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By Pater Aletheias in "It has been _0_ days since the last Trump disaster" on MeFi

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Alabama Poised to Restore Voting Rights for Thousands with Felony Convictions

This is one of my key political issues. Every citizen should get to vote. Everyone. If you're in prison, they should bring you a ballot there and make it an official polling place. As you near your release date, you should be given the opportunity to gain whatever photo ID or other documents are necessary to vote in your state. Because if people convicted of crimes aren't allowed to vote, then a sufficiently immoral regime can maintain power by making sure that their opponents are convicted of crimes at a disproportionate rate. That is, of course, exactly what happens in America. Disenfranchisement of convicts is just one facet of the current incarnation of Jim Crow.
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Four short links: 18 May 2017

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Checking Fact-Checkers, Simpler Java, JSON Feed, and Street-Fighting Mathematics

  1. Checking How Fact-checkers Check -- I evaluate the performance of two major online fact-checkers, Politfact at Tampa Bay Times and Fact Checker at Washington Post, comparing their interrater reliability using a method that is regularly utilized across the social sciences. I show that fact-checkers rarely fact-check the same statement, and when they do, there is little agreement in their ratings. Approximately, 1 in 10 statements is fact-checked by both fact-checking outlets, and among claims that both outlets check, their factual ratings have a Cohen’s κ of 0.52, an agreement rate much lower than what is acceptable for social scientific coding. The results suggest that difficulties in fact-checking elites’ statements may limit the ability of journalistic fact-checking to hold politicians accountable. (via Marginal Revolution)
  2. Kotlin -- a Swift-like take on Java. Statically typed programming language for modern multiplatform applications 100% interoperable with Java and Android. Steve Yegge loves it, and here's a rundown of the main language features.
  3. JSON Feed -- another tilt at the content syndication windmill. "It's Atom but in convenient COBOL Object Notation," he said twitching. "Both remaining bloggers have signed up to use it!"
  4. Street-Fighting Mathematics (PDF) -- MIT book on the art of educated guessing and opportunistic problem-solving. The major sections are: Dimensions; Easy cases; Lumping; Pictorial proofs; Taking out the big part; Analogy.

Continue reading Four short links: 18 May 2017.

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JSON Feed -- another tilt at the content syndication windmill. "It's Atom but in convenient COBOL Object Notation," he said twitching. "Both remaining bloggers have signed up to use it!"

lol. I say as I read a joke about feed syndication via an RSS reader. (Which will likely add JSONFeed support soon enough)
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deezil
3 days ago
Keep your eye on this ticket: https://getsatisfaction.com/newsblur/topics/can-you-look-into-adding-json-feed-support
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By drezdn in "It has been _0_ days since the last Trump disaster" on MeFi

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[trump easily gets out of his pickle]


To be fair, I'm not sure Trump has actually got out of any pickles yet, he just seems to get himself into another bigger pickle to make people forget about the last one. It's like he's nesting parentheses.
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Trump. The first LISP president?
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rizurin:galaxy’s #1 dad

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rizurin:

galaxy’s #1 dad

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digdoug
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This for-real made me tear up. I've had a rough week.
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glenn
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By prefpara in "Full of sound and fury/ Signifying, umm, what?" on MeFi

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I just sent the following fax to awful NY congressperson Elise Stefanik:

Dear Ms. Stefanik,

If you vote to repeal the ACA, and the bill passes, millions of people who would otherwise have received medical care will needlessly suffer and die. Can you please let me know where you can be reached after you are voted out of office for being a moral monster and shaming New York for a generation? I want to make sure that I have a forwarding address to which I can send the obituaries of the friends I lose as a result of your indefensible choices.

Regards,
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How to Design New Information Environments That Don’t Suck

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Jorge Arango conjures Gall’s Law, the 40-year-old dictum of systems design that remains as relevant as ever:

“A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over with a working simple system.”  — John Gall

Every ambitious project launches amid a thicket of fears and grand hopes. The worst thing you can do is try to design for all those assumed outcomes (let alone the edge cases). Start with a sturdy but simple system and build from there as you learn. As Jorge writes, that’s the appeal (and necessity) of the MVP:

When the product is real and can be tested, it can (and should) evolve towards something more complex. But baking complexity into the first release is a costly mistake. (Note I didn’t say it “can be”. It’s guaranteed.)

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