Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-02-09
- A decade of failures in Science Communication. | Southern Fried Science
Lots of parallels with lots of things.
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 ItTo 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 blogRecent 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 […]
Since I’ve been falling off on my weekly photo posts, I figure I’ll start a weekly work series. While that doesn’t seem to make sense . . . it does. I am really bad about keeping track of the good things, the progress, the little bits that add up. I am very good at looking at large, looming disasters. I’m hoping that documenting progress will help convince me that I am making progress, that I am doing small things to help people do a bit more. VCU Qatar – Online Art History/Museology Courses This is part of three online courses being created to help teach art history and two other arts/museology related courses for VCU Qatar. My role in this is more of a consultant (web design is being done externally by CHIPS NYCWho do seem pretty awesome. Their work is really nice and I love thinking about this move from a FileMaker Pro/AppleScript solution into WordPress.) but I’ve built a few things to help get us past (or into) some sticking points. I used one of the HTML5up templates to make this super quick example. I’m not thrilled to have a white guy doing the video but it was the highest production value I found after a quick search (that might be shaped by having to use English). The […]
The “Jennifer Aniston neuron” is the foundation of compelling new memory research — Quartz “We have a relatively limited memory capacity and that much of our perception of our memory is in fact an illusion.” ” Looking for the areas of the brain that cause epileptic seizures, Quiroga discovered that one subject had a neuron that steadily fired whenever she was shown a photo of Jennifer Aniston. It didn’t fire for other celebrities, but seemed linked to the concept of Jennifer Aniston. Another subject had a Halle Berry neuron, and another had one that fired in response to Bill Clinton.” The Suit That Couldn’t Be Copied – The New Yorker Among the interesting things about Savile Row is that the people who work there have complete confidence that what they do is genuinely different and better than what other people can do. They appear to invite scrutiny, arguing that when their work is examined, it will be found admirable. Not only did Taub say yes; he also offered to give me a garment, so that it could be taken apart and so that the tailor who was trying to reproduce it would have the best possible information. His reasoning was that something made by Gieves & Hawkes could be taken apart but not put back together again in as lovely […]