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Links van 12 juni 2015 tot 25 juni 2015

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head: A Mosquito’s Lament – Phenomena: Curiously Krulwich
A study says a mosquito being hit by a raindrop is roughly the equivalent of a human being whacked by a school bus, the typical bus being about 50 times the mass of a person. And worse, when it’s raining hard, each mosquito should expect to get smacked, grazed, or shoved by a raindrop every 25 seconds. So rain should be dangerous to a mosquito. And yet (you probably haven’t looked, but trust me), when it’s raining those little pains in the neck are happily darting about in the air, getting banged—and they don’t seem to care. Raindrops, for some reason, don’t bother them.

Bye, bye Amazon, Netflix and Uber. China is here and you’re losing. | Duco van Breemen | LinkedIn

Building Analytics at 500px — Medium
A look at building analytics from the ground up at a mid-sized start-up and some of the challenges faced along the way

“Onhoudbare leningen aan Grieken opgelegd alleen om Duitse en Franse banken te redden” – DeWereldMorgen.be
“Waar de Griekse schuld tot 2010 in hoofdzaak een zaak was van de privésector, meer bepaald de banken, werd vanaf 2010 de schuld volledig verschoven naar de Griekse overheid. Daarmee werden de Duitse, Franse en Nederlandse banken gered die in de problemen kwamen omdat de Griekse banken hun schulden niet langer konden betalen. Die schuld werd door het Europees akkoord volledig verschoven naar de Griekse overheid, dus naar de bevolking. Met andere woorden, de 'oplossing' die Griekenland werd opgedrongen had als enige bedoeling de privéschuldeisers in Duitsland, Frankrijk en Nederland te redden.”

New Zealand’s Mighty Mongrel Mob gang in haunting portraits | Daily Mail Online
It is New Zealand's most notorious gang whose members operate in a criminal world of violence that is usually shut off to the outside world. But one photographer managed to gain their trust – and in turn rare access – resulting in haunting images of some of the key members of the Mighty Mongrel Mob.

Links van 18 februari 2015 tot 23 februari 2015

The Trouble with Dijsselbloem | Jacobin
For Dijsselbloem, extinguishing Syriza’s promise is imperative. It is a precondition for restoring the stability of the EU that he, his party, and economic elites so desire. But it is as necessary for the continuation of the dreamless, managerial, suit-and-tie progressivism from which he has never strayed.

The dangers of the “Google Analytics-powered Startup”
Let me start off by saying that I am not advocating for people not to use Google Analytics; in fact I use it avidly and consider myself a big fan. With this post, my mission is rather to provide a bit of perspective for the many current and prospective startup founders out there who base (or intend to base) their ‘data-driven work style’ on Google Analytics alone. In my world, Google Analytics should be seen as one advisor of many rather than ‘the one truth’, and here’s a few reasons for that:

Opt Out From Online Behavioral Advertising By Participating Companies (BETA)
Some of the ads you receive on Web pages are customized based on predictions about your interests generated from your visits over time and across different Web sites. This type of ad customization — sometimes called "online behavioral" or "interest-based" advertising — is enabled through your computer browser and browser cookies. Such online advertising helps support the free content, products and services you get online. Using the tools on this page, you can opt out from receiving interest-based advertising from some or all of our participating companies.

Greece Should Not Give In to Germany’s Bullying | Foreign Policy
Had the Varoufakis plan been put forward by an investment banker, it would have been perceived as perfectly reasonable. Yet in the parallel universe inhabited by Germany’s Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, such demands are seen as “irresponsible”: Greece must be bled dry to service its foreign creditors in the name of European solidarity.

Yanis Varoufakis: How I became an erratic Marxist | News | The Guardian
A Greek or a Portuguese or an Italian exit from the eurozone would soon lead to a fragmentation of European capitalism, yielding a seriously recessionary surplus region east of the Rhine and north of the Alps, while the rest of Europe is would be in the grip of vicious stagflation. Who do you think would benefit from this development? A progressive left, that will rise Phoenix-like from the ashes of Europe’s public institutions? Or the Golden Dawn Nazis, the assorted neofascists, the xenophobes and the spivs? I have absolutely no doubt as to which of the two will do best from a disintegration of the eurozone.

Links van 19 november 2014 tot 20 november 2014

The Shazam Effect – The Atlantic
By studying 20 million searches every day, Shazam can identify which songs are catching on, and where, before just about anybody else. “Sometimes we can see when a song is going to break out months before most people have even heard of it,” Jason Titus, Shazam’s former chief technologist, told me. (Titus is now a senior director at Google.)

Google Algorithm Change History – Moz
Each year, Google changes its search algorithm around 500–600 times. While most of these changes are minor, Google occasionally rolls out a "major" algorithmic update (such as Google Panda and Google Penguin) that affects search results in significant ways. For search marketers, knowing the dates of these Google updates can help explain changes in rankings and organic website traffic and ultimately improve search engine optimization. Below, we’ve listed the major algorithmic changes that have had the biggest impact on search.

Facebook Has Finally Killed Organic Reach. What Should Marketers Do Next? | Forrester Blogs
After years of pushing brands’ reach lower with one hand (and opening marketers’ wallets with the other) Facebook has finally announced the end of organic social marketing on its site.

The Online Photographer: Urgent Controversy? No
I've mentioned that people often point me to things, and occasionally lots of people point me to the same thing. That's the case with an article in an otherwise useful British newspaper by an otherwise sensible British critic titled "Flat, soulless and stupid: why photographs don’t work in art galleries." The writer doesn't actually make an argument. He just says he wishes people wouldn't put photographs in art galleries. This is in one sense a bit like saying he just wishes people wouldn't let black people and Jews fully participate in society—which is to say, it's baldly retrogressive, and blatantly bigoted—but he doesn't even advance an argument for his opinion; it's apparently the result of some dyspeptic musings while attending a particular exhibit he didn't enjoy.

Oxford students shut down abortion debate. Free speech is under assault on campus – Telegraph
An attempt to hold a reasonable debate about abortion in Oxford was called off after students threatened to disrupt it. Tim Stanley, one of the debaters, writes that the authoritarian Left has become everything it claims to hate.

Freedom of speech dies a little more as SJWs shut down Oxford University abortion debate via reddit.com
An attempt to hold a reasonable debate about abortion in Oxford was called off after students threatened to disrupt it. Tim Stanley, one of the debaters, writes that the authoritarian Left has become everything it claims to hate.

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.

Links voor 8 november 2013

/dev/null as a Service
We support BigData!

Amazon Analytics Service (beta)
AND SO IT BEGINS. "Introducing a simple, cross–platform mobile analytics reporting service for your app or game"

Thermosaurus radiator
Thermosaurus is a heat exchanger with a Tyrannosaurus as a backbone. The item is highly efficient and energy-savvy, thanks to its complex structure that includes a skull, spine, ribs, legs, and tail bones.

Zynga’s darkest moments – Jeremy Wilson – The Kernel
Pretty much everything has gone wrong at social gaming company Zynga. Here’s some of their darkest moments.

FlyKly Smart Wheel by FlyKly — Kickstarter
500 euro voor een elektrisch wiel, dat van elke fiets een elektrische fiets maakt.

Everpix, Snapchat, and The Startup Lie
Belachelijk. "Yet an even more bizarre activity in the Valley than shushing the talk of a bubble is how some start-ups are advised by investors not to make money. This concept may sound ridiculous from a business standpoint, but for investors, it fuels the get-richer-quicker mentality that exists here."

Links van 7 maart 2012 tot 12 maart 2012

Improv Everywhere – Spinning Beach Ball of Death – YouTube
It's rare that two obnoxious phenomena completely jump the shark at the same time.

Striptekenaar Jean Giraud/Moebius overleden – De Standaard
Met de dood van de Franse stripmaker Jean Giraud, die ook publiceerde als Moebius, verliest Europa een van zijn invloedrijkste auteurs.

U.S. Warns Apple, Publishers on E-Book Pricing – WSJ.com
The Justice Department has warned Apple Inc. and five of the biggest U.S. publishers that it plans to sue them for allegedly colluding to raise the price of electronic books, according to people familiar with the matter.

Stephen Wolfram Blog : The Personal Analytics of My Life
"One day I’m sure everyone will routinely collect all sorts of data about themselves. But because I’ve been interested in data for a very long time, I started doing this long ago. I actually assumed lots of other people were doing it too, but apparently they were not. And so now I have what is probably one of the world’s largest collections of personal data. "

How I Helped Destroy Star Wars Galaxies » Medium Difficulty
I couldn’t even bring myself to fight back. I just stood there. I was one of the few true Dark Jedi Masters, and I let him kill me. That very act illustrated perfectly what SOE did wrong. Those of us who had faithfully put in the hours and weeks and months required to earn those lightsabers were spit on and betrayed by the very architects of the game we loved.

Google Analytics Slowdown

Google Analytics is tegenwoordig—sinds gisteren—hondstraag.

En het moet zijn dat het alleen maar op een aantal pagina’s is, of alleen maar voor mensen in Europa of zo, want op Technorati is er niets over te vinden, behalve bij een paar weblogs van (op wereldschaal gezien) hier in de buurt:

Ist das Ding bei euch auch soooooooooo lahm?

Seite lädt langsam – dank Google Analytics

Google Analytics hindert het laden van websites

Im Moment ist Google Analytics dermassen langsam, dass sämtliche Sites, welche damit arbeiten, sehr lange für den Aufbau brauchen.

Google Analytics Has Cost Me £500 Today

Goed bezig mannen, goed bezig. Zoals elders al gezegd is een voorlopige oplossing, minder dramatisch dan de hele code eruit kappen, de javascript die Google oproept naar het einde van de html-pagina bewegen. Maar ’t zijn toch wel pipo’s, daar bij Google.

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Don your tinfoil hats

Grappig om zien: trek uw Firefox open, ga naar Tools > Options > Privacy > View Cookies. En ga dan uw cookies af op zoek naar __utmz en __utma en gelijkaardige.

Die cookies worden namelijk gezet door Google Analytics, en zijn dus een gemakkelijke manier om te zien wie er allemaal Google’s gratis websitestatistiekenpakket gebruikt.

Grappig om zien dat zelfs Sitemeter klant is.


’t Werkt

Allez ju, Analytics is er door gekomen:


…en het moet gezegd: het ziet er redelijk zwaar indrukwekkend uit.

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google analytics statistieken


Bon, ik ben dus super-critisch. Op het onredelijke af. Een zaag. Een gegeven-paard-in-de-bek-kijker.

En al.

Sorry hoor, ‘t kan zijn dat ik me vergis, maar stond daar ergens in vette letters (of zelfs in kleine, iele lettertjes) op dat Google Analytics een beta-product was?

Nee toch?

Google, dat zijn toch die mannen die miljoenen requests per seconde opvangen hé? Kunnen die dan niet inschatten hoeveel man hun overgekochte Urchin gaan gebruiken? Gisteren was het onbruikbaar traag, vandaag zijn we meer dan 24 uur later en heb ik nog geen weet van iemand die al statistieken gezien heeft.

En is er dan echt niemand die hun feedback leest die die ene gif-file kan aanpassen?


Waarom krijgen die mannen al dat krediet altijd? Ach ja. Positief blijven. Het komt allemaal wel goed op den duur—en ik ben tenminste geen betalende klant van Urchin, ‘t schijnt dat die tegenwoordig op dezelfde servers staan als de gratis accounts (tot zover hun 200 dollar per maand!).

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Nog een aantal bedrijven die hun inkomsten dag met het handje mogen zeggen: Google Analytics is uit.

Urchin, dat ze overgekocht hadden, nu ook gratis voor iedereen. En uiteraard, want daar is het ze echt wel om te doen, integrated with AdWords.

Slim. Slim.

[en ook wel grappig: een afzonderlijke English UK en English US versie van hun tekst. Wat is het verschil? Kijk hier. :) ]

update iets later op de dag—dat belooft:


update nog iets later—tee hee:


Et pour les flamands la même chose :)

Geschreven al luisterend naar: Raymond Van Het Groenewoud – tot morgen – Harde Porno