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Todd Hoff
Platform Monopolies – AVC -
What we didn't predict was the evolution of platforms into entities that instead of making markets where information was more perfectly disseminated, information instead became hidden and manipulated by the market makers to their own benefit. Google does this with ads, nobody knows what is really happening. Facebook with their algorithm controls absolutely what content is shown to users to the extent the content may even be ordered to increase ad conversions. Amazon controls ordering, delivery, and almost arbitrarily sets prices, even competing with vendors by sourcing products themselves. Etsy is a good example of a straightforward market place that simply brings people together to mutual benefit. But will that last if they take a more dominate position? - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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The Master Switch, On Theodore Vail, who built AT&T. Vail’s dream of a perfected, centralized industry was predicated on another contemporary notion as well. It may sound strange to our ears, but Vail, a full-throated capitalist, rejected the whole idea of “competition.”
He had professional experience of both monopoly and competition at different times, and he judged monopoly, when held in the right hands, to be the superior arrangement. “Competition,” Vail had written, “means strife, industrial warfare; it means contention; it oftentime means taking advantage of or resorting to any means that the conscience of the contestants … will permit.” His reasoning was moralistic: competition was giving American business a bad name. “The vicious acts associated with aggressive competition are responsible for much, if not all, of the present antagonism in the public mind to business , particularly to large business.” - Todd Hoff
In his heterodox vision of capitalism, shared by men like John D. Rockfeller, the right corporate titans, monopolists in each industry, could, and should, be trusted to do what was best for the nation. With the security of monopoly, Vail believed, the dark side of human nature would shrink, and natural virtue might emerge - Todd Hoff
Again, the power of rationalization trumps all. - Todd Hoff
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Ever notice how toilet seats get flipped from up to down and down to up between visits, even though you know nobody has been in the bathroom? After much research I've found that toiled seats are entangled. So when one seat even half way across the universe is flipped the entangled seat follows. Spooky. I plan to make a supercomputer from these.
I would posit that either a) You don't know that nobody has been in the bathroom or b) Your memories of visits to the bathroom are getting out of sync. Because otherwise, screw the supercomputer, you could make a teleporter out of these, and I don't think we're far enough into the future for that yet. - Slippy: Potato Croquette
Does SETI know about this? - Ken Morley
As usual ken they are keeping a lid on it. - Todd Hoff
Sloppy, the way to teleport would be through the toilet and that shit ain't gonna fly. - Todd Hoff
We'd hope it wouldn't fly, otherwise it might hit the fan. - April Russo
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The full range of human ingenuity and perversity is fully exposed by the infinite variety of shower controls. They all have basically the same function and they all manage to do it differently with an equal lack of clarity.
An interesting user interface issue. - Sean McBride
I don't know that they all lack clarity. Ours is a single nob and a channel pin. The nob has a regular hot-cold layout, pull out for pressure, turn for temp. control. And then you can pull the channel pin to block the tub spout. - NOT THE CRICKET
How far do you move a dial to get what temperature? Which way is cold? Which way is hot? Which way is off? How do you control pressure? And can you control it without looking? How long does it take to warm up? - Todd Hoff
Half-inch to the left, is warm, inch or further is hot to scalding, dial centered, about room temperature, half-inch to the right water-temp is about 50F, I don't know if it gets colder. Both lines stay under pressure to the control valve, so if you turn left you're cutting off the cold water intake, if you turn right you're cutting off hot water intake, so it's super smooth temperature... more... - NOT THE CRICKET
My favorite shower, that I've only seen once (at a camp ground) had a single knob. Turn left for hot, right for cold, pull for water, push to shut off. It's amazing how many showers tie pressure into temperature, they should all be logical enough to have them separate! - Heather
YouTube needs an "equalize volume across playlist" option.
Commercials aren't any louder. Sure... - Todd Hoff
Andrew C (✔)
Kansas was supposed to be the GOP’s tax-cut paradise. Now it can barely pay its bills. - Vox -
"In 2012, Kansas governor Sam Brownback signed a massive tax cut into law, arguing that it would boost the state's economy. Eventually, he hoped to eliminate individual income taxes entirely. "Our place, Kansas, will show the path, the difficult path, for America to go in these troubled times," he said." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Yet though Brownback is running for reelection this fall in a deep red state, he's trailed his Democratic challenger in 3 of the 4 most recent polls — and his marquee tax cut appears to be the main reason. Kansas is now hundreds of millions of dollars short in revenue collection, its job growth has lagged the rest of the nation, and Moody's has cut the state's bond rating. "Governor... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"After the cuts became law, it was undisputed that Kansas's revenue collections would fall. But some supply-side analysts, like economist Arthur Laffer, argued that increased economic growth would deliver more revenue that would help cushion this impact. Yet it's now clear that the revenue shortfalls are much worse than expected. "State general fund revenue is down over $700 million... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"And the economic benefits Brownback promised haven't materialized either. Chris Ingraham wrote at Wonkblog that Kansas's job growth has lagged behind the rest of the country, "especially in the years following the first round of Brownback tax cuts."" - Andrew C (✔)
Really they just need deeper cuts and more time. Because growth is like magic. With a pen you can make it disappear. - Todd Hoff
Scott Hanselman
Someone just asked me "How long ago was that headshot taken?" o_O
From the angle of the entrance wound, it was at 2 o'clock. - Todd Hoff
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Neural Networks, Manifolds, and Topology -- colah's blog -
"There are a lot of important insights here. One is the Manifold Hypothesis, which essentially says there are simpler underlying structures buried beneath the noise and chaos of natural data. Without this, machine learning would be impossible, since you’d never be able to generalize from a set of examples to cope with novel inputs, there would be no pattern to find. Another is that visual representations of the problems we’re tackling can help make sense of what’s actually happening under the hood." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Google offers no transparency on ad revenue splits, and its numbers don’t make sense | PandoDaily -
"Which gets interesting, because when you slice it up, some of Google’s numbers look a little funky. Let’s go on a mathematical journey. Digital ad spending in 2013 was $119.8 billion worldwide. Google’s share of that, according to its 2013 annual financial reporting, was $50.57 billion. Of those billions, $13.1 billion came from ads placed on Google Network Members’ websites. In other words, ads placed by Google on websites like the disgruntled web publisher that spoke to us." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Here's an entitlement program I don't hear anyone wanting to cut - The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane to Nowhere -
Here's an entitlement program I don't hear anyone wanting to cut - The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane to Nowhere
I came across a colorful phrase the other day: "warfare queens." - Sean McBride
That's appropriate. - Todd Hoff
"In the case of the F-35, the short answer is: a lot. Counting all of its suppliers and subcontractors, parts of the program are spread out across at least 45 states. That's why there's no doubt lawmakers will continue to fund the program even though this is the third time in 17 months that the entire fleet has been grounded due to engine problems. In fact, in the version of the defense... more... - Bruce Lewis
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"You are here." Shocking reminder of the last 800,000 years of atmospheric CO2, as of July 1
But I know, basic physics doesn't matter to a lot of people. - Todd Hoff
Victor Ganata
I've waited this long. What's waiting a lot longer?
"I hate waiting." --Inigo Montoya - Stephen Mack
Torture. - Todd Hoff
You need a shock administering device of some sort. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Hahaha! It just occurred to me, though: why torture myself with an external device when I can torture myself just fine with my own inner turmoil. - Victor Ganata
Of course the Dalai Lama's a Marxist | Ed Halliwell | Comment is free | (via -
Of course the Dalai Lama's a Marxist | Ed Halliwell | Comment is free | (via
"Perhaps because Buddhism came to the west on a wave of post-war hippy soul-searching, and was then co-opted as friendly religion of choice by new ageism and the self-help movement, its radical economic and social messages have been lost under an avalanche of laughing fat-man statues, healing crystals and copies of The Secret." - Eivind from Bookmarklet
You can't be a Marxist if you don't believe class struggle is the key. That's the whole point. - Todd Hoff
When you're the 14th iteration of the Lama di tutti Lami, you can be anything you damn well please :) - Eivind
If you thought that then you wouldn't be worthy. - Todd Hoff
True. But they probably won't even let me try to pick up the right items when this iteration's done anyway. - Eivind
btw: Marxism - Political Ideology - Marxism is a worldview and method of societal analysis that focuses on class relations and societal conflict, that uses a materialist interpretation of historical development, and a dialectical view of social transformation. - непростые коротышки
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One lichen is actually 126 species and counting | Science News -
One lichen is actually 126 species and counting | Science News
"A kind of lichen that biologists thought they knew well has turned out to consist of at least 126 distinct species — and maybe more than 400 — lumped under a single name." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn't compete | Giles Parkinson | Comment is free | -
Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn't compete | Giles Parkinson | Comment is free |
"Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn't compete As early as 2018, solar could be economically viable to power big cities. By 2040 over half of all electricity may be generated in the same place it's used. Centralised, coal-fired power is over" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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This Spinning Chair/Sculpture Lets You Rotate Your Views - Neatorama -
This Spinning Chair/Sculpture Lets You Rotate Your Views - Neatorama
"Kate Brown, an interior designer in Arizona, developed the Etazin. It's a sculpture that you can find at Taliesen West, a house in Scottsdale that Frank Lloyd Wright designed and lived in. Etazin is inspired by moon gates, which are circular garden wall entrances found in Chinese architecture.  The sculpture consists of a series of steel rings, the largest of which is eight and a half feet wide. There's a padded bench in the interior which visitors and students can use for lounging or contemplative purposes." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Thinking how much Emotional Targeting could lift ad rates? If you could prime a person using a feed selection algorithm enough to bias them towards certain ads, you might see a significant increase in conversions. App installs would seem especially susceptible to this sort of manipulation.
Want someone to install a war game app and you bias a feed one way. Want them to install a work related app and you bias the feed another. Even slight increases in conversion rates would be quite profitable at Facebook's scale. - Todd Hoff
Will you still love me when I'm no longer young and beautiful?
Will you still love me, When i’m no longer young and beautiful? Will you still love me, When i’ve got nothing but my aching soul? I know you will, I know you will, I know that you will, Will you still love me when i’m no longer beautiful? Dear lord, when I get to heaven Please let me bring my man, When he comes tell me that you’ll let him, Father tell me if you can… - mina_sydney
Best In This Momen! - کیـــومرث-Alfi
Hi, Dear Alfi :-) - mina_sydney
Hi Mina jon.....miss you dear - کیـــومرث-Alfi
beautiful song! - Cera
Same here, Alfi jan, Please take care. - mina_sydney
خوبی مینا جان ؟ مرسی بابت آهنگه :) - Hadi.YaLın
Salam, Hadi jan. merci man khobam, arzoo daram shoma ham khob bashi :-). You are very welcome, glad you liked it :) - mina_sydney from iPhone
++ - hosein.x6
awesome soundtrack! - Paul
خیلی کم پیدایی رفیق - aghah
Her voice is haunting - ashk irani
... - Arash
اوه ببین کی اینجاس :) به سرزمین مادری‌ت (:دی) خوش اومدی مینا :) - مسعودک
مسعودک جان٬ مرسی٬ مرسی :) - mina_sydney
forever! - chakra
beautiful song ! thanks for sharing, mina - صمد بهرنگی
... - Arash
So young and beautiful! - ﻋﻠﯽ.ﺑﺎ
This song gives me goosebumps! it's so good! - Paul
This song is magical <3 - golpar
شخم دلتنگی. We missed you. - aghah
... - chakra
We’re so proud of your work in saving lives in Africa. We missed you at RPA Hospital. Take care of yourself, angel - Paul
miss you Mina jan :**** <3 - Homa
+ - amin
این خیلی قشنگه - ﻋﻠﯽ.ﺑﺎ
جای مینای عزیز هم خیلی خالیه - aghah
Beautiful song! - Ricky
We miss you Mina. Hope you are well wherever you are :-* - Cera
miss u :-* - ☼Shepherd☻
An exceptional melody! - samuel
Eerie and pleasing song & lyrics. Thanks for sharing Mina! - CarlC
Thank you, Not Carlos. Glad you liked it. Happy Holidays :) - mina_sydney
آرزومندم سال نو مسیحی برای شما فرزندم شادی و موفعیت بیشتر به ارمغان بياورد. - Arash
Yes I will Hon :D - Kenneth Rothschild
Will you still love me when I'm no longer rich and powerful? - Todd Hoff
Thank you Kenneth :) - mina_sydney
مینا جان خوشحالم میبینمت :) - Hadi.YaLın
Merci, Hadi jan :-) - mina_sydney
Dear Todd Hoff, I'll Think about it :) - mina_sydney
Not being either rich or powerful I can still wonder about the deal being made :-) - Todd Hoff
Mina, hope things are peachy! H2CUS - Paul
Sweet melody! - sam
I can't stop listening to it! - sam
Todd Hoff
In Canada I don't have the right to view a lot of content from Amazon. Which seems odd. It's odd like the idea of states rights versus individual rights. I can go from one state to another and I lose my ability to buy alcohol, for example. One foot over an imaginary line and I've lost my ability to view something I thought I paid for. #messedup
Shit, I can't even watch WIGS on YouTube. I had no idea this is how the rest of the world sees content. - Todd Hoff
I can't watch anything on Amazon from Norway and a lot of US content is not accessible. :( - Jenny H. from Android
I say this is a travesty, I say. - Todd Hoff
Yes. No comedy central for me. :((( - Jenny H. from Android
Well, you can always tunnel through an IP address in the US. But it's a pain. is good. - Todd Hoff
Thanks, Todd. I tried Tor, but it was very slow. - Jenny H. from Android
Yah, it's definitely not a speed demon. - Todd Hoff
Hulu, nope. I can't listen to spotify either. I am not a number. I am a free man! Or rather I'm as free as the laws around me allow me to be. - Todd Hoff is my engine of convenience. - Ken Morley
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Explains a lot - Just think: The challenges of the disengaged mind -
"In 11 studies, we found that participants typically did not enjoy spending 6 to 15 minutes in a room by themselves with nothing to do but think, that they enjoyed doing mundane external activities much more, and that many preferred to administer electric shocks to themselves instead of being left alone with their thoughts. Most people seem to prefer to be doing something rather than nothing, even if that something is negative." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
many preferred to administer electric shocks to themselves instead of being left alone with their thoughts - Arash
Wow! Just wow. - Ken Morley
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Sand Art by Andrew Clemens -
Sand Art by Andrew Clemens
Sand Art by Andrew Clemens
"At age 13 Clemens began experimenting with sand art, collecting multicolored sands from Iowa’s Pictured Rocks region. He fashioned special tools made from pieces of hickory and fish hooks that he used to arrange the sand in intricate designs. Clemens did not use glue in his artwork, relying on the pressure of the tightly packed surrounding grains to keep his artworks intact. Once an artwork was complete, Clemens would back the jar tightly and seal it. Clemens had a remarkable ability to break down images and render it grain by grain with each piece of sand akin to a pixel of a digital image. He is thought to have produced hundreds of bottles during his lifetime but few survive today." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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DTU-ESA Radio Anechoic Chamber -
DTU-ESA Radio Anechoic Chamber
DTU-ESA Radio Anechoic Chamber
"This is the radio anechoic chamber at Denmark’s Technical University (DTU). It opened in 1967, and is currently operated with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the testing of microwave antennas for use in satellites and mobile networks, among other things that I am not even going to try to explain. The idea is to minimise any reflections of microwaves, and the big foam spikes are filled with carbon and iron to absorb the radio waves. This tests the effectiveness of the antennas without any external intrusion, simulating the conditions of, for example, space. Many of these chambers are blue in colour, and according to Sergey Pivnenko, the professor in charge of the chamber, most of them were black in the old days – then some bright spark noticed that it was a bit depressing to work in a black spiky room all day, so the manufacturers of the spikes started to produce them in blue." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Architect designs tower made of fungus | Planning Portal Director -
Architect designs tower made of fungus | Planning Portal Director
"The ‘Hy-Fi’ structure is 100 per cent organic material. The embedded video explains how the structure uses bricks made from fungus and agricultural by-products that combine tremendous strength and flexibility while being 100 per cent compostable. Each brick can be made in five days from a mixture of microscopic fungus and corn stalks and husks." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Ken Morley
The wine is so much cheaper here than at home.
Don't judge me. - Ken Morley
I'll judge you. You know a good a value when you drink it. - Todd Hoff
A $25 bottle here would be like $40-$50 at home. - Ken Morley
Andrew C (✔)
Constitutional horror: Clarence Thomas argues states can establish official religion -
"Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas argues states may establish an official state religion, and sees no problem with an individual state making Christianity the official state religion. Thomas believes the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause does not apply to the states. The Establishment Clause is that part of the First Amendment that says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"It is a position Thomas has staked out before. In 2011 Thomas made a similar argument. Rob Boston, writing for Americans United, summarized Thomas’ position: “Perhaps most shockingly, Thomas once again states his view that the First Amendment’s religious liberty provisions apply only to the federal government. In his view, the 50 states are free to “establish” any religion they want. In Thomas’ world, the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution was apparently never ratified.” " - Andrew C (✔)
A further thought: didn't he and the other conservative justices rely on the incorporation doctrine in Bush v Gore? - Andrew C (✔)
Thomas and Scalia and their other three buddies in SCROTUS need to be impeached and removed. this is getting surreal and more than slightly dangerous. - Big Joe Silence
Well, it doesn't apply to states. It takes a heap of rationalization to make it do so. - Todd Hoff
A heap of rationalization... or the incorporation doctrine of the 14th Amendment! - Andrew C (✔)
RT @SciencePx: For every human killed by a shark attack, 2 million sharks have been killed by humans.
I read somewhere that you were statistically more likely to be bitten by Luis Suarez than by a Great White Shark... #shrug - Bren
And still they haven't learned? - Todd Hoff
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Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe for a Better Oven - IEEE Spectrum -
Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe for a Better Oven - IEEE Spectrum
"Most of us bake, roast, and broil our food using a technology that was invented 5,000 years ago for drying mud bricks: the oven. The original oven was clay, heated by a wood fire. Today, the typical oven is a box covered in shiny steel or sparkling enamel, powered by gas or electricity. But inside the oven, little has changed" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
Facebook's massive psychology experiment likely illegal - Boing Boing
But when they try to make you click more on advertising it's legal? Makes no sense. - Todd Hoff
If not criminal (subjecting people to an intervention they didn't explicitly consent to is battery, no?) then at least tortious. - Victor Ganata
Websites are continuously testing people. All of these are consented to by the ToS. - Todd Hoff
Yeah, but this was a human subjects experiment published in a scientific journal. You need informed consent. Otherwise hospitals could just enroll you in all sorts of trials just because you signed something when you were admitted. - Victor Ganata
How is it different than any other experiment companies run on web audiences? Turning people into wild craving click monsters is OK, but making them feel sad is not? What if sad people spend more money? Then sites would work on making people feel sad. That's how it works. - Todd Hoff
Federal funding for scientific research is probably the only real sticking point. - Victor Ganata
Come on, let's not pretend there aren't biomedical ethical standards in place to prevent this sort of thing. If they were doing marketing research, it wouldn't have been federally funded nor published in a scientifiic journal. They're only mistake was publishing it, I guess. - Victor Ganata
Let's not pretend we care about one kind of manipulation when we don't seem to care about a much more pernicious kind. - Todd Hoff
Fair enough, maybe it's not so much what they did as much as it is the process they violated. It will be interesting to see if the legal system and the NIH, etc. will agree that it's no big deal - Victor Ganata from iPhone
On the bright side, if we don't need to get informed consent anymore, it'll be a hell of a lot easier to vaccinate people. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
"…there's a federal law that prohibits universities from conducting this kind of experiment without explicit, separate consent (none of this burying-consent-in-the-fine-print bullshit)." - Victor Ganata
As Flies to Wanton Boys - The Laboratorium - James Grimmelmann, professor of law at University of Maryland - Victor Ganata
"The standard of consent for terms of service is low. But that 'consent' is a legal fiction, designed to facilitate online interactions." - Victor Ganata
So this means I can just chuck all the research ethics training I received in grad school and do whatever I want? SWEET. - Hookuh Tinypants
"It’s very different from informed consent, the ethical and legal standard for human subjects research (HSR). The Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, a/k/a the Common Rule, requires that informed consent include:" - Victor Ganata
Amanda, I know, right? :D You signed an agreement that I can treat you, I can do whatever the hell I want now! - Victor Ganata
"(1) A statement that the study involves research, an explanation of the purposes of the research and the expected duration of the subject’s participation, a description of the procedures to be followed, and identification of any procedures which are experimental;" - Victor Ganata
"(2) A description of any reasonably foreseeable risks or discomforts to the subject; …" - Victor Ganata
(skipping 3-6) - Victor Ganata
"(7) An explanation of whom to contact for answers to pertinent questions about the research and research subjects’ rights, and whom to contact in the event of a research-related injury to the subject;" - Victor Ganata
"(8) A statement that participation is voluntary, refusal to participate will involve no penalty or loss of benefits to which the subject is otherwise entitled, and the subject may discontinue participation at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which the subject is otherwise entitled." - Victor Ganata
"Facebook’s actual Data Use Policy contains none of these…." - Victor Ganata
"The paper has three co-authors: Facebook’s Adam Kramer, but also Jamie Guillory from UCSF and Jeffrey Hancock from Cornell. UCSF and Cornell are major research universities and receive large sums of federal funding. Both of them have institutional review boards (IRBs), as required by the Common Rule: an IRB examines proposed research protocols to make sure they protect participants, obtain informed consent, and otherwise comply with ethical and legal guidelines." - Victor Ganata
"Advertisers and politicians have been in the emotional manipulation game for a long time. Why, then, should this study—carried out for nobler, scientific purposes—trigger a harsher response? One reason is simply that some walks of life are regulated, and Facebook shouldn’t receive a free pass when it trespasses into them simply because it does the same things elsewhere." - Victor Ganata
"Whatever you think of Facebook’s ordinary marketing-driven A/B testing is one thing: what you think of it when it hops the fence into Common Rule-regulated HSR is quite another." - Victor Ganata
"The real scandal, then, is what’s considered 'ethical.' The argument that Facebook already advertises, personalizes, and manipulates is at heart a claim that our moral expectations for Facebook are already so debased that they can sink no lower. I beg to differ. This study is a scandal because it brought Facebook’s troubling practices into a realm—academia—where we still have standards of treating people with dignity and serving the common good." - Victor Ganata
^ This right here. - Hookuh Tinypants
"Professor Susan Fiske, the editor at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences for the study’s publication, says the data analysis was approved by a Cornell Institutional Review Board but not the data collection. 'Their revision letter said they had Cornell IRB approval as a ‘pre-existing dataset’ presumably from Facebook, who seems to have reviewed it as well in some unspecified way,' writes Fiske by email." - Victor Ganata
If you want the common good you've come to the wrong place. - Todd Hoff
How an IRB Could Have Legitimately Approved the Facebook Experiment—and Why that May Be a Good Thing - The Faculty Lounge - Victor Ganata
"But this study was not conducted by Facebook alone; the second and third authors on the paper have appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, and Cornell, respectively. Although some commentators assume that university research is only subject to the federal regulations when that research is funded by the government, this, too, is incorrect." - Victor Ganata
"Any college or university that accepts any research funds from any Common Rule agency must sign a Federalwide Assurance (FWA), a boilerplate contract between the institution and OHRP in which the institution identifies the duly-formed and registered IRB that will review the funded research." - Victor Ganata
Basically, the point is not everyone has ethical standards that are that debased. I suppose if you really want to look at it cynically, it's basically a turf war. Sure, Facebook shits on its own property all the time, but this time Facebook decided to take a shit on the wrong side of the fence. Of course people are going to be pissed. - Victor Ganata
"The FWA invites institutions to voluntarily commit to extend the requirement of IRB review from funded projects to all HSR in which the institution is engaged, regardless of the source of funding, if any (see item 4b)—and historically, the vast majority of colleges and universities have agreed to 'check the box,' as it’s called. If you are a student or a faculty member at an institution that has checked the box, then any HSR you conduct must be approved by an IRB." - Victor Ganata
"But once a study is under an IRB’s jurisdiction, the IRB is obligated to apply the standards of informed consent set out in the federal regulations, which go well, well beyond a one-time click-through consent to unspecified 'research.' Facebook’s own terms of service are simply not relevant. Not directly, anyway." - Victor Ganata
The point Michelle Meyer makes at the end of her post from your last link ( is interesting: "Academic researchers’ status as academics already makes it more burdensome for them to engage in exactly the same kinds of studies that corporations... more... - Stephen Mack
I'm pretty uneasy with eroding biomedical ethical standards on those grounds though. Not requiring informed consent nor requiring mitigation for foreseen harm seems like a huge step in the pre-Geneva Conventions direction. If corporations are experimenting on humans without obtaining consent, academia and the government should do it too? Rather, what it suggests to me more is that corporations should be held to higher standards than we currently hold them. - Victor Ganata
While this post (and this blog in general) is sarcastic, I kind of think that industry-wide self-regulation is the way to go — or I guess we can just wait until someone gets irrevocably fucked over, I suppose, and let the lawyers set the rules instead. - Victor Ganata
Shannon - GlassMistress
Holy cow it worked!
That's unlike any cow I've seen. - Todd Hoff
Squee! - Lnorigb from FFHound!
That's 'cause it's a *holy* cow, Todd. - Betsy
^^snigger! Thanks everyone! - Shannon - GlassMistress
Love it! - Corinne L
:-) - Amit Patel
Ganesh is pleased. - David Lounsbury
squee! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
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How to Trick Your Brain into Remembering What You Read « Mind Hacks -
How to Trick Your Brain into Remembering What You Read « Mind Hacks
"Diemand-Yauman and his team found that when presented with strange shapes and lines, your brain is forced to reinterpret words and phrases. Without the ability to quickly skim sentences or even pages, you end up spending more time with the information—and, as a result, you learn and retain more of what you read." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Someone should develop an app for that. This is a domain in which *increasing* friction is a bonus. - Sean McBride
AppleScript for pages should be enough - select text and pick random fonts from a set. Wont work with PDFs though :( - Berkus Decker
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