It’s 2015 — You’d Think We’d Have Figured Out How To Measure Web Traffic By Now
Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight uses statistical analysis — hard numbers — to tell compelling stories about politics, sports, science, economics and lifestyle.
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Leap Motion's Augmented-Reality Computing Looks Stupid Cool
A team of Leap Motion engineers built an augmented-reality work environment, where regular desktop applications jump out of the computer and into 3-D space.
article  wired  ar  technology  editorial  video 
4 hours ago
Heads-up displays in cars can hinder driver safety
A new study suggests HUDs could actually increase driver distraction.
article  arstechnica  ar  technology  editorial 
4 hours ago
Terminator-vision and the complex questions behind “augmented reality”
With info overlaid on our vision, "cool" doesn’t equal "useful" or even "safe."
article  arstechnica  editorial  technology  ar 
5 hours ago
Appeals court: Amazon can’t dodge trademark suit over watch search results
A new hope (for trademark owners): sue Amazon for showing competitors' products.
article  arstechnica  search  amazon  law 
6 hours ago
Mapping the Logical Space of Algocracy
Is this a useful system for mapping out the space of possible algocratic decision procedures?
article  algorithms  government  editorial  technology  mathematics 
23 hours ago
The decline of Stack Overflow
How trolls have taken over your favorite programming Q&A site
article  editorial  community  technology  stackoverflow 
Nature Rebounds
The common meme in today’s world is that we are slowly (or perhaps even rapidly in some instances) destroying our global environment. Not just by…
article  technology  culture  nature  economics 
Reddit Moderators Shut Down Parts of Site Over Employee’s Dismissal
The move affected nearly 300 individual discussion areas — so-called subreddits that focus on individual topics like technology, art and business.
article  nytimes  reddit  editorial  culture  technology 
An impossible choice for Greece
A week ago, I married a Greek woman in a lovely wedding and celebration on the Thessaloniki waterfront. It wasn’t quite …
article  greece  economics  editorial  culture 
A Quick Puzzle to Test Your Problem Solving
A short game sheds light on government policy, corporate America, and why no one likes to be wrong.
article  interactive  nytimes  confirmationbias  *  government  editorial 
4 days ago
Cheering for Thanatos
For the editors of The Economist, euthanasia is "an idea whose time has come."
article  thehedgehogreview  euthanasia  culture  editorial 
5 days ago
Crooked candy
Kinder Surprise eggs are wildly popular around the world but banned as a choking hazard in the United States. Enter the Kinder-egg smuggler
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5 days ago
Perfectly Reasonable Question: Publishing Religious Images That May Offend
The standards editor explains why showing artwork of the pope is acceptable while cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad were not
article  nytimes  editorial  offense 
5 days ago
The Sharing Economy Visits the Backcountry
A company called Hipcamp now offers “land sharing,” a sharing economy term for campsites on private land.
article  nytimes  sharing-economy  camping 
6 days ago
Why Is The U.S. So Good At Women’s Soccer?
Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight uses statistical analysis — hard numbers — to tell compelling stories about politics, sports, science, economics and lifestyle.
article  editorial  538  statistics  soccer  fifa  usa  germany  women 
6 days ago
When a Company Is Put Up for Sale, in Many Cases, Your Personal Data Is, Too
Some consumer websites say they will not sell users’ data, but unrestricted-data clauses allow them to transfer it if a merger or other transaction occurs.
article  nytimes  editorial  technology  privacy  law 
7 days ago
Algorithms of the Mind
What Machine Learning Teaches Us About Ourselves
article  ai  philosophy  machinelearning  linguistics  cognition 
7 days ago
Five-Ring Circus
"it’s unclear how one insures against something that happens 100 percent of the time."
article  ioc  editorial  boston  olympics  cityjournal 
8 days ago
Study claims 1 in 4 cancer research papers contains faked data
A closer look at the results suggests things are bad, but not quite that bad.
article  arstechnica  epistemology  empericism  genetics 
11 days ago
How to Attract Beneficial Bugs
The bug eating bugs are the ones you want in your garden.
article  gardening  howto 
11 days ago
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