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Links van 10 april 2014 tot 13 april 2014

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Amazon.com to Acquire comiXology | comiXology Unbound
Amazon.com today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire comiXology, the company that revolutionized the digital comics reading experience with their immersive Guided View technology and makes discovering, buying, and reading comic books and graphic novels easier and more fun than ever before.

2048 Variants | Semi-long Blog
Here is a list of online variants scouted from github. For the record, that means that there are very few apps on this list, and only those that you can compile yourself. The majority of these links are intended to be accessed from the Internet.

Unpythonic Python – skien.cc
Warning: Very Unpythonic Python ahead. However, all code should work (with Python 2.7.5).

Homemade Toast: How to Make a Leak Proof Water Blob (without tape!)
Doen! Doen!

Tambora eruption caused the year without a summer: Cholera, opium, famine, and Arctic exploration.
As it turns out, however, the indirect ripple effects of Tambora—what climate scientists call “teleconnections”—were even more historically significant. Cholera, opium, and the Panic of 1819 are three examples; another is Arctic exploration.

Links van 7 april 2014 tot 10 april 2014

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Giving Away Our Recommendation Engine for Free | Mortar Blog | Data Science at Scale
What’s better than a recommendation engine that’s free? A recommendation engine that is both awesome and free. Today, we’re announcing General Availability for the Mortar Recommendation Engine. Designed by Mortar’s engineers and top data science advisors, it produces personalized recommendations at scale for companies like MTV, Comedy Central, StubHub, and the Associated Press. Today, we’re giving it away for free, and it is awesome.

Introducing PredictionIO ✩ Mozilla Hacks – the Web developer blog
PredictionIO is an open source machine learning server for software developers to create predictive features, such as personalization, recommendation and content discovery. Building a production-grade engine to predict users’ preferences and personalize content for them used to be time-consuming. Not anymore with PredictionIO’s latest v0.7 release.

Kabinet: Nederland heeft per direct downloadverbod – IT Pro – Nieuws – Tweakers
Het is in Nederland per direct verboden om auteursrechtelijk beschermd materiaal te downloaden uit illegale bron, bijvoorbeeld via torrentsites en nieuwsgroepen. Dat stelt het kabinet in een reactie op een uitspraak van het EU-hof.

Jim’s Blog: Six programming paradigms that will change how you think about coding
Every now and then, I stumble across a programming language that does something so different that it changes how I think about coding. In this post, I want to share some of my favorite finds.

Valeria Lukyanova, the Human Barbie Doll
I realize that just like everyone reading about Human Barbie, I had had a simple narrative prepared in my head: A small-town girl grows up obsessed with dolls, etc. Instead, I get a racist space alien.

Storms and Teacups — Acko.net
sexual dimorphism doesn't imply patriarchy, any more than evolution implies social darwinism

How to Fold a Julia Fractal — Acko.net
Dit zou verplicht op elke school moeten getoond worden — "For every mathematical concept that we have a built-in intuition for, there are countless more we can't picture easily. That's the curse of mathematics, yet at the same time, also its charm."

Halide
Halide is a new programming language designed to make it easier to write high-performance image processing code on modern machines. Its current front end is embedded in C++. Compiler targets include x86/SSE, ARM v7/NEON, CUDA, Native Client, and OpenCL.

Links van 30 maart 2014 tot 6 april 2014

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Jimmy Carter is ‘radioactive,’ and NYT makes sure of it!
Jimmy Carter has been exiled from mainstream political life, and the Democratic Party, because of his position on one subject, Palestine. When he said that Israel practices apartheid, back in 2006, he was paddled by Wolf Blitzer, Al Franken and Terry Gross. Now Israeli officials use the word whenever they please. The Times is a full participant in Carter’s shameful and tragic excommunication.

B-List: The Winter Collection | Rivers of Grue
It is with somewhat heavy heart that I bring you the final part of our B-List breakdown. 52 movies, some good, some bad…all AWESOME!!!

B-List: The Autumn Collection | Rivers of Grue
We’ve reached the midway point in our rundown and still haven’t scratched the surface of the forgotten horror flicks worthy of your time.

B-List: The Summer Collection | Rivers of Grue
Right that’s your Spring sorted. You’ve already had thirteen little treasures from Keeper’s troves and here are thirteen more.

B-List: The Spring Collection | Rivers of Grue
Keeper has decided, in his infinite wisdom, to compile a list no self-respecting horror aficionado should be without. Fifty two forgotten classics (that’s one a week for an entire year and split into four seasons) which won’t appeal to everyone but which deserve to be seen by anyone with a penchant for the macabre. Many of these flicks are best known for their lucid box-art from a time when VHS was booming and horror was enjoying something of a heyday. It’s an idiot’s guide basically, compiled by one such idiot and shameless B-movie fanatic for your perusal. There is no fifty two-one rundown, no chronological order, just a whole host of  forgotten diamonds in the rough which deserve a second visit.

Two Monks Invent Medieval Art
From the year 800 AD to 1450 the entirety of Europe’s approach to painting was “It’s impossible to know what an animal looks like, just draw a guy’s head on it.” This is their story.

Two Monks Invent Byzantine Art
the important thing to remember if you’re drawing Mary is that her whole eyes and face line up in a perfect T surrounded by empty space and Jesus is just furious with her

HOW TO MAKE GAMES WITH TWINE
What's TWINE? Twine is a program that lets you generate interactive stories that are kind of like Choose Your Own Adventure Books. Why is Twine so wonderful?

Layout in Flipboard for Web and Windows — Flipboard Engineering
When you read Flipboard, articles and photographs are laid out in a series of pages you can flip through, just like in a print magazine. Each magazine page layout feels hand-crafted and beautiful—as if editors and designers created it just for you. How do we automate the whole process of layout design and editing? By slotting your content into custom designed page layouts—like fitting puzzle pieces together. We start with a set of page layouts created by human designers. Then, our layout engine figures out how to best fit your content into these layouts—considering things like page density, pacing, rhythm, image crop and scale.

Links van 28 maart 2014 tot 29 maart 2014

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Why Use Make
I love Make. You may think of Make as merely a tool for building large binaries or libraries (and it is, almost to a fault), but it’s much more than that. Makefiles are machine-readable documentation that make your workflow reproducible.

Screw stigma. I’m coming out. — Journalism, Deliberated — Medium
I’ve kept it to myself for years, but now I believe the only way to fight the stigma of mental illness is to talk about my own.

BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY; Doubts Raised on Number of Internet Users – New York Times
If Mr. Quarterman's analysis is correct, then his calculations further blur the already vague notion that electronic culture and commerce is just around the corner. Certainly his assessment does much to debunk the myth of an interactive, information web that will eventually link everyone on the planet. Estimates that there are more than 20 million users of the Internet have excited the imagination of businesses, politicians, social scientists, investors and journalists.

Tour | Mapbox
We make it easy to find bars on foursquare, search for hotels on Hipmunk, and organize notes in Evernote. With Mapbox, design and then publish maps that tell stories, integrate with apps, and represent brands.

Is the Oculus Rift sexist? – Quartz
Although there was variability across the board, biological men were significantly more likely to prioritize motion parallax. Biological women relied more heavily on shape-from-shading. In other words, men are more likely to use the cues that 3D virtual reality systems relied on.

Links van 10 maart 2014 tot 28 maart 2014

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The slow, sad death of Last.fm
Last.fm used to know about bands before they were cool. Alas, there’s nothing up-and-coming about Last.fm these days.

Steve Jobs wasn’t even okay with Google hiring former Apple engineers | Breaking Apple News, Tips and Reviews from The Unofficial Apple Weblog
it would be much easier to "move on, forget, forgive" if only his assholness wasn't so much glorified by a crowd of brain-dead managers, wanting to be the next Steve Jobs "because he was awesome".

Photographing A Town That Never Was – The Meta Picture
Artist and photographer Michael Paul Smith has spent hours upon hours photographing one special town that he holds very dear to his heart. There is something that always drew him to it, and the images he created are simple, but stunning. They glow with small-town charm and innocence, reminiscent of days and decades past.

Minimum Viable Personality – AVC
PERSONALITY IS API FOR LOYALTY. NO ONE CARE WHICH BORING STRANGER IS NEXT. BUT ALWAYS WANT FRIEND NEXT.

Taking A Second Look At Free Fonts | Smashing Magazine
Once thought of as amateurish by professional designers, free and open-source fonts have gone through something of a renaissance in just the last few years. The quality of available free fonts has increased dramatically. To be frank, free fonts don’t have a good reputation, and often they are knock-offs of thoroughly crafted, already established typefaces. So is it time for professional designers to take a second look?

Why I reimagined “LOTR” from Mordor’s perspective – Salon.com
Kirill Yeskov explains what led him to write "The Last Ringbearer," his parallel version of Tolkien's classic

Links van 3 maart 2014 tot 9 maart 2014

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The Trek Collective: Trek-lit reading order
As the continuity of Star Trek novels grows the question is ever changing, but if you're wondering: "What do I need to read before Articles of the Federation?" or "…Destiny?" or "…The Fall?", here are the answers.

Maandans – Deelnemen is belangrijker dan Swinnen
De Calimero's zitten dit keer niet bij de N-VA.

Tour Iconic
Iconic is much more than a static icon set — it's a new way of thinking about icons, their structure and abilities.

FUCKING HOMEPAGE
LINKS TO FUCKING AWESOME SHIT THAT CHANGE EVERY MOTHERFUCKING DAY.

Who cares if it’s true? : Columbia Journalism Review
BuzzFeed has decided it’s no longer good enough to fix errors after publication, at least not on its most popular posts. They’ve decided it makes good journalism and business sense to assure readers that their posts are true, so BuzzFeed is embracing the ultimate symbol of the overstuffed print newsrooms of the pre-digital past. BuzzFeed is hiring copy editors.

Links van 28 februari 2014 tot 1 maart 2014

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Jan Tritten crowd sources a life or death decision and the baby ends up dead | The Skeptical OB
Homebirth midwives are dangerous, witless fools and babies die as a result.

Most winning A/B test results are illusory
In this article I’ll show that badly performed A/B tests can produce winning results which are more likely to be
false than true. At best, this leads to the needless modification of websites; at worst, to modification which
damages profits.

A tcpdump Tutorial and Primer
In a discipline so dependent on a true understanding of concepts vs. rote learning, it's important to stay fluent in the underlying mechanics of the TCP/IP suite. A thorough grasp of these protocols allows one to troubleshoot at a level far beyond the average analyst, but mastery of the protocols is only possible through continued exposure to them.

Obama’s Trauma Team: Inside the Nightmare Launch of HealthCare.Gov – TIME
Unknown to a nation following the fiasco, McDonough's assignment from the President had boiled down to something more dire than how to fix the site. As the chief of staff remembers his mission, it was "Can it be patched and improved to work, or does it need to be scrapped to start over? He wanted to know if this thing is salvageable." Yes, on Oct. 17, the President was thinking of scrapping the whole thing and starting over.

De achterkant van de revolutie in Oekraïne | RTL Nieuws
De EU speelt in de politieke gang van zaken een bedenkelijke rol. Het was een komen en gaan van zwaaidiplomaten uit Brussel en Den Haag op het demonstrantenpodium in Kiev. Even een hart onder de riem steken, heet dat dan. Maar zulke dikke vrienden met het arme land zijn we nooit geweest. Het land is met 140 miljard dollar schuld binnenkort failliet. En wie draait ervoor op? We steunen de Maidan-opstand van harte zolang we voor de buis zitten, maar de revolutie mag ons in Europa niets kosten. De Europese verkiezingen staan voor de deur. Nou, de kiezer ziet de  Oekraïners al aankomen. Dus dat Europarlementariër Guy Verhofstadt het rouwende publiek visumvrijheid met de EU belooft moet met een korrel zout genomen worden. Je moet het maar durven.

Links van 24 februari 2014 tot 27 februari 2014

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Depixelizing Pixel Art
Naïve upsampling of pixel art images leads to unsatisfactory results. Our algorithm extracts a smooth, resolution-independent vector representation from the image which is suitable for high-resolution display device

High Scalability – High Scalability – The WhatsApp Architecture Facebook Bought For $19 Billion
How do you support 450 million active users with only 32 engineers? Let’s find out…

The audacious rescue plan that might have saved space shuttle Columbia | Ars Technica
The untold story of the rescue mission that could have been NASA's finest hour.

Josh Haberman: On “The Future of JavaScript MVC Frameworks”
The article starts by noting that the React/Om library (which the author also wrote) is 2-4x faster than Backbone in "Benchmark 1" of TodoMVC, and about 800x faster than Backbone for Benchmark 2. This is followed with a profiling graph that shows Backbone making a ton of short-running function calls, where React/Om make many fewer calls that run longer.

harelba/q
Have you ever stared at a text file on the screen, hoping it would have been a database so you could ask anything you want about it? I had that feeling many times, and I've finally understood that it's not the database that I want. It's the language – SQL.

Links van 16 februari 2014 tot 22 februari 2014

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Bad boy Amazon and George Packer’s latest salvo | The Story’s Story
Still, Amazon must save more books than it destroys. If you read any amount of literary criticism, journalism, or scholarly articles, you’ve read innumerable sentences like these: “[Malcolm] Cowley persuaded Viking to accept ‘On the Road’ after many publishers had turned it down. He worked to get Kerouac, who was broke, financial support.” How many Kerouacs and Nabokovs didn’t make it to publication, and are unknown to history because no Cowley persuaded a publisher to act in its own best interests? How many will now, thanks to Amazon?

If I ruled the world: Daniel Dennett
Lord Acton famously said that power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely, but he might just as truly have swallowed his “r”s and said “Power coopts.” I distinctly recall that many a wild-eyed student radical in the 60s was turned into a conscientious steward of the university simply by being given some of the power demanded. If I ruled the world, I don’t know which way I would go. I’m equally afraid of unleashing my inner Nero on the one hand and turning into an overcautious consensus-seeker on the other—if only out of fear that I’d make some well-intended blunder that brought calamity to the planet.

Massive Hole Discovered Under Antarctica, Bigger Than The Grand Canyon – Forbes
A giant valley deeper than the Grand Canyon is buried beneath several miles of glacial ice in West Antarctica, according to a new study by British scientists. The sub-glacial canyon is nearly two miles deep, 200 miles long and 15 miles wide.

How to Explore Cause and Effect Like a Data Scientist – Thomas C. Redman – Harvard Business Review
The ability to think analytically is important for any manager today. The first steps, as I’ve explained before, involve collecting data, making some simple plots, drawing basic conclusions, and planning next steps. But data do not give up their secrets easily. While we can use data to understand correlation, the more fundamental understanding of cause and effect requires more. And confusing the two can lead to disastrous results.

Confounded: The Enigma of “Blind Tom” Wiggins | The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed
"I am astounded. I cannot account for it, no one can. No one understands it," a St Louis man uttered after watching Blind Tom perform in concert in 1866. His mystification was by no means isolated. Few other performers on the nineteenth century stage aroused as much curiosity as "Blind Tom" Wiggins. Born a slave in Georgia in 1848, by the time he died Hoboken in 1908, he was an international celebrity and his name was a byword for inexplicable genius.

Links van 5 februari 2014 tot 16 februari 2014

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The Facebook Comment That Ruined a Life – - News – Dallas – Dallas Observer
Approximately one hour after Justin Carter posted a sarcastic comment on a Facebook thread, his life began to ­unravel.

The Economics of Star Trek — Editor’s Picks — Medium
The key here, to me, is to start thinking about how economics would work when we decouple labor from reward. Does that make a system inherently communist? I don’t think it does. People work. They get paid. It is market driven, and not centrally planned. In reality,the market already basically dictates this, for who can claim that a Wall Street banker works more than a teacher? The only thing we really need to do is take this to a logical extreme: that people can still get paid doing zero work.

What the hell is a pixel?
So to future CSS designers: We are sorry for the confusion we caused you. Just try to forget about the pixel and it's now meaningless original definition. To you a pixel is just an arbitarily small dot. To us it will always be the size of the ball in pong.

Big Breakthroughs Come in Your Late 30s – Atlantic Mobile
Damn. Te laat.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Zina Lahr | Media | OutsideOnline.com
When 23-year-old Lahr went missing on a trail outside Ouray, Colorado, the world lost an amazing young talent

Your 60-Hour Work Week is Not a Badge of Honour | Jeff Archibald
Your 60-hour work week is not a badge of honour. It is a problem. There is a sense of pride over being able to state that we worked an exorbitant amount of hours this week, last week, or last month. But as you dig into the 60-hour work week, you realize it is a problem. Not just for the obvious reasons either, like work/life balance, burnout, how unhealthy it is, errors that come with being tired and so forth.

The Startling Intelligence of the Common Chicken – Scientific American
These new insights into the chicken mind hint that certain complex cognitive abilities traditionally attributed to primates alone may be more widespread in the animal kingdom than previously thought. The findings also have ethical implications for how society treats farmed chickens: recognizing that chickens have these cognitive traits compels moral consideration of the conditions they endure as a result of production systems designed to make chicken meat and eggs as widely available and cheap as possible.

Marvel gives comic book characters their own API
From Captain America and Spider-Man to Wolverine and Iron Man, Marvel Entertainment, a Disney subsidiary, has built an empire by bringing more than 8,000 characters to life through a diverse array of mediums, including comic books, movies and other entertainment properties. Now, it’s giving those characters a new medium to inhabit: the world of the API.

Links voor 5 februari 2014

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BBC News – YouTube starts auditing video views
The video-sharing website YouTube said it has started to "audit" the number of views a video has received. The move is aimed at preventing users from artificially inflating view counts which, YouTube said, mislead people about the popularity of a video.

Lists of Note
Late-1979, New York Times columnist William Safire compiled a list of "Fumblerules of Grammar" — rules of writing, all of which are humorously self-contradictory — and published them in his popular column, "On Language." Those 36 fumblerules can be seen below, along with another 18 that later featured in Safire's book, Fumblerules: A Lighthearted Guide to Grammar and Good Usage.

Two big announcements.
Moving forward, we will be a one product company. That product will be Basecamp. Our entire company will rally around Basecamp.

Down the feminist rabbit hole
I fell down a rabbit hole today. By reading this: An Incomplete Guide to Feminist infighting. Bemused, I chased links and read manifestos and counter-manifestos for a couple of hours until the sources just began to repeat themselves. But in some respects my confusion was just beginning. As I was falling through all these diatribes like Alice wondering how deep the rabbit hole goes, one of the thoughts uppermost in my mind was Poe’s Law: “Without a blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of extremism or fundamentalism that someone won’t mistake for the real thing.” There was no humor down this rabbit hole. I found myself in the land beyond parody. On this evidence, I suspect it would be nigh-impossible to write a literate spoof of modern feminism that even many of its disputants wouldn’t blithely mistake for a real ideological position. And I found myself thinking of the Sokal Hoax.

Andart: Greetings from Double-Earth
A question came up on the Extropians list about what a planet twice as large as Earth would be like. Being an obsessive worldbuilder that has been reading too much exoplanet papers recently I jumped at the question, of course.

Andart: Torus–Earth
One question at Io9 that came up when they published my Double Earth analysis was "What about a toroidal Earth?" This is by no means a new question, and there has been some lengthy discussions online and earlier modelling. But being a do-it-yourself person I decided to try to analyze it on my own.

Links van 21 januari 2014 tot 29 januari 2014

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Post mortem – Thanks & lessons learned | Notes from the trenches
Lessons learned – Don’t operate in a market where a single player can arbitrarily decide to kill you. Especially don’t work in a market that’s controlled by an entity that explicitly refuses to communicate with you (or anyone else) or to explain their guidelines.

The Best “Entry Level” Science Fiction Books to Convert Your Friends
A lot of the greatest science fiction and fantasy books are not for newbies. They can be daunting for new readers, because they assume you've already read a lot of science fiction and fantasy. But what are the best "entry level" science fiction and fantasy books? We asked some top editors and writers, and here are their picks.

Applying Artificial Intelligence to Nintendo Tetris
In this article, I explore the deceptively simple mechanics of Nintendo Tetris.

Twitter’s Future Can Be Seen in China — Irvingside
It will be interesting to see how Twitter creates its unique ecommerce platform, but for now we can turn to China's messaging giant WeChat to predict the San Francisco-based company's future. WeChat began as a messaging service like many of its rivals Line and WhatsApp, but has recently embraced financial transactions. WeChat's users can make payments to McDonald's through the app. After the transaction is finished, WeChat provides a QR code from McDonald's for users to redeem. Last November, WeChat partnered with Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi to sell the company's flagship phone, the Mi-3. In less than 10 minutes, 150,000 units of the device were sold on WeChat. Although WeChat's impressive user base of 500 million and counting far surpasses that of Twitter, one can still expect Twitter to experience similar results from ecommerce.

Computer Associates promo video – YouTube
Machtig! "We make the software that makes the world go around!"

Links van 18 januari 2014 tot 21 januari 2014

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Beats Music | Online Music Streaming
Our curators are driven by a passion for music. They know the only thing as important as the song you’re hearing now is the song that comes next. Their expertise, combined with the best technology, always delivers the right music to you at the right time.

Geocodio | Ridiculously cheap bulk geocoding
turn street addresses into map coordinates using our straightforward REST API

Generate a Random Name – Male, French, Belgium – Fake Name Generator
Your Randomly Generated Identity!

Oxfam: 85 richest people as wealthy as poorest half of the world | Business | theguardian.com
The extent to which so much global wealth has become corralled by a virtual handful of the so-called 'global elite' is exposed in a new report from Oxfam on Monday. It warned that those richest 85 people across the globe share a combined wealth of £1tn, as much as the poorest 3.5 billion of the world's population.

Gaan we voor angst en vernedering, of zetten we in op emancipatie en hoop? – Opinie – De Morgen
Crul vergeleek de situatie van jonge Turkse Europeanen in al die landen met elkaar. De ondervraagde jongeren hadden allemaal dezelfde startpositie (geboren in Europa), dezelfde herkomst (ouders geboren in Turkije) en het betrof allemaal kinderen van laaggeschoolde arbeidersgezinnen. De onderzoeker vroeg zich af of die jongeren, die in verschillende landen in erg vergelijkbare omstandigheden aan de start kwamen, zich anders zouden ontwikkelen op sociaal-economisch vlak en of ze vervolgens ook andere maatschappelijke opvattingen zouden ontwikkelen. Het antwoord op beide vlakken luidt ontegensprekelijk "ja". In Zweden stromen zes (6!) keer meer van die jongeren door naar academische opleidingen dan in Duitsland.

Het keerpunt is bereikt: de emancipatie is niet uit, maar simpelweg af – nrc.nl
Emancipatie wordt dan niet gemeten in termen van vrijheid, maar in termen van gelijke uitkomsten. Maar wordt het zo langzaamaan niet eens tijd voor de conclusie: allebei kan blijkbaar niet? De huidige, ongelijke (of in ieder geval verschillende) verhoudingen en opvattingen zijn dan juist het product van die vrijheid, omdat vrouwen nu eenmaal geneigd zijn om andere prioriteiten te stellen en keuzes te maken, wat er vervolgens toe leidt dat er meer vrouwen zullen zijn die parttime werken, en net wat minder vrouwelijke ME’ers en topmanagers.

Links van 14 januari 2014 tot 18 januari 2014

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Ad blockers: A solution or a problem?
Viewing ads is part of the deal if users want content to be free, says Freitas. The use of ad blocking software breaks that implicit contract. What's more, he continues, the vast majority of visitors who use ad blockers aren't interested in making even a small payment in exchange for an ad-free site.

Frere-Jones is suing Hoefler for half of the world’s preeminent digital type foundry – Quartz
Gelijk goeie kennissen die gaan scheiden — vies. "Type designer Tobias Frere-Jones claims he has been cheated out of his half of the company by his business partner, Jonathan Hoefler. In a blistering lawsuit filed today in New York City, Frere-Jones says he was duped into transferring ownership of several fonts, including the world-famous Whitney, to Hoefler & Frere-Jones (HFJ) on the understanding that he would own 50% of the company."

Owners of 2011 MacBook Pros report critical GPU failures, system crashes
Raad eens welke MacBook Pro ik heb?Juist! "It appears a number of early-2011 MacBook Pro models with discrete AMD GPUs are seeing issues with system crashes and hardware failures, with reports of problems escalating in recent weeks."

The Millions : “Dumbest Thing Ever”: Scribbling in the Margins of Dan Brown’s Inferno
Like most writerers [sic], I am crazy about Dan Brown. Why does he write the way he does? Is he a sneaky genius? How is it possible that he was once in a writing seminar with David Foster Wallace? (One of my dreams is to write a hit Broadway musical about that seminar, in which Dan Brown strides around the stage wearing a tweed jacket with elbow patches singing bombastic anthems about the great masterpieces of Europe while DFW sings introverted atonal fugues with mumbling sotto voce footnotes.)

De Krook: de rol van sociale interactie en technologische evolutie in de bibliotheek van de toekomst
Traditioneel gaat een bibliotheek te werk als een soort van uitleenfabriek dat boeken, cd’s en ander educatief materiaal aankoopt en dit (gratis) ter beschikking stelt van de burger. Vanuit een model van schaarste selecteert en organiseert ze uit de beschikbare informatie, waar ze via haar connecties toegang tot heeft. Tegenwoordig is er echter een overvloed aan informatie die door technologische innovaties zoals het internet en tablets overal en altijd beschikbaar is. Een onophoudelijke stroom van nieuwe producten veranderen de ervaring en wensen van de gebruiker continu.

Wat kan de toegevoegde waarde van een bibliotheek dan zijn als ze vat heeft op noch de productie van informatie, noch de technologie waarop deze geraadpleegd wordt?

Links van 12 januari 2014 tot 13 januari 2014

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Google stabs Wikipedia in the front • The Register
However, since Google rolled out Knowledge Graph, something interesting happened. Visits to Wikipedia had previously risen steadily year-on-year for a decade. Towards the end of the 2012 this trend not only stalled, but went into an unprecedented decline.

According to Wikipedia's own stats, the page views for English language Wikipedia pages fell by 21 per cent over 12 months to December 2013. For German, Spanish and Japanese language pages, views dropped by 30 per cent, 29 per cent and 25 per cent respectively. Taking into account mobile page views, the falls were 12 per cent (English), 17 per cent (German), 19 per cent (Spanish) and 9 per cent (Japanese).

CoffeeScript’s Time is Waning For Me – Matt Greer
CoffeeScript was a welcome addition when it first arrived. Nowadays though, I am finding its benefits are decreasing, and its drawbacks are increasing. I plan to no longer use CoffeeScript in my future projects, here is why.

Why Are Dead People Liking Stuff On Facebook? – ReadWrite
A Facebook spokesman says the “likes” from dead people can happen if an account doesn’t get “memorialized” (meaning someone informs Facebook that the account-holder has died). If nobody tells Facebook that the account-holder is dead, Facebook just keeps operating on the assumption the person is alive.

Twitter’s Paper Millionaires May Want to Get Out ASAP | Wired Business | Wired.com
Twitter’s stock price ($TWTR) has dropped dramatically as Wall Street expresses increasing doubts about the San Francisco-based outfit’s 140-character–based business model. Shares have lost nearly a quarter of their value in little more than a week of trading, including a decline of nearly 4 percent yesterday. The drop comes as equities analysts push back against the investor optimism that sent shares spiking to a record high of $73.31 on December 26.

You Have to Play This 1,600-Year-Old Viking War Game — War is Boring — Medium
Viking warriors storm into the torch-lit camp of a rival clan. Outnumbered, the ambushed Norsemen are far from their boats. Their one goal: flee to a nearby castle while keeping their king alive. At first glance, Hnefatafl (prounounced “nef-ah-tah-fel”) might just look like a knock-off version of chess with Norse helms and impressive beards, but the game is at least 600 years older—already well-known by 400 A.D.—and is perhaps a lot more relevant to the conflicts of the 21st century.

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