underlined those fears. In the past decade people have been falling over themselves to predict the death of books, of publishers, of authors and of bookshops, even of reading itself. Of all those believed at risk, only the bookshops have actually suffered serious damage.
4 weeks ago
De shock and awe van de regeringen-De Wever - DeWereldMorgen.be
N-VA- kamerlid Koenraad Degroote verzorgt zaterdag het welkomstwoord op het Colloquium Joris Van Severen, rond de ideeën en het werk van de oprichter van het fascistische Verdinaso. “Veroordelen, dat is overdreven. Ik ga hem niet veroordelen”, zegt hij aan Le Soir. Was hij dan geen fascist? “Je moet dat zien in de historische context van toen, dat is niet vergelijkbaar met vandaag.” Joris van Severen beschouwde Hitler als te zacht tegenover de joden. Hij hoopte dat het 'Dietsche volk' sneller werk zou maken van de verdrijving van de joden uit 'Dietsland', dan de nazi's. De omarming van dergelijke figuur komt bovenop de incidenten rond regeringsleden Theo Francken, Ben Weyts en Jan Jambon.
4 weeks ago
Mud and Loathing on Russia-Ukraine Border - Bloomberg
“Hitler’s troops spent a night in this village and only one glass was broken,” he said in Surzhyk, the melodious mix of Russian and Ukrainian spoken by many residents of the area. Of the Ukrainian government, he said, “We should hang those fascists by their eggs from a birch tree.”
4 weeks ago
García Media → What's state of tablet editions today?
The major changes for the tablet have taken place in three interrelated areas of frequency, a shift in the role of tablets within the media quartet and the fact that tablets are now both lean forward and lean back platforms.
6 weeks ago
These Veiled Figures of Bronze and Marble by Kevin Francis Gray Seem to Drip with Fabric | Colossal
Irish sculptor Kevin Francis Gray works primarily with bronze and marble to create idealized figures draped with fabric in the style of Neoclassical or Baroque figurative sculptures. Though, unlike gods or royalty that one might expect to see rendered in such incredible detail, Gray instead creates anonymous depictions of regular individuals he encounters near his studio in London, often people struggling with addiction or other difficult, real-world issues.
6 weeks ago
vivre l'écureuil
every time I astral project, I take the form of a squirrel. This was the tipping point for me. That’s when I knew I was truly meant to be a squirrel
6 weeks ago
"Zij kwam op mij af" | HLN Aalst
Tee hee hee: "Het was een symbiose van twee lichamen die bewogen op de muziek"
7 weeks ago
5 Steps To Fixing A Derailed Career | LinkedIn
All successful reinventions have one thing in common: a great story that makes people want to see the underdog win! You need to be able to articulate how you got to the point of needing the reinvention and what you hope to accomplish going forward in a way that has people hanging on every word and rooting for you to succeed.
7 weeks ago
The Mirrorball « ASCII by Jason Scott
Volgens mij gaat het over SJW's. "Group up a bunch of issues (Apples, Oranges, Watermelons, Rat Poison) and then people who show concern about the Rat Poison will seem to be showing concern on Apples and Oranges. And people who are supporting Apples and Oranges could easily be mistaken for supporters of Rat Poison. Once that spark hits the kindling, it’s over."
7 weeks ago
News - Monitoring current threats: ECDC Communicable...
As reported to ECDC by Belgian authorities, on 2 September 2014, following a human error, 45 litres of concentrated live polio virus solution were released into the environment by the pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), in Rixensart city, Belgium. The liquid was conducted directly to a water-treatment plant (Rosieres) and released after treatment in river Lasne affluent of river Dyle which is affluent of the Escaut/Scheldt river.
7 weeks ago
De Rechtzetting » Subsidiestop voor werkgeversorganisaties bedreigt honderden banen
‘Initiatieven en diensten als het Agentschap Ondernemen, de Sociaal-Economische Raad van Vlaanderen, Unizo [http://www.unizosubsidies.be/], Voka, Overnamemarkt, de Zenito-startersgids, de kmo-portefeuille en ga zo maar door hebben misschien elk hun verdiensten, maar op zich doen ze allemaal ongeveer hetzelfde’, zegt Vlaams minister-president Geert Bourgeois (N-VA). ‘Ik zie in ieder geval het verschil niet.’
7 weeks ago
Austerity has been an utter disaster for the eurozone | Business | The Guardian
Zouden ze daar al van gehoord hebben, bij de mannen van de septemberverklaring? "All of the suffering in Europe – inflicted in the service of a man-made artifice, the euro – is even more tragic for being unnecessary"
economics  eu  guardian 
7 weeks ago
The Interactive Fiction Competition
The games of the 2014 Interactive Fiction Competition are ready for judging! Anyone can be a judge: just play and rate at least five games before November 15.
fiction  games  if  writing  text 
7 weeks ago
A history of the They Might Be Giants song Birdhouse in Your Soul.
For many of us, the world is a bit scarier than it was in 1990: There are a lot of reasons, now, why the ocean levels are rising up. But nearly a quarter-century on, Flood and, of course, its most iconic song is still a source of comfort in a world that too often tells us to stop drawing in margins, to stop playing the class clown, to speak up, run faster, act cooler, stop daydreaming, stop sulking, stop singing, stop underachieving, stop overachieving, stop flooding. If we were to give in to sentimentality—and why would we hold back while talking about Flood—we might even, not to put too fine a point on it, call the song our nightlight.
history  music 
7 weeks ago
Former Top Official Says Kim Jong-un Is No Longer in Control of North Korea | VICE News
An elite group of exiles from North Korea gathered in September in the Netherlands to discuss the state of the regime they used to serve. The conference included top diplomats, an ex-senior official of the Ministry of Security, and a high-ranking military officer, but the keynote address was given by Jang Jin-sung, formerly a key member of Kim Jong-il's propaganda machine. Included in Jang's speech was a surprising assertion: North Korea is in the midst of a civil war.
7 weeks ago
ColorChecker: How to get PERFECT skin colors with every camera - Hans van Eijsden Photography
One of the best kept secrets within the fashion and beauty photography is the way to obtain absolutely perfect and flawless skin colors, brightness and texture. That’s an art, absolutely, and often a quite technical challenge. In this article I will explain how to obtain perfect skin colors, with the help of a ColorChecker.
8 weeks ago
Spot the man behind the man! | radical wind
Men are experts at inventing personas. Their entire careers as life-destructors are always accompanied by hardly disguised attempts at hiding the fact that all they want and can do is to rape and kill, or torture women. But as it’s not possible for them to be something else than what they are, or let alone imagine what it’s  like not to be a man (= to be a woman), it always betrays who they are, anyway.
8 weeks ago
The myth of religious violence | Karen Armstrong | World news | The Guardian
The popular belief that religion is the cause of the world’s bloodiest conflicts is central to our modern conviction that faith and politics should never mix. But the messy history of their separation suggests it was never so simple
essay  politics  religion 
8 weeks ago
Mongolia dinosaur fossils: Oyungerel Tsevedvamba fights poaching of stolen paleontological specimens.
Oyungerel Tsedevdamba is minister of culture, sports, and tourism for Mongolia. She is also president of the Democratic Women’s Union of Mongolia and an adviser on human rights to Mongolian president Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj. She has studied at Stanford University and at Yale University. Though illegal for more than a century, looting Mongolian dinosaur fossils was commonplace—until Tsedevdamba stepped in.
8 weeks ago
(146) Interesting read - The Good Ones - Quora
From its early days the big question about this site has been "can an almost unlimited supply of SiliconValley cash and hype turn a mediocre idea into a success?" The question certainly needs to be addressed again now that Quora has made yet another desperate business model pivot into a blogging platform.Before that Quora was going to be a Pinterest knock-off. Before that it was going to be a Q&A site to compete with Wikipedia. There have been one or two other lesser pivots that I have lost track of since 2009, but you get the picture. This executive team is clueless. It's really been no secret in the Valley that Quora's been a slow motion train wreck since pretty much 2010.
8 weeks ago
Errata Security: The shockingly obsolete code of bash
One of the problems with bash is that it's simply obsolete code. We have modern objective standards about code quality, and bash doesn't meet those standards. In this post, I'm going to review the code, starting with the function that is at the heart of the #shellshock bug, initialize_shell_variables().
8 weeks ago
BBC News - India's Mars mission: Picture that spoke 1,000 words
When the crowded command control room of India's Mars mission exploded into applause after it successfully put a satellite into orbit around the Red Planet, photographer Manjunath Kiran of the AFP news agency clicked this remarkable image of scientists congratulating each other.
8 weeks ago
Anthony Bourdain Has Become The Future Of Cable News, And He Couldn't Care Less | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
A meal out with Bourdain typically involves three things. There will be engaging conversation, possibly touching on such subjects as the essays of Michel de Montaigne, 1920s surrealist films, and mixed-martial-arts combat. There will be booze, although perhaps in more modest quantities than his reputation suggests. And there will be food--some strange, all carefully prepared, and a certain amount involving animal innards that seem better suited to ninth-grade biology class than the dinner table.
food  culture 
8 weeks ago
Aral Balkan — Ello, goodbye.
When you take venture capital, it is not a matter of if you’re going to sell your users, you already have. It’s called an exit plan. And no investor will give you venture capital without one. In the myopic and upside-down world of venture capital, exits precede the building of the actual thing itself. It would be a comedy if the repercussions of this toxic system were not so tragic.
8 weeks ago
Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists | Psychology Today
"... the associations between sadism and GAIT (Global Assessment of Internet Trolling) scores were so strong that it might be said that online trolls are prototypical everyday sadists."
9 weeks ago
Should Airplanes Be Flying Themselves? | Vanity Fair
Airline pilots were once the heroes of the skies. Today, in the quest for safety, airplanes are meant to largely fly themselves. Which is why the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447, which killed 228 people, remains so perplexing and significant. William Langewiesche explores how a series of small errors turned a state-of-the-art cockpit into a death trap.
9 weeks ago
Sinquefield Cup: One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.
FIDE is, by all accounts, comically corrupt, in the vein of other fishy global sporting bodies like FIFA and the IOC. Its Russian president, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who has hunkered in office for nearly two decades now, was once abducted by a group of space aliens dressed in yellow costumes who transported him to a faraway star. Though I am relying here on Ilyumzhinov’s personal attestations, I have no reason to doubt him, as this is something about which he has spoken quite extensively. He is of the firm belief that chess was invented by extraterrestrials, and further “insists that there is ‘some kind of code’ in chess, evidence for which he finds in the fact that there are 64 squares on the chessboard and 64 codons in human DNA.”
chess  culture 
9 weeks ago
The little-known Soviet mission to rescue a dead space station | Ars Technica
The following story happened in 1985 but subsequently vanished into obscurity. Over the years, many details have been twisted, others created. Even the original storytellers got some things just plain wrong. After extensive research, writer Nickolai Belakovski is able to present, for the first time to an English-speaking audience, the complete story of Soyuz T-13’s mission to save Salyut 7, a fascinating piece of in-space repair history.
space  history  tech 
10 weeks ago
Hey, I'm writing a book! — Martin Kleppmann’s blog
If you’re a software engineer working on server-side applications (a web application backend, for instance), then this book is for you. It assumes that you already know how to build an application and use a database, and that you want to “level up” in your craft. Perhaps you want to work on highly scalable systems with millions of users, perhaps you want to deal with particularly complex or ever-changing data, or perhaps you want to make an old legacy environment more agile.
10 weeks ago
The 47-year-old nuclear elephant in the room | Center for Public Integrity
A growing number of U.S. experts say that feigning ignorance about Israel’s nuclear arsenal creates more trouble than it averts
10 weeks ago
Alzheimer's Disease Statistics Show the Illness Will Define Our Times | New Republic
[Misting through the old man’s head is a lingual vapor that cannot condense into the phrase, I don’t know how to act—I’ve never been here before.]
10 weeks ago
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