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Lost Garden: A Game Business Model: Learning from Touring Bands
Source of the marvelous quote:

<<Releasing a retail title is like firing a solid gold cannonball at a moving target while wearing a blind fold.>>

Regardless of your market, in any kind of substantial product development, it is worth keeping this analogy in mind.
business  games  product-management  software-engineering 
17 days ago
5 Ways Powerful People Trick You Into Hating Protesters
Jason Pargin (pen name David Wong) has been putting together a pretty good track record of broadsides like these. It's interesting how they're so rigorously conformant to the clickbait listicle form, yet ultimately more substantial than 99% of the stuff on the NYT op-ed page.
politics  propaganda  via:metafilter 
20 days ago
In Defense of Facts - The Atlantic
<< We haven’t gotten six lines into the first headnote of the first anthology before we read that in 1975, “we are on the moon, again, for the eighteenth time.” There were six lunar landings, the last in 1972. D’Agata’s headnote to a.d. 105, introducing a selection from Seneca, confuses the emperor Trajan, who conquered the Dacians that year, with Nero, Seneca’s pupil. Seneca was long since dead by a.d. 105, as was Pliny, whose work D’Agata mentions as having begun in the wake of Trajan’s conquest.

And so it goes throughout the collections. D’Agata misquotes the first line of E. B. White’s “Once More to the Lake” (adding an entire word) on the page that faces the correct version. He tells us that the middle class was born around 1860, several centuries late, and that radio telescopes were invented to receive signals from extraterrestrials. He marvels that the computer could have been invented during the “turmoil” of World War II, oblivious to the fact that it was invented because of World War II. His headnote to the selection for 1997 mentions six events. Two did not occur that year, and a third did not occur as he implies. One of those mistakes concerns the piece the headnote introduces. “In this year,” D’Agata says, “David Foster Wallace turns his fact-obsessed attention to the Illinois State Fair.” “Ticket to the Fair” was published in 1994 and reported, as it says in its opening line, in 1993. >>
humanities  natural-history-of-truthiness  writing  bullshit  via:metafilter 
21 days ago
Bitcoin Market Needs Big Blocks, Says Founder of BTC.TOP Mining Pool - CryptoCoinsNews
<<Luke-Jr has threatened a PoW hardfork if maxblocksize is increased. It appears to play some role in the hesitancy of other miners, but Zhuoer thinks he has a solution. He says:

“We have prepared $100 million USD to kill the small fork of CoreCoin, no matter what POW algorithm, sha256 or scrypt or X11 or any other GPU algorithm. Show me your money. We very much welcome a CoreCoin change to POS.”

Any blockchain can be made inoperational by what is called a 51% attack. If someone controls the majority of the hashrate, they can fork or orphan blocks, preventing transactions. Luke-Jr has shown this in practice when he successfully attacked an altcoin while controlling the Eligius mining pool.>>

It did not occur to me that rival cryptocurrencies would attack each other in this manner.
cryptocurrency  economics  game-theory  security 
21 days ago
Unlocking The Screen of an LG Android Smartphone with AT Modem Commands
<< Most smartphones can also work as a modem.

Almost every modem is Hayes-compatible which means it supports commands of the AT language developed in 1977 by Hayes. Every model supports some basic set of commands which is defined by the manufacturer. Sometimes this set can be extended and can contain very interesting commands.

Let us study behavior of an LG smartphone. When you connect it to the computer by USB you get access to the modem automatically (pic. 1). What is peculiar for LG is that the modem is available even if the phone’s screen is locked. >>

Hilarity ensues.

How many users do you think gain any benefit from the smartphone-as-modem feature?
mobile-computing  security  hardware  technological-palimpsests  exploits 
21 days ago
Malevolence Tempered by Incompetence: Trump’s Horrifying Executive Order on Refugees and Visas
<<Put simply, I don’t believe that the stated purpose is the real purpose. This is the first policy the United States has adopted in the post-9/11 era about which I have ever said this. It’s a grave charge, I know, and I’m not making it lightly. But in the rational pursuit of security objectives, you don’t marginalize your expert security agencies and fail to vet your ideas through a normal interagency process. You don’t target the wrong people in nutty ways when you’re rationally pursuing real security objectives.

When do you do these things? You do these things when you’re elevating the symbolic politics of bashing Islam over any actual security interest. You do them when you’ve made a deliberate decision to burden human lives to make a public point. In other words, this is not a document that will cause hardship and misery because of regrettable incidental impacts on people injured in the pursuit of a public good. It will cause hardship and misery for tens or hundreds of thousands of people because that is precisely what it is intended to do.>>
security-state  security-theater  trump  bigotry  united-states  law 
27 days ago
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 
6 weeks 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 
7 weeks 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 
7 weeks 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 
8 weeks 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 
9 weeks 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 
9 weeks 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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9 weeks ago
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