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An Early 20th Century Lesson on the Difference Between Convenience and Value - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
An Early 20th Century Lesson on the Difference Between Convenience and Value June 21st, 2017 · Be the first to comment The Pullman Problem A couple years ago, I…
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To hone your writing, hire a translator. | Derek Sivers
To hone your writing, hire a translator. 2017-06-21 حتى تتمكن من صقّل كتاباتك، قُم باستئجار مترجم. To hone your writing, hire a translator. Por perfektigi vian…
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Former NFL tackle Ryan O’Callaghan comes out as gay
Editor’s note: This story contains conversation and description of suicide. Ryan O’Callaghan ’s plan was always to play football and then, when his career was…
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The Boss You Don’t Want to Be – Signal v. Noise
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Is North Carolina the Future of American Politics?
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Bill Simmons Breaks Free: His "F—ing Shitty" ESPN Exit, Who Courted Him and Details of His HBO Show
The controversial sports personality opens up about his acrimonious relationship with John Skipper, learning about being fired on Twitter, becoming a (gasp!)…
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Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson’s Three Rules for Living Well: A Short and Succinct Life Philosophy
in Life, Music | June 30th, 2016 2 Comments Regular readers of Open Culture know us to gush over our favorite celebrity couples now and then: John and Yoko ,…
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Gratitude for Invisible Systems
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Implicit Bias (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
“Implicit bias” is a term of art referring to relatively unconscious and relatively automatic features of prejudiced judgment and social behavior. While psychologists in the field of “implicit social cognition” study “implicit attitudes” toward consumer products, self-esteem, food, alcohol, political values, and more, the most striking and well-known research has focused on implicit attitudes toward members of socially stigmatized groups, such as African-Americans, women, and the LGBTQ community.[1] For example, imagine Frank, who explicitly believes that women and men are equally suited for careers outside the home. Despite his explicitly egalitarian belief, Frank might nevertheless implicitly associate women with the home, and this implicit association might lead him to behave in any number of biased ways, from trusting feedback from female co-workers less to hiring equally qualified men over women. Psychological research on implicit bias is relatively recent (§1), but a host of metaphysical (§2), epistemological (§3), and ethical questions (§4) about implicit bias are pressing.[2]
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Watch Film / Bad Rap Film
Although it started in the South Bronx among African-American and Latino youths in the '70s, hip-hop culture today has transcended all racial and language boundaries. From the slums of France to nationally televised programs in Korea, rappers have emerged as legitimate pop culture stars around the world. Hip-hop's global movement is diverse, but the face of rap in America remains primarily black, brown, and white.
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Food Fighter
John Mackey, the co-founder and chief executive of Whole Foods Market, refers to the company as his child—not just his creation but the thing on earth whose…
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Where’s Earl Sweatshirt?
The video that made Earl Sweatshirt a star lasts only two and a half minutes, and when it appeared on the video-sharing site Vimeo, on May 26, 2010, most…
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Tyler, the Creator, of Odd Future and ‘Goblin’
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Odd Future - Wikipedia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to:, Odd Future, Trash Talk , and Lil Wayne performing together in September 2012. Background information Also known…
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Actions, not words, reveal our real values | Derek Sivers
Actions, not words, reveal our real values 2017-06-16 I told my old coach that I really want to make Muckwork happen. He said, “No, you don’t.” I said, “Yes, I…
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Robert Mueller Chooses His Investigatory Dream Team | WIRED
President Donald Trump had almost certainly never heard the name Aaron Zebley before the announcement that the former FBI agent was joining the special counsel…
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POEM: AN OCTOPUS BY MARIANNE MOORE
Share this poem: Marianne Moore Marianne Moore (November 15, 1887 – February 5, 1972 / Kirkwood, Missouri) Poet's Page Poems Quotes Comments Stats E-Books…
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How To Pre-Compress Files Generated By Hugo And Serve Them With Nginx · Saimiri.io
find public/ -type f \( -name '*.html' -o -name '*.js' -o -name '*.css' -o -name '*.xml' -o -name '*.svg' \) -exec gzip -v -k -f --best {} \;
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Offline Compression with Nginx — The Art of Machinery
There’s a clear tradeoff with compressing HTTP responses on the fly: compress “harder” and you’ll (hopefully) get a smaller file that takes less time to send over the network – but the net benefit might be negative if the extra work takes too much time, or (when under heavy load) too much CPU. A lot of work has been done analysing this tradeoff, but for static content there’s a neat and simple way to avoid the tradeoff completely: compress offline before serving. Nginx supports this using the gzip_static module.
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Brain images display the beauty and complexity of consciousness
Aperture 7 June 2017 Self Reflected (detail), 22K gilded microetching, 96" X 130", 2014-2016, Greg Dunn and Brian Edwards By Jessica Hamzelou THIS is what…
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Steve Kerr: Soaked in champagne and joy
1:40 | NBA Dubs dynasty kicks off with second championship Quickly Basketball became a refuge for Steve Kerr this season after being stricken with a spinal…
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Inspiring Online
A micro blog of whatʼs up.
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Losing Gloria — The California Sunday Magazine
Losing Gloria
After their mother was deported to Mexico, the Marin siblings faced an impossible choice: Stay or go.
By Lizzie Presser
Photographs by Diàna Markosian
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Allan Yu | The Caret
You've been involved with some pretty amazing projects. What are you up to these days? I’ve been working on this Mars Maiers project where I make a composition…
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Sound Collective
Inside the L.A. scene that is bringing back jazz and transforming hip-hop
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Make Our Planet Great Again
On the 1st of June, President Donald Trump decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement, which gathered more than 190 countries united against climate change.
This decision is unfortunate but it only reinforced our determination. Don’t let it weaken yours.
We are ONE planet and Together, we can make a difference.
France has always led fights for human rights. Today, more than ever, we are determined to lead (and win!) this battle on climate change.
Emmanuel Macron, President of France.
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How badly Comey hurt Trump
To the extent they are interested in protecting the President from his critics, Republicans have settled on a defense for Donald Trump: He has no idea what he's…
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Open House for Butterflies: Ruth Krauss’s Final and Loveliest Collaboration with Maurice Sendak
Beloved children’s author Ruth Krauss (July 25, 1901–July 10, 1993) penned more than thirty books for little ones over the course of her forty-year career, but…
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A Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theorist, a False Tweet and a Runaway Story
WASHINGTON — Jack Posobiec had his Twitter sights set on James B. Comey. A pro-Trump activist notorious for his amateur sleuthing into red herrings like the…
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Philippine Leader, Focused on War on Drug Users, Ignored Rise of ISIS
Security forces in Marawi, the Philippines, on Wednesday. Jes Aznar/Getty Images MANILA — It was classic bravado from the Philippines ’ tough-guy president,…
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Suicide Blonde at Twenty-Five
From the cover of the first edition of Suicide Blonde . “Was it the bourbon or the dye fumes that made the pink walls quiver like vaginal lips?” so begins…
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Capturing Love the Brooklyn Way
Advertisement Style Video Advertisement LIVE 00:00 1:52 1:52 Capturing Love, It's the Brooklyn Way Andre Wagner, a photographer, explains his process…
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Welcome to Poppy’s World
Pop singer? YouTube star? Cult leader? Whoever she is, Poppy is here to take over the internet. 06.04.17 It’s hard to explain Poppy to the uninitiated. But I’m…
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Fat, Static, and Happy: Building Bloomberg Lens – Track Changes
Fat, Static, and Happy: Building Bloomberg Lens Bloomberg Lens is a Chrome Extension and iOS Share Sheet application that presents related news, company data,…
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How To Date a Woman With ADHD
Congratulations, you are totes in love! She is sensitive, creative, and intelligent! How did you get so lucky? You reflect upon this as you bask in the glittery…
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Prankster Tricks Tech Incubator into Supporting Homeless People - Broke-Ass Stuart's Goddamn Website
If you’re a regular reader of Street Sheet by Coalition on Homelessness , you might be surprised to hear that the paper’s recent upgrades — full color front…
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Thoughts on Flash - Apple
Thoughts on Flash
Apple has a long relationship with Adobe. In fact, we met Adobe’s founders when they were in their proverbial garage. Apple was their first big customer, adopting their Postscript language for our new Laserwriter printer. Apple invested in Adobe and owned around 20% of the company for many years. The two companies worked closely together to pioneer desktop publishing and there were many good times. Since that golden era, the companies have grown apart. Apple went through its near death experience, and Adobe was drawn to the corporate market with their Acrobat products. Today the two companies still work together to serve their joint creative customers – Mac users buy around half of Adobe’s Creative Suite products – but beyond that there are few joint interests.

I wanted to jot down some of our thoughts on Adobe’s Flash products so that customers and critics may better understand why we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. Adobe has characterized our decision as being primarily business driven – they say we want to protect our App Store – but in reality it is based on technology issues. Adobe claims that we are a closed system, and that Flash is open, but in fact the opposite is true. Let me explain.

First, there’s “Open”.

Adobe’s Flash products are 100% proprietary. They are only available from Adobe, and Adobe has sole authority as to their future enhancement, pricing, etc. While Adobe’s Flash products are widely available, this does not mean they are open, since they are controlled entirely by Adobe and available only from Adobe. By almost any definition, Flash is a closed system.

Apple has many proprietary products too. Though the operating system for the iPhone, iPod and iPad is proprietary, we strongly believe that all standards pertaining to the web should be open. Rather than use Flash, Apple has adopted HTML5, CSS and JavaScript – all open standards. Apple’s mobile devices all ship with high performance, low power implementations of these open standards. HTML5, the new web standard that has been adopted by Apple, Google and many others, lets web developers create advanced graphics, typography, animations and transitions without relying on third party browser plug-ins (like Flash). HTML5 is completely open and controlled by a standards committee, of which Apple is a member.

Apple even creates open standards for the web. For example, Apple began with a small open source project and created WebKit, a complete open-source HTML5 rendering engine that is the heart of the Safari web browser used in all our products. WebKit has been widely adopted. Google uses it for Android’s browser, Palm uses it, Nokia uses it, and RIM (Blackberry) has announced they will use it too. Almost every smartphone web browser other than Microsoft’s uses WebKit. By making its WebKit technology open, Apple has set the standard for mobile web browsers.

Second, there’s the “full web”.

Adobe has repeatedly said that Apple mobile devices cannot access “the full web” because 75% of video on the web is in Flash. What they don’t say is that almost all this video is also available in a more modern format, H.264, and viewable on iPhones, iPods and iPads. YouTube, with an estimated 40% of the web’s video, shines in an app bundled on all Apple mobile devices, with the iPad offering perhaps the best YouTube discovery and viewing experience ever. Add to this video from Vimeo, Netflix, Facebook, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ESPN, NPR, Time, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, People, National Geographic, and many, many others. iPhone, iPod and iPad users aren’t missing much video.

Another Adobe claim is that Apple devices cannot play Flash games. This is true. Fortunately, there are over 50,000 games and entertainment titles on the App Store, and many of them are free. There are more games and entertainment titles available for iPhone, iPod and iPad than for any other platform in the world.

Third, there’s reliability, security and performance.

Symantec recently highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in 2009. We also know first hand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash. We have been working with Adobe to fix these problems, but they have persisted for several years now. We don’t want to reduce the reliability and security of our iPhones, iPods and iPads by adding Flash.

In addition, Flash has not performed well on mobile devices. We have routinely asked Adobe to show us Flash performing well on a mobile device, any mobile device, for a few years now. We have never seen it. Adobe publicly said that Flash would ship on a smartphone in early 2009, then the second half of 2009, then the first half of 2010, and now they say the second half of 2010. We think it will eventually ship, but we’re glad we didn’t hold our breath. Who knows how it will perform?

Fourth, there’s battery life.

To achieve long battery life when playing video, mobile devices must decode the video in hardware; decoding it in software uses too much power. Many of the chips used in modern mobile devices contain a decoder called H.264 – an industry standard that is used in every Blu-ray DVD player and has been adopted by Apple, Google (YouTube), Vimeo, Netflix and many other companies.

Although Flash has recently added support for H.264, the video on almost all Flash websites currently requires an older generation decoder that is not implemented in mobile chips and must be run in software. The difference is striking: on an iPhone, for example, H.264 videos play for up to 10 hours, while videos decoded in software play for less than 5 hours before the battery is fully drained.

When websites re-encode their videos using H.264, they can offer them without using Flash at all. They play perfectly in browsers like Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome without any plugins whatsoever, and look great on iPhones, iPods and iPads.

Fifth, there’s Touch.

Flash was designed for PCs using mice, not for touch screens using fingers. For example, many Flash websites rely on “rollovers”, which pop up menus or other elements when the mouse arrow hovers over a specific spot. Apple’s revolutionary multi-touch interface doesn’t use a mouse, and there is no concept of a rollover. Most Flash websites will need to be rewritten to support touch-based devices. If developers need to rewrite their Flash websites, why not use modern technologies like HTML5, CSS and JavaScript?

Even if iPhones, iPods and iPads ran Flash, it would not solve the problem that most Flash websites need to be rewritten to support touch-based devices.

Sixth, the most important reason.

Besides the fact that Flash is closed and proprietary, has major technical drawbacks, and doesn’t support touch based devices, there is an even more important reason we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. We have discussed the downsides of using Flash to play video and interactive content from websites, but Adobe also wants developers to adopt Flash to create apps that run on our mobile devices.

We know from painful experience that letting a third party layer of software come between the platform and the developer ultimately results in sub-standard apps and hinders the enhancement and progress of the platform. If developers grow dependent on third party development libraries and tools, they can only take advantage of platform enhancements if and when the third party chooses to adopt the new features. We cannot be at the mercy of a third party deciding if and when they will make our enhancements available to our developers.

This becomes even worse if the third party is supplying a cross platform development tool. The third party may not adopt enhancements from one platform unless they are available on all of their supported platforms. Hence developers only have access to the lowest common denominator set of features. Again, we cannot accept an outcome where developers are blocked from using our innovations and enhancements because they are not available on our competitor’s platforms.

Flash is a cross platform development tool. It is not Adobe’s goal to help developers write the best iPhone, iPod and iPad apps. It is their goal to help developers write cross platform apps. And Adobe has been painfully slow to adopt enhancements to Apple’s platforms. For example, although Mac OS X has been shipping for almost 10 years now, Adobe just adopted it fully (Cocoa) two weeks ago when they shipped CS5. Adobe was the last major third party developer to fully adopt Mac OS X.

Our motivation is simple – we want to provide the most advanced and innovative platform to our developers, and we want them to stand directly on the shoulders of this platform and create the best apps the world has ever seen. We want to continually enhance the platform so developers can create even more amazing, powerful, fun and useful applications. Everyone wins – we sell more devices because we have the best apps, developers reach a wider and wider audience and customer base, and users are continually delighted by the best and broadest selection of apps on any platform.

Conclusions.

Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.

The avalanche of media outlets offering their content for Apple’s mobile devices demonstrates that Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of web content. And the 250,000 apps on Apple’s App Store proves that Flash isn’t necessary for tens of thousands of developers to create graphically rich applications, including games.

New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe … [more]
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Live Updates: Exit Poll Puts Theresa May's Tories 12 Seats Short Of Overall Majority
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