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january 2019 by juliusbeezer
Never before have I seen blind anger like this on the streets of Paris | John Lichfield | Opinion | The Guardian
I’ve lived in France for 22 years and have witnessed street protests by workers, farmers, wine producers, truck drivers, railway employees, university students, sixth-formers, teachers, youths in the multiracial suburbs, chefs, lawyers, doctors and police officers. Yes, even police officers.

I have never seen the kind of wanton destruction that surrounded me on some of the smartest streets of Paris on Saturday – such random, hysterical hatred, directed not just towards the riot police but at shrines to the French republic itself such as the Arc de Triomphe. The 12-hour battle went beyond violent protest, beyond rioting, to the point of insurrection, even civil war.
The aftermath of the gilets jaunes riots in Paris – in pictures

The centre of Paris has not seen violence on this scale since the student and worker rebellion of May 1968. Much of the worst violence in 1968 came from the police.
france  politics  commenting 
december 2018 by juliusbeezer
Oh, I Hate The Romans Already! | Do The Right Thing
This urge to divide the world around us, and to sort out which tribe we belong in goes deeper than would benefit our true self interests. Yet like a pair of dysfunctional co-dependents, we just can’t help ourselves, always looking for ways to find fault and a source of antagonism.

Dutch Kids Being Biked To School. Are we the same or different?

There’s always something that makes them just not like us. We ride the way people should ride, and if more people were like us, the world would be a better place.
cycling  blogs  commenting  archiving  linkrot 
october 2018 by juliusbeezer
Any muppet could write The Tempest, pre-internet | Hadley Freeman | Technology | The Guardian
When I started working in 2000, the only contact I had with readers came in the form of the very, very occasional letter. Now people tell me, at all times of day – by email, by Twitter, in comments beneath articles – exactly what they think of my work. As my rock bottom moment in LA suggested, that can be unnerving, especially if you try to engage with people, as I do. I can easily spend five times as long dealing with the reactions to my articles as I do writing them.

But I don’t hate the web. Aside from all its obvious benefits – I can go shopping without the inconvenience of getting off my butt, I can keep in touch with friends abroad – it has brought some more unexpected joys. So, yes, strangers can yell at me – but they can also be lovely to me. One of my favourite things about the web is the other female journalists I have met online, who now offer one another advice, support and many, many jokes. And that’s nice, isn’t it?
commenting  journalism 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
We want to make our roads safer for everyone – especially cyclists | Discussion | The Guardian
but you'll deflect attention with endless whataboutery....

For all there are more cars on the road, covering much more distance, and hence more car related accidents, you'll struggle to find a driver causing an accident because he/she was using a track only machine on the road, one with insufficient and illegal braking...

The law is very big on intent, Alliston comes across as a fantasist, playing out his dreams on the road. Cycling activism encourages this, and is why it needs to be dealt with.
commenting  cycling  road_safety  law 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
20 Years of Stuff That Matters - Slashdot
Today we're marking Slashdot's 20th birthday. 20 years is a long time on the internet. Many websites have come and gone over that time, and many that stuck around haven't had any interest in preserving their older content. Fortunately, as Slashdot approaches its 163,000th story, we've managed to keep track of almost all our old postings - all but the first 2^10, or so. In addition to that, we've held onto user comments, the lifeblood of the site, from 1999 onward. As we celebrate Slashdot's 20th anniversary this month, we thought we'd take a moment to highlight a few of the notable or interesting stories and discussions that have happened here in the past decade and a half. This is part of our 20-year anniversary celebration, and we've set up a page to coordinate user meet-ups. We'll be continuing to run some special pieces throughout the month, so keep an eye out for those.
slashdot  history  commenting 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
Bike Snob NYC: If You Don't Have Anything Nice To Say About Cyclists Then You're Probably An Idiot
Didn't moderate for 10 years because for the most part it was not necessary and I prided myself on keeping an open door.

Started moderating now mainly because of a racist Trump supporter who abused the policy when I mentioned those teens who were arrested for not wearing reflective clothing after they were hit by a driver. (Driver not charged.)

Oh, well, it was a good run. Sign of the times I guess.
commenting  blogs  cycling  racism  us  politics 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
There’s plague in Arizona. Authorities warn of fleas that can infect people and pets. - The Washington Post
@optometrist: I am right and the comment is not uncharitable. We're living in a time where people mouth off on subjects they have NO knowledge about and make comments that are wholly unfounded in fact and learning. I have no problem in telling them they're wrong about microbes in the hopes that they'll cease and desist. It is misinformation and outright lies that have lead to a record number of children not being vaccinated for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus AND subsequent outbreaks in measles and pertussis in California. The arrogance of ignorant people knows no bounds and I have no problem refuting the crapola they spout online.
commenting  medicine 
august 2017 by juliusbeezer
Donald Trump's North Korea 'armada' gaffe was dangerous buffoonery | Richard Wolffe | Opinion | The Guardian
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How could so many people be so stupid? Hmmm . . .

Fifty years of the GOP Southern Strategy which brought Ailes into the political sphere and which playe

d upon people's prejudices and fears as an intentional distraction so the public wouldn't focus on the intentional dismantlement of the New Deal for corporate gain.

Forty plus years of intentional negative advertising in the recognition that such leads to low voter turnout (always a boon for the GOP) while prepping the "disillusioned" field and the further erosion of voter turnout for the next election and the election after that.

Forty plus years of dog whistles that blame welfare queens, unions, government, public education, public employees, and financial regulation - rather than forty years of trickle down economics, regressive tax cuts, slashing the social safety net as well as infrastructure and educational spending, financial deregulation leading to the greatest inequality as well as economic collapse for the first time in over eighty years, free trade deals where bottom line profits for American companies were the singular driving force and where labor was specifically excluded from the negotiations - are to blame for the increasingly less secure and less informed lives that average Joes live.

Forty years of the abolition of the Fairness Doctrine in the use of public airwaves as well as media consolidation that have given us at least thirty five years of news as infotainment and truth as optional or merely what you want to believe.

Forty years of intentional political pandering to and manipulation of the most religiously conservative slice of American society and whispering in their ears that they're suffering some sort of heinous persecution in a country that, to this day, is composed of at least 77% "believers".

If I had to identify just one of the above as the singular explanation for our electorate being so stupid, it would be the years of undermining public education - through defunding, propaganda, and legislation - that has led to the widespread, knee jerk, uninformed idiocy now unabashedly embraced by large chunks of the American voting public.
commenting  politics 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Donald Trump's North Korea 'armada' gaffe was dangerous buffoonery | Richard Wolffe | Opinion | The Guardian
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Brexit meant different things to different people they visualized their own version of what brexit would look like all the way from so soft you'll barely notice [… to …] raving racist loons. Undoubtedly it was pretty dumb because they had no way of knowing what brexit they were gonna get.
Trump was not open to interpretation he is painfully aggressively stupid. People couldn't project their own idealized version of trump onto trump if they actually listened to him for 5 minutes. I'm not talking about his supposed political positions or what passed for his policy proposals but where actually just chants I'm talking his painfully painfully obvious unrelenting stupidity and his extreme, and I meen so extreme he is a caricature of himself, narcissism and megalomania so extreme that it is clearly a serious psychological disorder. A disorder so extreme that he distorts reality so much that when he is confronted with video of himself directley contradicting or outright lying he cannot accept objective reality because his pysche is damaged that he beleives thar the truth the real is whatever he is saying at that exact moment. This was there for everyone to my god its all anybody talked for like a year he was all the TV channels doing this for a year.

Brexit was dumb and people should have though a bit more about pressed more to be sure what they were voting for. With trump there is literally no way you could not know what you were voting for because he made it so painfully clear that he was a pathological liar with a severe severe personality disorder when people who suffer from this condition are highly intelligent it can often be difficult to detect because their lies are so detailed and convincing and they are able to make you question your own objective observations. But trump is not smart he is achingly painfully dumb he has the voculabulary of a five year he contradicts himself multiple times in the same sentence he talks about him self constantly, constantly and if he talking about how great he is he is talking about how other people say how great he is. He declared that nobody knew how difficult Healthcare Reform was going to be or how after Xi explained north Korea to him for ten minutes that if wasn't nearly as simple as he thought. He made these statements without even the tiniest bit of comprehension that they made him sound like a complete and utter moron. That's how stupid he his. And still 60 million people vote for him that is even more stupid.
commenting  politics  Brexit 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Donald Trump's North Korea 'armada' gaffe was dangerous buffoonery | Richard Wolffe | Opinion | The Guardian
This article explains why Trump won the election even though most people in the news media thought he would lose by a landslide. Trump and his administration said that he is sending an armada to North Korea. He didn't say that it is being sent at that very instant, but he meant that it would be sent soon. Sure, you might think, when politicians typically say such things, they don't usually leave matters to be so vague: saying 'we're sending an armada' is usually more precisely stated as either 'we will be sending an armada' (implying sometime in the future, as was the case here), or 'an armada is being sent as we speak' (suggesting immediacy). But Trump isn't like most normal politicians, and he doesn't speak with precision. Shouldn't that lose him votes? Nope. Many voters hate normal politicians. Shouldn't voters read news article after news article calling Trump an idiot and believe it? Nope, they just think that the news media is arrogant, out of touch, and some believe it to be openly biased.
commenting  politics 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Middle finger councillor who ran cyclists off road fined |
Back in the old days—about three hours ago—this thread contained 28 comments, some lavishly illustrated. The site's lawyers—and Parish Councillor Atkinson—are surely happier with it now.
cycling  law  censorship  commenting  dccomment 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
About Us | DeSmog UK
DeSmog UK encourages intelligent, informed and robust debate. Commenters are encouraged to include links to supporting information as this helps enrich the conversation, especially when discussing climate change science. Users who make demonstrably false claims about the science may on occasion have their posts deleted. We believe this will assist readers in accessing more reliable information. DeSmog UK does not censor comments based on political or ideological points of view. We may delete comments that are abusive, off-topic or use offensive language.
agnotology  commenting  journalism  climatechange 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
What's a YubiKey? Cheap, Solid Security | News & Opinion |
This Disqus comment at the foot of one of a slew of articles I pulled on Yubikey et al struck me as having the best quality/brevity ratio of the lot.
If you're running Android on your phone, you can download the Google Authenticator and hook it up to LastPass, instead of using a Yubikey. You then manually read the OTP's out of Google Authenticator and type then into LastPass. Or even better - install Google Authenticator on your laptop, then program a hotkey to obtain the OTP from your phone via Bluetooth. This last option is way more convenient than having to drag out a Yubikey all the time.
security  hardware  commenting 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
AI Alarmism: why smart people believe dumb things about our future AI overlords - boing - Boing Boing BBS
Maciej Cegłowski (previously) gave this talk, "Superintelligence: The Idea That Eats Smart People," at Web Camp Zagreb last October, spending 45 minutes delving into the origin of the idea that computers are going to become apocalyptic, self-programming, superintelligent basilisks that end all live on Earth (and variations on this theme) and then explaining why this fundamentally evidence-free, fuzzy idea has colonized so many otherwise brilliant people -- including people like Stephen Hawking -- and why it's an irrational and potentially harmful belief system.
funny  psychology  commenting 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
The Grad Student Who Never Said "No" - Healthier & Happier
When she arrived, I gave her a data set of a self-funded, failed study which had null results (it was a one month study in an all-you-can-eat Italian restaurant buffet where we had charged some people ½ as much as others). I said, "This cost us a lot of time and our own money to collect. There's got to be something here we can salvage because it's a cool (rich & unique) data set." I had three ideas for potential Plan B, C, & D directions (since Plan A had failed). I told her what the analyses should be and what the tables should look like. I then asked her if she wanted to do them...

Sigirci, Ozge, Marc Rockmore, and Brian Wansink (2016), “How Traumatic Violence Permanently Changes Shopping Behavior,” Frontiers in Psychology, 7:1298. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01298.
Siğirci, Ozge and Brian Wansink (2015), “Low Prices and High Regret: How Pricing Influences Regret at All-You-Can-Eat Buffets,” BMC Nutrition, 1:36, 1-5, doi:10.1186/s40795-015-0030-x.
Kniffin, Kevin, Ozge Sigirci and Brian Wansink (2015), “Eating Heavily: Men Eat More in the Company of Women,” Evolutionary Psychological Science, 1-9. doi: 10.1007/s40806-015-0035-3.
Just, David R., Ozge Siğirci, and Brian Wansink (2015), “Peak-end Pizza: Prices Delay Evaluations of Quality,” Journal of Product & Brand Management, 24:7, 770-778, doi:10.1108/jpbm01-2015-0802.​
Just, David R., Ozge Sigirci, and Brian Wansink (2014), “Lower Buffet Prices Lead to Less Taste Satisfaction,” Journal of Sensory Studies, 29:362-370.
statistics  research  ethics  commenting  sciencepublishing  scholarly 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
We can Fix It: Saving the Truth from the Internet
So it is time to lend a hand; time to raise a barn. We need to figure out how to create the standard new methods of authentication and ranking. We need help pushing for changes at large internet companies. We need to think through the details of how the truth and rotten tomato prizes would be awarded. We’ll need a budget and funding to create a strong incentive for the prizes. We need to promote these ideas and get more adoption. In short, if you found this message, we need you. If you agree that we need social action to make the internet safe for truth, promote this message and sign up to be part of this project.
internet  socialmedia  agnotology  commenting  dccomment  philosophy 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
The Mass Production of Redundant, Misleading, and Conflicted Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses. - PubMed - NCBI
There are many important issues raised in this paper on which I strongly agree with John Ioannidis. There is a lot of research waste in meta-analyses and systematic reviews, and a flood of very low quality, and he points out the contributing factors clearly. However, there are some issues to be aware of in considering the analyses in this paper on the growth of these papers, and their growth in comparison with randomized and other clinical trials.

Although the author refers to PubMed's "tag" for systematic reviews, there is no tagging process for systematic reviews, as there is for meta-analyses and trials. Although "systematic review" is available as a choice under "article types", that option is a filtered search using Clinical Queries (PubMed Help), not a tagging of publication type. Comparing filtered results to tagged results is not comparing like with like in 2 critical ways.
medicine  research  editing  reviews  commenting 
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
Globo’s Billionaire Heir, João Roberto Marinho, Attacked Me in the Guardian. Here’s my Response.
On Friday, April 21, I published an op-ed in The Guardian, in which I posed numerous questions about the impeachment process against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, as well as the role played by the dominant Brazilian media, led by Globo. João responded with anger – and with obvious falsehoods. As one can see, João criticized my article by calling me a liar in various ways in his response...

In fact, João’s response deserves more attention than a mere comment because it is full of deceitful propaganda and pro-impeachment falsehoods – exactly what he tries to deny Globo has been spreading – and thus reveals a great deal (today, Guardian editors upgraded João’s comment into a full-fledged letter!).
brazil  politics  journalism  commenting  dccomment  media  monopoly 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
How do we make the Guardian a better place for conversation? | Technology | The Guardian
The editor of the Web We Want, Becky Gardiner, and Mahana Mansfield, the Guardian’s senior data scientist, examined the 70m comments left on the Guardian since 1999, particularly those comments blocked by our moderators for abuse or derailing the conversation, and reported on what they found. The stark results offer proof of what many have long suspected: of the 10 regular writers whose articles have had the most comments blocked, eight are women (four white and four non-white, one Muslim and one Jewish) and two are black men. Three of the 10 most abused writers are gay.

The response to this work has been fantastic – some commentators called it historic – although we also heard constructive criticism about how we communicate our moderation policy with readers, as well as the role of headlines in steering conversations. We hope that others will follow our lead in looking at their own comments, because effective solutions will be hard to find without data and dialogue. We are now exploring the possibility of sharing our data with academics working in this area, and hope others will do the same.
commenting  guardian  censorship  racism 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
BMJ editor Fiona Godlee takes on corruption in science - Health - CBC News
As the editor of one of the oldest and most influential medical journals, Godlee is leading several campaigns to change the way science is reported, including opening up data for other scientists to review, and digging up data from old and abandoned trials for a second look.

She has strong words about the overuse of drugs, and the influence of industry on the types of questions that scientists ask, and the conclusions that are drawn from the evidence.

"It's not my job to be popular, I'm very clear about that," she says from her office in the historic British Medical Association building in central London.
sciencepublishing  opendata  openmedicine  commenting  agnotology 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
The Guardian view on criminal policy: sex, money and the long arm of the law | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian
Many sex workers, admittedly, don’t want their clients criminalised. In France, backed by a commission of the senate, they vehemently protested that it would make their work more, rather than less, dangerous: it would reduce the number of punters, they say, and leave them facing greater competition, the more vulnerable because they would have less choice. Rather than enhancing their rights, they argued that criminalising clients would mean they were deprived of what they had. They cited a rise in police harassment in some countries with the result that sex workers were forced into increasingly dangerous environments.

[Commenter coffeetogo below, immediately below a deleted comment of his (probably a he I guess):
"Thank you moderator. Seriously. I am grateful. You probably saved me. Not in a spiritual way, you understand. And if it helps you (because Guardian readers really are sensitive to how comments impact on moderators), I do understand. Really I do. And the fact that it came within about 3 seconds of posting tells me/us that The Guardian (and all the stuff that that they let slip through the net) is read and analysed and assessed and evaluated and judged and .... approved. I know that my thanks will sound hollow but it is sincere (on this occasion)."
-->in a discussion that obviously was rather nervily moderated--closed for a period mid-thread, then rather abruptly (but I guess within normal operating limits--archived at day 3)]
guardian  sex  business  commenting 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
One Step Closer to Blackouts | Energy Matters
The Scottish supply is now based on nuclear, wind and imports with a little hydro and gas on the side. I think nuclear and wind is likely the worst combination for any grid that no sane power engineer would design. Variable and intermittent wind does not sit well with constant, base load nuclear power...
Clearly, national governments, power generation and distribution companies should do everything they can to safeguard against blackouts. It appears that what is happening in Scotland is the exact opposite where Scottish Power (a subsidiary of Spanish Iberdrola) has made a commercial decision to close Longannet forced by energy policy both N and S of the border. Scottish politicians seem more interested in scoring political points out of this event than safeguarding the best interests of the Scottish people. Had the NE USA blackout of 2003 occurred in January instead of August, the death toll may have been many thousands as old and vulnerable people would have died from the cold.
nukes  energy  scotland  preppers  environment  politics  commenting 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
The Mile Long Bookshelf: DISCUSSION: How accurate are your Blogger stats?
The above screenshot shows countries from which people have read my blog. I'm a British blogger and I always write in English. The fact that I've apparently had 11,062 hits from Russia and 6,097 from Ukraine is weird, and most-likely spam. The only legitimate ones up there will be the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Ireland, Canada, Germany and France. You can't see many in the first screenshot but most of my daily referring spam-URLs actually come from Russia, Ukraine, China and Japan. Sometimes India. You just have to figure out what is real and what isn't, and then subtract all the crap from your stats and it's way more accurate than it was before.
russia  language  internet  commenting  dccomment 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
From Pickup Artist to Pariah -- The Cut
That night, C., a redheaded woman in her late 20s, saw the link to the blog. She glanced at it long enough to understand that it had something to do with Waking Life Espresso, a popular West Asheville coffee shop owned by Jared Rutledge and Jacob Owens. C. and Jared had had a six-month fling in 2012; she’d just gotten out of an abusive relationship, and Jared, with his brown curls and his philosophy major’s curiosity, seemed like the perfect candidate for some strings-free fun. Her experience with him had been such a refreshing example of no-drama casual sex that when several friends asked her about Jared after matching with him on Tinder, she told them to go for it. Her friends went on to sleep with him, too.

The next morning, C. scrolled through the blog on her phone, trying to make sense of what she was reading. It seemed that Jared, with Jacob as his wingman and sidekick, had a secret online life as a member of the pickup-artist community. The pickup artist’s most familiar incarnation is Neil Strauss, author of the 2005 best seller The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists. But since The Game’s publication a decade ago, it’s evolved into a thriving constellation of blogs and sub-Reddits offering obsessive overanalysis of dates, economics-inflected gender theory, and men’s-rights rants. The sites are known, collectively, as the “manosphere.”
sex  internet  writing  commenting 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer
Climate change credibility tool shows what news you can trust | New Scientist
The system uses a web annotation browser extension called Hypothesis to enable an invited group of climate scientists to comment on words, sentences or data points within media stories. Anyone who installs the plug-in can see the additional layer of commentary.

For example, one Forbes article headlined “Updated NASA Data: Global Warming Not Causing Any Polar Ice Retreat” has 33 comments from nine scientists who have given it the lowest possible credibility score. The piece, one of the site’s most popular climate stories of 2015, “contains many invalid and unjustified claims”, says Jan Lenaerts, who studies polar climate and ice sheets at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. It’s not the first attempt to fact-check the internet. Other tools include email fact-checker LazyTruth and web page annotation tool Truth Goggles
commenting  annotation  agnotology  climatechange 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer
Analysis* of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si - Climate Feedback
Pope Francis’s encyclical rather accurately depicts the current reality of climate change. While it does contain a few minor scientific inaccuracies, and could be interpreted as understating the degree of certainty scientists have in understanding climate change impacts, the encyclical fairly represents the present concerns raised by the scientific community.
religion  science  commenting 
december 2015 by juliusbeezer
Michel Houellebecq : le texte qui fait polémique - Le Point
Vous préférez sans doute les discours à l'eau de rose d'un monde de bisounours dont se réclame une pseudo intelligentsia qui plane bien haut au dessus des réalités ; ou la prose commiserative pleine de bons sentiments gratuits dont se prévaut une certaine presse télévisuelle dont l'audience dépend d'une bonne conscience aveugle et toute faite ; ou encore de la démagogie irresponsable de nombre de dirigeants médiocres dont la générosité de façade -et suicidaire pour la nation, permet quelque espoir de durabilité... ?
français  commenting 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer at Society for Neuroscience | Hypothesis
Researchers clearly saw the value in incorporating into the scientific workflow, particularly during the peer review process, where the ability to use targeted annotations of particular phrases or sentences was seen as a very valuable means to improve the review process for authors, reviewers and editors alike.

Researchers were also excited by the educational and collaborative opportunities of web annotation, and asked whether one could annotate in groups with their colleagues. I am happy to let everyone know that the private group annotation launched on November 3rd. Thanks to our program in education, and our educational director, Jeremy Dean, is, in fact, enjoying robust use in the classroom.

But all of the above activities are carried out privately or semi-privately. What about “the Internet, peer reviewed”? This tag line brought people to the booth, but the possibility of putting a public knowledge layer over the scientific literature and related materials both excited and concerned many neuroscientists. Many recognized that our current methods for reporting scientific findings would benefit from an interactive, public layer where questions could be asked and answered and where additional information could be provided. Those that blogged liked the idea of “blogging in place” on articles or news articles that fell into their area of expertise.
peerreview  commenting  archiving 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Fund: On-Demand Web Archiving of Annotated Pages | Hypothesis
Whenever a web page changes or disappears, annotations on the page may no longer be viewable, unless the original content is preserved. The purpose of this project is to ensure that an archival recording is made of the annotated page.

The proposal is to build a simple service which will be triggered when an annotation is made and archive the full page by loading a headless browser through an existing web archiving tool.
annotation  commenting  archiving 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
6 reasons to use Strava |
about strava, with some reasonable comments
pqpc  cycling  commenting 
september 2015 by juliusbeezer
What happened after 7 news sites got rid of reader comments » Nieman Journalism Lab
I spoke to seven news organizations — Recode, The Verge, Reuters, Mic, Popular Science, The Week, and USA Today’s FTW — about their decision to suspend comments, the results of that change, and how they manage reader engagement now. All but one of the sites say they won’t be going back
journalism  commenting 
september 2015 by juliusbeezer
The Tunnel Problem | Practical Ethics
If you read between the lines, Jason Miller is simply advocating that owners of driverless cars should be allowed to override the manufacturers safety settings, for their own benefit. Technically that is indeed an ethical issue, and he has framed it to resemble a classic ‘ethical dilemma’ such as the Trolley Problem, and he presents it an issue of freedom of choice with respect to moral intuitions. But in the real world it is simply a political demand to privilege the owners of driverless cars, at the expense of other road users.
ethics  driving  robotics  politics  road_safety  commenting 
august 2015 by juliusbeezer
Sunday Times Snowden Story is Journalism at its Worst
Ponder how dumb someone has to be at this point to read an anonymous government accusation, made with zero evidence, and accept it as true.

I would like to speak up on behalf of the majority who accepts the government accusations at face value. While most of us are indeed dumb, many others are simply too busy to examine the claims and others have a vested interest in supporting the government for other reasons. While argument from authority may be represented as a logical fallacy, the simple fact is that most people form their opinions by choosing who to believe. When someone makes an assertion, if they are wearing a three piece suit, I assume the statement is true. Others may assume on the same basis that the statement is false.

Is this dumb, or just a convenient decision making shortcut in a world filled with so much information that no one can process it all? Those who insist on examining the evidence inevitably suffer from paralyzation by analysis.

The government knows this, and therefore will continue to make assertions and, out of respect for the general public, provide zero evidence – knowing that evidence would just confuse the issue. In sum, they do this to help us.

It may be true that you can’t fool all of the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country
Will Durant
authoritarianism  politics  commenting  funny 
june 2015 by juliusbeezer
Has Google+ Really Died? - Forbes
As I had never spent any time “hanging out on Facebook,” these pleas didn’t represent significant enticements, but I decided to give it a try. I opened a Google+ account and I was immediately confronted with the task of organizing correspondents who wished to interact with me into “circles.” As this categorizing took extra effort, my heart wasn’t in it, and so, like more than 99% of Google users, I became an inactive user of Google+....
By contrast, Twitter was a much more natural fit with my work patterns, both in terms of disseminating news about articles I am writing and in terms of learning what others in related fields are working on and interacting with them. Twitter required no active decision about whether anyone was a friend or a colleague or something else entirely. The conversation simply happened. So I became quite active on Twitter and even acquired thousands of Twitter followers.

I have also been active in responding to comments on my column on, including those correspondents who disagree with me, sometimes ferociously. On occasion, the deluge of comments is simply too much to keep up with. But I have done my best to maintain a dialogue with all comers in a spirit of professional interchange.

In writing about social media, I write as an average user, not as a specialist.
twitter  google  facebook  socialmedia  socialnetworking  commenting 
april 2015 by juliusbeezer
being nice & good overtakes - YouTube
Here lies the corpse of William Jay Too obedient to what white lines say Wiser counsel he was oft ignoring Till at last he died from dooring.
cycling  dccomment  funny  commenting 
april 2015 by juliusbeezer
Krugman’s review of Piketty
Krugman correctly highlights the importance of the elasticity of substitution between capital and labor, but like everyone else (including, apparently, Piketty himself) he misses a subtle but absolutely crucial point.

When economists discuss this elasticity, they generally do so in the context of a gross production function (*not* net of depreciation). In this setting, the elasticity of substitution gives the relationship between the capital-output ratio K/Y and the user cost of capital, which is r+delta, the sum of the relevant real rate of return and the depreciation rate. For instance, if this elasticity is 1.5 and r+delta decreases by a factor of 2, then (moving along the demand curve) K/Y will increase by a factor of 2^(1.5) = 2.8.

Piketty, on the other hand, uses only net concepts, as they are relevant for understanding net income. When he talks about the critical importance of an elasticity of substitution greater than one, he means an elasticity of substitution in the *net* production function. This is a very different concept. In particular, this elasticity gives us the relationship between the capital-output ratio K/Y and the real rate of return r, rather than the full user cost r+delta. This elasticity is lower, by a fraction of r/(r+delta), than the relevant elasticity in the gross production function.

This is no mere quibble. For the US capital stock, the average depreciation rate is a little above delta=5%. Suppose that we take Piketty’s starting point of r=5%. Then r/(r+delta) = 1/2, and the net production function elasticities that matter to Piketty’s argument are only 1/2 of the corresponding elasticities for the gross production function! --Matt Rognlie
economics  piketty  agnotology  commenting 
march 2015 by juliusbeezer
Judge tells PubPeer to hand over information about anonymous commenter; site weighing “options” - Retraction Watch
the judge ordered PubPeer to produce “identifying information for that commenter,” said Alexander Abdo of the American Civil Liberties Union...

Abdo told us: We are disappointed with the ruling and are weighing our options for how to continue to fight for the right to anonymity of PubPeer’s commenters.

The case began when Fazlul Sarkar of Wayne State University sued the people who commented anonymously about him on PubPeer, and demanded that PubPeer release their names. Sarkar, who has not been found to have committed research misconduct, claims he lost a lucrative job offer at the University of Mississippi, likely as a result of the posts.
peerreview  commenting  anonymity 
march 2015 by juliusbeezer
The Troll's Guide to Internet Disruption Washington's Blog
We’ve seen a number of tactics come and go over the years. Here are the ones we see a lot of currently.

1. Start a partisan divide-and-conquer fight or otherwise push emotional buttons to sow discord and ensure that cooperation is thwarted. Get people fighting against each other instead of the corrupt powers-that-be. Use baseless caricatures to rile everyone up.
astroturfing  agnotology  spam  internet  commenting  blogs 
march 2015 by juliusbeezer
What's Online Annotation? And Why Did Helmsley Just Make a Big Grant to Support it?  - Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence - Inside Philanthropy
The theory is that, by layering on comments and crowdsourcing their prominence à la Quora, some much-needed reality checking can be woven into the fabric of the Internet. founder Dan Whaley called annotation “a critical leap forward for humanity.”...
The value of annotation to research could be a big deal. It would allow a level of ongoing, cited and interactive review to scholarly research found on the Internet. That’s good for quality of research, but also for strengthening and promoting interaction among researchers. For example, the ability to share bits of information back and forth means one scholar could chime in with a piece of data or a possible idea for future direction that could supplement a published work.
commenting  annotation  internet  sciencepublishing  science  research 
march 2015 by juliusbeezer
Guardian digital editor is right — ending comments is a mistake — Tech News and Analysis
No one seems to like web comments any more, at least not in the traditional media anyway. Websites like Reuters and Re/code and Popular Science and Bloomberg have gotten rid of them, and plenty of media insiders have been cheering this movement on, since they see comment sections as cesspools. So it’s nice to hear someone like Guardian digital editor Aron Pilhofer say killing off comments is a “monumental mistake.”
commenting  news  journalism 
february 2015 by juliusbeezer
Guardian digital chief: Killing off comments ‘a monumental mistake’ | Media news
The Guardian’s executive editor for digital has described the trend among some news sites of switching off reader comments as a “monumental mistake” – saying user interaction is a “huge resource we are largely ignoring”.

Delivering the opening keynote at the news:rewired conference, in London this morning, Aron Pilhofer said sites such as Buzzfeed and Upworthy were “quite frankly eating our lunch” – and news organisations need to do much more in the areas of community engagement and user analytics.
commenting  journalism 
february 2015 by juliusbeezer
PeerJ Grows Steadily With Papers, Authors | The Scholarly Kitchen
If you ask a scientist if they would publish in PeerJ or any other OA journal that asks anything more than 100 US$ to publish one PDF file if they had to pay from their own pocket (and I don’t mean from their own lab funds, I really mean from their own hard-worked salary), I think you might find an overwhelmingly universal no. In other words, it is precisely because global academia, especially from developed countries, is built up so incorrectly, providing funding willy-nilly to pay for these ridiculous OA fees, that we are seeing anger, frustration and chaos building up. It is precisely because academic institutions have been brain-washed (by the publishers?) into thinking that if they don’t offer their scientists often vast reserves of money to pay for OA fees then their reputations will suffer a serious knock, that we are seeing this constant gaming and reassessing of the risks to profitability by OA journals like PeerJ which are, to me, nothing more than experimental ventures rather than true academic bodies. It is only the elite managers and marketing fellas at the top of the food chain that are always seeing things in a rosy light. This is nothing less than a classical class war of modern times. And at some point, there will be revolt
sciencepublishing  openaccess  scholarly  archiving  repositories  commenting 
february 2015 by juliusbeezer
How Economics Helps Us Understand: Airline Practices, Art Carden | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
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commenting  libertarian  freedom 
february 2015 by juliusbeezer
PubPeer - A Stronger Post-Publication Culture Is Needed for Better Science
Commenting about commenting in the world where comments are known as "post-publication peer review" which is "here to stay"(!)
Interesting how unsatisfying it is to be reading lengthy comments authored by "Peer1" (even the choice of pseudonym leaves an artistic reveal: one could imagine rejecting all comments written by an author with more than 4 consecutive digits for example e.g. peer65000).
peerreview  commenting  anonymity  confidentiality  writing 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
ColMstrd - Slashdot User
A view of my Slashdot comments all the way from 4 Jan 2000!
cmcomments  commenting 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
Open Annotation Data Model
The Open Annotation Core Data Model specifies an interoperable framework for creating associations between related resources, annotations, using a methodology that conforms to the Architecture of the World Wide Web. Open Annotations can easily be shared between platforms, with sufficient richness of expression to satisfy complex requirements while remaining simple enough to also allow for the most common use cases, such as attaching a piece of text to a single web resource.

An Annotation is considered to be a set of connected resources, typically including a body and target, where the body is somehow about the target. The full model supports additional functionality, enabling semantic annotations, embedding content, selecting segments of resources, choosing the appropriate representation of a resource and providing styling hints for consuming clients.
commenting  web 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
Untitled (
My adventures in the world of continue with the discovery of . Effusion:
internet  commenting 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
Why Craigslist Is Such a Mess
By eliminating marketing, sales, and business development, craigslist's programmers have cut out all the cushioning layers that separate them from the users they serve, and any right they have to teach lessons in public service comes from the odd situation of running a company that is directly subservient only to the public. Here's the lesson: The public is a motherfucker.
internet  advertising  web  commenting 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer Reputation System - Implementation details. - Google Docs
reputation of a user represents our trust of the user. In mathematical terms, we can think of the reputation as of a probability of the user telling us a correct statement. If reputation is zero then the user always gives wrong information. If reputation is 1 then the user always correct. If reputation is 0.5 then the user gives correct information in 50% of cases.

From other point of view, reputation expresses how much useful content a user has contributed. For example, in stackoverflow, more good answers I contribute, more reputation I have. Intuitively, this reputation is proportional to amount of useful work the user has done.
reputation  peerreview  internet  web  commenting  dccomment 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
What is it?
We’re building an open platform for the collaborative evaluation of knowledge. It leverages sentence-level critique to enable discussion or note-taking on top of news, blogs, scientific articles, books, terms of service, ballot initiatives, legislation, regulations and more. We build software, push for standards and interoperability and foster community.

We are a non-profit organization, funded through the generosity of the Knight, Mellon, Shuttleworth, Sloan and Helmsley Foundations– and through the support of hundreds of individuals like yourself that want to see this idea come to fruition.

Our efforts are based on the Annotator project, which we are principal contributors to, and annotation standards for digital documents being developed by the W3C Web Annotation Working Group. We are partnering broadly with developers, publishers, academic institutions, researchers, and individuals to develop a platform for the next generation of read-write Web applications.

(Watched both vids on that page: what is it about these guys who have to express themselves as scientific religionists, big bang, other life in the universe?, why are we here? Interesting fact though: Marc Andreeson included an annotation feature in Mosaic, but switched it off because of the hosting implications)
commenting  internet  open  agnotology  attention 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
Ian Walker’s blog: Bicycle overtaking and rebuttals
A couple of weeks ago I was alerted to a US website where somebody called Dan Gutierrez posted a surprisingly angry critique of my findings as well as some data from his own replication of parts of the study (the main document is here [pdf]). Dan found some different results to me, which is great as I've long expected there would be differences in driver behaviour between the UK and the US, particularly because of differences in road design between the two countries. However, rather than simply conclude our countries are different, Dan seems to conclude I'm either a big numpty who can't do research, or a deliberate liar. Either way: ouch, Dan.

Two weeks ago I emailed Dan to try to clear things up, but haven't had a reply, so I thought I'd reproduce my email here. Given he's been quite so stinging about my work in a public forum I feel I should have some right to reply. And, more critically, I spent ages writing this email and at least by posting it here the effort is less wasted.

[update 22/10/2018: also available at]
cycling  road_safety  commenting 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
Great Hackers | Matt Mullenweg
As with any Graham essay, it’s as interesting to see what he took at as what he left in. View source on the page and read the HTML comments. His old essays used to have some real gems in the comments but most seem to have been scrubbed. Wish I had archives.
commenting  censorship  software 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
A few notes about openness (and a request)
It gives me particular joy to write for the web, as I continue on my path the enlightenment. It is a suitably humble activity: obscurity is almost inevitable. Yet there is always the possibility that something I write will also help someone else. I always tell the truth as I see it. Where I cannot, I find the inner revelation about my own cultural beliefs even more rewarding (and disturbing) than seeing my truths writ large. That is why I currently write under a pseudonym after ten years of online presence under my true name: to explore the difference between the two states. Maybe one day I will write the comments I couldn't publish, but I probably won't, because they remain unwritten.
writing  commenting  jbcomment  open  anonymity 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
Re/code kills comments: I have something to say | Macworld
As part of my job over the past couple of decades, I’ve assumed moderation duties for Macworld’s forums and, now, commenting system. I’ve done so because I was raised in a time when tech forums were one of the prime ways to acquire information and share it with other like-minded individuals. People were generally polite, almost always helpful, and intolerant of those who abused their patience.

At the risk of invoking the “good old days,” things have changed significantly since then.
commenting  macosx 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
A Note to Re/code Readers | Re/code
The biggest change for some of you, however, will be that we have decided to remove the commenting function from the site. We thought about this decision long and hard, since we do value reader opinion. But we concluded that, as social media has continued its robust growth, the bulk of discussion of our stories is increasingly taking place there, making onsite comments less and less used and less and less useful.

Our writers are all active on services like Twitter and Facebook, and our official Re/code accounts on social media post our stories all day long.
commenting  media 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
The Blog That Peter Used to Write: It's Been Fun
I deleted my Twitter account a couple of weeks ago to take a break and think about whether I still wanted to engage in social media. The immediate trigger for that was someone I thought was an actual friend deliberately being a nasty jerk... As an example of this, two weeks ago I had a serious of four anonymous trolling comments on this blog, apropos nothing, calling me a "fucking sodomite", an "anti-white bigoted cunt", a "Muslim lover", telling me to go back to my "London shit-hole and die of AIDS surrounded by my immigrant chums" and calling me "a Euro-loving, bum-banging, left-wing, immigrant-loving, shirt-lifting cunt". It contained a number of threats and ended by wishing that a Muslim cut "my fucking head off".
commenting  twitter  socialmedia  censorship  agnotology 
november 2014 by juliusbeezer
Three Percent: Three Percent #85: Whatever
As always, you can write to us at with complaints, suggestions, ideas for future episodes, or your own rants and raves.
(Apart from pointing out translation errors by either presenter)

My comment: removed from post by disabling Disqus comments, happily retrieved by same route, though I am disconnected from an earlier commenter, Marc, who had contributed a comment that pointed out what "tirer" and "bouger" meant.

[Wot Marc said.

And I would add Houellebecq's title "Extension du domaine de la lutte" is not so nonsensical as all that: "Lutte" (~struggle, but also wrestling (the sport), and political movement) is a common enough word in French. The protagonist's failure with women and incipient racism set up two areas of struggle in his life: what's not to translate?

It is understandable that a title along the lines of 'Expansion of the struggle into new areas'** was not felt to be a commercial proposition by the publisher. We can only surmise the editorial process that led to the choice of 'Whatever', but I sense loss (as in someone lost)--and mischief--all the way.

**Maybe seek out some retro Trotskyist newsprint before committing to a precise phrase.]
commenting  dccomment 
november 2014 by juliusbeezer
Pinboard: bookmarks for juliusbeezer tagged 'commenting'
"I tried to get in a crunching challenge early doors" Nice post by &c
november 2014 by juliusbeezer
New Adventures in Trollsplaining in the End Times | Cunning Hired Knaves
I started to post comments around different websites, the Irish Times in particular, also The Journal, and occasionally a couple of others. But as well as posting the comments there, I’d share them on Facebook, Twitter and this blog. I tried to write them in such a way that they could make sense as standalone pieces: so that you didn’t have to read the article to make sense of the comment.

When writing them I would also try and be as politely adversarial as possible, without coming across immediately as a troll. There was an element of trolling to it though; I had no interest in getting involved in a debate with any of the other commenters. What interested me, on the whole, was trying to undermine the premises of the piece itself. To use a sporting analogy, as far as I could, I tried to get in with a crunching challenge early doors.
commenting  blogs  news  ireland 
november 2014 by juliusbeezer
Assange and the European Arrest Warrant « LRB blog
I wrote a short comment mentioning this on Shami Chakrabarti’s excellent piece in yesterday’s Guardian, only to find it deleted by a moderator for not abiding by ‘community standards’. Probing further, I found that other mentions of Assange had also been deleted; and that because of my perseverance in trying to raise the issue three times, any comments I post are now ‘pre-moderated’. I find that puzzling (and upsetting: it seems to place me in the company of trolls). All the ‘Assange’ comments, including mine, were polite, non-racist, non-sexist, non-defamatory and relevant; though the moderator apparently thinks not. He explained in an email to me that ‘the Assange case is off topic in the context of the article in which you were commenting’. He also suspected my comments of being ‘obviously commercial or otherwise spam-like’ because I included links in them. All very odd.
commenting  censorship  agnotology  guardian  wikileaks  assange 
november 2014 by juliusbeezer
Lagotto 3.6.3 released - Discourse
mfenner's commenting effort:

Lagotto 3.6.3 was released on October 12, 2014 with the following features:

faster filtering and sorting of articles (through additional indexes and caching)
commenting  software  tools 
october 2014 by juliusbeezer
Quand les pistes cyclables améliorent le trafic automobile
Mais combien de fois ,meme des gros camion de chantier comme les autos,essaient de passer à des rétrécissement de chaussées,alors meme que je suis sur une voie cyclabe,vous brule la priorité en vous doublant et passent à moin de 10 cm.Ceci est très dangereux,il n’y a que les bus qui vous laisse passés par amabilité et ne force en aucun cas le passage.dès fois aussi on se fait agresser,alors que la circulation est très dense,parce que vous vous trouver sur la route ,et sont presque à vous renverser,car pour eux ils faut que je prenne la piste cyclable qui je le souligne n’est pas obligatoire et pour moi c’est une commodité ,car le trajet est moin long..pour conclure les pistes cyclable à nantes sont faits pour des trajets touristiques et conçues pour des familles le week end ,ce qui veut dire qu’elle ne servent pratiquement pour les pluparts à rien en semaine.
français  cycling  pqpc  nantes  commenting  dccomment 
october 2014 by juliusbeezer
PubPeer - Prior Publication Productivity, Grant Percentile Ranking, and Topic-Normalized Citation Impact of NHLBI Cardiovascular R01 Grants
"Even after normalizing citation counts, we confirmed a lack of association between peer-review grant percentile ranking and grant citation impact."

Perhaps we should start giving money away randomly.
commenting  peerreview  science  finance 
september 2014 by juliusbeezer
Scientist threatening to sue PubPeer claims he lost a job offer because of comments | Retraction Watch
Last month, PubPeer announced that a scientist had threatened to sue the site for defamation. At the time, all PubPeer would say was that the “prospective plaintiff” is a US researcher” who was “aggrieved at the treatment his papers are getting on our site.”


We understand that some comments have been removed from PubPeer.
peerreview  sciencepublishing  commenting  law 
september 2014 by juliusbeezer
Ask Slashdot: Software To Organise a Heterogeneous Mix of Files? - Slashdot
I've had a quick glance at Evernote, thebrain, Nepomuk (I'm loving KDE4 so far after switching a week or so ago), OpenKM and FreeMind and these seem promising. I've still to look at emacs' org-mode, and when I do I will try to put my vi prejudices aside ;-) Some of the other suggestions are rather good but aren't really what I'm looking for as they are either fully cloud-based (eg Google Docs, Wave) or one platform only (eg Sharepoint) or too expensive (hire a secretary...
KDE's Dolphin file manager, coupled with Akonadi and Strigi (built-in, and seamlessly integrated) does everything that you are asking for
tools  search  linux  commenting 
september 2014 by juliusbeezer
Why (and how) is AirDroid free? : Android
For the lazy. Basically currently they have someone funding them and once they have the users they think the business model will follow. So basically get the users with free, once hooked started charging. So don't be surprised if they do start charging down the line someday. ( not that, that is a bad thing.)

APPO: How do you (or will you) make money from your application?

C: AirDroid is still in its very early stage and there are no business model yet - no paid version and no ads. The team is backed by well known VC and we have lots of patience. We are quite optimistic that a sustainable business model will follow if we can keep the growth rate and maintain the current high user satisfaction level.
software  business  android  commenting 
september 2014 by juliusbeezer
The effusions of M. Julius Beezer: Why I write comments (and where you can find them)
Afraid your comment hasn't even made it to the Newspeak Times! (nor even an LSE blog) Do publish!
august 2014 by juliusbeezer
Major award from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation | is a 501(c) not-for-profit working to develop an open source solution supporting annotation of web documents, building on top of the Open Knowledge Foundation’s Annotator project, and contributing to and utilizing the Open Annotation standard.
peerreview  commenting  sciencepublishing  arxiv  openstandards  opensource 
july 2014 by juliusbeezer
Thomas Piketty's real challenge was to the FT's Rolex types | Comment is free | The Guardian
the gleeful response to Piketty's "errors" on the rightwing Twittersphere did not happen because some FT pointy-heads discovered a few fat-finger inputs. It happened because, if Giles is right, then all the gross designer bling advertised in the FT's How To Spend It can be morally justified: it is evidence of rising social wealth in general, not the excess of a few Rolex types.

But the attack does not quite come off.
commenting  economics  agnotology  piketty 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
The threat facing online comments -
While comment threads can provide a snapshot of a range of opinions and a place where readers can contribute to a collective conversation, it is also clear they can be dysfunctional places where the weird meet the weird and get weirder. The borderless nature of the web means it can be hard to avoid the ranting bigots and creeps we would ordinarily shun in the real world.
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
Did Thomas Piketty Get His Math Wrong? -
Comment below linked article:
"It was clear from the first comments that the FT wanted Piketty to be wrong, just like the oil industry wanted Al Gore to be wrong. But, in light of the inconvenient fact that Piketty is not wrong, they are now, in the tried and tested approach of the climate-skeptics, attempting to create the illusion that there is some legitimate debate about Piketty's conclusions.
Their objective in doing this is not to "win the argument", which is not possible given that the facts show that they are in the wrong, but rather just to create sufficient doubt among the "non-economist" public, that politicians will not be forced to take Piketty's inconvenient conclusions into account when they make policy decisions.
Just as a politician today can claim not to be mortgaging our children's future in order to enable some rich oilmen to maximise profits by spouting absurd climate-skeptical non-science, the FT wants to ensure politicians will be able to continue to support tax-breaks for the ultra-rich and suppression of the lower and middle classes by relying on non-economic arguments based on non-existent data.
The short-term answer is for publications like the NYTimes to ensure that the public does not fall for this - the long-term answer is better education so that voters actually understand the issues and the impact of policies, and do not fall for the stories the politicians try to sell them ... "
agnotology  commenting  economics  piketty 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
Wings Over Scotland | About us
Nice explicit comments policy at Scottish political website
commenting  politics  spam  tools 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
The readers' editor on… the pro-Russia trolls below the line on Ukraine stories | Chris Elliott | Comment is free | The Guardian
Luke Harding, the Guardian's highly experienced former Moscow correspondent, who was expelled in 2011, is in no doubt about the nature of the campaign and how damaging it is to debate in the threads. From Ukraine, he said: "It's a well-attested phenomenon in Russia."

On 7 February 2012 the Guardian reported: "A pro-Kremlin group runs a network of internet trolls, seeks to buy flattering coverage of Vladimir Putin and hatches plans to discredit opposition activists and media, according to private emails allegedly hacked by a group calling itself the Russian arm of Anonymous.
commenting  politics  attention  russia  freeping 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
Please comment on why you don't comment
I wonder why scientists do not comment on articles? So, rather boldly I ask you to comment below on why you may not typically comment on science articles.
commenting  sciencepublishing 
april 2014 by juliusbeezer
Stick to Your Ribs: The Problems With Calling Comments “Post-Publication Peer-Review” | The Scholarly Kitchen
The review must be objective and comprehensive. The people doing the review must be in a position to render a fair and unbiased opinion, and must look at all sides of a case undergoing review.
The reviewer must be a true peer. This can be a case-by-case judgment, but the principle applies.
The review must be uniform in nature. That is, if someone is called out because of a potential bias, then all others suffering from the same or similar biases must be called out.
The review is usually confidential, which is why it’s afforded protections under US law.
A peer-review committee or group must be defined in some manner.
peerreview  scholarly  commenting 
april 2014 by juliusbeezer
Never read the bottom half of the internet | Bridges and Tangents
But maybe a fundamental difference between editors seeking attention and sales, and commentators trying to provoke a deluge of re-tweets, is that the editors were at some level accountable. You can’t call a troll to account – they just slip off into cyberspace and create another login name, another avatar. Perhaps trolling has more in common with graffiti that anything else
commenting  journalism 
april 2014 by juliusbeezer
Rob Manuel: 'The top half of the web looks down on the rest' (Wired UK)
How can we do this better? Try celebrating the best and not the worst. Imagine if opinion formers posted links to interesting views from the public. Pay for decent moderation. Build better communities -- show people the highly voted stuff first instead of last.

However vile the abuse they receive, media people must remember this is part of the price of getting a public voice. Stay grateful. Don't kick down, kick up. Criticise power rather than proles. When their work disappears, they'll join all of us back down at the bottom of the page, seething about those at the top who do this for a living.
commenting  journalism 
april 2014 by juliusbeezer
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