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Link: Monday, November 19, 2018

The Playful Legacy of Merce Cunningham paperclip

Joan Aco­cel­la for The New York­er:

In addi­tion, the con­cert recalled a time that many of us have prob­a­bly for­got­ten, or nev­er knew, when dance was not yet almost by def­i­n­i­tion a polit­i­cal action—before ques­tions of gen­der, race, and the like became so cen­tral to the con­tem­po­rary arts scene. When Cun­ning­ham and his part­ner, John Cage, were start­ing out, in the nine­teen-for­ties and fifties, they, too, were oper­at­ing in a realm of polit­i­cal strife: not just the Sec­ond World War but then the Cold War, and the Red-bait­ing (aimed espe­cial­ly at peo­ple like Cage and Cun­ning­ham).

Pho­to: Pao­la Kudac­ki

Link: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Record and Mock Requests With Polly.JS paperclip

From Netflix’s Stu­dio & Con­tent Engi­neer­ing team:

Polly.JS is a stand­alone, frame­work-agnos­tic JavaScript library that enables record­ing, replay­ing, and stub­bing of HTTP inter­ac­tions. By tap­ping into mul­ti­ple request APIs across both Node & the brows­er, Polly.JS is able to mock requests and respons­es with lit­tle to no con­fig­u­ra­tion while giv­ing you the abil­i­ty to take full con­trol of each request with a sim­ple, pow­er­ful, and intu­itive API.

Link: Friday, October 12, 2018

"Mind-boggling" Stanford research turns human blood cells into functional neurons paperclip

Rich Haridy for New Atlas

In break­through new research described as “some­what mind-bog­gling,” a team at Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty has devel­oped a tech­nique than can trans­form human immune cells found in a reg­u­lar blood sam­ple into func­tion­al neu­rons in just three weeks.

Link: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Cost of government rises when local newspaper closes paperclip

The Guardian:

In one exam­ple, the report looks at the clo­sure in 2009 of Denver’s Rocky Moun­tain News. The paper had pro­vid­ed exten­sive cov­er­age of local gov­ern­ment issues, includ­ing an audit of ques­tion­able fed­er­al funds allo­cat­ed to the sheriff’s depart­ment, and a series of oth­er hand­shake deals.

Gao’s team looked at how tax dol­lars were being spent while the paper was being pub­lished and then again after the paper had closed. The researchers con­clud­ed that Rocky Moun­tain News sto­ries had served as a watch­dog agent. With­out it, the spread or yield of new­ly issued local munic­i­pal bonds increased by 37 basis points.

Link: Friday, May 18, 2018

WordPress, WooCommerce, and the GDPR paperclip

Allen Snook for WooCom­merce:

In addi­tion to clear­er notices and pri­va­cy poli­cies, the GDPR also gives EU res­i­dents pow­er­ful new rights such as the Right of Access, Right to Rec­ti­fi­ca­tion, and Right to Era­sure.

That means that EU res­i­dents will be able to:

  • Demand a copy of all the data you have about them.
  • Demand any errors in the data be cor­rect­ed.
  • Request the removal of all per­son­al data.

The GDPR also gives EU res­i­dents the right to find out if their per­son­al data has been com­pro­mised. Stores will need to noti­fy cus­tomers if their per­son­al data is stolen in a breach, and do so in a time­ly man­ner.

Orga­ni­za­tions need to be able to respond to a com­mon request: Please delete every­thing relat­ed to my account.

Pro­tect­ing per­son­al infor­ma­tion requires coor­di­na­tion and con­fig­u­ra­tion. GDPR bounds the organization’s user rela­tion­ship and lays out rea­son­able data stew­ard­ship reforms. Orga­ni­za­tions must doc­u­ment their entire data port­fo­lio. All data­bas­es, ana­lyt­ics, and logs with per­son­al info need audit­ing. Ini­tial first steps include reduc­ing per­son­al infor­ma­tion col­lect­ed and anonymiz­ing IP address­es in serv­er logs.

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