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Inside Facebook's Hellish Two Years—and Mark Zuckerberg's Struggle to Fix it All | WIRED
Interesting read, except for the conclusive words indirectly suggesting that publishers like Murdoch care for the truth. Anyone who was ever exposed to British tabloids (or Cold War kompromat, I guess) has known fake news for decades.

Also, quite significant that Facebook and the like are called 'social media' instead of 'social networks' (which was the case in the first few years, and is still the case in many languages like French).
web:facebook  journalism  web:social-networks 
23 hours ago
A dive into the making of Immersion - Ctrl-Alt-TestCtrl-Alt-Test
"Iteration time is king. The faster you can iterate, the more you can experiment, the more variations you can explore, the more you can refine your vision and increase the overall quality."
art 
3 days ago
Charting Death
"For our final capstone project for the fantastic Bradley Voytek's COGS 108 course at UCSD, we thought it would be interesting for us to have our own go at examining potential disparities between actual deaths and their corresponding media attention."
public-health  journalism 
3 days ago
Le capital en Russie | Le blog de Thomas Piketty
"A la mort de Staline, en 1953, 4 % de la population soviétique est en prison, dont plus de la moitié pour des « vols de propriété socialiste » et autres petits larcins permettant d’améliorer l’ordinaire. C’est la « société des voleurs » décrite par Juliette Cadiot, et elle signe le dramatique échec d’un régime qui se voulait émancipateur. Pour dépasser un tel niveau d’enfermement, il faut considérer le cas de la population masculine noire américaine aujourd’hui (5 % des hommes adultes en prison)."
history:ussr  world:russia  inequality 
7 days ago
Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook hearing was an utter sham | Zephyr Teachout | Opinion | The Guardian
"The worst moments of the hearing for us, as citizens, were when senators asked if Zuckerberg would support legislation that would regulate Facebook. I don’t care whether Zuckerberg supports Honest Ads, or privacy laws, or GDPR. By asking him if he would support legislation, the senators elevated him to a kind of co-equal philosopher king whose view on Facebook regulation carried special weight. It shouldn’t."
web:facebook  usa:politics 
7 days ago
François Héran : « L’Afrique subsaharienne migre moins que les autres régions du monde. » | AOC media - Analyse Opinion Critique
Excellent throughout. Fun bit:

"En France, on fait souvent un usage un peu pervers de la fameuse distinction proposée par Max Weber entre éthique de conviction et éthique de responsabilité. Ça plaît beaucoup aux énarques. Mais le dilemme est forcé. Weber avait prononcé sa fameuse conférence sur le sujet devant les Spartakistes qui avaient pris le pouvoir à Munich ! Un contexte pour le moins particulier, où il y avait du sens à rappeler à de jeunes révolutionnaires que l’amour du prochain ne suffisait pas à faire une bonne politique."
immigration  fr:immigration  immigration:refugees  fr:politics 
8 days ago
Free SAS! | Statistical Horizons
Wait, SAS has a free edition? that runs on Macs (well, in an Oracle VM)?

(I'm very late to the game this is from 2014.)
stats:sas 
9 days ago
Altair: Declarative Visualization in Python — Altair 2.0.0rc1 documentation
"Altair is a declarative statistical visualization library for Python, based on Vega and Vega-Lite."
python  viz:vega-lite  viz:vega 
9 days ago
Nous avons rencontré Pierre Haski – Le grand continent
"La version chinoise de Madame Figaro, par exemple, est réalisée en partenariat avec la « Ligue de la jeunesse communiste chinoise ». Ce qui est assez drôle quand on connaît Le Figaro en France…"
world:china  violence:censorship  journalism 
10 days ago
Ubu règne sur l’université française, par Alain Garrigou (Le Monde diplomatique, septembre 2017)
"Quelques pointages en première année ont révélé une proportion relativement constante de notes très basses : une moitié entre zéro et 5 sur 20. L’administration de certaines universités a alors enjoint aux enseignants de ne plus mettre zéro aux copies blanches. Explication : l’État ne versait plus de dotation pour les étudiants ayant eu zéro. Facétieux ou indignés par la consigne, des correcteurs ont attribué des notes de 0,25 ou 0,1 afin de marquer leur désapprobation. S’ils croyaient déranger, ils se trompaient : ils ont reçu le feu vert administratif."
fr:higher-ed 
11 days ago
L’Université féodale de demain, par Pierre Jourde (Le Monde diplomatique, avril 2008)
"La sélection, ce gros mot, sera définitivement bannie du vocabulaire universitaire. Comment ? Les grandes écoles sélectionnent ? Les lycées professionnels aussi ? Quoi ? Cette sélection garantit le sérieux des diplômes, et suscite la confiance des employeurs ? Peut-être, mais la sélection, ce n’est pas gentil, voilà."
fr:higher-ed 
11 days ago
Fatal Journeys: Visualizing the Horror | Fronkonstin
"Last year there were 934 incidents around the world involving people looking for a better life where more than 5.300 people lost their life o gone missing, 60% of them in Mediterranean. Around 8 out of 100 were children."
immigration:refugees 
11 days ago
Why Whales Got So Big - The Atlantic
"As bodies balloon, volume increases faster than surface area does, so you produce more heat in your body but lose comparatively less of it from your skin. But animals can’t become infinitely big because larger bodies also demand more fuel. There’s only so much food that an animal can reasonably find, catch, and swallow.

So, the need to stay warm sets a floor for the body size of oceanic mammals, while the need to eat sets a ceiling. And the gap between them, Gearty found, is surprisingly narrow—and far more so than on land."
biology 
11 days ago
The Null Device
"Social software such as Facebook has genuinely reduced friction and saved time, allowing people to keep in minimal touch with people they are peripherally connected to, and also reducing the time required to keep in touch with other, less peripheral, friends; the hectic pace of modern life has filled the time thus freed up. Thus, most people have no more time for phoning/texting/emailing non-core friends, who all are on Fscebook anyway, than they do for composing a multi-paragraph blog post which nobody will probably read. The sad reality of the 21st-century human condition is that Mark Zuckerberg owns the space between us, and leaving Facebook (and Instagram and WhatsApp) is, in many ways, to retreat from modern society; a radical, deliberate act, equal parts Ted Kaczynski and Into The Wild."
web:facebook 
11 days ago
khaledhosny/libertinus: Libertinus font family
"Libertinus fonts is a fork of the Linux Libertine and Linux Biolinum fonts that started as an OpenType math companion of the Libertine font family, but grown as a full fork to address some of the bugs in the fonts."

@seealso https://ctan.org/pkg/libertinus
typography 
12 days ago
Learning a new programming language - the stupidest thing...
I'd go: Python, Ruby, Scala, with better JavaScript and SQL before that, and more Stan and Julia after that.
programming 
12 days ago
Manipulation of Public Opinion – Amnesty Insights – Medium
By Claudio Guarnieri (nex). "This text is adapted from my speech at re:publica 2017 in conversation with Garry Kasparov."
polisci:elections  web:social-networks 
16 days ago
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