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Links van 29 mei 2018 tot 3 juni 2018

De nieuwe schoolstrijd: excellentie versus gelijke kansen – De Standaard
Wie zegt dat ons onderwijs tegenwoordig onvoldoende excellentie stimuleert, heeft een punt. ‘De zesjescultuur’ noemen de voorstanders van excellentie het. Niet dat die enig effect zou hebben op leerlingen met een achterstand, want de ‘verloren groep’, die zelfs het laagste niveau niet haalt in de PIRLS-test, is bij ons eveneens groter dan in de ons omringende landen. Op basis van de cijfers blijken de pogingen om de achterblijvers en drop-outs op te krikken weinig succesvol. We scoren dus niet op het vlak van excellentie, maar evenmin op dat van gelijke kansen creëren.

A New Hope (2003) on Vimeo
The original concept was to film people playing their favourite scenes from Star Wars episode IV. It quickly became clear that not all of the scenes would get filmed if we proceeded in this way. The AAS pookahs told us to film any remaining scenes reading from the script wearing rabbit masks.

Microsoft – GitHub acquisition talks resume
Microsoft recently held talks to acquire software developer platform GitHub. The talks have come amid GitHub's struggle to replace CEO and founder Chris Wanstrath, who stepped down 10 months ago. GitHub was last valued at $2 billion in 2015, but the price tag for an acquisition could be $5 billion or more.

Israeli army kills Palestinian nurse in Gaza border protest: medics | Reuters
Razan Al-Najar’s death brought to 119 the number of Palestinians killed in weekly demonstrations launched on March 30 in the Gaza Strip, an enclave controlled by the Islamist group Hamas and long subject to grinding Israeli and Egyptian embargoes. Najar, a 21-year-old volunteer medic, was shot as she ran toward the fortified border fence, east of the south Gaza city of Khan Younis, in a bid to reach a casualty, a witness said. Wearing a white uniform, “she raised her hands high in a clear way, but Israeli soldiers fired and she was hit in the chest,” the witness, who requested anonymity, told Reuters.

Senior EPA officials collaborated with climate change denial group, emails show | Environment | The Guardian
Newly released emails show senior Environmental Protection Agency officials working closely with a conservative group that dismisses climate change to rally like-minded people for public hearings on science and global warming, counter negative news coverage and tout Scott Pruitt’s stewardship of the agency.

Links van 26 mei 2018 tot 27 mei 2018

Opinion | How to Survive Your 40s – The New York Times
Indeed, the strangest part of the 40s is that we’re now the ones attending parent-teacher conferences and cooking the turkey on Thanksgiving. These days, when I think, “Someone should really do something about that,” I realize with alarm that that “someone” is me.

She Married 3 Brothers in Family Torn by Afghan War – The New York Times
Khadija is 18 now, just a year older than the Afghan war itself, and she has already been married three times — to three brothers. One was a Taliban insurgent, killed fighting the United States Marines. One was a policeman, killed fighting the Taliban. One was an interpreter for the Marines who is now hunted by the Taliban, who have threatened to kill him and his infant son.

How 99 strangers in a Dublin hotel broke Ireland’s abortion deadlock | World news | The Guardian
In all, it took five weekends. But at the end of it, they voted for change. In doing so, they did not just pave the way for an abortion referendum in May, details of which were announced today. They showed the world what democrats can do with a little imagination.

The GDPR blog post – TSEngineering – Medium
The more I worked with GDPR the more I appreciated it. The effect of this legislation was never pushing us to do things that felt wrong. Quite the opposite. It was forcing us to think more about our interactions with people and to be careful about how we treated them. I would be very wary of a company who claims this legislation is onerous. It is potentially life threatening to companies who do very shady things without your consent. That much is true. That is the entire point.

Latest World & National News & Headlines – USATODAY.com
Heerlijk: niet één tracker of reclameding. En dus verblindend snel. Welcome to USA TODAY NETWORK’S EUROPEAN UNION EXPERIENCE.

Links van 23 mei 2018 tot 25 mei 2018

Israeli court approves razing West Bank Bedouin village | World news | The Guardian
Israel’s supreme court has ruled in favour of demolishing a Palestinian Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank, despite a campaign by European governments to save it. The court ruled that the village was built without the relevant building permits. Such permits are nearly impossible to obtain for Palestinians in Israeli-controlled areas of the West Bank. Earlier on Thursday, Israel’s defence minister, Avigdor Lieberman, announced 2,500 new settlement units in the West Bank. All settlements are considered illegal under international law.

Israel bill seeks to criminalise documentation of soldiers’ actions – Middle East Monitor
Mhu? "The Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation will discuss, Sunday, a bill that would prohibit the documentation of Israeli soldiers’ human rights violations against Palestinian citizens."

Juist de Palestijnen moeten zich verdedigen – De Standaard
Er is geen tussenweg. Men kan niet voor zowel de Palestijnse kant als de Israëlische kant begrip opbrengen en beide deels gelijk geven, aangezien het onweerlegbaar is wie de agressor is. We vinden zulks vanzelfsprekend als het over verhoudingen tussen slachtoffer en dader gaat die ver achter ons liggen. De slavenhandel, de kinderarbeid, Hiroshima, Dresden, de Vietnamoorlog, de val van Allende. Stuk voor stuk onderwerpen die twee zijden hadden in de toenmalige media, maar intussen op voldoende historische afstand staan om elementair moreel fatsoen de overhand te geven op de objectiviteit van de twee kanten. Niemand die vandaag de Apartheid nog zou durven relativeren, alvast niet in een respectabele krant. De kwestie Palestina is van die orde, maar spijtig genoeg nog niet vandaag.

‘Beautiful’ dinosaur tail found preserved in amber – BBC News
The tail of a feathered dinosaur has been found perfectly preserved in amber from Myanmar. The one-of-a-kind discovery helps put flesh on the bones of these extinct creatures, opening a new window on the biology of a group that dominated Earth for more than 160 million years. Examination of the specimen suggests the tail was chestnut brown on top and white on its underside.

Studio 100-topman Hans Bourlon eist excuses van Greenpeace n… – Het Nieuwsblad
Ding ding ding! De nagel op de kop: “De vergelijking tussen vlees eten en roken is ook buiten proportie”, vervolgt Bourlon. “En waarom viseren ze Maya? Maya rookt niet, want dat is schadelijk, kankerverwekkend. Waarom viseren ze een Vlaams bedrijf en bijvoorbeeld niet Mickey Mouse? Hebben ze schrik dat ze dan wel juridisch aangevallen zullen worden en alle hoeken van de kamer te zien zullen krijgen?”

Links van 20 mei 2018 tot 21 mei 2018

Gell-Mann amnesia effect – Wikiwand
the Gell-Mann amnesia effect labels a commonly observed problem in modern media,[2] where one will believe everything they read from a journalist even after they come across an article about something they know well that is completely incorrect

Tim Harford — Article — Statistics, Fast and Slow
One way to understand China is to look at the statistics. Real income per person has increased nearly tenfold since 1990. Since the early 1980s, the number of extremely poor people in China has fallen by more than three-quarters of a billion people, more than half the population of the country. China consumed more cement in a recent three-year period than the US used in the entire 20th century. Even on paper, it is the most dramatic explosion of economic activity in human history. Seeing it with your own eyes is another experience entirely.

Acephalic Agile—worse than Waterfall? – Oliver Wyman Labs: Technical
At least in Waterfall if you did a good job of designing the project, and if you stuck to the spirit of the method, you were to some extent insulated from management noise and ‘dreck effekt’. But the outcome in a badly governed Agile project is that each iteration takes us further off course. Or at least it doesn’t (‘asymptotically’) converge on the right outcome as it should. The result can be even worse than a badly planned Waterfall project, and with more late nights worked along the way. The pain coefficient at the project’s end can also be greater than with the Waterfall. Here it is that Agile can actually be worse than Waterfall.

How many people with disabilities did you have test the design before you let people try it out? : beta
I am curious about whether or not you guys even bothered talking to a single person who uses a screen reader/has vision loss or poor vision/ or is totally blind? What about people who can't use a mouse? If you did, can you explain the process by making things hard to access with keyboard, totally unavailable to access with a keyboard, and why you made certain decisions to make things harder to see? EDIT: Reddit has responded with the following, which answers my question with a "None."

Time to ditch Wikipedia?
As an active editor for almost 15 years, Cross is very familiar with some of the more arcane Wikipedia rules and guidelines (along with their obscure acronyms) and uses them to justify removing information he dislikes in favour of his own inclusions. Often in a very subtle manner and over a long period of time. Anyone familiar with the work of the people he targets will recognise how one-sided and distorted those entries become.

Links van 16 mei 2018 tot 18 mei 2018

Total set to pull out of Iran gas deal without sanctions waiver – BBC News
Slecht nieuws: “French energy giant Total is preparing to pull out of a billion dollar gas project in Iran in the face of renewed US sanctions. Total said it will unwind operations by November unless sanctions are waived.” 🙁

3D printed tourniquet: Day 2 of Gaza field trials ends badly (May 14)
Despite our efforts to clearly identify ourselves as first responders, several of our medical team were wounded by Israeli live fire. One paramedic, Musa Abuhassanin, was killed while attempting a victim rescue under fire. One hour before he was shot in the thorax and killed, Musa was one of my rescuers when I was shot by live ammunition. I sustained a moderate injury to my left leg and a minor one to the right leg. Musa was also the paramedic who discovered and reported the failed buckle in our previous report. He had a great laugh and was a good paramedic.

Tex, le dézamour – Culture / Next
«Les gars, vous savez ce qu’on dit à une femme qui a déjà les deux yeux au beurre noir ? On lui dit plus rien, on vient déjà de lui expliquer deux fois !»

The Language of the Roman Empire | History Today
Latin was used throughout the Roman Empire, but it shared space with a host of other languages and dialects, including Greek, Oscan and Etruscan, which give us a unique perspective on the ancient world.

How Fortnite Captured Teens’ Hearts and Minds | The New Yorker
The craze for the third-person shooter game has elements of Beatlemania, the opioid crisis, and eating Tide Pods.

Links van 25 maart 2018 tot 15 mei 2018

Drupal takes on risky admin interface renewal to catch up with WordPress | Drupal Shell
It is sad to see that the gradual adoption plan was switched to chase down shiny technology, without good thought on the long term effects on the community. With the original monolithic model of Drupal, falling out of favour it no longer has the module moat it had to protect it will dry up. Soon there might be no particularly good reason to use Drupal, and it will be further entrenched in the Enterprise niche Acquia is chasing. If the brand won’t be too tarnished by security issues.

Yep, That $500 M from China to Trump Project Looks Like a Pretty Big Deal – Talking Points Memo
You probably saw the news yesterday that just days before President Trump tweeted that he was intent on saving that sanctions-busting Chinese telecommunications company, China had agreed to loan $500 million to a major Trump-backed development in Indonesia. These kinds of situations are now basically commonplace in the Trump Era. But it is important to look at them from a macro- and a micro-perspective. The details are quite complex in the latter case. We are still digging into them. But I wanted to give you a first sense of what we’re finding, because they make Trump’s connection to the operation and potential profits look considerably tighter than what I’d been led to expect yesterday from early reports.

Why I Love the GDPR: 10 Reasons – TeachPrivacy
In the United States, a common refrain about GDPR is that it is unreasonable, unworkable, an insane piece of legislation that doesn’t understand how the Internet works, and a dinosaur romping around in the Digital Age. But the GDPR isn’t designed to be followed as precisely as one would build a rocket ship. It’s an aspirational law.  Although perfect compliance isn’t likely, the practical goal of the GDPR is for organizations to try hard, to get as much of the way there as possible. The GDPR is the most profound privacy law of our generation.  Of course, it’s not perfect, but it has more packed into it than any other privacy law I’ve seen. The GDPR is quite majestic in its scope and ambition.  Rather than shy away from tough issues, rather than tiptoe cautiously, the GDPR tackles nearly everything. Here are 10 reasons why I love the GDPR

Waarom boycot Israël (BDS) een morele plicht is – DeWereldMorgen.be
Een recent rapport van een VN Commissie over de behandeling van het Palestijnse volk door Israël Staat concludeert dat “het beschikbare bewijsmateriaal buiten iedere redelijke twijfel aantoont dat Israël zich schuldig maakt aan … de misdaad van apartheid”. Civiele samenleving en burgers hebben daarbij als “een morele plicht” er bij middel van boycot (BDS) toe bij te dragen dat er een einde komt aan dat Israëlische apartheidsregime.

Doc Searls Weblog · GDPR will pop the adtech bubble
Adtech relies on misdirection. See, adtech looks like advertising, and is called advertising; but it’s really direct marketing, which is descended from junk mail and a cousin of spam. Because of that misdirection, brands think they’re placing ads in media, while the systems they hire are actually chasing eyeballs to anywhere. (Pro tip: if somebody says every ad needs to “perform,” or that the purpose of advertising is “to get the right message to the right person at the right time,” they’re actually talking about direct marketing, not advertising.)

A surprising bullying battleground: Senior centers – San Francisco Chronicle
Mensen zijn universeel altijd en overal klootzakken: “The unwanted were turned away from cafeteria tables. Fistfights broke out at karaoke. Dances became breeding grounds for gossip and cruelty. It became clear this place had a bullying problem on its hands. What many found surprising was that the perpetrators and victims alike were all senior citizens. MOST POPULAR A surprising bullying battleground: Senior centers Editorial: The Bay Area’s housing crisis has become an emergency Trump is more popular than Dems want to admit Practice wars shaped Kevin Durant, James Harden into MVP-type players SF’s legacy restaurants hang on amid changing tastes California motorists can get slammed twice in hit-and-run accidents Stephen Curry vs. Chris Paul: A rivalry renewed Nursing homes, senior centers and housing complexes for the elderly have introduced programs, training and policies aimed at curbing spates of bullying, an issue once thought the exclusive domain of the young.”

(703) Introducing Visual Studio Live Share – YouTube
Nice.

Index of /L2/L2017
Unicode-voorstellen. Wonderlijk wijs.

Digital Photocopiers Loaded With Secrets – CBS News
Nearly every digital copier built since 2002 contains a hard drive – like the one on your personal computer – storing an image of every document copied, scanned, or emailed by the machine. In the process, it’s turned an office staple into a digital time-bomb packed with highly-personal or sensitive data. If you’re in the identity theft business it seems this would be a pot of gold. “The type of information we see on these machines with the social security numbers, birth certificates, bank records, income tax forms,” John Juntunen said, “that information would be very valuable.” Buffalo Reacts to CBS News Investigation

Troye Sivan Is a New Kind of Pop Star: Here, Queer and Used to It – The New York Times
The 22-year-old singer is climbing the charts while demonstrating how his sexual orientation is both part of his art and beside the point.

The shocking story of Israel’s disappeared babies | Israel News | Al Jazeera
This was a crime perpetrated against thousands of parents, who still don’t know the truth about their children’s fate.

Radio Garden Live
radio van over heel de wereld!

Pink Trombone

Fonts for Complex Data | News, Notes & Observations | Hoefler & Co.
Retail displays, packaged goods, financial reports and apps all present readers with a dizzying array of data. Here are a few ways to make quick work of their long lists, tiny annotations, and mighty stacks of numbers.

104-year-old David Goodall’s journey to Switzerland for voluntary euthanasia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Dr David Goodall’s life has been one of teaching, learning and discovery. Now the 104-year-old academic has departed on the last journey he will ever make.

43-year-old Australian trapdoor spider was world’s oldest known spider – The Washington Post
This is the story of the oldest known spider in the world and the people who knew her. The details are compiled largely from research conducted by Barbara Main and Leanda Mason, who knew her best over nearly half a century.

Library Genesis: David Gerard – Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum & Smart Contracts
tl;dr “blockchain” anything is a boondoggle at best and horribly
damaging at worst, and you really don’t want to go near this actively
terrible rubbish.

How to Collaborate When You Don’t Have Consensus
When people have fundamental disagreements, they can’t articulate their mutual interests harmoniously. Getting them to agree isn’t a realistic option. Only a few choices are available. You can try to force the issue (and face the repercussions of a backlash); you can try to adapt to the unacceptable situation as it is; or you can try to exit from the situation altogether. If those paths aren’t feasible, only one alternative remains: to find a way to collaborate despite disagreement.

banzaipanda comments on Doctors/nurses/redditors, what has been your most gory, disgusting or worst medical experience?
He was performing surgery in the swamps of Dagobah, except the swamps had just come out of this woman’s ass and there was no Yoda.

The Meanest Things Vladimir Nabokov Said About Other Writers | Literary Hub
Vladimir Nabokov was an unusually opinionated man—particularly when it came to literature. His own, primarily—when asked about the function of his editor, he sniffed, “By ‘editor’ I suppose you mean proofreader”—but as a close second (what else could it be): everybody else’s. In interviews, he seemed to delight in airing his grievances about other writers’ work, especially when he considered them unfairly beloved by the public.

Why programmers are not paid in proportion to their productivity
The most productive programmers are orders of magnitude more productive than average programmers. But salaries usually fall within a fairly small range in any company. Even across the entire profession, salaries don’t vary that much. If some programmers are 10x more productive than others, why aren’t they paid 10x as much?

Peter Dedecker toch kandidaat op Gentse N-VA-lijst (Gent) – De Standaard
Humor. Dedecker, die eind vorig jaar het einde van zijn politieke loopbaan aankondigde, staat op de N-VA-lijst in Gent. Hij zal na de verkiezingen geen mandaat opnemen. De partij spreekt van een ‘frisse wind’ op de lijst.

“En dan nu keihard werken” | Gent | Regio | HLN
Integreren in een totaal nieuw land, in een totaal nieuwe cultuur. Het kan, en Abdo Khawas (28) is er het levende bewijs van. Amper twee jaar (!) nadat hij in ons land aankwam als vluchteling uit Gaza, heeft Abdo zijn eigen kapsalon, vlak bij de Heuvelpoort, waar hij zijn klanten in het Nederlands bedient. “En over een jaar of vijf ga ik weer psychologie studeren”, zegt hij.

The Way of Testivus – Unit Testing Wisdom From An Ancient Software Start-up
Some good advice on developer and unit testing, packaged as cryptic bits of ancient Eastern wisdom in the hope of getting your attention.

I miss Windows Phone – The Verge
I recently switched on an old Windows Phone to create a silly April Fools’ joke about returning to using it as my daily device, and then it hit me: I really miss Windows Phone.

Israel is the terrorist – Opinion – Israel News | Haaretz.com
That’s the reality there, and it’s one of state-sponsored terror, the State of Israel. Because what is land confiscation on a huge scale, what are restrictions on freedom of movement, and with it freedom of employment and commerce, home demolitions, the imposition of curfews and closures, the building of innumerable fences and walls and the deployment of military forces armed to the teeth, in the heart of a Palestinian civilian population, in order to protect an Israeli civilian population that settled among it by force – what are all these if not terror, in other words, a war against unarmed citizens?

Network of fortified towns indicates Amazon was once heavily populated | Ars Technica
Today we think of the Amazon as a pristine rainforest, sparsely populated by indigenous communities. But in records from the 1500s, Spanish colonizers describe a densely populated region, crisscrossed by canals and sunken roads and dotted with bustling, fortified towns. Unfortunately, fortification couldn’t protect the towns’ inhabitants against European diseases, which devastated South American indigenous populations and left the fortified villages abandoned.

“Future Language for Collaborative Design” (PUARL2016)

Pastor who starved toddler to death to exorcise demon gets 99 years in prison | Courts | Dallas News
Videos captured the hours-long resurrection ceremony Meza led after Benjamin died on March 22, 2015. In the video, the boy is frail, nothing but skin and bones. His clothes hang from his lifeless body.  Weeks before his death, Meza had ordered that food be withheld from Benjamin for 21 days because she believed he was possessed by the “demon of manipulation.”

Links van 11 maart 2018 tot 21 maart 2018

Hacking my body clock by getting up at 4am changed my life – for the worse | Arwa Mahdawi | Opinion | The Guardian
Please, fellow night owls, do not suffer like I did. Listen to your body; do not force yourself to be someone else. If someone invites you to a stupid breakfast meeting at a stupid hour, feel free to tell them No. Defend your chronotype and never let anyone disrespect your DNA.

» Hitchhiking the Galaxy Infocom-Style The Digital Antiquarian
Deel 2.

» The Computerized Hitchhiker’s The Digital Antiquarian
Deel 1.

» Elite (or, The Universe on 32 K Per Day) The Digital Antiquarian
Sometimes great works go unappreciated during their time. Other times their time knows exactly what they’re on about. The latter was the good fortune of Elite, Ian Bell and David Braben’s epic game of space combat, trading, and exploration.

‘Sociale sector heeft alle vertrouwen in Antwerps stadsbestuur verloren’ – Apache
Het Antwerps schepencollege heeft de tien sociale projecten die het op de private markt wilde aanbieden aan commerciële bedrijven terug toegewezen aan de oorspronkelijke uitvoerders in de non profit sector. Dit gebeurde al op vrijdag 6 oktober, maar hierover is vrijwel niets in de pers verschenen.

Staying awake: the surprisingly effective way to treat depression | Mosaic
Using sleep deprivation to lift people out of severe depression may seem counterintuitive, but for some people, it’s the only thing that works.

Links van 10 maart 2018 tot 11 maart 2018

A very EU coup: Martin Selmayr’s astonishing power grab | The Spectator
Martin Selmayr has always dreamed of being known beyond the Brussels bubble. His wish has now been granted, albeit in not quite the way he might have hoped. It has arrived in the form of a brilliantly executed coup that has handed this 47-year-old German bureaucrat near-total control of the EU machine.

The Man Who Knew Too Little – The New York Times
Right after the election, Erik Hagerman decided he’d take a break from reading about the hoopla of politics. Donald Trump’s victory shook him. Badly. And so Mr. Hagerman developed his own eccentric experiment, one that was part silent protest, part coping mechanism, part extreme self-care plan. He swore that he would avoid learning about anything that happened to America after Nov. 8, 2016. “It was draconian and complete,” he said. “It’s not like I wanted to just steer away from Trump or shift the conversation. It was like I was a vampire and any photon of Trump would turn me to dust.” It was just going to be for a few days. But he is now more than a year into knowing almost nothing about American politics. He has managed to become shockingly uninformed during one of the most eventful chapters in modern American history. He is as ignorant as a contemporary citizen could ever hope to be.

How Lies Spread Online – The New York Times
For all categories of information — politics, entertainment, business and so on — we found that false stories spread significantly farther, faster and more broadly than did true ones. Falsehoods were 70 percent more likely to be retweeted, even when controlling for the age of the original tweeter’s account, its activity level, the number of its followers and followees, and whether Twitter had verified the account as genuine. These effects were more pronounced for false political stories than for any other type of false news.

Huge MIT Study of ‘Fake News’: Falsehoods Win on Twitter – The Atlantic
Ik kan niet zeggen dat ik verbaasd ben. "Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information."

Photobook Captures Diverse Beauty of 100 Different Types of Chickens
If you were asked to name the most beautiful species of bird in the world, it’s unlikely that “chicken” would be your first answer. However, Italian photographers Moreno Monti and Matteo Tranchellini believe chickens are underrated. The two began a portrait project called Chic!ken to show the world just how beautiful these humble farm birds really are. Today, with over 200 stunning portraits showcasing 100 different types of chickens, the pair decided to combine the collection into a hardback photobook.

Links van 8 maart 2018 tot 10 maart 2018

Leningrad’s Lost Photographer
Russian Masha Ivashintsova (1942-2000) photographed constantly but never showed her work to anyone. In late 2017, a relative stumbled on boxes of negatives and undeveloped film gathering dust in an attic. Published below, some for the first time, are some of the 30,000 images from the remarkable discovery.

(492) The STEAM renaissance: Guy A. Boy at TEDxSugarLand – YouTube
Guy Boy is an engineer and cognitive scientist, studying life-critical artifacts in our modern societies. He actively contributed to the design and evaluation of cockpits, control rooms and other interfaces to complex dynamic systems. He tries to close the gap between technology, organizations and people. He worked on the shift from three- to two-crew-men cockpits, the control of orbital refueling system of the Space Shuttle, space robotics, air traffic management, nuclear power plant control and management, car driving, telecommunication network monitoring and model-based respiratory assistance.

Data visualization with react-vis – Shyianovska Nataliia – Medium
React-vis is a React visualization library created by Uber. With it you can easily create common data visualization charts, such as line, area, bar charts, pie and donut charts, tree maps and many more.

‘Blockchain’ is meaningless – The Verge
‘You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means’

Into the Breach: User Interface design | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Into the Breach is a tactics game from the developers of FTL about taking a team of three mechs into battle against giant bugs in a last-ditch defence of Earth’s cities. Rich with different strategies to master and challenges to vanquish, it’s deep, complex and “near-perfect”. And yet Ma says that he and Davis spent half of the four years the game took to make on… its UI. Its UI! The truth, however, is that the UI is a big part of what makes Into the Breach great, even though it also ended up transforming its very nature.

Links van 25 februari 2018 tot 8 maart 2018

Israel passes law to strip residency of Jerusalem’s Palestinians | Palestine News | Al Jazeera
The Israeli parliament has passed a law that allows the minister of interior to revoke the residency rights of any Palestinian in Jerusalem on grounds of a "breach of loyalty" to Israel.

(18) Psychological Laws of UX design | LinkedIn
Allemaal van buiten te leren. 🙂

After years of testing, The Wall Street Journal has built a paywall that bends to the individual reader » Nieman Journalism Lab
Non-subscribers visiting WSJ.com now get a score, based on dozens of signals, that indicates how likely they’ll be to subscribe. The paywall tightens or loosens accordingly: “The content you see is the output of the paywall, rather than an input.”

The Internet Isn’t Forever
When an online news outlet goes out of business, its archives can disappear as well. The new battle over journalism’s digital legacy.

Your orange juice exists because of climate change in the Himalayas millions of years ago – The Verge
Citrus trees migrated from the Himalayas to the rest of the world after sudden changes in the climate 6 to 8 million years ago, according to new research. As citrus spread, it changed, eventually bringing sweet orange juice to our kitchen tables.

Links van 13 februari 2018 tot 25 februari 2018

BURGEONING LADS OF SCIENCE | Okay, so: Latin has this word, sic. Or, if we want…
So if you were fucking Ambiorix or whoever and Quintus Titurius Sabinus was like, “Yo, did you eat all the pizza?” you would do that Drake smile and point thing under your big beefy Gaulish mustache and say, “This.” Then you would have him surrounded and killed.

Weird Astronomy – Atomic Rockets
Science fiction writers often benefit from using reality as a springboard. For science fiction, the weirder the bit of reality used, the better. As a public service, I offer a random selection of real astronomical items that are anomalous, suspicious, or downright odd. SF writers are encouraged to use these to brainstorm something interesting. These are offered free of charge, I have no claim no them, no strings are attached.

Dropbox saved almost $75 million over two years by building its own tech infrastructure – GeekWire
Starting in 2015, Dropbox began to move users of its file-storage service away from AWS’s S3 storage service and onto its own custom-designed infrastructure and software, and the cost benefits were immediate. From 2015 to 2016, Dropbox saved $39.5 million in the cost of revenue bucket thanks to the project, which reduced spending on “our third-party datacenter service provider” by $92.5 million offset by increased expenses of $53 million for its own data centers. The following year in 2017, it saved an additional $35.1 million in operating costs beyond the 2016 numbers.

Inside the OED: can the world’s biggest dictionary survive the internet? | News | The Guardian
For centuries, lexicographers have attempted to capture the entire English language. Technology might soon turn this dream into reality – but will it spell the end for dictionaries?

Mark Felt-Tipped | Notes
The document was released as a PDF that appears to be a scan of a printed copy that was manually redacted using a black felt-tipped pen or text marker. While this method of redaction effectively obscures the relevant sentence fragments, the text’s layout remains unchanged. This opens up the tantalizing opportunity to reconstruct top-secret information by correctly guessing fragments that result in the flow of text after each redaction to align to the released version.

kennethreitz/requests-html: HTML Parsing for Humans™
This library intends to make parsing HTML (e.g. scraping the web) as simple and intuitive as possible. When using this library you automatically get: CSS Selectors (a.k.a jQuery-style, thanks to PyQuery). XPath Selectors, for the faint at heart. Mocked user-agent (like a real web browser). Automatic following of redirects. Connection–pooling and cookie persistience. The Requests experience you know and love, with magic parsing abilities.

Van die dingen – MO* Magazine – MO.be
Ach, het is ook maar een stopwoord zie je ze denken, zoals “voor alle duidelijkheid”, één van die dingen die je op radio en TV zo’n 100 keer per dag kunt horen. Niets meer dan een stopwoord? Ik dacht het niet. Want er zijn van die dingen die niet ophouden me te verbazen, vaak nadat ze gebeurd zijn, maar nog vaker omdat ze niet gebeurd zijn. Ik wil er hier graag een paar aanhalen, al was het maar om de heer Jambon te helpen.

Lotame Purges Its Data Exchange After Identifying 400 Million User Profiles as Bots – Adweek
Lol. "Lotame, one of the world’s largest exchanges for digital third-party data, announced on Friday that it has purged 10 percent of its over 4 billion profiles after identifying them as bots or otherwise fraudulent accounts. Lotame CEO Andy Monfried estimated that 40 percent of all web traffic is fictional. The industry, he said, is facing a crisis of trust due to fraudulent and unreliable data."

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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. 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. In Madagascar, where it arrived about 2007, it now numbers in the millions and threatens native crayfish.

Palettes | Flat UI Colors 🎨 280 handpicked colors ready for COPY & PASTE
Flat UI Colors 2 features 13 more color palettes. Collaborating with 13 designers around the world, a total set of 280 colors are on your command for COPY / PASTE for your next project, design, presentation.

3.000 huurders dreigen hun sociale woning te verliezen | VRT NWS
Wie een deel van een huis bezit, heeft geen recht meer op een sociale woning. En Veerle bezit een deel van een huis. Haar vader is 6 jaar geleden overleden, vlak na een scheiding met haar moeder. Haar moeder erft de helft van het huis. Veerle en haar drie broers krijgen de andere helft. Voor ieder een kwart van de helft van het huis. Veerle bezit dus één achtste van het huis, volle eigendom, ter waarde van ongeveer 30.000 euro. Die erfenis breekt Veerle nu zuur op. Op 1 maart van vorig jaar besliste de Vlaamse regering dat iemand die in een sociale woning woont, geen eigenaar mag zijn van een woning of bouwgrond, niet voor de helft, niet voor een kwart, niet voor één percent.

Wanneer gaat het eindelijk weer over ons eigen volk? – België – Knack.be
Uber en Deliveroo zouden namelijk het liefste helemaal géén sociale bijdragen betalen. En wat ook al disruptief is: ze winden daar geen doekjes om. Dat de Belgische werkgeversorganisaties officieel nog altijd het standpunt huldigen dat ook bedrijven een faire bijdrage moeten leveren aan de collectieve welvaart, zal hun worst wezen. Door zo weinig mogelijk kosten te maken, houden ze de tarieven voor hun klanten zo laag mogelijk en de winsten voor henzelf zo hoog mogelijk. Dat willen de meeste bedrijven, natuurlijk, maar de Ubers en Deliveroos van deze wereld passen die visie rücksichtslos toe – op de rug van de sociale zekerheid. Toch wordt tegen hén het argument ‘betaalbaarheid van de sociale zekerheid’ amper gebruikt.

The Minimum Viable Design System — HeyDesigner

Links van 24 januari 2018 tot 26 januari 2018

Wireflows: A UX Deliverable for Workflows and Apps
In the UX field, wireframes are a common deliverable to show page-level layout ideas, whereas flowcharts are useful for documenting complex workflows and user tasks. However, despite the fact that both of these deliverables remain in common use among UX professionals, there are situations in which they are suboptimal tools for communicating design ideas, particularly when documenting mobile, desktop, or web apps that don't have many unique pages, but instead feature a few core pages which change content (or layout) dynamically based on user interaction. In the last few years, an alternative deliverable called wireflow has emerged as a solution to these issues, used to show designs in the context of common user tasks.

Designing Screens Using Cores and Paths
“Instead of beginning with the homepage and overall navigation scheme, start with the core content and work outward from there.” “Start with the goal.” Information architect, Are Halland, makes this recommendation in his presentation “Cores and Paths: Designing for Findability”. He outlines an alternative approach for web design: instead of beginning with the homepage and overall navigation scheme, start with the core content and work outward from there. It’s that straightforward.

Hamburger Menu: alternatives to mobile UI’s disputed pattern
When it comes to controversial UI, the hamburger menu has had its fair share of criticism, dismissed as everything from ‘mystery meat’ to ‘the devil’. We take a closer look at the hamburger menu and alternative navigation patterns.

Agile Architecture – Scaled Agile Framework
Agile Architecture is a set of values and practices that support the active evolution of the design and architecture of a system while implementing new system capabilities. This approach allows the architecture of a system (even a large solution) to evolve over time, while simultaneously supporting the needs of current users. This avoids the overhead and delays associated with the start-stop-start nature and redesign inherent in phase-gate methods. With Agile architecture, the system always runs, supporting a more continuous flow of value.

Project Horseshoe 2017 report section 3
Coziness in Games: An Exploration of Safety, Softness, and Satisfied Needs. Discusses coziness as an aesthetic in games, explores ways to make cozy games and cozy game elements, and explains how this can increase appeal and user retention.

Links van 21 januari 2018 tot 23 januari 2018

Longreads Best of 2017: Food Writing
We asked writers and editors to choose some of their favorite stories of the year in various categories. Here is the best in food writing.

AI-Assisted Fake Porn Is Here and We’re All Fucked – Motherboard
“This is no longer rocket science.”

The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm In 2018
The anger factory has changed a bit since 2013.

Het integratiepact bouwt luchtkastelen
De projectoproep van het integratiepact is het product van haar context. Het is een goedbedoelde maar vage lijst met sleutelkenmerken die voor vernieuwing moeten zorgen. Want een ‘coalition of the willing’ mondt niet vanzelf uit in systeemverandering. Daarvoor is machtsopbouw nodig die niet alleen de geesten verandert, maar ook strijd voert om gesloten deuren te openen en structurele hefbomen op te eisen en te voorzien.

Voorlopig blijven veel middenveldorganisaties op hun honger zitten. Het is niet duidelijk hoe het integratiepact zal leiden tot het dichten van de herkomstkloof, de bestrijding van discriminatie of gegarandeerde grondrechten. Het integratiepact baadt in het beste geval in een authentieke hoop op spontane transitie, en slechter in vrijblijvendheid.

“What is XML good at?” | Hacker News
Degelijk en beknopt overzicht wanneer xml ipv json zin heeft.

Links van 20 januari 2018 tot 21 januari 2018

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Introduction | Hyperledger Composer
Hyperledger Composer is an extensive, open development toolset and framework to make developing blockchain applications easier. Our primary goal is to accelerate time to value, and make it easier to integrate your blockchain applications with the existing business systems. You can use Composer to rapidly develop use cases and deploy a blockchain solution in weeks rather than months. Composer allows you to model your business network and integrate existing systems and data with your blockchain applications.

UX/UI Breakdown: The Guardian app (January 2018) – Prototypr
The purpose of this article is not to discuss the rebrand, but to look at any UI/UX decisions they’ve made in the app and attempt to understand why they were made.

Welcome to a new look for the Guardian | Media | The Guardian
today, our newspaper is being printed in a new tabloid format for the first time, a decision we took seven months ago. We decided then that we also wanted to redesign the Guardian for our global readership online – to create a beautiful new design that works for readers across mobile, apps and desktop. It’s been an exhilarating period of creativity, imagination and focus, and we’re thrilled with the result. We hope you like it.

There are only three apps in the entire world – Prototypr
In software the equivalent of the story is the app — a self-contained vessel that holds an experience for the end user. I posit the same general rule that applies to stories is true for applications, except there are only three types of applications:

1. Apps that help users make money (or store value)
2. Apps that help users save time
3. Apps that help users communicate

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