Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-02-09
- A decade of failures in Science Communication. | Southern Fried Science
Lots of parallels with lots of things.
Kanban Project Management Software – KanboardKanboard is a free and open source Kanban project management software. ‘Harry Potter’ Wedding Story Is Fake: Meet the ‘Troll Handbook’ Author“My dad used to troll Saved by the Bell message boards in the 1990s, pretending to be some kind of corporate shill ‘Screech’ character reminding the kids to stay in school and not do drugs.” Just how does Kidz Bop censor songs?Kidz Bop songs exist in a weird parallel universe, one where Lizzo’s famous line “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that bitch” turns into “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that kid.” Sure, you expect profanity to be censored, but some of the swaps are giggle-inducing gems and travesties. So, we wanted to see if we could find patterns in the black-barred words — R.I.P. to our Spotify account algorithms. (See the “bad word” methodology). Integrate your data, APIs, and cloud services in minutes – PipedreamThe integration platform built for developers Develop any workflow, based on any trigger. Workflows are code, which you can run for free. No server or cloud resources to manage. TIC-80 tiny computerTIC-80 is a fantasy computer for making, playing and sharing tiny games. There are built-in tools for development: code, sprites, maps, sound editors and the command line, which is enough […]
Walmart’s Out-of-Control Crime Problem Is Driving Police Crazy To cut down on calls to police, Walmart has been rolling out a program where first-time offenders caught stealing merchandise below a certain value can avoid arrest if they agree to go through a theft-prevention program. At some higher-crime stores, the company is also hiring off-duty police and private security officers. According to Walmart Stores executives, it’s all starting to work. Police chiefs and their officers on the ground say that’s just not so. Ross likes to joke that the concentration of crime at Walmart makes his job easier. “I’ve got all my bad guys in one place,” he says, flashing a bright smile. His squad’s sergeant, Robert Rohloff, a 34-year police veteran who has to worry about staffing, budgets, and patrolling the busiest commercial district in Tulsa, says there’s nothing funny about Walmart’s impact on public safety. He can’t believe, he says, that a multibillion-dollar corporation isn’t doing more to stop crime. Instead, he says, it offloads the job to the police at taxpayers’ expense. “It’s ridiculous—we are talking about the biggest retailer in the world,” says Rohloff. “I may have half my squad there for hours.”
The Grey Lady Learns Pivot Tables: NY Times J-Course Data, Part 1 | spreadsheetjournalismThis just in: The newspaper of record is rebranding itself into the newspaper of records. The Times – the one from New York, that is – has moved to evangelize the data-journalistic thing among its staff, and towards that admirable end has crafted an extended in-house workshop, syllabus and practice files/exercises made available to all the rest of us in Google Sheets here and here, respectively (ok, ok, call me the Luddite; I’m downloading the files into Excel). AltSchool’s out: Zuckerberg-backed startup that tried to rethink education calls it quits – SFChronicle.comNow, the 21st century schoolhouse, created by a former Google executive and backed by titans of tech like Mark Zuckerberg and Peter Thiel, is essentially shutting down. AltSchool is being retooled as Altitude Learning, a startup that will sell software and professional development services nationwide. Track This | A new kind of IncognitoLet us open 100 tabs of pure madness to fool trackers into thinking you’re someone else. bellingcat – Lord Of The Flies: An Open-Source Investigation Into Saud Al-Qahtani – bellingcatThe individual identifying themselves as al-Qahtani in emails to Hacking Team in 2012 and 2015 used two email addresses (email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org) and a phone number (+966 55 548 9750) that can be definitively linked […]