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- AOTD on 11/19/20 - Scout: Alexajeff6 days ago
Interesting backstory and look at who's currently thriving on the platform. It doesn't strike me as much of a surprise that the most popular/successful writers are people who already had huge followings elsewhere given that Substack is just providing a SaaS solution for a business model that was already proven to be successful for people like Ben Thompson.
- # 137212 pts - Scout: jeffBloomberg | Mark Gurman | 11/18/20 | 6 minBloombergMark Gurman|11/18/20|6 min1 read9.0
- # 112030 pts - Scout: jeff
Git is definitely hard but I don't know how it could be made much easier without sacrificing some of its best features like the ability to work offline and maintain a complete historical record of all changes. In addition to the CLI which I only use when I need to work myself out of a pickle I also use 3 different GUI interfaces (VSCode, the GitLens extension and GitHub Desktop) which all make certain operations easier but can't do everything themselves.
- # 171612 pts - Scout: jeffHuffPost Highline | Kate Morgan | 11/9/20 | 5 min11 reads12 comments9.5HuffPost HighlineKate Morgan|11/9/20|5 min11 reads9.5
- AOTD on 11/13/20 - Scout: SEnkey
Really excellent article! The author totally nails it. I love the emphasis on the benefits of learning outdoors which is something I've never heard of before. The pause on mandatory testing is another great idea. Experimentation is needed. The road we are heading down is a dark one.
One of the many ironies of contemporary education is that as we learn more about the importance of emotional connection and face-to-face communication in early brain development, we seem ever more invested in technological quick fixes—“self-monitored” math lessons on iPads and the like—that take young children away from the adults charged with teaching them. What parents are seeing on Zoom is not a radical departure from what goes on in regular pre‑K and elementary-school classrooms, but rather a virtual extension of that.
- AOTD on 11/12/20 - Scout: billWIRED | Nicholas Thompson | 11/2/20 | 18 min24 reads6 comments9.2WIREDNicholas Thompson|11/2/20|18 min24 reads9.2
- AOTD on 11/4/20 - Scout: SEnkeyPOLITICO | Tim Alberta | 10/30/20 | 49 min6 reads4 comments10POLITICOTim Alberta|10/30/20|49 min6 reads10
Excellent insights into the current state of voting in America. Maricopa County's mail voting system sounds pretty ideal. I think even without Trump a dip in confidence would have been inevitable given that many changes to voting procedures were made relatively quickly in response to the pandemic so I'm optimistic that it will recover.
- # 19777 pts - Scout: jeffPOLITICO | Sabrina Rodriguez | 11/4/20 | 6 min4 reads2 comments9.0POLITICOSabrina Rodriguez|11/4/20|6 min4 reads9.0
Wow. A strong "red wave" in a county where more than half of the residents are born outside the US. Lots of talk about Trump's messaging but not much about the Democratic Party primary and debates which seemed like a competition to see how far left each candidate could go. It's not surprising to me that Biden couldn't shake the "socialist" label.
Grenier’s poll showed that relatively new arrivals from Cuba who immigrated to the United States starting in 2010 were registering Republican over Democrat by a whopping 76 percent to 5 percent.
I would never have guessed the numbers were this far apart.
- AOTD on 11/6/20 - Scout: temi
- # 69574 pts - Scout: jeffblog.readup.com | Jeff Camera | 11/2/20 | 27 min206 reads17 comments9.7blog.readup.comJeff Camera|11/2/20|27 min206 reads9.7
- AOTD on 11/5/20 - Scout: jeffThe New York Times Company | ALEXANDRA ALTER | 5/23/20 | 20 min9 reads8 comments9.5The New York Times CompanyALEXANDRA ALTER|5/23/20|20 min9 reads9.5
This is seriously fascinating stuff. I had never even heard of the Omegaverse until watching Lindsay Ellis's video on the subject last night. It's crazy and awesome that there are such big markets for such bizarre content. It's also pretty disheartening to hear about instances of content creators using DMCA takedowns to attack their peers. After Ellis posted that video Cain's lawyer went after her as well and tried to get it taken down!
- AOTD on 11/1/20 - Scout: Ruchita_Ganurkar
- AOTD on 10/30/20 - Scout: jeffjeff4 weeks ago
I really like this analysis. It's almost boring in a good way and contains plenty of valuable references and reminders.
This is not an indictment of capitalism, government, or technology. They never satisfy—not because they are malevolent, but rather because they cannot. This poses a real dilemma, not just for society, but for each of us as individuals.
- # 145193 pts - Scout: jeffThe New York Times Company | SABRINA TAVERNISE, ROBERT GEBELOFF | 10/26/20 | 9 min9 reads3 comments9.7The New York Times CompanySABRINA TAVERNISE, ROBERT GEBELOFF|10/26/20|9 min9 reads9.7
- web accessibility initiative (wai) | 3 min2 reads2 comments9.0web accessibility initiative (wai)3 min2 reads9.0
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- AOTD on 10/24/20 - Scout: SEnkey
“I can swim as well as the others,” the narrator says, “only I have a better memory than they do, so I have been unable to forget my formerly not being able to swim. Since I have been unable to forget it, being able to swim doesn’t help me, and I can’t swim after all.”
Plenty of dark passages highlighted in this article but this might be my favorite.
- AOTD on 10/27/20 - Scout: jeff
Excellent article and at 20+ years old I guess it could be a classic. It's absurd that anyone thinks they can read thousands of words per minute but it does raise some interesting questions about what reading even is. The answer surely lies somewhere between merely glancing at a page of words and absorbing 100% of all the information contained and alluded to therein.
I like the way Carver structured his study and 75% retention seems like a reasonable benchmark to me when you're going for speed. I also appreciated the comparison of audio books to reading and the importance of regression. Distraction also has to be a huge factor. Audio books are marketed as a way to absorb information while you're doing something else.
- AOTD on 10/21/20 - Scout: jbuchanaAll That's Interesting | Katie Serena | 10/9/20 | 14 min24 reads8 comments9.6All That's InterestingKatie Serena|10/9/20|14 min24 reads9.6
- AOTD on 10/18/20 - Scout: justinzealandWIRED | Shaun Raviv | 11/13/18 | 37 min9 reads8 comments9.5WIREDShaun Raviv|11/13/18|37 min9 reads9.5
Great read! Really well written profile. I hadn't heard of Friston or the free energy principle before. I found the potential application of the theory towards better understanding mental illness to be the most interesting/compelling but I've got some questions about how it explains life itself and relates to artificial intelligence.
But a free energy agent always generates its own intrinsic reward: the minimization of surprise. And that reward, Pitt says, includes an imperative to go out and explore.
This strikes me as paradoxical. If my ultimate goal is to minimize surprise why would I go out and explore? It makes sense to me that all living things would want to minimize surprise in order to conserve energy, but why do any living things want to live at all in the first place? If an AI program was modeled on the free energy principle why would it ever risk trying to allocate memory or polling inputs? Under all circumstances the shortest path to minimize surprise would simply be to self-terminate.
- # 4071 pts - Scout: jeffHuffPost Highline | Lee Moran | 10/17/20 | 1 min8 reads3 comments5.0HuffPost HighlineLee Moran|10/17/20|1 min8 reads5.0
- AOTD on 10/9/20 - Scout: SEnkey
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- AOTD on 10/2/20 - Scout: jbuchanaRolling Stone | Ej Dickson | 9/23/20 | 8 min18 reads11 comments8.9Rolling StoneEj Dickson|9/23/20|8 min18 reads8.9
It's trippy to imagine reading an article like this as a Q-believer. Knowing that others are plotting to try to deprogram you and fracture your faith would only confirm the existence of the conspiracy and strengthen your resolve. It's a difficult situation but it's always nice to hear the stories of those who managed to snap out of it.
- dartmouth.edu | 34 mindartmouth.edu34 min1 read9.0
Not exactly an easy read but a very worthwhile one. It never hurts to take some time to appreciate the baffling complexity of the universe.
The miracle of the appropriateness of the language of mathematics for the formulation of the laws of physics is a wonderful gift which we neither understand nor deserve.
- AOTD on 9/30/20 - Scout: vunderkind
- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences | 16 min1 read1 comment-Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences16 min1 read-
News flash: Getting spammed by random Twitter messages from politicians and "opinion leaders" who hold viewpoints opposite to your own increases polarization.
At this time, respondents in the treatment condition were offered $11 to follow a Twitter bot, or automated Twitter account, that they were told would retweet 24 messages each day for 1 mo.
As Fig. 2 illustrates, we created a liberal Twitter bot and a conservative Twitter bot for each of our experiments. These bots retweeted messages randomly sampled from a list of 4,176 political Twitter accounts (e.g., elected officials, opinion leaders, media organizations, and nonprofit groups).
Oh and then there's this gem:
Similarly, increases in conservatism among Republicans may have resulted from increased exposure to women or racial and ethnic minorities whose messages were retweeted by our liberal bot.
Yeah, no citation or footnote on that one. Guess it's a given that conservatives are just probably racist and sexist.
Together, we believe these contributions represent an important advance for the nascent field of computational social science (46).
This paper is embarrassing.
- AOTD on 9/29/20 - Scout: Ruchita_Ganurkar
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- # 20174 pts - Scout: jeff
The best thing I've read in a while! This article explores some of the concepts from "A psychoanalytic reading of social media and the death drive" but takes them to an even deeper level and frames the discussion around popular portrayals of artificial intelligence. I find it pretty compelling that the dream of a super-human AI and the desire to feel numb or waste our time both stem from a "profound spiritual fatigue."
To possess true consciousness is the biggest and indeed the only responsibility in the known universe. AI promises a break, as it were, from the colossal burden of being the only show in town.
I'm also in complete agreement with the author's assessment of the intrinsic limitations of AI.
A machine can be taught when to bend a rule only by supplying it with more rules, ad infinitum. This is not unpredictability, nor is it thought, nor, most importantly, does it result in compassion or love.
Also Zed sounds amazing.
On the contrary, it depicts the soul, with its fear, weakness, and love, as the very thing that reaches for a refuge from danger and uncertainty. Zed simply adds this question as a stinger: If man is saved from contingency, from danger, from struggle, why satisfy his needs at all? Is he not, in a sense, already dead?
- -0 pts - Scout: SEnkeyThe Dispatch | Scott Lincicome | 9/22/20 | 14 min5 reads4 comments9.5The DispatchScott Lincicome|9/22/20|14 min5 reads9.5
Great read! Worth it alone just for all the graphs and data. I've heard lots of complaints from populists on both the left and the right recently about the "libertarians in DC" who are controlling the economy. This article does a great job of highlighting why that's such a laughable concept.
One thing everyone can agree on is that the overall growing complexity is a problem, right? Irrespective of any specific political agenda it's just plain wrong to have so many laws that everyone is a criminal and a tax code that no one person can understand.
- AOTD on 9/23/20 - Scout: bill
I think there's a lot more nuance to be had here. I pay for my email now (FastMail, huge fan) but it's pretty awesome that anyone can get an account for free. Same goes for Google, YouTube and many other ad-supported services that provide access to an incredible wealth of knowledge at no upfront cost.
Would it be less evil to ban ads and require a credit card and monthly payments for such services, denying access to those who can't afford it or don't have access to credit? The whole idea of "free is evil" has a weird sort of extremely online, insular tech privilege vibe to it if you ask me.
- -0 pts - Scout: chrissetiana
A classic! I started doing web development a little over 10 years ago and reading this now makes me slightly nostalgic for the jQuery era.
Even though I try to keep everything to a minimum I'm sure the author would be appalled at the number of scripts, stylesheets and fonts Readup injects into the page. I have to say though, this site does look much better in reader mode!
- AOTD on 9/19/20 - Scout: Pegeen
Thoroughly enjoyable read! I'll stick with meals for months or years, but like many in the article I make slight adjustments to keep things interesting while still reaping the benefits of the repetition. Switching up condiments and seasonings can really change the taste of a dish without having to learn a new recipe or significantly alter the regular shopping list. I've also found that just toggling between two different options every other day works great, too.
- AOTD on 9/16/20 - Scout: Ruchita_GanurkarSlate | Joe Morgan | 12/6/18 | 6 min43 reads18 comments8.0SlateJoe Morgan|12/6/18|6 min43 reads8.0
I was ready to completely disagree with this article based on the headline but I think it's actually dead on. Syntax might be the least important aspect of programming but I've seen quite a few online courses that focus on it almost exclusively, probably because it's the easiest thing to test. It makes total sense that helping kids take things apart, learn how they work and put them back together is a better approach. Once they've got that down they can apply it to the more abstract and frustrating version that is programming!
- POLITICO | Jennifer Oldham | 9/13/20 | 18 minPOLITICOJennifer Oldham|9/13/20|18 min1 read9.0
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