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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 
12 hours ago
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 
4 days ago
Twitter
if we users wrote a Proof Verification Language chunk for Mastodon, would Keybase accept POST…
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5 days ago
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 
7 days ago
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 
8 days ago
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 
8 days ago
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 
14 days ago
Introduction · ssb-handbook
Scuttlebutt is a decent(ralised) secure gossip platform.
distributed  socialnetworking  decentralization  mesh  gossip  via:mastodon 
16 days ago
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 
20 days ago
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 
21 days ago
#getsafe
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 
26 days ago
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 
29 days ago
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 
4 weeks ago
Tech LadyMafia - Wikipedia
Filled out the Wikipedia article during our edit-a-thon.

Edits/suggestions welcome!
artandfeminism  from twitter
4 weeks ago
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 
4 weeks ago
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 
4 weeks ago
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 
5 weeks ago
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 
5 weeks ago
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 
5 weeks ago
xkcd: Phone
A reminder of why phones can be terrifying emotional confusers.
via:feedbin  stimulus  distraction  attention  technology  calm 
8 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks ago
A list of things you can control right now
Your level of honesty.
How often you say “thank you.”
Whether or not you give someone the benefit of the doubt.
Whether or not you compete with people around you.
Whether you think positive or negative thoughts.
How much time you spend worrying.
How much exercise you get.
How many risks you take.
The type of food you eat.
via:feedbin  choice  control  negativity  meditation 
9 weeks ago
Basic Security Guide (Tech Solidarity)
Yet another guide; this one has an advantage of being brief. As usual, I don't agree with all its suggestions.
security  journalism  tech  Cryptoparty  guide  tutorial 
9 weeks ago
Guide for contacting Web hosts about hate speech / abuse
@dret I'm looking at this guide on reporting hate speech to Web hosts as related to the rel-issue concept:
abuse  harassment  web  hosting  tos  donthosthate  guide  tutorial 
10 weeks ago
Twitter
RT : Should academics march for science? Of course. We should also do other things. Multi-sided challenges require diver…
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11 weeks ago
Poetry As Political Expression | Verse
RT : We need poetry more than ever. Check out this playlist featuring political poetry necessary for our time:
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11 weeks ago
Academics Against Immigration Executive Order
These bans, as proposed, have consequences that reach beyond the scope of national security. The unethical and discriminatory treatment of law-abiding, hard-working, and well-integrated immigrants fundamentally contravenes the founding principles of the United States.

We strongly denounce this ban and urge the President to reconsider going forward with this Executive Order.
academia  petition  trump  politics  immigration  speak  from twitter_favs
11 weeks ago
Password and login security tips that anyone can use
For better or worse, we’re going to be using passwords to protect our online accounts for the foreseeable future. Use passwords that are strong and different for each site, and use a password manager to help. Set long, random answers for security questions (even if they’re not the truth). And use two-factor authentication on any site that supports it.

Following these steps takes some discipline and will make it harder to log in sometimes. But in today’s Internet, where thousands of passwords are stolen every day and accounts are traded on the black market, it’s worth some inconvenience to keep your online life safe.


Good advice and good explanations. However, I wish we could prioritize this better for users. Different passwords are more important than strong passwords. I think 2-factor is more accessible than randomly generated GUIDs as answers to security questions.
security  Cryptoparty  passwords  mozilla  rlb 
12 weeks ago
Twitter
RT : My name is Lutz Grünthal. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered in Auschwitz
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12 weeks ago
(500) https://www.ischool.berkeley.edu/events/2017/crypto-party-2017
RT : CTSP is proud to help sponsor the 2017 Crypto Party this Thursday Jan 26 at the . Open to everyone!🔐
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12 weeks ago
Twitter
RT : DYK redwood groves are carbon sink / acre in nature? About 200 tons an acre. More redwoods would mean less…
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12 weeks ago
The Empire Strikes Back: How the death of GDS puts all government innovators at risk – Organizer Sandbox – Medium
What I care about it preserving what I and many others believe are important efforts to modernize governments so that the effectiveness of government, and trust in its institutions, are maintained.
citizentechnologist  government  usds  18f  institution  uk  gds 
12 weeks ago
GitHub - bastianallgeier/letter: Letter is a simple, highly customizable tool to create letters in your browser.
Letter is a simple, highly customizable tool to create letters in your browser.

Very simple at this point. But a good reminder that so many document format tasks could just be websites with nice stylesheets printed to PDF.
via:feedbin  html  web  correspondence  css 
january 2017
Our Computers | Endless Computers
Small, cheap computers (~$80-$150), designed for use by those who aren't familiar with computers. Runs a simplified Linux OS, apparently with browser as fairly primary.
linux  hardware  computer  tobuy 
january 2017
Federal Government 2017
Interesting project to collect and classify illegal and out-of-norm actions by a large organization, in this case, our government under the Trump administration.
government  trump  documentation  politics 
january 2017
EFF's 100-Day Plan | Electronic Frontier Foundation
EFF reveals its top 10 priorities for the first 100 days of the Trump presidency.
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january 2017
Twitter
Currently hovering: one helicopter, two drones.
ReclaimMLK  from twitter
january 2017
saltpack - a modern crypto messaging format
Need to encode, transmit, or store encrypted or signed data? saltpack is a streamlined, modern solution, designed with simplicity in mind. It is easy to implement & integrate. We've made few crypto decisions and instead leave almost all of the heavy lifting to the NaCl library.
security  encryption  crypto  standards  spec 
january 2017
Twitter
RT : Rallied against the GOP plan to and defend our progress at in NoVa
OurFirstStand  MakeAmericaSickAgain  from twitter
january 2017
Twitter
RT : Here, I took the data from the report and ordered the spending categories by SNAP/non-SNAP ratio. Result: Baby food…
from twitter
january 2017
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