Computer security sleuth who mocked FBI agent on social media will go free | Crime | Dallas News
"Rather than reward Mr. Shafer for his efforts to make the internet safer, the FBI chose to engage in armed raid of his family home," Ekeland said in his motion to dismiss the charges.

Prosecutors previously called Shafer a "self-styled internet vigilante" who goes beyond merely reporting security breaches and instead improperly downloads the personal information of numerous medical patients.
What to consider when creating choropleth maps | Uncharted
Maps are not objective, but a version of reality. When creating them, lots of choices are made: What to map, how to map and whether or not to use a map in the first place. Here we’ll try to find guidelines to all of these questions, for a specific subset of maps: Choropleth maps (the ones in which each region is filled with a color that represents a value).
Who Is Mark Conditt, the Suspected Austin Bomber? - The New York Times
• Mr. Conditt created a blog about his political views as a requirement for a political-science class he took at Austin Community College, according to McKenna McIntosh, a classmate of Mr. Conditt’s. In an author description, he described himself as a conservative. His posts include arguments against same-sex marriage and sex offender registries and a defense of the death penalty.
2 days ago
The Math Behind Pennsylvania's Gerrymandered Map Getting Overturned | WIRED
“These charts are what really resonated with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices,” says Jacobson. “You see 500 black dots. Then you see the actual plan. It’s way out in nowhere land.”
2 days ago
A Quantitative Analysis of the Impact of Arbitrary Blockchain Content on Bitcoin
Our analysis shows that certain content, e.g., illegal pornography,
can render the mere possession of a blockchain illegal. Based on
these insights, we conduct a thorough quantitative and qualitative analysis
of unintended content on Bitcoin’s blockchain. Although most data
originates from benign extensions to Bitcoin’s protocol, our analysis reveals
more than 1600 files on the blockchain, over 99 % of which are texts
or images. Among these files there is clearly objectionable content such
as links to child pornography, which is distributed to all Bitcoin participants.
With our analysis, we thus highlight the importance for future
blockchain designs to address the possibility of unintended data insertion
and protect blockchain users accordingly.

h/t 4 links
future  blockchain  dystopia  weekly 
3 days ago
Temporary Autonomous Zone - Wikipedia
It is composed of three sections, "Chaos: The Broadsheets of Ontological Anarchism," "Communiques of the Association for Ontological Anarchy," and "The Temporary Autonomous Zone."

--h/t Doug Belshaw
weekly  anarchy  freedom  control 
9 days ago
MOSQUITO attack allows to exfiltrates data from Air-Gapped computers via leverage connected speakersSecurity Affairs
Once again the team demonstrated that separating the computer networks from the Internet is not enough to protect them from attackers. In the past, the same group of researchers demonstrated that it possible to listen to private conversations by reversing headphones connected to a previously infected computer.
The MOSQUITO technique establishes a covert ultrasonic transmission between two air-gapped computers using speaker-to-speaker communication.
security  weekly  technology 
10 days ago
tota11y – an accessibility visualization toolkit
tota11y helps visualize how your site performs with assistive technologies. Check out the announcement blog post.
javascript  accessibility  tool  testing 
10 days ago
In Britain’s Playgrounds, ‘Bringing in Risk’ to Build Resilience - The New York Times
-- Ever feel like everything is just a stupid cycle of doom?

Educators in Britain, after decades spent in a collective effort to minimize risk, are now, cautiously, getting into the business of providing it.

Four years ago, for instance, teachers at the Richmond Avenue Primary and Nursery School looked critically around their campus and set about, as one of them put it, “bringing in risk.”

Out went the plastic playhouses and in came the dicey stuff: stacks of two-by-fours, crates and loose bricks. The schoolyard got a mud pit, a tire swing, log stumps and workbenches with hammers and saws.

“We thought, how can we bring that element of risk into your everyday environment?” said Leah Morris, who manages the early years program at the school in Shoeburyness in southeast Britain. “We were looking at, O.K., so we’ve got a sand pit, what can we add to the sand pit to make it more risky?”

Now, Ms. Morris says proudly, “we have fires, we use knives, saws, different tools,” all used under adult supervision. Indoors, scissors abound, and so do sharp-edged tape dispensers (“they normally only cut themselves once,” she says).
weekly  risk  safety  play 
11 days ago
michael_nielsen on Twitter: "The use of spaced repetition memory systems has changed my life over the past couple of years. Here's a few things I've found helpful:"
Not that this is necessarily what I think or that this is what your pattern should be . . . but I see these types of learning workflow considerations to be what students ought to be considering.

"The use of spaced repetition memory systems has changed my life over the past couple of years. Here's a few things I've found helpful:"
learning  memory  memorization  weekly  workflow  pattern 
11 days ago
The Disconnect - Issue One
Please Disconnect from the Internet. This is an offline-only magazine of commentary, fiction, and poetry. Just disable your WiFi to view this issue.
weekly  internet  future 
14 days ago
Rage against the machine: self-driving cars attacked by angry Californians | Technology | The Guardian
The two human-on-robot assaults are not the first time San Franciscans have fought back – physically – against robots.

In December, the local SPCA animal shelter removed its 400lb Knightscope security robot from the streets around its building amid backlash from residents and the homeless population who complained the robot was harassing them. While most residents simply complained about the robot’s presence, one person reportedly “put a tarp over it, knocked it over and put barbecue sauce on all the sensors”.
future  weekly  dystopia  robots  security 
15 days ago
The Wire, 10 years on: ‘We tore the cover off a city and showed the American dream was dead’ | Television & radio | The Guardian
Greek tragedy for the new millennium,” with sclerotic institutions playing the role of callous, indifferent gods
weekly  language  words 
15 days ago
AllSides Bias Rating (ABR) - AllSides
--ripe for all kinds of issues

The AllSides patented bias detection and display technology drives arguably the world's most effective and up-to-date bias detection engine. It's powered by a combination of wisdom-of-the-crowd technology and the best statistical research and methodologies.
weekly  bias  data 
16 days ago
Why I Quit Google to Work for Myself - Silly Bits
The pipeline didn’t record many metrics. The ones it did have made it look like things had gotten worse. My bug discoveries caused the overall bug count to increase. The pipeline’s failures increased because I made it fail fast on anomalies instead of silently passing along bad data. I drastically reduced the time developers spent repairing those failures, but there were no metrics that tracked developer time.

My other work didn’t look so good on paper either. On several occasions, I put my projects on hold for weeks or even months at a time to help a teammate whose launch was at risk. It was the right decision for the team, but it looked unimpressive in a promo packet. To the promotion committee, my teammate’s project was the big, important work that demanded coordination from multiple developers. If they hornswoggled me into helping them, it’s evidence of their strong leadership qualities. I was just the mindless peon whose work was so irrelevant that it could be pre-empted at a moment’s notice.
data  google  stats  metrics 
18 days ago
United Airlines employees shocked: Bonuses replaced with lottery - Chicago Business Journal
Kirby issued an employee memo in which he announced that the Chicago-based airline is dropping the quarterly performance bonuses the carrier had been giving out to all employees qualified to receive them.

Kirby said in the memo, obtained by the Chicago Business Journal, that the bonus payouts are being replaced with a new program called "core4 Score Rewards," which Kirby said would include quarterly prizes like cash ranging from $2,000 to $40,000, luxury cars, vacation packages, and a grand of prize of $100,000 awarded to one eligible employee per quarter.
weekly  dystopia  profit  capitalism 
18 days ago
Mitigation of Shock: 6 Steps (with Pictures)
The project transports you into a London flat, thirty five years in the future. A future where extreme weather has caused global supply chains to falter. Everyday items are often either out of stock or have become expensive luxuries. In response, living space has been increasingly given over to experimental forms of domestic agriculture. Food computers have been improvised from the detritus of a technological utopia that never quite arrived.
weekly  instructable  dystopia  diy 
21 days ago
Plotting the Course Through Charted Waters
Heat maps, stacked area plots, mosaic plots, choropleths – oh my! There are so many different ways to visually convey relationships and patterns in data! In this workshop on data visualization literacy, you’ll learn to recognize many popular types of charts and how to glean insights from them. The Appendix contains some examples of data visualization as visual essays and it also includes links to resources for learning how to create your own.
weekly  data  dataviz  datavisualization  visualization  vcu  socy 
26 days ago
About Frankenbook
Frankenbook is a collective reading and collaborative annotation experience of the original 1818 text of Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. The project launched in January 2018, as part of Arizona State University’s celebration of the novel’s 200th anniversary. Even two centuries later, Shelley’s modern myth continues to shape the way people imagine science, technology, and their moral consequences. Frankenbook gives readers the opportunity to trace the scientific, technological, political, and ethical dimensions of the novel, and to learn more about its historical context and enduring legacy.
weekly  novel  annotation  Frankenstein  book 
29 days ago
Do It Yourself - Futility Closet
Society of Mutual Autopsy (Société d’autopsie mutuelle), founded in 1876 “for the purpose of furnishing to the investigations of medicists brains superior to those of the common people.”
weekly  tshirt  history 
4 weeks ago
Porsche Classic supplies classic parts from a 3D printer
Due to the consistently positive results received to date, Porsche is currently manufacturing eight other parts using 3D printing. The parts in question are steel and alloy parts produced using the selective laser melting process, and plastic components manufactured using an SLS printer
weekly  future  porsche  culture  change 
5 weeks ago
HUBzero - Home
Host analytical tools, publish data, share resources, collaborate and build communities in a single web-based ecosystem.
education  research  science  collaboration  python  platform  webdev  weekly 
5 weeks ago
Bildung - Wikipedia
The term Bildung also corresponds to the Humboldtian model of higher education from the work of Prussian philosopher and educational administrator Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767–1835). Thus, in this context, the concept of education becomes a lifelong process of human development, rather than mere training in gaining certain external knowledge or skills. Such training in skills is known by the German words Erziehung, and Ausbildung. Bildung in contrast is seen as a process wherein an individual's spiritual and cultural sensibilities as well as life, personal and social skills are in process of continual expansion and growth.
weekly  education  language  german  philo 
6 weeks ago
Apple HomePod review: locked in - The Verge
When you set down a HomePod and play music, it goes through a number of steps to tune itself. First, it tries to create a model of the room it’s in by detecting the sounds reflecting off walls. It does this in two passes: the first pass builds a model to a high degree of initial confidence, and the second pass refines the model. This happens faster if you’re playing music with a lot of bass.
weekly  audio  privacy  data  sound  sonar 
6 weeks ago
Episode No. 113: What's Going On in This Graph? - Policy Viz
Michael Gonchar and Sharon Hessney lead a new project at the New York Times called “What’s Going On in This Graph?” (WGOITG). Every second Tuesday of every month, the NYT publishes a graphic on a topic suitable for subjects across the middle school and high school curricula. They might remove some key information, such as titles, labels, and annotation, and then ask the students three questions:

• What do you notice?
• What do you wonder?
• What’s going on in this graph?
weekly  data  vcusocy  dataviz  graph  understanding 
6 weeks ago
Uses This / Interviews
A collection of nerdy interviews asking people from all walks of life what they use to get the job done.
tools  interviews  workflow  work 
6 weeks ago
This Mutant Crayfish Clones Itself, and It’s Taking Over Europe - The New York Times
Before about 25 years ago, the species simply did not exist. A single drastic mutation in a single crayfish produced the marbled crayfish in an instant.

Continue reading the main story

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The mutation made it possible for the creature to clone itself, and now it has spread across much of Europe and gained a toehold on other continents.
weekly  animal  poetry  evolution 
6 weeks ago
The Anatomy of a Data Story
Knaflic explains that “it’s not the graph that makes the data interesting. Rather, it's the story you build around it—the way you make it something your audience cares about, something that resonates with them—that’s what makes data interesting.”
weekly  vcusocy  data  socy  story  narrative 
6 weeks ago
Introduction · Purgecss
Purgecss is a tool to remove unused CSS. It can be used as part of your development workflow. Purgecss comes with a JavaScript API, a CLI, and plugins for popular build tools.
css  webdev  tool  purge 
7 weeks ago
Excel vs R: A Brief Introduction to R
There is no doubt that the learning curve for R is much steeper than producing one or two charts in a spreadsheet. However, there are real long-term advantages to learning a dedicated data analysis tool like R.
weekly  r  data  programming  history  vcusocy  power 
7 weeks ago
OverTheWire: Wargames
Each shell game has its own SSH port
weekly  computer  security  hacking  cyber 
7 weeks ago
Visualization Tools
a data visualization of data visualizaitons
weekly  keshif  data  vcu  vcusocy 
7 weeks ago
A gem among the snowpack of Olympics data journalism - Junk Charts
When data journalism and dataviz are done right, the designers have made good decisions. Here are some of the key elements that make this article work:
data  dataviz  vcusocy  journalism 
7 weeks ago
Panicked about Kids’ Addiction to Tech?
The funny thing about verbalizing what you’re doing is that you’ll check yourself about your decisions to grab that phone. Somehow, it’s a lot less comfy saying: “Mom’s going to check work email because she can’t stop looking in case something important happens.”
weekly  technology  culture 
7 weeks ago
39 studies about human perception in 30 minutes – kennedy elliott – Medium
Lee and coauthors (34) observed “novice users” when they encountered unfamiliar visualizations and tried to make sense of them. Participants had difficulties in moving away from their initial frameworks, even if they were incorrect. Thus, first impressions are quite important.
data  dataviz  research  visualization  vcusocy  basics 
7 weeks ago
Minimalism in Information Visualization - Attitudes Towards Maximizing the Data-Ink Ratio
Within-subjects analyses of the evaluations of the
graphs found that the traditional format (Graph A)
received significantly higher evaluations than those of
the minimalist format (Graph D) on all six aspects
research  dataviz  vcusocy  minimalism 
7 weeks ago
Minimalism in Data VIsualization: Perceptions of Beauty, Clarity, Effectiveness, and Simplicity
In summary, the academic literature on
minimalism and data visualization, provides
conflicting empirical evidence related to
minimalism’s ability to improve a visualization.
This debate has carried over outside of academia
as evidenced by blog postings such as that of
Kosara (2010) that discusses the work of
Bateman et al. (2010). However, most of the
literature seems to suggest that minimalism in
the form of a high data-ink ratio or lack of
embellishment does not improve the quality of a
visualization. This is counter to Tufte’s notion that
such visualizations are superior.
research  dataviz  simplicity  vcusocy 
7 weeks ago
Timeline with markers -
make for a slick interactive for student annotation of timeline
timeline  interactive  tie 
7 weeks ago
Donald Rumsfeld’s Snowflake Poetry Is Exactly What America Needs Right Now - POLITICO Magazine

I have a feeling that
the things I want to do
that we have to drop
off the calendar
don’t get put back on.
For example,
I still need a dentist appointment.
Nov. 28, 2001,1:21 p.m.

h/t my lovely wife
weekly  poetry  government 
7 weeks ago
Tangle: a JavaScript library for reactive documents
Tangle is a JavaScript library for creating reactive documents. Your readers can interactively explore possibilities, play with parameters, and see the document update immediately. Tangle is super-simple and easy to learn.
interactive  javascript  js  dataviz  data  vcusocy  explorable 
7 weeks ago
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