siderea | [psych, Patreon] Perfectionism, Toxic and Otherwise
There is a battle going on for the concept of "perfectionism". On one side there are the people (e.g. Hamachek) who hold that there's both healthy and unhealthy perfectionism. On the other side there are people (e.g. via Pocket
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15 hours ago
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It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times—in Germany, in Austria, and in France. via Pocket
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15 hours ago
Don’t Give Up on Unconscious Bias Training — Make It Better
There’s a growing skepticism about whether unconscious bias training is an effective tool to meet corporate diversity goals. Critics of such training contend that it doesn’t visibly move the needle on diversity numbers, and can even backfire. via Pocket
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15 hours ago
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The idea that we can’t is a 19th-century myth that was started by scientists who never actually measured our ability to detect odors. For years, John McGann has been studying the science of smell by working with rats and mice at Rutgers University. via Pocket
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15 hours ago
Nick Craver - HTTPS on Stack Overflow: The End of a Long Road
Today, we deployed HTTPS by default on Stack Overflow. All traffic is now redirected to https:// and Google links will change over the next few weeks. The activation of this is quite literally flipping a switch (feature flag), but getting to that point has taken years of work. via Pocket
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15 hours ago
Fitbit, Quants and Uber - Bloomberg
Last Friday, Robert Murray, a 24-year-old mechanical engineer from Chesapeake, Virginia, was arrested and charged with manipulating the stock of Fitbit Inc. Murray is not my first reader to be arrested for a financial crime. via Pocket
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15 hours ago
Crafting sustainable on-call rotations – Increment: On-Call
With the advent of devops, many engineers these days find themselves participating in an on-call rotation, something that was once solely the responsibility of sysadmins or operations engineers. Carrying the pager (usually with some off-hours requirements) is not a task that most people enjoy. via Pocket
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3 days ago
The Whole World Is Now a Message Board
For most of last year, it was hard to avoid the sensation that something had broken somewhere and the internet was leaking into real life. via Pocket
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4 days ago
How Brain Scientists Forgot That Brains Have Owners - The Atlantic
Five neuroscientists argue that fancy new technologies have led the field astray. It’s a good time to be interested in the brain. Neuroscientists can now turn neurons on or off with just a flash of light, allowing them to manipulate the behavior of animals with exceptional precision. via Pocket
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4 days ago
Australians aren't being paid for their productivity. Get set for an industrial relations war | Greg Jericho | Business | The Guardian
An OECD report shows that the gap between productivity and pay is wider in Australia than almost any other advanced economy, including the USA An OECD report shows that the gap between productivity and pay is wider in Australia than almost any other advanced economy, including the USA via Pocket
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4 days ago
Housing shortage not always to blame for soaring property prices, report suggests - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Housing supply in Sydney and Perth has not been keeping up with demand, yet a new report has found all capital cities are failing to provide enough affordable options to manage the country's housing crisis. via Pocket
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9 days ago
Generational evolution forces Nationals to consider adopting emissions intensity scheme
Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to footer View text version of this page Help using this website - Accessibility statement The Sydney Morning Herald News site of the year Federal Politics Subscribe Login Sign-up Become a SMH member today! Join today and you can easily save your favour via Pocket
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9 days ago
Did Disney Ruin Pixar? - The Atlantic
For 15 years, the animation studio was the best on the planet. Then Disney bought it. A well-regarded Hollywood insider recently suggested that sequels can represent “a sort of creative bankruptcy. via Pocket
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14 days ago
How would the U.S. media cover James Comey’s firing if it happened in another country?
The latest installment of an occasional series in which American events are described using the tropes and tone normally employed by the American media to describe events in other countries. via Pocket
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14 days ago
Mansplaining and the Power of Naming | The Bias
Every few weeks, a man jumps into my mentions to ask me why “mansplaining” is a word. These conversations tend to follow a familiar pattern: multiple women respond with their own experiences of being ‘splained at, and how the word is useful to describe a particular pattern of sexist behavior. via Pocket
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18 days ago
Troy Hunt: Reckon you've seen some stupid security things? Here, hold my beer...
Naturally, I passed it on because let's face it, that's some crazy shit going on right there. To which the Twitters responded with equal parts abject horror and berating comments for not having already identified this as a joke circulating on Reddit. But here's the thing - it's feasible. via Pocket
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28 days ago
siderea | [psych/clin, law/gov, socjust, Patreon] Violence and Mental Illness: How Not to Do Social Justice
Back in April, I alluded to how I had a post brewing on how "Claiming That Mental Illness Has Nothing To Do With Committing Violence Actually Is Terrible and Counterproductive", yet is something that people on the Left do all the time. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Universities finally realize that Java is a bad introductory programming language
CS 106A is Stanford University’s introductory programming course. The module – which is also available to view on YouTube – introduces the fundamentals of coding in an accessible way, and lays the foundations for future growth. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
siderea | [anthro, Patreon] Where Geek Girls Come From
Many years ago, the father of a baby girl posted to an email list I was on. It was an email list largely populated by computer geeks, and he posted to ask what he could to as a father to cultivate geekiness in his daughter as she grew. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
siderea | [p/a/s, biz/econ, sysdyn, Patreon] Massless Ropes, Frictionless Pulleys: Coordinative Communication
Economic, game theoretic, systems dynamic, and management theoretic models of human behavior tend to assume that the information in the system is free. I don't mean libre-free, free-as-in-speech. I mean gratis-free, free-as-in-beer. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Where Prince Charles Went Wrong - The New Yorker
For at least a decade, senior aides at Buckingham Palace have been quietly finessing arrangements for the moment when the Queen dies and her son Prince Charles becomes sovereign. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
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At the beginning of this year, a for-profit company, backed by hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital, ran a podcast ad campaign. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
The war in Syria, explained - Vox
On the face of it, President Trump’s decision to attack Syria doesn’t make a lot of sense. Launching 59 missiles at a single airbase, as Trump did, is not going to seriously change the outcome of a years-long civil war. So what’s the point of doing it at all? via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
Ariel Levy’s The Rules Don’t Apply, reviewed.
Three and a half years ago, Ariel Levy published “Thanksgiving in Mongolia,” a New Yorker essay about an intrepid reporting trip that ended in trauma. I was far from alone in finding it haunting; it won the National Magazine Award in 2014. It was a story that began with maternal ambivalence. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
The origins of XXX as FIXME
The token XXX is frequently used in source code comments as a way of marking some code as needing attention. (Similar to a FIXME or TODO, though at least to me XXX signals something far to the hacky end of the spectrum, and perhaps even outright broken). via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
Ask me what I do – Lauren Hallden – Medium
Hi, I’m Lauren. I’m 32, I’m single, and this is a post about dating. Mostly. I’ve wanted to write something about my current go-round on the single scene for a while, now, but I’ve been reluctant to commit words to the screen. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
The similarities between Bashar al-Assad and Kim Jong-un explain their power.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Last week, the leaders of two superpowers representing around one-quarter of the world’s population and one-third of its GDP met in Florida. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
The San Bernardino gunman had a history of domestic abuse, like most U.S. mass shooters.
Monday’s elementary-school shooting in San Bernardino, California, left an 8-year-old student and a 53-year-old teacher dead and a 9-year-old student injured. Police say the gunman, 53-year-old Cedric Anderson, shot and killed himself after his shooting spree. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
‘Screen Time’ For Kids Is Probably Fine | FiveThirtyEight
When I was a kid, my parents had strict television rules: no more than an hour a day, and the content must be educational. This meant a lot of PBS. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Hexing the technical interview
Long ago, on Svalbard, when you were a young witch of forty-three, your mother took your unscarred wrists in her hands, and spoke: Vidrun, born of the sea-wind through the spruce Vidrun, green-tinged offshoot of my bough, joy and burden of my life Vidrun, fierce and clever, may our clan’s wisd via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
The Long, Lucrative Right-wing Grift Is Blowing Up in the World's Face
If you want to understand intra-GOP warfare, the decision-making process of our president, the implosion of the Republican healthcare plan, and the rest of the politics of the Trump era, you don’t need to know about Russian espionage tactics, the state of the white working class, or even the beli via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
NLP in a Post-Truth World – Robert Dale – Medium
We live in a post-truth world. It now matters more whether people think something is true than whether something really is true. This is dangerous, and technology is at least partly to blame. So, as technologists, how can we help to fix this? via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
IVF treatment guidelines discriminate against obese women and need major overhaul, experts say - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The guidelines for IVF treatment need to be revised to improve access for obese women, a professor in reproductive medicine says. Kelton Tremellen, from Flinders University, is also a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
The "Me Before You" Backlash Was Bigger Than Anyone Expected
Protests of the film began online in February after the tearjerker’s trailer immediately raised red flags. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Effective Altruism and Disability Rights are Incompatible | NOS Magazine
Earlier this month, members of the University of Victoria Effective Altruism Club were surprised to find themselves a target of protest as they hosted a talk from celebrity philosophy professor Peter Singer. After all, Singer is known worldwide for his views on animal rights and charitable giving. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
When the U.N. sowed cholera in Haiti, how fast did Americans know?
Halfway through her confirmation hearing in January, the nominee for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, found herself navigating a river of human waste in Haiti. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Kathrine Switzer: 50 years ago women were not allowed to run the marathon - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
That's the thought that latched itself into Kathrine Switzer's head when a male official tried to push her off the course of the Boston Marathon in 1967. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
Debunking the 'cost of children' argument
Highly publicised estimates of the cost of raising a family in Australia suggest that parents must make hefty financial sacrifices to meet the needs of their children. In a recent paper, we challenge the theoretical and empirical basis for these claims. via Pocket
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10 weeks ago
Nota bene #7
As I sit in my Chinatown home office, looking out at a desolate snowscape, let me be the first to wish you a happy summer. via Pocket
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10 weeks ago
Stop Fabricating Travel Security Advice – the grugq – Medium
Recently travel to the US has become even more stressful as CBP have been more aggressively exercising their authority to examine digital devices. Their theory goes something like “we can open a cargo container to check whats inside therefore we can open a digital device to check whats inside. via Pocket
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10 weeks ago
In praise of credentialism • Inside Story
“Credentialism” was listed in the OED as a new word as recently as 2013, but the term has been in widespread, invariably pejorative use in academic and policy circles at least since the 1980s. via Pocket
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11 weeks ago
What the law says about letting your child walk to school on their own - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Related Story: Is it legal to break into a car to rescue a distressed dog? How long is too long to leave a child unattended? It is a question plenty of parents have pondered at some point. And now, it is causing concern, confusion and anger across social media — and not for the first time. via Pocket
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11 weeks ago
The Strava Files | Bicycling
Col de Chateauneuf / 3.4 mi. / 813 ft. / 11:42 Saint Martin Climb / 1 mi. / 590 ft. / 3:55 via Pocket
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11 weeks ago
Sustainable Open Source: The Maintainers Perspective or: How I Learned to Stop Caring and Love Open Source
If you want your open source maintaining to be sustainable, you need to stop caring. Wait what? via Pocket
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11 weeks ago
A former leader’s advice: in a crisis, have the courage to break with the past • Inside Story
In October 1970, a young Laurie Oakes interviewed an old Sir John McEwen, the legendary leader of the Country Party (now the Nationals), long-time deputy and strong right arm of Sir Robert Menzies. via Pocket
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11 weeks ago
The entire research literature on contagious yawning could be bogus.
It took scientists six months to train Alexandra the red-footed tortoise, but by midsummer 2009 she’d finally learned to fake a yawn. A formal experiment came right after. via Pocket
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11 weeks ago
Can you short Uber? — Quartz
In its first seven years of existence, Uber has irked cities, flouted regulators, and petrified whole industries. via Pocket
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11 weeks ago
Legendary Rock Climber Alex Honnold Gets Put Into an MRI, and the Results Are Surprising
Alex Honnold has his own verb. “To honnold”—usually written as “honnolding”—is to stand in some high, precarious place with your back to the wall, looking straight into the abyss. To face fear, literally. via Pocket
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11 weeks ago
Is this what happens when you criticise government? | blue milk
This has been such a disturbing experience. Recently, I wrote an article critical of Centrelink’s debt collection processes based on my personal experiences. That article is here. via Pocket
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11 weeks ago
Video Games Are Better Than Real Life
On the evening of November 9, having barely been awake to see the day, I took the subway to Sunset Park. My objective was to meet a friend at the arcade Next Level. In size, Next Level resembles a hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant. via Pocket
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february 2017
There and Back Again - The New Yorker
Last year, Midas, the muffler company, in honor of its fiftieth anniversary, gave an award for America’s longest commute to an engineer at Cisco Systems, in California, who travels three hundred and seventy-two miles—seven hours—a day, from the Sierra foothills to San Jose and back. via Pocket
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february 2017
5 ways we could make buying a house more doable - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
External Link: Millennials are wondering where they'll get the money Related Story: Why are Millennials worried about the future? Related Story: Why Gen Y should hold off buying a home It's easy to see why young Australians might feel like they'll never catch up to rising house prices. via Pocket
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february 2017
GP rebate: What I do for the $37.05 that no one wants to pay
Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to footer View text version of this page Help using this website - Accessibility statement The Sydney Morning Herald News site of the year Comment Subscribe Login Sign-up Become a SMH member today! Join today and you can easily save your favourite artic via Pocket
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february 2017
On the Milo Bus With the Lost Boys of America’s New Right
Have you heard the one about the boy who cried Fake News? This is a story about truth and consequences. It’s a story about who gets to be young and dumb, and who gets held accountable. via Pocket
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february 2017
Why we should put 'basic' before 'universal' in the pursuit of income equality | John Quiggin | Opinion | The Guardian
Providing a basic income to all that’s not enough to live on makes no sense. The first order should be a guaranteed minimum income for those who need it The idea of a universal basic income (UBI) has been around for a long time. via Pocket
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february 2017
The Only Thing That's Curbed Inequality: Catastrophe - The Atlantic
Plagues, revolutions, massive wars, collapsed states—these are what reliably reduce economic disparities. Calls to make America great again hark back to a time when income inequality receded even as the economy boomed and the middle class expanded. via Pocket
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february 2017
BBC - Capital - Why open offices are bad for us
Four years ago, Chris Nagele did what many other technology executives have done before — he moved his team into an open concept office. His staff had been exclusively working from home, but he wanted everyone to be together, to bond and collaborate more easily. via Pocket
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february 2017
No Award goes to the movies: Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures tells the story of how African-American women helped put the United States in space. Margot Lee Shetterly’s book was optioned for film before it had even been published, so clearly I’m not the only person who was very excited by this concept. via Pocket
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february 2017
Free exchange: Economists are prone to fads, and the latest is machine learning | The Economist
WHAT is the collective noun for a group of economists? Options include a gloom, a regression or even an assumption. In January, when PhD students jostle for jobs at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association, a “market” might seem the mot juste. via Pocket
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february 2017
The Kremlin Is Starting to Worry About Trump | Foreign Policy
In 2016, a senior Russian official explained to a group of visiting foreigners why the government had decided not to celebrate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. via Pocket
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february 2017
Housing affordability: How did we get here, and do first-time buyers ever stand a chance? - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Related Story: Housing affordability ideas range from dangerous to disastrous Related Story: Let renters buy without a deposit, Government MP suggests Related Story: Are there ways to make houses more affordable? There's a nasty little secret about housing affordability. via Pocket
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