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Saturday
Oct272018

Squarespace Outage

Because of an issue with Squarespace's API my blog and ticker doesn't get updated currently. Waiting for a fix from Squarespace.

In the meantime you can follow my daily news hunt on Flipboard. On Flipboard I run two magazines, The Weekly and trackerd.

Monday
Aug272018

The Impossible Job: Inside Facebook’s Struggle to Moderate Two Billion People

[Link] : Moderating billions of posts a week in more than a hundred languages has become Facebook’s biggest challenge. Leaked documents and nearly two dozen interviews show how the company hopes to solve it.<p>This spring, Facebook reached out to a few dozen leading social media academics with an invitation: …
Monday
Aug272018

burning man 2018 art installations and architecture: a preview of this year's I, Robot

[Link] : <b>art is popping up all over at the playa while nearly 70,000 people are slowly making their way to nevada’s black rock desert to be part of burning</b> …
Monday
Aug272018

The Mysterious Green Orbs That Float by Day and Sink at Night

[NyTimes] : "Moss balls, lake balls, Cladophora balls, marimo: Whatever you call them, they're strange — and they're beautiful.<p>These mysterious green orbs occupy cool lakes in the Northern Hemisphere in places like Scotland, Iceland and Ukraine. In Japan, they are a protected species and official national …"

Monday
Aug272018

It’s time for the open source community to get real

[Link] : Like many open source developers, I’ve been reading the commentary around Redis Common Clause Licensing with great interest (HN thread). The gist of …
Monday
Aug272018

Magic Leap One Teardown

[Link] : Teardown of the first mixed-reality headset from Magic Leap, performed August 15, 2018.
Monday
Aug272018

Honeybees Are Hurting. What Else Can Pollinate Our Food?

[NyTimes] : "OMAK, Wash. — Jim Freese grows apples, pears and cherries on 45 acres in the north-central part of this state, on sagebrush-studded land his grandfather bought in 1910.<p>Walking among trees laden with shiny red cherries, Mr. Freese recalled that four years ago his trees were not producing well and …"

Monday
Aug272018

Can Facebook, or Anybody, Solve the Internet’s Misinformation Problem?

[NyTimes] : "In theory, Facebook's announcement on Tuesday that it had discovered and shut down a wide-ranging Iranian misinformation campaign should make you feel better.<p>The social network was slow to recognize such campaigns as threats before the 2016 presidential election, and it surely deserves some credit …"

Wednesday
Aug222018

Bull Market Hits a Milestone: 3,453 Days. Why the Harrumph?

[NyTimes] : "The party has been going for more than a decade. But a lot of Americans haven't been celebrating.<p>Stocks will cross a major threshold on Wednesday, when the 10-year-old bull market will arguably become the longest on record.<p>It ranks among the great booms in American market history. The Standard & …"

Wednesday
Aug222018

How Do You Explain the ‘Obvious?’

[NyTimes] : "There's nothing more persuasive than the obvious. To appeal to it is to ask people to be bigger, better, more noble — to take a sweeping look at the facts, admit what is plain and do the right thing. Tell me with a fixed gaze and an air of confidence that something is obvious. I will be tempted to …"

Tuesday
Aug212018

If You Are Planning On Building Your Own Space Shuttle…

[Link] : One of the most complicated machines ever built was the US space shuttle (technically, the STS or Space Transportation System). Despite the title, we …
Tuesday
Aug212018

A day in the life of a Waymo self-driving taxi

[Link] : Waymo is ready to start charging for its self-driving trips, but first, it needs to master the dreaded art of fleet management<p>In a nondescript depot in suburban Arizona, the future of transportation is getting a tune-up. This is where Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet, houses …
Saturday
Aug182018

Vitamin D, the Sunshine Supplement, Has Shadowy Money Behind It

[NyTimes] : "Dr. Michael Holick's enthusiasm for vitamin D can be fairly described as extreme. The Boston University endocrinologist, who perhaps more than anyone else is responsible for creating a billion-dollar vitamin D sales and testing juggernaut, elevates his own levels of the stuff with supplements and …"

Friday
Aug172018

Selfies are shifting our definition of beauty

[Link] : Selin Pesmes says she uses selfie filters because they smooth out her skin and present a "better-quality version" of herself. That's likely the same thinking for the millions of other people who regularly post edited pictures of themselves on social media, which are often created using …
Friday
Aug172018

As Cars Collect More Data, Companies Try to Move It All Faster

[NyTimes] : "Cars need to get faster — not on the road, but on the inside.<p>Speed has always been part of the mystique of the automotive business. But cars have been notoriously slow when it comes to handling information. It is a problem that has only become more pressing as the era of autonomous vehicles looms, …"

Friday
Aug172018

‘Weaponized Ad Technology’: Facebook’s Moneymaker Gets a Critical Eye

[NyTimes] : "Facebook has made a mint by enabling advertisers to identify and reach the very people most likely to react to their messages. Ad buyers can select audiences based on details like a user's location, political leanings and interests as specific as the Museum of the Confederacy or online gambling. …"

Thursday
Aug162018

Saint Louis University will put 2,300 Echo Dots in student residences

[Link] : If you're attending Saint Louis University this semester, you'll find more in your dorm room than the usual tiny furnishings. The school has unveiled plans to provide all 2,300 student residences on campus (both dorms and apartments) with Echo Dots by the time classes begin in late August. To no …
Thursday
Aug162018

Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul,’ Dies at 76

[NyTimes] : "Aretha Franklin, universally acclaimed as the “Queen of Soul” and one of America's greatest singers in any style, died on Thursday at her home in Detroit. She was 76.<p>The cause was advanced pancreatic cancer, her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said.<p>In her indelible late-1960s hits, Ms. Franklin brought …"

Thursday
Aug162018

60 Times Madonna Changed Our Culture

[NyTimes] : "Power. Innovation. Identity. Madonna has blended all of these and much more into a singular career in music, fashion, movies and beyond. For her 60th birthday, we assessed her broad and deep influence."

Thursday
Aug162018

The Trouble With Trucking

[NyTimes] : "The economy is booming. The stock market is frothy. Corporations are earning record profits. Yet workers are getting minuscule raises that don't make up for the rising cost of living.<p>What gives?<p>To understand how this disparity came to be, consider the plight of long-distance truck drivers. They …"