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The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit

Aug 21, 3:02

The story of Chris Knight, living in isolation in the woods of Maine for 27 years.

'Anyone who reveals what he's learned, Chris told me, is not by his definition a true hermit. Chris had come around on the idea of himself as a hermit, and eventually embraced it. When I mentioned Thoreau, who spent two years at Walden, Chris dismissed him with a single word: “dilettante.”'

'But still, I pressed on, there must have been some grand insight revealed to him in the wild…”Get enough sleep.”'

I don’t want to brag, but I’ve been telling that people all along and I didn’t have to live alone in the woods for decades.

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Verizon’s Accidental Mea Culpa | Beyond Bandwidth

Jul 17, 6:57

Level3 counters Verizon’s recent post about Netflix traffic.

"In fact, Level 3 has asked Verizon for a long time to add interconnection capacity and to deliver the traffic its customers are requesting from our customers, but Verizon refuses."

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Gamers Messed With The Steam Sale, Then Valve Changed The Rules

Jun 24, 3:51

Applied game theory 101: Valve’s Steam Summer Sale involves a meta game with teams of Steam users competing for daily prizes. On Reddit the players join together to take turns winning daily. Valve gets wise and performs an existential attack, changing the rules to make it harder for players to want to coordinate.

Still, that all the players joined together to game the system gives me hope for humanity. Its a self organized solution to a tragedy of the commons problem. Only in this case the tragedy is by design and is updated to be more tragic.

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Houston, We Have A Public Domain Problem

Jun 24, 3:18

A bogus SoundCloud takedown anecdote and a brief history of and issues with US copyright law.

Another reminder that the rest of the Western world has a public domain day every year in which new IP enters the public domain

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From Inside Edward Snowden’s Life as a Robot: Wizner had...

Jun 23, 7:04


From Inside Edward Snowden’s Life as a Robot:

Wizner had to jump on a phone call during a meeting with his whistleblower client. When he got off the phone, he found that Snowden had rolled the bot into civil liberties lawyer Jameel Jaffer’s office and was discussing the 702 provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. “It was kind of cool,” Wizner says.

It is neat but they’re marketing video is at times strangely terrifying. Put different music on when the Susan-bot comes up behind the unknowing Mark and this could be a horror movie trailer.

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Mario Maker - Design Mario levels on the Wii U. Time to break...

Jun 10, 3:57


Mario Maker - Design Mario levels on the Wii U. Time to break out my Mario level design documents from when I was 8.

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via Gore at Southland on Snowden

Jun 10, 3:14


via Gore at Southland on Snowden

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mostlysignssomeportents: More than 90% of Americans believe...

Jun 7, 9:55


mostlysignssomeportents:

More than 90% of Americans believe that the US government is unduly influenced by money, and the Mayday.US super PAC is raising $5M to fund the election campaigns of politicians who’ll pledge to dismantle super PACs and enact other campaign finance reforms. They raised more than $1M in 30 days last month, and this month, the goal is $5M. It’s the brainchild of Lawrence Lessig, who’s going to run prototype the project by running five electoral campaigns in 2014, and use the lessons of those projects to win enough anti-corruption seats in 2016 to effect real change.

Again, I’m not able to contribute to Mayday.US, because I’m a Canadian and Briton. But I ask my American friends to put in $10, and promise that I’ll put CAD1000 into any comparable Canadian effort and/or £1000 into a comparable UK effort. We all win when countries embrace evidence-based policy guided by doing what’s best for its citizens, rather than lining the pockets of corrupting multinationals.

Mayday.US

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A high-profile fork: one year of Blink and Webkit Some stats...

Jun 3, 9:10


A high-profile fork: one year of Blink and Webkit

Some stats and analysis at a very high level of the Blink fork from Webkit.

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Morgan Freeman’s unboxing videos. This episode: unboxing...

Jun 1, 1:57


Morgan Freeman’s unboxing videos. This episode: unboxing Gwyneth Paltrow’s head.

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Nieman Journalism Lab - Who’s behind that tweet? Here’s how 7...

May 29, 4:03


Nieman Journalism Lab - Who’s behind that tweet? Here’s how 7 news orgs manage their Twitter and Facebook accounts

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Kickstarter - Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child,...

May 28, 3:14


Kickstarter - Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere.

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Know Your Double - A doppelganger field guide by John Martz

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location.hash and location.search are bad and they should feel bad

May 22, 9:25
The DOM location interface exposes the HTML document's URI parsed into its properties. However, it is ancient and has problems that bug me but otherwise rarely show up in the real world. Complaining about mostly theoretical issues is why blogging exists, so here goes:
  • The location object's search, hash, and protocol properties are all misnomers that lead to confusion about the correct terms:
    • The 'search' property returns the URI's query property. The query property isn't limited to containing search terms.
    • The 'hash' property returns the URI's fragment property. This one is just named after its delimiter. It should be called the fragment.
    • The 'protocol' property returns the URI's scheme property. A URI's scheme isn't necessarily a protocol. The http URI scheme of course uses the HTTP protocol, but the https URI scheme is the HTTP protocol over SSL/TLS - there is no HTTPS protocol. Similarly for something like mailto - there is no mailto wire protocol.
  • The 'hash' and 'search' location properties both return null in the case that their corresponding URI property doesn't exist or if its the empty string. A URI with no query property and a URI with an empty string query property that are otherwise the same, are not equal URIs and are allowed by HTTP to return different content. Similarly for the fragment. Unless the specific URI scheme defines otherwise, an empty query or hash isn't the same as no query or hash.
But like complaining about the number of minutes in an hour none of this can ever change without huge compat issues on the web. Accordingly I can only give my thanks to Anne van Kesteren and the awesome work on the URL standard moving towards a more sane (but still working practically within the constraints of compat) location object and URI parsing in the browser.
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Monty Hall Problem - Numberphile The Monty Hall problem made...

May 22, 5:22


Monty Hall Problem - Numberphile

The Monty Hall problem made intuitive: instead of 3 doors, you have 100. You pick one door and then Monty opens 98 more doors and lets you switch to the remaining door. Well yeah now I’m going to switch.

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YouTube - June System Update Walkthrough for Xbox One OneGuide...

May 21, 6:15


YouTube - June System Update Walkthrough for Xbox One

OneGuide on SmartGlass is coming in the June Xbox One update! The feature I’ve been missing since day one. I don’t think I’m an average Xbox One user.

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@youtube - How DNA Changed the World of Forensics | Retro Report...

May 20, 2:14


@youtube - How DNA Changed the World of Forensics | Retro Report | The New York Times

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YouTube - Dead Man’s Bones (Dance) Nathan Barnatt has...

May 19, 3:21


YouTube - Dead Man’s Bones (Dance)

Nathan Barnatt has some great videos

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Very Serious Button

May 17, 1:34

A physical big red button that is a USB keyboard with a configurable single key. This looks wonderful. I’ll take 26.

RT @codinghorror The Very Serious USB Button https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/very-serious-button/

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