Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-02-19
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- Competitive Eating Was Even More Disgusting in the 17th Century | Atlas Obscura
Among the suggested meals to give the “most exorbitant paunchmonger” were a wheelbarrow full of tripe, as many puddings as would stretch across the Thames, and an entire fat calf or sheep.
Judge rules emoji are proof of intent One piece of evidence used against the defendants was an emoji-filled text message they sent to Dahan, which mentioned the house and included the emoji chain “?.” Animating the Virtual DOM by sdrasner some really slick stuff in this Many pet rabbits will die in Second Life on Saturday | Rock, Paper, Shotgun Virtual rabbits across Second Life [official site] will fall asleep on Saturday then never wake up, now that the their digital food supply has been shut down by a legal battle. The player-made and player-sold Ozimals brand of digirabbits are virtual pets that players breed and care for in the sandbox MMO, and even need to feed by buying DRM-protected virtual food. But they rely on servers. Waypoint reported earlier today that the seller of Ozimals and the Pufflings virtuabirds has received a legal threat he says he cannot afford to fight, so they’ve shut down. By Saturday, rabbits will run out of food and enter hibernation. Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts | Environment | The Guardian It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been […]
LOOK: Temple puts Twitter handles of players on football jerseys for spring game – CBSSports.com —I’m still finding it hard to believe this is real Instead of last names on the back of jerseys, the school put the Twitter user names of its players ahead of Saturday’s game. Experience: I was swallowed by a hippo | Life and style | The Guardian time passes very slowly when you’re in a hippo’s mouth. For years, Facebook has been secretly deleting Zuck’s messages from his correspondents’ inboxes / Boing Boing Facebook confirmed that starting in 2014, Facebook began covertly deleting the personal messages Zuckerberg had sent to Facebook users, allegedly in response to the hacking of Sony Pictures. Within hours of Techcrunch’s story, Facebook announced that it would extend this feature to other Facebook users. Even as Facebook was ensuring that its CEO could sanitize his public records, it was deceiving its users by claiming that when they deleted the private videos they’d uploaded, the videos would disappear — instead, Facebook permanently retained these videos. Some datasets for teaching data science · Simply Statistics This dataset includes gun murder data for US states in 2012. I use this dataset to introduce the basics of R program. The Eviction Lab The Eviction Lab at Princeton University has built the first nationwide database of […]
The land grab for farm data | TechCrunch Specifically, ownership and control of agronomic and equipment data is understood to have dramatic escalating value. Which seed varieties were the most successful and where? Which plant populations performed best? Whose recommendations (e.g. nitrogen programs) outperformed their peers? Which input datasets are used for these recommendations, how were they acquired and are they standardized and accessible? How are the big companies actually using the data? Who has access, how long have they been acquiring it and how long do they keep it? Which documents did I sign to give them access? Data is one of the most valuable things farmers harvest. Make no mistake, the ambiguity around the value of this data is intentional. Nobody wants to initiate paying for something that has always been free. Returning Meaning To The Heart Of Communications – Brand Quarterly The P&I (Persuasion and Influence) industries, like so may others such as education, policing and (in the UK) the NHS (National Health Service), are increasingly falling under the sway of an “arithmocracy”. It is a reductionist system where managers are risk averse, increasingly reliant on ‘safety in numbers’ and prone to what Gerd Gigerenzer calls “defensive decision-making”. This system is based on a sort of physics envy: the belief (or hope) that human beings are more […]