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The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed - Wired
"[Michael] Baybayan is part of a massive labor force that handles 'content moderation'—the removal of offensive material—for US social-networking sites. As social media connects more people more intimately than ever before, companies have been confronted with the Grandma Problem: Now that grandparents routinely use services like Facebook to connect with their kids and grandkids, they are potentially exposed to the Internet’s panoply of jerks, racists, creeps, criminals, and bullies. They won’t continue to log on if they find their family photos sandwiched between a gruesome Russian highway accident and a hardcore porn video. Social media’s growth into a multibillion-dollar industry, and its lasting mainstream appeal, has depended in large part on companies’ ability to police the borders of their user-generated content—to ensure that Grandma never has to see images like the one Baybayan just nuked." - Victor Ganata
"So companies like Facebook and Twitter rely on an army of workers employed to soak up the worst of humanity in order to protect the rest of us. And there are legions of them—a vast, invisible pool of human labor." - Victor Ganata
"Hemanshu Nigam, the former chief security officer of MySpace who now runs online safety consultancy SSP Blue, estimates that the number of content moderators scrubbing the world’s social media sites, mobile apps, and cloud storage services runs to 'well over 100,000'—that is, about twice the total head count of Google and nearly 14 times that of Facebook." - Victor Ganata
"This work is increasingly done in the Philippines. A former US colony, the Philippines has maintained close cultural ties to the United States, which content moderation companies say helps Filipinos determine what Americans find offensive. And moderators in the Philippines can be hired for a fraction of American wages." - Victor Ganata
"Ryan Cardeno, a former contractor for Microsoft in the Philippines, told me that he made $500 per month by the end of his three-and-a-half-year tenure with outsourcing firm Sykes. Last year, Cardeno was offered $312 per month by another firm to moderate content for Facebook, paltry even by industry standards." - Victor Ganata
LOL, I thought Big Data and algorithms were supposed to make human intervention obsolete. - Victor Ganata
Influenza vs. Ebola (via the CDC on FB)
Does milk do a body good? Maybe not, a new study suggests - L.A. Times
"A new study finds that people who drank lots of milk were more likely to have bone fractures and to die at younger ages than people who drank less than one glass per day." - Victor Ganata
I've been on team yogurt/kefir/etc for years now. - Andrew C (✔)
All I know is milk tastes so much better (milky?) in Asia than it does here. - rönin from FFHound!
Well, we're only just learning about nutrition. The problem is that the dietary guidelines are totally written by Big Ag and they also provide a lot of the funding for studies, too. Moderation seems to be the key in everything. As far as I've been told, you don't need cow's milk specifically, what you need is calcium and vitamin D (and fat when you're still myelinating your central nervous system) and there are plenty of ways to get adequate amounts of those without having to drink lots of cow's milk. - Victor Ganata
So, the fact that I didn't drink milk as a kid while my brother drank close to a gallon a day didn't make me the nutrition slacker? Excellent! - Katy S
we give our kids a calcium supplement and make sure they eat fruit rich in potassium. - Big Joe Silence
Why Doctors Need Stories - NYT
"'Data are important, of course, but numbers sometimes imply an order to what is happening that can be misleading. Stories are better at capturing a different type of ‘big picture.’'" - Victor Ganata
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are right and God isn't 'a magician with a magic wand' - The Independent
While I realize that there are lot of Christian sects that are indeed very anti-science, the stance of the Roman Catholic Church is the reason why that argument has always felt like a strawman to me. And Pope Francis isn't the first pope to state this. - Victor Ganata
And the Big Bang theory was first posited by an astronomer and physicist who was also a Jesuit priest. - Victor Ganata
He has his own astrophysicist. - Ken Morley
It seems to me like he describes an ascent of man type directed evolution. Divine artificial selection? May just be that the pope doesn't really understand the mechanisms of evolution, poor choice of words, or bad translation, of course. But it's not really compatible with the science, is it, if man is believed to be the inevitable end product, the pinnacle, of evolution? I agree it's... more... - Eivind
It's really just a version of the strong anthropic principle, though. The strong anthropic principle and the fine tuning problem make some scientists unhappy precisely because they give intelligent design an opening but they're perfectly compatible with existing evidence. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
It's also a version of creationism :) - Eivind from Android
Sure, but it's a version of creationism that isn't at odds with current observations. - Victor Ganata
“Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.” - Eivind from Android
Well, one way to summarize the strong anthropic principle is that the initial conditions of our universe inevitably lead to the evolution of intelligent life—the physical constants that define our universe make it inevitable that matter will develop into living organisms and which then inevitably evolve into sophonts. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Where, exactly, can intelligent life be found, though? - Uli
Friendfeed. - bentley
LOL, well, yeah, then we end up having to finely parse words like "intelligence", "life", "matter", "existence". - Victor Ganata
I view his remarks as political. One more effort to dislodge his American Bishops from their Republican coalition with evangelicals... - WarLord
Here's what it really is: The tooth and nail adherence to "Creation Science" was making the church looking fucking dumb. Lots of dumb things were trying to be done in the name of the church and ultimately that is turning people off. This is a bridge to sideline those people but still have an explainable way to have Genisis. - Johnny from iPhone
The thing is, the Roman Catholic Church's stance on evolution has been essentially unchanged for the last 64 years. It was really only Benedict who was trying to change things. And it was a Jesuit priest who came up with the Big Bang Theory in the first place. - Victor Ganata
But given the rise/size of other strains of Christianity who are big on Creation Science, this is a pretty clear marker to step away from them. - Johnny from iPhone
Oh, for sure. Francis definitely wants to distance himself from Benedict. But it's more like Francis is turning the wheel back to the direction it was in the first place, rather than setting off in an entirely new direction. - Victor Ganata
Pope Declares There is No Conflict Between Big Bang, Evolution and The Catholic Faith... In 1951 - uCatholic - Victor Ganata
L.A.’s forgotten freeways - L.A. Times
The original plans for L.A.'s freeway system were really ambitious and kind of insane. - Victor Ganata
Oh man, an east/west freeway between the 10 and 105 would be so awesome. I hate driving over there since it's all street traffic. Same with Torrance. The whole South Bay gives me a headache. - Anika
Ouija Boards are Even Creepier When You Know How They Work - Nerdist
Ideomotor phenomenon - Wikipedia - Victor Ganata
I don't know why, but I decided to log in to Myspace today. The pics still on there are from 10 years ago. I know it's irrational, but I feel absolutely ancient.
Wanna feel even older?: :) - Eivind
How long does Twitter have to not become MySpace? - Marketplace Tech
Friendfeed will replace the Twitterz. - Joe
^ - Marie
So of course, my brain immediately went to "These are the voyages of the starship Pacific Princess...."
I had no idea SNL went there already 20 years ago. - Victor Ganata
It's been three years since I moved into my house. I guess there have been a few changes in my life since. #TempusFugit #Changes
How a wedding gown designer is taking on hazmat suits - PRI
Tim Cook explains why the iPod Classic had to die - Engadget
"Apparently it's a very simple reason: 'We couldn't get the parts any more,' explained Tim Cook. 'They don't make them any more.'" - Victor Ganata
European Scientists Conclude That Distant Comet Smells Terrible - NPR - 2014 Oct 24
"Nevertheless, taking a whiff of this comet would be like sharing a horse barn with a drunk and a dozen rotten eggs." - Victor Ganata
How long till we have a smelloscope? - Andrew C (✔) from Android
"Who are you gonna believe, experts in infection control or politicians and pundits with no medical training whatsoever?" "I'm an American! Of course I'm not going to believe in 'experts'!"
I feel like there should be an ICD-9 code for "history of health insurance coverage problems"
Too large a pool of people you'sd have to have subsidiary codes - WarLord
File under hereditary deceases. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
LIAR! "You're all I ever wanted." Same goes for Tim, Louis, Chris, Paul, and others. You are an idiot. - Joe
Everyone step back, give Victor operating room - Greg GuitarBuster
Boyfriend Doesn't Have Ebola. Probably. - Hyperbole and a Half - 2010 Feb 10 - Allie Brosh's reinterpretation of the Wong-Baker FACES pain rating scale
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I can't remember what lead me to this particular post. - Victor Ganata
It probably wasn't stomach AIDS either. - Eivind from Android
I have shared this chart with my healthcare providers before. - Brian Johns
Funny how the people who keep saying voting is a waste of time only talk about how all the candidates and parties are the same. They never mention the fact that you're also voting on state, county, and city measures that will totally affect your life in very concrete ways.
That's because they're simple-minded. It's too hard for them to think that much. - Anika
Plus of course the parties and candidates are NOT the same but hey simple minded - WarLord
I assume they've never voted and have no idea that there are things like ballot questions. - Heather
People who "choose" not to vote come up with the most remarkable reasons. And it's SOOOOOO difficult to register and vote (esp. in states with permanent absentee ballots, like California). Thus us aged and, unfortunately, them extremists take over the gummint because we'll take the time to be part of it. - Walt Crawford
New Mexico is the best place to survive the zombie apocalypse - NewsCastic
Isaac Asimov Mulls “How Do People Get New Ideas?” - MIT Technology Review
"The world in general disapproves of creativity, and to be creative in public is particularly bad. Even to speculate in public is rather worrisome." - Victor Ganata
I feel like a lot of these apply to improv, though improv (in the style I learned it) generally doesn't need an external facilitator/director in performance. I guess there are coaches during practice sessions. - Andrew C (✔)
Wednesday and Pugsley lying on asphalt (via jensaredope)
I love that they're named Wednesday and Pugsley. - bentley
My sister got Pugsley first, so naming her Wednesday was probably inevitable :D - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Under the Hood: Plot Holes, Implausability and Taking the Journey - Tribeca - re: "Gone Girl" #SpoilerWarning
"Yet these plot holes, regardless of the degree to which they may crop up in the viewer's mind, do not, for the majority of filmgoers, ruin the experience of watching the film. Why not?" - Victor Ganata
Way more people are going to die of the flu this season than all the people who have died from Ebola since the virus was discovered 38 years ago.
Because you know I'm... (via Scott. Cat Herder.)
I seem to have done something weird to the left side of my neck while I slept.
Owww. :( - Stephen Mack
Hate. That. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Some Millennials — And Their Parents — Are Slow To Cut The Cord - NPR
The idea that this is unprecedented is kind of ridiculous considering that throughout human history right up until the Industrial Revolution, parental support and extended family support has been the norm. The concept of completely independent nuclear family units is fairly recent. - Victor Ganata
NBA Windows: Kobe Bryant’s Last Stand - Grantland - written by an avowed Kobe hater :D
"But 36 years old and over 45,000 minutes (13th on the all-time list above Moses Malone, the first player to jump from high school to the pros, and less than 200 minutes behind Robert Parish) equals gray-whiskered dog years for all but the rarest of the rare pro ballers. And, in the wake of one of the most devastating injuries in sports, it is fair to consider this the twilight of the Bryant Age. I feel confident in saying that. I think. What’s strange is how sad I am about this. Sad, because I have always been a fervent Kobe hater." - Victor Ganata
"But you only have to scratch the 'Kobe steals from MJ' charge to reveal the sports hate–addled, pretzel structure of the logic underneath. Playing basketball is not intrinsically an act of narrative. Basketball, despite the drama, is not, you know, literature or something. Kobe can’t plagiarize from Mike. What Kobe has done is mold his play after the greatest player ever, and, not incidentally, one who played Kobe’s position. That just makes sense to do, from a caring-about-one’s-craft standpoint." - Victor Ganata
The Scary Ways Online Dating Can Go Wrong - ABC News
"Guys think they're so much safer and that they don't have to worry about security issues. But obviously, a woman in a chimney proves that wrong." - Victor Ganata
So how did the guy find out she was in the chimney? Wait, was this an instance of "THE CALL IS COMING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE!"? - Corinne L
Puppy-sized goliath spider assaults Harvard University entomologist - The Westside Story
Would you rather be assaulted by 100 spider-sized puppies or 100 puppy-sized spiders? - Spidra Webster
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