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Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-10-07

An Airbnb guesthouse of horrors – The Boston Globe “Sorry about the confusion. Life’s too short for me to give you an explanation. Have a nice time in LA.” “I just know” replaces systematic reviews at top of evidence pyramid“After much research and deliberation, we feel we cannot ignore what a parent or conspiracy theorist feels “in their gut”. There are just too many anecdotes and too many people buying untested alternative health products to ignore this any longer,” explained SHEA spokesman Dr. Harold Rami. New U.S. Weapons Systems Are a Hackers’ Bonanza, Investigators Find – The New York TimesSometimes the testing teams toyed with their Pentagon targets. One team “reported that they caused a pop-up message to appear on users’ terminals instructing them to insert two quarters to continue operating.” Enigma PublicWe’ve curated the world’s broadest collection of public data into a single searchable, explorable web portal and API. awesomedata/awesome-public-datasets: A topic-centric list of high-quality open datasets in public domains. New PR ???This list of a topic-centric public data sources in high quality. They are collected and tidied from blogs, answers, and user responses. Most of the data sets listed below are free, however, some are not. Other amazingly awesome lists can be found in sindresorhus’s awesome list. A philosopher explains how our addiction to stories keeps us from […]

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Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-09-30

DeVos’ security detail projected to cost up to $7.7M during the next year – POLITICOThe Marshals Service said the final cost of protection for DeVos in fiscal 2018 was $6.79 million. Dork Money Defeats Dark Money on Twitter: “This 6.5 MB Bloomberg article injects targeted code into your browser and pings back to a suite of mystery servers every few seconds while the page is open. Most of its components serve no obvious purpose. https: Planning to Vote in the November Election? Why Most Americans Probably Won’t – The New York Times Ms. Hill watched as smiling politicians kept making promises and, in her view, growing richer. —-data viz average net worth of politicians over time adjusted for inflation . . . Software disenchantment @ tonsky.meAs a general trend, we’re not getting faster software with more features. We’re getting faster hardware that runs slower software with the same features. Everything works way below the possible speed. Ever wonder why your phone needs 30 to 60 seconds to boot? Why can’t it boot, say, in one second? There are no physical limitations to that. I would love to see that. I would love to see limits reached and explored, utilizing every last bit of performance we can get for something meaningful in a meaningful way. Build Your Own Learning Tools (BYOT) […]

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Top Hat Content Rescue Bookmarklet

We have more and more people building things in Top Hat. Top Hat has some useful features (and a very aggressive sales team) but it’s not a place that makes it easy to get your content out. I am working with some of our biology faculty who have gotten an Open Stax textbook in there but want to put their now edited version someplace that is not Top Hat. The following bookmarklet will select the Top Hat content into a format that lets you cut/paste it into an HTML editor. You can see some of the issues with typical awkward paths for trying to get content out in the video. It’ll also show you how to add a bookmarklet if you’re looking for that.

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Real Life Math or Window Ad?

Windows come in many shapes and sizes. Some commonly used shapes for windows are circles, rectangles, squares, triangles, pentagons, and octagons. Source: www.pella.com One of those amazingly horrible attempts at making something “real world” in a textbook. This is a high school math textbook. The source for this staggering information is a website that sells windows. And they double down on their insistence that windows make this content relevant and useful to today’d hip teens by using windows in two examples. Remember aspiring teen window makers, you can use the reflective property of congruence in your future job interview!

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User Choice: Hiding Some Sites in My Sites in WordPress Multisite

Long have I struggled with WordPress Multisite and the way it makes things difficult for non-super admin users. While it is very easy to join additional sites, leaving them on your own is easier said than done. I hesitate to write ‘impossible’ even now as it seems insane that there isn’t a good and obvious way for non-site admins to leave a site. Maybe someone will point out something obvious I’ve missed but in case I am right here is a way to allow users to control which sites show up in their My Sites list. After some thought, I went with the least dramatic path here. We are just removing the sites from the main views rather than deleting accounts on individual blogs. I started to go that route (remove_user_from_blog) but a conversation with Matt and the concerns about transferring ownership of the content or deleting the content and being able to un-do that if a mistake was made quickly made me think of some other options. I opted to use add a filter to the get_blogs_of_user function which builds both the drop down menu of sites and the blogs listed on the My Sites page. With the function below I can pass in an array of blog IDs to ignore when building the ‘My Sites’ list. You’ll also […]