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The $35,000 copper-plated, python skin-wrapped bicycle ... made in 'Motor City' Detroit | road.cc
This new bike from a luxury sporting goods firm based in the Motor City may lack an internal combustion engine, but when it comes to bling, it ticks all the boxes – and a price tag of $35,000 means only the super-wealthy (and supremely lacking in taste) can afford one.

Called the Wheelmen, it’s made by Williamson Goods, and is copper- or chrome-plated and wrapped in python skin, together with a crocodile skin Brooks saddle.
cycling  funny  work  dccomment 
8 days ago by juliusbeezer
Tony Blair on Andrew Marr Show (24Jun12) - YouTube
08:03 "Sure!" (… it was fine to spit in the face of the UN and embark upon a war of aggression without Security Council backing). Perhaps M. Blair's acuity as a statesman would have been greater had the BBC employed journalists capable of holding him to account!
dccomment  youtube  politics  uk  iraq  UN 
12 days ago by juliusbeezer
VIA REUNIR - Comment les constructeurs auto se préparent à la disparition de la voiture en ville
Bref, l'avenir de la voiture en ville n'est pas tout rose.

Pour les constructeurs automobiles, cette perspective n'est pas anodine pour leur business, le risque pour eux étant d'avoir manqué une évolution sociétale...

surtout les équipementiers qui ont innové avec diverses technologies destinées à réduire la pollution aux particules fines,
driving  pollution  driverless  dccomment 
20 days ago by juliusbeezer
If You See Something, Save Something – 6 Ways to Save Pages In the Wayback Machine | Internet Archive Blogs
In recent days many people have shown interest in making sure the Wayback Machine has copies of the web pages they care about most. These saved pages can be cited, shared, linked to – and they will continue to exist even after the original page changes or is removed from the web.

There are several ways to save pages and whole sites so that they appear in the Wayback Machine. Here are 6 of them.
archiving  linkrot  dccomment 
24 days ago by juliusbeezer
Translator, heal thyself! Are we 'doctors'?
Does translation really need a metaphor? Most people have experience of not being able to understand foreign language material, and the possibility/necessity of translation by someone knowing both languages. I'm wary of this surgical metaphor: most doctors are NOT surgeons, a mere medical degree being just the beginning of surgical training. As long ago as Hippocrates (~325 BCE) physicians have been enjoined "not [to] cut for stone" but to "leave this operation to be performed by practitioners, specialists in this art." In other words, it's best for all concerned if surgery is left to the surgeons.
translation  metaphor  dccomment 
5 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Un cycliste de 20 ans meurt percuté par une voiture - La Voix du Nord
Ce lundi soir, vers 22 h 15, un cycliste a été mortellement percuté par une voiture, non loin du carrefour entre l’avenue Kléber et l’avenue de la Mer, à Malo-les-Bains.
driving  road_safety  deaths  france  dccomment 
5 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Assassinats ciblés : « Messieurs les Français, tirez les derniers ! »
Pour mieux comprendre ce phénomène, il faut tout d’abord noter que cette pratique, si elle est nouvelle en France, est devenue la routine dans d’autres démocraties occidentales.
law  france  drones  dccomment 
5 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Transport Secretary proves worth of segregated cycle lanes by dooring cyclist (video) - Cycling Weekly
A video has emerged showing the benefit of segregated cycle lanes in which a cyclist is doored by a passenger leaving a four-wheel drive vehicle.

So far this sounds all too familiar for Britain’s roads, but the surprise element of this footage is that the man carelessly throwing open the door on his large off-road vehicle is none other than Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.
cycling  road_safety  dccomment 
9 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
My love of roast potatoes (& how to make them) – Medium
To achieve peak roastpotatoeness (it’s a word), your potatoes must hit hot oil. Anything less and they’ll just absorb oil and lethargically sit in your oven not ever getting to peak roastpotatoeness. They need to be cooked in an oven by themselves and not in the same tray as your meat or indeed in the same oven at the same time. Why not in the same tray? While I accept it imparts into the potatoes a lovely savoury meatiness, you are limited to the number of potatoes that you can fit around the roast. The second issue is common whether you cook potatoes in the same tray as your meat or in the same oven in a separate tray, you are inhibiting the meat from roasting by adding loads of moisture to your oven.
food  funny  dccomment 
10 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Are we content with toxic air? — Insall & Coe
Well, that is broadly the air quality issue – except for the bit about action. Government action to date has concentrated on trying to defend a series of legal challenges by the environmental law group ClientEarth, which is seeking to enforce a clean-up. Why no action? Because the major urban pollution source is motor vehicles, and governments are terrified of motoring lobbies. As we said earlier this year, the motor lobby has far more influence than deprived children living next to major urban roads.
driving  airpollution  dccomment  politics 
10 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
We can Fix It: Saving the Truth from the Internet
So it is time to lend a hand; time to raise a barn. We need to figure out how to create the standard new methods of authentication and ranking. We need help pushing for changes at large internet companies. We need to think through the details of how the truth and rotten tomato prizes would be awarded. We’ll need a budget and funding to create a strong incentive for the prizes. We need to promote these ideas and get more adoption. In short, if you found this message, we need you. If you agree that we need social action to make the internet safe for truth, promote this message and sign up to be part of this project.
internet  socialmedia  agnotology  commenting  dccomment  philosophy 
10 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Twitter and Facebook Censorship and Mainstream Media Denial - Craig Murray
All my blog posts are posted to Facebook as well as twitter. Did you know when you share my post on Facebook, Facebook limits the number of your friends who can see it? In my case the limit is set to ensure that the percentage of incoming traffic to my site that comes through Facebook, is always precisely 5%. To do that, of course, they have to know precisely how much traffic is coming in to this site. Worrying, isn’t it? Before Facebook set the limitation -around the same time as twitter – the amount of incoming traffic from Facebook was around 30% of my traffic.
facebook  attention  censorship  twitter  dccomment 
10 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
The Invisible Visible Man: A peeved pedestrian, a rider's broken shoulder and why it's time to stop designing for conflict
I remember an incident from the summer of 2013 as I rode home down the Hudson River Greenway on the west side of Manhattan. Near a narrow section where runners and pedestrians were forced together, I came upon a middle-aged Dutch man slumped on the ground and grasping at his shoulder. He had hurt himself, I later discovered, after a runner had stepped off the walkway and into his path, knocking him off.
cycling  road_safety  pqpc  netherlands  us  uk  philosophy  dccomment 
11 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Why Your Business Should Still Care About Twitter in 2017 - ManageFlitter Blog
If you’re a brand or a business who needs to have that level of real-time access to an audience, Twitter is still the right way to go. I use it constantly, far more than any other social network for just that reason. It’s the simplest way for me to get in-front of people, and I don’t have to bow to Facebook’s algorithms just to make it bloody work in the first place.
twitter  dccomment  archiving 
11 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
The Electoral College Is Not “Anti-Democratic” – Medium
Maybe you don’t like the Electoral College, which is the system that the United States has used since 1788 to select its chief executive. That’s fine. But to say “I dislike this system” shouldn’t be the same as saying “This system is anti-democratic.” A system is not anti-democratic because it happened to produce an outcome that you dislike this time around.
us  politics  dccomment 
11 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Strict liability for cyclists too? (avec tweets) · DouglasCarnall · Storify
I was confirmed in this view a few months ago, watching an interview with Chris Boardman, in the context of the work that he and Carlton Reid did on safe overtaking of cyclists. I've hunted for the clip and can't find it again, but in it, almost as an afterthought, the TV journalist interviewing him asked "And what about strict liability?" Chris Boardman astutely illustrated the justice of the principle by the example of a collision between a cyclist and a pedestrian. Although fatal cycle-pedestrian collisions are rare—the UK numbers are in single figures every year (and sometimes zero)—compared with the 2,500 or so deaths involving a motor vehicle, this actually makes them a better exemplar for the establishment of the principle.
cycling  road_safety  dccomment  presumedliability 
12 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Paul Mason wrote: “Borrowing money to spend on defence buys you good, high-skilled jobs; enhanced R… – Medium
Paul Mason wrote:
“Borrowing money to spend on defence buys you good, high-skilled jobs; enhanced R&D; resilience in the face of a bad world situation and — if you do it right — rekindles social cohesion. It also demands an industrial policy”

This is often said. However “defence” spending represents rather poor value for money by the metric of capital invested/job created compared with any other sector. Policymakers sincere about minimising unemployment should know this. “Defence” R&D may indeed produce interesting work (the internet…), but if it remains unpublished/classified, as is likely, then again, greater public benefit would be obtained by investment elsewhere.
That said, the autonomy of the Baltic states and of Europe in general is worth defending. You’re surely right to be thinking about military solutions. After all, invading eastern Europe has always gone so well for anyone who’s tried it in the past.
Or maybe the UK should try to avoid appearing like a warmongering blimp-head manoeuvring on the borders of a country whom history grants every right to wariness.
Still, the UK can always resort to selling the exploding fruits of such excellent policy to oppressive regimes around the world. How’s that working out for ya?
war  europe  uk  research  economics  dccomment 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Will pedestrians and cyclists bully self-driving cars? : TreeHugger
Using game theory and “crosswalk chicken”, Millard-Ball concludes that in the suburbs, with low-volume traffic, AVs and humans might co-exist quite nicely in the roads, sharing the space. Kids might play in traffic and parents won’t worry. Cities could take down all those no ball-playing and hockey signs.

However in the denser parts of the city, the situation changes. There are a number of scenarios, including:
Pedestrian Supremacy:

The first scenario envisages urban environments where pedestrians, and perhaps bicycles, dominate.
driverless  environment  dccomment  walking  cycling 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Language Log » The mystery of "mouthfeel"
What Terry Hunt said.

I first came across the term "mouthfeel" following an interest in the flavonoids: the vitamin-like compounds present in many fruits and leaves which often have anti-oxidant properties. The (1990s) review article I read mentioned in passing that these compounds are responsible for the mouthfeel of tea, and gave it to be understood that this was a term of art in tea-tasting (IIRC the word was presented between quote marks in this formal article).

The presence of flavonoids in solution alter the surface tension of the liquid, and result in a different sensation in the mouth when it is drunk compared with drinking pure water alone. I had long wondered what this sensation-of-a-increased-tendency-to-form-a-globule-of-fluid-in-the-mouth (as I then thought of it) might be when drinking very fine Indian tea at my maiden great-aunt's on a Sunday afternoon. So when I came across the word mouthfeel in the flavonoids review I found it instantly explanatory.
food  terminology  dccomment 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Sivens : “L'écologie contre la démocratie”, le nouveau livre de Pascal Perri - France 3 Midi-Pyrénées
Pascal Perri : "Les Verts utilisent beaucoup les zadistes en prônant notamment une démocratie participative... Pourquoi ? Simplement parce que, dans la démocratie élective, leur place est marginale. Lorsque les électeurs donnent leur avis, les écologistes n'obtiennent pas souvent la majorité. Mais là, on a une troupe militaire - les zadistes - qui occupe le terrain, et un groupe politique démilitarisé - les écologistes - avec quelques figures de proue comme José Bové qui peuvent négocier.
aéroport  politics  france  dccomment 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Dutch city Groningen to spend €85 per head each year on cycling (+ video) | road.cc
And while the city’s network of cycle routes would be the envy of urban bike riders anywhere else on the planet – take a look at the Streetfilms video below – it is identifying, and acting upon, shortcomings in its existing provision, such as unsafe crossings, or places where more bike parking is needed...
[dccomment: I rode there recently to see for myself, and I agree with Butty and doc_davo that Groningen is no paradise. If you're a ped in the town centre, watch out! I saw some truly crazy moves by young men on bikes, and it could take a long time to cross the road on foot, across a continuous stream of cyclists who do not give way to pedestrians, probably because the brakes on their knackered old clunkers hardly work. (An unstylish rustfest)
Cyclists' frustration at being excluded from the high quality roads, such as the truly massive 4-8 lane ring road (exclusively for motor traffic) whilst being limited to the pace of the slowest rider on the pokey obligatory cycle lane alongside is doubtless a factor in the development of the merciless ethic towards pedestrians.

Love the Rhine marsh folk, but their ways are of dubious relevance to anywhere that's got a hill, and should only be copied after profound reflection on their appropriateness for the new location.

(Some pics: https://flic.kr/s/aHskMwAoUP (link is external), click through for the captions)]
cycling  netherlands  dccomment 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
How Drug Companies Keep Medicine Out of Reach - The Atlantic
"So there is the idea that there are gaps in research," Love told me in February, "and the second idea is that linking the cost of R&D to the price of the drug through the grant of a monopoly is inherently problematic, and the problems are diverse." The existing system relies on the promise of drug sales under patent to incentivize innovation -- an effective monopoly on production, typically lasting more than a decade. That system leads drug makers to set prices at whatever level they think the market can bear, regardless of the cost of manufacture or even the cost of development. The point was driven home last year, when Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, in New York, refused a new colorectal cancer drug priced at over $130,000 per year. The drug maker, Sanofi, promptly cut the price in half...
[dccomment, disqus: A martian writes:
"The discomfort of M. Gates' conflicted position is very interesting. Presumably much of his 'wealth' is still 'invested' in companies that rely on 'intellectual property' to make 'money.' Yet clearly, the experts who advise him how to spend it, are clear that for things that actually matter for humanity—curing tropical diseases, rather than selling dodgy software upgrades—this model is of proven ineffectiveness. However, should he concede the point, the resulting cultural matter-antimatter explosion could leave him standing alone in a desert, spectacles fogged by dust, and wearing only a pair of frazzled underpants."]
drugs  medicine  research  dccomment  funny 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Qui connaît encore le code de la route? – Isabelle et le vélo
Ni les militants avertis, ni les professionnels, ni la blogueuse ne savaient combien de personnes on peut transporter sur un vélo, combien de catadioptres sont obligatoires, si une auto a priorité sur moi dans une zone de rencontre ou si nous avons le droit de marcher sur la chaussée lorsqu’il y a un trottoir …
J’avais été invitée à ouvrir la journée et ai montré des panneaux utilisés à mauvais escient, ainsi que des aménagements parfaitement compris bien que discrets et se passant totalement de panneau.
En introduction je m’interrogeais sur la notion de « culture vélo », et en conclusion je plaidais pour qu’on arrête de tout voir par le prisme de la règle, au bénéfice de l’aménagement bien conçu.
cycling  france  dccomment 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Spring Update | Ware Park Wood
We have been taking various friends and relatives to look round and it is great seeing everything come to life. There were a few clumps of snowdrops and daffodils mainly near the road, but surprisingly few brambles for an unmanaged wood. On the other hand there are some fairly large areas of bracken, which is just starting to come up. There are also a lot of nettles in some areas – not nice for walking through but good for wildlife (and soup apparently). I first saw the wood in July so I haven’t seen it at this time of year before. Some of the large cherry trees are in blossom and I am looking to seeing how things change over the next few months.
forestry  agriculture  dccomment 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Riding reclined: recumbent rides for 2003
Recumbent cycle ride from Hackney to Whitstable.
cycling  dccomment 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Video: Head-on collision with another cyclist on CS3 | road.cc
The footage shows a number of riders overtaking, but when one woman attempts to pass a man on a Boris Bike who is riding a little more centrally, she finds herself cramped for room and ends up colliding with someone approaching from the other direction.
cycling  road_safety  dccomment 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Books about translation and writing | Thoughts On Translation
If you were to ask me to recommend only one book to those embarking on professional translation, it would be Brian Mossop’s ‘Editing and revising for translators’. Its concise discussion of revising translations cuts directly to the heart of the issue of what constitutes an acceptable translation. And what does not.

Honourable runners-up: Chesterman and Wagner’s Socratic dialogue ‘Can theory help translators?’ puts translation theory in its place; Hofstader’s ‘Le Ton Beau de Marot’ is a wonderful, playful exposition of creativity and variation in translation.

What did I actually read first? Impatient, Newmark’s aphoristic ‘Paragraphs on translation’.
translation  theory  dccomment 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Une interview de Damien Viel, directeur général de Twitter France : Reflets
Entrer en contact avec Twitter est un parcours du combattant. Même pour les journalistes. Paradoxal pour une entreprise qui se veut un réseau social. Twitter France a bien un adresse, mais c’est une domiciliation place Vendôme. C’est très chic, mais inefficace pour discuter avec quelqu’un. Les boites-aux-lettres répondent mal aux questions.
socialmedia  twitter  censorship  dccomment 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Helmets helmets helmets | Forum | road.cc
The validity of any systematic review depends on the assiduousness with which the authors identify the existing published research. I'm not happy with this article for several reasons:

1) it was published in a paywalled venue, excluding the general public, and also many interested professionals should their institution not subscribe to the journal. Good science is open science. Hiding your results from public scrutiny, in this day and age, is simply not acceptable. Happily there is sci-hub.cc...

2) Even once the article is obtained, the methods section lacks a clear description of the inclusion and exclusion criteria, which can only be obtained by requesting the study protocol from the first author. As the flowchart in figure 1 (results) makes clear, their initial search yielded 2393 "records"; the exclusion of duplicates took this to 1215 records (fair enough), BUT then the records are "screened" excluding 1124 records to yield 91 articles that were actually analysed at full-text level and THEN another 48 excluded ("with reasons") to yield the 40 studies that were actually included in the final analysis.

This screening process is NOT published. As, obviously, the choice of which data to analyse are crucial to the eventual results obtained, I am not a happy reader at this point.

3) Perhaps less important, but both authors declare that they are affiliated to a department of maths and statistics. I'm quite old-fashioned, but I like to see at least one medical degree among the authors when they presume to declare expertise on categorising the character and severity of injuries--in other words to have some clue about how the data were actually generated in the first place. This is particularly important when like is being compared with quite like, but not exactly. The specialist actually qualified to do this is a public health physician or medical epidemiologist. Now it may be argued that as this article has passed muster in the peer review process of the International Journal of Epidemiology, then it is OK, but given the opacity of the methods, I think reasonable doubt opens up.

4) Finally, the authors are Australian, and seem to have a vested interest in promoting the lamentable compulsion policy there. In their discussion they say that "the results of this review do not support arguments against helmet legislation from an injury prevention perspective." But we're not just interested in injury prevention: we're interested in overall health, and a decline in cycling participation is very clearly a decline in overall public health.

So I have serious doubts about the validity of their message.
dccomment  helmetwars  cycling 
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
One in three admit to driving with handheld phone | road.cc
The problem is that the legislators made a major error when they brought in the handset ban: because they went against the studies that showed that the distraction is the problem, and gave the massive concession to the mobile phone industry of allowing hands-free sets--even though such calls are also distracting.

Had this exemption not been allowed, then a simpler campaign against all distraction whilst driving would be possible. That concession was the thin end of the wedge, and now we have the drivers of 40 tonne lorries watching feature films on the dashboard's built-in screen, or bus drivers placing bets on-line using an app on their "smart"phone. I even overtook a priest weaving and slowing in a queue of traffic recently; but he was merely distracted by a well-thumbed breviary.

The main problem is that driving is very boring and passive, and not unsurprisingly, people start to wonder if they could fill up the time doing something more interesting. If it can be automated, this is certainly one solution.
driving  mobile_telephony_risks  dccomment 
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
The French Burkini story explained to my American Friends
Laïcité used to be a very liberal concept. For years it has been championed by teachers, unions and the Socialist party. But recently, after 9/11 and the rise of a strong Islamophobia in France, Laïcité has been (mis)used to specifically limit the presence of Islam in public spaces. Therefore, this notion is now also championed by Marine Le Pen and the National Front in their anti-Islam political platform.
france  politics  dccomment 
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
Corbyn’s past will destroy Labour’s future | The Gerasites
Afterwards he was quoted as saying, “I’m happy to commemorate all those who died fighting for an independent Ireland.” The meeting had been organised by the “Wolfe Tone Society” which was set up in London in 1984 to support Sinn Fein and its policies, including support for the IRA*

Classifying Corbyn's statement that he would commemorate all those who have died in the cause of Irish independence as "support for the IRA": just a tad crude? Would there have been a Good Friday agreement without the left's recognition of the justice of the republican movement?
Of course, that doesn't stop anyone misrepresenting Corbyn's views in the way that you suggest. But it would still be a misrepresentation. The English electorate may well be ignorant enough to find such over-simplification attractive; but that is hardly a recommendation. Fortunately the electorate has other sources of information than admen's billboards these days.
Neither would participating in a "minute of silence" (however convened) be equated with endorsement in most reasonable people's minds: politicians should pause for reflection more often.
ireland  dccomment  rejecta 
august 2016 by juliusbeezer
EU Economics Meets Democracy - Green European Journal
What is possible is systems of transparency. To connect cameras inside the Council of the EU with the internet and smart phones, so you know what is being said. This is the first step we need to take in order to re-energise dialogue and debate in Europe. We need some checks and balances on our representatives within the existing framework. This can happen as of tomorrow. The next step is to stabilise.
eu  politics  dccomment 
july 2016 by juliusbeezer
Cardinal Sins of Translation #1: Reading While Translating (and Not Before!) - Intralingo
a colleague in my PhD program questioned this so-called rule. (I should say that she has a lot of experience in technical translation but was new to literary translation upon entering the program, so she hadn’t been indoctrinated with semesters of literary translation advice.) Her argument went something like this: If you read the entire book before you start translating, your knowledge of what happens in the book could “leak” into your translation. On the other hand, if you read the book while translating it, this readerly sense of suspense, including false assumptions and uncertain interpretations, comes through in your translation, and thus makes your translation more “true” to the reading experience.

I have to admit, I didn’t take her argument seriously until I read an in-depth interview with Lydia Davis, in which she described taking this exact approach to translating novels.
translation  literature  writing  dccomment 
july 2016 by juliusbeezer
More bike lane graffiti appears in Nottingham | road.cc
“Taking money out of future pointless and dangerous lanes is probably a saving grace until we can have cycle lanes designed by cyclists with an understanding of safe and useable infrastructure,” he said.

Michael Metcalfe, who said he has a trike which he can’t use on many bike lanes as they are too narrow, disagreed with the use of graffiti to make a point. He said: “Some valid points regarding design aspects of the cycle lanes but, this isn't protesting, it's vandalism”.

Dooring is the verb used to describe a situation where a passing cyclist is hit by someone opening a car door. Bike lanes positioned near to parked cars are often criticised for putting cyclists at risk of being doored.
cycling  road_safety  dccomment 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Globo’s Billionaire Heir, João Roberto Marinho, Attacked Me in the Guardian. Here’s my Response.
On Friday, April 21, I published an op-ed in The Guardian, in which I posed numerous questions about the impeachment process against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, as well as the role played by the dominant Brazilian media, led by Globo. João responded with anger – and with obvious falsehoods. As one can see, João criticized my article by calling me a liar in various ways in his response...

In fact, João’s response deserves more attention than a mere comment because it is full of deceitful propaganda and pro-impeachment falsehoods – exactly what he tries to deny Globo has been spreading – and thus reveals a great deal (today, Guardian editors upgraded João’s comment into a full-fledged letter!).
brazil  politics  journalism  commenting  dccomment  media  monopoly 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
About Translation: CAT tools and translation style
Many of the translators who don't use CAT tools, however, claim that CAT tools are useless for more creative translations: no time is saved by translation memories – no repetitions, fuzzy or 100% matches – while using the tool weakens the translator's writing style.

I believe that these translators are both right and wrong. Yes, segment matching is less useful for translating documents that are not repetitive, but the use of translation memory is still of great help even for texts that are not repetitive at all: concordance search – offered by all translation memory tools – is what helps most, here: it lets us see in our translation memories how we translated similar words or phrases before, even in sentences that are not close enough to the one we are translating to appear as a fuzzy match.

On the other hand, indiscriminate use of CAT tools, especially in documents that need a more creative approach, may hamper translation style if the translator uses the CAT tool as he would normally use it for technical texts.

One of the drawbacks of CAT tools is that they make it far too easy to carry over the sentence structure of the source language into the target language.
translation  business  CAT_tools  tools  text_tools  dccomment 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Untitled (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jG6wqvVA1Q)
Whatever Gerry Downing's views, his immediate expulsion from the Labour Party is surely an error:
dccomment  youtube  from twitter
march 2016 by juliusbeezer
A Verb for the Act of Providing Open Access | SPARC
For example, here some of the nominated terms that I find I already use on occasion:

* "Open" and "open up" (Dave Puplett, David Solomon, Tom Wilson)

Tom Wilson: "I suggest that simply using 'open' will do fine: e.g., 'Cambridge UP has announced that it will open the Journal of Fuzzy Thinking...' or 'Elsevier will open 40% of its journals...' It is short, sweet, to the point and probably uses many fewer letters than any reasonable alternative." Dave Puplett: "I agree that it's best not to look too far afield for the right word. We have it already - 'open' is the most important part of 'open access' anyway. I'm sure you'll get more detailed suggestions, but just this word alone carries enough weight now I think, and would make perfect sense in every context relating to disseminating research." Douglas Carnall: " 'open up' is probably the most colloquial solution."
openaccess  language  dccomment 
march 2016 by juliusbeezer
The unbearable asymmetry of bullshit | Practical Ethics
When I say bullshit, I mean arguments, data, publications, or even the official policies of scientific organizations that give every impression of being perfectly reasonable — of being well-supported by the highest quality of evidence, and so forth — but which don’t hold up when you scrutinize the details. Bullshit has the veneer of truth-like plausibility. It looks good. It sounds right. But when you get right down to it, it stinks.

There are many ways to produce scientific bullshit. One way is to assert that something has been “proven,” “shown,” or “found” and then cite, in support of this assertion, a study that has actually been heavily critiqued (fairly and in good faith, let us say, although that is not always the case, as we soon shall see) without acknowledging any of the published criticisms of the study or otherwise grappling with its inherent limitations.

Another way is to refer to evidence as being of “high quality” simply because it comes from an in-principle relatively strong study design, like a randomized control trial, without checking the specific materials that were used in the study to confirm that they were fit for purpose...
As the programmer Alberto Brandolini is reputed to have said: “The amount of energy necessary to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it.” This is the unbearable asymmetry of bullshit I mentioned in my title, and it poses a serious problem for research integrity. Developing a strategy for overcoming it, I suggest, should be a top priority for publication ethics.
philosophy  ethics  attention  science  agnotology  dccomment 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
Moped-classification will kill the speed pedelec, claims study | Bicycle Business | BikeBiz
The Grontmij study questioned 115 speed pedelec riders, and followed the journeys of 28 of them with the use of the Strava smartphone-app. It found that the average journey was 13 miles, and the average cruising speed was 21mph. However, within urban areas the average speed was lower.

“The riders temper their speed because – despite the electrical power – riding at 28mph demands a considerable effort,” said Lindeloof.

He added that the proposed classification change could mean that an “efficient, sustainable and healthy traffic concept” will be “killed prematurely”.

However, he recognises that the speed differential between bicycles and motorised bicycles can cause problems on cycleways.
cycling  road_safety  dccomment 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
Oh! The profanity!
Am I becoming prudish in my old age? Is it my upbringing or culture? And although my father was known to pepper conversations with many an expletive, I know he didn’t do this in his professional relationships, or with clients.

Which brings me to profanity and its use by translators, on their personal or professional pages, on Twitter, on forums and in groups, in emails and basically in any public place, be it the real or virtual world.

Some contend that using profanity in a professional setting is a way to convey authenticity, and your personality, that it’s even part of a person’s brand or image. They also recommend that if people don’t like it, then they aren’t your target audience, such as here.

Yet, in the hundreds of blog posts and articles dedicated to this very topic, the general consensus seems to be not to use it, not without “reason”, and to be wary of the effect it will have on readers, not to mention your reputation, personal or professional. In researching this, I was hard-pressed to find sources advocating it, or even defending it. In fact, the majority of bloggers and other authors make a solid case for NOT using it, online or even in presentations such as here and here.
language  translation  english  dccomment 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
Piers Morgan trolls cyclists on Twitter – and Lance Armstrong hits back | road.cc
Yesterday, Morgan told his 4.8 million followers he would wear a helmet camera while driving “to catch cyclists behaving like cretinous busy-bodies.”

That tweet was bound to grab attention, with many replies defending cyclists and pointing out it is motorists who make the roads dangerous for vulnerable users such as pedestrians and people on bikes, while others took Morgan’s side, urging that cyclists should be licensed and, yes, pay non-existent “road tax.”
cycling  road_safety  dccomment 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
Going the distance —how to ride further without breaking yourself | road.cc
Good article. Sensible advice. One thing I've found over the years is that it's well worth concentrating on not going too fast in the first hour, especially if you're trying to improve a time. Setting out on a nice morning, maybe with a slight tailwind, it's easy to feel fresh early on, ride a bit too fast, and get over-knackered later. "Hurry slowly" is the watchword.

In the first hour of any long ride, I consciously force myself to spin easily, changing down to a slightly smaller gear should I have the slightest inkling of morning friskiness. Only then, if I'm in a hurry, do I press on a bit, gently at first, putting in increasing intervals with a little aerobic effort. And it's only in the last 10-20% of the ride that it's advisable to attempt riding at maximum effort—your body will then tell you if that's not possible.

As I said to that gendarme who kindly wondered what I was doing stumbling round a village stadium in the dark (trying to find a tap to refill my bidon) : "Le secret de la longue distance ce n'est jamais faire effort." He then directed me to the gents at the back of the church.
cycling  dccomment 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
bmj.com Rapid Responses for Ogilvie et al., 329 (7469) 763-0
2 October 2004

Douglas J Carnall,
General practitioner
London, E8 1AJ

Send response to journal:
Re: Vested interests doom puny healthcare interventions

Ogilvy et al's paper demonstrates the greatest weaknesses of the "evidence-based" approach rather neatly. They assume that motoring is a disease and that interventions must be found to cure it, without examining the social forces that led to the car use in the first place, or that sustain it now it is here.

They review various "interventions" that have tried to part the motor-dependent from their motors in favour of walking and cycling, and find they are weakly, or not at all, effective.

This is hardly surprising, given the massive social currents acting in the opposite direction: car advertising, predict and provide road transport policies, retail monoliths with giant car parks and other horrors of surburban planning. Together this alliance of big business, oil suppliers, motor manufacturers and civil engineers have a massive vested interest in the continued growth of motorised transport. Free travel on foot or by bicycle is an insult to those businesses, who will actively discourage it.

Those who have bought into this motor dependent lifestyle can be trusted to extend the infliction of motor tyranny on everyone else: motorists object to being taxed, though they are major pollutors, or confined by speed limits, though they killed 3,508 people in Britain last year, as they barge through towns and cities greeting their fellows with a snarl of the engine, a blast of the horn, and the acrid reek of their exhaust.

Undermining this metal-carapaced horde is rather difficult, tiresome, and boring, so I am glad I am well paid to do it. Any driver suffering from a condition in which lack of exercise is a factor: hypertension, obesity, stress, depression--most of the general practice caseload in fact, is told to sell their car and get a bike instead.

I do have my successes: I am particularly fond of the man in his fifties who came back for a followup appointment saying he wished he lived further from work so he had more time on his bike everyday, and a (no-longer-so-)depressed patient in her thirties who thanked me and said "I wish I'd taken cycling up years ago."

But when I look at the vested interests lined up against me--not least George W. Bush's latest oil grab--I realise I am pissing into the wind and wonder why I bother. I find doctors who continue to drive particularly depressing, take for example, the consultant car park at Bart's, or the two jokers above, arguing about a visit. Since when do you need a car to carry a briefcase?

Competing interests: I own five bikes and might sell one of them soon.
cycling  health  dccomment  dcarticle 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
Middle finger councillor who ran cyclists off road fined | road.cc
Two cyclists were injured in the incident last July, in which Bridford parish councillor James Atkinson tried to overtake the group on a blind bend in his Land Rover, before veering into the group of four to avoid an oncoming car.

The incident, which took place in the Teign Valley in Devon, apparently left one rider upside down hanging from a tree, and another impaled on a fence. Atkinson, whose reaction after the incident was caught on helmet camera, admitted careless driving to Exeter Crown Court.
cycling  law  internet  dccomment 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
The Mile Long Bookshelf: DISCUSSION: How accurate are your Blogger stats?
The above screenshot shows countries from which people have read my blog. I'm a British blogger and I always write in English. The fact that I've apparently had 11,062 hits from Russia and 6,097 from Ukraine is weird, and most-likely spam. The only legitimate ones up there will be the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Ireland, Canada, Germany and France. You can't see many in the first screenshot but most of my daily referring spam-URLs actually come from Russia, Ukraine, China and Japan. Sometimes India. You just have to figure out what is real and what isn't, and then subtract all the crap from your stats and it's way more accurate than it was before.
russia  language  internet  commenting  dccomment 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
My Daughter’s Nursery Gives Her a Dessert Each Day And I’m Not OK With It – Kveller
I was shocked when my daughter started nursery school and I discovered that her meals there include a dessert each day. Yes, they give babies and toddlers ice cream, custard, cake, sweetened yogurt, cookies, bread pudding, and other sweets every single day. I looked at other nurseries and found out that they all do the same.
food  dccomment 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
Eurobike 2012: Titanium bike round-up - Salsa, Nevi, Van Nicholas, Paduano, Genesis & more | road.cc
And if you want a Ti bike to do it all until your knees go (you might as well get your money's worth), Genesis has got in on the game and produced a titanium version of their very highly regarded (Big Dave rides one) Equilibrium frame, available as a frameset, including carbon fork, for £1,500.

[confronting cycling is hard on the knees propaganda...]
cycling  dccomment 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
Socio-technologist : Notes on writing a Wikipedia Vandalism detection paper
There are two things that I want to do with a vandalism prediction model. Auto-revert at an extremely high level of confidence (SMALL% false-positive -- e.g. 1% or 0.1%) and patrol everything that might be vandalism (LARGE% recall -- e.g. 95% or 97.5%). These two modes correspond to auto-revert bots (like ClueBot NG) and recent changes partolling performed by Wikipedia editors. These two thresholds represent basic values to optimize for that represent a real reduction in the amount of time and energy that Wikipedians need to spend patrolling for vandalism.
wikipedia  statistics  attention  dccomment 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer
Aucun projet ne peut être bâti sur la violence | Philippe Grosvalet, Président socialiste du Conseil Général de Loire-Atlantique
J’ai le souci d’un juste équilibre entre le développement économique et social et la préservation indispensable de nos ressources naturelles. Le projet d’aéroport du Grand Ouest répond, selon moi, à ce double défi.
aéroport  dccomment 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer
The Internet Archive Turns 20: A Behind The Scenes Look At Archiving The Web - Forbes
The Internet Archive does not crawl all sites equally nor is our crawl frequency strictly a function of how popular a site is.” He goes on to caution “I would expect any researcher would be remiss to not take the fluid nature of the web, and the crawls of the [Internet Archive], into consideration” with respect to interpreting the highly variable nature of the Archive’s recrawl rate.

Though it acts as the general public’s primary gateway to the Archive’s web materials, the Wayback Machine is merely a public interface to a limited subset of all these holdings. Only a portion of what the Archive crawls or receives from external organizations and partners is made available in the Wayback Machine, though as Mr. Graham noted there is at present “no master flowchart of the source of captures that are available via the Wayback Machine” so it is difficult to know what percent of the holdings above can be found through the Wayback Machine’s public interface. Moreover, large portions of the Archive’s holdings carry notices that access to them is restricted, often due to embargos, license agreements, or other processes and policies of the Archive...
This is in marked contrast to the description that is often portrayed of the Archive by outsiders as a traditional centralized continuous crawl infrastructure, with a large farm of standardized crawlers ingesting the open web and feeding the Wayback Machine akin to what a traditional commercial search engine might do. The Archive has essentially taken the traditional model of a library archive and brought it into the digital era, rather than take the model of a search engine and add a preservation component to it.
archiving  internet  linkrot  dccomment 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer
What Languages Do Bilinguals Count In? | Psychology Today
The findings of more than three decades of research confirm that bilinguals who learned a second language in late childhood or adulthood favor their first language for mental computations. They are also faster at remembering numbers and solving mathematical problems in that language.

The first language advantage, however, is limited to speakers whose early schooling was in their home language. When kids are schooled in languages different from those of the home, they tend to favor the language of early schooling as the language of mental arithmetic.
language  mathematics  dccomment  bilingualism 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer
Bristol Traffic
the War on Motorists began over 25 years ago —and the city is still suffering under it. Before the war, you could drive from temple way over the rickety flyover, straight to the centre, then past the cathedral and out to the A4, with only a couple of traffic lights in your way. Not now.
driving  urban  environment  dccomment 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer
NDDL. Philippe Grosvalet (PS) passe aux aveux - Breizh-info.com, Actualité, Bretagne, information, politique
Or, en cas de départ de l’actuel aéroport, 600 hectares seraient libérés à Bouguenais. Soit un potentiel, parait-il, de 6300 logements et 16 000 habitants. Et, suprême avantage, ces 600 hectares se trouvent à la porte de la ville de Nantes.

Jusqu’à maintenant, cette dimension demeurait cachée. Lorsque les élus et les agents du lobby béton-goudron (Alain Mustière, par exemple) développaient leurs arguments en faveur de la construction du nouvel aéroport, on avait toujours droit à un grand discours sur l’augmentation du nombre de voyageurs, sur le bruit engendré par les avions, sur la protection de la réserve naturelle du lac de Grand Lieu, mais il n’était jamais question de l’extension de la zone urbanisée.
aéroport  urban  france  politics  dccomment 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer
Elsevier Granted Injunction Against Research Paper 'Pirate Site;' Which Immediately Moves To New Domain To Dodge It | Techdirt
Not officially part of the open-access movement are repositories run by Alexandra Elbakyan, a researcher born and educated in Kazakhstan. Elbakyan's first efforts to liberate documents from behind publisher paywalls were limited to fulfilling requests made by other researchers in online forums. When she saw the demand far exceeded the supply, she automated the process, stashing the documents at Sci-Hub.org.
archiving  arxiv  scholarly  finance  dccomment 
december 2015 by juliusbeezer
Apologies | Matt Carr's Infernal Machine
As I have tried to make clear since I wrote my piece about Hilary Benn last Thursday, I never meant to suggest any moral equivalence whatsoever between Daesh and the International Brigades. I continue to believe that the overall context of the article makes it clear that I intended no such thing, and that nobody who is familiar with my writing could ever believe that I would make such a suggestion.
war  syria  philosophy  religion  history  dccomment 
december 2015 by juliusbeezer
Arriva Bus company defends road rage. | Bike-Riding Motorist (Mr Happy Cyclist's Site)
Punishment pass by bus nicely documented; I comment on inferior UK law, police attitudes.
dccomment  cycling  law  france  police 
december 2015 by juliusbeezer
How to wear a cycling cap + video | road.cc
I'd like to propose a new rule: that any cycling journalist citing the "rules" is awarded the Phillippa Space prize for services to cliché and inflated word countery, and docked ten shillings from their wages. I suppose these "rules" might once have been amusing as a satire of the vanities of sporting cyclists; what irony that they are now cited as though they were written to be obeyed.
dccomment  cycling 
december 2015 by juliusbeezer
The mysterious aging of astronauts | Daniel Lemire's blog
So it looks like despite short stays, and very attentive medical care, astronauts age at a drastically accelerated pace… not just in one or two ways but across a broad spectrum of symptoms.

I looked as hard as I could and I could not find any trace of medical scientists worrying about such a phenomenon a priori.

What is going on? Why does life in space accelerate aging so much?
science  medicine  dccomment 
december 2015 by juliusbeezer
Un nouvel ennemi: le dénialisme / Québec Science
Le dénialisme fait désormais l’objet d’études multidisciplinaires, auxquelles collaborent des chercheurs de nombreux horizons. L’enjeu n’est pas que théorique ou philosophique. Le dénialisme est aussi un réel problème politique et même, bien souvent, une mise en scène motivée par des intérêts économiques. Les dénialistes, ne l’oublions pas, ce sont aussi ces cigarettiers qui ont triché pour cacher la nocivité de leur produit. Ces entreprises, comme Exxon Mobil, qui financent des recherches dont l’objectif est de nier soit la réalité du réchauffement climatique, soit le rôle qu’y joue l’activité humaine. Ce sont des individus comme les frères Koch, des multimilliardaires libertariens aux États-Unis, qui entretiennent des organismes de désinformation œuvrant dans le même sens que leurs opinions.

La conversation démocratique est alors mise à mal, en même temps que deux de ses indispensables alliées: la science et la recherche scientifique, en tant qu’institutions régies par des idéaux normatifs comme la vérité, la diffusion des résultats et l’impartialité. Il faudra donc amorcer de sérieux échanges sur ce qu’il convient de faire pour combattre le dénialisme, dans l’indispensable respect de la liberté d’expression, de la liberté académique et du droit à la dissidence, y compris en science. Vaste programme.
agnotology  climatechange  tobacco  français  dccomment 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Support net neutrality and ad-blocking? You’re a hypocrite | Alphr
Ad-blocking apps and browser plugins have been available for a number of years on both desktop and mobile. Most recently, the update to iOS 9 on iPhone and iPad enabled ad-blocking apps for the first time. But what is being proposed here is that, rather than having adverts screened out by an app on an individual's phone, adverts would instead be cut out of web pages by the network before the data has downloaded to the user’s phone.
Everybody hurts

This is no doubt a terrifying proposition for any online entities with a business model that entails publishing content online and surrounding it by advertising. Like, umm, Alphr, for a start. As publications go digital, and our digital consumption goes increasingly mobile, this is terrible news if you want a sustainable business.
advertising  internet  journalism  dccomment 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Zelo Street: Sun Muslim Bigotry Busted
it was bollocks. There was indeed a poll carried out on behalf of the Sun by Survation, but it did not reveal any particular level of sympathy for “jihadis”, which the paper wants us to believe means ISIS, or whatever they’re calling themselves this week. Fortunately, the poll detail has been made available to view (HERE).
politics  science  journalism  dccomment 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
The End of the Internet Dream? — Backchannel — Medium
For better or for worse, we’ve prioritized things like security, online civility, user interface, and intellectual property interests above freedom and openness. The Internet is less open and more centralized. It’s more regulated. And increasingly it’s less global, and more divided. These trends: centralization, regulation, and globalization are accelerating. And they will define the future of our communications network, unless something dramatic changes.
internet  security  dccomment  attention  agnotology 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Bike Gob's Open Letter To Everyone
people around me have actually started cycling, but this is where I've become conflicted. As well as feeling delighted for them, I have also found that I have been feeling worried for them and even a little bit guilty. As I ride around our city on our car-centric roads, and poorly designed and barely maintained cycle paths, I find that I am constantly putting myself in real and life-threatening danger. I've had two collisions, one serious, and too many near misses to count. That's too many near misses to count, on a daily basis. I've heard so many stories from other cyclists in Glasgow of the regular dangers they face. I even witnessed very recently, a fellow rider driven into, smack head on, right in front of my eyes. Amazingly and forever thankfully he walked away with only bruises, but I have been asking myself, do I really want to suggest that more people cycle? Why encourage more people to put themselves in danger?
cycling  dccomment  road_safety 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
The politics of cycle clothing « the ubiquitous blog
there is a place for Lycra and it fine in its place. However, it can be a barrier to making cycling more inclusive, as it can put people off, especially those not currently cycling. No doubt there are some cyclists who will say that the sort of people who are put off by MAMILs wouldn’t cycle anyway. However, if you go to a Women’s Cycle Forum and listen, you will find women saying that the perceived need for lycra, hi-viz and helmets does put them off cycling. A case study: L. is a woman over the age of 40 who says she is put off by the MAMIL image of cycling. However, on a trip to Bruges, L. was persuaded to try riding a bicycle because people of all ages, shapes and sizes were cycling in normal clothes. She now occasionally rides a bicycle in Edinburgh, and although L. is not a regular cyclist, she now has greater understanding of cycling, which is useful, given that her current job is in transport policy.

Before going any further, I will return to the point I made above, people should be free to wear whatever they feel is comfortable for their cycling journey. Images are important here, and where everyday cycling is being promoted, images which show hi-viz and helmets should be avoided. I
cycling  clothing  dccomment 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Éclairage latéral: la nuit, tous les vélos ne sont pas gris
Voir et être visible avec un bon éclairage à l’avant et à l’arrière n’est pas un scoop. Mais quid de la visibilité latérale?

Si vous aimez rouler la nuit et êtes accessoirement une geek de l’électronique, les éclairages latéraux sont faits pour vous.
cycling  français  dccomment  rejecta 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Doing Is Knowing: “Sweet Jane” and the Web — Backchannel — Medium
Anyone who wants to learn “Sweet Jane” today can look it up on YouTube and get schooled by gawky kids and middle-aged instructional-video peddlers and all sorts of other people who have chosen to say, “I will show you how I do this.” You can listen to and compare a fat catalog of live performances by Reed and covers by others. (You may visit the “Sweet Jane” Museum I have assembled here, if you like.) The Web has, among many other achievements, allowed us all to produce and share the instruction manuals to our DIY dreams. Pickers and strummers everywhere who have posted your clumsy, loving, earnest videos: I thank you and salute you!
blogs  music  learning  youtube  video  dccomment 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Study: The Latest Evidence That Bike Helmet Laws Don't Help Rider Safety - CityLab
The point is not that helmets do nothing or that you shouldn’t wear them. If you fall off your bike and hit your head, it’s obviously much better to have a helmet on. At a personal level, if that’s what it takes to get you riding, by all means, helmet up. But at the local government level, it’s time to recognize that other safety measures have far greater public health benefits—in particular, well-designed infrastructure that separates riders from general traffic.
cycling  helmetwars  canada  dccomment 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Bicycling injury hospitalisation rates in Canadian jurisdictions: analyses examining associations with helmet legislation and mode share -- Teschke et al. 5 (11) -- BMJ Open
The fact that we did not find an effect of helmet legislation for injuries to any body region is not surprising, since most injuries were not head injuries. Even studies of helmet use have not found an effect for serious injuries to any body region.48 After a crash, injuries to the torso, extremities and neck cannot be mitigated by a helmet, and injuries to these body regions were incurred in 87% of the hospitalisations in this study. The lack of a protective effect of legislation on brain and head injury rates is more unexpected. Helmet legislation in Canada has resulted in higher helmet use, so this cannot explain the results.
cycling  road_safety  dccomment 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Video: you'll never guess what happens after this cyclist tries to avoid the pedestrians | road.cc
A cyclist's helmet camera has captured the moment a driver cuts across his path at a junction in Fulham, leaving him with a fractured wrist and bruising.

The video, titled Cycling Accident in London - Lucky Escape, shows some of the challenges of cycling in the UK: Myles Gatherer is riding toward a T-junction in a bike lane, before moving out to avoid two people crossing the road, while at the same time a driver, coming from the opposite direction, is turning right.
cycling  road_safety  crash_report  dccomment 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
DCblog: On a one-word reaction to reports about drunken Aussie accents
That wasn't enough, it seemed. I then had to spend the best part of an hour doing my best to persuade the journalist, who had obviously fallen for this story hook, line and sinker, (a) that it had come from an Australian academic, Dean Frenkel, who, though described as a 'speech expert', doesn't seem to have any backround in the relevant disciplines of historical sociolingustics and phonetics (one web site describes him as a 'left field artist' among other things), (b) that it wasn't especially new - it turns up regularly, along with similar myths from other parts of the world
language  funny  dccomment 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
The Real Threat of OER
The overwhelming majority of OER advocates are faculty, and they have become OER advocates for two reasons. One reason is the incredibly high prices of the textbooks and other materials produced by commercial publishers, and the deleterious effect on student outcomes created when students cannot afford their course materials. Publishers may eventually respond to this problem by dropping their prices to reasonable rates as he indicates they are beginning to do.

However, the second reason faculty have become OER advocates – and more of them are becoming OER advocates each day – has less to do with price and more to do with empowerment. For example, OER give faculty permission to truly personalize their courses. This personalization is not merely switching the sequence of content from A B to B A, or substituting content C for content A. It is personalization that allows faculty to go deep inside the material to permanently change, rewrite, and replace examples, photographs, and language so the materials speak directly and clearly to the students in their specific classes.
open  education  ebooks  dccomment 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
Anti-Israel Activism Criminalized in the Land of Charlie Hebdo and “Free Speech“
The French high court upheld the criminal conviction of 12 political activists for the “crime” of advocating sanctions and a boycott against Israel as a means of ending the decades-long military occupation of Palestine...
The French court ruling is part of a worldwide trend. As more and more people around the world recognize the criminal and brutal nature of the Israeli government, its loyalists have been increasingly trying literally to criminalize activism against the Israeli occupation. For that reason, “pro-Israel” activists this week celebrated this French assault on basic free speech rights.
[500 error, so archived locally as Intercept_Activism_Criminalised.pdf]
france  Israel  Palestine  law  politics  freedom  activism  dccomment 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
10 choses apprises en 10 mois de vélotaf - Yet Another Blog Politique
6. La sonnette est très utile

J'avais des scrupules à m'en servir quand je prenais un Vélib'. La pratique aidant, j'ai appris à l'utiliser de plus en plus. Je n'ai aujourd'hui plus d'hésitation à l'actionner. Le dring dring n'est pas là pour m'autoriser à faire n'importe quoi et à pousser des piétons des trottoirs, mais à prévenir un piéton qui ne m'a pas vu, qui décharge quelque chose d'un utilitaire. Pour ma sécurité et sa propre sécurité.

Amis piétons, les vélos ne sont pas vos ennemis. Souvent, s'ils actionnent leur sonnette c'est pour éviter un choc qui serait douloureux pour tout le monde (et un peu plus pour le piéton).

[see also: http://velofou.blogspot.fr/2015/10/clochez-plus-camarades.html]
cycling  france  politics  dccomment  français  rejecta 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
Sitting down is no worse for you than standing up - Telegraph
Contrary to recent advice, the researchers found no discrepancy between the mortality rates of those who sat for long periods, versus those who stood for the same time.

Instead, the team from the University of Exeter concluded that the key aspect in terms of a person's health was their mobility while sitting or standing.

The findings contradict current NHS guidelines, which advise people to avoid sitting down where possible, and the contemporary slogan that 'sitting down is the new smoking'.

"Our study overturns current thinking on the health risks of sitting and indicates that the problem lies in the absence of movement rather than the time spent sitting itself" said study author Dr Melvyn Hillsdon.
health  dccomment  work 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
11 Myths about Translation and Translators
1 Anyone who speaks two languages can be a translator

Translation is a skill. That means that you’ve got to spend some time on deliberate practice before you become good at it. It’s also important to have good writing skills in the target language, know the terminology, be able to do research and use CAT-tools. Are you sure that your friend who studied French at the University 10 years ago is a good choice for translating your website?

2 Good translators can translate anything

I don’t know about other countries, but this is something that translation students are actually being taught at Russian universities. Nevertheless, that’s absolutely not true.

It’s easy to see if you look at it this way: would you order some technical writing, a legal contract and a marketing copy in your native language from one and the same person? Probably not, because these types of writing require different skills and background.

To be able to provide high quality translation one should not only know a foreign language, but also feel at ease with the subject matter.

3 Good translators can translate in both directions

Professional translators usually translate into their native language only. My guess is that it’s often because they are (a) perfectionists and (b) know the foreign language on such a high level that they can see their own limitations. There are some exceptions to this rule, but let’s be honest, they are pretty rare.
translation  business  dccomment 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
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