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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 11 maart 2015 tot 16 maart 2015

Paleo isn’t a fad diet, it’s an ideology that selectively denies the modern world | Jason Wilson | Comment is free | The Guardian
Celebrity chef Pete Evans ‘won’t be silenced’ after his paleo book for children stirred up controversy – but paleo’s assumptions are only superficially plausible

How clickbait grew up and got (sort of) serious – The Washington Post
“Congratulations, Viral Nova!” The Awl’s Choire Sicha wrote in October 2013. “You’re HORRIFIC, ILLITERATE and MONSTROUS.” But now, some 18 months and 34908450984590734 page views later, DeLong wants to go legit. In doing so, he makes a perfect case study for the clickbait economy — and the trends rapidly disrupting it. “Our strategy has evolved,” DeLong said by phone. “We don’t want to get clicks. We want engagement.”

Al Lowe
I'm Al Lowe and I created a series of games called Leisure Suit Larry for Sierra back in the '80s and '90s along with another 20 games and titles back in that period. I was with Sierra from 1982 until 1998 when it — well, it was the poor victim of a hostile takeover by criminals. How about that for an opening?

Israel’s Foreign Minister calls for beheading Arab citizens and it’s not anywhere in the New York Times
Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has said that Arab citizens who are not loyal to the state of Israel should have their heads “chopped off with an axe”. The minister, leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu party and an outspoken critic of Israel’s Arab population, made the controversial remarks on Sunday in a speech to an election rally held in the western Israeli city of Herzliya ahead of the March 17 vote. “Those who are with us deserve everything, but those who are against us deserve to have their heads chopped off with an axe,” the ultra-nationalist politician said.

After GigaOm, The Non-VC “SimCity” Approach To Growing A Media Business — Medium
If your company is working fine internally to generate the revenues you’re after, no one notices. Instead, all the attention (and thus role-models, good or bad) goes to the VC-funded. Folks, someone getting a lot of VC investment isn’t a sign they’re successful at anything other than getting VC funding.

Links van 2 november 2013 tot 3 november 2013

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming | Books | theguardian.com
A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens

The badBIOS Analysis Is Wrong. at RootWyrm’s Corner
Ahem. "Look, I’m not known for pulling punches and I’m not about to start now. The fact is that everything I have read about #badBIOS is completely and utterly wrong; from the supposed “escaping air gap” to well.. everything. And I should know. I’ve dealt with malicious BIOS and firmware loads in the past. I’ve also dealt with BIOS development and modification for two decades. It’s a very important skill to have when you regularly build systems that are well outside manufacturer ‘recommended’ areas."

(118) Working at Google: What’s the worst part about working at Google ? – Quora
Ouch: "Too many great people, doing work that just doesn't matter, and they're being paid off not to care in an explicit effort to starve the rest of the valley of extraordinary talent."

Dear Google, What’s Wrong With You? | TechCrunch
Pop quiz: name a Google product that existed at this time last year that has improved in the last 12 months.

Macaw: The Code-Savvy Web Design Tool by Macaw — Kickstarter
"This project successfully raised its funding goal about 23 hours ago." Hoezee! (niet dat er ooit veel twijfel over was, natuurlijk).

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