A moderate speaks: By God, won’t someone else take a stand? - The Washington Post
This bill was not given the process it deserves. We should have deliberated in committee. We should have held hearings. We should have done this the right way. There is only one way to proceed: We must absolutely proceed with it. I, for one, will fight it tooth and nail. I will do everything except vote against it.
satire  politics  hcr  aca  wapo 
5 hours ago
Who Americans spend their time with
Hours per day with friends is a sad chart.
data  family  friends  graphs  society  picture 
4 weeks ago
cuz language is cѳmplicaťed.
'and there's a gazillion words
compromise interprets and pre-parses text
so life is way better.
nlp  javascript  conversationalui 
6 weeks ago
Beaker | Peer-to-peer Web browser. No blockchain required.
Create and share websites for free, with no advertising and no third-party services, directly from your device. Visitors to your site rehost your files automatically on the peer-to-peer network, so you don't have to pay hosting costs.

I... still don't understand these peer-to-peer web proposals, but they're interesting.
browser  p2p  web  experiment 
7 weeks ago
Dat is a grant-funded, open-source, decentralized data sharing tool for efficiently versioning and syncing changes to data.
data  datascience  collaboration 
7 weeks ago
“Seinfeld” Episodes from the Point of View of the Girlfriends - The New Yorker
Vanessa meets her friend Elaine’s ex, Jerry, who’s apparently a professional comedian, even though Vanessa is exactly as funny as he is and also has a law degree and passed the bar. While she kind of likes him, Vanessa doesn’t make a move because she doesn’t want to set off down a path where, in a year, every party that she and Elaine attend ends with Elaine screaming, “I GUESS FEMALE FRIENDSHIP IS A MYTH!” A couple of days later, Jerry shows up outside Vanessa’s workplace. He’s very clearly stalking her, and it’s very objectively creepy, but Vanessa agrees to go out with him anyway. There are so few good men in New York.
satire  humor  seinfeld 
7 weeks ago
North American Industry Classification System
Census-provided classification system for business/industry in the US. Concordances exist for EU and UN systems.
industry  categorization  classification  standards  census 
9 weeks ago
Toward a Critical Technical Practice
A critical technical practice will, at least for the foreseeable future, require a split identity -- one foot planted in the craft work of design and the other foot planted in the reflexive work of critique.
science  research  academia  ai  critique  via:classics  design  techdel 
9 weeks ago
JSON Feed: Version 1
Bold to publish an entirely new feed spec just to avoid XML, but it does seem well done.
json  rss  feeds  standards  specification  spec 
10 weeks ago
Building Mastodon to be frozen - parker higgins dot net
Mastodon developers can make some choices now that could help preserve those communities — if only in a “frozen” form — after they are no longer active. And if done right, it could open up new possibilities for persistent presentation of ephemeral communities.
internet  decentralization  mastodon  web  archiving  archive.org  history  yes  resilience  via:mastodon  xor 
11 weeks ago
Could You? Should You?
Use of the Jurassic Park quote in 2006 regarding AJAX.
yourscientistsweresopreoccupied  dom  ajax  web  via:slack  jurassicpark 
11 weeks ago
Learning from Twitter’s mistakes – Eugen Rochko – Medium
Smaller, tight-knit communities are less prone to harbouring toxic behaviour; you could think of it as moderation work of the entire network being spread somewhat* between countless administrators of independent but compatible communities, which makes it way more scalable than a single multi-million-user company with a small safety team.

Of course, communities with the sole purpose of spreading toxic behaviour will pop up too. In such cases, instance administrators can blacklist specific instances outright. It takes substantially more effort to setup a brand-new instance than it is to create a new account on a centralized social network — you have to acquire hosting, domain name, invest time in installation and configuration — so blacklist-evading is a lot harder.

twitter  mastodon  ethics  harassment  abuse  moderation  yes  gargron 
11 weeks ago
(500) http://www.iconocla.st/m/Light_Speed_notes.pdf
sorry to see that iconocla.st is down; I wanted to cite that awesome Noisebridge talk on ftl travel/games
from twitter
11 weeks ago
Mapzen Search · Mapzen
API to open source geocoding/reverse-geocoding, based on OSM, OA and Who's On First data. Nice alternative to proprietary solutions.
geocoder  addresses  maps  via:rss  search  osm 
11 weeks ago
ConceptNet Numberbatch 17.04: better, less-stereotyped word vectors – ConceptNet blog
Systematically removing inappropriate bias from machine-learned semantics/word vectors.
ml  ai  word2vec  google  microsoft  bias  fairness  techdel  via:slack 
april 2017
My Comments on the Unroll.Me // Uber Situation – Perri Chase – Medium
Look, respectfully, you have clearly been living under a rock because if you look at the entire tech ecosystem — It’s fucking gross.

The candor of these CEO-publishes-random-thoughts-to-Medium posts is kind of intense.
candor  ethics  privacy  unrollme  uber  email  siliconvalley  via:slack 
april 2017
A Universe Explodes: A Blockchain Book, from Editions At Play
A Google experiment in which a book is distributed through a blockchain, and rules are enforced so that copies change/degrade over time.
blockchain  book  google  ellteedee  ephemerality 
april 2017
PhD Thesis: Cascading Style Sheets
A dissertation about CSS written in HTML and formatted with CSS for presentation on the Web and in print (and in a couple other formats too).
web  standards  html  css  dissertation  research  w3c  history  yes 
april 2017
if we users wrote a Proof Verification Language chunk for Mastodon, would Keybase accept POST…
from twitter
april 2017
Emoji for fun and profit - Webstock
By 2020, all written language will have been supplanted by emoji. But how did it come to this? To understand how emoji work, you first need to learn a little bit about Japanese cellphones in the late 90s, the mechanics of Unicode, and how computers render display fonts. With an understanding of how strange pieces of Japanese culture have become so deeply embedded in the way we communicate, you can start to use them in the things you build. Join CTO of Slack, Cal Henderson, as he shares how to use emoji for fun and for profit.
emoji  video  history  slack  via:waxy 
april 2017
Towards Democratic Regulation of the Airline Industry
More broadly, it’s time for the public to recognize that there is no such thing as “Deregulation.” The choice is always simply between regulation by the public for the public or regulation by private powers for their personal benefit. In short, we must regulate our society through democracy, or the plutocrats will regulate our lives for us. And sometimes, as we saw with David Dao, they will use violence to get their way.
deregulation  airlines  government  policeviolence  lawenforcement 
april 2017
Alan Kay's answer to What made Xerox PARC special? Who else today is like them? - Quora
A few principles:

Visions not goals
Fund people not projects — the scientists find the problems not the funders. So, for many reasons, you have to have the best researchers.
Problem Finding — not just Problem Solving
Milestones not deadlines
It’s “baseball” not “golf” — batting .350 is very good in a high aspiration high risk area. Not getting a hit is not failure but the overhead for getting hits. (As in baseball, an “error” is failing to pull off something that is technically feasible.)
It’s about shaping “computer stuff” to human ends per the vision. Much of the time this required the researchers to design and build pretty much everything, including much of the hardware — including a variety of mainframes — and virtually all of the software needed (including OSs and programming languages, etc.). Many of the ARPA researchers were quite fluent in both HW and SW (though usually better at one than the other). This made for a pretty homogeneous computing culture and great synergy in most projects.
The above goes against the commonsense idea that “computer people should not try to make their own tools (because of the infinite Turing Tarpit that results)”. The ARPA idea was a second order notion: “if you can make your own tools, HW and SW, then you must!”. The idea was that if you are going to take on big important and new problems then you just have to develop the chops to pull off all needed tools, partly because of what “new” really means, and partly because trying to do workarounds of vendor stuff that is in the wrong paradigm will kill the research thinking.
An important part of the research results are researchers. This extends the “baseball” idea to human development. The grad schools, especially, generally admitted people who “seemed interesting” and judgements weren’t made until a few years down the road. Many of the researchers who ultimately solved most of the many problems of personal computing and networking were created by the ARPA community.

Also, I don't think I had realized the level of connection between PARC and ARPA.
parc  arpa  research  xerox  computing  history 
april 2017
Inventor of World Wide Web Receives ACM A.M. Turing Award
ACM named Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Oxford, the recipient of the 2016 ACM A.M. Turing Award. Berners-Lee was cited for inventing the World Wide Web, the first web browser, and the fundamental protocols and algorithms allowing the Web to scale. Considered one of the most influential computing innovations in history, the World Wide Web is the primary tool used by billions of people every day to communicate, access information, engage in commerce, and perform many other important activities.
turing  acm  timbl  award  praise  yes  web 
april 2017
Introduction · ssb-handbook
Scuttlebutt is a decent(ralised) secure gossip platform.
distributed  socialnetworking  decentralization  mesh  gossip  via:mastodon 
april 2017
RFC 8136 - Additional Transition Functionality for IPv6
This document proposes an additional mechanism intended to both facilitate transition from IPv4 to IPv6 and improve the latter's security and privacy.
standards  ietf  humor  rfc  security  privacy  evilbit  ipv4  ipv6 
april 2017
Building a Digital Security Exchange – Medium
Yes. Security training needs to happen, it's going to take a lot of people and be done in diverse ways, and it would be great to coordinate that.
Cryptoparty  training  teaching  trump  security  education  coordination 
april 2017
As always, I disagree with some of this; it recommends installing anti-virus software on your Mac! (Don't do that! It'll do more harm than good.) It divides advice up into devices, which makes sense, but also, many security suggestions (passwords and password managers, 2-factor, even secure communications) aren't specific to a device, but are more about Web or communications in general.
security  tutorial  resources 
march 2017
Donald Trump promised "insurance for everybody." Here's how he can do it. - Vox
Description of "AmeriCare" (which could be called TrumpCare if he wanted) proposal that would allow employers and individuals to opt-in to Medicare-style coverage at any time.
aca  ahca  trump  politics  healthcare 
march 2017
IF Data Permissions Catalogue
Documenting design patterns for personal data sharing, with example uses and research. Work in progress. Maintained by IF.
patterns  permissions  via:jenking  ui  privacy 
march 2017
Tech LadyMafia - Wikipedia
Filled out the Wikipedia article during our edit-a-thon.

Edits/suggestions welcome!
artandfeminism  from twitter
march 2017
Black Swan Fellowship - Live for free, work on a long shot.
The Black Swan Fellowship is a (brief) chance to live for free in a beautiful place, and work on something epic. All basic food, housing, and travel expenses are paid. Location is TBD, but you'll likely be staying on a sailboat, in Rio de Janeiro, in the center of one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.

There is only one requirement: that you work full-time on something that has a chance—however small—of becoming a very big deal.
fellowship  funding  art  weird 
march 2017
Mapbox Tasking Manager - #80 - Building footprints - Oakland
In the last two months, a small group of people used this tool or organize mapping the building outlines for all of Oakland!
maps  coordination  oakland  awesome  mapbox 
march 2017
American Health Care Act - CBO report
24 million losing insurance is big, but I actually think the more interesting things are about what you'll get for that insurance: "actuarial value" is expected to decrease quite a bit, so your premiums might not go up, but your deductibles and co-pays will a lot. And to stabilize the market, they have to mostly discourage older people (50-64) from insurance. With the Medicaid rollbacks as well, this does seem pretty well-targeted at taking away insurance from poor people.
aca  ahca  insurance  cbo 
march 2017
The Maintainers
The Maintainers is a global, interdisciplinary research network that takes a different approach, one whose conceptual starting point was a playful proposal for a counter-volume to Isaacson’s that could be titled The Maintainers: How a Group of Bureaucrats, Standards Engineers, and Introverts Made Technologies That Kind of Work Most of the Time. Network members come from a variety of fields, including academic historians and social scientists, as well as artists, activists, engineers, and business leaders. All share an interest in the concepts of maintenance, infrastructure, repair, and the myriad forms of labor and expertise that sustain our human-built world.
standards  history  technology  maintenance  infrastructure 
march 2017
Most of the time, innovators don’t move fast and break things | Aeon Essays
Understanding the role that standards, ideologies, institutions – the non-thing aspects of technology – play, makes it possible to see how technological change actually happens, and who makes it happen. It makes it possible to understand the true topography of technology and the world today.
standards  innovation  technology  determinism  langdonwinner  politics  siliconvalley 
march 2017
xkcd: Phone
A reminder of why phones can be terrifying emotional confusers.
via:feedbin  stimulus  distraction  attention  technology  calm 
february 2017
Gerrymandering Efficiency Gap: A Better Way to Measure Gerrymandering | New Republic
A *measurement* of gerrymandering, rather than a specific algorithm for creating districts. Excellent work, and well-explained.
gerrymandering  election  fairness  metrics 
february 2017
Reflecting on one very, very strange year at Uber — Susan J. Fowler
It can be hard to imagine sometimes just how dysfunctional an organization can be. (In this case, not just an engineering team, but an entire company; the HR process comes off as especially insulting.)
engineering  sexism  uber  hr 
february 2017
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