Bits'n'Pieces 11.6.2016: Radiohead-Theory, CSU auf dem CSD, Macaque Stoneage-Culture

11.06.2016 Misc #Linkdump

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Liebende CSUler fahren beim CSD mit: „Eine kleine Revolution wird es am Samstag bei der Parade des lesbisch-schwulen Christopher Street Day in München geben: Erstmals ist ein Wagen voller CSU-Mitglieder dabei – die damit auch 'ein Zeichen setzen wollen in die CSU hinein', wie Patrick Slapal als einer der Initiatoren sagt.“

Mindestlohn reduziert Depressionen und Ängste: „Wie ein britisches Forscherteam herausfand, hat sich der Gesundheitszustand von Beschäftigten […] nach der Einführung des landesweit gültigen gesetzlichen Mindestlohns [verbessert]. Zu diesem Ergebnis kommen die Wissenschaftler nach Auswertung einer umfangreichen, jährlich wiederholten Haushaltsbefragung. […] Besonders Ängste und Depressionen gingen merklich zurück. In einer Kontrollgruppe, die gerade so viel verdiente, dass sich ihr Einkommen durch den Mindestlohn nicht änderte, blieb der durchschnittliche Gesundheitszustand dagegen unverändert.“

With 380,000+ mentions for #deleteyouraccount, Hillary Clinton wins this round of presidential Twitter wars, right?
Welp. Delete Your Accound – The true story. (Also: It's impossible to say, if these bots were deployed by Team Hillary or Team Drumpf. Welcome to Politics 2016.)

we found several thousand strange retweeters. Firstly, they were created on 9 or 10 June. Most of them did not have followers, following, likes. During the first hours they posted a several hundreds of retweets, including that tweet of Hillary. Secondly, they all had the same name "Order Followers" and same description, but different screen names. Also, in the description, all they had a short reference to the site, as well as a unique serial number for each bot.
Another very important point. “Order Followers” use specific variations of the letter E from a variety of European languages. We have found the use of the letter from the Polish, Czech, Swedish, Dutch, German and other languages. Why was this done? This was done in order to these accounts could not be found using the search query.



Why I Quit Twitter — and Left Behind 35,000 Followers:

It is not a close call when a user named “Holololocaust” tweets out beautiful women in Nazi uniforms, “Honorary Aryan” broadcasts portraits of Adolf Hitler, “Cato Maior” pursues his agenda under a confederate flag, and “NSRevolution” (presumably for National Socialist) uses a swastika as his logo.

Other things I have learned on Twitter: Taylor Swift has been adopted as the patron saint of the White Nationalists, apparently an icon of Aryan purity; racists and anti-Semites are obsessed with something called the “14 Words” — “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children” — and are particularly fond of holding Jews responsible for their own historical misfortunes, perpetually demanding that I explain why, throughout the history of the diaspora, the Jews keep getting exiled, brutalized and nearly annihilated. Message: We brought it on ourselves.

But Twitter appears determined to ignore its own terms of service, which also include a blanket prohibition on pornography. I can assure you that this, too, is flouted, since “Trutherbot Spawn” sent me a lovely and explicit GIF to illustrate his opinion of my behavior.

Parents are worried the Amazon Echo is conditioning their kids to be rude: „I’ve found my kids pushing the virtual assistant further than they would push a human, says Avi Greengart, a tech analyst and father of five who lives in Teaneck, New Jersey. [Alexa] never says ‘That was rude’ or ‘I’m tired of you asking me the same question over and over again.' Perhaps she should, he thinks.“

lowriskCreepy startup will help landlords, employers and online dates strip-mine intimate data from your Facebook page

[British startup called Score Assured] wants to, in the words of co-founder Steve Thornhill, “take a deep dive into private social media profiles” and sell what it finds there to everyone from prospective dates to employers and landlords.

Its first product, Tenant Assured, is already live: After your would-be landlord sends you a request through the service, you’re required to grant it full access to your Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and/or Instagram profiles. From there, Tenant Assured scrapes your site activity, including entire conversation threads and private messages; runs it through natural language processing and other analytic software; and finally, spits out a report that catalogues everything from your personality to your “financial stress level.”


Who’s Going to Buy Gawker?

Dangerous Minds-Profile: Weird, Inc.: „Metzger and McGinley run the blog Dangerous Minds from their Pinterest-worthy digs off Ludlow Avenue. With about 10 new articles published each weekday—a total of some 21,000 since its 2009 debut—it is the standard-bearer of outsider culture in any media, not just on the internet. It’s where you first heard isolated vocal tracks from the Rolling Stones’ 'Gimme Shelter'; marveled at abandoned Egyptian hotels that resemble space ships; and toured transvestite retreats from the 1950s.“

This Vermont newspaper is having an essay contest. The prize? This Vermont newspaper: „The Hardwick Gazette sent out a press release Wednesday for an essay contest with a newsworthy prize – The Hardwick Gazette. The contest winner will assume ownership of The Hardwick Gazette, the historic Main Street building where the newspaper has been published for better than 100 years, and equipment and proprietary materials necessary to operate the business.“

Tech & Science

„we met with a few of the Tango developers to learn how it works, and what exactly does real-time 3D tracking capabilities actually mean?“

‘Monkey archaeology’ reveals macaque’s own Stone Age culture: „The world’s first archaeology dig of an old world monkey culture has uncovered the tools used by previous generations of wild macaques – a group of primates separated from humans by some 25 million years of evolution.“


WHAT DOES IT COST TO MAKE A RUNNING SHOE?: „The individual costs mentioned here are 95% accurate, and are factory or ‘ FOB’ costs. FOB is short for ‘Free-on-board’ (also called freight-on-board at times), which is the cost of shoe when loaded on the vessel at the port of origin – usually in the country where the factory is located.“

The AI Machines Undergoing Behavioral Psychology Tests: „Behavioral psychologists have long used mazes to test rodent learning skills. Now computer scientists are taking the same approach with AI machines.“

Nothing is easy: Conservative political beliefs not linked to psychotic traits, as study claimed

Researchers have fixed a number of papers after mistakenly reporting that people who hold conservative political beliefs are more likely to exhibit traits associated with psychoticism, such as authoritarianism and tough-mindedness.

As one of the notices specifies, now it appears that liberal political beliefs are linked with psychoticism. That paper also swapped ideologies when reporting on people higher in neuroticism and social desirability (falsely claiming that you have socially desirable qualities); the original paper said those traits are linked with liberal beliefs, but they are more common among people with conservative values.


Teaching Robots to Feel: Emoji & Deep Learning 👾 💭 💕

Dango is a floating assistant that runs on your phone and predicts emoji, stickers and GIFs based on what you and your friends are writing in any app. This lets you have the same rich conversations everywhere: Messenger, Kik, Whatsapp, Snapchat, whatever. (just making this possible in every app is an engineering challenge of its own, but that’s another story).

Suggesting emoji is hard: it means Dango needs to understand the meaning of what you’re writing in order to suggest emoji you might want to use. At its core, Dango's predictions are powered by a neural network. Neural nets are computational structures with millions of adjustable parameters connected in ways that are loosely inspired by neurons in the brain.

Revealed: Cambodia's vast medieval cities hidden beneath the jungle: „Laser technology reveals cities concealed under the earth which would have made up the world’s largest empire in 12th century“.


One of the idiot storys of the past weeks, debunked: Can anything be art? An art historian explains why not: „Objects in museums are never scattered about at random. Rather, they are installed after a painstaking process of reflection.“ (Also: Those glasses were not placed randomly, but underneath a sign and was purposefully disguised as art, which just makes it a dumb hoax revealing nothing at all. But who cares, right? [I do.])

„Bran's powers are based on both fiction and physics — and they have huge implications for Westeros.“

„Motion capture, procedural animation and dynamic simulations combine to create a milieu of iconic pop dance moves that become an explosion of colorful fur, feathers, particles and more.“

„My Billund visit, June 1st to 4th 2016. Includes filming inside LEGO molding factory, which is usually not allowed, visit to the LEGO Memory Lane AKA the vault and tour of the LEGO Ideas House.“


This is how we do politics now. With Buzzfeed-Emo-Bubbles.