A reflective week thanks to a funeral on Friday. Apart from that, mostly quiet and thankfully no travel.
Taboo came to an end this week – strong series so hopefully another will appear at some point. SS-GB looked great but not much happened so expect much tonight. Looking forward to some Zelda next week and the new Switch.
Reflecting on one very, very strange year at Uber — Susan J. Fowler
As most of you know, I left Uber in December and joined Stripe in January.
I’ve gotten a lot of questions over the past couple of months about why I
left and what my time at Uber was like. It’s a strange, fascinating, and
slightly horrifying story that deserves to be told while it is still fresh
in my mind, so here we go.
Uber are quite the disgusting company. Susan Fowlers brave post has exposed what many had suspected. The real question, is this reality at other tech firms as well never mind more traditional industries?
An Open Letter to The Uber Board and Investors – Medium
By now a staggering number of people recognize the name of Susan Fowler and have read some account of her experiences of sexism, sexual harassment and horrendous management at Uber. So what explains…
Uber have a real problem which they haven’t really addressed almost a week after Fowlers blog post.
4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump – Medium
Around 2005 or so a strange link started showing up in my old webcomic’s referral logs. This new site I didn’t understand. It was a bulletin board, but its system of navigation was opaque. Counter…
A look into the strange world that got Trump elected.
to the people I know who know Milo – Medium
There are lots of people of my acquaintance who have known Milo for a long time, through his many shape-shifting phases. Many of them have pardoned him a range of sins and excesses —transgressions…
Bobbie Johnson on Milo the shape shifter.
On the Milo Bus With the Lost Boys of America’s New Right
What happens when a movement of gamers recognizes they’re not players, but pawns?
Laurie Penny on Milo and his entourage.
Meet the 16-year-old Canadian girl who took down Milo Yiannopoulos – Vox
How a 16 year old broke the story that ended Milo.
The rise and fall of Milo Yiannopoulos – how a shallow actor played the bad guy for money | World news | The Guardian
Like Donald Trump, Yiannopoulos grew out of a grotesque convergence of politics and the internet, and thrived by turning hate speech into showbusiness
So we finally found there is a line that right wing American’s can’t cross, and that no amount of apologies and bullshit from Milo Yiannopoulos could talk his way out of it. I’m sure he’ll carry on in some way or another…just can’t help himself.
Manifestos and Monopolies – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Thompson makes the case that Facebook shouldn’t be allowed to buy another network app although I think the social graph portability is more important.
I Was a Muslim in the Trump White House—and I Lasted Eight Days – The Atlantic
When President Obama left, I stayed on at the National Security Council in order to serve my country. I lasted eight days.
Why Nothing Works Anymore – The Atlantic
Technology has its own purposes.
Can too much tech makes things worse? Maybe.
Post-Olympic Abandonment – A blog by TMD studio – Medium
Bringing the Olympics to your country, whether in summer or winter, is a costly business. Just ask the recent hosts. The games set back Sochi $51 billion, London $11.6 billion and Beijing at least…
So sad to see these great abandoned buildings and well played to London for bucking the trend. Brazil already looks to be a mess.
Mexico’s sugar tax leads to fall in consumption for second year running | Society | The Guardian
Health experts are watching the progress of the tax to see if it will lower the rates of obesity-related diseases and type 2 diabetes
Can’t come soon enough to the UK although still don’t understand why it’s only on drinks.
Bill Paxton, actor known for Aliens and Titanic, dies aged 61
Game Over Man, Game Over! Sad to see Bill Paxton pass away today.
Finding Radiohead’s most depressing song, with R | R-bloggers
Radiohead is known for having some fairly maudlin songs, but of all of their tracks, which is the most depressing? Data scientist and R enthusiast Charlie
You say depressing, I say best.
Good friend of my Mum’s passed away this week, funeral next week but will remember her help and support during my Dad’s illness. Less travel this week but more tired – was knackered at the end of the week. Spent the weekend pottering and catching up on TV and film. Also tweaked how this post is put together. Instead of Pocket I’m now using Pinboard which allows me to auto populate this post with bookmarks that I’ve specifically tagged saving me a bit of sort time…every little helps.
Enjoying Legion and the production is excellent. Intrigued to see where this goes. Also caught up with Doctor Strange which was OK if a bit predictable.
How Planet Earth II filmed its thrilling “Snake Island” chase scene – Vox
Capturing the terrible thrills of life and death in the animal kingdom, explained.
Still jaw dropping.
Helping You See Outside Your Bubble
A new feature on some of our most widely shared articles…
Interesting addition by Buzzfeed – we are all in a bubble of our choosing.
Apple Vowed to Revolutionize Television. An Inside Look at Why It Hasn’t – Bloomberg
The company is testing a new Apple TV capable of streaming ultra-high-definition 4K. It may not be enough to take on Amazon and Roku.
I like my Apple TV but Amazon Fire can do more, my TV streams in 4K which the Apple TV doesn’t and this will probably cost more than anything else on the market.
How Ben Thompson built Stratechery into a one-man publishing empire – Recode
“The internet enables niche in a massively powerful way.”
Stratechery is a great site and podcast.
Here’s What TfL Learned From Tracking Your Phone On the Tube | Gizmodo UK
EXCLUSIVE! Giz UK can exclusively reveal some of the amazing things that TfL discovered by tracking the wifi on our mobile devices.
Some interesting data mining.
Stan Smith Knows You Think He’s Just a Sneaker
He’s no Serena Williams, but he scored big in footwear.
Story behind the shoes, interesting read.
Arrival: A Response To Bad Movies – YouTube
Arrival, only recently watched, was a great film and this is a good tribute.
Comercial Toyota C-HR Street Fighter II (Espetacular!!!!) – YouTube
One for the older gamer.
Eulogy to Gordon Aikman – February 18th 2017 – Kezia Dugdale MSP
Eulogy to Gordon Aikman – February 18th 2017 Kezia Dugdale MSP MSP for Lothian and Leader of the Scottish Labour Party
Moving tribute to Gordon Aikman from Kezia Dugdale.
Should you take your phone to the United States? – BBC News
Should you visit the United States?
A Computer to Rival the Brain – The New Yorker
Time for the CPU to think differently.
Employers are going soft: the skills companies are looking for | World Economic Forum
Following on from a similar post I linked to last week, I’m really starting to think more around softer or non-cognitive skills, whats important and how to build a team with these skills.
Health cuts most likely cause of major rise in mortality, study claims | Society | The Guardian
Government rebuts verdict that NHS and social care cuts may have caused 30,000 excess deaths in England and Wales 2015
Shocking but no real surprise.
Is Finland’s basic universal income a solution to automation, fewer jobs and lower wages? | Society | The Guardian
It’s not just Glasgow looking into universal income as a modern day solution.
CRS-10 | Falcon 9 First Stage Landing
Spectacular and awe inspiring…but needs some You Only Live Twice from Bond as a soundtrack.
The travel continued with a drive through to Rosyth and then Barrow the next day. Long days meant a quiet and relaxing weekend. The trips were really worthwhile, left a positive impression and got me thinking about some changes at work. Nothing big, just time to shake things up a little.
Finally caught up on Arrival this week. Stunning film, proper grown up science fiction without relying on special effects and asking the audience to think a little.
Why Nobody Cares the President Is Lying
MILWAUKEE — If President Trump’s first tumultuous weeks have done nothing else, at least they have again made us a nation of readers.
Facts. We saw it with Brexit, saw it in recent elections and now Trump and his team are masters of it – repeat your story and be damned with the facts cause it’s lost on the masses. Sigh.
Donald Trump visit opposed by Commons speaker
MPs applauded the speaker of the House of Commons for declaring he would not choose to invite President Trump to Parliament. John Bercow said the valued the relationship with the US, but would oppose inviting the president to address MPs and Lords in Westminster.
Can’t stand Bercow but well said Sir, well said.
The Dark Knight: Visual Echoes
This videoessay compares the influence and references to Michael Mann’s Films in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Nolan actually screened Michael Mann’s “Heat” for all his department heads before going into production, he say once: “I always felt ‘Heat’ to be a remarkable demonstr
Love both films but hadn’t realised they shared so much.
What Vizio was doing behind the TV screen
Consumers have bought more than 11 million internet-connected Vizio televisions since 2010. But according to a complaint filed by the FTC and the New Jersey Attorney General, consumers didn’t know that while they were watching their TVs, Vizio was watching them.
Shocker. Thinking I should disconnect my TV from the internet and just use boxes that I trust.
Sad to announce: Hans Rosling passed away this morning
We are extremely sad to announce that Professor Hans Rosling died this morning. Hans suffered from a pancreatic cancer which was diagnosed one year ago. He passed away early Tuesday morning, February 7, 2017, surrounded by his family in Uppsala, Sweden.
Saddened by the passing of Hans Rosling. A couple of my favourite Ted talks were by him. Loved the passion, clear speaking and graphics he used to make data come alive.
ABC News on Twitter
Tim Cook condemns immigration order in Glasgow speech. “If we stand and say nothing, it’s as if we’re agreeing.” http://abcn.ws/2kKjUir
Cook was in Glasgow to receive an honorary degree from my alma mater and had some important things to say on Trumps muslim ban.
Full Frontal on Twitter
We sent @Amy_Hoggart to Scotland to discuss resisting oppression with people who are born crotchety. #SamanthaBee
Trump is a cunt…and a bawbag.
This Teen Hacked 150,000 Printers to Show How the Internet of Things Is Shit
On Saturday, February 4, 2017, a self-described “pissed off high school student” in the United Kingdom sat in front of his computer, listening to Bones and Yung Lean, coding a rootkit, a set of software tools that allows an unauthorized user to control a computer system.
Don’t piss of a geek.
Piers Morgan & Jim Jefferies: The Lesser of Two Evils | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
Subscribe to the Real Time YouTube: http://itsh.bo/10r5A1BBill’s request for an apology from the people who said Hillary Clinton was the lesser of two evils leads to a confrontation between Daily Mail editor Piers Morgan and comedian Jim Jefferies.Connect with Real Time Online:Find Real Time on Face
Fuck off Piers.
The Evolution Of Keanu Reeves In Movies
As big fans of the first John Wick, we are excited about the sequel, and we thought it would be fun to take a look back at Keanu’s career. Party on, dudes!New videos every month!http://burgerfiction.comhttp://twitter.com/burgerfiction
He’s hardly aged.
One Woman’s Brilliant “Fuck You” to Wikipedia Trolls
The “fuck you” project crystallized one Friday night last year. As Emily Temple-Wood video-chatted with friends, an email pinged in her inbox: The note came from someone with a history of harassing the 22-year-old medical student. This man hates women, Temple-Wood thought to herself.
Great response to some horrible abuse.
Has Facebook slipped up with VR?
I first tried the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in the corner of a drab conference room in Las Vegas. I was convinced within seconds – despite feeling a little dizzy – that the device, held together by duct tape and hope, was destined for big things.
VR sales have been less than expected, but I still believe VR and AR are the next big things.
REVEALED: This is what secretive billion-dollar startup Magic Leap has been working on
Hi everyone – the photo you are all excited about is NOT what you think it is. The photo shows an @magicleap R&D test rig where we collect room/space data for our machine vision/machine learning work.
Lot’s of laughs about how crap this looks, but it’s a prototype. Remember the iPhone prototype?
Let’s stop calling them ‘soft skills’
Are you good at your job? Different, easier question: Was Ty Cobb good at baseball?
Totally agree and some thought provoking statements – But when an employee demoralizes the entire team by undermining a project, or when a team member checks out and doesn’t pull his weight, or when a bully causes future stars to quit the organization — too often, we shrug and point out that this person has tenure, or vocational skills or isn’t so bad. But they’re stealing from us. So true.
Google Brain super-resolution image tech makes “zoom, enhance!” real
Google Brain has devised some new software that can create detailed images from tiny, pixelated source images. Google’s software, in short, basically means the “zoom in… now enhance!” TV trope is actually possible. First, take a look at the image on the right.
This is wild…bad TV shows have been doing this for years!
A Dead Simple Tool To Find Out What Facebook Knows About You
If you could measure all the information you consume online, what would you learn about yourself? That’s the question behind the new Chrome extension Data Selfie.
A US-born NASA scientist was detained at the border until he unlocked his phone
Two weeks ago, Sidd Bikkannavar flew back into the United States after spending a few weeks abroad in South America. An employee of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Bikkannavar had been on a personal trip, pursuing his hobby of racing solar-powered cars.
Shameful. Don’t go to America.
Long week with some travel down south. Tuesday night in Farnborough turned into Tuesday night in London and a great wee meal at Smoking Goat.
Enjoying new Elbow, Little Fictions, and Melanfonie from Emika.
Trial Balloon for a Coup?
The theme of this morning’s news updates from Washington is additional clarity emerging, rather than meaningful changes in the field. But this clarity is enough to give us a sense of what we just saw happen, and why it happened the way it did.
Surely not but then the last two weeks have been pretty crazy.
‘Why let ’em in?’ Understanding Bannon’s worldview and the policies that follow.
In November 2015, Stephen K. Bannon — then the executive chairman of Breitbart News — was hosting a satellite radio show. His guest was Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), who opposed President Obama’s plan to resettle some Syrian refugees in the United States. Bannon cut him off.
Nazi in charge.
Tested: The truth behind the MacBook Pro’s ‘terrible’ battery life
Read professional reviews of Apple’s new MacBook Pro lineup, and you’ll come away thinking the new laptops have great battery life. Dive into a customer forum, though, and the upshot will be exactly the opposite: The new MacBook Pros have “piss poor” battery life.
Reality is that a lot of people would trade weight for battery.
MICHAEL WOLF: Hong Kong’s Architecture of Density
Lovely feature on Hong Kong’s architecture.
Press Statement: Why I held up that sign behind Nigel Farage
London Labour MEP, Seb Dance, has explained why he held up a sign saying “he’s lying to you” while Nigel Farage defended the immigration policy of Donald Trump in the European Parliament. “Mainstream politics must be more willing to challenge the nationalists and the populists.
Or just keep Farage of TV and Radio. Cnut.
I Feel It Coming – How Streaming is Changing Music Consumption
Over the past couple years we’ve published two massive articles about the current state and impending trends of music consumption—my deep dive on the tough realities of streaming platforms and Nick’s bullshit-free synopsis of Nielsen’s 2016 music industry report.
Streaming is my main way of consuming music now and I’m a late comer to it.
Arkansas passes law allowing rapists to sue victims who want an abortion
Abortion rights activists hold placards outside of the US Supreme Court ahead of an expected ruling on abortion clinic restrictions on June 27, 2016 in Washington, DC.
Actual what the fuck moment of the week. Shocking.
David Bowie Special Stamps
Love these. Well done Royal Mail.
A look behind the mask of the real life Batman.Batman: http://ift.tt/2jKIqmg & Music: Ryan Freeman (http://ift.tt/2jvrPOq)Produced by: Lossless Creative (http://ift.tt/2h0N8Hd)Drone & Camera Assistant: Nick Freeman
I thought this was a spoof at first but no, this guy really is Batman every night.
The making of Apple’s HAL
Between the lack of surprise (so many spots are released early now) and the general mediocrity, it became more chore than fun. That said, I refuse to lose my Big Game spirit. So — how about a little story from Apple’s Super Bowl past?
With Super Bowl today we’ll see lots of great adverts (and some not so great) and this is a nice write up on Apple’s ad from 1999.
Alphabet’s Boston Dynamics is working on a robot that its founder calls “nightmare inducing”
Boston Dynamics now has a long history of viral videos showing off its latest terrifying robots. Apparently its latest creation takes things even a step further.
It’s got wheels!!!
Not ‘Lone Wolves’ After All: How ISIS Guides World’s Terror Plots From Afar
HYDERABAD, India — When the Islamic State identified a promising young recruit willing to carry out an attack in one of India’s major tech hubs, the group made sure to arrange everything down to the bullets he needed to kill victims.
Good article and shows how terror attacks are far more coordinated than we thought.
In his own words: Imam Hassan Guillet’s address at Quebec City funeral for 3 mosque victims
Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder following Sunday night’s shooting. None of the allegations against him has been proven in court. We are here to celebrate Khaled, Aboubaker, Abdelkrim, Azzedine, Mamadou, Ibrahima.
I fear this won’t be the only attack this year.
LIFE – Official Trailer (In Theaters March 24)
This March, be careful what you search for. #SearchForLIFE In theaters March 24, 2017Follow us on Social:http://www.facebook.com/lifemovieofficialwww.twitter.com/lifemoviewww.instagram.com/lifemovieofficialSubscribe to Sony Pictures for exclusive video updates: http://bit.ly/SonyPicsSubscribeLife tells the
Nice Alien vibe to this film.
What The Fuck Just Happened Today?
1/ Homeland Security suspends travel ban, and will resume standard inspections of travelers as it did prior to the signing of the travel ban. The White House announced the Justice Department would file an emergency motion to stop the halt, but it had yet to do so as of Saturday afternoon.
Keep up to date with all that Trump fucks up.
Sean Spicer Press Conference – SNL
White House press secretary Sean Spicer (Melissa McCarthy) and secretary of education nominee Betsy DeVos (Kate McKinnon) take questions from the press (Bobby Moynihan, Kristen Stewart, Cecily Strong, Vanessa Bayer, Alex Moffat, Mikey Day).
So good, SNL and Melissa McCarthy tackle Sean Spicer.
Inside Libratus, the Poker AI That Out-Bluffed the Best Humans
For almost three weeks, Dong Kim sat at a casino in Pittsburgh and played poker against a machine. But Kim wasn’t just any poker player. This wasn’t just any machine. And it wasn’t just any game of poker. Kim, 28, is among the best players in the world.
Libratus learned how to play poker and then took on the best in the world. The advances in AI are astonishing…what will keep them in check?