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Links van 7 november 2017 tot 9 november 2017

Johnstown Never Believed Trump Would Help. They Still Love Him Anyway. – POLITICO Magazine
Polling continues to show that—in spite of unprecedented unpopularity—nearly all people who voted for Trump would do it again. But as I compared this year’s answers to last year’s responses it seemed clear that the basis of people’s support had morphed. Johnstown voters do not intend to hold the president accountable for the nonnegotiable pledges he made to them. It’s not that the people who made Trump president have generously moved the goalposts for him. It’s that they have eliminated the goalposts altogether.

My web app died from performance bankruptcy @ tonsky.me
Basically, Chrome broke half of user websites, the ones that were relying on touch/scroll events being cancellable, at the benefit of winning some performance for websites that were not yet aware of this optional optimization. This was not backward compatible change by any means. All websites and web apps that did any sort of draggable UI (sliders, maps, reorderable lists, even slide-in panels) were affected and essentially broken by this change.

Trump and the Authoritarianism of Fails – Talking Points Memo
Incompetence and authoritarianism aren’t incompatible or even in tension. Historically they tend to go together. Incompetence and failure borne of ineptitude tend to show up both as a cause and outcome of democratic breakdown and collapse. Small-d democratic government is hard, by design. It’s meant to be. It should be. But it’s not just hard. It relies on a particular package of skills: persuasion, inspiration, patience, canny use of patronage, threats, carrots and sticks, both consensus building and fight. Look at a Lincoln, an FDR, a Reagan – whatever you think of the different men’s politics, successful presidents are almost quite good at using this toolkit.

Something is wrong on the internet – James Bridle – Medium
Tiens, iets meer mainstream mensen beginnen te ontdekken wat h3h3 al een eeuw geleden zei: "Someone or something or some combination of people and things is using YouTube to systematically frighten, traumatise, and abuse children, automatically and at scale, and it forces me to question my own beliefs about the internet, at every level. Much of what I am going to describe next has been covered elsewhere, although none of the mainstream coverage I’ve seen has really grasped the implications of what seems to be occurring."

Zappaland the Hard Way | IRK THE PURISTS
What interests me is a simple question: why isn’t Frank Zappa better-known, and better-liked, than he is? Why don’t more people ‘get’ him?

Links voor 17 juni 2014

Twitter’s Founding Engineer Launches Collaboration Platform, Poetica | TechCrunch
The ability to collaborate on the draft of a document is actually fiendishly tedious online. Many people might be used to Microsoft Word ‘Track Changes’ (ugh) despite the fact it looks awful and takes some getting used to. Nor does Google Docs really create a collaboration experience that mere mortals can get into. Step in Poetica, a brand new startup co-founded by Blaine Cook, formerly Twitter’s founding lead engineer.

artoo · The client-side scraping companion.
artoo is a piece of JavaScript code meant to be run in your browser's console to provide you with some scraping utilities. This nice droid is loaded into the JavaScript context of any webpage through a handy bookmarklet you can instantly install by dropping the above icon onto your bookmark bar.

Slingshot Blog
To get started on Slingshot, shoot a photo or video. It can be what you’re up to, who you’re with or a quick selfie. Add some text and color, then sling it to a bunch of friends. Here’s the deal: friends won’t be able to see your shot until they sling something back to you. They can then reply with a reaction—or simply swipe your shot away.

Nokia ‘paid millions to software blackmailers’: TV | Timmins Press
Finnish telecoms equipment company Nokia paid several million euros to criminals who threatened to reveal the source code for part of an operating system used in its smartphones some six years ago, Finnish TV station MTV said on Tuesday.

Quackmail: Why You Shouldn’t Fall For The Internet’s Newest Fool, The Food Babe. – Forbes
That the media should give The Food Babe a free pass as an expert or as a credible consumer watchdog is especially troubling when you look at some of her other claims, as recorded by the doctors at Science-Based Medicine. As infectious disease specialist Mark Crislip MD noted, Hari out goops Gwyneth Paltrow on the feelings of water by claiming that if you expose water to the words “Hitler” and “Satan” it will change its physical structure in exactly the same way as if you microwaved it. She believes getting the flu shot will give you cancer from all the “chemicals.” She is, naturally, against GMOs.

We zijn topfavoriet, maar waarom zit ons dat niet lekker? – Rode Duivels – De Morgen
Nationale symboliek, op spiegelsokjes en daarbuiten, valt vele Belgen nog altijd moeilijk. Juist het gebrek aan nationale trots is immers mettertijd de kern gaan vormen van wat je de Belgische non-identiteit zou kunnen gaan noemen. Ziedaar de geboorte van de 'belgitude'. Het is de ironische en afstandelijke omhelzing van het eigen nationale tekort als vorm van identiteit. Het is de omschrijving met een mengeling van trots en schaamte van dit land als een licht surrealistische plek waar niets kan maar alles mogelijk is. De poging om de Belgische trots over het nog prille voetbalsucces te duiden als een heropleving van die belgitude zit dan ook fout. Optimistische verwachtingen over sportprestaties staan juist haaks op de belgitude. Met zijn verwarrende mix van beats en tristesse past Stromae in de belgitude, een perfecte dribbel van Eden Hazard niet.

Links van 6 december 2011 tot 9 december 2011

Maltese language – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dieventaal, ik zeg het u. Romance language-speakers may easily be able to comprehend more complex ideas expressed in Maltese, such as "Ġeografikament, l-Ewropa hi parti tas-superkontinent ta' l-Ewrasja" (Geographically, Europe is part of the Supercontinent of Eurasia), while not understanding a single word of a simple sentence such as "Ir-raġel qiegħed fid-dar" (The man is in the house), which would be easily understood by any Arabic speaker.

Panopticlick
Is your browser configuration rare or unique? If so, web sites may be able to track you, even if you limit or disable cookies.

Panopticlick tests your browser to see how unique it is based on the information it will share with sites it visits.

The 7 Absolute Worst Tech Gifts to Give This Holiday
The Non-Denominational Secular Thing Buying Period is upon us! Now is the time to start thinking about which shiny, sorta-expensive gadget gift you're going to bestow upon friends and lovers. Make sure you don't pick these. They're worse than coal.

Progressive Ears Album Reviews
Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh is unarguably flawless. Enjoying it is only a matter of taste. In my case, according to my taste, it is the greatest album ever recorded. Five Stars.

Fifth World Problems
Did the red-eyed horsemen of Babylon X attack your hyperdaughter?
Did a golden mouth appear in a bonfire and scream the date of your own death at you?
Are pools of blood forming in your hands whenever you cup them, only to coagulate into the form of a tiny baby with three heads?

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