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RT : When you think you are useless in life, remember these wipers
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Amusingly, the exact opposite stance to that which so many "influencers" in the modern "adventure" industry have sp…
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2 days ago
10 Worst Plastic Polluting Companies Found by Global Cleanups
"The results, released Tuesday, shows that these multinational food and beverage giants were the top 10 offenders:

Coca-Cola
PepsiCo
Nestlé
Danone
Mondelez International
Procter & Gamble
Unilever
Perfetti van Melle
Mars Incorporated
Colgate-Palmolive
"
companies-not-to-buy-from  plastic  pollution 
2 days ago
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Seems like colleagues have been missing my shirts this
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2 days ago
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She’s a white supremacist and a nazi apologist, so probably continuing to give her a platform is also unwise.
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2 days ago
Fracking protesters walk free after court quashes 'excessive' sentences | Environment | The Guardian
"Three protesters jailed for blocking access to a fracking site have walked free after the court of appeal quashed their sentences, calling them “manifestly excessive”."
uk  good  news  activism  fracking 
3 days ago
Brexit for the elderly
"That was the first thing that struck me - the lack of any young people in the audience and that I was probably amongst the youngest in the hall. The hall contained approx 1,500 grey haired men and women - mostly in their 60s and 70s - with far more people in their 80s and 90s than in their 20s and 30s. These are the people, taking it upon themselves to demand the right to decide the fate and future of the rest of the country. It was quite shocking, and I reckon that were the cameras to have panned the audience it would brought home to the rest of the country just what is going on here. An older generation trying to take the country back to some fantasy land of their childhood with no desire to look at reality or to accept the future."
brexit  uk 
3 days ago
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If you missed it: today it was confirmed that Facebook massively & knowingly inflated its video-view statistics, wh…
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3 days ago
Linus Torvalds: 'I'll never be cuddly but I can be more polite' - BBC News
"That's actually the reason I for the longest time did not want to be involved with the whole CoC discussion in the first place. That whole subject seems to very easily just devolve and become unproductive. And I found a lot of the people who pushed for a CoC and criticised me for cursing to be hypocritical and pointless. I could easily point you to various tweet storms by people who criticise my 'white cis male' behaviour, while at the same time cursing more than I ever do.

...

"And I'm still not apologising for my gender or the colour of my skin, or the fact that I happen to have the common sexual orientation.

"What changed? Maybe it was me, but I was also made very aware of some of the behaviour of the 'other' side in the discussion. ... I absolutely do not want to be seen as being in the same camp as the low-life scum on the internet that think it's OK to be a white nationalist Nazi, and have some truly nasty misogynistic, homophobic or transphobic behaviour."

Ignoring the misleading first half the article, this is some good perspective and I think this is more or less my view on code of conducts too: I don't think time spent debating them is time well spent; and I don't think they have much effect in themselves (the important question is always: who is given the power to interpret and enforce the rules); but to argue against a code of conduct is usually to side with evil
linux  software  collaboration  rules  free  community  anarchy 
4 days ago
Here’s a list of all the places where you will not be allowed to wear a poppy – U OK Hun?
"I had a fascinating chat a few years ago with a British veteran who took part in the D-Day landings at Gold Beach in Normandy in June 1944.

He told me about a conversation that he had with one of the other soldiers on the vessel while they were leaping out into the shallow waters and approached the beach with Nazi machine gun bullets shooting past their helmets.

Apparently, he asked him why they were actually doing this and risking their lives.

He replied, ‘It’s quite simple really. In 74 years’ time, British people will be able to use this story to justify leaving the European Union without paying any sort of divorce bill.’"
war  uk  history  brexit 
5 days ago
Why the invention of the fridge could be responsible for our love of fake news
There's a lot of great stuff here!

First the link to https://www.getbadnews.com/

Then:

"It’s often assumed that if Twitter can delete all the Russian bots, or if Facebook can write algorithms that distinguish truth from lies, the fake news problem will be solved. But the uncomfortable truth is that, like drug addiction, fake news is a demand-side problem as much as a supply-side one. ...

Technologists like to talk about creating “frictionless” user experiences. In the context of news, frictionless means thoughtless. "

So ...

what?

...technology should focus on making things *possible*, not *easy* ?

I can't really take this anywhere in my own head. It's tricky to engage the cognitive control needed I suppose.
fake  news  thought  communication  technology  social  media 
5 days ago
Terrific 'Dialogue-Heavy' Films - IMDb
possible scenes that could be used for teaching ... who knows
films  to:watch  esl 
6 days ago
An online decency moderator's advice: Blur your eyes - BBC News
""We had to come up with the rules. Watching porn and asking whether wearing a tiny spaghetti-strap bikini was nudity? Asking how much sex is too much sex for MySpace? Making up the rules as we went along.

"Should we allow someone to cut someone's head off in a video? No, but what if it is a cartoon? Is it OK for Tom and Jerry to do it?"

There was also nothing in the way of emotional support, although she would tell her team: "It's OK to walk out, it's OK to cry. Just don't throw up on my floor."

And when it came to looking at the content, she had the following advice: "Blur your eyes and then you won't really see it.""
people-are-horrible  world  internet  social  media 
6 days ago
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RT : Some claim Mr Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) has been silenced:

- In the last 3 months, he has been mentioned…
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8 days ago
Judge who jailed fracking protesters with 'excessive' sentence has family links to oil and gas firm - Mirror Online
"A judge criticised for handing prison sentences to three fracking protesters has family links to the oil and gas industry.

Judge Robert Altham jailed Simon Blevins, 26, Richard Roberts, 36, and Richard Loizou, 31, over their demonstration at a Cuadrilla site.

The trio, known as the “Fracking Three”, are believed to be the first environmental activists to be imprisoned for public nuisance since 1932.

Critics have claimed the punishment was “manifestly excessive”. Now the Daily Mirror can reveal the Altham family business supplies the Irish Sea oil and gas industry.

J.C. Altham and Sons is believed to be part of the supply chain for energy giant Centrica, which has invested tens of millions of pounds in fracking."
uk  corruption  fracking  law  power 
8 days ago
Twitter
RT : The British media built up and made Nigel Farage. Now they’re doing the same with a violent far right thug.
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8 days ago
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In the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer he gives an account of the meeting between Hitler and the…
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8 days ago
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At some point last year, I mentioned how much extraneous work the UK system generates, and how jarring it is to sud…
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9 days ago
12 Daily Routines Of Famous People In History – And What You Should Take From Each | Thought Catalog
"Routine #4: Winston Churchill

7:30 AM: Wake up, stay in bed until 11:00 AM eating breakfast, reading several newspapers, dictating to secretaries.
11:00 AM: Bathe, walk outside, settle into work with whiskey and soda.
1:00PM – 3:00PM: Lunch and then work and card playing/backgammon with his wife.
5:00PM: ½ hour nap.
5:30 PM: Another bath, and dinner (the highlight of his day, with socializing, drinking and smoking for hours afterward.)
12:00 AM: An hour of reading before bed. "
people  life  routines  esl 
9 days ago
What's a senior engineer's job? - Julia Evans
This post was an interesting read as it's nice to read someone so enthusiastic about their job (which I think is in electronic finance)
career  software  development  work 
11 days ago
Brainstorming a better YouTube recommendation algorithm : Francis Irving
"It seems that even at a basic level, Deep Mind (the division of Google’s parent company which made the algorithm, and whose offices are bit a mile from where I sit now in London), could come up with a better criteria for the algorithm."
recommendation  youtube  people  life  tv  video  internet 
12 days ago
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RT : RT if you think it's a disgrace that has not been invited to appear on BBC's Question Time.
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12 days ago
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Scientists have long believed that wireless signals like WiFi could be used to see things that are invisible to the…
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13 days ago
How to Program Your Job - The Atlantic
"As it stands, self-automation can be empowering. But as automation techniques become better understood, they may simply become yet another skill set management can expect employees to possess, or learn—passing the gains to their organization, then making themselves useful in some other way. “Employees will increasingly need to automate their own jobs or get moved out,” writes the Harvard Business Review. “Worldwide, we’ll see many more top-down managerial mandates for bottom-up automation initiatives.” And the rich and their employee-built bots will again swallow the gains."
computing  work  business  economics  programming  life 
14 days ago
The Dangers of YouTube for Young Children - The Atlantic
Interesting summary on YouTube power over the world.

"YouTube’s default position is that no one under 13 is watching videos on its site—because that’s the minimum age allowed under its terms of service. In addition to its main site, however, the company has developed an app called YouTube Kids. Like normal YouTube, it plays videos, but the design and content are specifically made for parents and children. It’s very good. It draws on the expertise of well-established children’s-media companies. Parents can restrict their children’s viewing in a multitude of ways, such as allowing access only to content handpicked by PBS Kids. But here’s the problem: Just a small fraction of YouTube’s 1.9 billion monthly viewers use it. (YouTube Kids is not available in as many countries as normal YouTube is.)"
children  tv  education  youtube  world  internet  future  technology 
16 days ago
Michael Rosen: the trick to making children laugh | Life and style | The Guardian
"I start here: children (whether they are much loved and also if they are not) experience the world as people with very little power. As parents, most of us tell ourselves this is all for the good, because we are wiser and more knowledgable than they are. The power gap is inescapable. But, of course, as we exert our power, telling children we are right, right, right, we say and do crazy, illogical things, inconsistent things and, sometimes, horrible things.

In other words, we are a bit wrong, quite a lot wrong or totally wrong. What’s more, children quite often resist us, so that we are unable to exert that power. Then there are places that children can escape to – in their minds or with their friends – where adult power can’t reach.

All this is fertile territory for making them laugh (the source, if you like): moments of authoritarianism gone wrong; daft acts of resistance; inappropriate line-crossing and taboo-breaking."
kids  teaching  esl  fun 
16 days ago
Damning new report reveals UK media guilty of "myriad inaccuracies and distortions" in Labour antisemitism reporting | Evolve Politics
"From the 95 examples found, the report states that “27 examples of misleading and 28 examples of inaccurate reporting [were] made [specifically] in regard to the IHRA definition. Half of the latter were found on TheGuardian.com and BBC television news programmes alone”"
shit-journalism  corbyn  media  bias  bbc 
16 days ago
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RT : Want to use your skills for good? Refugee coding school need volunteers to help teach. Meet-up ton…
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16 days ago
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So funny enough the Guardian is pulling punches on B Johnson removing a headline suggesting he's a tw…
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17 days ago
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478 days apart. But the same headline. You can call this many things but journalism it is most definitely not.
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17 days ago
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When you’ve doubled the number of rough sleepers in 5 years, driven the number of children in poverty up to 4.5 mil…
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17 days ago
Happiness - YouTube
Nice 5 min video with a depressing ending.

Possibly useful for teaching... depending very much on the class
short  film  art  animation  video  esl 
18 days ago
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Hasn't someone written, 'Socrates is So Street' ?
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18 days ago
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this week, i asked my first year data viz students to read the module outline

about two thirds of the way through…
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18 days ago
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For sorting, do not use the words "ascending" and "descending". No one understands which is which! 🤔
That’s why we…
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19 days ago
Confessions of a Fake News Writer – Member Feature Stories – Medium
"“Fuck it, let’s make it up,” a colleague splutters. A salacious piece of fiction about a man’s love life soon materializes. It is published, causing the figures to shoot up at the speed of an electrical jolt. It went super viral and the next day was being covered by mainstream news outlets all over the world, which at the time, I’ve got to be honest, I found mildly amusing."

The lesson is obvious, that you cannot fund quality journalism with advertising, and you cannot trust articles that you read for free on the internet. I guess I should delete all my bookmarks.
shit-journalism  writing  money  advertising  web  internet  news  stupid 
20 days ago
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The boys loved this presentation, it made sense to them. I then had students talking and asking ab…
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20 days ago
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We did a poetry bowl. Two proms a day read over the loudspeaker and each class voted for their fav…
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20 days ago
CodeGrades
"CodeGrades are eight cumulative steps for learning how to code. They're a programming version of time-proven techniques like music grades, belts in martial arts or lifeguard certification. Level up by applying the knowledge and skills needed for each grade to your own fun, interesting and challenging coding projects."
programming  teaching  education 
21 days ago
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Imagine being the PM who sent Go Home vans around ethnically mixed communities, who introduced a “hostile environme…
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21 days ago
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Hello, everybody who argued to me in the past three years that "login with Facebook" would result in much better se…
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21 days ago
Jo Cox: Brussels renames square in honour of murdered Labour MP | The Independent
"The small, peaceful square is behind the Ancienne Belgique concert venue, where Ms Cox regularly visited to enjoy music while she lived in Brussels. Before becoming an MP she lived in the city for six years working for the humanitarian organisation Oxfam.

A small a capella choir sang two songs to mark the occasion: an anti-apartheid folk song, as well as a Balkan folk song after which Ms Cox had named the London houseboat in which she lived as an MP."
uk  europe  politics  people  history 
21 days ago
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RT : We are excited to announce that will be in Thessaloniki, Greece from the 23rd-28th August 2019. Mark yo…
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21 days ago
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...and my 8-week beginner Python course is sold out in about 6 hours.

This bodes well.

I'm looking forward to r…
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22 days ago
I've Been Jailed For Protesting Fracking - Here's Why I Won't Give Up The Fight
"My sentencing forms part of a broader clamp down on the right to protest in the UK. The stakes are higher than ever, but all of us inside and outside the criminal justice system will be impacted by climate change. And all of us have a role to play in creating a better, more just future. I will continue to work for that.

The most difficult thing for me to accept right now, is that my sister is due to give birth soon and has asked me to be her birth partner. Given my imprisonment - which will last for at least eight months - I won’t be able to be there to support her, or to see and support my niece or nephew come into this world.

During my trial I was not allowed to speak about my motivations for protesting. Let me tell you here now that my peaceful act of collective self-defence, criminalised as it has been, is for my family, and for a safer, healthier future for everyone threatened by fracking related climate change."
uk  fracking  sick  corruption 
23 days ago
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My sons Yr4 homework is "write 3 or 4 paragraphs on WW1,including maps,diagrams or drawings using…
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24 days ago
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You can't undermine democracy with more democracy -- good point that
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24 days ago
End to End Testing Framework | Cypress.io
Runs tests totally inside the browser, independent of any framework. Which seems good. Bonus points if I can also automate it to run headless?!
software  web  development  javascript  to:use  automated  testing  programming 
25 days ago
The Games Industry is Toxic · Austin Kelmore
"We tell ourselves that the industry has to be this way in order to create the amazing games we all love. We tell ourselves this because the alternative is absolutely terrifying. If games could be made without all of the pain, suffering, and abuse… then that means we chose that path ourselves. We chose to suffer not because we had to, but because we wanted to.

Let me be clear: when I say we, I mean the people who lead companies - executives, managers, and senior employees. We are the people most responsible for how our industry functions because we have the power. We make the decisions to hire and fire, we pay the salaries, we teach others the ways we make games, and we exhibit the cultural norms that others follow. We have that responsibility whether or not we want it."
work  life  programming  software  development  games  business  health  discrimination  management 
25 days ago
Web Audio Conference 2018 | Berlin
"The Web Audio Conference is an international conference dedicated to emerging audio-related web technologies such as Web Audio API, Web MIDI and Web RTC / WebGL.

We welcome web developers, music technologists, computer musicians, application designers, researchers, and people involved in web standards."
audio  web  development  music  conference 
26 days ago
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Hey! If you get stuck writing poetry, start with black-out poems. Whatever you produce is fine. It’s just for fun!…
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26 days ago
The six Brexit traps that will defeat Theresa May | Yanis Varoufakis | Politics | The Guardian
"When Schäuble welcomed me with his “it is my mandate against yours” doctrine, he was honouring a long EU tradition of neglecting democratic mandates in the name of respecting them. Like all dangerous hypotheses, it is founded on an obvious truth: the voters of one country cannot give their representative a mandate to impose upon other governments conditions that the latter have no mandate, from their own electorate, to accept. But, while this is a truism, its incessant repetition by Brussels functionaries and political powerbrokers, such as Angela Merkel and Schäuble himself, is intended to convert it surreptitiously into a very different notion: no voters in any country can empower their government to oppose Brussels."
eu  brexit  politics  uk 
26 days ago
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My top tip for git is to add this to $HOME/.gitconfig:

# Show a pretty commit log with `git logg`
[alia…
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26 days ago
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