Archive for September, 2018

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You know what’s cool? Turning down twenty billion dollars

Brian Acton does not sound like the happy, fulfilled guy the stereotype of billionairedom would have you believe. He sounds like someone racked with regret, guilt, and torment over his decision to…

https://m.signalvnoise.com/you-know-whats-cool-turning-down-twenty-billion-dollars-bbdc2ea63ae5

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Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information

Last week, I ran an ad on Facebook that was targeted at a computer science professor named Alan Mislove. Mislove studies how privacy works on social networks and had a theory that Facebook is letting advertisers reach users with contact information collected in surprising ways. I was helping him test the theory by targeting him in a way Facebook had previously told me wouldn’t work. I directed the ad to display to a Facebook account connected to the landline number for Alan Mislove’s office, a number Mislove has never provided to Facebook. He saw the ad within hours.

https://gizmodo.com/facebook-is-giving-advertisers-access-to-your-shadow-co-1828476051

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William Faulkner Was a Really Bad at Being a Postman | Literary Hub

In 1921, 24-year-old William Faulkner had dropped out of the University of Mississippi (for the second time) and was living in Greenwich Village, working in a

https://lithub.com/william-faulkner-was-a-really-bad-at-being-a-postman/

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Verizon’s secret $40 unlimited plan is now available to everyone – you just need an iPhone – BGR

Earlier this year, it emerged that Verizon is very stealthily funding a company called Visible, which is offering a slightly different kind of wireless service.

https://bgr.com/2018/09/26/verizon-visible-unlimited-plan-invite-iphone/

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@okdan: @rjs Because my brain is strange, all I can see is: https://t.co/IUkdRpS5Ty favorite

https://twitter.com/35679148/status/1045088095601709056

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Adactio: Journal—Preparing a conference talk

The four steps I took in putting together a presentation.

https://adactio.com/journal/14363

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Adactio: Journal—Service workers in Samsung Internet browser

Samsung Internet browser doesn’t yet support asynchronous `waitUntil`, but that’s okay.

https://adactio.com/journal/14361

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Adactio: Journal—A framework for web performance

Where should you be focusing your efforts when it comes to improving your site’s performance? Here’s a reusable framework for figuring it out.

https://adactio.com/journal/14355

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Mort Modern, a typeface in 56 styles

Meet Mortimer Leach. Mortimer was a lettering artist. Mort Modern is a typeface inspired by his work.

https://mort-modern.losttype.com/biography/

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@stephaniemalley: Meet our first star student! He wants to be a vet when he grows up! https://t.co/0ZB597Chur favorite

https://twitter.com/519987661/status/1041702663157678080

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Mountain goat kills man in Olympic National Park | The Seattle Times

A 63-year-old hiker was fatally injured in Olympic National Park and rangers suspect an encounter with a mountain goat is to blame.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/mountain-goat-kills-man-in-olympic-national-park/

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@elevatedwood: Wooden topographic map of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River made from maple with a walnut border. Really amazing… https://t.co/4cqnxzJN3n favorite

https://twitter.com/8.9214907900595E+17/status/1041393588800811008

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Thanks, Basecamp, for the memories and the lessons – Noah Lorang – Medium

After almost 8 years, today is my last day at Basecamp. It’s been a wonderful run, and I’m excited for my next adventure: Elevated Woodworking, where I make and sell wooden topographic maps. It’s…

https://medium.com/@noahhl/thanks-basecamp-for-the-memories-and-the-lessons-e5c8338ba60c

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@noahhlo: Big/exciting/scary personal news: after nearly 8 years, today is my last day doing the data thing @Basecamp. I'm go… https://t.co/IPDtQmspzo favorite

https://twitter.com/234465384/status/1040605219313332224

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Apple’s big news in 108 seconds — Apple - YouTube

Here’s all the big news from Apple’s big event in less than two minutes. Introducing iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, the largest display ever on an iPhone. Say a big hello to iPhone XR, with the all-new Liquid Retina display. Then take a look at the completely redesigned Apple Watch Series 4. With the biggest Apple Watch display yet, and a new electrical heart sensor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iol8n3m88SA&app=desktop

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Basecamp 3: New feature round-up – Signal v. Noise

Summer is winding down, kids are back in school and the Basecamp team has a fresh batch of updates to share. Here’s a quick look at some recent improvements that are available right now in all of…

https://m.signalvnoise.com/basecamp-3-new-feature-round-up-571cd39cee14

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Adactio: Journal—The top four web performance challenges

Counting down the charts—what will be in the number one spot?

https://adactio.com/journal/14329

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A Native Lazy Load for the Web | CSS-Tricks

A new Chrome feature dubbed "Blink LazyLoad" is designed to dramatically improve performance by deferring the load of below-the-fold images and

https://css-tricks.com/a-native-lazy-load-for-the-web-platform/

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Adactio: Journal—Several people are writing

Anne Gibson, Alice Bartlett, Patrick Rhone, Sara Soueidan, Laura Kalbag, Brendan Dawes, Robin Rendle, Khoi Vinh, Amber Wilson, Austin Kleon, and Tim Kadlec write.

https://adactio.com/journal/14333

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@JarvisChi: "Mr Jarvis, how would you describe your work history?" https://t.co/5Ewl6hpyzY favorite

https://twitter.com/224690182/status/1039609487932444672

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September 11 attacks: This F-16 pilot was ordered to down one of the hijacked planes - The Washington Post

A pilot reflects on one of the lesser-told tales of Sept. 11: how the first counterpunch the U.S. military prepared to throw at the attackers was effectively a suicide mission.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/f-16-pilot-was-ready-to-give-her-life-on-sept-11/2015/09/06/7c8cddbc-d8ce-11e0-9dca-a4d231dfde50_story.html

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In-store good vs. At-home good – Signal v. Noise

A number of years ago we bought a new bath tub for our master bathroom. The tub looked something like this: We couldn’t use the tub until the full bathroom rennovation was done. But once it was, I…

https://m.signalvnoise.com/in-store-good-vs-at-home-good-ffc9001824b9?source=rss----668e14b18fb1---4

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Adactio: Articles—The Web Is Agreement

This presentation on web standards was delivered at the State Of The Browser conference in London in September 2018.

https://adactio.com/articles/14321

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Design Decisions #6: Why's that feature there? - YouTube

In this episode, Jason walks us through the genesis of a tiny little feature in search results in Basecamp 3. Why's it there? What's it for? Let's find out!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zh8Rjur18S8

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IBM secretly used New York’s CCTV cameras to train its surveillance software - The Verge

New technology is making surveillance cameras more powerful than ever. Such systems are often developed away from the public eye, as detailed in a new report showing how IBM worked with the NYPD to create software that could search CCTV footage for individuals based on their skin tone.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/6/17826446/ibm-video-surveillance-nypd-cctv-cameras-search-skin-tone

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Can The Maya Parenting Method Turn My 2-Year-Old Into A Household Helper? : Goats and Soda : NPR

Inspired by Maya families where kids happily pitch in, correspondent Michaeleen Doucleff tries to get her 2-year-old daughter to become a household helper.

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/09/01/641266260/how-to-get-kids-to-do-chores-does-the-maya-method-work

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How to be human: the man who was raised by wolves | News | The Guardian

The long read: Abandoned as a child, Marcos Rodríguez Pantoja survived alone in the wild for 15 years. But living with people proved to be even more difficult

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/aug/28/how-to-be-human-the-man-who-was-raised-by-wolves

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Adactio: Journal—Sapiens

Yuval Noah Harari’s bestseller is a frustratingly uneven work.

https://adactio.com/journal/14304

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Some advice from Jeff Bezos – Signal v. Noise

A number of years ago, Jeff Bezos stopped by our office and spent about 90 minutes with us talking product strategy. Before he left, he spent about 45 minutes taking general Q&A from everyone at the…

https://m.signalvnoise.com/some-advice-from-jeff-bezos-4ee95086c76b?source=rss----668e14b18fb1---4

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The Problem Is That We Are All Stupid

The question “What’s wrong with the world?!” is usually more of a statement of exasperation than a question. But it can be treated like a question, and it is a good question. Clearly something is wrong, at least with the […]

https://www.raptitude.com/2018/08/the-problem-is-that-we-are-all-stupid/