Category: Blogging and cyber things

housekeeping and issues in blogging

Tuesday [I think]

1. Another in the series of physics defied:

2. Makes you feel more secure somehow:

“Part of the problem was it was too easy — for anyone — to make such a big mistake,” Rapoza said. “We have to make sure that we’re not looking for retribution, but we should be fixing the problems in the system. … I know that it’s a very, very difficult situation for him.”

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Monday

It’s a briefer ‘name day post’ today – multiple chores to do out there [like you] and I need to walk for the heart which gave me some reminders yesterday.  Should be back later.

1. Let’s make them even shorter, to spare us and the ladies:

GB great Jo Pavey blasts shorter women’s races as ‘patronising’

2. I wonder if they consider for a moment that dishonesty in fixing a debate should be:

a. Unnecessary if the argument is sound;
b. Honest, not resorting to such tactics.

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/01/11/a-candid-climate-scientist-explains-how-to-fix-the-debate/

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Sunday

1. The sad case of Joshua Brown. Joshua who?

In the case of Joshua Brown, the first fatality in a Tesla, a crash investigation found the driver had ignored seven warnings, and hadn’t touched controls for over half an hour, Wolmar points out in the book.

2. Taking narcissistic selfcentredness to new levels:

In pushing the boundaries of accepted maternal response, women are challenging an explosive taboo—and reframing motherhood in the process

By Anne Kingston

Poor little sods who have them for mothers.

3. Watch out for those Australian polar bears in Norway:

https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/you-never-know-where-youll-run-into.html

4. Any of you poor sods out there use Intel?

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/01/researcher-finds-another-security-flaw-in-intel-management-firmware/

5. Could someone please just supply a normal car with four wheels and a steering wheel?

The answer, Toyoda believes, is to morph Toyota into a data and smart mobility company. One that’s less about selling cars and trucks and more about moving people, products and services in the most efficient way possible.

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The hypocrisy of comment controllers

Methinks the Techdirt writer puts an iffy case here:

Informed by this research, The Intercept’s changes include the ability to mute annoying users, the ability to track comment edits, a new offensive comment reporting feature, the “featuring” of exceptional comments by website staff, and the expanded ability of staff to interact with users that pose particularly important questions. Again, none of this is particularly revolutionary. Most of it involves treating readers like human beings. But in this day and age — doing so is apparently now a revolutionary act.

His preamble was also a mix of right and wrong:

Traditionally, readers of these websites are told that news comments simply had to die because it’s impossible to cultivate healthy discourse in the post-truth, mega-troll era. But as Techdirt and countless other websites have made clear for more than a decade, that’s simply not true. And while being lazy, cheap and actively hostile to on-site community is any website’s prerogative, this ignores the fact that online news comments are an excellent avenue for transparency and a tool to hold websites, and authors, accountable.

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Simon and Garfunkel Syndrome

Have to be careful on this one because readers may consider themselves Aspergers or autistic or whatever and I have certain views about modern conditions and diagnoses.

Anyway:

In the early 1990s, narratives told from the perspective of autistic people were virtually unheard of. At the time, most scientists depicted autism as an illness or ‘mental disorder’, and the focus was on identifying and ultimately eradicating it.

Lorna Wing, a British psychiatrist, had developed the clinical classification back in the 1960s that stuck. She claimed that autistic people were ‘impaired’ in three areas: in social interaction, communication and imagination. Various methods were used to identify these ‘impairments’, from puzzles and games to family testimony.

Psychologists and neuroscientists went on to try to develop quick-fix behavioural interventions, as well as to search for ‘autistic genes’. However, after much hype, the idea that the autism diagnosis resided in a unique genetic code quickly faded from view.

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