The trouble with saying you don’t want children – BBC News
When Holly Brockwell spoke to the BBC about her decision not to have children, she knew she might be criticised on social media. But the attacks went far beyond what she had expected – accusations of selfishness soon turned into vitriolic abuse that made her deactivate her Twitter account.
J’ai été otage de l’État islamique. Daesh craint plus notre unité que nos frappes aériennes | Nicolas Hénin | Comment is free | The Guardian
Ils vont suivre l’actualité et les réseaux sociaux, à l’affût des répercussions que pourront avoir leurs attaques meurtrières à Paris. Je les imagine, en ce moment même, scander : « Nous sommes en train de gagner ». Ils seront encouragés par tous les signes de réaction excessive, de division, de peur, de racisme, de xénophobie. Ils seront attentifs aux monstruosités qu’ils pourront lire sur les médias sociaux.
Belgium Terrorizes Itself | World Affairs Journal
If a handful terrorists are planning an imminent attack and don’t get rolled up even more imminently, all they have to do is wait until Tuesday when the city is back to “normal” to strike.
Boko Haram have just murdered 2,000 people – so why aren’t we talking about it? | Comment | Voices | The Independent
On Saturday, Boko Haram murdered 2,000 people. Amnesty International called it the "deadliest massacre" in the history of the extremist group. Homes were burnt down and buildings destroyed as corpses of men, women and children lay in the street. A survivor harrowingly spoke of 'stepping on dead bodies' as he escaped. Those that could grabbed what they could and fled. The attack has been described as "heartbreaking," "barbaric," and "senseless". And it is. But it won't change anything in Nigeria.
Popular Google Chrome extensions are constantly tracking you per default, making it very difficult or impossible for you to opt-out. These extensions will receive your complete browsing history, all your cookies, your secret access-tokens used for authentication (i.e., Facebook Connect) and shared links from sites such as Dropbox and Google Drive. The third-party services in use are hiding their tracking by all means possible, combined with terrible privacy policies hidden inside the Chrome Web Store.
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
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.
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).
Sonos Play:1 review – gdgt
Misschien wel, maar 't is toch wel nog duur. Als het nu pakweg 100 euro zou zijn, zou ik er twee kopen. Nu: geen één. "At just $199, the Play:1 is the cheapest way to jump into the Sonos wireless music system, or just a good addition to your existing collection of Sonos speakers."
Information Architecture: Beyond Web Sites, Apps, and Screens :: UXmatters
Het blijft moeilijk: hoe maak je iets dat voor het overgrote deel aanvoelen is, respectabel genoeg voor de buitenwereld? — "Can a craft-like profession of information architecture that lacks internal theory keep up with the growing complexities of ubiquitous ecosystems that comprise both digital and physical objects? I don’t think so."
Pages 5.0 for Mac review: Apple writes a new chapter for its word processing app | Macworld
Ahem. "The new Pages is, without question, only related in name to its predecessor. The app’s list of missing features is significant: It has limited page-layout capabilities, no linked text boxes, you can’t customize the toolbar, it has almost no AppleScript support, no style drawer, and lacks file-level compatibility with Pages ‘09. Honestly, the list of what’s missing could go on and on."
Meet “badBIOS,” the mysterious Mac and PC malware that jumps airgaps | Ars Technica
Sppoky! "But the story gets stranger still. […] Ruiu posited another theory that sounds like something from the screenplay of a post-apocalyptic movie: "badBIOS," as Ruiu dubbed the malware, has the ability to use high-frequency transmissions passed between computer speakers and microphones to bridge airgaps."
Religious Texts from Ugarit (whole) | Nick Wyatt – Academia.edu
Altijd al eens zin gehad om kleitabletten uit Ugarit te lezen? Bij deze — helemaal gratis en voor niets.
Things Come Apart, 50 Disassembled Objects in 21,959 Individual Parts by Todd McLellan
I’ll never forget the excitement I felt as a child when first disassembling a telephone on our back porch using an old screwdriver and a pair of pliers. It was like making a discovery akin to unearthing a dinosaur. The sudden knowledge that the speaker part was magnetic and contained a mile of thin copper wiring was practically miraculous.
The Floating Temple: How to Lift a Seven Million Pound, 112-year-old Building
Evolution of the dune ecosystem in Flanders during the Middle Ages : anthropogenic factors versus sea level change theory
The purpose of the present article is to demonstrate that the disruption process of the
original coastal ecosystem of the so-called Older dunes on the Flemish coast only started
during the Great Reclamation Period as a result of anthropogenic factors, until, with the
exception of a small stretch on the West Coast, it was completely destroyed in the 14th and
the beginning of the 15th century.
You’ll want to be on headphones for this one.
Undisciplined by Heather Mac Donald, City Journal Summer 2012
The feds have reached their conclusions, however, without answering the obvious question: Are black students suspended more often because they misbehave more?
IAmA guy who was kidnapped by my dad at age 5, and didn’t meet my birth mom again till I was 26. AMA : IAmA
Beste AMA in eeuwen.
How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
“You honestly can get into any email associated with apple,” Phobia claimed in an e-mail. And while it’s work, that seems to be largely true.
Path uploads your entire iPhone address book to its servers
Upon inspecting closer, I noticed that my entire address book (including full names, emails and phone numbers) was being sent as a plist to Path. Now I don’t remember having given permission to Path to access my address book and send its contents to its servers, so I created a completely new “Path” and repeated the experiment and I got the same result – my address book was in Path’s hands.
Domestic violence blighted my home. That’s why I support Refuge | Patrick Stewart | Comment is free | The Guardian
Patrick Stewart's very moving article on domestic violence.
The Fireplace Delusion : Sam Harris
The case against burning wood is every bit as clear as the case against smoking cigarettes. Indeed, it is even clearer, because when you light a fire, you needlessly poison the air that everyone around you for miles must breathe. Even if you reject every intrusion of the “nanny state,” you should agree that the recreational burning of wood is unethical and should be illegal, especially in urban areas.
Men Don’t Tell | MetaFilter
Goddamn, Metafilter, sometimes you depress me.
This Is What A Scientist Looks Like
Change the perception of who and what a scientist is or isn't.
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.
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?
Liever dan een onbekende zipfile met een onbekend programa erin van een onbekende programmeur op mijn computer los te laten:
Gewoon Windows OneCare geïnstalleerd hebben. Daarmee was er al een tijd geen enkel probleem.
En, natuurlijk: niet als administrator ingelogd zijn, en in het algemeen doen wat Jesper zegt. Paranoia is een goeie zaak, als het op computers en security aankomt.