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Cool paper. Being "scooped" is no longer a disaster.
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The inconvenient truth about cancer and mobile phones | Technology | The Guardian
The World Health Organisation in 2011 would classify mobile phone radiation as a “possible” human carcinogen and the governments of the United Kingdom, France and Israel issued warnings against mobile phone use by children. Nevertheless, the industry’s propaganda campaign would defuse concern sufficiently that today three out of four adults worldwide have mobile phones, making the wireless industry among the biggest on Earth.

The key strategic insight animating corporate propaganda campaigns is that a given industry doesn’t have to win the scientific argument about safety to prevail – it only has to keep the argument going. Keeping the argument going amounts to a win for industry, because the apparent lack of certainty helps to reassure customers, fend off government regulations and deter lawsuits that might pinch profits.

Central to keeping the scientific argument going is making it appear that not all scientists agree. Towards that end, and again like the tobacco and fossil-fuel industries, the wireless industry has “war-gamed” science, as a Motorola internal memo in 1994 phrased it. War-gaming science involves playing offence as well as defence – funding studies friendly to the industry while attacking studies that raise questions; placing industry-friendly experts on advisory bodies such as the World Health Organisation and seeking to discredit scientists whose views differ from the industry’s.
telephony  mobile_telephony_risks  agnotology  health 
5 days ago
Why identity politics benefits the right more than the left | Sheri Berman | Opinion | The Guardian
Relatedly, research suggests that calling people racist when they do not see themselves that way is counterproductive. As noted above, while there surely are true bigots, studies show that not all those who exhibit intolerant behavior harbor extreme racial animus. Moreover, as Stanford psychologist Alana Conner notes, if the goal is to diminish intolerance “telling people they’re racist, sexist and xenophobic is going to get you exactly nowhere. It’s such a threatening message. One of the things we know from social psychology is when people feel threatened, they can’t change, they can’t listen.”...
Steve Bannon infamously remarked that he couldn’t “get enough” of the left’s “race-identity politics”. “The longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em ... I want them to talk about race and identity … every day.”

In addition, Americans are more divided socially than they are on the issues; there is significant agreement even on controversial topics like abortion, gun control, immigration and economic policy. Promoting cross-cutting cleavages and diminishing social divisions might therefore help productive policymaking actually occur.
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5 days ago
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Promoting cycling in cities can tackle obesity | Imperial News | Imperial College London
The study, published in the journal Environment International, also finds that riding an electric bike (e-bike) is associated with a higher BMI as compared to regular cyclists. In ascending order, cyclists have the lowest BMI, then walkers, public transport users, motorcyclists, users of an electric bike, and finally car drivers, who have the highest BMI.

By following over 2000 urban dwellers over time, the team found that men who switch from car driving to cycling for their daily travel lose on average 0.75 kg of weight, with an average decrease in BMI of 0.24. For women, this was a little bit less.
cycling  health  ebikes  driving  walking 
6 days ago
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Ponies taken out of the New Forest after four horses killed in eight days | Daily Echo
Campaigners fighting for speed restrictions on the B3078 from Godshill to Cadnam have said people are fed up with the number of collisions and are being forced to keep their ponies out of harm’s reach.

The New Forest Roads Campaign is calling for speed restrictions after the road saw four ponies killed in just eight days.

Nearly 3,000 people have signed their online petition which aims to lobby higher authorities for permanent speed measures.
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6 days ago
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7 days ago
Signs o’ the times – some/any invariant meanings and COCA – EFL Notes
The table percentages and significance test supports the claim that there is one message feature that motivates use of both some and others. Note that the meaning hypothesis itself is not directly tested; it is only indirectly tested via the counts in COCA. Sabar goes onto to test both qualitatively and quantitatively other signals that contribute to the meaning hypothesis of some – RESTRICTED and any – UNRESTRICTED.
corpus  language  english 
9 days ago
Décentralisation
Qui contrôle Internet ?

Une poignée de grands acteurs dominent une grande partie du monde en ligne, mais Internet bénéficie d’une meilleure santé lorsque il est contrôlé par le plus grand nombre.
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9 days ago
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🇮🇹🎀 Stage 5 post race wrap from after the first tough hilly day 🎥
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10 days ago
Stumbling and Mumbling: What Southgate teaches us
One reason for the lukewarm reception to his appointment was that his CV was less impressive than that of many of his predecessors most of whom had some success in club management. But at least of the qualities of good club manager are irrelevant to international management. An England manager cannot plug gaps in his squad by going into the transfer market, and he cannot work intensively with his players day-in, day-out. It’s possible therefore that better preparation and more relevant experience for the job is working well with the under-21s.
sport  management  business 
10 days ago
U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials - The New York Times
A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this spring in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly.

Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is healthiest for children and countries should strive to limit the inaccurate or misleading marketing of breast milk substitutes.

Then the United States delegation, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers, upended the deliberations.

American officials sought to water down the resolution by removing language that called on governments to “protect, promote and support breast-feeding” and another passage that called on policymakers to restrict the promotion of food products that many experts say can have deleterious effects on young children.
breastfeeding  us  politics 
10 days ago
Press: The milk of human kindness
In six days, the American dailies had taken a highly contentious health issue—the merits of breast and bottle feeding in the era of AIDS—and turned it into a simple battle between the benevolent corporations and a seemingly malicious international health agency.

Unicef, whose mission is to “advocate for children's rights and help meet their needs” (www.unicef.org), stood charged by the papers of infanticide. How had this issue become so polarised in the eyes of the US media?

The main answer is that Unicef's stance against the formula industry, and the complexities of mother to child transmission of HIV, are both difficult topics to present in a catchy and newsworthy way. Vilifying Unicef was an easy option.
breastfeeding  media  us 
10 days ago
Brexiters seem to forget that ‘no deal’ is not legally an option | Brendan Howlin | Opinion | The Guardian
It is tempting for some British politicians to argue that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed, but it is important to recall that the Good Friday agreement was signed in April 1998 and lodged with the United Nations as a formal treaty. Twenty years of relative peace and enhanced prosperity have followed, and it must surely be understandable that people on the island of Ireland are adamant that the agreement should not be a pawn in the Brexit negotiations, not least because Northern Ireland’s population voted remain.

The UK government committed on 8 December 2017 to “the avoidance of a hard border, including any physical infrastructure or related checks and controls”. Moreover, it also agreed to a backstop agreement, which means that in the absence of any other agreement “the United Kingdom will maintain full alignment with those rules of the internal market and the customs union which, now or in the future, support north-south cooperation, the all-island economy and the protection of the 1998 agreement”.

This solemn commitment must be honoured, and the EU negotiators have made it abundantly clear that until there is a robust solution for the Irish border, there will be no future agreement with the UK on trade.
Brexit  law  ireland 
11 days ago
Do lesbians have better sex than straight women? | Life and style | The Guardian
When men ejaculate, most need to take a breather for their erection to make a comeback (this is known as the “refractory period”). On the other hand, women can orgasm in waves. The clitoris has 8,000 nerve endings – double that of the penis glans – and its sole purpose appears to be providing pleasure. Women’s orgasms last for an average of 20 seconds, while men’s last eight. The most orgasms recorded in an hour for a woman is 134 (16 for a man). This makes it especially sad that so many heterosexual women are reporting understimulating sex lives.

So, for those women who are not coming endlessly – how can they improve their sex lives, whoever they may be with? As well as Ross’s advice to masturbate a lot, the Kinsey Institute recommends more oral sex, better relationships, “sexy talk”, asking for what you want in bed and trying new positions, among other things.
sex  education  psychology  health 
11 days ago
Feeding your baby solids early may help them sleep, study suggests | Life and style | The Guardian
More than 1300 healthy breastfed three-month-olds were split randomly into two groups in one the babies were exclusively breastfed until they were six months old – as current guidelines recommend – while children in the other group were breastfed and given solid foods, including peanuts, eggs and wheat, from the age of three months, in addition to breastfeeding. After six months babies in both groups were eating a range of solids.

The children’s health and behaviour was followed for three years, with their sleep and consumption of solid food tracked by families through questionnaires.

While not all babies were kept to their allotted regime, on average, babies who were in the breastfeeding only group were first introduced to solids at around 23 weeks, while those in the other group encountered the foods at around 16 weeks

The results, based on data from 1,162 infants and taking into account factors such birth weight and whether children had eczema, reveal babies introduced to solids from three months slept, on average, two hours more a week at the age of six months, than the babies who were only breastfed. They also woke around two fewer times at night per week at six months and had just over 9% fewer incidents of waking up during the night over the course of the study.

The team found that the more closely parents stuck to the early introduction programme, the stronger the effect.
breastfeeding  children  sleep  health 
11 days ago
New Tool for Open-Access Research
A new search engine that aims to connect nonacademics with open-access research will be launched this fall.

Get the Research will connect the public with 20 million open-access scholarly articles. The site will be built by Impactstory -- the nonprofit behind browser extension tool Unpaywall -- in conjunction with the Internet Archive and the British Library.

Funded by a $850,000 grant from Arcadia, the search engine will be a place where “we can tell lay readers, ‘here’s where you can read free, trustworthy research about anything,’” said Jason Priem, Impactstory's co-founder. He added that artificial intelligence techniques will be used to annotate and summarize materials, making them easier to understand.
search  searchengines  openaccess  scholarly 
11 days ago
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11 days ago
Le tourisme à bicyclette engendre une activité florissante
Cet afflux de cyclistes sur les routes de France finit par susciter la convoitise des professionnels du tourisme. Le long des itinéraires, des commerces ouvrent, des loueurs de vélos s’installent, des hôteliers s’adaptent à cette nouvelle clientèle. Sur la ViaRhôna, un itinéraire qui court le long du Rhône entre le lac Léman et la Méditerranée, 65 000 nuitées liées au cyclotourisme ont été enregistrées en 2017, estime le cabinet de conseil Inddigo, qui a publié en mars une étude consacrée à cette voie.
Les touristes à vélo consomment davantage
cycling  travel  france  economics  business  tourisme 
11 days ago
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12 days ago
Initial Thoughts on the OPCW Interim Investigation into the Alleged Gas Attack in Douma, Syria - Mail Online - Peter Hitchens blog
‘Doctors said the symptoms had been consistent with exposure to an organophosphorus substance.’

Which doctors? Note the absence of named, checkable sources in a story written some distance from Damascus. This was typical of almost all western media reports of the episode at the time.

Now, the OPCW preliminary report, 6th July 2018, paragraph 2.5, specifically says there is no evidence of any such organophosphorus substance at the site. The quoted ‘doctors’, being unidentified, cannot now be approached to ask for their response to this.
journalism  syria  media  war 
12 days ago
How The Media Reveal Inconvenient Truth About Syria | Tim Hayward
Perhaps a rush to launch the attacks all at once was due to an unexpectedly quick unravelling of the authorized narrative in Syria. As the Syrian Arab Army brought Douma back under government control, the liberated citizens were bringing horrendous stories about conditions of life under the UK-sponsored “moderate rebels”, speaking of terror, humiliation, deprivation, rape, murder and forced labour. These stories, if verified, would severely undermine the mainstream narrative. As would the discovery of exceedingly inconvenient facts relating to the alleged chemical attack that recently served as justification for the F-UK-US bombing raid.

So it is that those of us who strive to get a fair hearing for the inconvenient testimonies are branded “Apologists for Assad”.
syria  news  journalism  uk  media  war 
12 days ago
Where Do All the Cyclists Live? | Brooklyn Spoke
This was only the latest example of something that plays out in press coverage all over the country. When it comes to covering the ongoing shift from car dominance to people-powered transportation, “the community” is just shorthand for “people who oppose change.” People who support street redesigns, however, aren’t members of the “community.” They’re merely “bicycle advocates” or “cyclists.”
cycling  politics  us 
12 days ago
La Ville à Vélo s’affranchit de la subvention de la mairie de Lyon
"Au regard, de ces pratiques inacceptables remettant en cause le principe fondamental d’indépendance des associations, les administrateurs ont décidé à l’unanimité, le 25 juin dernier, de renoncer cette année à la subvention de 1 000 euros attribuée par la Ville de Lyon. Ils suggèrent de la réallouer à une association caritative ou oeuvrant pour la sécurité routière",
cycling  france  politics 
13 days ago
Nouvelle nuit de tensions à Nantes
Selon le procureur, les faits se sont déroulés en trois phases : le contrôle de police d'environ «10 à 15 minutes», où M. Fofana va donner une fausse identité et où les policiers vont lui demander de se garer et de les suivre au commissariat.

Puis la deuxième où il va fuir en marche arrière, manœuvre «particulièrement dangereuse puisque dans sa course le conducteur va frôler un fonctionnaire de police» avec «à ses côtés deux enfants». Le policier va «se projeter sur le bas-côté» emporter avec lui «une fillette qui aurait pu être heurtée par le véhicule du fuyard», précise le procureur. Le conducteur va ensuite percuter un véhicule en stationnement. Enfin, après ce choc, le conducteur va de nouveau tenter de fuir en marche arrière. C'est alors que le policier mis en examen va tirer sur le conducteur.

Il a indiqué «qu'en réalité il (avait) tenté de se pencher dans l'habitacle du véhicule pour saisir le volant et essayer d'arrêter la manœuvre», a relaté le procureur. «C'est à ce moment là, indique-t-il, dans le cadre de ce qu'il appelle un corps-à-corps, que le coup de feu est parti accidentellement pour toucher mortellement le conducteur.»
driving  deaths  nantes  police 
13 days ago
Self-driving cars are headed toward an AI roadblock - The Verge
For a long time, researchers thought they could improve generalization skills with the right algorithms, but recent research has shown that conventional deep learning is even worse at generalizing than we thought...

But the dream of a fully autonomous car may be further than we realize. There’s growing concern among AI experts that it may be years, if not decades, before self-driving systems can reliably avoid accidents. As self-trained systems grapple with the chaos of the real world, experts like NYU’s Gary Marcus are bracing for a painful recalibration in expectations, a correction sometimes called “AI winter.” That delay could have disastrous consequences for companies banking on self-driving technology, putting full autonomy out of reach for an entire generation...

One study by the Rand Corporation estimated that self-driving cars would have to drive 275 million miles without a fatality to prove they were as safe as human drivers. The first death linked to Tesla’s Autopilot came roughly 130 million miles into the project, well short of the mark.
driverless  RoadSafety  programming 
13 days ago
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'I don’t want ships to kill me': Marseille fights cruise liner pollution | World news | The Guardian
Shipping pollution, including industrial shipping, is estimated to account for up to 10% of the city’s air pollution problem. The culprits include the large number of ferries transporting cars and passengers to Corsica and north African countries including Morocco and Algeria.
pollution  airpollution  marine 
13 days ago
Morts à la suite d'interventions policières - une enquête de Basta Mag
478 morts
à la suite d’interventions policières

Une base de données de BastaMag, compilée et analysée par Ivan du Roy et Ludo Simbille. Graphiques interactifs : Philippe Rivière // Design : Christophe Andrieu.

Les forces de police et de gendarmerie ont pour mission d’assurer la sécurité des personnes, des biens et des institutions. À ce titre, elles disposent du pouvoir de recourir à la force et d’utiliser leurs armes à feu, dans des circonstances précises. Ce pouvoir, conféré par l’Etat, occasionne des morts. Qui sont-ils, pourquoi et comment sont-ils tués ? Dans quelles conditions l’action des forces de l’ordre se révèle-t-elle fatale ?
france  police  deaths 
15 days ago
French school students to be banned from using mobile phones | World news | The Guardian
French school students will be banned from using mobile phones anywhere on school grounds from September, after the lower house of parliament passed what it called a “detox” law for a younger generation increasingly addicted to screens.
france  law  telephony  education  censorship 
15 days ago
French MPs criticise 'hasty and ineffective' fake news law | World news | The Guardian
The law aims to identify and stop deliberately false information that is “massively” spread online in the three-month period before an election.

Most criticism has been focused on the section of the law that allows political parties or candidates to complain about an item of allegedly false or implausible information online and a judge will, within 48 hours, rule on it and can block the publication. The judge must decide whether the allegedly false information could determine the course of an election, and whether it has been massively and artificially spread online.
france  news  law  censorship  politics  internet  journalism 
15 days ago
British driver clocked at 165mph during secret race in France | World news | The Guardian
“I respect the 130km/h limit in France, so at most I’ll do 150km/h,” he said.
france  law  uk  police  driving 
15 days ago
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15 days ago
Limitation à 80 km/h : Pierre Chasseray, le lobbyiste qui roule à fond pour 40 millions d'automobilistes
Un "mélange des genres" et une "tribune" qui agacent ses détracteurs. "Pour nous, 40 millions d'automobilistes, c'est un bulldozer médiatique", s'agace un acteur de la prévention routière. Et de surenchérir : "Derrière l'appellation de cette association, on ignore le poids réel du mouvement car ils sont très opaques sur leurs adhérents." L'association, fondée en 2005 par les Automobiles clubs de l'Ouest (ACO), revendique 320 000 adhérents. Mais les membres des ACO sont faits membres d'office de 40 millions d'automobilistes. "Ce sont des adhérents fantômes et il y a des élus parmi les membres des ACO", estime un responsable associatif qui souhaite conserver l'anonymat.

Côté budget, 40 millions d'automobilistes revendique "380 000 euros par an et 150 000 donateurs", confie Pierre Chasseray, qui détaille "100 000 euros de la part des ACO et le reste, ce sont des dons d'entreprises." Provocateur, il fait mine de s'insurger : "Je ne suis pas plein aux as. Malheureusement, je n'ai pas touché un centime au black ou au white de l'industrie automobile."
driving  france  politics 
17 days ago
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Article use: from cognitive salience to discourse differentiation – EFL Notes
a description of final state article use that was formulated by William Diver – the founder of Columbia School linguistics which is a sign-based functional linguistics account. A sign is a pairing of a signal with its meaning.

In Diver’s account the/a signals a need to differentiate referents in a piece of discourse while the Ø zero article signals no such need. The signal is used when there is enough information available to differentiate referents and a/an signal is used when there is insufficient information available to differentiate referents. For the Ø zero article four communicative reasons are given:
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20 days ago
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21 days ago
The great firewall of China: Xi Jinping’s internet shutdown | News | The Guardian
Throughout the early 2000s, the Chinese leadership supplemented Fang’s technology with a set of new regulations designed to ensure that anyone with access to China’s internet played by Chinese rules. In September 2000, the state council issued order no 292, which required internet service providers to ensure that the information sent out on their services adhered to the law, and that some domain names and IP addresses were recorded. Two years later, Beijing blocked Google for the first time. (A few years later, Google introduced Google.cn, a censored version of the site.) In 2002, the government increased its emphasis on self-censorship with the Public Pledge on Self-Discipline for China’s Internet Industry, which established four principles: patriotic observance of law, equitableness, trustworthiness and honesty. More than 100 companies, including Yahoo!, signed the pledge.

Perhaps the most significant development, however, was a 2004 guideline on internet censorship that called for Chinese universities to recruit internet commentators who could guide online discussions in politically acceptable directions and report comments that did not follow Chinese law.
internet  china 
21 days ago
Facebook patents system that can use your phone's mic to monitor TV habits | Technology | The Guardian
Facebook has patented a system that can remotely activate the microphone on someone’s phone using inaudible signals broadcast via a television.

The patent application describes a system where an audio fingerprint embedded in TV shows or ads, inaudible to human ears, would trigger the phone, tablet or long-rumoured smart speaker to turn on the microphone and start recording “ambient audio of the content item”. The recording could then be matched to a database of content to allow Facebook to identify what the individual was watching – like Shazam for TV, but without the individual choosing to activate the system.
facebook  surveillance  privacy 
21 days ago
Ten simple rules for structuring papers
Because you are the world’s leading expert at exactly what you are doing, you are also the world’s least qualified person to judge your writing from the perspective of the naïve reader. The majority of writing mistakes stem from this predicament. Think like a designer—for each element, determine the impact that you want to have on people and then strive to achieve that objective [4]. Try to think through the paper like a naïve reader who must first be made to care about the problem you are addressing (see Rule 6) and then will want to understand your answer with minimal effort.
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21 days ago
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21 days ago
True scale of UK role in torture and rendition after 9/11 revealed | UK news | The Guardian
British intelligence agencies were involved in the torture and kidnap of terrorism suspects after 9/11, according to two reports by the parliamentary intelligence and security committee.

The reports published on Thursday amount to one of the most damning indictments of UK intelligence, revealing links to torture and rendition were much more widespread than previously reported.

While there was no evidence of officers directly carrying out physical mistreatment of detainees, the reports say the overseas agency MI6 and the domestic service MI5 were involved in hundreds of torture cases and scores of rendition cases.
torture  uk 
22 days ago
(44) Mark Allen v Kyren Wilson Final Masters 2018 - YouTube
Concrete evidence of how losing weight would help Mark Allen's game (John Parrot kindly blames his "cueing across himself" on Allen being "left-handed", but the embonpoint definitely not helping...
obesity  sport  coaching 
22 days ago
Investigation findings published following the death of a 72-year-old Sheffield man | Independent Office for Police Conduct
Leslie Bingham died after a South Yorkshire Police vehicle collided with him at around 6:20pm on 7 January 2017, at the junction of Penistone Road and Owlerton Green. An inquest into Mr Bingham’s death ended on 26 June 2018 and recorded a narrative finding.

We completed our investigation into the incident in June 2017 and as a result a police constable attended a misconduct meeting held by SYP in December that year. The officer was found to have breached the standards of professional behaviour, and as a result received management advice and subsequently completed a bespoke driver training course.
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22 days ago
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RT : A great cartoon in The Land magazine.
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28 days ago
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The radical lessons of a year reporting on knife crime | Membership | The Guardian
Roughly a decade ago, the UN ranked Scotland as the most violent country in the developed world. Between April 2006 and April 2011, 40 children and teenagers were killed in knife deaths in Scotland; between 2011 and 2016, that figure fell to just eight. Glasgow witnessed the steepest decline – from 15 young people in the five years before 2011, to zero in the five years afterwards...
Scotland is its own place, and not all of this is replicable elsewhere. But it is a demonstration of what can be achieved if the political will is there. One of the big differences between Scotland and London is political: in Scotland, the public-health approach is funded by and answerable to a single democratic authority at Holyrood.
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29 days ago
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what it does: WhoColor is a (.js) userscript for the Tamper-/Greasemonkey browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox. when you open an (english) wikipedia article it creates a color-markup on the text, showing the original authors of the content, an author list ordered by percentages of the article written and (soon) additional provenance information. it also has the ability to show conflict about certain words and the adding/deleting history of a given word (these features are currently being added and might already work when you try it out).
wikipedia  tools 
29 days ago
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Hunt and May apologise for Gosport hospital deaths | Society | The Guardian
An independent inquiry, published on Wednesday, found that 456 patients died and possibly 200 more had their lives shortened because of the routine practice at Gosport War Memorial hospital.The inquiry, led by the former bishop of Liverpool James Jones, concluded that Dr Jane Barton, the GP who ran wards at Gosport War Memorial hospital, routinely overprescribed drugs for her patients in the 1990s. Consultants were aware of her actions but did not intervene.
Gosport hospital: more than 450 patients died due to opioid drugs policy
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The panel said concerns were raised as early as 1988, and three years later when a staff meeting was held supposedly for nurses to address the issue it “had the effect of silencing the nurses’ concerns”.
medicine  drugs  deaths 
29 days ago
Disabling the Built in Keyboard and Trackpad on a MacBook Pro | T3CHNOT3S
If, like me, you use your MacBook Pro in a multi-screen scenario with an external keyboard and mouse, then probably like me, you've wondered how to disable the built in trackpad and keyboard so inadvertent key presses don't mess things up (i.e. the cat).
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4 weeks ago
Getting started with TeX, LaTeX, and friends - TeX Users Group
This page is for the benefit of new TeX system users. As such, it tries to be short and simple. (An even shorter getting-started document is available.)
What's going on here?

TeX is a typesetting language. Instead of visually formatting your text, you enter your manuscript text intertwined with TeX commands in a plain text file. You then run TeX to produce formatted output, such as a PDF file. Thus, in contrast to standard word processors, your document is a separate file that does not pretend to be a representation of the final typeset output, and so can be easily edited and manipulated.
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4 weeks ago
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How Peppa Pig became a video nightmare for children | Technology | The Guardian
Whether these videos are deliberately malicious, “merely” trolling, or the emergent effect of complex systems, isn’t the point. What’s new is that the system in which such violence proliferates is right in front of us, and visibly complicit, if we choose to see it for what it is. I titled that original essay “Something is wrong on the internet” because it seemed and still seems to me that the issues made glaringly obvious by the scandal are not limited to children’s content, nor to YouTube. First among these is how systems of algorithmic governance, rather than leading us towards the sunny uplands of equality and empowerment, continually re-enact and reinforce our existing prejudices, while oppressing those with the least understanding of, and thus power over, the systems they’re enmeshed in.

Take YouTube’s recommendation system for starters, which doesn’t differentiate between Disney movies and a grainy animation cooked up by a bot farm in China. Essentially what the seemingly benign “if you like that, you’ll like this” mechanism is doing is training young children – practically from birth – to click on the first thing that comes along, regardless of the source.
internet  youtube  video  children 
4 weeks ago
Our Pricing Policy for Editors |JobsforEditors.com
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translation  business 
4 weeks ago
Fears mount over WhatsApp's role in spreading fake news | Technology | The Guardian
“People don’t want to put themselves in the public domain by putting something publicly on Facebook and Twitter, but there’s still need for humans to gossip and share communication,” said Camilla Wright, who has run the Popbitch email newsletter since 2000 and tracked the evolution ofonline gossip.

“People are sending things to each other on email again and on WhatsApp,” she explained, drawing parallels with the round-robin letters and private forums that existed before Facebook and Twitter. “It’s much more in tune in with how humans have evolved to gossip because it feels like you’re telling people on a one-to-one level. The closed WhatsApp group is the modern water cooler or school gate.”
socialmedia  facebook  twitter  news 
4 weeks ago
The Prime Machine – a new concordancer in town – EFL Notes
One of the impulses behind The Prime Machine was to help students distinguish similar or synonymous words. Recently a student of mine asked about the difference between “occasion” and “opportunity”. I used the compare function on the BYU COCA to help the student induce some meaning from the listed collocations. It kinda, sorta, helped.

The features offered by The Prime Machine promises much better help for this kind of question. For example in the screenshot below the (Neighbourhood) Label function shows the kind of semantic tags associated with the words “occasion” and “opportunity”. Having this info certainly helps reduce time figuring out the differences between the words.
corpus  tools 
4 weeks ago
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The latest mural outside St John's Church in Edinburgh's west end
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5 weeks ago
Antarctic ice melting faster than ever, studies show | Environment | The Guardian
A separate study warns that unless urgent action is taken in the next decade the melting ice could contribute more than 25cm to a total global sea level rise of more than a metre by 2070. This could lead eventually to the collapse of the entire west Antarctic ice sheet, and around 3.5m of sea-level rise...
The study, published in Nature, involved 84 scientists from 44 international organisations and claims to be the most comprehensive account of the Antarctic ice sheet to date. It shows that before 2012, the Antarctic lost ice at a steady rate of 76bn tonnes per year - a 0.2mm per year contribution to sea-level rise. However since then there has been a sharp increase, resulting in the loss of 219bn tonnes of ice per year - a 0.6mm per year sea-level contribution.
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5 weeks ago
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Reminds me of Amartya Sen's experience at Heathrow, retold in his book "Identity and Violence"...
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5 weeks ago
What Can We Learn About Moral Panics from Absinthe?
Absinthe’s history is one of persecution, moral panic, and demonization; these subjects are near and dear to the hearts of most (if not all) Satanists. In addition, the ritualistic nature of how the drink is prepared makes for a thoughtful commentary on traditions and their importance. ...
As it turns out the reason for absinthe’s rise in popularity in the late 19th century are rather mundane. What is interesting however is the way the spirit became a scapegoat for societal ills despite scant evidence. Claims arose that it was hallucinogenic (it’s not); absinthe was blamed for murders, suicides, and all manner of moral decay. There was a concerted propaganda campaign to malign and disparage the drink, which is at worst no more harmful than any other cocktail.
alcohol  drugs  agnotology 
5 weeks ago
La France face au défi de la fracture numérique
À côté de la couverture mobile, l'impossibilité d'accéder à un Internet fixe de qualité constitue aussi un énorme problème pour nombre de villes et villages de l'Hexagone. Au début des années 2010, lorsque Nicolas Sarkozy était au pouvoir, le gouvernement a lancé un vaste programme : le Plan France très haut débit (PTHD). Repris sans grand changement par François Hollande, ce gigantesque chantier à 20 milliards d'euros repose essentiellement sur le déploiement de la fibre optique, qui vise à remplacer le vieux réseau cuivré. In fine, ce programme doit permettre à tous les Français de disposer d'un Internet ultrarapide à l'horizon de 2022. Le problème, c'est que d'ici là de nombreux bourgs, villes et villages devront se débrouiller avec un ADSL à bout de souffle. Ce qui pèse de plus en plus sur la compétitivité économique de nombreux territoires.
internet  politics  france 
5 weeks ago
Ministerial Resignation Statement - Dr Phillip Lee MP - Caring for Bracknell Constituency
However, as the negotiations are unfolding, two things are becoming clear.

• The practicalities, logistics and implications of leaving the EU are far more complex than was ever envisaged and certainly more complex than the people were told in 2016. The UK is not going to be ready in time, neither is the EU, and both would suffer from a rushed or fudged agreement.

• The outcome that is emerging will be neither fully to leave the EU, nor fully to stay. This is not an outcome for which anyone knowingly voted. In my view, this raises the important principle of legitimacy: I do not believe it would be right for the Government to pursue such a course without a plan to seek a confirmatory mandate for the outcome. And I believe that Parliament should have the power to ask the Government to adjust its course in the best interests of the people whom its Members represent.
Brexit  politics  uk 
5 weeks ago
Alternatives to Google Products (Complete List) | Restore Privacy
It’s been fun Google, but it’s time to say goodbye.

Have you noticed?

Google’s entire business model is based on you surrendering to their corporate surveillance. That’s it. All they do is repackage mass corporate surveillance into convenient, free, trendy applications that suck up all your data. Your private data helps Google dominate the online advertising market.

You are the product.

The other key issue to consider here is that Google is tracking and recording your activity in order to build a user profile, which can be used for various purposes. Google has many ways to track your activity, even if you are not logged into a Google account:
google  privacy  internet 
5 weeks ago
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