Weekly Web Harvest for 2019-06-02
- Pinboard on Twitter: “This call for privacy regulation by the New York Times editorial board serves invasive tracking scripts from at least 15 outside domains. I have asked the NYT to disclose this fundamental conflict of interest on their Privacy Project
- Here’s Why All Your Projects Are Always Late?—?and What to Do About It
To succeed at reference-class forecasting, it’s best, to some degree, to ignore the project you’re currently planning, says Yael Grushka-Cockayne, who teaches project management and decision-making at the University of Virginia.
“Don’t think about it too much… Look back at all the projects you’ve done that are similar to this new project X, and look historically at how well those projects performed in terms of their plan versus their actual,” Grushka-Cockayne explains. “See how accurate you were, and then use that shift or use that uplift to adjust your new project that you’re about to start. “
This data led Flyvbjerg to establish what he calls “the iron law of megaprojects: over budget, over time, under benefits, over and over again.”
- Security baseline (FINAL) for Windows 10 v1903 and Windows Server v1903 – Microsoft Security Guidance blog
Recent scientific research calls into question the value of many long-standing password-security practices such as password expiration policies, and points instead to better alternatives such as enforcing banned-password lists (a great example being Azure AD password protection) and multi-factor authentication. While we recommend these alternatives, they cannot be expressed or enforced with our recommended security configuration baselines, which are built on Windows’ built-in Group Policy settings and cannot include customer-specific values.
- Super Punch: The first official one-cent piece of United States currency said “Mind Your Business”
It should be a shirt.
- Don’t Think of It As an “Internet Scam,” But Rather an “Online Learning Experience” – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
In fact, I suggest you think of what happened between us not as an “internet scam,” but rather, a remarkably expensive “online learning experience” you never wanted.
- The Limits of “Just Teaching Math” – dy/dan
My goal in these experiences is always to find areas of agreement between the teaching of different age groups and different areas of math.
–whole thing is nice – I wonder about areas of agreement across disciplines quite a bit. I also fear the sheer size of all this.
We propose a novel method to edit talking-head video based on its transcript to produce a realistic output video in which the dialogue of the speaker has been modified, while maintaining a seamless audio-visual flow (i.e. no jump cuts). Our method automatically annotates an input talking-head video with phonemes, visemes, 3D face pose and geometry, reflectance, expression and scene illumination per frame.
–will make talking head videos in the future an even lower bar
- Artist Hilariously Illustrates 10 Ways In Which Godzilla Was Able To Stand In A 12.100ft Deep Ocean | Bored Panda
like the old mega shark infographic
- The Syllabus: Virginia Tech’s bold (and expensive) plan to manage freshman enrollment | Blog: The Syllabus | greensboro.com
Tech is offering a group of 1,559 incoming, in-state freshmen in specific programs financial incentives to skip the 2019-20 school year in Blacksburg — or at least a semester. The university has budgeted $3.3 million for the program.
- Why MOOCs Aren’t So Cheap … for Colleges | The Fiscal Times
EdX gives its partners the option of producing a MOOC on their own and then submitting the finished product to EdX, or else paying for EdX’s design and consulting services at a rate of $250,000 per course plus another $50,000 each time the course is re-run. EdX is run jointly by MIT and Harvard, who have each fronted $30 million to create the program, though EdX president Anant Agarwal emphasizes the need for EdX to generate sustainable sources of money to avoid becoming a drain on its university parents.
Georgetown, when it announced a partnership with EdX, planned to invest $2 million in the Harvard-MIT brainchild, while Amherst College expected to spend a total of $2.2 million, though the faculty voted down the proposal. Meanwhile the University of Texas shelled out $5 million to join EdX.
Coursera’s costs are less public, though its partner schools have spent tens of thousands of dollars on their own course development. The University of Pennsylvania spent about $50,000 per course, while the University of Edinburgh dropped approximately $45,000 on each of its six courses. U Penn and the California Institute of Technology, when they joined Coursera, invested $3.7 million, justifying the expenditure as an investment in branding and a jumpstart for future online possibilities.
- List: Feel Good Stories From Trump’s America – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
Amazing! When this teacher didn’t have enough time off to take maternity leave, her local Starbucks volunteered to let the baby work there during the day manning the espresso machine so he wouldn’t be bored.