Research: 4 new ways browser history can be exposed - SlashGear
A recent study by the University of California, San Diego, showed four new ways to expose Internet users’ browsing histories. They also showed the ways in which these histories could and can be used to target internet users with various attacks. Most of these attacks take aim psychologically, targeting the trust users have in details to which they believe only their closest friends and family have access.
privacy  hacking  netnarr 
12 hours ago
A Rubric for Evaluating E-Learning Tools in Higher Education | EDUCAUSE
The Rubric for E-Learning Tool Evaluation offers educators a framework, with criteria and levels of achievement, to assess the suitability of an e-learning tool for their learners' needs and for their own learning outcomes and classroom context.
2 days ago
The secret rules of the internet - The Verge - Pocket
Mora-Blanco is one of more than a dozen current and former employees and contractors of major internet platforms from YouTube to Facebook who spoke to us candidly about the dawn of content moderation. Many of these individuals are going public with their experiences for the first time. Their stories reveal how the boundaries of free speech were drawn during a period of explosive growth for a high-stakes public domain, one that did not exist for most of human history. As law professor Jeffrey Rosen first said many years ago of Facebook, these platforms have "more power in determining who can speak and who can be heard around the globe than any Supreme Court justice, any king or any president."
netnarr  censorship 
2 days ago
The Right to Privacy (article) - Wikipedia
"The Right to Privacy" (4 Harvard L.R. 193 (Dec. 15, 1890)) is a law review article written by Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis, and published in the 1890 Harvard Law Review. It is "one of the most influential essays in the history of American law"[1] and is widely regarded as the first publication in the United States to advocate a right to privacy,[2] articulating that right primarily as a "right to be let alone".[3]
privacy  photography  history  netnarr 
4 days ago
(94) Life Inside China's Total Surveillance State - YouTube
China has turned the northwestern region of Xinjiang into a vast experiment in domestic surveillance. WSJ investigated what life is like in a place where one's every move can be monitored with cutting-edge technology.
surveillance  privacy  netnarr 
4 days ago
Facial recognition technology will change the way we live
Facial recognition technology will transform the way we live in 2018. Machines that can read and recognise our faces will go mainstream, opening up exciting possibilities and posing new dangers

Click here to subscribe to The Economist on YouTube: http://econ.trib.al/rWl91R7

In 2018 machines that can read your face will go mainstream, changing the way we live. Your face will become your password, unlocking smartphones and bank accounts, but the technology will also have the power to covertly track your movements.
privacy  netnarr  ai 
4 days ago
Why treating diabetes keeps getting more expensive - The Washington Post
But the drug also has become a gift to the pharmaceutical industry. A version of insulin that carried a list price of $17 a vial in 1997 is priced at $138 today. Another that launched two decades ago with a sticker price of $21 a vial has been increased to $255.

[This 90-year-old fight over insulin royalties reveals just how much has changed in medicine]

Seventy-five years after the original insulin patent expired — a point at which drug prices usually decline — three companies have made incremental improvements to insulin that generate new patents and profits, creating a family of modern insulins worth billions of dollars.
diabetes  insulin 
4 days ago
British Kids From the 1960s Had Some Really Dark Predictions for the Future
Some of the most interesting predictions for the future don’t come from expert futurists or well-financed think tanks, they come from average kids. Today, we have video from the 1960s that features kids talking about their own vision for tomorrow. And it’s depressing as hell.

The footage comes from a December 28, 1966 program on the BBC. And it really is astounding to see how terrified these kids were that they would all be destroyed by nuclear explosions. Not just a small or limited nuclear war, either. These kids were convinced that the full-on apocalypse was coming.

The segment starts off optimistically enough, with one boy saying that he expects there to be spaceships, computers, and robots by the year 2000. But the piece quickly gets into some of the darker predictions, with another boy saying that there will likely be atomic bombs “dropping all over the place.”

“The world will just melt and the world will become one vast atomic explosion,” the boy explains.
history  future  netnarr 
4 days ago
Gif the Dub
Gif the dub is a toy that mashes up gifs from giphy and sounds from freesound.

There are some controls.

Popups in the toolbar that swap sets of gifs and sounds.
One these are loaded you can shuffle the selected set of gifs or sounds with the toolbar buttons.
You can stop and play all of the sounds at once.
Clicking on an individual gif will swap it for another.
Clicking on the name of a sound will swap it for another.
Each gif has a speaker button to toggle the associated sound on and off, the headphones will turn all other sounds off = solo.
The link graphic on each gif links to the source.
The link button on the tool bar will link to this page and load the current gif and sound set.
mashup  netart  netnarr 
4 days ago
Comment Guidelines for Students
These comment guidelines for students were created by Dr. Nathaniel Rivers at St. Louis University. Rivers had students annotate each other’s Tumblr blog posts using Hypothesis. We’ve had a number of professors and teachers use the app for this kind of peer-to-peer commentary, and these guidelines are especially helpful when students are commenting on each other’s writing.    
learning  comments  infographic 
5 days ago
Access Survey - T1International
We compared monthly out-of-pocket costs for diabetes with average monthly wages in each country and explored whether people use ketone strips and the glucagon injection, which are life-saving when blood sugars are too high or too low.

Hundreds of people completed the survey from more than 40 countries. The information gives us a wider picture of the global situation for people with diabetes, even if it is just a snapshot. It confirmed what we already know – that living with diabetes is a struggle for many and an exorbitant financial burden for others.
5 days ago
Insulin prices could be much lower and drug makers would still make healthy profits - Business Insider
As prices for diabetes treatments continue to roil consumers, a new study suggests that manufacturers could make both human and analog insulins at low costs and still pocket a profit.

After analyzing expenses for ingredients, production, and delivery, among other things, the researchers contend that the price for a year's supply of human insulin could be $48 to $71 a person and between $78 and $133 for analog insulins, which are genetically altered forms that are known as rapid or long-acting treatments. Examples of analog insulins include Humalog, Lantus, and Novolog.
5 days ago
How much does it cost to produce insulin?
Half of the estimated 100 million people worldwide who need insulin do not have reliable, affordable access to the medication that keeps them alive. The three largest manufacturers of insulin — Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk, and Sanofi — control 96% of the global market volume . Right now, there is no competitive biosimilar market to drive prices down. The lack of competition has resulted in price increases, intensifying the life-threatening issue of access to insulin both in the United States and abroad.

So how much does it actually cost to produce insulin? And if a truly competitive market existed, how much could insulin cost per person?

Researchers from Imperial College London, the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, and Liverpool University set out to answer these questions with support from the ACCISS study, aiming to improve access to insulin globally. A recent study estimated the price tag associated with creating regular human insulin, analog insulin and their biosimilars.
5 days ago
Use the power of WordPress to transform online content into an electronic book.
ebook  plugin  wordpress  cooltech  opensource 
5 days ago
Frugal Innovation in Digital Learning - Connected Learning Alliance
I have a four-pronged approach that I am in the process of fleshing out for approaching digital tools, especially in professional development with people who are, not without reason, hesitant to try something different. I think these four things are also beneficial for thinking through the various digital divides students in diverse classrooms might find themselves a part of.

Make it fun (for faculty to learn and students to engage as part of the learning)
Show relevance both in learning and beyond
Goal is always small cost to students including time, equipment, stigma, etc.
While we often spend a lot of time looking at the promise of digital learning and the opportunities we may provide, if we are thinking through this with a Frugal Innovation lens, the constraints become more important.
teaching  connectedlearning  digitalstudies 
7 days ago
Sharing in the Age of Platforms and Machine Learning: Public Data vs.
a key distinction many folks do not make is between public data and human-verified training data.
Public data is everywhere and there are risks to putting yours out there. No question about it.
Training data, on the other hand, is prepared specifically to have high concentrations of a few specific features in a sample that accurately represents a specific population (or a “universe” as it is sometimes called in machine-learning parlance if it doesn’t reference people, but a text corpus).
Machine learning classifiers need high-quality training data to make sense of public data.
What I see folks saying is that because public data exists, there is no more risk in sharing a meme that looks — to my eye — to have the specs for a training set. I agree there is no more risk to the individual. But individuals should be aware that they could be contributing to a project (building a valuable asset) that they may not want to be part of.
privacy  sharing  ai  netnarr 
7 days ago
The American Crawl : Announcing Good Reception!
Schools and school districts have one approach to innovation: buy more technology. In Good Reception, Antero Garcia describes what happens when educators build on the ways students already use technology outside of school to help them learn in the classroom. As a teacher in a public high school in South Central Los Angeles, Garcia watched his students’ nearly universal adoption of mobile devices. Whether recent immigrants from Central America or teens who had spent their entire lives in Los Angeles, the majority of his students relied on mobile devices to connect with family and friends and to keep up with complex social networks. Garcia determined to discover how these devices and student predilection for gameplay, combined with an evolving “culture of participation,” could be used in the classroom.

Garcia charts a year in the life of his ninth-grade English class, first surveying mobile media use on campus and then documenting a year-long experiment in creating a “wireless critical pedagogy” by incorporating mobile media and games in classroom work. He describes the design and implementation of “Ask Anansi,” an alternate reality game that allows students to conduct inquiry-based research around questions that interest them (including “Why is the food at South Central High School so bad?”). Garcia cautions that the transformative effect on education depends not on the glorification of devices but on teacher support and a trusting teacher-student relationship.
education  gamebasedlearning  gaming  mobile  netnarr  agora 
10 days ago
Word of the Year 2016 is... | Oxford Dictionaries
After much discussion, debate, and research, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016 is post-truth – an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’.
10 days ago
Facts Aren’t Dead. Yet. – Future Crunch – Medium
The internet however, did far more than disrupt traditional media business models. As Branko Milanovic points out (in one of my favourite articles of 2018) the internet levelled the playing field for control over the narrative. In the “good old days” he argues, a relatively small number of gatekeepers determined what was reported, about whom and when. From the 1950s through to the mid 1990s, the Western media had no competitors, which meant they were able to operate largely uncontested in their own countries, as well as abroad. That gave editors incredible control over what people thought not just in Anglophone countries, but around the world. They had a monopoly, and they weren’t afraid to use it.

The honeymoon ended abruptly once the ‘others’ realised that they too could go global. First came Al Jazeera, and then state-sponsored news channels in Turkey, Russia, China and Latin America. Then came a shared, online media space and with it, blogs, cheap websites, Twitter, cameras on phones, Youtube, social media, Facebook, Reddit, and podcasts. In the space of a few years, the range of opinions available to the average person exploded, and that meant that people could suddenly choose their own news adventure.
fakenews  netnarr 
10 days ago
People older than 65 share the most fake news, a new study finds - The Verge
Older Americans are disproportionately more likely to share fake news on Facebook, according to a new analysis by researchers at New York and Princeton Universities. Older users shared more fake news than younger ones regardless of education, sex, race, income, or how many links they shared. In fact, age predicted their behavior better than any other characteristic — including party affiliation.
fakenews  netnarr 
12 days ago
RightsStatements.org provides a set of standardized rights statements that can be used to communicate the copyright and re-use status of digital objects to the public. Our rights statements are supported by major aggregation platforms such as the Digital Public Library of America and Europeana. The rights statements have been designed with both human users and machine users (such as search engines) in mind and make use of semantic web technology
copyright  License 
12 days ago
The Eight Spiders
A video about spiders and how no one knows if someone once said we swallow them or not. Or more about the pursuit of truth on the internet.
truth  fakenews  netnarr 
15 days ago
How an upstart hacker collective is fighting back against misinformation in 2019 - The Verge
With fake stories a seemingly permanent fixture of life online — and the threat of convincing fake videos gaining steam — it can be easy to despair. But even as the viral threat evolves, new antibodies are emerging. Amid fears that the boundaries between reality and fiction are dissolving, researchers have begun sketching out proposals to prevent it from disseminating. Drawing on experts from a variety of fields, advocates are putting together an organized effort to protect the information sphere from scammers and state-sponsored trolls.

Academic researchers, pro-democracy hackers, and tech employees have begun collaborating on initiatives designed to identify and combat misinformation wherever it appears online. And while the work remains in an embryonic stage, advocates say they are at least somewhat optimistic that the worst actors can be reined in — and that trust can be restored to a greater part of the internet.
fakenews  netnarr 
17 days ago
In Spite Of Its Efforts, Facebook Is Still The Home Of Hugely Viral Fake News
After spending two years launching third-party fact-checking programs, rolling out News Feed updates, and investing in other anti-misinformation initiatives, Facebook is still the home of viral fake news.

For the third year in a row, BuzzFeed News compiled a list of 50 of the most viral false stories on Facebook and measured their total engagement on the platform. And in spite of a prediction from Facebook’s top anti-misinformation product manager that these articles would see a decline in engagement in 2018, this year’s top-performing hoaxes generated almost as many shares, reactions, and comments as last year’s.

The top 50 fake stories of 2018 identified by BuzzFeed News generated roughly 22 million total shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook between Jan. 1 and Dec. 9, 2018, according to data from BuzzSumo and Trendolizer. This was only 7% fewer engagements than the 23.5 million engagements generated by to top 50 of 2017, and slightly more than the top 50 fakes identified by BuzzFeed News in 2016, when those links generated 21.5 million engagements.
facebook  news  fakenews  netnarr 
17 days ago
Cookie AutoDelete - Chrome Web Store
Control your cookies! Auto-delete unused cookies from your closed tabs while keeping the ones you want.
Control your cookies! This extension is inspired by Self Destructing Cookies. When a tab closes, any cookies not being used are automatically deleted. Prevent tracking by other cookies and add only the ones you trust. Easily import and export your Cookie Whitelist.
17 days ago
How Does Photography Affect You? We Tried to Find Out | WIRED
At this point, people take more than a trillion photographs each year, the vast majority of which come courtesy of a smartphone. The cameras in our pockets may not be able to match high-end DSLR or mirrorless cameras, but they're packed with sensors and software that can help us create stunning images instantly. We've responded by snapping pics at every conceivable moment, from mealtime to pilgramages to a day at the museum. We take photos of concerts, of our friends, of spectacles both planned and unplanned, and—depending on your age and social-media activity—of ourselves.

All of which has led to some predictable hand-wringing about what all this phone photography is doing to us. It's taking us out of the moment! No, it's making us keener observers of the world! It's making us narcissistic! No, wait, it's making us insecure! The truth, of course, lies somewhere in the vast, hazy middle—but we wanted to see exactly where in the middle it lies. So for our latest episode of Tech Effects, we turned the lens everywhere we could. We quantified how close-up selfies can distort our face; we talked to experts about how photography can change our emotional memories of an experience; we even went head-to-head with a professional photographer while wearing eye-tracking glasses to see how a lifetime of photography changes the way we process visual input. None of it may make you a better picture-taker, but it might just help you understand what a camera can do to your mind and your emotions. No selfie stick required.
photography  selfie  netnarr 
18 days ago
mermaid · GitBook
Ever wanted to simplify documentation and avoid heavy tools like Visio when explaining your code?

This is why mermaid was born, a simple markdown-like script language for generating charts from text via javascript.
diagram  javascript  markdown  cooltech 
18 days ago
Case Study: Using a Magazine Format for eLearning
One requirement that hospitals in the U.S. must maintain for accreditation is to train healthcare personnel on high-risk issues. This includes topics like the type of protective equipment to wear, avoiding prescription fraud, reporting safety issues and dealing with workplace violence. These annual courses are typically updated with the latest policy and scientific information, but are often a jumble of unrelated topics.
teaching  journal 
18 days ago
How Much of the Internet Is Fake?
How much of the internet is fake? Studies generally suggest that, year after year, less than 60 percent of web traffic is human; some years, according to some researchers, a healthy majority of it is bot. For a period of time in 2013, the Times reported this year, a full half of YouTube traffic was “bots masquerading as people,” a portion so high that employees feared an inflection point after which YouTube’s systems for detecting fraudulent traffic would begin to regard bot traffic as real and human traffic as fake. They called this hypothetical event “the Inversion.”
fakenews  netnarr 
18 days ago
Digital Detox – Digital Learning & Inquiry (DLINQ)
Digital Detox is an initiative to reduce the toxicity of our personal digital environments and how we engage with them. The theme of this year's Detox is Inclusion and Bias in Digital Spaces. When you sign up for the Detox, you'll receive a twice-weekly email newsletter in January and early February with actionable strategies for reducing exclusion, increasing inclusion, and combating bias in digital spaces.  By mindfully taking on this detox, you will begin to develop critical and healthy habits in digital spaces.
18 days ago
A few words on Doug Engelbart
Doug Engelbart died today. His work has always been very difficult for writers to interpret and explain.

Technology writers, in particular, tend to miss the point miserably, because they see everything as a technology problem. Engelbart devoted his life to a human problem, with technology falling out as part of a solution. When I read tech writers' interviews with Engelbart, I imagine these writers interviewing George Orwell, asking in-depth probing questions about his typewriter.
engelbart  history 
20 days ago
First Evidence That Social Bots Play a Major Role in Spreading Fake News - MIT Technology Review
Automated accounts are being programmed to spread fake news, according to the first systematic study of the way online misinformation spreads
fakenews  netnarr 
22 days ago
How to Escape the Fear Virus in a Digital World – Member Feature Stories – Medium
But there is something we can do: Don’t let the fear virus get you.
When the stories reach you, don’t “cough” and pass them on. Every time you do that, you become another victim, infecting your friends, your family, and your followers. Make sure the fear virus stops when it reaches your doorstep.
Instead of being a vector for stress and outrage, be a vector for optimism and progress. In the panic at Oxford Circus, it would have taken only a few hundred people to stem the tide by keeping calm and carrying on. Stop panicking, reduce the anxiety of those around you, give everyone the gift of time to think and evaluate—the opportunity to make better decisions.
fear  netnarr 
22 days ago
How an A.I. ‘Cat-and-Mouse Game’ Generates Believable Fake Photos - The New York Times
The image is one of the faux celebrity photos generated by software under development at Nvidia, the big-name computer chip maker that is investing heavily in research involving artificial intelligence.

At a lab in Finland, a small team of Nvidia researchers recently built a system that can analyze thousands of (real) celebrity snapshots, recognize common patterns, and create new images that look much the same — but are still a little different. The system can also generate realistic images of horses, buses, bicycles, plants and many other common objects.
ai  fakenews  netnarr 
22 days ago
Make WordArt - Online word art generator
From its initial release on Microsoft Windows 95, WordArt has helped jazz up millions of book reports, signs, logos, and presentations. It was widely available and user-friendly, which lead to its use and abuse throughout the 90's and early 2000's.

I remember turning in book reports for elementary school and spending more time customizing the WordArt on the cover than on the actual content of the report itself. WordArt was used and abused everywhere for years, and then suddenly it disappeared. I haven’t seen it used in years now. It just feels right to bring it back. I want to use it in iMessage. I want to slap it on business presentations. It’s funny, it’s nostalgic, it’s somehow beautiful. It's lovably tacky type.
art  generator  netnarr 
23 days ago
A lawyer rewrote Instagram's terms of service for kids. Now you can understand all of the private data you and your teen are giving up to social media — Quartz
In Britain, more than half of 12- to 15-year-olds are on Instagram, according to OfCom (pdf), the country’s communications regulator. So are 43% of 8- to 11-year-olds. But how many of them understand what they signed when they joined? Pretty much 0%, according to “Growing Up Digital”, a report released Jan. 5 (pdf) by the UK Children’s Commissioner.

“Are you sure this is necessary? There are like, 100 pages,” said one 13-year-old who was asked to read Instagram’s terms of service. (Actually 17 pages, with 5,000 words, but still plenty.)

For the report, Jenny Afia, a privacy law expert at Schillings, a UK-based law firm, rewrote Instagram’s terms of service in child-friendly language 
instagram  privacy  netnarr 
25 days ago
Remove Background from Image – remove.bg
Remove.bg is a free service to remove the background of any photo. It works 100% automatically: You don't have to manually select the background/foreground layers to separate them - just select your image and instantly download the result image with the background removed!
image  tools  cooltech 
4 weeks ago
Engagement of Learners Undertaking Massive Open Online Courses and the Impact of Design - Open Research Online
This thesis investigates the low levels of student engagement after registering to study for a massive open online course. To do this, it adopts a mixed methods approach (Gray, 2013) by analysing two large-scale surveys (120,842 and 1,800 responses respectively) and interviewing 12 learners. This was possible because access was given to 76 presentations of 19 MOOCs produced by The Open University on the FutureLearn platform. The aim of this thesis was to answer two research questions. Why do learners engage in massive open online courses (MOOCs), and what elements of the design of MOOCS encourage learner engagement?

The analysis of 120,842 survey responses illustrated that learners across all the MOOCs investigated in this study were very focussed on personal interest, regardless of subject. Courses with subject material which focussed upon the future use of technology and educational technology were embarked upon for professional purposes secondary to personal interest. Learners interviewed who had not completed the MOOCs did not see themselves as disengaged but as having achieved their study goals.

Learning designs of 19 MOOCs with learner activity and dashboard data from 800,038 enrolments and 425,792 learners were analysed with respect to the second research question. The activity data from 425,792 learners demonstrated they were more likely to engage with comments and to like comments on steps such as articles and videos than on discussion steps. Findings from the performance dashboard data (for example enrolment numbers) and learner activity data, coupled with learning designs, were analysed. From this, high-engagement steps (‘Super Steps’) were identified and isolated for analysis. This study discovered that learners preferred to engage with steps that the learning design framework classified as communicative or assimilative. Learners were more likely to engage with steps that posed questions within their titles, a previously unconsidered element within learning design.
learning  online  mooc  research 
4 weeks ago
Lefty’s Legacy Saved in Digital Collections! – Terrapin Tales
As we continue to celebrate the 100th Season of the Men’s Basketball, devoted Terp fans reminisce on the many standout players and coaches who have come and gone through this program. Over the years, University of Maryland basketball footage has poured in from the athletic department and the private collections of former Terps, and University Archives is excited to announce that we have digitized and preserved footage from the recently inducted Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, Coach Lefty Driesell!
archive  video 
5 weeks ago
Online Converter - Convert Image, Video, Audio, & Document Files
Select the target format you want to convert your files to. This site is free, fast, and secure. Plus there’s no software to install.
toolls  ds106  converter 
5 weeks ago
Why & How To Use Forums | Howard Rheingold on Patreon
One of Facebook's most grievous sins is the way Facebook groups have killed or severely dampened the art of the online forum among most of the online population. Many special interest groups, from fan communities to political organizers, use forums. But it appears that the vast majority of social media users have been bamboozled into thinking that a Facebook group is the best way for groups to communicate over time online.
A forum, also known as a message board, bbs,  or conferencing system, affords asynchronous, many-to-many, multimedia  discussions for large groups of people over long periods of time from weeks to decades. That means  that people can read and write their parts of the discussion on their own schedule, that everyone in a group can communicate with everyone  else, and that graphics, sounds, and videos can accompany text. This  particular form of conversational medium meets the need for organizing  discussions after they reach a certain level of complexity. If twenty  people want to discuss five subjects over ten days, and each person  makes one comment on each subject every day, that makes for one thousand  messages in each participant's mailbox. On lists, when the topic  drifts, the subject line usually does not change, so it makes it  difficult to find particular discussions later.
community  discussion 
5 weeks ago
The Hidden Subsidy That Helps Pay for Health Insurance - The New York Times
As Republican senators work to fix their troubled health care bill, there is one giant health insurance subsidy no one is talking about.

It is bigger than any offered under the Affordable Care Act — subsidies some Republicans loathe as handouts — and costs the federal government $250 billion in lost tax revenue every year.

The beneficiaries: everyone who gets health insurance through a job, including members of Congress.

Much of the bitter debate over how to repeal and replace the law known as Obamacare has focused on cutting Medicaid and subsidies that help low-income people buy insurance.

But economists on the left and the right argue that to really rein in health costs, Congress should scale back or eliminate the tax exclusion on what employers pay toward employees’ health insurance premiums. Under current law, those premiums are not subject to the payroll or income taxes that are taken out of employees’ wages, an arrangement that vastly benefits middle- and upper-income people.
5 weeks ago
IBM 1130 Project
I will document the inspection and restoration of the real 1130 on this blog, as well as resuming my replica activities after the system is out in its 'data center' shed. The replica will be more reliable, use far less power, and be more portable to bring to events such as the November 30 parties (11/30 in US formatted dates) that have been hosted by Brian Knittel and Norm Aleks in past years.
computer  history 
5 weeks ago
A rediscovered mainframe game from 1974 might be the first text adventure - Kill Screen
In the ‘60s and ‘70s, IBM produced “mainframe computers”—the room-filling monstrosities we chortle at today. Housed in universities, hospitals, and businesses, these computers were also the source of many of the earliest videogames, which today we call “mainframe games.” Many of them have been lost to history, but we may be seeing something of a comeback for them.

And now, Wander, a 1974 mainframe game that had disappeared over the course of decades, has wandered its way back into the hands of the public. It predates Colossal Cave Adventure and is often considered one of the first text-based adventure games. Ant of Retroactive Fiction, a website devoted to restoring interest in older 1970s and ‘80s games, contacted Wander creator Peter Langston after seeing the game on a list of “lost mainframe games.” Langston responded with files and multiple versions of the game that he found in an archived email his friend had saved of it. It’s now up on GitHub for those who want to trek through castles, explore the ruins of a library and take a trip through space—that is, if you know how to install the code on your computer.
computer  history  gaming  games 
5 weeks ago
An In-Depth Guide to Personal Cybersecurity – Nick Rosener – Medium
I spent a day this week on an annual overhaul of my digital security. Several friends and colleagues were interested in a guide to doing the same; so I thought I would write one up and share with all of you: my closest internet friends.
security  netnarr 
5 weeks ago
23 Things
The University of Edinburgh’s 23 Things for Digital Knowledge is an award winning (LILAC Credo Digital Literacy Award 2017) self-directed course, run by Information Services Group. The programme seeks to expose you to a range of digital tools for your personal and professional development as a researcher, academic, student, or professional. The aim is for you to spend a little time each week building up and expanding your skills.
digital  literacy  netnarr 
5 weeks ago
Startpage.com - The world's most private search engine
You can’t beat Google when it comes to online search. So we’re paying them to use their brilliant search results in order to remove all trackers and logs. The result: The world’s best and most private search engine. Only now you can search without ads following you around, recommending products you’ve already bought. And no more data mining by companies with dubious intentions. We want you to dance like nobody’s watching and search like nobody’s watching.
internet  privacy  search  netnarr 
7 weeks ago
iDog, an integrated resource for domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) and wild canids, provides the worldwide dog research community a variety of data services. This includes Genes, Genomes, SNPs, Breed/Disease Traits, Gene Expressions, GO Function Annotations, Dog-Human Homolog Diseases and Literatures. In addition, iDog provides Online tools for performing genomic data visualization and analyses.
dog  science 
7 weeks ago
Store static copies of webpages in a searchable library for later use

Highlight important parts of a page for easy access in the future

Find your pages later using our search engine. Just like Google but you will be searching only the pages that had been saved which will bring more relevant results.
tools  reclaim  archive 
7 weeks ago
Kyle McDonald
Kyle McDonald is an artist working with code. He is a contributor to open source arts-engineering toolkits like openFrameworks, and builds tools that allow artists to use new algorithms in creative ways. He has a habit of sharing ideas and projects in public before they're completed. He creatively subverts networked communication and computation, explores glitch and systemic bias, and extends these concepts to reversal of everything from identity to relationships. Kyle has been an adjunct professor at NYU's ITP, and a member of F.A.T. Lab, community manager for openFrameworks, and artist in residence at STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon, as well as YCAM in Japan. His work is commissioned by and shown at exhibitions and festivals around the world, including: NTT ICC, Ars Electronica, Sonar/OFFF, Eyebeam, Anyang Public Art Project, Cinekid, CLICK Festival, NODE Festival, and many others. He frequently leads workshops exploring computer vision and interaction.
art  interactive  netnarr 
8 weeks ago
The Google Cemetery
List of dead Google products
8 weeks ago
Mysterious Package Company
Experiences are the Mysterious Package Company's primary product. They are immersive stories told over a series of mailings to the recipient. Each experience contains these core elements:

-Documents and other media

-An element of personalization or customization

-Puzzles or mysteries to solve

-An artifact related to the details of the story, usually in a nailed-shut wooden crate

-A Reveal card identifying who sent the package(s), if they were a gift

Members purchase packages that they send to themselves or a recipient of their choice. The experiences feature genres such as mystery, horror, adventure, time-travel, and science-fiction, and range in duration from 1 to 6 mailings.
8 weeks ago
In Praise of the Hashtag - The New York Times
The pound sign is a typographical symbol with ambitions. For decades, it was an afterthought on our telephone keypads, mashed occasionally in frustration during prolonged customer-service calls.

As a result, we’ve arrived at a strange moment for the hashtag. The people at Twitter are fond of saying that the hashtag is the new URL — and it’s true that you’re just as likely to see the former as the latter these days on-screen at the end of a movie trailer.

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Lindsay K November 8, 2012
Very interesting article. I've been so fascinated with how all this social media is creating a language of its own, and, specifically in a...

Tony November 8, 2012
I found this article fascinating and smart. But Julia Turner's reference to antimetabole and zeugma, two definitions from the ancient art of...

M November 7, 2012
Lovely piece, thanks.

Yet the rise of the hashtag’s commercial possibilities shouldn’t lead us to overlook what is truly remarkable about it. This bit of utilitarian Web ephemera, invented with functionality squarely in mind, has blossomed into a marvelous and underappreciated literary device.
hashtag  ideas 
8 weeks ago
Mathematician Cracks Mystery Beatles Chord -- ScienceDaily
It's the most famous chord in rock 'n' roll, an instantly recognizable twang rolling through the open strings on George Harrison's 12-string guitar: the opening chord to the Beatles song "A Hard Day's Night." Now, a researcher has used a mathematical calculation known as Fourier transform to solve the Beatles' riddle. The process allowed him to decompose the sound into its original frequencies using computer software and parse out which notes were on the record.
music  mathematics 
8 weeks ago
Serious Game
This is a collaborative project involving professors from George Brown College, Centennial College and Ryerson University and nurse educators from the Hospital for Sick Children.

Access to good clinical and laboratory experiences is becoming increasingly difficult. In recent years, there has been a marked decline in access for students to acute care patient beds and specialty areas like pediatrics. Furthermore, there is ongoing discussion regarding the ethics of sending students into complex clinical situations. This resource helps to address these needs.

This virtual simulation contains an interactive game in which the learner provides care to a 10 year old boy who has had an appendectomy and his mother. Playing the virtual simulation will promote the application of knowledge and skills related to providing family centred care to a post-operative pediatric patient.
games  simulation 
9 weeks ago
Fake Followers Audit from SparkToro | SparkToro
Analyze any Twitter account to uncover an estimated percentage of inactive, spam, bot, & other fake followers
socialmedia  tools  twitter  netnarr 
9 weeks ago
How to embed youtube video to markdown file, GitHub or GitLab comments · Sergei Sviridov's Blog
I usually struggle to remember all the parameters for inserting links and especially images to the markdown which is the default format for GitHub, GitLab comments and documentation files and for this blog as well. Moreover, neither GitHub nor GitLab supports inserting videos.

One of the workarounds for this issue with videos is to insert an image of for the video wrapped in a link pointing to the video location.
github  video  youtube  markdown 
9 weeks ago
Beyond Type 1
Founded in 2015 by Juliet de Baubigny, Nick Jonas, Sarah Lucas + Sam Talbot, Beyond Type 1 is leveraging the power of social media and technology, changing what it means to live with a chronic disease. By educating the global community about this autoimmune disease, as well as providing resources and supporting those living with Type 1 diabetes, Beyond Type 1 is bridging the gap from diagnosis to cure, empowering people to live well today and funding a better tomorrow.
diabetes  inspiration 
9 weeks ago
How to Create Pixel Drawings and Emoji Art with Google Spreadsheets
ou are using Google Spreadsheets for budgeting and project management but did you know that the same sheets application can help you create impressive pixel paintings in minutes? The Google blog recently published a story of two illustrators who created a bright and beautiful wall mural using Google Spreadsheets.
art  spreadsheet  da106 
10 weeks ago
EDM122: Digital Literacies and Open Practice | Part of City, University of London's MA in Academic Practice
Digital Literacies and Open Practices is a 15 credit module taught at City, University of London as part of the MA in Academic Practice. It covers:

The changing nature of student learning, including exploring concepts such as ‘digital natives’, generational-based assumptions, the increasing use of social media platforms.
Supporting information and digital literacies among students
Developing Open Practices: the development and use of open educational resources and the ethical and legal issues associated with digital information
The nature of the digital scholar: understanding how technologies are changing both teaching and research practices in the context of your discipline
Preparing teaching and learning resources using technologies and understanding the specific issues associated with developing, using and re-using open educational resources
Using tools and technologies to support specific aspects of teaching including administration, assessment and feedback, widening participation and accessibility issues
Researching the use of technology in HE and the need for an evidence-based approach (this will be embedded in the module rather than a topic in its own right)
opened  openeducation  literacy  digital  openness  copyright 
10 weeks ago
The Ren'Py Visual Novel Engine
Ren'Py is a visual novel engine – used by thousands of creators from around the world – that helps you use words, images, and sounds to tell interactive stories that run on computers and mobile devices. These can be both visual novels and life simulation games. The easy to learn script language allows anyone to efficiently write large visual novels, while its Python scripting is enough for complex simulation games.

Ren'Py is open source and free for commercial use.
game  games  digitalstorytelling  ds106  netnarr 
10 weeks ago
Koyaanisqatsi is a 1983 wordless documentary primarily made up of slow motion and time-lapse footage. If you haven't seen it, you can watch the trailer here.

I wondered how easy it would be to make an internet version using random Giphy 'gifs' which have been tagged as slow motion or time-lapse, playing them along with the Philip Glass soundtrack.
gif  art  ds106 
11 weeks ago
Use CROWDLAAERS Search to explore any URL featuring Hypothesis annotation. CROWDLAAERS provides learning analytics about active participants, temporal activity (active days), collaborative discourse (threads), and also Hypothesis tags. Groups of individual annotations may be sorted by date, contributor, annotation, tags, and level (or the position of an annotation reply in a thread). Select any annotation to read the full content within CROWDLAAERS or in context of the source document
hypothesis  analytics  annotation 
11 weeks ago
Building digital capability (JISC)
Digital capability is the term we use to describe the skills and attitudes that individuals and organisations need if they are to thrive in today’s world.
digital  literacy 
11 weeks ago
The Holland Island House: A Short Film About A 19th-Century Victorian Home That Sunk Into the Chesapeake Bay - The Atlantic
This animated ballad, by Lynn Tomlinson, recounts the story of a remarkably odd place. In the 19th century, Holland Island was home to a small community of farmers and fishers. They built houses there, these families living in the Chesapeake Bay, until tidal forces began eroding their land. The bay gobbled up the island; by 1922, it was completely abandoned. 

Tomlinson, a faculty member at Towson University, uses a clay-painting technique to tell the story of the island's last standing house, which finally collapsed in 2010. The oil-based clays creates a time-lapse effect of sorts, as shades and colors blur between frames. The style pairs well with the ballad, performed by Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle.
Storytelling  video  animation 
11 weeks ago
Javascript Char Codes (Key Codes) - Cambia Research
Javascript is often used on the browser client side to perform simple tasks that would otherwise require a full postback to the server. Many of those simple tasks involve processing text or characters entered into a form element on a web page, and it is often necessary to know the javascript keycode associated with a character. Here is a reference.

Press a key in the text box below to see the corresponding Javascript key code.
code  javascript 
12 weeks ago
GitPitch - The Markdown Presentation Service on Git.
The Fastest Way
From Idea To Presentation
For everyone on GitHub, GitLab, and Bitbucket.
git  github  markdown  presentation 
12 weeks ago
Delete Your Online Accounts
Super simple instructions to delete just about any online account or profile
Want to ditch your online account? Shouldn't be a problem, right? Unfortunately, on many websites, including popular ones like Facebook, deleting your account can be a real pain.

AccountKiller collects direct links and deleting instructions to make account termination easy. Websites like Skype that do not allow deleting your profile in an easy way at all get blacklisted. Luckily there are websites that do care about your online privacy.
internet  privacy  security  netnarr 
12 weeks ago
Changes to Twitter's rules may kill off its most entertaining bots — Quartz
If these or any other non-spammy bot accounts have brought you automated joy as you’ve trawled through Twitter’s often hostile landscape, we have bad news: Some of your favorite bots are about to go silent.

Many of these delightful and creative accounts will disappear in the coming months due to a company-wide attempt to eradicate malicious bots from the platform. Though this is a well-intentioned effort to curb computational propaganda, it will likely sweep up art bots in its wake.
bot  twitter  netnarr 
october 2018
Create Custom Maps With the MapSVG Plugin
If you're like me, you've been using Google Maps to add maps to your WordPress sites for years, but you sometimes get a little frustrated about the lack of customization options.

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to use an alternative—a WordPress plugin called MapSVG that lets you add interactive maps to your site. You can then customize your maps with colours, placeholders, and popovers, and let your users search them.

I'll walk you through how to set up a map using the plugin, how to customize it, and how to add it to a page in your site.
maps  wordpress  plugin 
october 2018
What Caused the Dinosaur Extinction? - The Atlantic
A Princeton geologist has endured decades of ridicule for arguing that the fifth extinction was caused not by an asteroid but by a series of colossal volcanic eruptions. But she’s reopened that debate.
science  geology  dinosaurs 
october 2018
Enigma Public
We've curated the world's broadest collection of public data into a single searchable, explorable web portal and API.

Enigma Public is free to use for non-commercial purposes. Journalists, students, and data enthusiasts all use Enigma Public to answer questions about the world around them.

You can search for topics or datasets, read spotlights on datasets, or browse projects created with public data.
data  opendata  api 
october 2018
How Chris McCandless Died | The New Yorker
Twenty-one years ago this month, on September 6, 1992, the decomposed body of Christopher McCandless was discovered by moose hunters just outside the northern boundary of Denali National Park. He had died inside a rusting bus that served as a makeshift shelter for trappers, dog mushers, and other backcountry visitors.

The debate over why McCandless perished, and the related question of whether he is worthy of admiration, has been smoldering, and occasionally flaring, for more than two decades now. But last December, a writer named Ronald Hamilton posted a paper on the Internet that brings fascinating new facts to the discussion. Hamilton, it turns out, has discovered hitherto unknown evidence that appears to close the book on the cause of McCandless’s death.
ideas  writing 
october 2018
Mukurtu CMS
Mukurtu (MOOK-oo-too) is a grassroots project aiming to empower communities to manage, share, narrate, and exchange their digital heritage in culturally relevant and ethically-minded ways. We are committed to maintaining an open, community-driven approach to Mukurtu’s continued development. Our first priority is to help build a platform that fosters relationships of respect and trust.
october 2018
Once Again, The Doorknob
On Affordance, Forgiveness and Ambiguity in Human Computer and Human Robot Interaction

Keynote at Rethinking Affordance Symposium
Akademie Schloss Solitude, 8 June 2018

"To say that design of user interfaces influences our daily life is a commonplace and an understatement. User interfaces influence people’s understanding of processes, form relations with the companies that provide services. Interfaces define roles computer users get to play in computer culture."
webdesign  design  ideas 
october 2018
Free Time Zone Database & API - TimeZoneDB
TimeZoneDB provides free time zone database for cities of the world. The database is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. It contains countries name, time zones, abbreviation, GMT offset, and Daylight Saving Time (DST). The data is available in CSV and SQL format. You can download and implement into your projects for free.
october 2018
The Mother of all Demos
Conceived by Douglas Engelbart and developed by him and colleagues at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI), the groundbreaking computer framework known as oN-Line System (NLS), jointly funded by ARPA and the Air Force, evolved throughout the decade. In what became known as "The Mother of All Demos"—because it demonstrated the revolutionary features of NLS as well as never-before-seen video presentation technologies—Engelbart unveiled NLS in San Francisco on December 9, 1968, to a large audience at the Fall Joint Computer Conference. Engelbart's terminal was linked to a large-format video projection system loaned by the NASA Ames Research Center and via telephone lines to a SDS 940 computer (designed specifically for time-sharing among multiple users) 30 miles away in Menlo Park, California, at the Augmentation Research Center, which Engelbart founded at SRI. On a 22-foot-high screen with video insets, the audience could see Engelbart manipulate the mouse and watch as members of his team in Menlo Park joined in the presentation.
history  engelbart 
october 2018
How the Photocopier Changed the Way We Worked—and Played | History | Smithsonian
Decades before 3-D printers brought manufacturing closer to home, copiers transformed offices, politics and art
ideas  history 
october 2018
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