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The Problem with Polar Bear Propaganda
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Statistics, we have a problem. – Kristian Lum – Medium
Recently, while browsing Twitter, I saw a few machine learning researchers post about an incident at one of their big conferences (NIPS) in which a band…
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2 days ago
The Fresno Drop - 99% Invisible
Episode 196 Image by frankleleon Category Objects Date 01.19.16 Producer Download In September 1958, Bank of America began an experiment—one that would have far…
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2 days ago
The Sound of Music
One of the more common statements out of Apple is that “Music is very important to us.” This is one of those easily dismissed Apple platitudes. Like caring…
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3 days ago
Generation Screwed
WHOA! Show me the (slightly less cool) mobile version instead. Like everyone in my generation, I am finding it increasingly difficult not to be scared about the…
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4 days ago
‘It’s our little Trump safe space.’ In troubled times, the president’s D. C. hotel is a refuge for his fans
Inside the lobby of the Trump International Hotel in Washington. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post) In the lobby of the Trump International Hotel, three…
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4 days ago
Opinion | Is Trump Driving Young Republicans Out of the Party?
A young man at a watch party for Roy Moore on Tuesday in Montgomery, Ala. Kevin D. Liles for The New York Times Roy Moore’s stunning defeat in the Alabama…
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5 days ago
How MacArthur Boulevard Takes You Through the Heart of Oakland
A journey through the city’s past, present and future Photo via Eric Fischer /Flickr O ne evening after work, I was driving home on Interstate 580 East and got…
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6 days ago
Silicon Valley Is Sneaking Models Into This Year’s Holiday Parties
Along with a seemingly endless string of harassment and discrimination scandals, Silicon Valley’s homogeneity has a more trivial side effect: boring holiday…
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9 days ago
Millions Are Hounded for Debt They Don’t Owe. One Victim Fought Back, With a Vengeance
On the morning a debt collector threatened to rape his wife, Andrew Therrien was working from home, in a house with green shutters on a cul-de-sac in a small…
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10 days ago
On Machine Learning and Programming Languages
06 Dec 2017 Any sufficiently complicated machine learning system contains an ad-hoc, informally-specified, bug-ridden, slow implementation of half of a…
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11 days ago
Ben Thompson Is Wrong About the Deregulation of ISPs
Ben Thompson writes a reasonable-sounding yet largely wrong defence of the proposal to reclassify ISPs under Title I instead of Title II, beginning with a smart…
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12 days ago
Tech firms court workers’ parents with pingpong, selfies and swag
When Lou Nicolella’s daughter called last year to tell him she was leaving her current job for a finance startup called LendUp, his first question was: “What’s…
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15 days ago
The Complicated Legacy Of A Panda Who Was Really Good At Sex
K aren Wille saw her panda friend for the last time in July 2016. He was in bad shape. He was skinny. His once-sleek black-and-white fur had dulled. Wille, a…
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18 days ago
The Making of an American Nazi
O n December 16, 2016, Tanya Gersh answered her phone and heard gunshots. Startled, she hung up. Gersh, a real-estate agent who lives in Whitefish, Montana,…
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22 days ago
I Ran the Worst 5K of My Life So I Could Explain Gerrymandering to You
Asheville, NC. | Wikimedia Commons The reason that district lines get drawn so crookedly is not always as nefarious as it looks. By JEREMY MARKOVICH ASHEVILLE,…
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4 weeks ago
Opinion | Can My Children Be Friends With White People?
Erin K. Robinson My oldest son, wrestling with a 4-year-old’s happy struggles, is trying to clarify how many people can be his best friend. “My best friends are…
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5 weeks ago
Super Mario Odyssey Proves Nintendo Knows How to Soothe Anxiety
Our world is a mess. People are losing their homes from natural disasters, lives are lost at the hands of violent madmen on a daily basis, the risk of…
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5 weeks ago
Woman says Roy Moore initiated sexual encounter when she was 14, he was 32
Leigh Corfman, left, in a photo from 1979, when she was about 14. At right, from top, Wendy Miller at around age 16, Debbie Wesson Gibson at around age 17 and…
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5 weeks ago
The Strange Pleasure of Seeing Carter Page Set Himself on Fire
opinion In any other administration, this awkward and silly man would be at the bottom of the barrel. In Trump world, he’s in the middle quintile. Watching…
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5 weeks ago
Disney Ends Ban on Los Angeles Times Amid Fierce Backlash
Advertisement Business Day Amid a growing backlash, the Walt Disney Company on Tuesday reversed its decision to bar The Los Angeles Times from press screenings…
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5 weeks ago
Three years to safeguard our climate
Nature | Comment Sharing , , , , & Christiana Figueres and colleagues set out a six-point plan for turning the tide of the world’s carbon dioxide by 2020.…
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5 weeks ago
Is It Ethical To Lend To Working People At A 200% Interest Rate?
Understanding how their model is designed to work, I set out to understand whether or not it does work. Orloff and Iyer were unwilling to provide data on the…
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6 weeks ago
How Rent-A-Center Torments Customers
Virginia real estate investor Olivia Quinn says she lost her mortgage because Rent-A-Center, the nation’s largest rent-to-own merchandise company, failed to…
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6 weeks ago
Pitched as Calming Force, John Kelly Instead Mirrors Boss’s Priorities
John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff and former secretary of homeland security, shares more of President Trump’s views than once thought. Tom…
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7 weeks ago
HURRICANE MARIA: In Puerto Rico, the blackout never ends
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Ask Milagro Alicea what she misses most about having electricity, and she raises a hand to caress her hair, which lies limp against her…
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7 weeks ago
What Facebook Did to American Democracy
Want to receive exclusive insights from The Atlantic—while supporting a sustainable future for independent journalism? Join our new membership program, The…
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8 weeks ago
One person’s history of Twitter, from beginning to end
At some point in 2006, or possibly late 2005, Noah Glass walked into our office all excited about something. That in itself isn’t news because Noah was always…
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8 weeks ago
The War To Sell You A Mattress Is An Internet Nightmare | Fast Company
One day in the spring of 2016 I mentioned to a friend that I needed a new mattress. Mine was a sunken hand-me-down that had become about as comfortable as…
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8 weeks ago
Data Speaker Series: Charles Earl on Discriminatory Artificial Intelligence
“I will never stop learning” is the first line of our creed . To create learning opportunities, we’re inviting speakers to share their insights in our new Data…
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9 weeks ago
This is How the Pentagon Spun Hurricane Maria
Late last month, Pentagon communications officials inadvertently included Bloomberg climate reporter Christopher Flavelle on an internal distribution list, in…
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9 weeks ago
The Death Penalty in Louisiana
A week after his son turned one, Rodricus Crawford woke up a few minutes before 7 A.M . on the left side of his bed. His son was sleeping on the right side,…
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9 weeks ago
Here's Why So Many Women Knew The Rumors About Harvey Weinstein
Steve Crisp / Reuters Harvey Weinstein in 2007. Women will tell you they don’t know precisely when, or how, they become aware that a man is a sexual predator.…
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9 weeks ago
3 Ways to Stay Calm When Conversations Get Intense | HBR Ascend
It’s not easy to stay cool and engaged when things get heated in meetings, negotiations, or difficult conversations. We’ve all been there. You might say…
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10 weeks ago
What is White Supremacy?
Who or what is a white supremacist, exactly? The raging debate has resembled nothing so much as a classical ontological discourse on categorization. Are white…
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10 weeks ago
Death at a Penn State Fraternity
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10 weeks ago
From her dad’s killing during the crack epidemic to a Supreme Court clerkship
On the way to the most important job interview of her life, Tiffany Wright took a detour, turning up Trinidad Avenue in Northeast Washington and slowing as a…
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11 weeks ago
A Brainless Slime That Shares Memories by Fusing
Sometimes, Audrey Dussutour enters her lab in Toulouse to find that one of the creatures within it has escaped. They tend to do so when they’re hungry. One will…
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12 weeks ago
The Super-Aggregators and the Russians
In August 2011, just a day or two into my career at Microsoft, I sat in on a monthly review meeting for Hotmail (now known as Outlook.com); the product manager…
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12 weeks ago
Apple Watch Series 3
When is the right time to ship a product? In particular, a hardware product? The answer, sometimes, is not when it’s done , but rather when it’s useful . The…
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12 weeks ago
This Is What Happens When You Put 300,000 Miles On A Tesla Model S
If you live on the West Coast, the company Tesloop can give you a ride if you’re traveling between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. As you can expect, the company’s…
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september 2017
To drive social change, we must unshackle philanthropic capital
Paul Klein is founder and CEO of Impakt and founder of Impakt Labs Today, good is for everyone. Blackbaud’s Rachel Hutchisson said this in a recent Champions…
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august 2017
Doctors trained at lower-ranked American medical schools prescribe more opioids
AMERICA’S health authorities are desperate for solutions to the country’s growing opioid scourge. Every day more than 90 Americans die from overdoses. About 2m…
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august 2017
How Are Principal Component Analysis and Singular Value Decomposition Related?
Introduction Principal Component Analysis, or PCA, is a well-known and widely used technique applicable to a wide variety of applications such as dimensionality…
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august 2017
Is Parallel Programming Hard, And, If So, What Can You Do About It?
Is Parallel Programming Hard, And, If So, What Can You Do About It? The the current version is v2017.01.02a [PDF] ( single-column format [PDF] , change log ).…
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august 2017
Get Off Kamala Harris's Back
Getty Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The future of the Democratic Party does not rest on the back of Kamala Harris, the junior senator from California.…
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august 2017
A Look into NASA’s Coding Philosophy – Student Voices
A Look into NASA’s Coding Philosophy Kennedy Space Center Having done work for Kennedy does not imply I’m NASA’s mouthpiece. This write-up was made at a…
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august 2017
A timeline of the explosive lawsuit alleging a White House link in the Seth Rich conspiracy - The Washington Post
Then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during a briefing the White House in Washington, DC on Monday, June 26, 2017. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington…
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august 2017
My Party Is in Denial About Donald Trump
Getty We created him, and now we're rationalizing him. When will it stop? Who could blame the people who felt abandoned and ignored by the major parties for…
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july 2017
Hypnotized by Elon Musk’s Hyperloop
In March, 1934, Modern Mechanix reported on an unusually ambitiousplan to solve Manhattan’s traffic and housing woes. Norman Sper, a“noted publicist and…
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july 2017
Jenny Slate Went On The Worst Date Ever, And It's Even More Terrible Than You'd Imagine
In the pages of every profile on Jenny Slate, you’ll notice a few recurring adjectives: honest, vulnerable, candid, brave. These are the terms used to describe…
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july 2017
Read the Full Text of Bill Browder's Testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee - The Atlantic
The financier Bill Browder has emerged as an unlikely central player in the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Sergei…
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july 2017
A Conversation with Maggie Haberman, Trump’s Favorite Foe
One of the saving graces of the Trump era is the journalism it hasinspired. Maggie Haberman is a tireless, keen-eyed example. As part ofthe New York Times ’…
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july 2017
‘What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?’ by Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass “What to the Slave is the Fourth July?” by Frederick Douglass is not only a brilliant work of oratory. It speaks to our every frustration…
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july 2017
Silicon Valley Women, in Cultural Shift, Frankly Describe Sexual Harassment
Rachel Renock, the chief executive of Wethos, center, with her business partners, Claire Humphreys, left, and Kristen Ablamsky. Ms. Renock said they received…
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july 2017
The Time I Got Recruited to Collude with the Russians
I read the Wall Street Journal ’s article yesterday on attempts by a GOP operative to recover missing Hillary Clinton emails with more than usual interest. I…
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july 2017
Facebook’s Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men from Hate Speech But Not Black Children
In the wake of a terrorist attack in London earlier this month, a U.S. congressman wrote a Facebook post in which he called for the slaughter of “radicalized”…
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june 2017
Japanese zoning
This articles is a follow-up of this one about standard zoning practices in North America. It is advised to read the previous article to better compare the two.…
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june 2017
Jurors Find Video Isn’t Providing 20/20 Vision in Police Shootings
A dashboard camera image of Officer Jeronimo Yanez firing at Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Minnesota. A jury this month acquitted Officer Yanez.…
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june 2017
This is why infrastructure is so expensive
↵ Use original player David Goldhill on health care - The New Yorker Festival - The New Yorker YouTube 360p ← Replay X i A few weeks ago I finished the book…
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june 2017
Inside Travis Kalanick’s Resignation as Uber’s C.E.O.
Travis Kalanick, the founder of Uber, who stepped down as its chief executive on Tuesday. Will Oliver/European Pressphoto Agency Travis Kalanick’s final hours…
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june 2017
Safety lapses undermine nuclear warhead work at Los Alamos
A 2014 aerial view of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Plutonium Facility (PF-4) where production setbacks occurred after a safety near-miss. (Google) An…
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june 2017
Dakota pipeline protesters won a small victory in court. We must fight on | Julian Brave NoiseCat
‘Their struggle is not yet over – in fact it is just beginning.’Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters T he fight against Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access…
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june 2017
In Memoriam: Jerry Nelson, Legendary Telescope Designer
I met Jerry Nelson for the first time 31 years ago. He was the project scientist for the Keck Telescope, but no one warned me that he also was the smartest guy…
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june 2017
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Log in Sign up Julian NoiseCat @ jnoisecat I wrote about the dubious legality of the Dakota Access Pipeline and our opportunity to defeat it. #NoDAPL…
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june 2017
There Is No Secret, There Is No Con
Greetings pilgrim, welcome to my first blog post in nearly two fortnights. It is days like this when I see that the date of my last blog post here was nearly…
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june 2017
The Hidden Cost of Privatization
While the business of business is business, the business of government is not. This piece points out that while there may be a role for public-private…
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june 2017
Exploring LSTMs
The first time I learned about LSTMs, my eyes glazed over. Not in a good, jelly donut kind of way. It turns out LSTMs are a fairly simple extension to neural…
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june 2017
All in the Family Debt
Class & Inequality How Neoliberals and Conservatives Came Together to Undo the Welfare State May 31, 2017 16 Min read time Share: How neoliberals and…
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june 2017
In Search of the Right Type of Juror When a Police Officer Is on Trial
When two Albuquerque police officers went on trial for murder last fall after the fatal shooting of a mentally ill homeless man, things did not look good for…
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june 2017
Coke Habit
How much Coca-Cola do you have to drink to go through severe withdrawal symptoms for weeks when you go cold turkey? Find out in Coke Habit, a short animation…
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may 2017
Nick Craver - HTTPS on Stack Overflow: The End of a Long Road
Today, we deployed HTTPS by default on Stack Overflow . All traffic is now redirected to https:// and Google links will change over the next few weeks. The…
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may 2017
The Enslaved Woman They Called Lola
Eudocia Tomas Pulido’s 2011 obituary in the Seattle Times is now a curious artifact of the cruelest irony. Six years before Alex Tizon wrote about Pulido in The…
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may 2017
Ring a Bell? Charles Murray and the Resurgence of Scientific Racism
My latest article is now on The Humanist (first published 15 May 2017). Below is an excerpt. In his latest podcast episode titled “ Forbidden Knowledge ,”…
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may 2017
The Atlantic's 'My Family's Slave' should not end with a feast
Lian Buan @@lianbuan Published 5:44 PM, May 18, 2017 Updated 7:43 PM, May 18, 2017 GRIPPING STORY. Philippine-born journalist Alex Tizon's posthumous story on…
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may 2017
Why Harvard Business School is under fire
HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL (HBS) has come under the cosh this month. A new book, “The Golden Passport” by Duff McDonald, argues that HBS has lost its crown as the…
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may 2017
Apple’s New Campus: An Exclusive Look Inside the Mothership
One More Thing Inside Apple’s Insanely Great (of Just Insane) New Mothership 05.16.17 On June 7, 2011, a local businessman addressed a meeting of the Cupertino…
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may 2017
Sending Jobs Overseas
lobalization used to be called a “miracle.” It resembled one. It showered certain people with blessings they had not expected, in ways that could not be…
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may 2017
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