27 February 2015

Unsure about net neutrality?

Apparently there are still a few people unclear on whether net neutrality is a good thing for innovation and freedom of speech. Let me clear that up by looking at who’s on each side, excluding political mouthpieces. Netflix, Google, Microsoft, Kickstarter, Reddit, Vonage, Amazon, Yahoo, eBay, Dish Network, Etsy, Facebook, Tumblr, Dropbox, Automattic (of WordPress fame), BitTorrent, Mozilla, and Level 3 (probably the biggest Internet backbone interconnect company) were all in favor of net neutrality. ... Read more

26 February 2015

Why I didn’t click on your Twitter link

Shock horror, people are starting to notice that nobody clicks on links that are posted to Twitter. As I’ve mentioned before, Twitter was never designed for sharing links and sucks at it. But since people persist in trying to use it that way and then wonder why nobody clicks on their links… Seven possible reasons why I didn’t click on your Twitter link You didn’t post any text to go with the link. ... Read more

24 February 2015

Equine surprise

For years I traveled everywhere in London using the London Underground. This meant that I ended up with a very disconnected mental map of the city. It was a bit like a video game world, where the parts you visit are mapped out in 3D, but the individual mapped areas are connected by doors that take you through empty unmapped space. Each time I accidentally ended up walking from one station to another I would connect two previously unconnected regions of knowledge, and the effect would be revelatory. ... Read more

15 February 2015

CFP: WG69 preliminary standards track meeting

ISO/IEC Working Group 69 will meet in June 2015 in Amsterdam. The meeting’s goal is to begin the discussion process for a new revision of ISO/IEC 58008: Sexual Fetishes and Their Encoding. As you know, the international standard list of sexual fetishes has not been revised since ISO/IEC 58008-1994 was finalized by WG69 in Tokyo, adding tentacles and related pseudopodia to the list. While the internationalization effort has been broadly successful, recent surveys of the World Wide Web have identified over a dozen new fetishes which cannot be adequately described using the standard keywords approved for adult sites. ... Read more

14 February 2015

Cholesterol is harmless

Recent news: The nation’s top nutrition advisory panel has decided to drop its caution about eating cholesterol-laden food, a move that could undo almost 40 years of government warnings about its consumption. The group’s finding that cholesterol in the diet need no longer be considered a “nutrient of concern” stands in contrast to the committee’s findings five years ago, the last time it convened. […] The finding follows an evolution of thinking among many nutritionists who now believe that, for healthy adults, eating foods high in cholesterol may not significantly affect the level of cholesterol in the blood or increase the risk of heart disease. ... Read more

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