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Bruce Arthur on Twitter: It's not a game. There are people in Canada trying to make money off fearing and hating refugees, people who are desperate, and aren't white. And @TheTorontoSun and @PostmediaNews should address what @SueAnnLevy wrote and they pub
@bruce_arthur: It's not a game. There are people in Canada trying to make money off fearing and hating refugees, people who are desperate, and aren't white. And @TheTorontoSun and @PostmediaNews should address what @SueAnnLevy wrote and they published, twice.
16 hours ago
Scientists Still Don’t Totally Understand What It Means to Be Conscious - Motherboard
A PhD in cognitive psychology, Cleeremans is the director of the neuroscience institute at his alma mater, the Université Libre de Bruxelles , in Belgium, and runs a research group dedicated to answering one of humanity’s most elusive quandaries: why and how are we conscious? His strategy for designing experiments largely comes from something called the “contrastive approach:” the idea that we can understand consciousness by setting up scenarios where it is absent, and then comparing the two states. It describes how Cleeremans and his colleagues recreated a famous experiment from psychology: the Milgram trials, where subjects were willing to give an unseen stranger what they believed were painful, even deadly, electric shocks just because a person in a white coat told them to do it. In 1986, he graduated with a degree in psychology from Université Libre de Bruxelles, then moved stateside to complete a PhD at Carnegie Mellon University—an institution with a reputation for blending arts and science. After attending the inaugural meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness in 1996—which Cleeremans calls a “watershed moment” in his career—it became clear that these were the questions he wanted to spend his career answering.
16 hours ago
Noahpinion: Academic B.S. as artificial barriers to entry
What is at stake is a critical urban theory attentive to historical difference as a fundamental constituting process of global political economy and deconstruction as a methodology of generalization and theorization. But in a gesture befitting the task of provincializing the urban, I note that the dedication plaque for the panchayat building references a fin de siècle poet, Jibanananda Das and his writings on “rupasi bangla,” or beautiful Bengal, envisioned as rural and verdant. Artificial entry barriers provide a tidy explanation for the rise of "critical theory" in humanities, urban planning, anthropology, and sociology departments. This is honest but dull...[Instead] say, “We should listen to the intertextual, multivocalities of postcolonial others outside of Western culture in order to learn about the phallogocentric biases that mediate our identities”...
You want to say or write something like, “Contemporary buildings are alienating”. Hence, for departments and journals in these fields to make "critical theory" a soft requirement for professors is probably an effective way of keeping their salaries (and job perks) as high as they are.
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Joyce Robbins on Twitter: parse_number is one of my favorite functions (file under "how to avoid regex"), just watch out for the negatives: > parse_number(c("wk 3", "week-1", "7", "w#9")) [1] 3 -1 7 9 > abs(parse_number(c("wk 3", "week-1", "7", "w#9
@jtrnyc: parse_number is one of my favorite functions (file under "how to avoid regex"), just watch out for the negatives:

> parse_number(c("wk 3", "week-1", "7", "w#9"))
[1] 3 -1 7 9
> abs(parse_number(c("wk 3", "week-1", "7", "w#9")))
[1] 3 1 7 9

#readr #tidyverse #rstats
yesterday
Delete Your Account Now: A Conversation with Jaron Lanier - Los Angeles Review of Books
People then end up behaving according to the expectations of the software design, because it’s just so hard to resist and you have this massive cultural and, kind of … intimate conformity, is what I would call it. Can you describe some of the consequences of what you refer to as “network effects” or “lock-ins,” and how these kinds of design flaws have made it critical for people to quit social media entirely in order to ensure fundamental change? If you change the business model and provide a new social network where the advertising component is not intrinsic, then I don’t see why people wouldn’t jump on to this new platform and let go of Facebook — which is kind of old and boring anyway. And the reason that the press might have been accurate instead of constantly bogus wasn’t so much that the government would enforce it, although once in a while there are libel laws, but just that newspapers and other news organizations would create a brand that was based on their reliability. Well, a pretty good test for whether a platform is BUMMER, is whether the Russian intelligence warfare units like the Internet Research Agency decided to target it and use it for manipulating people.
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Opening up the future of psychedelic science | National Post
This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. This is especially important in the nascent interdisciplinary field of psychedelic science, in which we are now conducting research into the practise of “microdosing” substances like LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) and “magic” mushrooms (psilocybin). There is a growing research literature suggesting psychedelics hold incredible promise for treating mental health ailments ranging from depression and anxiety to PTSD. Instead of hiding inconvenient results or adding unplanned research conditions, scientists can use open science to demonstrate their integrity. Second, other scientists can explore for new patterns in the data to create new hypotheses for new studies, moving science forward faster.
yesterday
In Which I Am Fired From Marvel – Chuck Wendig: Terribleminds
To rewind a little bit, when SW: AFTERMATH came out, I assume most know but maybe you don’t, I put some ahh, elements in there (LGBT characters) that were not received well by a certain subset of fandom. That resulted in both a negative review campaign, found across various FB groups and other Worst Places on the Internet, that began mounting the very minute the book dropped online. And privately, I was told by folks inside LFL that there was no worry here, that they valued that I spoke out both speaking up for myself and for STAR WARS, which has always honestly been a progressive brand and company. (I know Heather received some of the worst harassment in the entire industry – I can’t speak to how well Marvel did or did not protect her from it, but I know she was at the bottom of a major misery funnel from Comicsgate and their ilk. (All that being said, a lot of wonderful people still work inside those institutions and storyworlds, and I hope you’ll continue to support them and the stories they’re telling.)
2 days ago
How Mormon women reacted to church president Russell Nelson’s request that they leave social media for 10 days.
“What do you notice after taking a break from perspectives of the world that have been wounding your spirit?” he asked, describing the way social media tends to “bring negative and impure thoughts to your mind.” But for some women, the suggestion couldn’t have seemed like a worse, or more tone-deaf, moment. “I don’t know why my prophet felt this was a good time for women in the church to step back,” said Michelle Quist, a Republican candidate for city council in Salt Lake County, Utah. In a culture that strongly values both hard work and stay-at-home motherhood, many Mormon women like Parker rely on social media for their incomes: Multi-level marketing, for example, is the second-biggest industry in Utah behind tourism. She is helping to organize a nonpartisan “voter prep party” in her neighborhood where women will gather to review the issues, with the goal of boosting turnout in the midterms. To be fair, Nelson suggested a weeklong social media fast earlier this year for young people ages 12 to 18, and it’s possible that a similar call for men will come in the future.
2 days ago
Frank Santoriello on Twitter: #Inktober2018 Day 11: Cruel. Let this be my most important #bacteria fact. No microbe is inherently cruel. Evolution doesn’t have an agenda. Bacteria have evolved to eat and make two bacteria. Sometimes the cost of survival
@fsantoriello: #Inktober2018 Day 11: Cruel. Let this be my most important #bacteria fact. No microbe is inherently cruel. Evolution doesn’t have an agenda. Bacteria have evolved to eat and make two bacteria. Sometimes the cost of survival is virulence and resistance. They know not what they do. https://t.co/Zif2yTICpQ

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Perimeter Public Lecture: How this powerful telescope could let us peek at black holes - Macleans.ca
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6 days ago
Turn the web into a database: An alternative to web crawling/scraping - Mixnode News Blog
In other words, Mixnode allows you to think of all the
web pages, images, videos, PDF files, and other resources on the web as
rows in a database table; a giant database table with trillions of rows that you can query using the standard Structured
Query Language (SQL) . So, rather than running
web crawlers/scrapers you can write simple queries in a familiar language to retrieve all sorts
of interesting information from this table of live data. From parsing HTML/XML and JSON to handling
date/time and processing text, there are numerous built-in functions
to use directly in your queries. By combining table columns and built-in functions you can practically analyze the web
in an infinite number of ways. It is an end-to-end solution that takes you from question to answer with a simple query; you don't
need to deploy web crawlers or run scrapers, you don't need to process raw data, and there are no
"intermediate results".
6 days ago
Decouple Code and Output in xaringan slides · Garrick Aden-Buie
While this looks great on the web or in documents, you quickly run out of vertical space when presenting with the limited screen real estate of a wide-screen television. But the default action of knitr will place the plot output inside the .pull-left[] block, keeping it in the left column. To solve this problem, we need to tell knitr to hold off on evaluating the code output and to place the results in a different chunk. This works pretty well, but the plots ended up being somewhat squished, so I created two CSS classess for the left and right columns. For best results, notice that I set the figure dimentions to 4.8 x 4.5 – and aspect ratio of approximately 9 / (16 * 0.6) – to match the .right-plot width in the CSS.
6 days ago
Pretty scatter plots with ggplot2
May 15, 2017 @drsimonj here to make pretty scatter plots of correlated variables with ggplot2! Although it’s subtle in this plot, the problem is that the color is changing as the points go from left to right. Instead, we want the color to change in a direction that characterises the correlation - diagonally in this case. Now it’s time to get rid of those offensive mushes by adjusting the transparency with alpha . To solve this, we’ll map alpha to the inverse point density.
6 days ago
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6 days ago
Pastfinder : Activision : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive
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6 days ago
Alex Usher on Twitter: 2/ I'm genuinely scared. And I will be a lot more scared if the Republicans eke out a win on November 6th. The world we knew for the last 20 years - not a perfect world by any means but better than any that went before it - is hangi
@AlexUsherHESA: 2/ I'm genuinely scared. And I will be a lot more scared if the Republicans eke out a win on November 6th. The world we knew for the last 20 years - not a perfect world by any means but better than any that went before it - is hanging by a thread.
6 days ago
Alex Usher on Twitter: 1/ Bolsonaro. The apparent assassinations of Kashoggi and Marinova, China's arrest of the head of Interpol. Last week gave us a preview of what a world of unbridled thuggery will look like. And America does nothing because its Presi
@AlexUsherHESA: 1/ Bolsonaro. The apparent assassinations of Kashoggi and Marinova, China's arrest of the head of Interpol. Last week gave us a preview of what a world of unbridled thuggery will look like. And America does nothing because its President winks at thuggery.
6 days ago
We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN | Environment | The Guardian
The world’s leading climate scientists have warned there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. The half-degree difference could also prevent corals from being completely eradicated and ease pressure on the Arctic, according to the 1.5C study, which was launched after approval at a final plenary of all 195 countries in Incheon in South Korea that saw delegates hugging one another, with some in tears. The first round of Brazil’s presidential election on Sunday put Jair Bolsonaro into a strong position to carry out his threat to do the same and also open the Amazon rainforest to agribusiness. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images
At 2C extremely hot days, such as those experienced in the northern hemisphere this summer, would become more severe and common, increasing heat-related deaths and causing more forest fires. Bob Ward, of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, said the final document was “incredibly conservative” because it did not mention the likely rise in climate-driven refugees or the danger of tipping points that could push the world on to an irreversible path of extreme warming.
6 days ago
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I finally got my C64 Emulator working. Playing some Pastfinder.
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6 days ago
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6 days ago
11 Takeaways From The Times’s Investigation Into Trump’s Wealth - The New York Times
In Mr. Trump’s books and TV shows and on the campaign trail, a central trope of his self-mythology has been that, as he began building his own empire, the only financial help he got from his father was a $1 million loan. While The Times could find no evidence that Fred Trump made any significant debt payments, charitable donations or personal expenditures, there are indications that he wanted plenty of cash on hand to bail out his son if need be. With this ruse — an illegal loan under New Jersey gaming laws, resulting in a $65,000 civil penalty — Donald Trump narrowly avoided defaulting on his bonds. So with Donald Trump playing a central role, the family formulated a plan that included unorthodox tax strategies that experts told The Times were legally dubious and, in some cases, appeared to be fraudulent. But All County was, in fact, a company only on paper, records and interviews show — a vehicle to siphon cash from Fred Trump’s empire by simply marking up purchases already made by his employees.
6 days ago
Finding errors in R - Bruna Wundervald
On a daily basis, I come across people on Facebook groups, Telegram or Twitter having troubles with some tasks in R. These problems have two main origins: The method I’ll describe now is basically looking into the source code of functions and search for what is generating the troubles. For the new user, it might not be so obvious, but sum 2 and “1” doesn’t work in R. Although they simply look like two numbers, they’re actually two different objects, with two different classes - 2 is a numeric, but “1” is a character. The errors make me look for a better understanding of their existence, which hence leads to an improvement in the comprehension about programming logic and R in general. With a little deeper search for the source of your errors and its consequent solution, this waiting will be avoided (not that you shouldn’t make questions, of course).
6 days ago
Leigh Beadon on Twitter: Jordan Peterson tweeted that Kavanaugh should step down, and now his entire fanbase is turning on him as he backpedals furiously and says it was a thought experiment.
@leighbeadon: Jordan Peterson tweeted that Kavanaugh should step down, and now his entire fanbase is turning on him as he backpedals furiously and says it was a thought experiment.
6 days ago
Combining automatically factor levels in R | Freakonometrics
Each time we face real applications in an applied econometrics course, we have to deal with categorial variables. And the same question arise, from students : how can we combine automatically factor levels ? One strategy here would be to select all categories that seem to be not significantly different, and to run a (multiple) test So I would suggest (1) to fit a linear model y=\beta_0+\beta_1x_1+u_i, to calculate the residuals, \widehat{u}_i (2) to run a regression tree, to explain \widehat{u}_i with categorical variable x_2 (I did explain how trees are build when the explanatory variable is a categorical one in a previous post ) I guess that it should be possible to put all that in an R function, to suggest combinations of level that might improve the regression.
6 days ago
Nnedi Okorafor, PhD on Twitter: believe it or not, not every person of color's speculative fiction is similar to every other person of color's speculative fiction AND THAT'S A GOOD THING. #YeahISaidIt
@Nnedi: believe it or not, not every person of color's speculative fiction is similar to every other person of color's speculative fiction AND THAT'S A GOOD THING. #YeahISaidIt
6 days ago
Why Doug Ford's hospital funding will not end hallway healthcare | CBC News
When Premier Doug Ford and his health minister announced short-term funding for hospitals last week, his publicity machine trumpeted the news as solving the problem of patients languishing in hallways. "Ending hallway medicine once and for all in this province," says Ford in the opening clip of a video by Ontario News Now, produced by PC Caucus Services — staff who work for the party's MPPs, creating partisan communications material and doing research. This time last year, the previous Liberal government made an almost identical announcement : one-time funding of $100 million to add 1,200 beds to handle surge capacity during flu season. "Hallway health care will not be solved overnight," said Anthony Dale, president and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association, responding to Ford's funding announcement. This is a significant factor in the overall capacity crunch throughout Ontario's hospitals, forcing patients to spend days on stretchers in hallways or wait hours in the emergency rooms.
6 days ago
The 10 biggest things Doug Ford has done in his first 100 days in office | CBC News
The curriculum, which had not been updated since 1998, included warnings about online bullying and sexting, but social conservatives protested against lessons addressing same-sex relationships, gender identity and masturbation. Ford promised to hold his predecessors accountable days after Finance Minister Vic Fedeli announced an independent inquiry found the province faces a $15-billion deficit , which was $8-billion higher than the Liberals said it was in the spring budget. The PCs also cancelled programs funded by cap-and-trade's proceeds, which gave rebates to people for making their homes more energy efficient and buying electric cars. Green Party leader Mike Schreiner called cancelling cap-and-trade "reckless and irresponsible" though the government argued it saved taxpayers' money. On the campaign trail, Ford made headlines when he declared he would fire the "six million dollar man," referring to Hydro One's CEO Mayo Schmidt.
6 days ago
Mother of modern witchcraft revealed as Bletchley Park codebreaker | The Argus
She is behind the spiritual texts studied by millions of Wiccans (followers of modern witchcraft) around the world and such was her influence, Brighton and Hove City Council erected a blue plaque at her former home in Tyson Place in 2013. However, there had been hints - as following the war she spoke at length and with great knowledge about the world's first programmable computer, Colossus, which was used to crack German codes at Bletchley Park. Doreen's section, known as ISOS, cracked the Abwehr ciphers using a special version of the Enigma machine early in the war, so they managed to track down and capture many of the enemy agents. She continued her work and split her time between Bletchley and South Wales until the autumn of 1943 when she was moved to a unit based in Berkeley Street in London's exclusive Mayfair. Run by Alastair Denniston, who had been head of Bletchley Park, the section was involved in eavesdropping and decoding diplomatic communications and messages from the German intelligence services.
6 days ago
Information Transfer Economics: "Outside the Box" Workshop
Yesterday, I participated in the "Outside the Box" Workshop at the University of Washington Economics department organized by Fabio Ghironi [meeting agenda below]. I had a great time, and there was a lot of enthusiastic engagement from the audience throughout the day. There were a couple questions that have been addressed in blog posts in the past (I talked about Christopher Sims' work [ here ], I've constructed the three equation NK DSGE model using information equilibrium as well as the IS-LM model , and the direction of information flow can actually go either way because of the mathematical properties of information equilibrium [ here , here ]) which allow you to write A ⇄ B with IT index k instead as B ⇄ A with IT index 1/ k . But it did seem that the idea that the unemployment rate naturally falls until it is pushed up by recessions was new perspective to the audience. I don't have the slides for the other talks, but they are based on papers from Anup Rao [arXiv], and Val Popov [SSRN].
6 days ago
Canada Revenue Agency still subjecting taxpayers to 'humiliating, frustrating' benefit review process: report | CBC News
"My accountant told me I should basically show up at a CRA office with all my documents and just start crying," said Roberta Bouchard, a single mother of two teens in Ottawa. She has stacks of paper on her dining room table that include copies of all the documents she has sent to the CRA: her lease agreement, bills in her name, official letters from her kids' school and attestations from people on an approved list of third-party professionals who can vouch for her. Paul Millar, a single dad of two sons in Kitimat, B.C., said he's been fighting the CRA since March over more than $2,000 in child benefit payments that he said he needs to pay his bills. She got her benefits back and her bill reversed — but not until she was able to get a dedicated CRA case worker who made the unusual decision to allow Olfert's friends to give telephone interviews attesting to her separated status. "The problems are systemic, appear to be getting worse, not better from discussions I've had with countless tax professionals across Canada and it's time for action," said Pat Kelly the Conservative critic for the CRA.
6 days ago
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6 days ago
New book makes case for Canadian basic income program | CBC News
(Submitted by Evidence Network)Evelyn Forget has just written a new book "Basic Income for Canadians: The key to a healthier, happier more secure life for all. " Ontario's short-lived experiment may have met its end, but the author of a new book on basic income says it hasn't shaken her confidence that the program will one day catch on, on a larger scale. Evelyn Forget, an economist at the University of Manitoba, said the cancellation of basic income in Ontario was a disappointment that sparked outrage among researchers around the world. During the mincome experiment, only two groups were found to be working less, she said: mothers who took time off after giving birth, and young men who chose to go back to school. Despite the decision made in Ontario, Forget said countries around the world are experimenting with basic income, and she does believe the idea will eventually gain a foothold in Canada.
6 days ago
r2d3 - R Interface to D3 Visualizations | RStudio Blog
D3 visualizations created with r2d3 work just like R plots within
RStudio, R Markdown documents, and Shiny applications. This is fine for
an example but not very robust for including the visualization
within a report, dashboard, or application. RStudio v1.2 also includes support for rendering r2d3 visualizations within R Markdown documents and R Notebooks. If you aren’t familliar with D3, check out these links to learn the basics and see some examples that might inspire your
own work: We hope that the r2d3 package opens up many new horizons for creating custom interactive visualizations with R!
6 days ago
A Pinch Of Salt on Twitter: @ohshitgit Ever been dumpster diving for that *one* file someone deleted a month or two ago? git log --diff-filter=D --summary This will show you all commits with deleted files. Saved my bacon today! 👌 Love the site btw!
@APOSGaming: @ohshitgit Ever been dumpster diving for that *one* file someone deleted a month or two ago?

git log --diff-filter=D --summary

This will show you all commits with deleted files. Saved my bacon today! 👌
Love the site btw!
6 days ago
rOpenSci | The av Package: Production Quality Video in R
The package can be installed directly from CRAN and includes a test function av_demo() which generates a demo video from random histograms. This process is inefficient and error prone and requires that the correct version of the external software is installed on the user/server machines, which is often not the case. In future versions we also want to add things like screen capturing and reading raw video frames and audio samples for analysis in R. The av_encode_video() function converts a set of images (png, jpeg, etc) into a video file with custom container format, codec, fps, and filters. The latest version of the super cool gganimate package already has built-in support for rendering video with av by using the av_renderer() output function.
6 days ago
Jim Halloweenley on Twitter: My lord who do these people think *funds* Wahhabism? It’s a huge, well-known problem in the international Muslim community that Saudi Arabian money has been funding the proliferation of Wahhabist mosques and Imam's for decad
@UOJim: My lord who do these people think *funds* Wahhabism? It’s a huge, well-known problem in the international Muslim community that Saudi Arabian money has been funding the proliferation of Wahhabist mosques and Imam's for decades. https://t.co/uhdKYA12AG

https://twitter.com/kombiz/status/1048684053761802240
6 days ago
: Flake and Collins, Mark and Jack and Tobi
It’s been a difficult couple of weeks,
watching helplessly as reactionaries give a perjuring rage-baby a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. Christine Blasey Ford’s courage was humbling and inspiring,
and for a brief time it seemed there was a chance that Senators Flake and Collins
might do more than wring their hands
before falling into line and voting to show women exactly why so many have stayed silent for so long. We post several more examples of how Breitbart’s comments clearly break the @Shopify AUP, to which he also does not respond. It’s pretty clear at this point that the Jack Dorseys and Marker Zuckerbergs and Tobi Lütkes of this world
are Silicon Valley’s answer to Senators Flake and Collins:
they will wring their hands ad infinitum,
but they won’t do the right thing until they have absolutely no other choice. What saddens me is how many other people at Twitter and Facebook and Shopify
are making excuses or changing the subject or saying,
“Oh, but look at our diversity scholarships!”
Maybe they’ve had better luck arguing with the dead that I have,
or maybe they think that if they don’t say anything today they’ll be spared tomorrow,
or maybe they genuinely don’t care.
6 days ago
HBO Developing Asian-American Comedy 'KTown' | Hollywood Reporter
The project comes from Jason Kim, a producer on HBO's Barry who has also worked on Girls andNetflix's Love , and actress and writer Greta Lee ( Chance, Inside Amy Schumer ). Lee will also have an onscreen role as Yumi Kang, a self-described "Brentwood Barbie" who reconnects with her "embarrassing" roots to become a powerful Korean-American woman. Should KTown go to series, it would be the first HBO show centered on Asian-Americans and one of just a handful across all of TV — ABC's Fresh Off the Boat being the most prominent current example. Two other projects about and by Asian-Americans — a comedy from writer Jessica Gao and the drama 'Ohana from Lisa Takeuchi Cullen — are in development at ABC. In addition to writing KTown , Kim and Lee will executive produce with Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle, Ali Krug and Susan Goldberg for Annapurna TV.
6 days ago
☀️👀 on Twitter: I love how seamlessly the Intellectual Dark Web moved from "these kids at colleges are a bit disrespectful to us" to "YEAH GET THE RAPIST ON THE SUPREME COURT FUCK THOSE SJW SNOWFLAKES LOLOLOL!!" it's almost like the former was alwa
@zei_nabq: I love how seamlessly the Intellectual Dark Web moved from "these kids at colleges are a bit disrespectful to us" to "YEAH GET THE RAPIST ON THE SUPREME COURT FUCK THOSE SJW SNOWFLAKES LOLOLOL!!"

it's almost like the former was always just a thin cover for the latter
6 days ago
JUDGE-SHOPPED: Kavanaugh or bust | National Observer
If you're Donald Trump, you can obstruct justice in plain view of the entire world, up to and including appointing the judges who will rule on your criminal prosecution, when the moment comes. Where allegations reach a high standard of credibility clearly demonstrated by Christine Blasey Ford, the onus for resolving that doubt should rest with Kavanaugh. The real question is why an innocent man--a seasoned court veteran--would lie under oath so easily about something as insignificant as teenage braggadocio in a high school yearbook. The seething rage, vitriol and sheer disrespect he directed at fairly straightforward Democratic questioning revealed a man too mired in bitter partisanship to give confidence to the broad public. If Trump is looking to stock the court with his own team players, he couldn't have done much better than the Brett Kavanaugh who showed up last Thursday--a man who horrified many friends and allies who expected to see a professional, dignified and composed rebuttal of Blasey Ford.
6 days ago
Michael Tsai - Blog - iOS 12 and Core Data External Binary Data Storage
Language bindings are a minor issue - here’s my POV: I have to ship a reliable product. Just got bitten by a serious Core Data bug in macOS 10.14 and iOS 12 with external binary storage. The Omni Group wrote OmniDataObjects because Core Data was originally not available on iOS, and OmniFocus continues to use it. If Apple doesn’t allocate enough resources for screening incoming bug reports during their beta phase, sticking to a yearly macOS release schedule is not responsible to users and developers. So we’ve done our best to try and repro the iOS 12/Core Data External Binary Storage bug in our apps… and we can’t.
6 days ago
Michael Tsai - Blog - The Bandwidth Needed to Restore an iPhone
Because iTunes no longer manages apps, you have to redownload potentially tens of gigabytes of stuff. If you have music and photos in the cloud, you have to download some of them, but the apps alone make this process painful. So if you do need to use the phone to make calls or use data, your connection is saturate, and you’re limited for the several hours it takes to get everything downloaded. I started restore at my desk and after it was ‘done’ I left for lunch and the phone kept downloading things. ATT didn’t do anything wrong; couldn’t go to them and Apple wasn’t going to care.
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Michael Tsai - Blog - How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies
Apple made its discovery of suspicious chips inside Supermicro servers around May 2015, after detecting odd network activity and firmware problems, according to a person familiar with the timeline. The illicit chips could do all this because they were connected to the baseboard management controller, a kind of superchip that administrators use to remotely log in to problematic servers, giving them access to the most sensitive code even on machines that have crashed or are turned off. What sense does it make that Apple discovered a profound security problem in Super Micro motherboards in May 2015, so serious that the company reported it to the FBI, but then didn’t sever ties with Supermicro until at least eight months later? Given the magnitude of the story, you don’t want to reveal all of your cards — but still want to seek answers and clarifications without having the subject tip off another news agency — a trick sometimes employed by the government in the hope of lighter coverage. But Robertson and Riley’s seventeen sources include several individuals at Amazon and Apple with intimate knowledge of the apparent discovery of unauthorized hardware modifications, something they later confirmed in a statement to Alex Cranz of Gizmodo .
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Yulan Lin on Twitter: Learning @typescriptlang and #vscode today. Current mood: 1) I really miss vim and tmux. 2) My life will be SO MUCH BETTER once my viz code has some types in it. #dataviz
@y3l2n: Learning @typescriptlang and #vscode today.

Current mood:
1) I really miss vim and tmux.
2) My life will be SO MUCH BETTER once my viz code has some types in it. #dataviz
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https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10/05/what-to-expect-when-a-woman-accuses-a-man-in-power/
It had been my face splashed across the papers, my family door-stepped by reporters, my credibility debated by newspaper columnists and Twitter bots alike, while strangers sent me messages promising to slice apart my genitals and telling my parents to order a coffin. A confidential long-form version of the report, which looked at other allegations, remains unpublished in order to protect other women and whistleblowers from his proven tactics of retribution-by-media, but it was delivered to the prime minister, Theresa May, before she reluctantly demanded his resignation from her cabinet. When I asked around—including a friend working in a senior position in Downing Street—I learned that Green was notorious, as I later told the BBC , for “mixing mentorship and sexual advance.” I was not the first , by a long shot, to be offered the wrong kind of help in becoming a member of Parliament. As I write this, Brett Kavanaugh has not been proven to have perjured himself during last week’s Senate hearings, although the number of witnesses who insist that he drank to excess during his college years is striking, including many who claim to have been ignored by the FBI’s report. The #MeToo movement has exposed overwhelming opposition to this long-settled principle of justice: it has become clear over the last year that many men consider the loss of a job, or even a demotion, every bit as traumatic as a jail sentence.
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PK-421 on Twitter: What do I wish THE MANDALORIAN was? Sabine and Ahsoka looking for Ezra in Wild Space.
@pk_sullivan: What do I wish THE MANDALORIAN was? Sabine and Ahsoka looking for Ezra in Wild Space.
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Daniel Laurison on Twitter: Today I told my class that working class/poor students are less likely to know rules can be bent, and less likely to ask to bend them, or for other kinds of help, and I got an email from a sophomore saying that helped her make
@Daniel_Laurison: Today I told my class that working class/poor students are less likely to know rules can be bent, and less likely to ask to bend them, or for other kinds of help, and I got an email from a sophomore saying that helped her make sense of why her first year was so hard.
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