Hey! I wrote that article. I'd love to have included the footage, but the scientific paper hasn't been published yet - just accepted. Once it has been published (which should be in the next couple of months), I'll have a look and if the scientists include the footage in the paper then I'll add it. I want to see it as much as you do!
Edit: The paper is up, and so is an image and the footage. I've added them to the bottom of the article. Spoilers: they're not actually that impressive, because the researchers were about a kilometre away. But hey: doesn't matter, saw ball lightning.
Credit to Matt Bors for the comic.
He ended up winning an award for this comic. [The 2013 John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon competition.]
Here is an album of the past winners from the last 6 years
Fellow designer here - thanks for sharing your design I like how you've simplified a lot of the elements and included a LCS schedule but to be honest this feels more like a reskin with the website textures than a new design. I write this to push you to do better, come up with new layout and possibly new elements altogether like the LCS schedule. The sky is the limit when you're doing self work and I think it'd be a better exercise to approach it from a blank slate. Feel free to respond I'd be happy to brainstorm some ideas.
Here's some inspiration
EDIT Nikki has started taking questions regarding her designs http://www.reddit.com/r/leagueoflegends/comments/1zuy8f/redesigning_league_the_wireframes/
Post a link to the actual comic instead of reposting it on to imgur next time. Considering Erika makes comics for a living and depends on the income, it's pretty shitty to repost it on to another website instead of just posting the original.
I work on creating genetic algorithms that can self improve and start random bitShare based companies around the world. The ones that do succeed get to transfer a bit of the funds to me, and to further promote the other companies, but mainly the investors get most of the profits.
Recently, one of the companies started exhibiting strange behaviour, spent a lot on seemingly wasteful purposes. Since it's already automated, we couldn't do a lot to change the course of action, but it freaking bought land in Nicaragua and opened up a server farm there. It's making money somehow, profiting, but there's not a single person that can investigate it further. Only communication with the company is via investing in it, or using it's services.
Anyway all this is a lie and I just wanted to write a scenario where the technological singularity would be unraveling, using present technology.
I'm an unsuccessful video game designer at the moment. :)
EDIT : To the mysterious benefactor who gilded my comment, know that I imagine you looking like the combine from Half-Life 2. In a good way. Thanks
EDIT 2: Everyone was highly supportive here, and I have to say that you guys kind of motivated me to publish a sci-fi lovecraftian short story which is here, for free and stuff: https://medium.com/@damjancvetkovdimitrov/an-introvert-god-b37225e90bbe
It has cool illustrations too. :)
There have actually been several articles floating around Facebook about the issues with voluntourism.
Basically, it's when white/affluent/first world people feel a sort of "guilt" for their situation and try to clear their conscious by spending a bunch of money traveling to third-world countries "in need" and building orphanages or schools, teaching English, spreading the word of their God, or babysitting a bunch of kids. Sounds really good in theory, right?
Except there are plenty of people IN that third-world country who can do the same thing (probably better), and who would benefit way more than a bunch of youth group teenagers from the job and opportunity. Instead of raising money to buy a plane ticket across the world, why not spend it on hiring local workers who can walk to the construction site, or by hiring educated nationals to train local teachers, thus creating jobs and boosting the country's economy and welfare as a whole?
There're some pretty sound counter-arguments against blindly rejecting voluntourism, but as it currently stands as movement and as a solution to the "white guilt" epidemic, I think it's definitely something people do that doesn't actually help at all.
When someone says "Your phone is more powerful than the computers NASA used to get to the moon" the right response is "Yeah, but your phone has you telling it what to do, and those computers had NASA."
Edit: Thanks for the gold. It brightened a kinda crappy day :D
Edit 2: More specifically, those computers had a contract with a team lead by Margaret Hamilton.
Here is its crushing a goddamn alternator
And here mashing a 3 ball hitch into the ground
Here's the entire article.
Originally I was going to say that was just a cinder block, but I'll just take that back now.
He's a tech genius, basically modified and cobbled together industrial scanners and things for his still images (which are also amazing) for the video he used a high speed camera he convinced someone to lend him.
Really good article about it all here.
> After months of research, he persuaded the German manufacturer Optronis to lend him one of its $16,000, high-performance industrial video cameras—used in crash tests and robotic-arm studies, and even for analyzing the hind hooves of show-jumping horses.
>Magyar now positioned himself inside the moving subway car, recording stationary commuters on the platform as train and camera rolled into the station. Again, the ghost of Einstein permeates these images, and again, he was warping time: Magyar shot the footage at 56 times normal speed, turning 12-second blurs into nearly 12-minute films of excruciating slowness.
here's a really good article that talks about why black twitter is so white: https://medium.com/culture-club/daquan-is-a-white-girl-9ba9de9fba95
I highly recommend reading it, if y'all are actually curious about this shit
Be respectful and polite to them. Tell them "We need to make things run smoothly and quietly enough that there are no complaints to the administration about X, Y, or Z. You've lived here longer, you know more about what goes on than I do, so you tell me: what should we do so that we have a minimum of fuss, we don't make up a million rules, but we don't get any guff from the University about those issues? I've got some ideas, but you may have better ones, and I want to hear them."
Read this about being polite: https://medium.com/message/how-to-be-polite-9bf1e69e888c
Actually, among SJWs she's a successful and somewhat revered businesswoman.
She even managed to get a relatively sympathetic profile out of Elizabeth Spiers after deliberately attacking and slurring her when she thought there might be any criticism in it whatsoever, and managed to gaslight a large number of online journalists into questioning whether they even had the right to report on women without their express permission.
Of all the utterly toxic professional victims making hay off the outrage industry, she's among the very best at what she does.
This link and a lot of other resources support the idea that UAVs could greatly impact Africa.
Considering the state of the roads there (There was a post in /r/MapPorn that showed how bad it is in some places), it seems to really be a good idea.
I wish you good luck and if you start something, PM me, I'm really interested.
I'm green, red is (was?) one of my good friends. Yellow one of her friends and I have no idea who blue is, but I like him. I hope it's fairly clear, it gets a bit messy towards the end.
This is the article she linked. Shockingly being told I am a vital part of the rape culture machine rubs me the wrong way.
Even old games come under attack in this fashion now and then. "Chess is a mere amusement of a very inferior character, which robs the mind of valuable time that might be devoted to nobler acquirements, while at the same time it affords no benefit whatever to the body" - Scientific American, 1859
One should also add that this journalist also was/is a staunch conservative, writing for a conservative paper ("Die Welt"), and he had always defended the US and US police. He wrote "my child-like trust in US police has disappeared" (Mein kindliches Vertrauen in die US-Polizei ist dahin).
This is him: https://twitter.com/Potomaker
The translated story (he wrote it in German for the German paper), link found on his twitter: https://medium.com/@monberl/the-day-the-u-s-police-became-my-enemy-81dd63ddb669
Congrats US, you manage to antagonize even your very own and most loyal allies (I'm talking about individuals like that journalist, not about whole nations because I always find it overblown and meaningless to treat abstract entities like a "nation" like a person).
Understanding the Zoe Affidavit is a very in-depth look at the court order against Eron Gonji, specifically detailing the section where she attempted to justify the gag order. If you read through it, I think a lot of people will come to the conclusion that LW hardly justified anything in her statements.
That being said, I've never seen OP's image before. I laughed at the "They also provided Internet addresses that link to web sites that contain nude photographs of the victim" statement because there's a MegaUpload of her nude images from when she was a softcore pornographic model, but the statement by itself would lead a lot of people to believing that it's revenge porn.
> Volunteering and tourism need not be mutually exclusive. I just hate when people depict a trip as being the former when in reality it's almost entirely the latter.
The reality though is that the volunteer work of these people is often a sham. I'm not speaking from personal experience, but a while ago there was a redditor who really laid into this, explaining how the 'volunteers' would build walls during the day, then at night actual construction workers quickly tear down their shoddy work and put a real wall in its place, just to create the illusion that the 'volunteers' were contributing.
His/her point was that unless if you've got actual skills to contribute (doctor, teacher, engineer) and stay there for an extended period (half a year or more) you'd help way more if you just stayed home and wired the money over. Otherwise you're really just a tourist in a special "feel good about yourself by helping the poor and destitute"-amusement ride.
Though I guess if the people there are making money of it, it's still helping the locals.
It took some searching but on request I found the links I was referring to:
The problem with little white girls and boys, why I stopped being a voluntourist
Google Scholar seems to be mostly driven by the passion of one man.
I, for one, am very grateful. Google Scholar is a huge help in my work, and I remember the awful database interfaces we had to use before Scholar. And I don't really have any problems with the design. It is functional, and doesn't get in the way. That is all I ask.
There is one small place on the web, for young people who have realized they're attracted to children. As for older folks, I dunno. It's a sad situation to be in.
He obviously has a point when he says that someone who's talking dirty can reasonably be interpreted as giving consent. However, he misses the mark on several other points.
1: Rape by a stranger in an alleyway is an unusual form of rape, and not typical for "real rape". It's real rape even if you invite someone in, and even if you at the moment convince yourself that you weren't raped even though you said "No", because you're shocked and in denial. It's perfectly possible to be raped but not realize it until the next morning.
2: That men despise rapists is actually one of the factors that can work AGAINST rape survivors being taken seriously. Because everyone "knows" that rapists are horrible monsters, if one of your buddies gets accused of rape, the supposed victim must obviously be a lying bitch, because you know your buddy isn't a grotesque monster who lurks in bushes or alleyways.
You've really hit on something there, and it's been remarked on in a couple of pretty solid articles in the last year or so. Maybe these will strike a chord with your engineering bros?
You probably could generate QR codes for those articles and post them around the engineering classrooms on campus. If you wanted to be super-subversive, you could put the QR codes on pictures of women doing engineering things with LOLcat-like captions:
Seriously, an amazing rant. A great look at the emotional perseverance that it takes for a woman to deal with a male-dominated major like engineering. (I gather the biological sciences aren't much better.)
OP, I love you. This is parallax, and it's really just gorgeous.
Anyone want a tutorial on how to do this? Thinking of writing one.
Edit: Here is the tutorial! — https://medium.com/@hamstu/recreating-the-firewatch-parallax-effect-213694d42f4e
For those wondering why, here's an excerpt from a comparison article:
> In 1993 the Germans made a movie about the 1942 Battle of Stalingrad—a bloody turning point in the vast, apocalyptic German invasion of the Soviet Union. The film is called, simply, Stalingrad.
> In 2013 the Russians also made a movie about Stalingrad and also called it, well, Stalingrad.
> One of the two flicks is an anti-war masterpiece that boldly inverts the tropes of war movies and, in doing so, captures the chilly, Hellish reality of one of history’s most awful armed clashes.
> The other is a silly, melodramatic celebration of war—and shot in shitty 3D, no less.
> The German Stalingrad is the good one. The Russian version is awful—and by all accounts way more successful at the box office.
The case for dark matter being real is actually very strong.
I know nobody who has made the case for dark matter being real better than Ethan Siegel. Give it a read.
(PS: I think this is a fair question, and I think it is unfair to downvote objections instead of replying)
No, she hasn't, and she doesn't belong anywhere NEAR an actual school curriculum.
This is the problem. Sarkeesian presents her work as academic, but it fails miserably to meet those standards, and yet because she's on the "right" side and knows the "right" people, she's regarded as an expert and given inroads to places where she has absolutely no business being.
I fear for the future if people like Anita Sarkeesian are allowed to inform the educations of young people.
Yeah, and yet they ~~can't~~ wont spend $300 for a piece of fiber, and $10,000 for a router to upgrade the network that resides in the same fucking building so that Netflix streams properly for thousands of users.
Reddit link from a day ago
Sorry to disappoint...
Bill Gates: "There’s a lot that Bitcoin or Ripple and variants can do to make moving money between countries easier and getting fees down pretty dramatically. But Bitcoin won’t be the dominant system. When you talk about a domestic economy, [you must have] the idea of attributed transactions, where if you sent it to the wrong person you can actually get the transaction reversed. [And a traditional system] doesn’t have this huge fluctuation where the value of your account is going up and down by a factor of two. We need things that draw on the revolution of Bitcoin, but Bitcoin alone is not good enough."
When he retired he invited everyone to follow his successor @TheRealTKTech. Turns out that guy is a big fat crook who stole thousands of dollars from @Evleaks, a man with multiple sclerosis.
To answer your question, Evan probably needs the money that was taken from him.
i dont expect anything from that sub. i know reddit's demos. its just interesting to watch appropriation work in real time. you dont see that kind of voyeuristic fascination work the other way around.
this is a fantastic article on black twitter and the state of black comedy in the social media age. highly recommend
That article is pretty interesting, though it's pretty crazy to realize that it took someone 6 months to track down 2 malicious users from that data.
Also reading the response article, its funny that Reddit uses at least a few of those methods.
I used this guy's advice to wake up earlier using my computer's login password. About two weeks into my password change I started getting up between 5-5:30 every morning. I am not a morning person so my wife was shocked...SHOCKED I tell you. Also, this was accomplished with no alarm clock. I just naturally woke up. Kind of crazy really.
I used the password for a month before changing it to something else. It worked for about 4 months and stopped working after some holiday travel and the flu threw a wrench into the works. I'm starting it again today. I LOVED waking up between 5-5:30 every morning and getting a couple hours of writing in before my 2-year-old woke up.
OP, you should really read "Don't Go to Art School" by Noah Bradley before you take the plunge.
I was once like you. I had a dream to be an illustrator but decided to go with the more lucrative route of nursing. I'M SO GLAD I DID. My artist friends had a lot more fun than I did in college but now they are living paycheck to paycheck bagging groceries and stocking shelves. They are just one car accident or broken arm or appendicitis or unplanned pregnancy away from screwing their lives over.
I work 12-hour shifts 3 days a week and have the rest of the week to do whatever I want, including using the internet to teach myself art for free while everyone else is in massive debt for it. Saving money is a cinch and I have plans to travel in a few months. Sometimes I schedule myself to have 5 or 6 days off without needing to use any paid time off at all. It's like I'm having mini-vacations from my job all the time and it's amazing.
One thing that artists don't realize is that you are essentially running a small business. A lot of art graduates think that they can get by with having a strong portfolio but that is only half of the battle. Do you have any business acumen? The ones who have a better chance at being successful artists are the ones who know how to pitch their skills and sell themselves and manage their resources. It's naive to think that work will just come your way just because you can "draw good." You need an entrepreneurial spirit to actually take your career off the ground as an artist.
Another example from yesterday. Car in Lugansk didn't stop at a separatist roadblock and was shot at. The driver was killed, the passenger -- in coma, two passerby women were injured. NTV and Russian press reported that they were soldiers from the Right Sector, who tried to break through the roadblock, killed two women running over them, and only then were shot by "people's militia". People checked that story -- turns out the killed guy actually supported separatists, and didn't stop at the roadblock just because he was drunk. NTV is not a news source, it's just pure propaganda.
Avoid the page in the link. Read the post at it's original source:
I tried to read the article in the title link, but a blinking Andrew Maguire on the right side of the page is the most distracting thing I have seen for weeks. I really hate websites that require the user to push a third of the window off-screen just to read the content (re-sizing the page doesn't help).
If you think Breitbart might be biased (and it might be), here's what Elizabeth Spiers (founder of Gawker.com), had to say about her - https://medium.com/matter/speaking-up-every-fucking-time-a61a24aa7629
> The last time I heard directly from Shanley Kane, it was by email.
> “Leave me the fuck alone and don’t ever contact me again,” she wrote, before launching into a two-day Twitter barrage demanding that I stop harassing her, her friends, and her family, and calling me a stalker. It might have been fair, or at least accurate, if I were doing any of the above.
> Of course since neither Netflix or Comcast will allow anybody to see this data, people (and analysts) generally go with who they trust more in the equation and speculate accordingly.
Neither of them may be releasing their data but a network is a network and, it turns out, these things can be measured independently.
So really it's a matter of Comcast's word vs independent, verifiable data.
I don't think you can ever fix journalism. This is not a problem in gaming specifically, but in the tech industry as a whole.
The best we can do is making the average reader aware of this, so hopefully they're going to switch to better sources
That's far from her only counts of possible perjury. As a habitual liar, she's gotten used to do it even in legal documents.
That analysis of her affidavit against Eron Gjoni has a lot to say about this.
Also of note is her Facebook message leaked by @butchercassidy2 in the wake of The Zoe post going live. Notice the various accusations against Gjoni ("use 4chan as his personal army", "showed up at my apartment at 2am", "he is mentally ill and schizodial, and at his own admission both violent and empathyless", "sent me death threats from his IP address" etc.). Funny how she hasn't repeated those specific charges anywhere else, not even in her police complaints and restraining order request.
Edit: and I just saw this tweet. Jesus, she can't stop lying for a second.
Yeah. You know what actual pedophiles who want help do? They seek help. They try to stop viewing child porn.
Having child porn laying around does not help them in any way.
Interesting read on this.
I knew this was going to blow up as soon as I saw the news last night. Let's just take a quick dip over to one of the anti-GG subs to see how they're celebrating their moral victory.
> "It's not technically child porn." I am not sure that is a hill that GG wants to plant its flag on.
>> Honestly, yes, that's exactly where I want to plant my flag. I don't care about anyone being disgusted by anything. The thought process that gets you from being disgusted by something to attacking it and trying to censor it is the real problem behind all of this.
>>> That is point in fact where I want to plant my flag on. No, it's not "technically not cp". It's " Not cp. Period."
...oh. I guess it's actually about Constitutional ethics in kiddie porn?
Anyone who's still at all on the fence need look no further than this article, which is being thoroughly ~~debunked~~ ~~ignored~~ source-attacked in almost all of these threads.
There's a woman who writes about Chinese privilege in Singapore which is described as very much akin to white privilege in the US.
In China there's a related term "Han chauvinism" (大汉族主义) to describe something like Han privilege and the idea that it should exist. This was original a criticism and in many cases still is. But there are plenty of people (see the 汉服 movement) who have a sense of superiority. This would definitely fit in to the idea of Han supremacy, though not with the same sort of militarism of a lot of white supremacy movements.
There's no question that Han enjoy greater benefits than other ethnic groups. I would say that could be called Han privilege in the same sense of white privilege in the West. Uyghurs (to name one example) have a reputation of being criminals, which leads them to have difficulty finding jobs in areas where they're the minority, which leads them to be more likely to turn to other means of making money.
How long have you been in China?
As a side note: There are a lot of people who are Han who might not look Han to you depending on where you live in China. In Shanghai we have a lot of people from Sichuan who still identify as Han but don't look like local Shanghainese. That would be even more striking if you're in a place like Beijing.
edit: I misread "white supremacy" as "white privilege". Still, I think I've also addressed the supremacy part, so I'll leave it. If needed I can clarify points.
I don't have the source on me at the moment, but there was good reason for them to say a quake wouldn't happen (by the way, my understanding was that they said a quake was extremely unlikely, which is not the same thing as "won't happen" but sounds the same to the public.) Apparently there was a dude going around claiming that an earthquake was imminent (I think on the scale of days or weeks or something). This prediction was causing a panic, and of course we can't actually predict earthquakes that accurately so this guy was full of shit. The scientists were told to basically reassure the public that an earthquake that soon was very unlikely, and I believe one of them misspoke and used language that a layperson may have interpreted to mean that an earthquake was not going to happen in the next few days, period. The resulting loss of life was tragic, but it was in no way the scientists' fault; the expected danger of the panic was worse than of the earthquake.
EDIT: here's the article I was thinking of: https://medium.com/matter/the-aftershocks-7966d0cdec66
As an enginerd I'm reluctant to make transport about people 'giving' things, especially 'respect'. That's a story frame that just begs for continued soap opera drama.
"Cyclists". "Drivers". Meaningless tribal war words. Most people just get around the city by whatever mode is most effective that particular trip.
That the city neglects a mode that's cost-effective, healthy, convenient, quick, and high-capacity for short trips because of identity politics is just dumb civil engineering.
I have to keep reminding people again: "Corruption" is a more attractive topic than "Ethics".
I already collected plenty of dirt on Kotaku in my letter, including an incident that's very sparsely talked about: the blacklisting of David Prassel at Kotaku.
Someone wrote about all the borderline to outright child porn on 8chan. (The link is SFW, though maybe not SFL).
KiA was subsequently filled with threads defending it and attacking the author, because how dare someone talk about all the pedophiles on a site which supports GG?
Child porn: unassailable free speech.
Feminist video game critiques: a menace which must be stamped out.
>So maybe what all of these terrified racists need is someone that, no matter how hard they try, cannot be dehumanized. Someone beyond human. Someone Christlike.
>Someone that can save them from themselves, and wash their souls of fear and hate and judgement. Someone that can bring them into the light of humanity and love and logic.
>Maybe what we need is a 5'8, light-skinned, Harvard-bound, star tennis player/violinist/poet that volunteers at the local pet shelter, bakes amazing blueberry muffins, speaks with a Mid-Atlantic accent, has a white name, who has never taken a photo with anything other than a thumbs up and a smile, and just recently published a groundbreaking cure for cancer in Science.
>And we need him to die. Someone needs to find this boy, and kill him in public. It’s our only hope.
Wow, thanks for all of the upvotes everyone! You might also enjoy this piece I wrote about what it's like being a city dweller going snowmobiling for the first time... https://medium.com/jamess-blog/3b480a75f867
I'm trying to understand where he is coming from. With all of the news and shootings lately, I imagine (I'm a white woman, so I can never really know) that it is hard for young black boys right now. All of the news shows that cops see you as a lesser person,a danger, someone to be followed and scared of. Read this article called "The Talk" to get a little perspective on how black parents train their kids for interacting with cops.
It must be overwhelming to have a white cop treat you as special and worthwhile when you grow up feeling this way.
I've been following this whole thing for awhile and it is extremely fascinating. On one side you have the pro-gamergate who will tell you more or less that its a fight between game journalists and gamers and the other side saying that its gamers against feminism. Zoe Quinn really was just the spark that ignited the fire she really is pretty irrelevant to the argument link
i'm just joking, mostly. however ask any teacher, high levels of screen time (child's and parent's) is having severe negative impact on early socialisation. face to face, undivided attention is the greatest gift you can give a kid. given that, game when your kids are asleep, the time they're awake is too precious to waste. most kids don't get the parenting they deserve and most parents are very good at rationalising their selfishness and short comings.
Doesn't mean gaming can't used as an opportunity to enhance parenting:
This is the correct answer :) Assuming you have a desire to find common interests, there are loads of country bands that are just as much rock bands so if you love something with a little bit more "kick" and she only likes stuff that has a little more "twang", find music that has both!
For years I thought I hated country music aside from a few timeless Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson tunes. Turns out I only thought I hated country music as a genre because I had mainly just heard one particular type of country music--boring radio country pop. I was always more of a rock fan but if all I'd ever heard of rock was Jack Johnson and Maroon 5 I'd have thought I hated rock too!
I think it can be hard to get into different kinds of music because you may have negative associations with certain aspects of it and other parts are just unfamiliar so they don't have any positive associations. It's like learning another language and finding what you like.
At some point I'd been listening to some Old 97's and Supersuckers and I had an older Wilco album and realized that hey...these rock bands are also a bit country. Stuff like Fallout: New Vegas gave me good associations with some of the old western music and stations like Bootliquor just added to the mix. Now I still don't really like pop country but not because it's country, but because (to me) it's boring and unoriginal and overproduced. That's still a bias I haven't been able to get past and I dunno if I'll ever be able to find what's good in that really manufactured-sounding music but I guess anything's possible.
Also, this discussion reminds me of an article I read recently:
Echoes of "Every Internet conversation with dudes, ever."
> Woman: We need to work together to prevent rape.
> Dude: If you really cared about rape you’d go stop rape in Somalia.
> Woman: But —
> Dude: SOMALIA
The smiling thing is the bane of my existence. Someone told me to smile while I was typing out an email. I mean... that's crazy.
It's nothing more than a neg to try and get us to honor the request, which demeans us in order to please a man. It's so much more manipulative and fucked up than most people even realize. This kind of explains why.
edit: a word
hey guys, artist here. thanks for all the love! Here is the article this gif was made for.
points to you if you can spot the HTTYD2 reference in this gif (I watched that movie the same weekend I made this.)
There's a recent post about it.
And that's a link to an article of the OP of that thread. The video is all the way at the bottom, though it's not as exciting as most would expect.
You'll be less impressed when you learn that the 30mm round wasn't wholly effective against a T-62's frontal and turret armor, much less a t-90 or other MBT.
Check out this article and coloring book.
Edit: this is specifically a criticism of the gau 8 against the modern mbt. Against soft targets and light armored vehicles it remains effective.
I hesitate to say Google is doing this on purpose, but it does smell like it.
A temporary fix for this is to spoof your user agent to fool youtube into thinking you're using a different browser.
Works like a charm.
If they couldn’t be satisfied after 12 years doing what they were doing, it gives a pretty sad representation of client work at its supposed best.
Here is Lessig, the creator of Mayday PAC, explaining Super PACs and what's wrong with them. It's a #longread, but worth it if you're curious.
It's a current trend that when discussion are being had about misogyny or sexism women experience, some asshat needs to butt in with "NOT ALL MEN!!".
This is bad because: https://medium.com/@brendawambui/66a973206e65
Most of these things are descriptive, without us the descriptions or concepts are irrelevant.
Love is a way to describe an emotion we feel, without our brains (ignoring animals/aliens) then that emotion actually would not exist.
Circle is a description of a shape. There will be things which match the description without us, but if nobody was around to apply the description then no it (the description as applied by someone) would not exist.
Logic is another thing which is often brought up, but that too is a description of the reality we see, the law of identity: A is A and not B is true because that is all we have observed. So the laws of logic are descriptive not proscriptive.
A different reality might have different laws of logic, we might not be able to conceive of how that would work, but we only have 1 universe, that makes comparisons kinda hard.
The laws/theories of physics again are actually descriptive not proscriptive. We see something happening and describe what happens and call the description a law or a theory (simplifying how this works here but hopefully you get the idea).
Heck I know it's kinda hard to wrap my brain around but there is even an experiment (article at medium.com) which seems to indicate that if there was a being 'outside' the universe then from their perspective ... nothing happens, the universe never changes. Time is only happening for beings inside the universe, no time = no change, for the outside observer, nothing happens.
Soooo God created the universe ... and then was disappointed as it did nothing.
I'm very happy that you're all so excited about my book. I'd just like to clear up a few points:
The fact that it's available for free in HTML form does not mean that I'm giving permission for you to scrape it and download it, nor am I giving permission for you to download PDF versions from torrent sites.
I worked on the book for 3 years. You have no idea how much effort goes into writing a technical book until you try to write one. My compensation for that work so far is less than minimum wage.
I am the founder of JSHomes - an organization dedicated to providing job training for housing-first programs for the homeless. When you decide to pocket the small expense of the book to save a few bucks, keep in mind that the money you saved could have helped a lot of people. https://medium.com/the-backer-army/fighting-poverty-with-code-d1ed3ebd982d
Out of respect and decency, please enjoy the book in its legal forms.
Oh wow. I just noticed that Silverstein tweeted "God, I don't follow one guy on Twitter and he goes and writes a whole story on Medium. Very high on my list of things I won't be reading" in response to this article. Unreal.
EDIT: And now the author of the piece on The Medium is replying to the tweet, very reasonably I might add.
How about instead of telling people how to use their bitcoins, we just mind our own business? Bitcoin is many things to many people. It's fine if some people want to use it for trading / investing / speculating.
This is a pretty good illustrated explanation of the benefits of vaccinations: https://medium.com/the-nib/vaccines-work-here-are-the-facts-5de3d0f9ffd0
Ask them why they base their anti-vaccination policies off of a doctor who had his license taken away due to malpractice. People like them make me so angry because their willful ignorance isn't just harmful to them; it's harmful to anyone and everyone who comes in contact with them.
It's an elite group making labels for someone who rejects them. Based Mom is a feminist and a child of the 60's cultural revolution. She does not identify with conservatism, but apparently she does because a bunch of Wikipedia editors thinks she does.
Based Mom is right on the money on a great variety of things. Here's some fact checks with relevant articles about her stances on videogames and the lack of misogyny among gamers---it should be relevant to any HONEST debate.
Suffice it to say the feminist wiki project has already made up it's mind, and by tarnishing based mom, radical feminists are destroying a relative moderate who could bring more people over to their side.
Before based mom I had ZERO respect for feminism. I'm supposed to take up their cause yet because of my gender/ethnicity I can't even talk about it with any credibility?
I want to see examples of feminists building people up instead of tearing them down. CHS is that person. She's not an authoritarian, she's logical and her acumen is unbiased and practically unassailable. She has helped me to appreciate feminism and think about it critically. Because of that, and standing up to people who would discredit her life's work, she has my admiration.
They are shooting themselves in the foot. If there is no room for moderate voices, they'll have a hard time convincing the opposition to even listen at all.
I found this one very interesting. Its written by an engineer originally as a joke, but later he wonders if it isn't real as it make more sense than the current system. In the story a fictional general asserts that the massive waste and budget blowouts on weapons systems, the massive delays and screw ups are all deliberate. Basically every time we go to a new generation of weapons the cost increases exponentially, and the volume of weapons decreases as nations cant afford to buy the same amount as they had. So the volume of weapons decreases, and eventually everyone is disarmed. Countries cant afford to build new weapons systems so they have to buy them leading to ever decreasing supplies and ever increasing dependency. Because anyone who tries to copy the US copy's the deliberately dysfunctional and overcomplicated system the world gradually disarms and when war does break out the US just flips a switch, cuts the waste and out produces everyone to win easily.
I also adore this movie (so much!)
...though this is one point where I do have to quote this article:
> [T]he logic behind everyone believing that Oaken (he of the Trading Post — and Sauna) is gay comes from a less-than-a-second shot of a family in the sauna…who may possibly be his husband and four children. Maybe. We don’t know. His page on the Disney Wiki lists his family as “unnamed”, so the blond man in the sauna could be his husband; but he could equally be his brother, cousin, son, nephew, second-cousin-twice-removed or even just a random customer enjoying the sauna with his wife and three children — the figure on the right reads as easily as a petite woman as it does a teenage boy. Disney won’t say.
>"I remember what the internet was like before it was being watched"
I don't really think you do Ed, you're too young. Not only that, but the internet came out of DARPA, and it's likely been watched since the beginning. If they didn't get in at the ground floor then, they definitely did long before anyone suspected them of it.
What Ed might be remembering is what it was like before everyone knew about mass surveillance and government intrusion, a time before Ed Snowden and Brian Williams had brought the panopticon to mainstream America.
Here is another article about voluntourism that I found a few months ago. I think it's a good read as well and it got me thinking when I first read it.
Edit: This is actually the article that /u/TomBadombadil references above.
If anyone wants to start volunteering, I would also suggest that people get involved with organizations within their own community and make it a prolonged experience.
As far as I'm aware it's linked to the Zoey Quinn thing. She who made Depression Quest apparently slept with a bunch of Journos who wrote positive things abut the game (allegedly, anyway. I remember reading something pointing out that the main Kotaku Journo supposedly involved never even wrote anything about the game anyway).
There were some legit questions about the integrity of journalists in the gaming industry, but a lot of that has been overshadowed by gamers happily getting involved in huge amounts of hate and harassment of the peoples involved.
It's basically a gigantic clusterfuck from which almost nobody is able to come out of on the moral high ground.
I think the stuff in youtube comments is (correct me if I'm wrong) because the Grumps took the sane perspective of thinking that it's not ok to be spreading information about people's private life all over the internet and the abuse directed at the lady involved is uncalled for. Apparently this upsets some people.
As we know, large portions of the internet are very protective of their privacy, unless breaching it gets them naked celebrity pics or someone they can direct a bunch of hatred at, in which case they'll happily violate other's privacy.
The only thing really worth discussing from the whole fallout is issues of journalistic integrity. Unfortunately it's been drowned by out a gigantic hurricane of piss being flung about in every direction by people accusing each other of being shills/white knights/MRAs/SJWs/other shorthand terms for belittling people you disagree with.
It's culminated in things like this, an open letter signed by thousands of game developers calling for an end to harassment, violent threats and hate speech directed at people within the industry.
Functions create their own nested scope. Functions can also return objects when using the 'new' keyword. Objects have a property 'prototype' which is a way to accomplish inheritance. However this is out of the way unlike Java or C++ where classes and inheritance are required to accomplish much of anything in the language.
Also because you can reference closures you can do things like currying, which is really elegant.
Edit: Thanks for the gold, kind stranger :-)
Star trek economy
This is a great read. He basically describes star trek's post scarcity economy. How does a society that has no money, no need for most forms of menial labor to be done by humans, and nothing is rare. When nothing is rare, nearly everything can just be replicated and possessed, what would currency be based off of?
My favorite part about the article is the idea that since you don't have to work, and anything and everything is available to you, to include education, why wouldn't you pursue exactly what you want to do? Want to live your life as a musician? Go ahead, you can't starve from lack of money. Want to be a physicist, but afraid of how well you'll be able to apply yourself, don't worry about it. You can take as long as you want to grasp the lessons in school because tuition is free, lessons are mostly automated (teachers are basically glorified study buddies at that point) and you can take your time.
I love how he suggests a stigma would start to form. And it makes sense. I am personally a useless human being at heart. I work simply because money is a need. But if basic living arrangements were supplied with out the need for work, I would be a slug. Sit at home, playing video games all day every day. Maybe eventually take on hobbies. But if money was no issue, and time no relevance for the exception of how closer you are too death, I would probably become a permanent part time student. So even me, useless human being, would go to school for the joy of learning. Imagine how someone more useless then I would be treated by a population allowed to do ANYTHING.
TL:DR the article attacks your specific question more then my ramblings above. It's a great read.
Just morally bankrupt? Its hard to say. To be 100% honest with you, as long as Uber treats me fairly and the drivers fairly and continues their level of service I will probably never stop using Uber - its already hard to go back to taxis. Its also hard for me to fault the company, as a black person, because despite the fact they are "frat bros", they do make it easer for minorities to find a cab.
Lastly, I am posting this from an Apple laptop, and I do own an Apple iPhone so I do believe its pretty hypocritical of me to stop supporting Uber because of a snipe remark even though their offices aren't surrounded by suicide nets.
I'm not saying I'm not disappointed with whats come out of that company recently, but if I'm supposed to lose sleep over the actions of corporate America, I would have stopped sleeping a long time ago.
You are ~98% wrong. 98% being the percentage of #gamergate tweets that do not mention anything about Ms Quinn. Yes she started it, but she hasn't been relative to it since about the first week.
Thanks so much! No names, but I could potentially write a story about them at some point. It's part of a project I'm working on called The Sin of Man. You can check out the new short story I just finished here: https://medium.com/@noahbradley/the-river-of-dreams-9e82f7f4b0ba
PS This comic strip: https://medium.com/the-nib/vaccines-work-here-are-the-facts-5de3d0f9ffd0 is one of the best, easy-to-understand, explanations of how vaccination works and why myths about it are false.
Lawrence Lessig, a political reformer and one of the greatest legal minds in the US, calls the control of politics and politicians through corporate donations "legal corruption" and considers reform in this area as the one issue we must deal with before we can successfully deal with anything else.
> In his opinion, no significant reform — on the environment, financial regulation, gun control or education— is possible as long as campaign finance remains the same. Money provides access, access yields influence, and influence determines decisions. Ideas and promises donʼt matter. In 96% of cases, election outcomes are a function of money. Members of congress spend between 30 and 70% of their time fundraising. “It becomes a constant obsession. They only listen to their donors, become hyper-sensitive to their demands,” Lessig explains.
> Invisible and implacable lobbies are rotting away the foundations of democracy. The people, the general interest and public debate are given a back seat. “No one, no morality can resist the amounts at stake,” he says.
Interview with Lessig on Bloomberg Law:
Everything you need to know about Shanley Kane is in this article: https://medium.com/matter/speaking-up-every-fucking-time-a61a24aa7629
I've worked with her personally. She has been a failure at every company she's worked at (Apigee, Basho, ...) and eventually decided to blame her own lack of success on this mystical "patriarchy".
China has 11 different rifles still in service with their military, with their newest rifles being compared to the US military. Such as the ZH-05
If you read the article, the American XM-25 costs $35,000 per unit, whereas according to the wiki reference on the ZH-05, it costs >$3500 per unit.
I can't help but laugh when I run through the details of that crash. However, I asked about how much more it costs to manufacture, but I was also curious if it would increase the cost of the vehicle. Well, it doesn't look like it, according to the article: "Tesla service will also retrofit the shields, free of charge, to existing cars upon request or as part of a normally scheduled service."
...damn. Elon and his company keep impressing me.
For anyone coming here from the front page interested in learning more about the idea of basic income and not knowing just where to start as far as reading goes, I suggest the following two articles as primers to the idea:
Why we should give free money to everyone
Why Should We Support the Idea of an Unconditional Basic Income?
The first goes over a lot of evidence that exists for the idea in general, and the second goes over a lot of the evidence from the perspective of how it'll make our economy work better.
Owning a majority share in a company does not guarantee that you'll always have control. Take a look at how Gary Gygax lost control of TSR and D&D. Beware unexercised stock options from 9 years ago!
I am sorry, but this is not why vim is awesome. Or why it is more awesome than other editors. You can achive all those examples with emacs, sublime, notepad++ and what not easily.
What makes vim special is its inherent grammar. You have a certain (and fairly small) set of operators you act with on your text. Operators take a count in how often you want to apply the operator. And operators take a motion for what is affected by the operator. It's that simple. Want to delete five words? 5dw. Want to copy the entire buffer? ggyG.
Why is this different to other editors? Because it scales. Instead of having to learn a certain command for a special use case, you can combine the various elements in a logical way. So each time you learn a new operator, or movement, or text-object, you immediately learn a ton of possibilities to edit your text efficiently just for free.
This is what I find invaluable in vim over any other editor without this input feature. I don't want to remember a brazilien different mode commands like in emacs. I don't want to remember that in atom, shift + ⌘ + d, is what I have to press to duplicate the current line. It is just yyp, because I have learned that repeating a operator makes it act on the current line and I know paste.
There is a really good blog post out there explaining this in more detail, I can't find it quite yet. But you can search for "vim grammar" and get a bit of information.
e: https://medium.com/@mkozlows/why-atom-cant-replace-vim-433852f4b4d1 This one I meant.
>Anita makes some perfectly reasonable, honest points. She's just an activist in a way I'm not, so she's generally not doing the "one one hand, but on the other hand" thing. She's trying to drive a discussion, and while I understand what she's trying to do, it's not my bag, baby.
"Drive a discussion"? If, by that, you mean 'shut down any comment sections that might question her and refuse to engage in legitimate academic debate', sure, I guess.
I don't get all the personal hatred for the Feminist Frequency team that some people seem to have, but they're academically bankrupt and deeply intellectually dishonest. I genuinely recommend you have a look at this series of articles, which attempt to engage and critique the show on an academic, rather than personal, level.
Oh! You reminded me of (tw, of course) this really difficult but important article .
cainejw's work is brilliant and thorough:
It is also worth noting that Mr. Fart is the most retweeted user in #Gamergate. He's hardly nobody; he's one of the most prolific members of their movement.
Source: https://medium.com/message/72-hours-of-gamergate-e00513f7cf5d See the "There's little overlap between communities" section.
I'm getting a little tired of these animation libraries that just recreate the same old PowerPoint animations. Give some real thought to your animations and you can have some gorgeous results that people might actually like.
I included a good amount of numbers in this latest piece here.
Basically, to provide a UBI of $1,000/mo for adults and $300/mo for kids will cost about $3 trillion.
We subtract what we can from current expenses on welfare, subsidies, pensions and disability equal to or less than the UBI amount, and we're left with a funding gap of about a little under $1 trillion for a NIT and a little over $1 trillion for a UBI.
How do we cross that gap? A flat tax or a land value tax would both single-handedly accomplish this. But a combination of other options would as well.
It doesn't end there though. Because a UBI would eliminate so many other costs we don't even see as costs (see article link above), we actually end up spending less money than we already do, even though we're spending more in one particular area, which would be providing the basic income.
So the question really isn't how basic income can be considered affordable.
It's how not having a basic income was ever seen as affordable.
Americans have a history of standing behind their celebrities. See Mike Tyson, John Rocker, Chris Brown, Charlie Sheen and Paula Deen:
'And there is still profit to be squeezed from the Paula Deen brand. Deen’s products — through collaborations with Meyer Corporation, among others—had seen a reported 35 percent sales increase in the first two quarters of this year; subscriptions to her magazine reportedly grew by 40 percent'
I would not be shocked at all if these rape allegations actually boosts Cosby's ticket sales.
Told you all they were trying to control the market: https://medium.com/@aquapendulum/my-letter-to-jason-schreier-about-gamergate-ethics-f890d357188
Left-libs, take back your free market.
Edit: HOLY SHIT I JUST REALIZED THE CORRUPTION OF INDIE AWARD SHOWS ALSO TIES INTO THIS!
Pedophile = Child Molester
It makes me angry when I see the two used interchangeably. I can't help but feel so bad for the pedophiles who control their urges and live their lives as productive members of society. They're constantly reminded that everyone thinks they are monsters because of an attraction they never asked for and that they keep under control. And god forbid if they want to get help dealing with it. Mandatory reporting laws require therapists to report anyone who confesses to being a pedophile. It's so fucking backwards! We should be helping these people cope, not treating them like garbage.
Edit: For anyone finding it hard to sympathize with pedophiles, read this article about one who doesn't want to hurt anyone and wants to help himself and others like him.
>All she has is criticism, none of it constructive, no suggestions on improvement.
That's not actually true. She talks about positive examples in several of her videos. She has been really vocal about how much she loves Beyond Good & Evil and she even lists it here along with four other games.
"I'd be interested to hear what his reservations, if any, are about Bitcoin."
>"There’s a lot that Bitcoin or Ripple and variants can do to make moving money between countries easier and getting fees down pretty dramatically. But Bitcoin won’t be the dominant system. When you talk about a domestic economy, [you must have] the idea of attributed transactions, where if you sent it to the wrong person you can actually get the transaction reversed. [And a traditional system] doesn’t have this huge fluctuation where the value of your account is going up and down by a factor of two. We need things that draw on the revolution of Bitcoin, but Bitcoin alone is not good enough."
>Does it matter?
It can matter a lot, mainly for privacy. The thing is that leaky privacy practices can sometimes lead to security problems.
For example, imagine locking all 20 BTC in a single output. Whoever you pay next will see a massive input and know the lower bound of your net worth. That's where you could start to get the wrong kind of attention.
If this is true maybe these articles can help you. Please continue to be strong & not act on your urges.
> Eron is a clear case of because he is a male the court system doesn't give a shit that he was abused during his relationship and will take every action it can in denial of all the clear evidence of abuse that the woman is the victim.
If you read through the breakdown for LW's Complaint for Protection From Abuse affidavit that was posted yesterday, it's clear that there was only one part of it that detailed any alleged abuse:
> — — — — — — — Claim 17 — — — — — ——
> “He also was violent during our last sexual encounter in July, prior to breaking up, leaving several bruises on my arm. My friend [REDACTED] stayed with me in the hotel Eron and I had shared after this, having seen the bruises on my arm + noticing he still had a hotel key because we feared he would come back.”
IANAL, but if any cross-examination of this had been allowed by the judge, this point would have been torn to shreds as had been shown under that particular section, but nothing of the sort was permitted. Instead, the judge made it an open and shut case for unknown reasons by passing judgement without allowing Eron's lawyer to do his job. We could speculate quite a bit about what this may or may not be indicative of.
She essentially advocates for the removal of technical people from the technology industry. She's sort of like a more extreme version of Wu and Sarkeesian rolled into one.
For reasons that normal humans can't understand she gets press and access to your typical clique based journalist network. Sometimes that doesn't go so well though...