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January 23 2014

Four short links: 23 January 2014

  1. Microsoft Research Adopts Open Access Policy for Publications — +1
  2. Light Table is Open Source — this matters because these experiments in semantic interactivity inform technical UIs of the future, and the more ubiquitous this code is then the more effect it can have and the sooner we can have the future.
  3. The Six Things That Make Stories Go Viral Will Amaze and Astound You (New Yorker) — Berger and Milkman found that two features predictably determined an article’s success: how positive its message was and how much it excited its reader. The obvious part is that we develop immunity to things that catch our attention: our brains are well-developed systems for filtering, and the only constant is that advertisers will need novelty.
  4. The Story of Holacracy’s Founder (Quartz) — background on the interesting flat organisation culture system that’s gaining traction in startups.

December 09 2013

Four short links: 9 December 2013

  1. Reform Government Surveillance — hard not to view this as a demarcation dispute. “Ruthlessly collecting every detail of online behaviour is something we do clandestinely for advertising purposes, it shouldn’t be corrupted because of your obsession over national security!”
  2. Brian Abelson — Data Scientist at the New York Times, blogging what he finds. He tackles questions like what makes a news app “successful” and how might we measure it. Found via this engaging interview at the quease-makingly named Content Strategist.
  3. StageXL — Flash-like 2D package for Dart.
  4. BayesDBlets users query the probable implications of their data as easily as a SQL database lets them query the data itself. Using the built-in Bayesian Query Language (BQL), users with no statistics training can solve basic data science problems, such as detecting predictive relationships between variables, inferring missing values, simulating probable observations, and identifying statistically similar database entries. Open source.
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November 29 2013

Four short links: 29 November 2013

  1. Huaqiang Bei Map for Makers — excellent resource for visitors to an iconic huge electronics market in Shenzhen. (via Bunnie Huang)
  2. A 16th Century Dutchman Can Tell us Everything We Need to Know about GMO PatentsThere’s nothing wrong with this division of labor, except that it means that fewer people are tinkering. We’ve centralized the responsibility for agricultural innovation among a few engineers, even fewer investors, and just a handful of corporations. (and check out the historical story—it’s GREAT)
  3. Polymath Projects — massively multiplayer mathematical proving ground. Let the “how many mathematicians does it take” jokes commence. (via Slashdot)
  4. Stats on Dying TV — like a Mary Meeker preso, accumulation of evidence that TV screens and cable subscriptions are dying and mobile-consumed media are taking its place.

November 06 2013

Monétisation des commentaires : un nouveau système Google ? - Atchik Services

Monétisation des #commentaires : un nouveau système Google ? - Atchik Services

Google a publié un brevet proposant la monétisation des commentaires. Le web social « égalitaire » a démultiplié les échanges... Un système de paiement pour augmenter la visibilité est pour l’instant une web-fiction... Mais pour combien de temps ? Les sites d’informations ne seront-ils pas les premiers à trouver dans cette idée, une solution à leurs problèmes de diversification des revenus... Tags : fing internetactu2net (...)

#media #reseauxsociaux

November 05 2013

Four short links: 5 November 2013

  1. Influx DBopen-source, distributed, time series, events, and metrics database with no external dependencies.
  2. Omega (PDF) — ���exible, scalable schedulers for large compute clusters. From Google Research.
  3. GraspJSSearch and replace your JavaScript code based on its structure rather than its text.
  4. Amazon Mines Its Data Trove To Bet on TV’s Next Hit (WSJ) — Amazon produced about 20 pages of data detailing, among other things, how much a pilot was viewed, how many users gave it a 5-star rating and how many shared it with friends.

October 04 2013

What the Italian press said about Lampedusa

What the Italian press said about #Lampedusa

After the death of at least 130 Somalian and Eritrean #migrants off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa, the Italian (and European) press is once again filled with words of pathos: the human tragedy, the pictures of lined body bags and the tears of Lampedusans for those who never reached them. There is the […]

#MEDIA #Italy #Mediterranean_Sea

Déchainer contre les algorithmes - The Atlantic

Déchainer contre les algorithmes - The Atlantic

Comment connaître les biais des algorithmes ? Par l’ingénierie inversée, estime Nicholas Diakopoulos pour The Atlantic. Au Wall Street Journal, une équipe de journaliste a sondé les plateformes d’ecommerce pour identifier les cas de tarification dynamiques. Au Daily Beast, Michael Keller a regarder la fonction de correction d’orthographe de l’iPhone pour voir les mots qui n’étaient pas dans le correcteur. Pour Slate, Nicholas Diakopoulos a observé les algorithmes d’auto-complétion pour déterminer (...)

#media #algorithme #bigdata

September 30 2013

Roland_Barthes, his Grandfather and Côte d'Ivoire

#Roland_Barthes, his Grandfather and Côte d’Ivoire

“He had nothing to say.” That’s how French philosopher Roland Barthes described his grandfather #Louis-Gustave_Binger, the archetypal French colonialist: “Il ne tenait aucun discours”. And yet. Explorer of the Niger Loop, Louis-Gustave Binger was the author of Du Niger au Golfe de Guinée (1891). He was the founder of the Côte d’Ivoire colony and […]

#FILM #HISTORY #MEDIA #Cote_d'Ivoire #Vincent_Meessen #Vita_Nova

September 24 2013

Mapping neoliberalism

Mapping #neoliberalism

The recent release of crime statistics by the national Minister of Safety and Security Nathi Mthethwa has reaffirmed #Cape_Town as the most dangerous city in the country. Most South Africans, however, still think that Johannesburg and Durban are more dangerous. This is in part because of the effective #MEDIA machine that is the Democratic […]

#POLITICS #African_National_Congress #Helen_Zille #South_Africa

September 14 2013

Review : Andrew_Dosunmu's “Mother_of_George”

Review : #Andrew_Dosunmu’s#Mother_of_George

From the opening moment of Andrew Dosunmu’s magnificent new #FILM, ”Mother of George” (we’ve talked about the film before here and here), the viewer is immediately transported into a dream space – one of deep indigos, radiant golds, and vibrant reds. Dosunmu and his cinematographer, Bradford Young, are masters of aesthetics. And unlike Dosunmu’s previous film, […]

#EVENTS #MEDIA #Brooklyn #cinema #Nigeria

August 19 2013

When Forbes starts asking questions about the wealth of Angola's ruling family …

When #Forbes starts asking questions about the wealth of #Angola’s ruling family …

If a tree falls in a forest and no one heard it fall, did it really fall? If one is a billionaire in Angola and Forbes hasn’t yet reported on it, are they really a billionaire? In a rather hastily researched article last January, US magazine Forbes declared #Isabel_dos_Santos, daughter of Angolan president in power for 34 years and counting, #José_Eduardo_dos_Santos, as Africa’s richest woman, estimating her wealth to be in excess of $3 billion. This in a country where most live in the type (...)


August 16 2013

Marikana Memorial

#Marikana Memorial

This time last year, platinum workers (all black) at a mine in #South_Africa’s North West Province, went on an illegal strike against workplace racism, bad conditions, low wages and their ineffective trade union. The standoff started around August 10th, and by August 16th, they had shut down all production. Government Ministers hardly showed their […]


August 08 2013

Four short links: 9 August 2013

  1. DEFCON Documentary — free download, I’m looking forward to watching it on the flight back to NZ.
  2. Global-Scale Systems — botnets as example of the scale of networks and systems we’ll have to build but don’t have experience in.
  3. MediaGoblin — GNU project to build a decentralized alternative to Flickr, YouTube, SoundCloud, etc.
  4. Teaching TCP/IP Headers with Legos — genius. (via BoingBoing)
  5. July 29 2013

    The Story of South African farms

    The Story of South African #farms

    In 2011 an investigation by Human Rights Watch into working conditions on #South_Africa’s wine and fruit farms drew international attention. The report documented numerous instances of human rights and labour abuses, including instances where workers faced physical abuse from farmers and were exposed to toxic chemicals. While the report was criticized by many in [...]

    #MEDIA #Flip_Engelbrecht #racism

    July 25 2013

    National_Geographic explores Zimbabwe's pre-election pulse

    #National_Geographic explores #Zimbabwe’s pre-election pulse

    Two initial thoughts on #Alexandra_Fuller’s “Breaking the Silence: Oppression, Fear, and Courage in Zimbabwe” in the May 2013 National Geographic Magazine: First, anything by Alexandra Fuller will be an excellent read, and second, how will the photos accompanying the text manage to portray Zimbabwe? The first time I read the article was on a [...]


    July 24 2013

    Sympathy for the ‘Devil'

    Sympathy for the ‘Devil’

    This past Sunday’s #New_York_Times features a delightful article (“A Visit From the Devil: Feared Traditional Priest From #Ghana Spends a Year in the Bronx“) on Ghanaian priest Nana #Kwaku_Bonsam’s year-long residency in the Bronx. Reporter Jed Lipinki is fairly non-judgmental and respectful in his depiction of what is commonly called #African_traditional_religion (ATR), [...]


    July 10 2013

    George Bush, Nicholas_Kristof and the Hunger Games

    George Bush, #Nicholas_Kristof and the Hunger Games

    They’re ba-a-a-ack! Those wonderful white men in their (f)lying machines, the Good White Men who brought us the most recent instantiation of “Africa is a country” have returned. As you know, Africa Is a Country is “the blog that’s not about famine, Bono, or Barack Obama.” But we’re all over George W. Bush and Nicholas D. Kristof when [...]

    #MEDIA #POLITICS #George_W_Bush

    July 02 2013


    Hat jemand Fefe schon gesteckt, dass er das gerne Assange persönlich mitteilen könne, aber sich doch bitte im Klaren darüber sein möge, wie vielen Mitspielern auf der medienverseuchten Whistleblower-Bühne es einzig und allein daran gelegen ist, ihr publikumswirksames Süppchen zu kochen, und es daher als absolut unsicher gilt, wer hier was mit welcher Intention in Umlauf bringt, und er, Fefe, sich m.E. hier nicht um ein Jota besser verhält, als alle anderen Mitwirkenden einschließlich des von ihm so schmählich kritisierten Assange in den unwirtlichen Verhältnissen  der Ecuadorianischen Botschaft.

    Bis jetzt offensichtlich niemand, weshalb ich mich hierzu veranlasst sehe dies unmissverständlich auszusprechen. - oAnth, Muc 2013-07-02
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    July 01 2013

    Four short links: 1 July 2013

    1. Web Traffic VisualizationDots enter when transactions start and exit when completed. Their speed is proportional to client’s response time while their size reflects the server’s contribution to total time. Color comes from the specific request. (via Nelson Minar)
    2. Complete Guide to Being Interviewed on TV (Quartz) — good preparation for everyone who runs the risk of being quoted for 15 seconds.
    3. Harlan (GitHub) — new language for GPU programming. Simple examples in the announcement. (via Michael Bernstein)
    4. Open Fitopen source software that investigates several approaches to generating custom tailored pants patterns. Open Fit Lab is an attempt to use this software for on-the-spot generation and creation of custom clothes. (via Kaitlin Thaney)

    June 28 2013

    Structurer la fosse aux commentaires - Triplex

    Structurer la fosse aux commentaires - Triplex

    Martin Lassard revient sur l'initiative du Washington Post de structurer les commentaires sous ses articles en demandant aux commentateurs de sélectionner en quoi ils se sentent concernés par l'article : . Une expérience qui montre l'importance pour les journaux de domestiquer le champ des commentaires et leur relation aux lecteurs en rendant plus visible leurs positions dans le débat. Tags : (...)

    #media #commentaire #controverses

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