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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 13 mei 2014 tot 18 mei 2014

The death of the homepage in one simple graph
So it’s an odd thing when you’ve been saying something for years and nobody believes you, then suddenly, someone publishes one leaked graph, and overnight all the world agrees with you: The homepage is dead. And still they’ve got it wrong.

Gamasutra – The Cabal: Valve’s Design Process For Creating Half-Life
While Half-Life has seen resounding critical and financial success (winning over 50 Game of the Year awards and selling more than a million copies worldwide), few people realize that it didn’t start out a winner — in fact, Valve’s first attempt at the game had to be scrapped. It was mediocre at best, and suffered from the typical problems that plague far too many games. This article is about the teamwork – or "Cabal process" — that turned our initial, less than impressive version of Half-Life into a groundbreaking success.

The Trade of the Century: When George Soros Broke the British Pound
In 1992, George Soros brought the Bank of England to its knees. In the process, he pocketed over a billion dollars. Making a billion dollars is by all accounts pretty cool. But demolishing the monetary system of Great Britain in a single day with an elegantly constructed bet against its currency? That’s the stuff of legends.

SUPERHOT by SUPERHOT Team — Kickstarter
A unique first-person shooter game where time moves only when you move, making each level a deadly puzzle. PC/Mac/Linux.

Metaprogramming for madmen | The ryg blog
Alas, we spent an afternoon looking at different such packages, and none of them actually understood even that much about C/C++ code; they were mostly trying to make do with regular expressions. That wasn’t gonna fly for what we needed. At the end of the day (the Sunday before Easter Sunday, 2004), we hadn’t found anything useful – we had a plan, but no way to make it work. That’s when Chaos decided that, “well, guess I’ll need to write my own C++ parser then”. What, you think I was kidding with the title of this post? Note we had about 3 days total to make this work, and we were going all in by doing this; if this hadn’t worked out, we’d have been screwed.

Cuttings from a Medieval Italian Choirbook | The Public Domain Review
James Freeman, intern in Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts Section at The British Library, looks at cuttings from a huge 14th-century Italian choirbook and how digital technology is now helping scholars build a picture of the once intact original through virtually reuniting the “diaspora” of fragments.

Links van 28 februari 2014 tot 1 maart 2014

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.

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