EU Law Analysis: Freedom to insult? Balancing freedom of expression with religious tolerance in ECHR case law
"A recent judgment of the European Court of Human Rights has raised again the question of whether there should be limits on free speech when someone might be offended by it – in this case, concerning the Muslim faith. It’s a good opportunity to explain the context of the case and assess what – if any – limits should be acceptable on free speech in such cases."
EU  law  free-speech  islam 
5 weeks ago
These Are the Bad Times – Hmm Daily
"Our public conversation misses the fundamental point. The warnings and the rebuttals to the warnings have revolved around the drastic, epochal historical questions: Is this what it was like with the Nazis? Are we becoming the Third Reich? Is that where we’re headed?

What that line of debate overlooks is that going only halfway Nazi would be more than bad enough. Going a quarter of the way Nazi would be. "
politics  trump  nazi  doom 
6 weeks ago
Hume is the amiable, modest, generous philosopher we need today | Aeon Essays
Hume believed we were nothing more or less than human: that’s why he’s the amiable, modest, generous philosopher we need now
philosophy  hume 
august 2018
Deep C (and C++)
The differences between shallow and deep understanding in C/C++ or how to ace the technical interview.
programming  C  interview 
july 2018
In Britain, Austerity Is Changing Everything - The New York Times
"Whatever the operative thinking, austerity’s manifestations are palpable and omnipresent. It has refashioned British society, making it less like the rest of Western Europe, with its generous social safety nets and egalitarian ethos, and more like the United States, where millions lack health care and job loss can set off a precipitous plunge in fortunes."
money  poverty  austerity  politics 
june 2018
Doc Searls Weblog · GDPR will pop the adtech bubble
Interesting distinction between adtech and advertising.
gdpr  advertising  law  privacy 
may 2018
Ask HN: Which books have made you introspect? | Hacker News
Someone does mention Jordan Peterson the woo-meister, but the rest sound interesting.
books  introspection  philosophy 
may 2018
Delta Pointers: Buffer Overflow Checks Without the Checks
Using the top bytes of pointers to implement efficent out-of-bound detection.
security  C  pointer  programming  overflow 
april 2018
Compressing and enhancing hand-written notes
How Office Lens might do it, but open source. Introduces various colour spaces.
images  python  colour  RGB  HSV 
march 2018
Epistemic extremism – UseOfReason
Contra Internet ("shoe") atheism: I don't need to be able to prove a thing to you before I can rationally believe it.
philosophy  belief  epistemology  Atheism  proof 
march 2018
Unrolled thread from @patio11
"Some people really benefit from hearing advice that everyone knows, for the same reason we keep schools open despite every subject in them having been taught before." Mostly related to the tech business.

In that spirit, here's some quick Things Many People Find Too Obvious To Have Told You Already.
programming  business  technology 
february 2018
Don’t mistake the British public’s leftie economic views for liberalism
About half of us still support the death penalty, and about half of us think equality for women has achieved enough progress.
Politics  survey  opinion  poll  feminism 
february 2018
black holes - Why is information indestructible? - Physics Stack Exchange
Top answer has a nice model using coloured squares and cellular automata rules.
physics  black-holes  universe  entropy 
january 2018
Your smartphone is making you stupid, antisocial and unhealthy. So why can’t you put it down? - The Globe and Mail
We're doomed! Interesting for this bit: "It takes office workers an average of 25 minutes to get back on task after an interruption, he notes, while workers who are habitually interrupted by e-mail become likelier to "self-interrupt" with little procrastination breaks". That's true of me: if I'm constantly getting interrupted I give up and procastinate in anticipation of the next interruption.
technology  culture  psychology  smartphones  facebook  work 
january 2018
Notes from the Intelpocalypse [LWN.net]
A good, reasonably technical, summary of the Spectre and Meltdown attacks.
cpu  hardware  spectre  meltdown  security  intel 
january 2018
How evolutionary biology makes everyone an existentialist | Aeon Essays
"Each variant of human desire is ‘natural’, not in the sense of being required, but only of being made possible by nature. And it is in what nature makes possible, not in what it necessitates, that we should look for the answer to the question about what we should be or do."
philosophy  ethics  existentialism  evolution  biology 
january 2018
Recommendations please: Is there more to Belief than Credence above a certain threshold? : askphilosophy
Apparently, the thesis that this is all there is to belief is known as the Lockean thesis and is regarded as wrong. Some interesting references to dig into.
philosophy  epistemology  belief 
january 2018
Thin Pinstriped Line: The business of Remembering
Veteran and civil servant "Sir Humphrey" on poppies: "I have grown increasingly concerned at the manner in which manufactured outrage focuses on any organisation or individual that challenges the Poppy status quo, by not wearing one. If you are wearing one only because everyone else is wearing one, then perhaps it is time to ask whether the Poppy has become a victim of its own success.

As we move into the world where we are over a century on from the events of WW1, perhaps the time has come to ask if it is time to evolve the service of Remembrance, and perhaps do it differently. I do feel that the need to remember is always appropriate, but that the means by which a simple silence has become a business and outrage outlet to sell papers is increasingly distasteful. "
war  remembrance  poppy  politics  media 
november 2017
Inspiring Philosophy and the Laws of Logic: Part 1 – UseOfReason
What could apologists be talking about when they speak of "the laws of logic"? (This is usually part of an argument that God is needed for there to be such laws). Discusses various different logics, what Godel really proved, and a bunch of other stuff.
philosophy  mathematics  logic  presuppositionalism  apologetics  godel 
november 2017
Buddhism Is More ‘Western’ Than You Think - NYTimes.com
Argues that incomprehensible genomic sayings are a Western stereotype of what Eastern philosophy is.
meditation  buddhism  philosophy  paradox 
november 2017
What every systems programmer should know about lockless concurrency
"Seasoned programmers are familiar with concurrency building blocks like mutexes, semaphores, and condition variables. But what makes them work? How do we write concurrent code when we can’t use them, like when we’re working below the operating system in an embedded environment, or when we can’t block due to hard time constraints? And since your system transforms your code into things you didn’t write, running in orders you never asked for, how do multithreaded programs work at all? Concurrency—especially
on modern hardware—is a complicated and unintuitive topic, but let’s try to cover some fundamentals."
concurrency  programming  mutex 
november 2017
Ghostwatch: the Halloween hoax that changed the language of television
Via fanf, an article on the BBC's Halloween mockmentary which many people took to be real.
tv  television  ghosts  halloween  paranormal 
october 2017
The names of swing dances (mostly) demystified | The Home of Happy Feet
A large number of things have been called "shag" or "jive" over the years.
dancing  dance  lindyhop  lindy  jive  shag  balboa  swing 
october 2017
We Don't Do That Here
A neutral-sounding way to inform someone that they've crossed a line.
community  morality 
october 2017
A very British dream | Richard Seymour on Patreon
"Problem number one for the Conservatives is that they no longer have any idea how to administer capitalism. No viable long-term growth strategy avails. They can't address the financial sector without hurting their allies in the City. They can't address the crisis of productivity and investment without more state intervention than they're willing to accept. They can't address the housing crisis or the precarious debt-driven economy without harming the interests of home owners. They can't build new support in the rustbelts on an anti-immigrant basis, without sacrificing affluent swing voters and particularly ethnic minority voters in big cities and marginals."
Politics  conservatives  may  brexit 
october 2017
The Coming Software Apocalypse - The Atlantic
A couple of "make everything better" approaches: visual modelling, and mathematical verifiability.
code  software  complexity  programming 
september 2017
How Booking.com manipulates you
It strikes me that someone could write a userscript or browser extension to make the site usable.
analysis  design  algorithms  booking.com  dark-patterns 
september 2017
Gas Pump Skimmers - learn.sparkfun.com
Skimmers which are attached to petrol pumps internally and then use Bluetooth to get the recorded card details out to the bad guys: finally, the killer app!
Bluetooth  hardware  crime  skimmer  credit 
september 2017
The Three Waves of Discworld - An approximation of alertness
"So I’ve been thinking for a while about the Discworld books, and how they can be divided up into three rough thematic phases; not based around the focal characters, but rather what the story is about."
discworld  terry-pratchett  books  fantasy 
august 2017
You Are the Product
John Lanchester reviews 3 books on Facebook and Google, and comes to the conclusion that Facebook does things because it can, without considering whether it should.
facebook  advertising  psychology  Internet  zuckerberg  google 
august 2017
C++Now 2017: Niko Matsakis "Rust: Hack Without Fear!" - YouTube
Rust for C++ people (of which I'm not actually one, but it might be interesting anyway).
rust  language  programming 
august 2017
Children of Magenta - YouTube
1997 presentation about the levels of flight deck automation and how to keep out of trouble. Interesting stuff about trusting the automation too far, and how trying to keep it updated when the situation changes is worse than going more manual.
automation  aircraft  safety  flying 
august 2017
I've got questions about the Rainbow Cinematic Universe | Den of Geek
A critique of the problems with the world building in Rainbow. "Rod, Jane and Freddy seem to live everywhere and nowhere all at once, a bit like God or The Littlest Hobo."
funny  rainbow  television 
august 2017
How To Add A Security Key To Your Gmail (Tech Solidarity)
2FA without the SMS/phone number backup (which can be hacked by social engineering your mobile phone network provider).
email  google  2fa  authentication  security 
august 2017
The Google Memo: What Does the Research Say About Gender Differences? | HeterodoxAcademy.org
"1. Gender differences in math/science ability, achievement, and performance are small or nil...
2. Gender differences in interest and enjoyment of math, coding, and highly “systemizing” activities are large. ...
3. Culture and context matter, in complicated ways. Some gender differences have decreased over time as women have achieved greater equality, showing that these differences are responsive to changes in culture and environment. But the cross-national findings sometimes show “paradoxical” effects: progress toward gender equality in rights and opportunities sometimes leads to larger gender differences in some traits and career choices. Nonetheless, it seems that actions taken today by parents, teachers, politicians, and designers of tech products may increase the likelihood that girls will grow up to pursue careers in tech, and this is true whether or not biology plays a role in producing any particular population difference."
feminism  google  diversity  psychology  gender  politics 
august 2017
Steve Dutch: Conservative Cranks and Liberal Meta-Cranks
What are the differences between cranks on both sides? Conservative ones are generally stupid, liberal ones are clever rationalisers.
politics  cranks  conservative  liberal 
august 2017
Operation Luigi: How I hacked my friend without her noticing
Funny stream of consciousness thing about hacking a friend (with permission). Time to enable 2FA on your stuff, people.
hacking  phishing  funny  email  authentication  passwords 
august 2017
Troy Hunt: Introducing 306 Million Freely Downloadable Pwned Passwords
A service where you can check the clear text (if you trust the site owner) or hash of passwords to see whether they've leaked in any of the site hacks over the years.
security  passwords  api 
august 2017
How work changed to make us all passionate quitters | Aeon Essays
Alleges that neoliberalism encourages employees to see themselves as the CEO of "Me, Inc", always looking for tasks that'll help them get their next job. Interesting final section about the modern obsession with "passion".
capitalism  business  work  economics  career 
august 2017
Circles Sines and Signals - Introduction
Some nice graphics introducing the Discrete Fourier Transform.
learning  fourier-transform  signal  dsp 
july 2017
Broadpwn: Remotely Compromising Android and iOS via a Bug in Broadcom’s Wi-Fi Chipsets | Exodus Intelligence
Broadcom kicking it old school: "In order to facilitate patching, an extensive thunk table is used in RAM, and calls are made into that table at specific points during execution. Should a bug fix be issued, the thunk table could be changed to redirect to the newer code."
android  wifi  broadcom  broadpwn  security 
july 2017
The Evolution of Trust
Interactive exploration of repeated Prisoner's dilemma type games, where you can play with payoffs and strategies.
trust  game  mathematics  maths 
july 2017
Becoming Atheist: Humanism and the Secular West | Reviews in History
Russel Blackford reviews a book about the social history of atheism in the 20th Century in the West, looking especially at the gender differences in how interviewees expressed their reasons for leaving religion.
atheism  history  gender  russell-blackford 
july 2017
the hidden dungeons of TfL
Not so much dungeons as rooms full of equipment.
tube  london  underground 
july 2017
The Influence of ULTRA in the Second World War
"In 1993 Sir Harry Hinsley kindly agreed to speak about Bletchley Park, where he worked during the Second World War. Sir Harry Hinsley is a distinguished historian who during the Second World War worked at Bletchley Park, where much of the allied forces code-breaking effort took place." A transcript of the talk.
bletchley-park  world-war-II  encryption  enigma  history 
july 2017
The Book of Jeremy Corbyn - The New Yorker
"And they hearkened unto the word of Jeremy, and believed. For they said unto themselves, Lo, he bringeth unto us the desire of our hearts. He cometh by bicycle, with a helmet upon his head. And he eateth neither flesh nor fowl, according to the Scriptures. For man cannot live by bread alone, but hummus is quite another matter."
satire  politics  bible  jeremy-corbyn  funny 
june 2017
Oh My Gosh, It’s Covered in Rule 30s!—Stephen Wolfram Blog
Cambridge North Station is decorated with patterns formed by a cellular automaton.
computing  wolfram  cellular-automata  automata  cambridge 
june 2017
Maybe the Internet Isn’t Tearing Us Apart After All | WIRED
People don't actually just stick to sites which match their political views, and their Facebook acquaintances don't always share their politics.
facebook  society  politics  internet 
may 2017
BENDOCKERY.COM: The Anatomy of Swing
A series of articles with examples. The bit about "laying back" was new to me.
swing  music  jazz 
april 2017
Strange Horizons - Freshly Remember'd: Kirk Drift By Erin Horáková
A lengthy essay arguing that the popular image of Shatner's Kirk isn't what the original episodes of Star Trek portray (but that the reboot has picked up the stereotype and run with it).
star-trek  kirk  james-t-kirk  science-fiction  television 
april 2017
Abigail Nussbaum — Person of Interest - The Good Bits Version
If you want just the SF bits of Person of Interest (which are great, see Peter Watts's review) without the police procedural/victim of the week stuff, Abigail Nussbaum has a useful list of episodes to watch.
person-of-interest  artificial-intelligence  science-fiction  television 
april 2017
Conversion via Twitter - The New Yorker
Megan Phelps - Roper on leaving Westboro Baptist Church, the church notorious for picketing funerals.
religion  culture  Twitter  homosexuality  Christianity  de-conversion 
march 2017
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