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For even more info, see blarbl(2)(3) and birb(3ahhaha I'm kidding, just Google it like a normal person.
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zippy72
78 days ago
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I'm guilty of writing man pages like that. A looooong loooooong time ago...
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bronzehedwick
78 days ago
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This is fantastic
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rampras
72 days ago
501 (c) (3) - IRS Exemption :)
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Ferret
78 days ago
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I need this added to all my shells
mooglemoogle
79 days ago
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For easy access:
http://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/47744-Hemiptera
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nortoon
79 days ago
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One of my favorite XKCDs ever. Reading too many git mans lately.

Inside Facebook’s ‘Trending News’ Team

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Michael Nunez, reporting for Gizmodo:

But if you really want to know what Facebook thinks of journalists and their craft, all you need to do is look at what happened when the company quietly assembled some to work on its secretive “trending news” project. The results aren’t pretty: According to five former members of Facebook’s trending news team — “news curators” as they’re known internally — Zuckerberg & Co. take a downright dim view of the industry and its talent. In interviews with Gizmodo, these former curators described grueling work conditions, humiliating treatment, and a secretive, imperious culture in which they were treated as disposable outsiders. After doing a tour in Facebook’s news trenches, almost all of them came to believe that they were there not to work, but to serve as training modules for Facebook’s algorithm. […]

That said, many former employees suspect that Facebook’s eventual goal is to replace its human curators with a robotic one. The former curators Gizmodo interviewed started to feel like they were training a machine, one that would eventually take their jobs. Managers began referring to a “more streamlined process” in meetings. As one former contractor put it: “We felt like we were part of an experiment that, as the algorithm got better, there was a sense that at some point the humans would be replaced.”

If news curation can be automated, there’s nothing inherently wrong with it. Progress in the industrialized world has always involved previously labor-intensive jobs being replaced by automated machinery. We’ve gotten to the point now where some of this work is white collar, not blue collar, and some journalists seem offended by the notion. Their downfall is their dogmatic belief in not having a point-of-view, of contorting themselves to appear not to have a point of view — which, as Jay Rosen has forcefully argued, is effectively a “view from nowhere”. The irony is that machines don’t have a point of view — they are “objective”. Over the last half century or so, mainstream U.S. journalism has evolved in a way that has writers and editors acting like machines. They’ve made it easier for themselves to be replaced by algorithms. Most readers won’t even notice.

I do two things here at DF most days: find interesting things to link to, and comment on them. An algorithm may well beat me at finding interesting links. My job then, is to be a better writer — smarter, funnier, keener, more surprising — than an algorithm could be. When I can’t do that, it’ll be time to hang up the keyboard.

Update: Kevin van Haaren:

@gruber Computers algorithms aren’t objective they reflect the point of view of their creators. It’s a reason diverse teams should make them.

I didn’t mean to imply otherwise, but this is a good point. What I’m saying is more If what you do can be replaced by a robot (whether hardware or software), it will happen — and modern U.S. news journalism’s brand of “objectivity” feels algorithmic.

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bronzehedwick
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I think the ending line sums it up well.
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The Encryption Farce

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Scathing editorial from the WSJ in the wake of the Department of Justice dropping another last-minute “never mind”, this time with an iPhone in a drug case in Brooklyn:

Such assertions were as false in Brooklyn as in San Bernardino. Two hours and a half before a deadline on Friday night, the government withdrew the case after “an individual provided the passcode to the iPhone,” according to legal filings. This second immaculate conception in as many months further undermines the FBI’s credibility about its technological capabilities. Judges ought to exercise far more scrutiny in future decryption cases even as Mr. Comey continues to pose as helpless. […]

Yet forgive us if this “conversation” now seems more like a Jim Comey monologue. The debate might start to be productive if the FBI Director would stop trying to use the courts as an ad hoc policy tool and promised not to bring any more cases like the one in Brooklyn.

The Obama administration does not escape their attention:

Meanwhile, the White House has taken the profile-in-courage stand of refusing to endorse or oppose any encryption bill that Congress may propose. If the Obama team won’t start adjusting to the technological realities of strong and legal encryption, they could at least exercise some adult supervision at Main Justice.

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bronzehedwick
124 days ago
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Yup.
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sirshannon
123 days ago
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Thanks Obama.
satadru
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fxer
124 days ago
In a Murdoch vessel no less

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Backdoors

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Hovertext: See, the problem is it would also be REALLY COOL if they could do it.


New comic!
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bronzehedwick
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Hahahaha ughhh
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norb
131 days ago
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Going to send this to the next person that uses "I don't do anything illegal/I don't have anything to hide" argument.
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City Talk Pages

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I don't think the Lakeshore Air Crash Museum really belongs under 'Tourist Attractions.' It's not a museum--it's just an area near the Lake Festival Laser Show where a lot of planes have crashed.
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bronzehedwick
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So good
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zippy72
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FourSquare, qv
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ashaw
141 days ago
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+1
jscartergilson
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Why is this town so bad at mining?
Covarr
141 days ago
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My hobby: Adding [Citation Needed] flags to talk page discussions.
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Cthulhux
141 days ago
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Not a single request for deletion? Unlikely.
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rraszews
141 days ago
For the page, no. For the city? Several.
jimwise
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Heh

Insanity

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I looked up "insanity" in like 10 different dictionaries and none of them said anything like that. Neither did the DSM-4. But I'll keep looking. Maybe it's in the DSM-5!
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bronzehedwick
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Haha!
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wreichard
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Good alt-text on this one.
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jimwise
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Tee-hee
tante
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Insanity
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