Why Ratings and Feedback Forms Don’t Work - The Atlantic
Chasing ever more ratings abandons the original lesson of mechanical feedback: Specific, critical information can make a system perform well. The thoughts, opinions, experiences, and advice that consumers are asked to share all seem to have equal significance—and organizations seek ever more quantities of that feedback. An app called DropThought, for instance, promises to “capture feedback anywhere” from users who can reply “easily with one click using their smartphones.” Any thought, any response is worth capturing.
weekly  feedback 
2 days ago
Eagle.js is a web-based slideshow framework for Vue.js. It supports animations, themes, interactive widgets (for web demos), and makes it easy to reuse components, slides and styles across presentations.
framework  slides  pug  vue  js  presentation 
3 days ago
ʝ³ #wcus on Twitter: "TinyMCE was never tying to be a layout tool, like MicroSoft Word does not try to be PowerPoint. The Block-Based editor is trying to be both a typing tool and a layout tool. Today, I think it fails at providing a fluid interface to
TinyMCE was never tying to be a layout tool, like MicroSoft Word does not try to be PowerPoint.

The Block-Based editor is trying to be both a typing tool and a layout tool.

Today, I think it fails at providing a fluid interface to make either task feel enjoyable.
weekly  wordpress 
4 days ago
The "Yellow Jackets" Riots In France Are What Happens When Facebook Gets Involved With Local News
The same month that Nogueira set up his first group, Mark Zuckerberg announced two algorithm changes to Facebook’s News Feed that would “prioritize news that is trustworthy, informative, and local.” The updates were meant to combat sensationalism, misinformation, and political polarization by emphasizing local networks over publisher pages. One change upranks news from local publishers only. Another change made the same month prioritizes posts from friends and family, hoping to inspire back-and-forth discussion in the comments of posts.
weekly  algorithms  socialmedia  facebook 
5 days ago
Are you concerned for the safety of your small dog? It's a dangerous world where coyotes, aggressive dogs, and even birds of prey can injure or kill your small dog in the blink of an eye. We know because it happened to us, and that's why we developed our patented CoyoteVest. Its purpose is to help slow down or prevent a surprise attack and give you enough time to react before serious injury occurs. The CoyoteVest gives us peace of mind knowing that our dogs are not utterly defenseless.
weekly  dog  fear  protection 
5 days ago
Measuring the Filter Bubble: How Google is influencing what you click
Private browsing mode and being logged out of Google offered very little filter bubble protection. These tactics simply do not provide the anonymity most people expect. In fact, it's simply not possible to use Google search and avoid its filter bubble.
weekly  filter  privacy  data  google 
9 days ago
A Business With No End - The New York Times
**This article is amazing and has all the things.

Olivet University was established in California in 2000 by an evangelical pastor named David Jang. His global religious community — often referred to, simply, as “the Community” — has been the subject of numerous articles that allege labor violations, fraud and abuse. That includes a 2014 Mother Jones story in which former religious followers of Mr. Jang said that the Community recruited them from China and brought them to the U.S. on student visas to study at Olivet University. In reality, the followers said, they spent most of their time working illegally, for very little pay, churning out clickbait for the International Business Times.
weekly  highered  immigration  amazon  clickbait  visa  labor  sociology 
13 days ago
You Snooze, You Lose: Insurers Make The Old Adage… — ProPublica
Schmidt’s privacy concerns began the day after he registered his new CPAP unit with ResMed, its manufacturer. He opted out of receiving any further information. But he had barely wiped the sleep out of his eyes the next morning when a peppy email arrived in his inbox. It was ResMed, praising him for completing his first night of therapy. “Congratulations! You’ve earned yourself a badge!” the email said.
weekly  privacy  medical  health 
15 days ago
3D printers emit microparticles that can embed in your lungs
Four years of research shows that 3D printers emit hazardous microparticles–which can embed themselves in your lungs forever.
weekly  3dprinting  health  edtech 
16 days ago
Secret Hitler
Secret Hitler is a social deduction game for 5-10 people about finding and stopping the Secret Hitler.

Players are secretly divided into two teams: the liberals, who have a majority, and the fascists, who are hidden to everyone but each other. If the liberals can learn to trust each other, they have enough votes to control the elections and save the day. But the fascists will say whatever it takes to get elected, advance their agenda, and win the game.

from Jeff
game  fascism  political  weekly 
17 days ago
Centered within the summertime habitat of the endangered southern resident killer whales, Orcasound Lab is also a good place to listen for ships passing through Haro Strait and boats traveling along the west side of San Juan Island. In the fall you can hear humpbacks, and in the summer male harbor seals vocalize nearby.
weekly  orca  sound 
4 weeks ago
Brooklyn students hold walkout in protest of Facebook-designed online program
Weird to see these complaints from a variety of angles and in light of early "innovation zone" work done in NYC . . . (also same old, same old in terms of bad wifi etc.)

“It’s annoying to just sit there staring at one screen for so long,” said freshman Mitchel Storman, 14, who spends close to five hours a day on Summit classes in algebra, biology, English, world history, and physics. “You have to teach yourself.”

Summit stresses “personalized learning” and “self-direction.” Students work at their own pace. Teachers “facilitate.” Each kid is supposed to get 10 to 15 minutes of one-on-one “mentoring” each week.
weekly  nyc  education  innovation  facebook 
4 weeks ago
AAEEBL (@AAEEBL) | Twitter
AAEEBL-global professional group for authentic, experiential & evidence-based learning #eportfolios. #edchat #edtech #elearning #highered
twitter  portfolio 
4 weeks ago
Why you should never ever eat a garden slug | TreeHugger
According to news reports, 19-year-old Sam Ballard caved into a dare to swallow a slug. Tragically for Ballard, the slug came with the roundworm parasite Angiostrongylus cantonensis, AKA the punk-rock-sounding rat lungworm. While when mature these parasites take residence in rats, in their youth they sometimes call slugs and snails home, creating a potential menace for anyone consuming raw or undercooked creatures harboring the parasite.
As Mindy Weisberger writes for LiveSceince , "In Ballard's case, the parasite caused a serious brain infection. He fell into a coma for 420 days and was paralyzed from the neck down when he was released from the hospital three years later...." Ballard remains paralyzed and requires full-time care
psa  slug  weekly 
5 weeks ago
Create a Stripe Customer with Gravity Forms Stripe Product Feed
ab the value of the second piece of metadata, which is found inside the metaData array. This gets you the field key of the email address field, which you can use to grab the actual value.
stripe  gravityforms 
5 weeks ago
Our young people, for the most part -- unless they are geniuses -- after a very short time in college give up any hope of being individually great. They plan, instead, to be good. They plan to be effective, They plan to do their job. They plan to take their healthy place in the community. We might say that today it takes a genius to come out great, and a great man, a merely great man, cannot survive. It has become our habit, therefore, to think that the age of greatness has passed, that the age of the great man is gone, that this is the day of group research, that this is the day of community progress. Yet the very essence of democracy is the absolute faith that while people must cooperate, the first function of democracy, its peculiar gift, is to develop each individual into everything that he might be. But I submit to you that when in each man the dream of personal greatness dies, democracy loses the real source of its future strength.

--1957 . . .
weekly  college  education 
5 weeks ago
CROWDLAAERS provides learning analytics about active participants, temporal activity (active days), collaborative discourse (threads), and also Hypothesis tags.
tool  hypothesis  data  analytics 
6 weeks ago
Meet the Existentialist Bodybuilder – Power Trip – Medium
Going to the gym, I regret to inform you, is pointless. But so is not. Which leaves you with a choice. And that right there is the heavy lifting of humanity.
weekly  philosophy  gym  fitness 
6 weeks ago
Own the Demand – Florent Crivello
Goldman Sachs analyst Rod Hall reckons Google will pay $9B to Apple this year to remain iOS’ default search engine — an amount that could go up to $12B next year (source). By comparison, Microsoft’s search engine Bing generated $1.7B in revenue in 2017. So Apple’s “search engine business” is roughly 5x as big as Microsoft’s — all while, you know, having no actual search engine.

---I wonder about this re edx, corporate influenced education etc.
weekly  demand  economics  education 
6 weeks ago
The Red Baron | by Kwame Anthony Appiah | The New York Review of Books
Education has put its seal of approval on a minority,” he wrote, “and its seal of disapproval on the many who fail to shine from the time they are relegated to the bottom streams at the age of seven or before.” What should have been mechanisms of mobility had become fortresses of privilege. He saw an emerging cohort of mercantile meritocrats who

can be insufferably smug, much more so than the people who knew they had achieved advancement not on their own merit but because they were, as somebody’s son or daughter, the beneficiaries of nepotism. The newcomers can actually believe they have morality on their side. So assured have the elite become that there is almost no block on the rewards they arrogate to themselves.

The carapace of “merit,” Young argued, had only inoculated the winners from shame and reproach.
weekly  sociology  education  merit 
6 weeks ago
It only took Oz govt transformation bods 6 months and $700k to report that blockchain ain't worth the effort • The Register
He also reiterated the relentless nature of the vendor push. "A lot of the big vendors are pushing blockchain very hard, and internationally most of the hype around blockchain is coming from vendors and companies, not from governments and users and deliverers of services."
weekly  blockchain  technology  change  vendor 
7 weeks ago
Power Causes Brain Damage - The Atlantic
Less able to make out people’s individuating traits, they rely more heavily on stereotype. And the less they’re able to see, other research suggests, the more they rely on a personal “vision” for navigation. John Stumpf saw a Wells Fargo where every customer had eight separate accounts. (As he’d often noted to employees, eight rhymes with great.) “Cross-selling,” he told Congress, “is shorthand for deepening relationships.”
brain  cognition  research  power  weekly 
7 weeks ago
Notes of Cabinet Meeting on Edmond Charles Genet, 2 August 1793
. The Presidt. was much inflamed, got into one of those passions when he cannot command himself. Run on much on the personal abuse which had been bestowed on him. Defied any man on earth to produce one single act of his since he had been in the government which was not done on the purest motives. That he had never repented but once the having slipped the moment of resigning his office, and that was every moment since. That by god he had rather be in his grave than in his present situation.
weekly  president  power  government  washington 
7 weeks ago
The Story Behind the Mysterious Guillotine on a Brooklyn Roof - VICE
"So, yeah, this is kind of the idea behind that—just like, here's your free healthcare. It'll solve your problems."
weekly  guillotine  symbol  art 
7 weeks ago
Georgetown Law Students Object to Exam Software
More than 500 law students at Georgetown University have signed a petition asking the law school to scrap its new exam software.

In a letter to administrators, students raised privacy and security concerns about the Exam4 platform and objected to the requirement to install it on their personal laptops in order to take their finals.
privacy  security  highered  law  weekly 
7 weeks ago
Changes to Twitter's rules may kill off its most entertaining bots — Quartz
. “But I am beginning to suspect that once we all leave Twitter, they will realize that we represent a lot of what made Twitter good, and that maybe the platform needs fun bot makers more than we need Twitter.”
twitter  api  bot  weekly 
8 weeks ago
[Easy Chair] | The Wizard of Q, by Walter Kirn | Harper's Magazine
He’d discovered a principle of online storytelling that had eluded me all those years ago but now seemed obvious: The audience for internet narratives doesn’t want to read, it wants to write. It doesn’t want answers provided, it wants to search for them. It doesn’t want to sit and be amused, it wants to be sent on a mission. It wants to do.
weekly  narrative  internet 
8 weeks ago
‘Do Not Track’ Privacy Tool Doesn’t Do Anything
“Do Not Track,” as it was first imagined a decade ago by consumer advocates, was going to be a “Do Not Call” list for the internet, helping to free people from annoying targeted ads and creepy data collection. But only a handful of sites respect the request, the most prominent of which are Pinterest and Medium. (Pinterest won’t use offsite data to target ads to a visitor who’s elected not to be tracked, while Medium won’t send their data to third parties.) The vast majority of sites, including this one, ignore it.
privacy  donottrack 
8 weeks ago
Reflecting on a MagicMirror Build - DEV Community 👩‍💻👨‍💻
MagicMirror² is an open source modular smart mirror platform. With a growing list of installable modules, the MagicMirror² allows you to convert your hallway or bathroom mirror into your personal assistant.
mirror  weekly  opensource 
8 weeks ago
[no title]
Now that the crypto bloodbath is in full view the new refuge of the
crypto scoundrels is “blockchain”, the technology underlying crypto
that is now alleged to be the cure of all global problems, including
poverty, famines and even diseases. But as discussed in detail below
blockchain is the most over-hyped – and least useful - technology in
human history: in practice it is nothing better than a glorified
spreadsheet or database.
weekly  crypto  bitcoin  blockchain 
8 weeks ago
Kara Swisher on the worst and best bosses she’s ever had.
: ‘Babylon was.’ Which means: Every major power falls.”
weekly  tshirt  todo 
8 weeks ago
#digitalsherlocks hashtag on Twitter
Interesting crowd participation pattern in media analysis --- mainly Russia related.
weekly  journalism  crowd 
8 weeks ago
An Airbnb guesthouse of horrors - The Boston Globe
“Sorry about the confusion. Life’s too short for me to give you an explanation. Have a nice time in LA.”
weekly  quote 
9 weeks ago
"I just know" replaces systematic reviews at top of evidence pyramid
“After much research and deliberation, we feel we cannot ignore what a parent or conspiracy theorist feels “in their gut”. There are just too many anecdotes and too many people buying untested alternative health products to ignore this any longer,” explained SHEA spokesman Dr. Harold Rami.
weekly  truth  lies  parody 
9 weeks ago
New U.S. Weapons Systems Are a Hackers’ Bonanza, Investigators Find - The New York Times
Sometimes the testing teams toyed with their Pentagon targets. One team “reported that they caused a pop-up message to appear on users’ terminals instructing them to insert two quarters to continue operating.”
weekly  hacking  security 
9 weeks ago
Enigma Public
We've curated the world's broadest collection of public data into a single searchable, explorable web portal and API.
open  data  weekly  api 
9 weeks ago
awesomedata/awesome-public-datasets: A topic-centric list of high-quality open datasets in public domains. New PR ☛☛☛
This list of a topic-centric public data sources in high quality. They are collected and tidied from blogs, answers, and user responses. Most of the data sets listed below are free, however, some are not. Other amazingly awesome lists can be found in sindresorhus's awesome list.
weekly  open  data  source  github 
9 weeks ago
A philosopher explains how our addiction to stories keeps us from understanding history - The Verge
The problem is, these historical narratives seduce you into thinking you really understand what’s going on and why things happened, but most of it is guessing people’s motives and their inner thoughts. It allays your curiosity, and you’re satisfied psychologically by the narrative, and it connects the dots so you feel you’re in the shoes of the person whose narrative is being recorded. It has seduced you into a false account, and now you think you understand.

The second part is that it effectively prevents you from going on to try to find the right theory and correct account of events. And the third problem, which is the gravest, is that people use narratives because of their tremendous emotional impact to drive human actions, movements, political parties, religions, ideologies. And many movements, like nationalism and intolerant religions, are driven by narrative and are harmful and dangerous for humanity.
weekly  storytelling  truth  lies  emotion  history 
9 weeks ago
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