Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-04-07
- Facebook includes weird messages inside Oculus Touch controllers – Business Insider
Facebook said it accidentally hid bizarre and “inappropriate” messages inside “tens of thousands” of virtual-reality controllers, including “Big Brother is Watching” and “The Masons Were Here.”
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 […]
A state-of-the-art open source chatbot Though it’s rare, our best models still make mistakes, like contradiction or repetition, and can “hallucinate” knowledge, as is seen in other generative systems. h/t Stephen Downes Doomer Macron on Twitter: “Effort thread on the Japanese Communist Party ?????, the largest non-governing Communist party in the world, still have their own News Media institution (Shimbun Akahata ?????? 10th most read paper) & s ‘It’s bullshit’: Inside the weird, get-rich-quick world of dropshipping | WIRED UK“I had this target that I wanted to make $1 million in profit in a year,” he says over smoothies and matcha cookies. “I didn’t do it. I beat myself down really well, I had to book into a ten-day meditation retreat.” This year, his Shopify records show he’ll clear about $90,000 (£69,000) in personal profit. Super Simple Videos: 5 Tips & 5 Reasons to Get On Camera – YouTubeMike Wesch showing people how it’s done.
BBC – Future – Facebook is a growing and unstoppable digital graveyard The numbers of the dead on Facebook are growing fast. By 2012, just eight years after the platform was launched, 30 million users with Facebook accounts had died. That number has only gone up since. Some estimates claim more than 8,000 users die each day. At some point in time, there will be more dead Facebook users than living ones. Facebook is a growing and unstoppable digital graveyard. RetroFab: A Design Tool for Retrofitting Physical Interfaces using Actuators, Sensors and 3D Printing | Autodesk Research RetroFab, an end-to-end design and fabrication environment that allows non-experts to retrofit physical interfaces. SVG beyond mere shapes – OpenVis talk really nice work and in reveal js and on github Ocean Fleets Ltd. 1974/75 – Context is Half the Work The conflict adversely affected Levantis’ relationship with the rest of the crew. Reflecting on the whole experience, a representative of Ocean Fleets said that the presence of an artist was indeed well received, but had no lasting effect on the company, noting: “If we had wanted some kind of sociologist aboard, I’d have hired a sociologist.” Making work into an artform | Little AtomsArtist Placemennt Group In 1966, whilst working as a part-time lecturer at Central Saint Martins School of Art, he […]