Super Punch: "ECOT, Ohio’s largest online charter school, officially closes"
lies and theft in online edu . . . similar to lies Temple's business dean engaged in
education  online  stats  lies  weekly 
This sun-chasing robot looks after the plant on its head - The Verge
Chinese roboticist and entrepreneur Sun Tianqi has made it happen: modding a six-legged toy robot made by his company Vincross to carry a potted plant on its back.

The resulting plant-robot hybrid looks like a leafy crab or a robot Bulbasaur. It moves toward the sunshine when needed, and it retreats to shade when it’s had enough.
weekly  robot  plant  technology 
Temple business dean forced out over falsified MBA data used in rankings - Philly
“the Fox School … knowingly provided false information to at least one rankings organization about the online M.B.A. In addition to the misreporting of the number of students who took the GMAT from 2015 to 2018, the average undergraduate GPA was overstated, and there were inaccuracies in the number of offers of admission as well as in the degree of student indebtedness.”
weekly  online 
5 days ago
H-Diplo Commentary 1 on Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress | H-Diplo | H-Net
Or maybe you have just closed Steven Pinker’s latest book, which would not have been out of place as propaganda material in the age of Brezhnevian stagnation.
weekly  quote 
5 days ago
logger - Google Drive
from way back in case anyone asks again
google  ccps  dell  hcps  logger  example 
5 days ago
The U.S. Air Force learned to code—and saved the Pentagon millions
“We don’t want to be anybody’s outsource app development organization forever,” says Keith Salisbury, the vice president responsible for Pivotal’s work with the federal government. “We want our clients to understand what we do and how we do it, and most importantly, why we do it. We don’t want to teach them to fish. We want to teach them to be fishing guides.”
weekly  webdev  pd 
8 days ago
----like what we tried a few months back

Itty bitty sites are contained entirely within their own link. (Including this one!) This means they're...

💼Portable - you don't need a server to host them
👁Private - nothing is sent to–or stored on–this server
🎁Easy to share as a link or QR code
weekly  tool  html  url 
10 days ago
When Jean-Paul Sartre Had a Bad Mescaline Trip and Then Hallucinated, for Years, That He Was Being Followed by Crabs | Open Culture
The crabs followed him “all the time,” he said, “I mean they followed me in the streets, into class.”
weekly  quote  crabs  sarte 
11 days ago
Ice Poseidon’s Lucrative, Stressful Life as a Live Streamer | The New Yorker
There was a time when he was swatted every day for a month. Things reached a crisis point when someone called in a bomb threat on a plane he had just boarded in Phoenix, on his way to a video-game convention, and several of the airport’s runways had to be closed. The episode led to Denino’s permanent banishment from Twitch, which is why he now streams on YouTube.
weekly  socialmedia  dystopia 
12 days ago
Catullus 85 - Wikipedia
Found because of a JK Rowling tweet on Twitter . . . .

"Odi et amo. quare id faciam fortasse requiris.
nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.'" [1]
I hate and I love. Why do I do this, perhaps you ask.
I do not know, but I feel it happening and I am tortured.
weekly  quote  poetry  latin 
14 days ago
Dat Project - Welcome!
A distributed data community
Dat is a nonprofit-backed data sharing protocol for applications of the future.
data  open  weekly 
14 days ago
LeBron James switching teams could cost jersey company millions
A jersey insurance program devised seven months ago could get its first major test this week in the form of LeBron James.

Should James choose to leave the Cavaliers, Fanatics, the world's largest licensed jersey seller, would be on the hook for potentially millions of dollars in exchanges.
weekly  dystopia  jersey  insurance 
15 days ago
CryptoKitties, Explained ... Mostly - The New York Times
Since CryptoKitties was introduced a month ago, 180,000 people have signed up. They’ve spent about $20 million in ether, and more than 10 kitties have sold for over $100,000.
weekly  crypto  cats  art  dystopia 
17 days ago
Swiss in CSS
Swiss in CSS is a homage to the International Typographic Style and the designers that pioneered the ideas behind the influential design movement.
17 days ago
King says retweet of Nazi sympathizer's message was unintentional - CNNPolitics
"Because then it'd be like I'm admitting that I did something, now I'm sorry about it. I'm not sorry. I'm human."
quote  politics  dystopia 
18 days ago
So many good musical options.
tone  js  javascript  weekly  music  examples 
18 days ago
5 Lessons From The Failure Of The Gates Foundation's $575 Million Effective Teacher Initiative
And these disappointing results were not cheap. RAND reports that the Effective Teacher Initiative cost the participating schools $575 million between 2009 and 2016, with Gates contributing $212 million of that total. This tally doesn’t include the staff time to conduct the requisite evaluations. Staff time totaled $73 million in 2014-15 alone (the only year RAND calculated it). That would suggest that the enormous time and effort required by the evaluation process translated into additional hundreds of millions in costs.
weekly  education  money  evaluation 
18 days ago
Burger King says sorry for Russian World Cup pregnancy ad
@BurgerKing apologizes for ad offering free whoppers to Russian women who get pregnant by tournament stars:
dystopia  socialmedia  weekly 
23 days ago
How markets plundered Free Software's best stuff and used it to create freedom for companies, not people / Boing Boing
But markets discovered free software and turned it into "open source," figuring out how to create developer communities around software ("digital sharecropping") that lowered their costs and increased their quality. Then the companies used patents and DRM and restrictive terms of service to prevent users from having any freedom.

Mako says that this is usually termed "strategic openness," in which companies take a process that would, by default, be closed, and open the parts of it that make strategic sense for the firm. But really, this is "strategic closedness" -- projects that are born open are strategically enclosed by companies to allow them to harvest the bulk of the value created by these once-free systems.
open  capitalism  weekly 
23 days ago
How the Case for Voter Fraud Was Tested — and Utterly… — ProPublica
It wasn’t enough to save him. In her opinion, Robinson described “a pattern and practice by Defendant [Kobach] of flaunting disclosure and discovery rules.” As she put it, “it is not clear to the Court whether Defendant repeatedly failed to meet his disclosure obligations intentionally or due to his unfamiliarity with the federal rules.” She ordered Kobach to attend the equivalent of after-school tutoring: six hours of extra legal education on the rules of civil procedure or the rules of evidence (and to present the court with a certificate of completion).
legal  law  weekly 
24 days ago
The value of CryptoKitties has plummeted / Boing Boing
In December someone paid US$155,000 for a single cryptokitty. In March investors who should know better, like Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures, gave CryptoKitties $12 million.

--How is capitalism seen as a real option?
capitalism  weekly  dystopia 
25 days ago
Saudi Arabia's Ambitious Economic Overhaul Hinges On Reducing Its Oil 'Addiction' : NPR
Engineers follow the journey of every drop of crude from the moment it is extracted, sent through pipelines and onto ships bound for overseas customers. Aramco officials say 4.5 terabytes of data are received every second from sensors strategically placed throughout the kingdom.
weekly  data  scale  oil  saudi  aramco 
26 days ago
Employees who practice mindfulness meditation are less motivated, having realized the futility of their jobs / Boing Boing
Turns out that people who meditate are less motivated: "Meditation was correlated with reduced thoughts about the future and greater feelings of calm and serenity -- states seemingly not conducive to wanting to tackle a work project.
weekly  meditation  mindfulness 
28 days ago
Meet the guys who tape Trump's papers back together - POLITICO
It was a painstaking process that was the result of a clash between legal requirements to preserve White House records and President Donald Trump’s odd and enduring habit of ripping up papers when he’s done with them — what some people described as his unofficial “filing system.”
weekly  politics  dystopia 
28 days ago
These Portuguese Libraries Are Infested With Bats—and They Like It That Way | Travel | Smithsonian
And every morning, just as their forebears did, the librarians remove the skins and clean the library floors.
weekly  bats  library 
28 days ago
MathBox² —
The next talk, Making WebGL Dance, contained elaborate long takes worthy of an Alfonso Cuarón film, with only 3 separate shots for the bulk of a 30 minute talk. The lesson seemed obvious: the slides shouldn't have graphics in them, rather, the graphics should have slides in them. The diagnosis of PowerPoint syndrome is then the constant trashing of context from one slide to the next. A traditional blackboard doesn't have this problem: you build up diagrams slowly, by hand, across a large surface, erasing selectively and only when you run out of space.
weekly  math  presentation  js 
29 days ago
Replication in Psychology Experiments: Everything We Know is a Lie - Neatorama
The Stanford Prison Experiment isn't the only psychological experiment that doesn't hold up over time. We recently posted about how the Robber's Cave Experiment was retooled to attain the desired results. The same investigator found irregularities in Stanley Milgram's experiments in the willingness of subjects to obey authority even when that means harming others. Even the famous Marshmallow Experiment has been discredited by replication studies. Vox has an overview of famous but discredited psychology experiments, and the difficulty of correcting textbooks and the popular image of these studies.
weekly  research  truth  lies  reality  academic 
4 weeks ago
Vue Native
Build native mobile apps using JavaScript and VueJs
vue  js  javascript  webdev  app 
4 weeks ago
How The New York Times Uses Software To Recognize Members of Congress
But we did some Googling and found the Amazon Rekognition API. This service has a “RecognizeCelebrity” endpoint that happens to include every member of Congress as well as several members of the Executive branch. Problem solved! Now we’re just talking about knitting together a few APIs.
weekly  journalism  ai  future  facial_recognition  api  amazon 
5 weeks ago
How The Alt-Right Manipulates The Internet’s Biggest Commenting Platform
“If you had 20 guys with 10 socks each, [.......]

you could dramatically force the narrative in the correct direction"

--not how I expected that sentence to continue
weekly  socialmedia  socialnetworking  comments  disqus  culture 
5 weeks ago
Towards Virtual Reality Infinite Walking: Dynamic Saccadic Redirection
This project significantly expands the allowable size difference between the virtual and physical environments by exploiting temporal blindness in human visual systems. We look specifically at saccades, which are rapid eye movements during which the visual signals are temporarily blocked but not perceivable due to brain interpolation. Thus, during saccades, we can change the virtual cameras inside the HMD to nudge users walk in the desired directions (e.g. away from walls) without them noticing the camera changes.
weekly  vr  virtualreality  brain  eye 
5 weeks ago
The wheels are falling off technology in schools: Microsoft
and the same conversation with the same ideas after 20 years . . . now in book form and from MS
weekly  education  technology 
5 weeks ago
One Small Blow Against Encroaching Totalitarianism: Obfuscation is the Enemy - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
Obfuscation is the enemy in Orwell’s essay, the sign of a fell purpose, and of the tendency of language to become vague in the political theater in order to mask the inhumanities of political regimes.
weekly  quote  obfuscation 
6 weeks ago
Commentary - Futility Closet
Thank God, it will soon be dark.

Oh, my hand.

Now I’ve written the whole thing; for Christ’s sake give me a drink.

Writing is excessive drudgery. It crooks your back, it dims your sight, it twists your stomach and your sides.
weekly  monks  writing  sameold 
6 weeks ago
John Ruskin: Fit the Third and Last - Text Patterns - The New Atlantis
So we see the same essential point being made over and over again, since the middle of the nineteenth century at least. Ruskin, Illich, and and Franklin all see that there are technologies that liberate human creativity, that enable human power, and, by contrast, technologies that enslave us, that force our very being into conformity with their codes and structures. 
weekly  technology  philosophy  freedom  slavery 
6 weeks ago
Bitcoin backlash as ‘miners’ suck up electricity, stress power grids in Central Washington | The Seattle Times
There may be something larger in this statement . . . .

At the root of the dilemma is a mismatch in business models. Public utilities are typically managed with the expectation of incremental growth, decades-long investments and a community-oriented bottom line — what Wright defines as delivering “the best value, for the most people, for the longest period of time.”

Bitcoin mining, by contrast, is characterized by soaring demand, massive price volatility, and an investment time frame measured in years or even months.
weekly  business  bitcoin  energy 
6 weeks ago
Artificial Senses
Artificial Senses visualizes sensor data of the machines that surround us to develop an understanding how they experience the world.
privacy  weekly  Umwelt 
7 weeks ago
GDPR for side-projects? Blocking all EU traffic with nginx in 3 simple steps
# Disable logging for EU users
access_log /var/log/nginx/access.log combined if=$allow_visit;
gdpr  nginx  data  privacy 
7 weeks ago
dc.js - Dimensional Charting Javascript Library
dc.js is a javascript charting library with native crossfilter support, allowing highly efficient exploration on large multi-dimensional datasets (inspired by crossfilter's demo). It leverages d3 to render charts in CSS-friendly SVG format. Charts rendered using dc.js are data driven and reactive and therefore provide instant feedback to user interaction.

dc.js is an easy yet powerful javascript library for data visualization and analysis in the browser and on mobile devices.
javascript  js  data  dataviz  large 
8 weeks ago
educate your child
interactive data viz on choosing a school and the impact that has in Chicago
weekly  data  dataviz  vcusocy  education  chicago  interactive 
8 weeks ago
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