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We Could Be Denmark | Jacobin
<< Political philosopher Will Kymlicka and political scientist Keith Banting, however, find no relationship between immigration and social spending. Additionally, ethnic and racial heterogeneity, even when supported by government policies, does not translate to decreased public support for generous social spending. The adoption of multicultural policies such as exemptions from dress codes, affirmative action, and language rights for national minorities do not weaken social spending or solidarity. They conclude, “we have found no support for the claim that there is an inherent or systematic trade-off between policies of ethnocultural recognition and economic redistribution.” Their work proves that ethnic and cultural homogeneity was never the secret to Nordic success. >>
welfare-state  culture  nordic-society 
7 days ago
Ultrasound Tracking Could Be Used to Deanonymize Tor Users
File under drawbacks of living in an environment absolutely saturated with ambient sensors. Be as careful as you like, your neighbors will snitch on you.
security  privacy  tor 
13 days ago
Picasa.google.co.uk
Last place to download official Picasa installers, if you don't want to get them from random sketchy download sites.
photography  software  google 
14 days ago
The hidden cost of made-in-America retail bargains - The Washington Post
<<Under California law, each of those parties on the supply chain is initially listed as being responsible to help repay the lost wages. But the bigger companies rarely show up to the settlements, lawyers say, and later convince hearing officers they weren’t aware of the wage violations. The smaller companies, too, rarely show up to the settlements, and the people running those companies tend to disappear or declare bankruptcy if ordered to make payouts.>>

Of course I'm sure the millionaire executives running the later companies in the supply chain spend many a sleepless night tormented by the industrial organization which so conveniently launders their culpability in this pattern of brazen lawbreaking.
labor  plutocracy 
18 days ago
The American Scholar: The Disadvantages of an Elite Education - William Deresiewicz
<<There’s a reason elite schools speak of training leaders, not thinkers—holders of power, not its critics. An independent mind is independent of all allegiances, and elite schools, which get a large percentage of their budget from alumni giving, are strongly invested in fostering institutional loyalty. As another friend, a third-generation Yalie, says, the purpose of Yale College is to manufacture Yale alumni>>
education  higher-education  culture 
25 days ago
Programmers really hate open floor plans
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Programmers really hate open floor plans / I agree, but my experience is ppl desire opposite of current offices. So if you switch, keep in mind new ppl will eventually want change
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Every open plan team I ever managed wanted offices. Every team with offices believed open plan was cooler and more collaborative.
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twitter  productivity  programming 
25 days ago
Koka - Microsoft Research
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Koka is a function-oriented programming language that seperates pure values from side-effecting computations, where the effect of every function is automatically inferred. Koka has many features that help programmers to easily change their data types and code organization correctly, while having a small language core with a familiar JavaScript like syntax.

The Koka project tries to see if effect inference can be used on larger scale programming. The language is strict (as in ML), but seperates pure values from side effecting computations (as in Haskell). Through the effect types, there is also a strong connection to its denotational semantics, where the effect type of each function has a direct translation to the type signature of the denotational function.
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26 days ago
Quote by Brian Eno: “Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortabl...”
“Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit - all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them.”
media  criticism  creativity  technology 
4 weeks ago
Mission District Neighbors Are Now Opposing Nuns Trying To Feed The Homeless: SFist
If you wrote this into a work of fiction, people would accuse you of painting NIMBYs with too broad a brush.
bay-area  housing  urbanism 
5 weeks ago
Inversions, by Iain M. Banks
Finished 2016-11-??. Finally broke down and bought this in print.

I've read the other Culture books so the central conceit was so transparent to me that there was never much mystery as to what's going on, but still I found this enjoyable in that old-timey Banks way. It's fun to read about the Culture from this angle at least.
booklog  finished:2016  iain-m-banks  science-fiction  fantasy-fiction  fiction  the-culture 
6 weeks ago
God's Chinese Son: The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan, by Jonathan D. Spence (@Kindle)
Finished 2016-11-26. Somewhat more discussion of Hong's messianic visions and the religious arguments within the Taiping than I wanted; ultimately the fanatical delusions of the Taiping leaders are much less interesting to me than the social dynamics of their followers, which I feel are too thinly covered here. Still, some vivid and finely written passages, and covers a lot of ground that is excluded from _Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom_.
booklog  history  china  religion  war  taiping  finished:2016 
7 weeks ago
Rich Puchalsky's blog: Protest (II)
I have criticized the efficacy of protest in the past but I still think that the government's efforts to suppress protest are, overall, rather sinister in character.
protests  police  united-states 
7 weeks ago
Fixation on Fake News Overshadows Waning Trust in Real Reporting
<<Facebook is a place where people construct and project identities to friends, family and peers. It is a marketplace in which news is valuable mainly to the extent that it serves those identities. It is a system built on ranking and vetting and voting, and yet one where negative inputs are scarcely possible, and where conflict is resolved with isolation. (Not that provisions for open conflict on a platform present any easy alternatives: For Twitter, it has been a source of constant crisis.)

Fake news operations are closely aligned with the experienced incentives of the Facebook economy — more closely, perhaps, than most of the organizations that are identifying them. >>
journalism  social-formation-of-belief  bullshit 
8 weeks ago
Daft Science | Coins
<<A FREE album of Beastie Boys remixes, using only Daft Punk samples.>>
music 
8 weeks ago
We saw some really bad Intel CPU bugs in 2015, and we should expect to see more in the future
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After writing this, an ex-Intel employee said “even with your privileged access, you have no idea” and a pseudo-anonymous commenter on reddit made this shocking comment:

As someone who worked in an Intel Validation group for SOCs until mid-2014 or so I can tell you, yes, you will see more CPU bugs from Intel than you have in the past from the post-FDIV-bug era until recently.

Why?

Let me set the scene: It’s late in 2013. Intel is frantic about losing the mobile CPU wars to ARM. Meetings with all the validation groups. Head honcho in charge of Validation says something to the effect of: “We need to move faster. Validation at Intel is taking much longer than it does for our competition. We need to do whatever we can to reduce those times… we can’t live forever in the shadow of the early 90’s FDIV bug, we need to move on. Our competition is moving much faster than we are” - I’m paraphrasing. Many of the engineers in the room could remember the FDIV bug and the ensuing problems caused for Intel 20 years prior. Many of us were aghast that someone highly placed would suggest we needed to cut corners in validation - that wasn’t explicitly said, of course, but that was the implicit message. That meeting there in late 2013 signaled a sea change at Intel to many of us who were there. And it didn’t seem like it was going to be a good kind of sea change. Some of us chose to get out while the getting was good. As someone who worked in an Intel Validation group for SOCs until mid-2014 or so I can tell you, yes, you will see more CPU bugs from Intel than you have in the past from the post-FDIV-bug era until recently.
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hardware  intel  security  computer-architecture 
9 weeks ago
Intel Intrinsics Guide
The Intel Intrinsics Guide is an interactive reference tool for Intel intrinsic instructions, which are C style functions that provide access to many Intel instructions - including Intel® SSE, AVX, AVX-512, and more - without the need to write assembly code.
programming  performance 
9 weeks ago
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