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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.

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 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 van 30 november 2013 tot 1 december 2013

Mac Menu Bars
The Dock gets all the app attention on Mac OS X. But there's another equally important place where running apps rest: the menu bar, the only constant aspect of the Mac OS X interface. Mac Menu Bars features interesting and unique menu bar configurations from Mac users.

Chris Hates Writing • “Why I Shut Down the Forums” by Steve Pavlina (2011)
Something that’s always surprised me is how often people seem to forget how large the overall 4chan community is outside of their own respective interaction with it. Some simply don’t care, but I think others plain don’t realize they’re just one of millions of people who post and browse 4chan on a monthly basis.

Why are software development estimates regularly off by a factor of 2-3 times? | Startup Answers
Zo is dat. Maar krijg het maar eens uitgelegd.

Powerchair « Hacking SMA
We wanted Alejandro to have a power wheelchair. We wanted him to be able to move through the world by his own volition and it’s clear that the ability to independently explore his environment is important for his cognitive development on multiple levels. We tried going through the typical process of obtaining a power wheelchair but met numerous obstacle. Our best option was to for me to try to build something myself.

It's personal. It's private. And it's no one's business but yours. You may be planning a political campaign, discussing your taxes, or having a secret romance. Or you may be communicating with a political dissident in a repressive country. Whatever it is, you don't want your private electronic mail (email) or confidential documents read by anyone else. There's nothing wrong with asserting your privacy. Privacy is as apple-pie as the Constitution.

Links van 20 juni 2011 tot 21 juni 2011

FT Alphaville » George Clooney roils the Bitcoin market
Bitcoin – the virtual currency — has had a tough time of it lately. Having recently gained some mainstream prominence and become the world’s fastest appreciating currency, Bitcoin has also had to contend with political scrutiny, a Black Friday and now — a hacker-induced flash crash, of sorts.

10 Myths About Introverts || CarlKingCreative.com || Los Angeles, CA
Who'd a thunk? "It can be terribly destructive for an Introvert to deny themselves in order to get along in an Extrovert-Dominant World. Like other minorities, Introverts can end up hating themselves and others because of the differences. If you think you are an Introvert, I recommend you research the topic and seek out other Introverts to compare notes. The burden is not entirely on Introverts to try and become "normal." Extroverts need to recognize and respect us, and we also need to respect ourselves. "

EFF and Bitcoin | Electronic Frontier Foundation
…and it all came crashing down: "For several months, EFF has been following the movement around Bitcoin, an electronic payment system that touts itself as "the first decentralized digital currency." We helped inform our members about this unique project through our blog and we experimented with accepting Bitcoin donations for several months in an account that was started by others.

However, we’ve recently removed the Bitcoin donation option from the Other Ways to Help page on the EFF website, and we have decided to not accept Bitcoins. "

What is your biggest secret you keep from everyone?
Wow. "I may be a pedophile but I am not a monster. I am a human being goddammit and I am fully aware of my situation and how I am doomed to never know how my greatest fantasy, my greatest desire would feel when fulfilled."

IDontLikeYouInThatWay.com: Well, This Is Disappointing
I don't know, but my penis just put his hands on his head and walked around the room. Then he sat down to stare out the window while sipping his coffee. Because there's so many questions, my friends. So many questions.

Display’s New Kingpin: Facebook’s No. 1 | Digital – Advertising Age
Facebook doesn't really have to try to become the biggest player in digital media; it simply is.

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