Location History Visualizer - Heatmap
Welcome to Location History Visualizer, a tool for visualizing your collected Google Location History data with heatmaps.
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Tech's push to teach coding isn't about kids' success – it's about cutting wages | Technology | The Guardian
Today’s hi-tech wages threaten Silicon Valley’s bottom line. What better way to drive down coders’ pay than by investing in a new generation of cheap labor?
code  software  programming  tech  technology  education  school  schools  capitalism  labor  market  markets 
3 days ago
Untitled (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxt-wHbD640)
On this date 10 years ago, while I was waiting in line to testify at an FCC hearing in Chicago, this first aired:
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5 days ago
Wolfram Challenges
An expanding collection of Challenges for both beginners and experienced programmers. Find a track that fits your interests in coding, math, word puzzles, computational thinking and more…
code  software  programming  functional  wolfram  mathematica  challenge 
8 days ago
There's Blood In The Water In Silicon Valley
The industry has had a remarkable run. The companies at its center — Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple are the defining brands — are beloved by consumers, truly global, dominant in the markets. They have also been able to coast on their popularity and their amazing products while largely getting a pass on politics at its higher levels. They spend scads on lobbying — Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has risen to become a top lobbying spender in recent years — to keep the tax collectors and communications regulators at bay, but they’ve never had to fight for their identity against political tides that have defined other major American industries. It’s easy to forget that oil prospectors and junk-bond traders had their moments of glory too; now Wall Street and the oil industries are resigned to a defensive crouch.

This sort of political change happens slowly until it happens fast. Uber provided a new model for a transformative tech giant to crash through with a dark, negative brand. The company’s toxic internal culture and rogue business practices were pure extensions of Silicon Valley’s clichés, not particularly different from things Microsoft was once admired for, or Amazon’s more openly rapacious early years. But the narrative had changed — inequality and misogyny were central American concerns, not as easily brushed past.
code  software  market  markets  tech  technology  siliconvalley  corporate  corporations  amazon  google  apple  facebook 
10 days ago
Moment data shows that your apps are making you unhappy — Quartz
It may be common knowledge that spending too much time on social media leads to disappointment with yourself, but according to data from Moment, an iPhone app that tracks app usage, there isn’t a single app that makes you feel good for spending more, rather than less, time on it. Not even Spotify.
Weekly, Moment asks users whether they’re happy with the time spent on each of their apps. The ratings are then used to compare the amount of time that “happy” users and “unhappy” users spend on each app. Apps for which “happy” users spend more time on than “unhappy” users meet the criteria for “time well spent.”
Moment publishes the list of apps that make the cut each week. It usually includes things like Google Calendar, Podcasts, Spotify, or Reminders—apps that help users stay organized, focused, or informed. But an analysis of app ratings aggregated over 2017 shows that, ultimately, no app that received 1,000 ratings or more actually made the time-well-spent criteria. In other words, all apps have diminishing returns over the long run.
app  apps  apple  tech  technology  psychology  happy  happiness 
17 days ago
A Few Bad Scientists Are Threatening to Topple Taxonomy | Science | Smithsonian
By the numbers, Hoser is a taxonomy maven. Between 2000 and 2012 alone, Hoser named three-quarters of all new genera and subgenera of snakes; overall, he’s named over 800 taxa, including dozens of snakes and lizards. But prominent taxonomists and other herpetologists—including several interviewed for this piece—say that those numbers are misleading.

According to them, Hoser isn’t a prolific scientist at all. What he’s really mastered is a very specific kind of scientific "crime": taxonomic vandalism.
biology  animals  science  philosophyofscience  philosophy  name  semantics  psychology 
17 days ago
What is AI? Not even the experts agree on the answer — Quartz
It therefore might be worth our while to apply a bit more effort when referring to “AI”-ish subjects. At the very least, we might want to avoid the word “intelligence” when referring to software, because nobody really knows what it means. For example, Google’s Go-playing computer system was “smart” enough to beat the world’s best human players—but if you try to get it to generalize what it “learned” about Go to any other domain, you’ll find it’s dumber than a houseplant. Even Alan Turing, the genius who mathematically defined what a computer is, considered the question of defining intelligence too hard; his eponymous Turing test dodges it, essentially saying “intelligence is as intelligence does.”
So what should we call “AI”, if not that? Orwell suggests that the cure for words that cloud our thinking is better words: simpler ones, crisper ones. Some commentators suggest merely using “software”; personally, I think “automation” does the trick. Instead of priming our minds with visions of inchoate software-spirits possessed of strange powers and inscrutable intentions, being more conscious of the words we choose might allow us to more clearly grasp the technologies around us.
ai  code  software  philosophy  philosophyofmind  tech  technology  machinelearning  deeplearning 
18 days ago
kleptoparasite - definition and meaning
I submit to you that Omar from The Wire is a kleptoparasite:
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19 days ago
The Invisible Poems in St. Catherine’s Monastery, on the Sinai Peninsula - The Atlantic
Over five years, the researchers gathered 30 terabytes of images from 74 palimpsests—totaling 6,800 pages. In some cases, the erased texts have increased the known vocabulary of a language by up to 50 percent, giving new hope to linguists trying to decipher them. One of the languages to reemerge from the parchments is Caucasian Albanian, which was spoken by a Christian kingdom in what is now modern day Azerbaijan. Almost all written records from the kingdom were lost in the 8th and 9th century when its churches were destroyed.

“There are two palimpsests here that have Caucasian Albanian text in the erased layer,” says Michael Phelps, the director of the Early Manuscripts Electronic Library and leader of the project. “They are the only two texts that survive in this language ... We were sitting with one of the scholars and he was adding to the language as we were processing the images. In real time he was saying ‘now we have the word for net’ and ‘now the word for fish.’”
linguistics  language  archaeology  history  tech  technology  religion 
19 days ago
Policy For The People | MetaFilter
Matt Bruenig, creator of The People's Policy Project (a think tank for leftist policy), wrote Common Ownership And The New Antitrust Movement advocating for Market Socialism and common ownership along side stronger anti-trust measures. It stirred debate at Naked Capitalism and Bloomberg, prompting a response: Index Funds Are A Proof Of Concept For Market Socialism. Other PPP posts: The Welfare State Should Be More Than A Safety Net. How the Swedes Addressed Wealth Inequality
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25 days ago
Uber partners with Girls Who Code to fight for greater diversity in tech - The Verge
Uber is announcing today a multi-year partnership with the nonprofit Girls Who Code. As part of the deal, Uber is donating $1.2 million to Girls Who Code over the next three years. The money will go towards growing more after school and immersion programs for young girls to learn tech at an earlier age and the organization estimates that 60,000 more girls will gain access to these programs as a result of the deal.
sexism  women  feminism  tech  technology  uber  pr 
28 days ago
What is the alt right? A linguistic data analysis of 3 billion Reddit comments shows a disparate group that is quickly uniting — Quartz
The_Donald and other alt-right spaces are acting as meeting places for disaffected white men from all walks of life to share a communal hatred. They start out in different corners of the internet with different interests and different lexicons. They remain separate when they’re outside of The_Donald, but the more time they spend in there, the more pernicious views of the world they are likely to pick up by osmosis. They are forming a coherent group identity, represented in the language they have begun to speak, which coalesces around their common hatred of liberalism and their love of Donald Trump.
We’re witnessing the radicalization of young white men through the medium of frog memes. In order to see it, all you need to do is look at the words coming out of their mouths. The alt-right isn’t yet united, but it soon will be.
language  word  words  rightwing  protest  activism  reddit 
29 days ago
Interior Ministry shuts down, raids left-wing German Indymedia site | Germany | DW | 25.08.2017
German government apparently raids and shuts down German Indymedia website (Linksunten):
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4 weeks ago
Aiva Technologies
Aiva: The Artificial Intelligence who composes emotional soundtrack music
music  ai  code  deeplearning  machinelearning  software  programming  song  songs 
4 weeks ago
Powerball Jackpot: Why Lottery Winner Neighbors Go Bankrupt | Money
Neighbors of lottery winners are significantly more likely to declare bankruptcy within a few years of the big event than are people living near ordinary folks, according to a 2016 study. The study focused on lottery winners in Canada, and found that every $1,000 increase in lottery winnings raises the risk of bankruptcy among the neighbors by roughly 2.4 percent.
research  money  luck  winning  psychology  economics  socialscience 
4 weeks ago
Disarm White Supremacy | mathbabe
One way to disarm the dangerous ideology of white supremacy is to teach and learn Black history inside and outside of the classroom. Here is a personal list I compiled from my own collection of books and documentaries I would like to share with you. I have arranged the order of the titles into a poem in homage to these freedom writers. The first version of the poem omits the authors, while the second version includes authors and clickable links for more information on each title and author.
reference  toread  history  race  racism  poem  literature  poetry 
4 weeks ago
Psychologists have developed the first scientific test of everyday charisma – Research Digest
Removing any redundancy, the researchers ended up with a six-item self-report measure of charisma loading onto two main factors to do with having influence over others (including being able to guide them) and coming across as affable (being able to make others feel comfortable and at ease).

Participants taking the new test are asked to rate their agreement on a five-point scale from 1 Strongly Disagree to 5 Strongly Agree, whether “I am someone who…”:

Has a presence in a room
Has the ability to influence people
Knows how to lead a group
Makes people feel comfortable
Smiles at people often
Can get along with anyone
psychology  charisma  research  mind  brain  social 
5 weeks ago
GOP senators react to Trump’s Charlottesville comments: “Mr. President - we must call evil by its name.” - Vox
RT : 4 GOP senators react to Trump’s Charlottesville comments: "Mr. President - we must call evil by its name."
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6 weeks ago
On work – Yonatan Zunger – Medium
After 14 (very exciting) years, I’ve left Google, and in a few weeks I will be joining the team at Humu, a company recently started by some friends and ex-colleagues of mine for the specific purpose of making work better. While I can’t discuss the particulars of what we’ll be doing any more than Laszlo already has, I’ll say that this team seems to have a number of concrete approaches to doing this, and an urge to explore more, which I believe have a solid chance of working. (And it’s a company, not a nonprofit, because it turns out that not being miserable along these very same axes makes employees measurably more productive, which means that you can get companies to pay you to make people’s lives meaningfully better. I feel like I’ve found a weird sort of exploitable bug in Capitalism.)
work  inspiration  economy  economics  job  jobs  parecon 
6 weeks ago
Want to be happier? Live in a small house.
If you own an American home built in the last three decades, your house is probably too big for your life, sucking away your money, energy, time, and relationships, and adding only to your accumulation of stuff. It won't be an easy problem to fix, for you or for the American real estate market more broadly. But as a happy owner of a small home, I can assure you it's a problem worth fixing. Next time you buy a house, consider shopping small.
happiness  happy  psychology  money  wealth  house  home  smart 
6 weeks ago
The Computational Propaganda Project | Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
"Since 2012, we have been investigating the use of algorithms, automation and computational propaganda in public life. Political bots are manipulating public opinion over major social networking applications. This project enables a new team of social and information scientists to investigate the impact of automated scripts, commonly called bots, on social media."
facebook  twitter  socialmedia  research  propaganda  politics  online  media  tech  technology  code  software 
7 weeks ago
Dash User Guide and Documentation - Dash by Plotly
"For those interested in pure python reactive apps, here is a freshly released framework"
python  visualization  ui  code  software  programming  web  webdev 
7 weeks ago
How (and Why) Athletes Go Broke
Recession or no recession, many NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball players have a penchant for losing most or all of their money. It doesn't matter how much they make. And the ways they blow it are strikingly similar
sports  sport  money  finance  success  failure 
7 weeks ago
Artificial Intelligence Is Stuck. Here’s How to Move It Forward. - The New York Times
Artificial Intelligence is colossally hyped these days, but the dirty little secret is that it still has a long, long way to go. Sure, A.I. systems have mastered an array of games, from chess and Go to “Jeopardy” and poker, but the technology continues to struggle in the real world. Robots fall over while opening doors, prototype driverless cars frequently need human intervention, and nobody has yet designed a machine that can read reliably at the level of a sixth grader, let alone a college student. Computers that can educate themselves — a mark of true intelligence — remain a dream.

Even the trendy technique of “deep learning,” which uses artificial neural networks to discern complex statistical correlations in huge amounts of data, often comes up short. Some of the best image-recognition systems, for example, can successfully distinguish dog breeds, yet remain capable of major blunders, like mistaking a simple pattern of yellow and black stripes for a school bus. Such systems can neither comprehend what is going on in complex visual scenes (“Who is chasing whom and why?”) nor follow simple instructions (“Read this story and summarize what it means”).

Although the field of A.I. is exploding with microdiscoveries, progress toward the robustness and flexibility of human cognition remains elusive.
ai  philosophy  philosophyofmind  research  science  mind  brain 
7 weeks ago
Donald Trump’s War on Scientists Has Had One Big Side Effect – Mother Jones
More than a dozen Democratic candidates with scientific backgrounds are running for Congress.
science  politics  election  elections  inspiration  usa 
8 weeks ago
Do you live in the world's least active country? - BBC News
US scientists have amassed "planetary-scale" data from people's smartphones to see how active we really are.

The Stanford University analysis of 68 million days' worth of minute-by-minute data showed the average number of daily steps was 4,961.

Hong Kong was top averaging 6,880 a day, while Indonesia was bottom of the rankings with just 3,513.

But the findings also uncovered intriguing details that could help tackle obesity.
exercise  world  statistics  data  health  body 
9 weeks ago
Poland court bill: Parliament votes for judicial reforms - BBC News
Poland's lower house of parliament has voted through controversial new reforms which will see all Supreme Court judges removed and replaced.
poland  politics  court  political  polska  law 
9 weeks ago
US Republican asks Nasa if civilisation on Mars existed - BBC News
You know, I read headlines like this and I feel like I want to punch something:
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9 weeks ago
My favorite space-themed joke.
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10 weeks ago
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