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Links van 14 oktober 2017 tot 17 oktober 2017

One person’s history of Twitter, from beginning to end
Twitter was built at the tail end of that era. Their goal was giving everyone a voice. They were so obsessed with giving everyone a voice that they never stopped to wonder what would happen when everyone got one. And they never asked themselves what everyone meant. That’s Twitter’s original sin. Like Oppenheimer, Twitter was so obsessed with splitting the atom they never stopped to think what we’d do with it.

North Korea: Where can its missiles reach? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Just how much of the world is at potential risk?

@20 (Ftrain.com)
I'm in the middle right now. Young company, young kids, unfinished book, 40s, sore back, facing bariatric uncertainties and paying down the mortgage. 20 years is arbitrary nonsense. A blip. Our software is bullshit, our literary essays are too long, the good editors all quit or got fired, hardly anyone is experimenting with form in a way that wakes me up, the IDEs haven't caught up with the 1970s, the R&D budgets are weak, the little zines are badly edited, the tweets are poor, the short stories make no sense, people still care too much about magazines, the Facebook posts are nightmares, LinkedIn has ruined capitalism, and the big tech companies that have arisen are exhausting, lumbering gold-thirsty kraken that swim around with sour looks on their face wondering why we won't just give them all our gold and save the time. With every flap of their terrible fins they squash another good idea in the interest of consolidating pablum into a single database, the better to jam it down our mental baby duck feeding tubes in order to make even more of the cognitive paté that Silicon Valley is at pains to proclaim a delicacy. Social media is veal calves being served tasty veal. In the spirit of this thing I won't be editing this paragraph.

Koninklijke Munt stopt met munten slaan | BRUZZ
Minister van Financiën Johan Van Overtveldt (N-VA) gaf als reden dat door de komst van de euro en de toename van elektronische betalingen er minder euromunten nodig zijn en dat de Europese Commissie erop aandringt om muntoverschotten van andere Europese landen over te nemen. “In Duitsland, dat vijf munthuizen heeft, en Frankrijk is er een overproductie,” zegt André Toujour, afgevaardigde van de onafhankelijke vakbond Nuod. “Ik vraag me dan af: waarom werd er niet beter onderhandeld?” Ook Nederland heeft een overschot aan kleine rosse centjes sinds alle bedragen daar afgerond worden. Al enige tijd worden voorraden van 1-eurocentjes overgekocht en moet de Belgische Munt, in plaats van zelf munten te slaan, de oude centjes van onze noorderburen opnieuw verpakken.

Penguins starving to death is a sign that something’s very wrong in the Antarctic | John Sauven | Opinion | The Guardian
The awful news that all but two penguin chicks have starved to death out of a colony of almost 40,000 birds is a grim illustration of the enormous pressure Antarctic wildlife is under. The causes of this devastating event are complex, from a changing climate to local sea-ice factors, but one thing penguins, whales and other marine life don’t need is additional strain on food supplies.

Links van 12 oktober 2017 tot 13 oktober 2017

Debunking Jimbo: Slippery Google tries to evade European privacy • The Register
2014 ondertussen al. Time flies. "Google’s latest celebrity recruit, Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales, recently gave an extraordinary performance on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show. We want to share with you what he said – verbatim – with expert commentary. It’s about the decision of a top European court that Google cannot be exempt from the Continent's privacy and data protection laws."

Rechter razend op instelling die jongen naar huis stuurt | Antwerpen | Regio | HLN
De tweede jongen moest op bevel van de jeugdrechter terugkeren naar Dennenhof. “De politie heeft mijn zoon rond 17 uur afgezet in Dennenhof”, zegt de mama van de zestienjarige. Onmiddellijk nadat de politie was vertrokken, is hij door de opvoeder buitengezet. Die heeft zijn zak met kleding uit het raam van de eerste verdieping gegooid en gezegd: “Pak uw fiets en rij naar huis.” Dan heeft die opvoeder mij gewaarschuwd dat mijn zoon onderweg was.”

In embarrassing display, Trump flubs test on how money works | MSNBC
Yesterday afternoon in Harrisburg, during a speech on taxes, he pushed a related point: “Very proudly, just in the stock market alone, we have increased our economic worth by $5.2 trillion, that’s right, since Election Day. $5.2 trillion. Think about that, that’s a quarter of the $20 trillion that we owe.” This is gibberish. They’re the remarks of someone who doesn’t know what the national debt is. Or how the nation’s finances work. Or even how money works.

Former Republican member of congress: ‘Trump is unhinged. We are waiting to get tax bill through before impeachment’ | The Independent
'He’s not listening to anyone. Not a soul. He’s got the nuclear codes and, well, it scares the hell out of me. It’s starting to scare all of them'

Restoring Original Visual Studio Code Icon
A lot of people don’t like the New Visual Studio Code (aka VS Code or just Code) icon and they prefer the old icon better. I am one of these people.

Links van 8 oktober 2017 tot 10 oktober 2017

Mensa offers to host IQ test for Trump and Tillerson | TheHill
Bring on the IQ test — Mensa says it’s willing to host President Trump and secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a battle of the brains. In an interview with Forbes published Tuesday, Trump suggested he and Tillerson — who allegedly once called the commander in chief a “moron” — go head-to-head in an intelligence quotient showdown. The State Department has denied Tillerson ever made the comments.

‘Privacy op de weg. Niet nodig volgens Jan Jambon’ – Nieuws – Data News.be
De N-VA blies dit weekend dus opnieuw leven in het omstreden voorstel, een wetsvoorstel waar Jan Jambon al sinds 2016 druk aan bezig is. De regering wil één jaar lang alle verplaatsingen die u met uw voertuig doet, of dat nu een wagen, motor of brommer is, gaan bijhouden. Zij gaat er dus de facto van uit dat wij allen misdadigers (in wording) zijn. Het gaat hier immers niet om gerichte controle of een signalisatiemogelijkheid van een verdachte nummerplaat, het gaat hier om het bijhouden van een onnoemelijke grote dataset van verplaatsingen, en dus identiteitsgegevens. Dat dit fout is, staat buiten kijf. Elk wetsvoorstel dient de proportionaliteitstoets te doorstaan. Het recht op privacy is geen absoluut recht. Dat impliceert dat men van dit recht kan afwijken wanneer daar een gegronde en zwaarwichtige reden toe is. Dat is echter in casu niet het geval. Het bijhouden van alle verplaatsingen van alle Belgen gedurende één jaar, is niets meer dan massasurveillance – een term die zelfs de anders zo voorzichtige Privacycommissie zelf naar voor schuift.

(19) The Nightmare Letter: A Subject Access Request under GDPR | LinkedIn
I had drafted a letter a few years ago detailing the worst kind of personal information access request that a Canadian company could receive under PIPEDA. I thought it might be useful to update that as a subject access request under GDPR, and present it as a worst-case situation (with thanks to Paul Breitbarth for reviewing this and offering some insights from a regulator's point of view). You might simply use this to make a case to your organization about what it could potentially receive.

How I learnt to loathe England | Prospect Magazine
So let me try to be as Dutch as I can, and say that I left the UK feeling disappointed, hurt and immensely worried. We did not leave because of Brexit. My wife and I are both Dutch and we want our children to grow roots in the country where we came of age. We loved our time in London and have all met people who we hope will become our friends for life. But by the time the referendum came, I had become very much in favour of the UK leaving the EU. The worrying conditions that gave rise to the result—the class divide and the class fixation, as well as an unhinged press, combine to produce a national psychology that makes Britain a country you simply don’t want in your club.

If macOS High Sierra shows your password instead of the password hint for an encrypted APFS volume – Apple Support
Fijne bug.

Links voor 6 oktober 2017

Apple gave Uber’s app ‘unprecedented’ access to a secret backdoor that can record iPhone screens | Business Insider India
Uber's iPhone app has a secret backdoor to powerful Apple features, allowing the ride-hailing service to potentially record a user's screen and access other personal information without their knowledge. The existence of Uber's access to special iPhone functions is not disclosed in any consumer-facing information included with Uber's app, despite giving the company direct access to features so powerful that Apple almost always keeps them off limits to outside companies.

AIM will shut down after 20 years – The Verge
It’s a sad moment: AIM, AOL’s long-running instant messenger service that was core to many people’s first social experiences on the internet, will shut down once and for all on December 15th. AOL announced the shutdown today, acknowledging that people now communicate in new ways online, so AIM is no longer needed.

Catalonië is niet het voorbeeld – De Standaard
Marta Torrecillas, de vrouw van wie alle vingers van de linkerhand zouden zijn gebroken, trok dinsdag op de sterk onafhankelijkheidsgezinde zender TV3 haar verhaal in. Ook van haar beweringen dat ze onheus was betast, bleef niets over. Beelden toonden dat ze zichzelf ter aarde had geworpen toen ze werd gesommeerd het stembureau te verlaten. Aan één vinger had ze toen al een gewrichtsontsteking.

Antwerpse schepenen op het matje bij Bart De Wever omdat ze … (Antwerpen) – Het Nieuwsblad
Opvallend: ongeveer een kwart van de boetes zijn te vinden bij het schepencollege. De acht schepenen verzamelden twee jaar geleden 32 overtredingen en vorig jaar 37. Het gaat om snelheidsboetes, parkeer- en verkeersovertredingen.

The Forgotten Hillary Clinton Voter: A Profile Of The Not-So-Silent Majority
When given a choice between a blatantly sexist, incompetent man who spewed violence at every turn and a calm, controlled woman who had steered our country through troubled waters for the better part of a decade, 46.4% of the voting populace pulled the lever for the nightmare we are currently living. The threat of nuclear war, racism in the White House, and the slow bleed out of Constitutional rights was more palatable than a woman who didn’t “smile enough” and seemed “too prepared.”

Links van 3 oktober 2017 tot 5 oktober 2017

Humanity Still Producing New Art As Though Megadeth’s ‘Rust In Peace’ Doesn’t Already Exist – The Onion – America’s Finest News Source
The deluded people churning out this worthless garbage just can’t seem to reconcile themselves to the fact that their pathetic little sculptures and films and novels and whatnot will always pale in comparison to the brilliantly inspired, heart-stopping tempo shift halfway through ‘Holy Wars… The Punishment Due.’” At press time, a spokesperson from the Centre Pompidou in Paris confirmed the museum’s plans to throw out the contents of an entire wing and leave a massive, pure white space where the track “Lucretia” will be played on loop at full volume.

Why philosopher Jeremy Bentham’s severed, stolen, and poorly preserved head is back on display – Home | As It Happens | CBC Radio
'I will concede that, yes, putting the severed head of a 200-year-old dead utilitarian philosopher in an exhibit is bizarre.' – Subhadra Das, curator

De vermoeide hyperbool en het einde van de beschaving | diggit magazine
Een probleem vereist een oplossing gebracht door een probleemoplosser; maar een catastrofe vereist een redding gebracht door een held – zo zitten frames in mekaar.

Courageous Senators Stand Up to American People | The New Yorker
Senator McConnell agreed that yesterday’s vote “sent a powerful message,” adding, “If the American people think that just because they voted us into office and pay our salaries, benefits, and pensions, we are somehow obliged to listen to them, they are sorely mistaken.”

Na het referendum: ‘De Catalaanse regering wist maar al te goed dat dit zou gebeuren’ – Wereld – Knack.be
Democratie en pluralisme als basis van de nieuwe Catalaanse staat, luidt de onderliggende boodschap. Ironisch genoeg kan net het referendum die test niet doorstaan. De beslissing om het referendum uit te schrijven werd in het Catalaanse parlement met een gewone meerderheid goedgekeurd, en niet met een tweederdemeerderheid zoals de Spaanse grondwet dat voorschrijft. De beslissing werd zonder noemenswaardig debat door het parlement gejaagd. Ook de opzet van het referendum was op vele vlakken problematisch: er waren geen kieslijsten en er was geen minimale vereiste opkomst. Het Spaanse Grondwettelijk Hof oordeelde vooraf dat het referendum illegaal was, waardoor nee-stemmers – volgens peilingen tot voor zondag de meerderheid in Catalonië – geen enkele reden hadden om te gaan stemmen.

Links van 27 september 2017 tot 1 oktober 2017

De lotgevallen van de Witte: Over privileges, rechten en macht. – Jan Blommaert (en z’n gedachten)
Wat het “white privilege” verhaaltje dus niet doet, is de macht zoeken waar ze werkelijk ligt. Neen, ze smeert de macht uit over een oneindig aantal “witte mensen”, zodat ze in wezen onzichtbaar wordt en nooit onder vuur komt te liggen. Een witte dakloze “bewust maken” van z’n historisch privilege, of een witte deskundige van het spreekgestoelte weghonen omdat hij vanuit z’n privileges spreekt: dàt wordt nu voorgesteld als een strijd tegen de macht. De echte macht zal daar hartelijk om lachen.

Microsculpture – The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss
De meest ongelooflijke foto's ter wereld. Beloofd.

Black Group Wants Fewer African Students | The Daily Caller
Help, mijn ironiemeter is ontploft. "Black Students United takes issue with the fact that there are more African and Caribbean students on campus when compared to black students. The group defines black students as those who come from black families that have lived in America for two or more generations. While the group said it doesn’t mind the university trying to recruit African students, they want the college to pay more attention to black students whose families have been affected by years of white supremacy."

Jihadi’s van eigen bodem – De Standaard
Coolens zegt dat hij zo veel mogelijk communisten wilde doden en dat hij daar nog steeds achter staat. Zijn geweten is zuiver. Als je communisten vervangt door ongelovigen, dan is het niet overdreven Coolens als een jihadi te betitelen. Zijn hoofd was op hol gebracht door haatpredikers zoals Cyriel Verschaeve, die na de oorlog door de Belgische justitie bij verstek ter dood werd veroordeeld, maar die nog altijd geëerd wordt met straatnamen. Wie zich afvraagt hoe dat mogelijk is, vindt het antwoord in de ontwikkeling van een Vlaamse collectieve herinnering waarin oostfronters met heldendom worden geassocieerd en het verzet met onverantwoorde daden en het geweld van de straatrepressie.

The city fit for no-one – BBC News
Quentin Sommerville is on the streets of Raqqa with Syrian Democratic Forces. He finds a city devastated by IS rule and Western-led bombardments. Civilians are trapped – with many being used as human shields.

Links van 26 september 2017 tot 27 september 2017

How to Hold in Your Poop in Embarrassing Situations: 10 Steps
It’s harder to hold in poop if your muscles around your rectum are weak. If your nerves are damaged in that area, you might not even know a stool has come out. See a doctor in such cases.

The Boys of Brexit: Tony Blair and Nigel Farage – The New York Times
It seems like an impossible feat. But Tony Blair has done it. He has made himself even less popular in Britain.

Tony Blair Says the Left Has Lost Its Way – POLITICO Magazine
Tony Blair thinks Americans are way too worried about Donald Trump—and not enough about Bernie Sanders.

First “Blade Runner 2049” Reactions Are Ecstatic – Dark Horizons
oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy; "Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” had its first screenings for press the other day, and while full reviews are not yet allowed – first social media reactions are now out. Here’s a sampling of the reactions from the journalists and critics in attendance, and the word is incredible with labels of it being a sci-fi masterpiece and one that could even be an awards contender. Certainly, the response is overwhelmingly positive."

God is een vluchteling – David Dessin | Polis
God is terug en woont in Europa. Ruim de helft van de migranten in de Europese Unie behoort tot het christendom. 13 miljoen van hen zijn afkomstig van buiten Europa (tegenover 12 miljoen moslims). Ook onder de recente vluchtelingenstromen zijn er veel christenen. Hoe kan het ook anders? Twee derde van de 2,2 miljard christenen woont buiten Europa, vaak als minderheden in door oorlog en honger bedreigde gebieden. Toch horen we daar amper iets over. Vanwaar die vreemde blindheid voor vervolgde christenen?

Links van 24 september 2017 tot 26 september 2017

(703) Xenia Fox- My ALIEN ENCOUNTER That Wasn’t a Dream, Relaying Messages in Lucid Dreams – YouTube
I am legally changing my name to first name Xenia, last name -Fox this year. I will be a rich and famous billionaire for 24 talents/near future careers. Perfection is the fun journey of forever expanding potential as long as the being never gives up and is always productive.

De aangekondigde dood van Witte de With – De Groene Amsterdammer
Dat zij zich al 26 jaar inspannen voor een kritisch discours, dat zij een open oog hebben voor ‘diversiteit’, dat er allerlei kunstenaars ‘van kleur’ in de zalen zijn vertegenwoordigd, het mocht wat. Daarin is het instituut juist pervers, aldus de activisten: ‘Het is niet de eerste keer dat een in hoofdzaak witte culturele instelling de kritiek van Zwarte en niet-Zwarte Mensen van Kleur afzwakt door zich die kritiek op hetzelfde moment eigen te maken, te co-opteren, in een poging zich zo immuun daarvoor te maken.’

Publishing with Apache Kafka at The New York Times | Confluent
This article describes a new approach we developed to solving this problem, based on a log-based architecture powered by Apache KafkaTM. We call it the Publishing Pipeline. The focus of the article will be on back-end systems. Specifically, we will cover how Kafka is used for storing all the articles ever published by The New York Times, and how Kafka and the Streams API is used to feed published content in real-time to the various applications and systems that make it available to our readers.

Helaas ben ik geslaagd voor de lerarenopleiding – De Standaard
Gemotiveerd begon ik drie jaar geleden aan de lerarenopleiding secundair onderwijs aan de HoGent, met als vakken muzikale opvoeding en wiskunde. Ik voelde van bij het begin dat de opleiding niet was wat ik hoopte. Al snel zag ik de motivatie bij medestudenten en mezelf verdwijnen. Ik zocht naar positiviteit en creativiteit in de opleiding. Iets wat vooral bij de lectoren en de organisatie ver te zoeken was. Hoe is het mogelijk dat een opleiding die draait rond onderwijs, de zin voor lesgeven doet verdwijnen?

Michel moet klaarheid scheppen | ericvanrompuy.be
In Vlaanderen zoekt de grootste partij systematisch de polarisatie op met de vreemdelingen, de vakbonden, de Walen en de andersdenkende politieke partijen en verenigingen. N-VA staat voor een model van tweedracht: zij en de rest. Dit staat haaks op het DNA van CD&V. Als meerderheidspartij worden wij meegesleurd in een samenlevingsvisie die de onze niet is. Wouter Beke sprak vorige week over N-VA als een VB-light. Deze week kregen we met het optreden van Francken hiervan het zoveelste bewijs. SHAME ON YOU, Mijnheer Francken. Hoelang nog?

Links van 21 september 2017 tot 23 september 2017

The inside story of Labour’s election shock | Politics | The Guardian
When a snap election was called, a divided Labour sprang into action to defy predictions of a wipeout and upturn the political consensus. The key players tell Heather Stewart how it all happened

The making of the Maybot: a year of mindless slogans, U-turns and denials | Politics | The Guardian
After going to visit the Queen, the Maybot made her way slowly towards the wooden lectern set up outside the front door of No 10. Her wheels often found it difficult to cope with uneven surfaces. A helicopter hovering overhead made it difficult to pick out the Supreme Leader’s words. No matter. She didn’t really have anything of interest to say. “I will now form a government,” the Maybot murmured in a catatonic monotone. “A government that can provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country.” Government. Certainty. Forward. Not the three words that were on anyone else’s tongue. It was as if she had been awoken from a seven-week cryogenic state and had decided to mix things up just for the hell of it.

The Influence of Abu Hamid al-Ghazali on René Descartes
A close examination of their methodologies and results gives reason to believe that Descartes was indeed influenced by al-Ghazali.

How Booking.com manipulates you
Many websites and applications these days are designed to trick you into doing things that their creators want. YouTube autoplays more videos to keep us from leaving. Instagram shows new likes one at a time, to keep us checking for more. Facebook wants to show whatever keeps us scrolling. Snapchat turns conversations into streaks we don’t want to lose. Our media turns events into breaking news to keep us watching. But one of the most manipulative websites I’ve ever come across is Booking.com, the large hotel search & booking service.

The Secret to Beautiful Presentations – </dev> diaries
Great speakers don’t need slides. Good speakers can make any slides work. OK speakers are perceived as good with good slides or bad with bad slides.

Belgium criticised for inviting Sudanese ‘secret agents’ to Brussels to identify migrants
“It’s revolting to see Theo Francken work with the Sudanese government to send refugees back to that oppressive country,” Human Rights Watch’s Andrew Stroehlein told The Telegraph. “Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been a fugitive from the International Criminal Court since 2009, wanted on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. This is Belgium’s new partner?”

Links van 12 september 2017 tot 19 september 2017

Nieuw Syrisch eethuisje aan Sint-Jacobs: “Een eerbetoon aan … (Gent) – Het Nieuwsblad
Een restaurantje op Bij Sint-Jacobs waar Gentenaars kunnen proeven van de Syrische keuken en ­cultuur. Met de hulp van zijn kinderen realiseert Mohamed Akrah (52) zijn levensdroom in 'De Dageraad van Aleppo'. “De grandeur van Aleppo komt terug.”

A beginner’s guide to using My Get Me There: Manchester’s hilarious attempt at reinventing London’s…
I’m sure there are plenty of reasons it’s ended up like this and I’m not suggesting for a moment that there’s an easy way out. But I’d much rather sit here and take the piss out of it than construct a fair and balanced assessment of the situation, or provide any semblance of a solution. I’m far too immature for that.

Donald Trump Betrays Everyone. Somehow, Republicans Still Seem Surprised.
Betrayal isn’t just a part of Trump’s behavior; it’s wired into his DNA. Donald Trump will always lie. Always. He will lie and betray when he thinks it makes him look good. He will lie and betray when he knows it will make him look bad. His default setting is to lie and betray, and if this week hasn’t finally taught Republicans and conservatives that lesson, it’s hard to see what will.

the Movie title stills collection
A collection containing hundreds of main titles from feature films.

Ted Cruz likes hardcore porn video on Twitter | Daily Mail Online
While Cruz was the solicitor general of the state of Texas, he helped argue in favor of banning sex toys in the Lone Star State.  The video he liked does not appear to feature any sex toys.

Links van 11 september 2017 tot 12 september 2017

Camera Obscura – bookforum.com / current issue
Vivian Maier was an ambitious and prolific photographer who conducted her work in the open but kept its results almost entirely to herself. No one has any idea why that is. We know about her work only by chance, and through cultural and economic circumstances specific to the early twenty-first century. Had her end come even a decade earlier, it is quite likely that her photographs would have been destroyed and her name relegated to a mere census entry and a dim memory in very few minds. Instead she has been propelled to posthumous fame, and fortune by proxy. She has attained that rarefied position by virtue of her talent, to be sure, but also because of the romance of serendipity as well as the singular opportunities afforded by the internet to certain kinds of beaverish promoters. Thus her story, as patiently and lucidly detailed by Pamela Bannos in her nearly forensic biography—which unties many knots and brings order to what was previously a chaotic welter of information and misinformation—moves along two timelines at once, before and after death, both of them labyrinthine and marked by passages of seemingly permanent obscurity.

Tripling an Engineering Team in Six Months – Part One: The Background Story — Zac Sky
Somewhere between meetings their mindset switched from grilling me on the current state-of-play to challenging me to figure out how we could get to market faster. 'If you had more money to spend, how would you go faster?'

aftertheflood/spark: A typeface for creating sparklines in text without code.
Spark is a typeface for creating sparklines in text. It uses OpenType's contextual alternates and requires no Javascript, though it does require a modern-ish browser that can make use of OpenType features in text. At the moment it is compatible with Microsoft Word (2011 and later), Adobe Creative Cloud applications, Chrome 33+, Safari 6+, Firefox 4+, and Internet Explorer 10+.

Expose to the Right for Astrophotography in Light Pollution – Palos Verdes, Los Angeles, California – Lonely Speck
Light pollution is a rapidly growing problem. Most of the population in the United States cannot see the Milky Way. When I look up at the sky from Venice, California, I can see about 20 stars. The rest of the galaxy is hidden by an orange haze of light pollution. This guide talks about a method called ETTR or “Exposure To The Right” that I have used successfully to actually be able to photograph the Milky Way in these terrible conditions.

How to Photograph the Milky Way – Lonely Speck
Astrophotography in its simplest form is increasing in accessibility, especially with today’s affordable, large sensor, high signal-to-noise ratio digital cameras. In my opinion, there are few photographs that have as much existential impact as a nighttime landscape against the Milky Way. Here, I will show you how to make an amazing photo of the Milky Way Galaxy with a minimum of effort and a minimum of equipment.

AppNexus and Rubicon Project launch Prebid.org hailing open-source approach to header bidding | The Drum
AppNexus, Pubmatic and Rubicon Project have announced the official launch of Prebid.org, an independent organization aimed towards helping adtech players and premium publishers challenge the dominance of Google’s DoubleClick with an open-source approach to header bidding.

Links van 7 september 2017 tot 10 september 2017

Progress Indicators in Mobile UX Design – UX Planet
“When the users were presented with a custom loading animation in the Facebook iOS app (left) they blamed the app for the delay. But when users were shown the iOS system spinner (right), they were more likely to blame the system itself.”

(657) Moishe Lettvin – What I Learned Doing 250 Interviews at Google – YouTube

How to conduct a good Programming Interview
Any software engineer who has ever looked for a job has had the interview experience: being locked in a small room for an hour, asked to write code to solve some arbitrary programming task, while being grilled by one or two interviewers whether or why the code they've written is correct. You can find lots of material online about how to ace the interview as an interviewee, but very little has been written about how to conduct one as the interviewer. This post will lay out a coherent set of principles and cover many concrete steps you can use to make the most out of the next time you find yourself interviewing a potential software-engineering hire.

What Happens When a Science Fiction Genius Starts Blogging? | New Republic
In 2010, at the age of 81, the acclaimed novelist Ursula K. Le Guin started a blog. Blogs never seemed a likely destination for the writer, who by then had a long career in 20th-century traditional publishing behind her. But Le Guin’s new book, No Time To Spare, which harvests a representative sample of her blog posts, feels like the surprising and satisfying culmination to a career in other literary forms.

Three Cheers for Cultural Appropriation – The New York Times
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered some of the most sublime speeches of the 20th century. In them he used a mostly Latinate language to evoke the trials of the Israelites while quoting the writings of a slave-owning founding father. Irving Berlin, the songwriter who wrote “White Christmas” and “God Bless America,” was a Jew born in a Russian shtetl in a home with a dirt floor. Jessye Norman, one of the greatest opera singers of our time, is a black Southerner who is famous for her Wagner repertoire. Hamdi Ulukaya is a Kurd born in Turkey who now runs the most popular Greek yogurt company in America. The point is that everything great and iconic about this country comes when seemingly disparate parts are blended in revelatory ways.

Links van 17 augustus 2017 tot 1 september 2017

I criticized Google. It got me fired. That’s how corporate power works. – The Washington Post
For the last fifteen years, I’ve done my antimonopoly writing and research at a think tank in Washington named New America. This last June 27, my group published a statement praising the European Union for fining Google for violating antitrust law. Later that day I was told that Google — which provides substantial support to other programs at New America — said they wanted to sever all ties with the organization. Two days later I was told that the entire team of my Open Markets Program had to leave New America by September 1.

Uncovering Somalia’s forgotten music of the 1970s | Somalia | Al Jazeera
A trove of recordings that survived 'Africa's Dresden' is a window into how music once flourished under a dictatorship.

Brian Aldiss dies aged 92 | The Bookseller
Oh noes — “Extraordinary” science fiction writer Brian Aldiss died on Saturday (19th August) after celebrating his 92nd birthday the previous day.

About SCJS…
As a subset of Sephardic history, crypto-Judaic study relates to the identities, practices, and beliefs of Sephardic people who hid their Jewish origins while publicly practicing Catholicism. Crypto-Jews were found in Spain and Portugal, and their colonial dependencies, including New Spain (present-day Mexico and the American Southwest,) Italy, the Philippines, Macao, Goa, Central America. During the 20th century, a revival of interest in crypto-Judaic history surfaced in the American Southwest, Europe, North Africa, Greece and Turkey.

The state of the brand crackdown on media transparency – Digiday
“What the trend of brands [taking more ownership of media] is about is them being more involved in the whole process, from planning all the way through to execution and measurement,” he said. “In the past, advertisers would have automatically delegated all those tasks to their agencies, whereas now, media is too important as a matter of good business discipline.”

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I’m An Ex-Google Woman Tech Leader And I’m Sick Of Our Approach To Diversity!
In the name of diversity, when we fill quotas to check boxes, we fuck it up for the genuinely amazing women in tech. And this makes me sick.

7 Traits of a Great CTO | ButterCMS
A great CTO can be a critical driver behind a technology company’s success — whereas a bad CTO can lead to stalled projects, high turnover, and poor quality software.. But what traits actually make up a great CTO? Generic characteristics like a strong work ethic have their place of course, but the role of a CTO is intricate, encompassing far more than just coding and project management.

De Standaard
De meeste bedrijven zijn niet klaar voor de nieuwe privacywet en ze zijn er zich zelfs niet bewust van. Ze riskeren hoge boetes. Voor de consument wordt het leuk.

Ad blocking is under attack
Yesterday a strange commit landed in the EasyList repo. The "functionalclam.com" domain was removed with a comment "Removed due to DMCA takedown request". An ad server was unblocked by all ad blockers due to a DMCA request. Let that sink in for a moment.

Google warns 700 publishers digital ads will be blocked by Chrome update | New York Post
Google has warned about 700 publishers that their current digital ads would be blocked from reaching consumers under the new Chrome browser system set to be introduced next year that will have much tighter ad-blocking software.

Links van 6 augustus 2017 tot 11 augustus 2017

Backreaction: Outraged about the Google diversity memo? I want you to think about it.
That leaked internal memo from James Damore at Google? The one that says one shouldn’t expect employees in all professions to reflect the demographics of the whole population? Well, that was a pretty dumb thing to write. But not because it’s wrong. Dumb is that Damore thought he could have a reasoned discussion about this. In the USA, out of all places.

SoundCloud faces do-or-die vote by investors | TechCrunch
SoundCloud has proven it can’t manage itself. It’s too damaged, too in debt and too far behind to thrive independently without a miracle turnaround. No matter what, the whole service is on shaky footing, so musicians may want to archive their audio and start promoting their presence somewhere safer.

How I, a woman in tech, benefited from sexism in Silicon Valley
I know you’re tired of hearing about that Google manifesto. Me too. I’ve read the memo. I’ve read Yonatan Zunger’s angry response and profoundly disagree with his opinion that the act of publishing it was “incredibly stupid and harmful”. I’ve read Megan McArdle’s essay and relate with her feeling of isolation as I’m often the only woman in an environment dominated by men. I’ve watched Damore’s interview and was struck by his sincerity and calmness even when the reporter was pushing him into corner. Throughout the entire process, I was deeply conflicted. As a woman in tech, I understand precisely what everyone is talking about. However, as a woman in tech who has experienced sexism to the point of accepting it as background noise, I have the feeling that we’ve been only addressing one side of the story. It’s the side where women are victims. I’m here to tell the story of how I, as a woman in tech, benefited from sexism and that men can be victims too.

UX brutalism
Forget seamless experiences. The Brutalist UX Framework™ creates rough edge moments that will make your users love you. A new type of experience based on neglect, and on user affinity caused by brutality.

Zebras Hate You For No Reason: Why Amdahl’s Law is Misleading in a World of Cats (And Maybe in Ours Too) – Jason Sachs
I started writing this article in December 2015, but put it on hold shortly thereafter, while working on the Padé delay article, and managed to free myself from the Kittens Game a month or two later. When I resumed working on this article a few weeks ago, I took some screenshots from the game and double-checked a couple of facts about it. Unfortunately now I’ve been sucked in again….

173 rejections while fundraising and we were considered successful
As I look back in our fundraising spreadsheets, I can count over 175 firms or individuals that turned us down. Often I’ll talk to first-time entrepreneurs that get frustrated after hearing their first five rejections. They think they are failing — that they won’t be able to raise the money they need. It is with mixed emotions that I tell them that they need an order of magnitude more rejections before they can consider their fundraising efforts unsuccessful. A dozen rejections are barely scratching the surface!

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