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Links van 18 januari 2017 tot 22 januari 2017

Trump Blasts Media For Reporting Size Of Inauguration Crowd
“It was almost raining — the rain should have scared them away — but God looked down and he said ‘we are not going to let it rain on your speech’…and then it poured right after I left,” Trump said. In fact, a light rain fell through the first few minutes of Trump’s speech, and no downpour followed its conclusion.

Ads for Google products topped Google search results 91 percent of the time – Recode
According to a data analysis in the Wall Street Journal, the search giant has been buying millions of its own ads and displaying its products such as Google Home and Nest thermostats atop search results, over those of ad-buying customers.

‘Learning Curve’ as Rick Perry Pursues a Job He Initially Misunderstood – The New York Times
Mr. Perry, who once called for the elimination of the Energy Department, will begin the confirmation process Thursday with a hearing before the Senate Energy Committee. If approved by the Senate, he will take over from a secretary, Ernest J. Moniz, who was chairman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology physics department and directed the linear accelerator at M.I.T.’s Laboratory for Nuclear Science. Before Mr. Moniz, the job belonged to Steven Chu, a physicist who won a Nobel Prize.

RethinkDB: why we failed
It’s not that we didn’t try to ship quickly, make RethinkDB fast, and build the ecosystem around it to make doing useful work easy. We did. But correct, simple, and consistent software takes a very long time to build. That put us three years behind the market.

An open letter to Trump from the US press corps – Columbia Journalism Review
We’re playing the long game. Best-case scenario, you’re going to be in this job for eight years. We’ve been around since the founding of the republic, and our role in this great democracy has been ratified and reinforced again and again and again. You have forced us to rethink the most fundamental questions about who we are and what we are here for. For that we are most grateful. Enjoy your inauguration.

Links van 8 januari 2017 tot 18 januari 2017

Betsy DeVos Wants to Use America’s Schools to Build “God’s Kingdom” | Mother Jones
Trump's education secretary pick has spent a lifetime working to end public education as we know it.

Britsoft Focus: Jeff Minter | Kotaku UK
Jeff Minter. Some will have known his games for over three decades, others will have no idea who he is, but for me – especially when I think of the British industry and the developers I especially admire – the man his fans know as Yak is impossible to ignore. He is the indie godfather. Minter is unusual even within the global industry – a figure who has operated as more or less a solo artist over multiple generations of hardware, specialising in responsive, often visually-arresting shooters with deep systems and high skill ceilings.

From Norse to Horse – Album on Imgur
It all began here with (who else) Hæsteinn of Nantes. When it comes to completely breaking reality, there’s no one better to play as- and starting with a powerless council, he also doesn’t have to worry about votes. I started by selecting the Scholarship focus, pretty much the only way to get the Lunatic trait early in the game, and started the ‘Build an Observatory’ event chain, choosing the ‘strange’ path.

How to Make Soup – NYT Cooking
Soup is a true wonder of alchemy. Together, water, onions and time turn water into broth, bland into savory and thin into thick. But for those results, process is critical: The finest soups layer flavors every step of the way. We will teach you about soup’s building blocks, then walk you through combining them with a basic recipe that will help you transform practically any ingredient into a simple, satisfying meal.

Dropped «
Why did Anthony Gatto, the greatest juggler alive — and perhaps of all time — back away from his art to open a construction business?

Links van 13 december 2016 tot 5 januari 2017

Renewing Medium’s focus
Upon further reflection, it’s clear that the broken system is ad-driven media on the internet. It simply doesn’t serve people. In fact, it’s not designed to. The vast majority of articles, videos, and other “content” we all consume on a daily basis is paid for — directly or indirectly — by corporations who are funding it in order to advance their goals. And it is measured, amplified, and rewarded based on its ability to do that. Period. As a result, we get…well, what we get. And it’s getting worse.

Carl Paladino, Donald Trump’s New York co-chairman, says he’s “not racist” in apology for Michelle Obama remarks – Salon.com
“Michelle Obama,” Paladino wrote. “I’d like her to return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla.”

Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2016-12-22/Special report – Wikipedia
On 18 December, the ten-member German Wikipedia ArbCom (widely known as "the SG" for Schiedsgericht, or "arbitration court", in German; Google translation) suffered its eighth resignation since September, leaving only four arbitrators—fewer than the quorum of five for making case judgments. There is no provision for by-elections, and the next election is not due until May 2017; former arbitrators are unable to undo their resignation.

The Case Against Hiring a PR Agency | Mike Maney
No seed funded or pre-A round startup should have a PR agency on their balance sheet.

Opinie: Blijkbaar zijn er in de regering die denken dat thuiskomen van de oorlog is als thuiskomen van vakantie | Standpunt | De Morgen
Ik denk dat ik de radio maar af zet als een federaal regeringslid straks weer met een cheque het geweten komt sussen in De Warmste Week.

Links van 24 november 2016 tot 11 december 2016

A boy wonder from the 1780s shows us where school maths gets it wrong – Medium
School maths lets students frisk around the edges of problem solving, but keeps them firmly rooted in the rote acquisition of disjointed knowledge.

The Dominance of Google and Facebook in One Chart
Over the next couple years, digital advertising is expected to pass television to become the largest ad market in existence. One would think that this simple fact should translate to a bright future for many publishers, but the reality seems to be quite different. That’s because digital advertising is increasingly dominated by just two players, and everyone else is just begging for scraps.

Geen links gespuis op de buis – De Standaard
‘Waarom bestijgt u nu zelf de kansel om de goegemeente te waarschuwen voor het gevaar van de PVDA, Gwendolyn? Hoe kunt u een pleidooi voor rechtvaardigheid en herverdeling van de maatschappelijke rijkdom gelijk stellen met extreemrechts racisme? Wat is er zo gevaarlijk aan de 30 urenweek, een minimum aan belasting voor multinationals, eerstelijnsgezondheidszorg of een miljonairstaks?’ De voorzitter antwoordde niet, tenzij u het kermen als een zieke labrador een vorm van antwoorden vindt. ‘Waarom maakt u zich niet druk over het Kazachgate-schandaal, of over het miljoenenverlies bij Merit Capital waar Open VLD’ers belangrijke functies hebben? Zoals Karel De Gucht, die twee jaar na zijn afscheid als Europees commissaris nog altijd 125.000 euro per jaar opstrijkt, plus nog eens 144.000 euro als bestuurslid voor ArcelorMittal. Zeg eens, Gwendolyn?’

Startup Growth Calculator
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A Rebuttal For Python 3 / fuzzy notepad
Zed Shaw, your behavior here is fucking reprehensible. Half of what’s written here is irrelevant nonsense backed by a vague appeal to “mathematics”. Instead of having even the shred of humility required to step back and wonder if there are complicating factors beyond whether something is theoretically possible, you have invented a variety of conflicting and malicious motivations to ascribe to the Python project.

Links van 21 november 2016 tot 23 november 2016

Neonazi’s vinden vergelijking Trump met Hitler te vroeg – De Speld
De opkomst van Donald Trump wordt regelmatig vergeleken met die van Adolf Hitler in de vroege jaren 30. Veel mensen spreken daar schande van, onder wie een aantal neonazi’s. Zij vinden dat Trump zich eerst maar eens moet bewijzen.

Ooit vernielde deze man genetische proefvelden. Nu verdedigt hij ze met verve
‘De organisatie waar ik bij zat, Earth First, is een antiverlichtingsbeweging. Ze gebruikt wetenschap als stok om de samenleving mee te slaan als het haar uitkomt, zoals bij klimaatverandering, maar negeert de wetenschap totaal als het gaat om technologische vooruitgang, zoals bij genetische modificatie. Wetenschappers zijn het erover eens dat genetische modificatie een krachtige techniek is om de landbouw te verduurzamen, maar Earth First wil daar niks van weten.’

Learn X in Y Minutes: Scenic Programming Language Tours
Take a whirlwind tour of your next favorite language. Community-driven!

Troy Hunt: Ad blockers are part of the problem
When ad blockers are stooping to the same low level as advertisers themselves are in order to force their own agendas, something is very, very wrong. Deliberately modifying sites like mine which are making a conscious effort to get us away from the very things about ads that led to ad blockers in the first place makes them part of the problem. Ad blockers like this need to clean up their act.

Heel veel Nederlanders hebben het ‘als dit zo doorgaat’-gevoel. Kijk maar in Ypenburg
De Ypenburgers, en veel andere bewoners van buitenwijken en kleine steden, hebben volgens De Voogd geen spectaculaire zorgen en behoeften. Ze wensen gewone dingen, zoals een gevoel van veiligheid of trots. Maar als ze de tv aanzetten, zien ze weinig mensen uit hun wereld, hooguit karikaturen. Ze zien vooral Amsterdamse stadsmensen die vertellen hoe je hoort te denken en dat Zwarte Piet racisme is.

Links van 12 november 2016 tot 20 november 2016

Facebook’s ad metric problem is becoming Zuckerberg’s headache | New York Post
Mark Zuckerberg has a credibility problem. The tech mogul’s Facebook just admitted to finding more “bugs” in the way it measures ads — and once again, those bugs benefited Facebook.

More than half of arrested anti-Trump protesters didn’t vote in Oregon | KGW.com
Most of the 112 protesters arrested in Portland last week didn’t vote in Oregon, according to state election records. Approximately 30 percent did cast a ballot in Oregon or in another state.

Wannabe Data Scientists! Learn the basics with these 7 books! – Medium
In the last few years I spent a significant time with reading books about Data Science. I found these 7 books the best. These together are a very valuable source of learning the basics. It drives you through everything you need to know.

Het antiracisme van de oppervlakkigheden – Jan Blommaert (en z’n gedachten)
wanneer men inziet dat discriminatie op grond van herkomst slechts één specifieke vorm is van een veel ruimer structureel mechanisme van discriminatie en uitsluiting, dan gaat het niet meer over “onze Vlaamse aard”, maar wel over kapitalisme, neoliberalisme, en sociale rechtvaardigheid. En dat is de “comfort zone” van links (of zou dat moeten zijn).

‘We Couldn’t Believe Our Eyes’: A Lost World of Shipwrecks Is Found – The New York Times
Archaeologists have found more than 40 vessels in the Black Sea, some more than a millennium old, shedding light on early empires and trade routes.

Links van 1 november 2016 tot 11 november 2016

The ruthlessly effective rebranding of Europe’s new far right | World news | The Guardian
Across the continent, rightwing populist parties have seized control of the political conversation. How have they done it? By stealing the language, causes and voters of the traditional left

Trump: het einde van het propagandamodel – Jan Blommaert (en z’n gedachten)
Grote groepen mensen stemmen nu non-lineair en niet-propositioneel. Ze steunen kandidaten om zeer uiteenlopende redenen en hebben vaak volmaakt lak aan de eigenlijke programmapunten van kandidaten. Ze stemmen ook vanuit heel andere identiteits- en groepsposities dan de klassieke catalogus van de politieke demografie. Die groepen vormen zich nadrukkelijk online, en elk van de vermelde politieke actoren had de grote media simpelweg niet nodig omdat ze online het hele spel beheersten. Sanders, bijvoorbeeld, was minder gepolijst, jong en “all American” dan zowat alle tegenstrevers, en noemde zichzelf nog eens onomwonden “socialist” in de VS, maar was een absolute hit op sociale media, met name bij jongeren.

Why Slack may live to regret its smarmy letter to Microsoft – The Verge
A day later, the main thing people know about Microsoft Teams is that it fills Slack with existential dread — which is, of course, a compelling reason to go try it out. Any heightened market awareness Slack gained from advertising in the Times is overshadowed by the anxiety bubbling up from every word in its letter.

BugReplay
When you visit Pornhub.com, it tries to detect if you have an ad blocker. If it detects one, it opens a WebSocket connection that acts as a backup mechanism for delivering ads.

Display Advertising with Real-Time Bidding (RTB) and Behavioural Targeting
In this monograph, we provide an overview of the fundamental
infrastructure, algorithms, and technical challenges and their solutions
of this new frontier of computational advertising. The topics we have
covered include user response prediction, bid landscape forecasting, bidding
algorithms, revenue optimisation, statistical arbitrage, dynamic pricing, and
ad fraud detection.

Links van 24 oktober 2016 tot 31 oktober 2016

Benjamin Button Reviews The New MacBook Pro (Pinboard Blog)
The new MacBook Pro shows that Apple is finally becoming serious about developers. Gone is the gimmicky TouchBar, gone are the four USB-C ports that forced power users to carry a suitcase full of dongles. In their place we get a cornucopia of developer-friendly ports: two USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 2 ports, a redesigned power connector, and a long-awaited HDMI port.

Design Is Never Done – Articles – Google Design
In an effort to make all of Material Design more accessible, we’re bringing our existing work together in one place, Material.io. This site establishes a new visual identity for the Material initiative, one that will support our latest visual guidance and releases—from tools to reusable components and refined interactive motion.

Beyond ISDS | diggit magazine
So why not take ISDS one step further, and recognize that the globalization of business and finance does indeed require an international jurisdiction, but a real one, one in which all parties have access to the same legal instruments. Why not think of an international court for economic crimes, modeled, perhaps, on the present International Court of Justice in The Hague – an idea that has been around for a while? It would add a quite commonsensical dimension lacking from the present ISDS system: that "Investor State Disputes" may have either one of both parties in either of the roles in the dispute – perpetrator as well as victim. And that true justice can only be done when this elementary principle is restored.

‘Waarom schuwt Bart De Wever al twee jaar lang elk inhoudelijk debat over CETA?’ – België – Knack Mobile
De Vlaams-nationalisten hebben altijd 'meer bevoegdheden' geëist voor de regionale parlementen. Maar nu die er zijn, hebben die in Vlaanderen net niet geleid tot meer debat, meer inspraak, meer democratie. Integendeel. Vandaar dat De Wever en Vlaams minister-president Geert Bourgeois nu met het verhaaltje afkomen alsof het verzet in Wallonië dateert van de laatste twee weken. Dat moeten ze tenminste zelf niet spreken over het non-debat dat zij zelf twee jaar lang hebben georganiseerd in het Vlaams Parlement: geen brede democratische debatten, geen rijk pallet aan hoorzittingen, geen tegensprekelijke discussie. In Vlaanderen heeft de N-VA resoluut gekozen voor de achterkamerpolitiek, net zoals de Europese elite dat zo graag doet.

On Guilty Pleasures – Ann Leckie
Zo is het maar net: "Why are my personal preferences, some of them in such viscerally basic areas of my life–the taste of food!–subject to what is essentially a moral judgement? Why am I only supposed to admit liking what’s publicly valorized, and ashamed of liking what’s not? And isn’t it funny how the stuff that I’m supposed to be ashamed of liking is inexpensive, mass produced, and easy to obtain? Isn’t that interesting?"

Links van 12 oktober 2016 tot 22 oktober 2016

Rolling Stone’s 500 Worst Reviews of All Time (work in progress) [Page 4] – Rate Your Music
De 500 vreemdste reviews in Rolling Ston — met parels als "Perhaps the worst of the batch, "Perfect Day" is a soft lilter about spending a wonderful day drinking Sangria in the park with his girlfriend, about how it made him feel so normal, so good. He should forget this artsy-fartsy kind of homo stuff and just go in there with a bad hangover and start blaring out his visions of lunar assfuck. That'd be really nice."

Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban on Personally Identifiable Web Tracking – ProPublica
this summer, Google quietly erased that last privacy line in the sand – literally crossing out the lines in its privacy policy that promised to keep the two pots of data separate by default. In its place, Google substituted new language that says browsing habits “may be” combined with what the company learns from the use Gmail and other tools.

10 Modern Software Over-Engineering Mistakes – Medium
Duplication is better than the wrong abstraction

Donald Trump Tattoo – Inked Magazine
Like the enormous Mexican border wall that Trump dreams of, Campbell’s tattoo will grab everyone’s attention and raise your blood pressure one way or the other. “I expect that my tattoo is going to piss off a lot of people,” Campbell said. “But when Trump is in the White House the jerks that made fun of me will see that I was right all along. Although, honestly, I’m still a little worried about what my mom will think. Sorry, mom.”

When is data science a house of cards? | Pinterest Engineering
As data scientists, when we reach an answer, we often communicate that answer and move on. But what happens when there are multiple data scientists with varying answers? The expense of replicating and testing the quality of work often leaves critical business challenges unstaffed. At Pinterest, we lowered the cost of replication to the point that could afford to run an experiment. So we did. We asked nine data scientists and machine learning engineers the same question, in the same setting, on the same day. We received nine different results.

Links van 10 oktober 2016 tot 12 oktober 2016

Opinie: De islam-enquête is een voorbeeld van hoe het niet moet | Opinie | De Morgen
We verzochten gisteren om inzage in de technische fiche, die naar verluidt eind deze week op de Humo-site verschijnt. We vrezen het ergste. Er bestaat geen register waaruit men op willekeurige basis 500 moslims kan distilleren. Als dat bij Ivox wel zou bestaan, moet de Privacycommissie daar eens een hartig woordje gaan spreken. Pasten ze de onbetrouwbare sneeuwbalmethode toe? Ging men respondenten ronselen in moskeeën? Werkte men met zelfaanmelding? Het enige wat we tot nog toe konden afleiden, is dat het om een internetenquête ging. Hoe daar adequaat en representatief gerekruteerd werd, is ons een raadsel. Vooral omdat dit zo goed als onmogelijk is. Waar woonden de deelnemers? Hoeveel mannen, hoeveel vrouwen, en wat was de leeftijdsverdeling? Wat waren de precieze vragen en antwoordcategorieën? Een screenshot van de bevraging op internet toonde ons een zogenaamde dubbele negatie bij de 'begripsvraag', wat tegen de regels ingaat.

Fuck You Startup World – Medium
Fuck your startup scene with your 30 minute morning routines of reading TechCrunch, TNW, Wired, Gizmodo, Mashable, The Verge and ProductHunt- all so you dwont feel ‘left out’. Fuck your weird fucking conversations, things like “OMG did you see Snapchat’s new feature? OMG Instagram is totally copying Snapchat? Did you see Zuck’s live townhall? OMG did you see what Elon Musk tweeted? OMG Uber raised another round!”. Fuck that. Nobody cares.

And what the fuck all those parties after raising money. Don’t you get it? You just dug your grave a little bit deeper. You should celebrate any day that you don’t have to sell off another part of your company.

Medium’s metric that matters: Total Time Reading – Data Lab – Medium
Away from the publicity glare of the Valley tech blogs, every web company should have some not-so-bullshit metrics that guide the business and provide an indication of its health. Ideally, there is one number to rule them all. Josh Elman calls this The Only Metric That Matters. At Medium, our number is Total Time Reading, or TTR.

6 case studies: using research and data to improve a live service | User research
We're the GDS user research team and we work on projects across government in the UK. This is what we're learning and thinking about. We share case studies and project updates too.

mappingexperiences.com
Experience mapping is a strategic process of capturing and communicating complex customer interactions. The activity of mapping builds knowledge and consensus across your organization, and the map helps build seamless customer experiences.

Links van 12 augustus 2016 tot 26 september 2016

Planetfall 2 prototype : Infocom : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
Don’t get your hopes up: this is a very early prototype from the cancelled sequel to Infocom’s classic text adventure. It’s barely playable, though it does provide an interesting look at how the game would have played with a realtime 3D engine. The prototype does introduce a puzzle (at least the only one I could find) and features voice acting as well as a pretty cool soundtrack tune. Judging by the puzzle, you were able to give orders to your robot companions similarly to how Infocom’s classic text adventures worked.

The Making of Lemmings – Read-Only Memory
How DMA Design created a classic, and what happened next

Allez adieu Astérix… Il est grand temps de tourner la page de nos héros de BD franco-belges | Slate.fr
Astérix, Blake et Mortimer, Achille Talon: les vieilles gloires de la BD d’antan n’en finissent pas d’occuper les rayons BD des librairies. Pour l’éternité? Un phénomène commercial et conservateur qui prend des proportions inquiétantes.

Nero’s Rotating Dining Room | CNRS News
"The main dining table, which was round, rotated night and day, imitating the motions of the globe." The surprising construction mentioned by Suetonius in his biography of Nero has been found. On Palatine Hill (Rome), a Franco-Italian team of archaeologists discovered remains of a mechanism that could have allowed the rotation of the floor of the main dining room of the Domus Aurea—Nero's vast imperial palace.

People who post their fitness routine to Facebook have psychological problems, study claims – Business Insider Deutschland
People who are always keen on documenting their gym activities (or every time you simply go for a good, old-fashioned run) tend to be narcissists. According to the researchers, the primary goal is to boast about how much time you invest in your looks. Apparently these status updates also earn more Facebook likes than other kinds of posts. "Narcissists more frequently updated about their achievements, which was motivated by their need for attention and validation from the Facebook community", the study concludes.

Links van 1 augustus 2016 tot 9 augustus 2016

Overheid, stop met starters dood te knuffelen! | De Tijd
Elke sub­si­die is goed­be­doeld maar zal de goed geïnfor­meer­de on­der­ne­mer be­voor­de­len te­gen­over de min­der geïnfor­meer­de. Sub­si­die­zoe­ken is im­mers een stiel ge­wor­den, en ge­spe­ci­a­li­seer­de con­sul­tants kun­nen daar­bij hel­pen. Het heeft ech­ter wei­nig te maken met on­der­ne­mer­schap en een nieu­we dy­na­miek in een regio op gang bren­gen.

In political megathreads, can we please try to be more straightforward. | MetaTalk
Een Australiër die zegt dat het racistisch is dat Amerikanen ironie en sarcasme gebruiken over Amerikaanse dingen omdat andere Amerikanen die niet Amerika geboren zijn daardoor gediscrimineerd worden. Not even joking: "It's fncking insensitive and in this context could be viewed as racist. A non American born American is much less likely to get all the references and this kind of chatter alienates people. So, whilst I haven't read that thread because I. Just. Can't. Even. Trump's election would affect the bloody universe so it's fair that both non American born Americans and people who are not Americans are reading and participating and looking to not be excluded. Again."

Nee, het is blijkbaar geen grap
Zij wijzen erop dat vaders na een echtscheiding minder rechten hebben op omgang met hun kinderen. Dat er wel allerlei goede doelen bestaan die besnijdenis bij meisjes willen tegengaan, maar niet bij jongens. Dat mannen in de rechtspraak vaker worden bestraft en zwaardere straffen krijgen dan vrouwen voor hetzelfde vergrijp. Dat mannen veel vaker dan vrouwen zelfmoord plegen. En dat er nauwelijks ruimte is om dergelijke misstanden aan te klagen. Mike Buchanan, oprichter van ’s werelds enige politieke partij voor mannen: ‘In de ogen van de staat zijn mannen tweederangsburgers.’ Stel, redeneren de mannen, dat dit alles andersom was geweest en vrouwen benadeeld werden. Dan was er een storm van verontwaardiging losgebroken. Dan moet de benadeelde partij worden beschermd en gecompenseerd. Waarom blijft het dan stil wanneer mannen die benadeelde partij zijn? Wie het ter sprake brengt, wordt genegeerd, bespot of buitengesloten. Het is die dubbele maatstaf die de mannenrechtenbeweging ter discussie stelt.

Er loopt een rechtstreekse lijn van N-VA naar de Vlaamse Verdedigings Liga (en terug) – DeWereldMorgen.be
Als het over racisme gaat draagt N-VA heel consequent het masker van de dubbelzinnigheid. Een dubbelzinnigheid die de partij in staat stelt om zowel de extreemrechtse achterban als de gematigde achterban tevreden te stellen. Het recente opiniestuk van De Wever is er een goed voorbeeld van. Er kan zowel een oorlogsverklaring tegen IS in gelezen worden, als een oorlogsverklaring tegen de islam en iedereen die dat geloof omhelst. Beide lezingen en (en alle schakeringen ertussen) zijn geldig, zonder dat één van beide er letterlijk in vermeld wordt.

Why isn’t my child as clever as me? | Life and style | The Guardian
We all think our children are special. But how does it feel when you realise your daughter just isn't very clever?

Links van 10 juli 2016 tot 28 juli 2016

Nicholas Windsor Howard – The Apple Goes Mushy Part I: OS X’s Interface Decline (Introduction)
Whether or not Steve Jobs’s absence caused the decline (though I suspect it did), I grow frustrated as I watch each software update further erode one pillar of Apple’s formerly astronomical greatness.

De maskers vallen in Turkije – Lukas De Vos
Maar één man had baat bij het buiten de wet stellen van elke oppositie. Dat Europa nu “de redding van de democratie” toejuicht, is bijzonder lafhartig. Zelfs met de beladen Turkse legertraditie. Dat deed Chamberlain ook in 1938. Europa vergeet dat Erdogan nog niet zo lang geleden de aanpak van nazi-Duitsland verheerlijkte. Die nachtmerrie is in Turkije dichter bij dan gedacht.

cthulhushrugged comments on How did the Kim family obtain power in North Korea and hold on to it?
in spite of the Soviet trappings, the North Korean state that emerged from the wreckage of the Second World War was far closer to a Neo-Confucian kingdom like the Song or Ming Dynasties of Imperial China, than of a truly Stalinist-Soviet state

Theresa May has vowed to unite Britain – my guess is against the poor | Opinion | The Guardian
Finally we’ve thrown off our politically correct shackles and can tell it like it is – “That tapas … It ain’t a meal. It’s just snacks. It ain’t right Terry! Pizza! They’re havin’ a laugh. It’s just cheese on fuckin toast! That Polish. Where’s the vowels? It ain’t right. It’s bad enough we let the Welsh get away with it.”

‘De opgeklopte angst van milieuorganisaties voor ggo’s ondermijnt hun eigen geloofwaardigheid’ – België – Knack.be
Het is moorddadig het werk van deze mensen te stoppen omdat ze de natuur een handje willen toesteken. Dit kan niet op basis van het geloof, niet op basis van heimwee naar het verleden, niet op basis van doorgeschoten risicovrees, en zeker niet voor de belangen van de belijdenis van de nieuwe milieugodsdienst: het ecologisme.

Links van 1 juli 2016 tot 10 juli 2016

Vegetarians Found To Have More Cancer, Allergies And Mental Health Disorders
A cross-sectional study taken from the Austrian Health Interview Survey AT-HIS 2006/07 found that vegetarians are actually less healthy than normal eaters. Subjects were matched according to their age, sex, and socioeconomic status leaving 1320 people – 330 vegetarians, 330 that ate meat but still a lot of fruits and vegetables, 300 normal eaters but that ate less meat, and 330 on a more carnivorous diet.  After controlling for variables, they found that vegetarians did have lower BMI and alcohol consumption but had poorer overall health. Vegetarians had higher incidences of cancer, allergies, and mental health disorders, a higher need for health care, and poorer quality of life.

Kingdom Death: Monster is the $400 board game borne from bloody nightmares | Ars Technica
You'll never encounter a more brutal game than the pen-and-paper monstrosity that is Kingdom Death: Monster. Let's rattle off every one of its negatives

Why we are calling for a ban on vets offering homeopathic remedies | Danny Chambers | Science | The Guardian
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons should listen to more than 1,000 vets and end pseudo treatments for sick animals

Nobel laureates urge Greenpeace to stop opposing GMOs | Reuters
More than 100 Nobel laureates called on the international environmental group Greenpeace on Thursday to end its opposition to genetically modified crops, saying there is a scientific consensus they are safe and can benefit society.

How Oracle’s business as usual is threatening to kill Java | Ars Technica
It's amazing—there's a company here that's making us miss Sun.

Links van 27 mei 2016 tot 15 juni 2016

Ramadan 2016: Israel ‘cuts off water supply to West Bank’ during Muslim holy month | Middle East | News | The Independent
Almost 200,000 Palestinians in the West Bank do not have access to running water, and require permission before collecting it themselves, according to a report by Amnesty International.

A few months ago, I brought to light the insane state of today’s advertising…
These ads destroy performance, leech bandwidth by 10s of megabytes, and are served by major ad networks, including Google's own AdX and AdSense.

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How to Win the Coding Interview — Dev Mastery
Let’s be honest, most developers don’t love having to write code as part of an interview process. Some have even threatened to quit the business over it. But it’s not going to change any time soon. So, if you’re serious about getting a job, you need to understand how to succeed at these interviews. I’m here to help. We’re going to go over what I look for in a coding interview and by the end, you should have a pretty good idea of how to succeed.

Kom van de bank en scoor voor België, meneer De Wever – Apache
Het zou oneerlijk zijn om De Wever en de N-VA te verwijten dat ze onder één hoedje spelen met de casinokapitalisten. Wat men hen wel kan verwijten is dat ze in het grote theaterstuk dat de politiek is, geen ruimte laten voor dialoog. Elke tegenstem wordt gezien als een aanval en de monotone, neoliberale, conservatieve en nationalistische monoloog mag niet worden onderbroken. Ze voeren politiek theater van de meest lamentabele soort op: wij zijn goed en alle anderen zijn slecht. Waarom? Omdat de kiezer dat zo heeft gewild. Voorwaar een gevaarlijke gok met in 2018 en 2019 verkiezingen voor de deur.

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