Weekly Web Harvest for 2021-04-04

  • People add by default even when subtraction makes more sense | Science News
    Probably over-simplified but worth thinking about in a number of educational scenarios.

    “When people try to make something better … they don’t think that they can remove or subtract unless they are somehow prompted to do so,” says behavioral scientist Gabrielle Adams, also at the University of Virginia.  

  • Assessing DoOO at ‘Berg – Simulacrumbly
    If the web were pillows, we’d want and expect OIT to ensure our pillows weren’t stuffed with sawdust, or shards of glass, or cooties. OIT is that “do not remove” tag on the pillow warning us to not sleep by open flames. DoOO is a bunch of pillow forts.
  • Boll Weevil Monument, Enterprise, Alabama
    The boll weevil proved to be a tempting target, despite its lofty perch and public location. It disappeared in 1953, 1974, 1981, and 1985 (a failed theft). Each time a new weevil was added, and each time the weevil was larger than the one before.
  • Websites Not Bound by ADA Accessibility Rules, 11th Circuit Finds – Courthouse News Service
    Title III of the ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in places of public accommodations, including hotels, restaurants, bars, movie theaters, grocery stores, parks, schools and museums.

    “All of these listed types of locations are tangible, physical places. No intangible places or spaces, such as websites, are listed. Thus, we conclude that, pursuant to the plain language of Title III of the ADA, public accommodations are limited to actual, physical places,” U.S. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Branch, a Donald Trump appointee, wrote on behalf of the majority.

    The majority found that the absence of “auxiliary aids” on the website does not act as an “intangible barrier” to exclude customers from Winn-Dixie’s physical stores.

    “Absent congressional action that broadens the definition of ‘places of public accommodation’ to include websites, we cannot extend ADA liability to the facts presented to us here, where there is no barrier to the access demanded by the statute,” the ruling states.

  • #MoreThanCode | The MoreThanCode Report Website
    Practitioners reimagine the landscape of technology for justice and equity
  • this vs that – What is the difference between ___ and ___ in the front-end development?
    handy stuff
  • Stop Calling Everything AI, Machine-Learning Pioneer Says – IEEE Spectrum
    Computers have not become intelligent per se, but they have provided capabilities that augment human intelligence, he writes. Moreover, they have excelled at low-level pattern-recognition capabilities that could be performed in principle by humans but at great cost. Machine learning–based systems are able to detect fraud in financial transactions at massive scale, for example, thereby catalyzing electronic commerce.
  • pento/free-as-in-speech: An experiment.
    Welcome to the Free (as in Speech) development hub! FaiS is a browser extension written for Firefox and Chrome, which allows you to export your site from Content Management Systems that don’t otherwise provide you with an export.

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