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Sep 04

Loaders and Spinners - a collection by Tim Holman - CodePen -


An awesome collections of CSS only loading spinners

Is there a creativity deficit in science? | Ars Technica -


"The unwritten rule…is that when applying for funding, one should only propose experiments one has already done."


This kind of framework has so taken over academia that funding for the arts works the same way. That’s a travesty for a field that should be pushing creativity further. Sure, I can understand the need for accountability….but the way this logic drives creativity from these systems really bugs me. Bad faith.

Sep 03

What happens when we create an interface: 1 mind builds a way for other minds to interact with a thing - Reichenstein http://t.co/MctJaSIk7H

— Stowe Boyd (@stoweboyd)
September 2, 2014
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Oliver Reichenstein

(via stoweboyd)

Aug 28

@Linus Torvalds released #Linux 3.17-rc2 today in commemoration of the #23rd anniversary of the original kernel announcement.

@Linus Torvalds released #Linux 3.17-rc2 today in commemoration of the #23rd anniversary of the original kernel announcement.

Aug 24

(Source: funny-programming, via keepcalmandprogram)

(Source: andyhin, via keepcalmandprogram)

Aug 22

Remove new "superprotect" status; and permit Wikipedia communities to enact (current) software decisions uninhibited. -

Say no to “super protect”, keep Wikipedia Free & Democratic. Please read and sign the petition.

http://wikipediocracy.com/2014/08/19/the-battle-for-wikipedia-how-your-donations-may-be-destroying-the-crowd-sourced-encyclopedia/ -

Dear Jimmy Wales,

Alienating Wikipedians (the volunteer community) is never a good option. Please don’t let that happen.

Aug 21

How Facebook and Twitter control what you see about Ferguson -


Social media is controlled by algorithms – a mathematical formula that dictates what you see and when. In the past week, people have noticed something curious about the way these algorithms have filtered news about protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

The fundamental differences between the two platforms help explain the disparity.

“Because of its brevity, and the ease with which updates can be shared, Twitter is a much more rapid-fire experience than Facebook, and that makes it well suited for quick blasts of information during a breaking-news event like Ferguson,” Mathew Ingram of Gigaom pointed out. The non-newsy content that clutters the platform also makes it ill-suited for following breaking news, he added.

Another huge difference? Algorithms. Your Twitter feed isn’t controlled by an algorithm. You see the tweets of people you follow in real time. But Facebook uses a complicated algorithm to determine what ends up in your news feed. They won’t reveal exactly how it works, but the company has said it ranks the content based in part on what you’ve liked, clicked or shared in the past.

Ars Technica’s Casey Johnson suggested Facebook’s algorithm also weeds out controversial content — racially charged protests, perhaps? — from users’ news feeds: “There is a reason that the content users see tends to be agreeable to a general audience: sites like [BuzzFeed, Elite Daily, Upworthy, and their ilk] are constantly honing their ability to surface stuff with universal appeal. Content that causes dissension and tension can provide short-term rewards to Facebook in the form of heated debates, but content that creates accord and harmony is what keeps people coming back.”
Johnson backed up her theory with a Georgia Institute of Technology study of how political content affects users’ perceptions of Facebook. She summed up the findings: “The study found that, because Facebook friend networks are often composed of ‘weak ties’ where the threshold for friending someone is low, users were often negatively surprised to see their acquaintances express political opinions different from their own. This felt alienating and, overall, made everyone less likely to speak up on political matters (and therefore, create content for Facebook).”

For University of North Carolina sociologist Zeynep Tufekci, this sort of “algorithmic filtering” is more than a matter of technical differences. Last Wednesday, when there was rioting in Ferguson and journalists were being arrested, the events in Ferguson unfolded in real time on her Twitter feed. But on Facebook, where she follows a similar composition of friends, posts about Ferguson didn’t appear in her feed until the next morning. “Would Ferguson be buried in algorithmic censorship?” she wrote on Medium..

If so, that’s bad. “How the internet is run, governed and filtered is a human rights issue,” she wrote.

(Source: Washington Post, via notational)

Aug 18

Ten years of OpenStreetMap -


Tyler Bell takes a look at a small project which has come a long way.

Aug 09


Aug 08

(Source: mymarketingthing.com)

Aug 02

Surveillance, ICANN transition dominate Internet governance meeting -

… The two-day Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, also called NETmundial, was largely influenced by disclosures by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden since June last year of large-scale surveillance of the Internet by the agency and spying on foreign leaders, including Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff.

Nnenna Nwakanma, Africa Regional Coordinator of the World Wide Web Foundation, thanked Snowden in her speech during the opening ceremony Wednesday. She reminded the audience that Rousseff had said at the U.N. General Assembly in September last year that “in the absence of the right to privacy, there can be no true freedom of expression and opinion and there is no effective democracy.”

In the event, a new paragraph was added in the final statement that asked that the “procedures, practices and legislation regarding the surveillance of communications, their interception and collection of personal data, including mass surveillance, interception and collection, should be reviewed, with a view to upholding the right to privacy by ensuring the full and effective implementation of all obligations under international human rights law.”…

Countries don't own their Internet names says ICANN -

… the domains aren’t property and don’t belong to the countries they point to, ICANN said. Instead, they’re more like postal codes, “simply the provision of routing and administrative services for the domain names registered within that ccTLD,” which are what let users go to websites and send to email addresses under those domains, ICANN wrote. If ICANN stepped in and reassigned the domains on its own, that would disrupt everyone who uses a domain name that ends in those codes, including individuals, businesses and charitable organizations, the group said.