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Your Pizza's Cold? Blame Your Food App — Not Your Courier — Back :: 1388 11 postmates delivery doordash deliver
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dc:description " Your Pizza's Cold? Blame Your Food App — Not Your Courier  I've been delivering for Postmates and DoorDash, but glitches in their apps have created unnecessary buckets of my sweat.       At 9:39 p.m. on a recent Tuesday night, I was biking straight up one of San Francisco's famous hills, glasses sliding down my nose and a shiny layer of moisture coating my skin. I had someone's $18 salmon salad dangling from my handlebars and only two minutes left on the clock to deliver it, and I was nowhere near my destination. When I finally pumped my way to the top of the hill, a woman dressed in pajamas stepped out of her house to claim her meal. I'd earned$15 for the trouble — not bad — but I couldn't fathom why my on-demand food delivery app had chosen me for this journey. Why send a bike messenger on an impossible mission, to collect food and race three miles up an incredibly steep hill in a mere 45 minutes, when a car could have done the same without missing a beat?  I'd been lured by the ads: \"Postmates at your fingertips!\" alongside DoorDash's \"Delightful Delivery!\" and Caviar's \"The best of San Francisco, delivered.\" My curiosity got the best of me, and I signed up for the first two as a bike messenger. As I soon learned, the apps' algorithms don't always remember that their couriers are humans, with muscles and feelings and all sorts of special needs. In a city as steep as San Francisco, small errors in dispatching can yield epic misadventures and some very late food.    Note to Postmates: SF has hills, FYI  I show up to my Postmates orientation with 10 other people. An instructor in his late twenties gives us a quick demo of the courier app. When the app assigns you an order, your phone vibrates and screeches like an old alarm clock. \"You'll have nightmares from this sound,\" our orientation leader assures us. We're handed a delivery bag and credit card, and released.  I open the app for the first time a couple days later, and I quickly fall into an easy rhythm. Burritos from El Farolito to Mission Bay, two six-packs from Safeway to Rincon Hill. One night I do laps between Pancho Villa Taqueria and different customers' homes. At a startup incubator in the Twitter building, security is so tight that the elevators have no buttons. I love getting paid to see the city in full swing around me.    But — those hills. The app dispatches bicyclists on short-distance orders but doesn't account for the grade of the streets. Major oversight! On one delivery I carried yet another salad from one hilly neighborhood to another, a saga that ended with me red-faced and dripping in sweat. After flexing so many muscles in transit, decoding a doorbell system, and climbing flights of stairs, I only had a 10-second interaction with the customer. After his door clicked shut, I checked to see how much I made. A $0 tip — really? On my second day I accepted an order to buy beer. But when I arrived at the prescribed location, there was no store in sight, and I was standing in the middle of a high school campus in a dark residential neighborhood. Confused and slightly nervous, I called job support, and the order got cancelled. I still got paid a small amount for my wasted half hour, but I regretted the missed opportunity to earn more. My worst hour of Postmates was an order from the Cheesecake Factory with a long prep time and no tip. I only made$4.80. My best hour of Postmates was working during a period with a $25-an-hour guaranteed minimum, when I made the promised$25.  In all my time working for Postmates, not including that rare $25-an-hour windfall, I made an average of$16.23 per hour.    Dear DoorDash, your hotspots don't work  After the unpredictable pay of Postmates, I signed up for DoorDash, curious to see how it compares.  The difference is immediately obvious: Dashers earn a flat fee of $12 per delivery and the customer always tips; it's usually around$3. This works out to a much steadier average hourly rate than with Postmates, where payouts vary based on time of day, distance, blitz pricing, and the whim of the customer.  The second difference is that in San Francisco, dashers choose one hotspot from four neighborhoods with a high density of restaurants. Hotspots might sound like a welcome innovation over the free-for-all that was my Postmates experience, but I soon discovered that they caused me to waste even more time and energy.  At 5:30 p.m., prime dinner delivery time, I headed to the Mission hotspot, opened up the app, and waited. The sun set, the fog came in, and- nothing. After half an hour standing on a corner watching people come home from work, I received an order to deliver Mediterranean food to Hayes Valley, a short ride and a quick $15. I never had that much downtime with Postmates. Idle time isn't the only trouble. After every delivery, dashers are supposed to return to their hotspot to receive their next order. With Postmates, I would have already hopped to another job instead of biking back to my starting point. Sometimes the app seemed to forget that I needed to bike back to the hotspot. After delivering Mexican food to a neighborhood on the west side of the city, the app immediately buzzed, asking me to pick up barbecue and deliver it to the east side within 32 minutes — a 4.5 mile ride. That seemed impossible. I texted customer service asking them to reassign the order. I didn't receive another order for the rest of my shift, leaving me to wonder if the city had suddenly gone quiet or if I was being passed over because I rejected the previous delivery. An overlay of the author's delivery routes. I traveled farther to complete DoorDash orders than I did for Postmates. For a sushi delivery to Noe Valley that I knew I wouldn't be able to complete on schedule, I called job support for help. The phone number led to a voice recording and then another voice recording saying the support method had changed and I should text customer service instead. More time gone from the clock, and I was still nowhere near Noe Valley. I pedaled hard to get to the restaurant, where I discovered the order was wrong and it would take 20 minutes to fix. Meanwhile, the app buzzed with another order to pick up a pizza and deliver it in another direction. \"There's no way that's going to happen,\" I thought to myself. My text pleas to customer service went unanswered, and anxiety and annoyance gave way to resignation and indifference. I would get there when I get there. I eventually delivered the sushi an hour after I was supposed to arrive, for a total of$15.  Average hourly rate: $16.18. I am now hyper-attuned to the army of couriers servicing these delivery start-ups — the black Postmates bags, the red DoorDash t-shirts, the special PEX debit cards, the app open on someone's phone. Despite its flaws, I ultimately found Postmates to be easier to bike for overall, though DoorDash is better for the downtown lunch rush. But a month from now, who knows? Postmates sends an email almost every week announcing, \"We're growing like crazy!\" and advertising guaranteed minimum hourly wages for the week or bonuses if you complete a certain number of jobs. The competition is fierce. Once, after picking up an order for vegetarian Indian food, a woman stopped me: \"Do you work for Postmates? GrubHub is way better,\" she declared. On another day, when I was wearing the red DoorDash T-shirt, a stranger approached me and asked, \"Do you work for DoorDash? If you switch to Postmates, we'll each get$300.\"  Given that these companies can't deliver food without us couriers, it's remarkable how unfinished their support services are. It's not like any one of these companies has a monopoly on the city's fleet of couriers — in San Francisco, Caviar, Sprig, and GrubHub are all signing up bike delivery workers, too. I'm clearly biased, but I believe the courier's experience is just as important as the customer's. The race to dominate food delivery may well be swung by how we, the couriers, vote with our wheels.     Photographs by  Anna Vignet Follow Backchannel: Twitter  |  Facebook   "@en ;
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Tufte CSS :: 4618 11 tufte css text margin
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<input type="checkbox" id="sn-demo" class="margin-toggle"/>  You must manually assign a reference id to each side or margin note, replacing "sn-demo" in the for and the id attribute values with an appropriate descriptor. It is useful to use prefixes like sn- for sidenotes and mn- for margin notes.  Immediately adjacent to that sidenote reference in the main text goes the sidenote content itself, in a span with class sidenote . This tag is also inserted directly in the middle of the body text, but is either pushed into the margin or hidden by default. Make sure to position your sidenotes correctly by keeping the sidenote-number label close to the sidenote itself.  If you want a sidenote without footnote-style numberings, then you want a margin note. ⊕   This is a margin note. Notice there isn't a number preceding the note. On large screens, a margin note is just a sidenote that omits the reference number. This lessens the distracting effect taking away from the flow of the main text, but can increase the cognitive load of matching a margin note to its referent text. However, on small screens, a margin note is like a sidenote except its viewability-toggle is a symbol rather than a reference number. This document currently uses the symbol ⊕ ( ⊕ ), but it's up to you.  Margin notes are created just like sidenotes, but with the marginnote class for the content and the margin-toggle class for the label and dummy checkbox. For instance, here is the code for the margin note used in the previous paragraph:  <label for="mn-demo" class="margin-toggle">⊕</label>
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</span>  Figures in the margin are created as margin notes, as demonstrated in the next section.    Figures  Tufte emphasizes tight integration of graphics with text. Data, graphs, and figures are kept with the text that discusses them. In print, this means they are not relegated to a separate page. On the web, that means readability of graphics and their accompanying text without extra clicks, tab-switching, or scrolling.  Figures should try to use the figure element, which by default are constrained to the main column. Don't wrap figures in a paragraph tag. Any label or margin note goes in a figcaption tag inside the figure. For example, most of the time one should introduce a figure directly into the main flow of discussion, like so:   From Edward Tufte, Visual Display of Quantitative Information , page 92.    ⊕ F.J. Cole, "The History of Albrecht Dürer's Rhinoceros in Zooological Literature," Science, Medicine, and History: Essays on the Evolution of Scientific Thought and Medical Practice (London, 1953), ed. E. Ashworth Underwood, 337-356. From page 71 of Edward Tufte's Visual Explanations . But tight integration of graphics with text is central to Tufte's work even when those graphics are ancillary to the main body of a text. In many of those cases, a margin figure may be most appropriate. To place figures in the margin, just wrap an image (or whatever) in a margin note inside a p tag, as seen to the right of this paragraph.  If you need a full-width figure, give it the fullwidth class. Make sure that's inside an article , and it will take up (almost) the full width of the screen. To give it a caption, use a figcaption tag inside the figure tag. This approach is demonstrated below using Edward Tufte's English translation of the iconic Napoleon's March data visualization.    Napoleon's March (Edward Tufte's English translation)     Tables  Tabular data are presented by default with right-aligned numbers, left-aligned text, and minimal grid lines. The default font is Trebuchet Trebuchet has ~97% penetration . , though a given table might require a different choice. This turns out to be a major principle of tables in Tufte CSS: while there are some defaults, each table requires substantial individual care. Here, more than anywhere else in Tufte CSS, one must customize the styling in order to present one's data optimally.  Let's look at some examples. Here's one, from page 121 of Tufte's Visual Display of Quantitative Information :      Content and tone of front-page articles in 94 U.S. newspapers, October and November, 1974  Number of articles  Percent of articles with negative criticism of specific person or policy      Watergate: defendants and prosecutors, Ford's pardon of Nixon   537    49%     Inflation, high cost of living   415    28%     Government competence: costs, quality, salaries of public employees   322    30%     Confidence in government: power of special interests, trust in political leaders, dishonesty in politics   266    52%     Government power: regulation of business, secrecy, control of CIA and FBI   154    42%     Crime   123    30%     Race   103    25%     Unemployment   100    13%     Shortages: energy, food   68    16%       Note how beyond a few fundamentals, much of what makes this table Tuftean is that its content is descriptive. The column headings and first cell of each row are terse, but don't rely on abbreviations or labels that require looking elsewhere for explanation. All information necessary for processing the table is contained within the table. The table is a single unit for examination.  Please understand: this is not the One True Table. Such a style does not exist. This table gets some styling from tufte.css , but largely relies on custom styling. What makes this table work is its column spacing and font choice (overriding the table default of Trebuchet to return to ET Book), unique to #newspaper-tone style contained in the head of this document. This is because one must craft each table with custom care to the narrative one is telling with that specific data. You should examine this table with your browser's developer tools to distinguish default Tufte CSS table styling from custom styles.  So take Tufte CSS table styling not as "the table style to use", but rather as "a table style to start from". From there, use principles to guide you: avoid chartjunk, optimize the data-ink ratio ("within reason", as Tufte says), and "mobilize every graphical element, perhaps several times over, to show the data." . Page 139, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information , Edward Tufte 2001. Furthermore, one must know when to reach for more complex data presentation tools, like a custom graphic or a JavaScript charting library.  Let's start looking at alternative table styles. Academic publications written in L a T e X often rely on the booktabs package to produce clean, clear tables. Similar results, tweaked to Tufte's preference for minimal extraneous lines, can be achieved in Tufte CSS with the booktabs class:      Items     Animal  Description  Price ($) Gnat per gram 13.65 each 0.01 Gnu stuffed 92.50 Emu stuffed 33.33 Armadillo frozen 8.99 Notice how this table is centered and compact. The heavy rules that booktabs usually puts on the top and bottom are gone. A lighter-weight rule is used to separate the table head from its body. If you need a column heading to span two or more other column headings, an even lighter-weight rule may be used. Vertical rules are unnecessary. Additionally, the spacing around the rules has been increased to avoid a cramped appearance. Tufte CSS also provides supertable functionality, pulled from page 179 of Tufte's Visual Display of Quantitative Information . I'll let Tufte introduce it: Tables also work well when the data presentation requires many localized comparisons. In this 410-number table that I designed for the New York Times to show how different people voted presidential elections in the United States, comparisons between the elections of 1980 and 1976 are read across each line; within-election analysis is conducted by reading downward in the clusters of three to seven lines. The horizontal rules divide the data into topical paragraphs; the rows are ordered so as to tell an ordered story about the elections. This kind of elaborate table, a supertable , is likely to attract and intrigue readers through its organized, sequential detail and reference-like quality. One supertable is better than a hundred little bar charts. How Different Groups Voted for President Based on 12,782 interviews with voters at their polling places. Shown is how each group divided its vote for President and, in parentheses, the percentage of the electorate belonging to each group. CARTER REAGAN ANDERSON CARTER/FORD in 1976 Democrats (43%) 66 26 6 77 - 22 Independents (23%) 30 54 12 43 - 54 Republicans (28%) 11 84 4 9 - 90 Liberals (17%) 57 27 11 70 - 26 Moderates (46%) 42 48 8 51 - 48 Conservatives (28%) 23 71 4 29 - 70 Liberal Democrats (9%) 70 14 13 86 - 12 Moderate Democrats (22%) 66 28 6 77 - 22 Conservative Democrats (8%) 53 41 4 64 - 35 Politically Active Democrats (3%) 72 19 8 — Democrats favoring Kennedy in primaries (13%) 66 24 8 — Liberal Independents (4%) 50 29 15 64 - 29 Moderate Independents (12%) 31 53 13 45 - 53 Conservative Independents (7%) 22 69 6 26 - 72 Liberal Republicans (2%) 25 66 9 17 - 82 Moderate Republicans (11%) 13 81 5 11 - 88 Conservative Republicans (12%) 6 91 2 6 - 93 Politically Active Republicans (2%) 5 89 6 — East (32%) 43 47 8 51 - 47 South (27%) 44 51 3 54 - 55 Midwest (20%) 41 51 6 48 - 50 West (11%) 35 52 10 46 - 51 Blacks (10%) 82 14 3 82 - 16 Hispanics (2%) 54 36 7 75 - 24 Whites (88%) 36 55 8 47 - 52 Female (49%) 45 46 7 50 - 48 Male (51%) 37 54 7 50 - 48 Female, favors equal rights amendment (22%) 54 32 11 — Female, opposes equal rights amendment (15%) 29 66 4 — Catholic (25%) 40 51 7 54 - 44 Jewish (5%) 45 39 14 64 - 34 Protestant (46%) 37 56 6 44 - 55 Born-again white Protestant (17%) 34 61 4 — 18 - 21 years old (6%) 44 43 11 48 - 50 22 - 29 years old (17%) 43 43 11 51 - 46 30 - 44 years old (31%) 37 54 7 49 - 49 45 - 59 years old (23%) 39 55 6 47 - 52 60 years or older (18%) 40 54 4 47 - 52 Family Income Less than$10,000 (13%)   50    41    6    58 - 40     $10,000 -$14,999 (14%)   47    42    8    55 - 43     $15,000 -$24,999 (30%)   38    53    7    48 - 50     $25,000 -$50,000 (24%)   32    58    8    36 - 62     Over 50,000 (5%) 25 65 8 — Professional or manager (40%) 33 56 9 41 - 57 Clerical, sales, or other white-collar (11%) 42 48 8 46 - 53 Blue-collar worker (17%) 46 47 5 57 - 41 Agriculture (3%) 29 66 3 — Looking for work (3%) 55 35 7 65 - 34 Education High school or less (39%) 46 48 4 57 - 43 Some college (28%) 35 55 8 51 - 49 College graduate (27%) 35 51 11 45 - 55 Labor union household (26%) 47 44 7 59 - 39 No member of household in union (62%) 35 55 8 43-55 Family finances Better off than a year ago (16%) 53 37 8 30 - 70 Same (40%) 46 46 7 51 - 49 Worse off than a year ago (34%) 25 64 8 77 - 23 Family finances and political party Democrats, better off than a year ago (7%) 77 16 6 69 - 31 Democrats, worse off than a year ago (13%) 47 39 10 94 - 6 Independents, better off (3%) 45 36 12 — Independents, worse off (9%) 21 65 11 — Republicans, better off (4%) 18 77 5 3 - 97 Republicans, worse off (11%) 6 89 4 24 - 76 More important problem Unemployment (39%) 51 40 7 75 - 25 Inflation (44%) 30 60 9 35 - 65 Feel that the U.S. should be more forceful with the Soviet Union even if it would increase the chance of war (54%) 28 64 6 — Disagree (31%) 56 32 10 — Favor equal rights amendment (46%) 49 38 11 — Oppose equal rights amendment (35%) 26 68 4 — Family finances and political party Knew all along (41%) 47 50 2 44 - 55 During the primaries (13%) 30 60 8 57 - 42 During conventions (8%) 36 55 7 51 - 48 Since Labor Day (8%) 30 54 13 49 - 49 In week before election (23%) 38 46 13 49 - 47 Again, much of the styling for this supertable is unique to this individual table. For that styling, see table#groups-voting styles. Those styles aside, Tufte CSS supertables arrange a table, its heading, and its explanatory paragraph using a div of class supertable-wrapper . It uses the classes divider and psedoparagraph-heading on table rows and table cell elements respectively to break up the data into logical chunks. The footer class is used on the final td to source the data. It's not specific to supertables, but this table also needed centered columns of right-aligned numbers. Out of the box HTML and CSS are bad at this, so we must reach for a kludge made of extra markup: div s of class number that wrap the data in each cell. For example, in this table we have number number2 for a centered column containing right-aligned numbers of at most 2 digits and number number7 to center the "Carter/Ford in 1976" column. This solution is less elegant than we would like, but it seems to be the best option. Here's an example of a table that makes use of the full width of the viewport, highlighting of critical data points, omitting of irrelevant and repetitive data, and an alternative approach to table heading underlines. Remember, the basic principle that Tufte emphasizes is to use few lines, typically only under table headings, and to make them very thin. This optimizes the data-ink ratio, thereby reducing distractions in the table. If the data is arranged and aligned properly, most border lines within a table become unnecessary. This table is from page 44 of Visual Explanations : Flight Date Temperature °F Erosion incidents Blow-by incidents Damage index Comments 51-C 01.24.85 53° 3 2 11 Most erosion any flight; blow-by; back-up rings heated. 41-B 02.03.84 57° 1 4 Deep, extensive erosion. 61-C 01.12.86 58° 1 4 O-ring erosion on launch 2 weeks before Challenger. 41-C 04.06.84 63° 1 2 O-rings showed signs of heating, but no damage. 1 04.12.81 66° 0 Coolest (66°) launch without O-ring problems. 6 04.04.83 67° 0 51-A 11.08.84 67° 0 51-D 04.12.85 67° 0 5 11.11.82 68° 0 3 03.22.82 69° 0 2 11.12.81 70° 1 4 Extent of erosion not fully known. 9 11.28.83 70° 0 41-D 08.30.84 70° 1 4 59-G 06.17.85 70° 0 7 06.18.83 72° 0 8 08.30.83 73° 0 51-B 04.29.85 75° 0 61-A 10.30.85 75° 2 4 No erosion. Soot found behind two primary O-rings. 51-I 08.27.85 76° 0 61-B 11.26.85 76° 0 41-G 10.05.84 78° 0 51-J 10.03.85 79° 0 06.27.82 80° ? O-ring condition unknown; rocket casing lost at sea. 51-F 07.29.85 81° 0 Highlighting of important data points is accomplished with the danger class on the relevant td . It overrides the default table font in order to match its (print) source, and—as usual—column widths and specifics of vertical alignment are handled uniquely for this table id. Table labels are margin notes with an additional table-label class, placed inside a p tag preceding the table . That class adds a top margin so the margin note matches the table header. Multiple sidenotes for a table, or sidenotes that must align to a specific height relative to the table, require custom styling and attention. Be aware that table labels are of limited utility for many tables, since they are often troublesome or awkward on small screens. This table, from page 59 of Tufte's Beautiful Evidence , also makes use of the table-wrapper-small class to contain its thin width. ⊕ This is a table label. Use it for sourcing, describing how the table data was gathered, or to display related figures. See page 59 of Tufte's Beautiful Evidence for an example of sidenoting a table. median number of entries in data matrices for statistical graphics in various publications, 2003 Science >1000 Nature >700 New York Times 120 Wall Street Journal 112 Frankfurter Allgemaine Zeitung 98 New England Journal of Medicine 53 Asahi 40 Financial Times 40 The Economist 32 Le Monde 28 28 books on PowerPoint presentations (1997-2003) 12 Pravda (1982) 5 Code Technical jargon, programming language terms, and code samples are denoted with the code class, as I've been using in this document to denote HTML. Code needs to be monospace for formatting purposes and to aid in code analysis, but it must maintain its readability. To those ends, Tufte CSS apes GitHub's font selection, which degrades gracefully along the monospace spectrum from the elegant but rare Consolas all the way to good old reliable Courier. Extended code examples should use a pre tag with class code . This adds control over indentation and overflow as well: ;; Some code examples in Clojure. This is a comment. ;; applying a function to every item in the collection (map tufte-css blog-posts) ;;;; if unfamiliar, see http://www.lispcast.com/annotated-map ;; side-effecty loop (unformatted, causing text overflow) - from https://clojuredocs.org/clojure.core/doseq (doseq [[[a b] [c d]] (map list (sorted-map :1 1 :2 2) (sorted-map :3 3 :4 4))] (prn (* b d))) ;; that same side-effecty loop, formatted (doseq [[[a b] [c d]] (map list (sorted-map :1 1 :2 2) (sorted-map :3 3 :4 4))] (prn (* b d))) ;; If this proselytizing has worked, check out: ;; http://howistart.org/posts/clojure/1 ImageQuilts Tufte CSS provides support for Edward Tufte and Adam Schwartz's ImageQuilts . Some have ragged edges, others straight. Include these images just as you would any other figure . This is an ImageQuilt surveying Chinese calligraphy, placed in a full-width figure to accomodate its girth: Here is an ImageQuilt of 47 animal sounds over and over, in a figure constrained to the main text region. This quilt has ragged edges, but the image itself is of course still rectangular. Other Tools Tufte CSS attempts only to cover some basic "Tuftean" ideas, providing one possible set of defaults, using cascading stylesheets. Therefore many of the more interesting techniques he points to are far outside the scope of this project. Graphing data, interactive data visualizations, and non-traditional text formats are fantastic tools that aren't covered by Tufte CSS. Here is a short and incomplete overview of tools that can help accomplish a few Tufte-like techniques. Sparklines are awesome, and can be created in a variety of ways. People are making them with plain javascript , jQuery , d3.js , and HighCharts . Evaluate those solutions to see which is most appropriate for your needs. If you need to display mathematical symbols and equations, MathJax is supposed to be good. Finally, I'd like to note some other approaches to the ideas that Tufte CSS addresses. A diverse design ecosystem is healthy, and good for design evolution. Maybe what they do will inspire you to create the right solution for your situation. The Vulture has an interesting way of handling sidenote-type content. Sidenoted text is underlined (implemented as a border, mind you) and await mouseover, at which time they reveal a text aside on the left margin. On small screens the mouseover is dropped in favor of a pop-up-like textbox. This keeps marginalia out of the eye's way when it's not needed. However, one should have qualms about functionality that relies on mouseover: it is useless on touchscreens and distracting elswhere. In this article about Brazilian jiu-jitsu , Grantland experiments with rich marginalia. Mousing over a linkified person's name brings to life a navigable family tree. This is a great example of how a digital reading experience can do so much more than mere print. Although Tufte CSS doesn't follow all of its prescriptions, Butterick's Practical Typography is valuable for its thoughts on designing text for the web. Bret Victor has published some vintage computer science talks and papers, like this one by Alan Kay , that have a Tufte-CSS feel. """@en ; dc:title "Tufte CSS" ; tags:associatedTag tags:css, tags:margin, tags:text, tags:tufte ; rdfs:comment "This is a web page. A technical or academic document (moderate)."@en .  Microsoft Invented Google Earth in the 90s Then Totally Blew It :: 1803 13 microsoft terraserver barclay images @prefix annot: <http://www.w3.org/2000/10/annotation-ns#> . @prefix bel: <http://purl.org/net/bel-epa/ont/2007/7/rathaus> . @prefix dbpedia: <http://dbpedia.org/resource/> . @prefix dc: <http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/> . @prefix dcterms: <http://purl.org/dc/terms/> . @prefix foaf: <http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/> . @prefix geo: <http://www.w3.org/2003/01/geo/wgs84_pos#> . @prefix ns1: <http://ogp.me/ns#> . @prefix ns2: <http://ogp.me/ns#article:> . @prefix prism: <http://prismstandard.org/namespaces/1.2/basic#> . @prefix rdf: <http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#> . @prefix rdfs: <http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#> . @prefix tags: <http://www.holygoat.co.uk/owl/redwood/0.1/tags/> . @prefix xml: <http://www.w3.org/XML/1998/namespace> . @prefix xsd: <http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#> . <http://motherboard.vice.com/read/microsofts-terraserver-was-google-earth-before-there-was-google-earth> rdfs:label "Microsoft Invented Google Earth in the 90s Then Totally Blew It | Motherboard"@en ; dbpedia:Flesch-Kincaid_Readability_Test 52 ; dbpedia:Gunning-Fog_Index 13 ; dbpedia:Vocabulary 330 ; ns2:published_time "2015-11-13 14:30:00"@en ; ns1:description "A long-forgotten Microsoft project from the late 1990s revolutionized how we saw the Earth and became the underpinning technology of Google Maps and Google Earth."@en ; ns1:image "http://motherboard-images.vice.com/content-images/article/27709/1447425193458262.png"@en ; ns1:locale "en_us"@en ; ns1:site_name "Motherboard"@en ; ns1:title "Microsoft Invented Google Earth in the 90s Then Totally Blew It"@en ; ns1:type "article"@en ; ns1:url "http://motherboard.vice.com/read/microsofts-terraserver-was-google-earth-before-there-was-google-earth"@en ; prism:wordCount 1803 ; dc:date "Sat, 14 Nov 2015 17:31:01 GMT"@en ; dc:description " A screengrab of Terraserver from 1999. Image: Tom Barclay The Earth fit inside a 45-foot by 25-foot Compaq computer in an office building in suburban Seattle. As the East Coast woke up Monday mornings, it would roar to life. \"The temperature in the room would go up 5 to 6 degrees, things would start banging around,\" Tom Barclay, the man tasked by Microsoft with putting the Earth inside a database, remembers. \"You'd really marvel at it.\" Terraserver could have, should have been a product that ensured Microsoft would remain the world's most important internet company well into the 21st century. It was the first-ever publicly available interactive satellite map of the world . The world's first-ever terabyte-sized database. In fact, it was the world's largest database for several years, and that Compaq was—physically speaking—the world's largest computer. Terraserver was a functional and popular Google Earth predecessor that launched and worked well before Google even thought of the concept. It let you see your house, from space . So why aren't we all using Terraserver on our smartphones right now? Probably for the same reason Microsoft barely put up a fight as Google outpaced it with search, email, browser, and just about every other consumer service. Microsoft, the corporation, didn't seem to care very little about the people who actually used Terraserver, and it didn't care about the vast amount of data about consumers it was gleaning from how they used the service. \"It was something we did to show off our software could do this, but the company didn't care about the information,\" Barclay told me. \"Google was an information company first. They saw the value of the information.\" *** An internal prototype of Terraserver. The final version was more complex. Image: Tom Barclay From the outset, the plan was to make a database. Microsoft didn't really care what information it contained, it just had to be big. The biggest in the world, something that would test the scalability of Microsoft's SQL database products. \"We had been asked to work on a very large database, to test this next-generation database product,\" Barclay told me. \"It turns out that finding both an interesting and real terabyte of data that wasn't encumbered in some way, that we had the permission to [distribute legally], was a challenging problem.\" According to a USA Today article from June 22, 1998, the initial plan with Terraserver was to list every single transaction in the history of the New York Stock Exchange online and make it searchable. But that was only a half terabyte of data. Microsoft needed something larger. In 1997, the United States Geological Survey was in the process of uploading greyscale satellite photos and other aerial images from its archives onto the internet. Hedy Rossmeisl of the USGS met with famed Microsoft computer scientist Jim Gray, and they started brainstorming. Wouldn't it be interesting, and perhaps useful, they thought, if someone put searchable satellite images on the internet? Terraserver as it looked on launch day. Image: Tom Barclay The timing was more-or-less perfect. The Cold War was over, which allowed spy satellite imagery to be declassified, no one was worried about terrorism in a pre-9/11 world, and, well, the average person was beginning to get the internet. \"We had imagery from maybe half of the country done digitally and we had some capabilities to deliver them, but not in a fast, accessible way,\" Rossmeisl told me. \"I thought getting the data on the web was really important, and I wanted to help make it happen.\" The images, along with some from recently declassified Russian military photos, totaled just over 2.3 terabytes. The idea for Terraserver was born. Gray put Barclay, who Rossmeisl called \"the brains of the project\" in charge, and he got to coding. He was a database guy—Terraserver was the first website he'd ever made, and it was the first project he'd ever tried that had anything to do with mapping, which proved to be quite a challenge. Barclay quickly ran into an age-old cartography problem. \"It turns out that 'round Earth, flat monitor' is an enormous pain in the neck,\" Barclay said. Image: Strebe/Wikimedia Commons He decided that using a standard Mercator map projection, which is what you see in the image above, wouldn't work because it distorts the sizes of land masses as you move north and south on the projection. After trying a few things, Barclay came up with the idea of creating \"mosaic\" images that would be automatically generate based on where you're clicking on the map. Basically, the images given to Microsoft by USGS were stitched together but were then chopped into smaller images that could recenter themselves on cue. A whitepaper published in 2000 explains how Barclay solved the projection issue. Images: Microsoft \"Originally, we hadn't done this. The very first demo we did, I chopped Bill Gates's house in half, which was not very good,\" he said. \"We ended up with a progressive display that allowed people to drag and center the screen where they wanted it, and we computed zoomed out and zoomed in views.\" These innovations proved to be revolutionary, and the \"mosaic\" strategy is now the \"underpinning of Google Earth and Google Maps,\" Barclay said. \"I don't want to break my arm patting my back, but it's amazing how similar the current technologies are to what we did in 1998,\" he added. With the mapping problem solved, Terraserver went live, and the real fun began. *** Image: Microsoft I was 10 years old when Terraserver launched, and if I used it, I don't remember. Unfortunately, there's no way of using it today. Terraserver went offline in 2007, and Barclay spent most of his time working on Bing Maps. Microsoft periodically revived Terraserver from time to time even after 2007, but it's offline forever now. Barclay attempted to bring it back on a separate server for the purposes of this article, but said that the project proved too time consuming. So while I don't remember Terraserver, it does seem like it made quite a splash when it launched. In addition to the USA Today article (more of a blurb, really), Terraserver also scored early stories from the New York Times and Newsweek , which worried about the system's potential privacy-invading potential (headline: \" Surveillance in the sky \"). Terraserver's initial specifications. Image: Microsoft Microsoft held a launch event in New York City that Bill Gates attended. On the first day, 8 million people accessed the site, \"millions more were rejected,\" according to a white paper published in 2000 . By the end of the week, it was getting 30 million hits a day. Ultimately, the site settled down and served roughly 7 million people every day. It was more successful than anyone at Microsoft ever anticipated. And that brings us to the dumbfounding thing about Terraserver, and about Microsoft. The reason, really, why I'm writing this article. In reading the white paper, it's astounding to see just how much information about general web behavior Microsoft was able to glean from the project, and it's astounding to see how it essentially blew it by looking at Terraserver as a novelty project rather than a potentially world-changing one. Microsoft learned, maybe even before Google, that most search is local. If Terraserver didn't have images for people's hometowns, they got angry. Image: Microsoft \"In the first year, I got 20,000 emails, and the vast majority of them said one of two things,\" Barclay said. \"It was either 'I love Terraserver, I saw my house' or 'I hate Terraserver, I didn't see my house' We learned that 85 percent of all geospacial queries are local. They're looking for local search—they want to find whatever dry cleaner is around the corner, or where they could get fast food.\" The entirety of the New York Times article about Terraserver's launch focuses on its utility as a database and all but ignores the possibility that it could serve as a method of collecting information about user habits. \"The project not only marks the creation of one whopper of a digital scrapbook, it also says something very big about Microsoft's effort to enter the database business, using as an opener a venture that can capture the public imagination,\" the Times wrote. \"Microsoft's strategy is to use Terraserver to prove that its software and operating system are suited to massive databases.\" Image: Microsoft It wasn't just that basic information, however. Microsoft also gleaned that \"the internet is busiest on Mondays and Tuesdays\" and that there was a \"steady slide [in volume] from Wednesday through Friday.\" Saturdays and Sundays were half as busy as Mondays were. The 45-foot by 25-foot Compaq computer that stored the images would roar to life on Monday mornings as the East Coast woke up. \"The temperature in the room would go up 5 to 6 degrees around 9:30 AM on the East Coast, things would start banging around,\" Barclay said. \"By 8 PM pacific time, you didn't have any traffic, because we didn't have any imagery in the Pacific Ocean.\" None of this information was used by Microsoft, except as a way to determine when to perform maintenance on its servers or when to staff the server rooms. The only revenue Microsoft made directly off of Terraserver was on the sale of some of the satellite images, which you could buy and have mailed to your house for9.95.  \"In the science community, this technology took off, but as a business I could never get anyone at Microsoft to latch onto it,\" Barclay said. \"There's definitely a little bit of frustration there.\"  ***  It's easy to look at Terraserver as a missed opportunity for Microsoft to dominate the next era of computing, and it's hard to say why, exactly, the company decided to stop pouring resources into it. Current Microsoft representative declined to be interviewed for this article, and Jim Gray, Barclay's boss, was lost at sea in 2007 .  It may be as simple as Barclay suggested: Microsoft didn't see itself as an information company, and the media was skeptical of its intentions had it decided to become one. In addition to the Newsweek article, the Chicago Sun Times ran an opinion piece in 2000 that questioned the company's motives with Terraserver.  \"Some people are paranoid enough about Microsoft,\" Andy Ihnatko wrote in an article I accessed using LexisNexis. \"How would these people react to discovering a Microsoft web server with an aerial photo of their house that's so good it shows the kiddie pool in the backyard?\"  Other groups weren't as skittish. The most notable was Keyhole , which launched \"Earth Viewer\" in 2003 and used Terraserver as some of the underpinning of their technology. It sold the license to its Earth Viewer software for upwards of $600 annually to businesses and charged consumers$79 annually for a stripped down version of it. Google bought Keyhole in 2004 , rebranded Earth Viewer as Google Earth in 2005 and, well, you know the rest of the story.  "@en ;
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dc:description " Understanding Monads  November 13, 2015  Yesterday I did not understand Monads, Functors, or Applicatives. Today I understand all three. Not well enough to explain them to a six year old, but well enough to put them to use in the code that I write.  I first encountered Monads about 14 months ago, while working through the Haskell chapter of Seven Languages in Seven Weeks . The author presented Monads as an alien concept, the comprehension of which is elusive to all but the hairiest of neckbeards. I'd like to assert that this does not have to be the case.  Why was I intimidated by the Monad? I can attribute the fear to a few reasons, in no particular order:  Hype  In the same way that companies adopt immature JavaScript libraries and frameworks after their virtues are extolled by Hacker News pundits, software people tend to overstate the terror of the Monad which is then internalised by the impressionable people trying to learn functional programming.  Learning Monads, Functors, and Applicatives is a relatively big pill to swallow, but it's not that hard. It does take some time, and I'm quite certain that any Learn Monads in 10 Minutes! tutorial is going to have to gloss over many important penny-drop moments for the sake of brevity. Sometimes undertaking a large project (in this case learning a collection of new concepts) requires some naïvety to prevent the fear of failure from manifesting itself as an inability to start working. This leads me to my next point-  Lack of context  The Monad tutorials I have read until today seem to mostly focus on the Monad, and it's an unfair emphasis. After having overcome this hurdle myself, I can now tell you that of course learning Monads is going to be difficult when you lack the context of the why behind the what . In order to understand why we need Monads, we first need to understand why we need Functors and Applicatives. In all cases, the mechanics of each concept are not hugely complicated. Simple explanations with examples of why each concept needs to exist is what is sorely needed.  If you do not first understand Functors and Applicatives and what they are used for, you will have very little of the context needed to learn what a Monad is for.  Poor use of language  After having bought into the terror of the Monad, some programmers proceed to explain the concept through an overly simplified analogy, as if this somehow compensates for the fear the pundits have instilled in us from the beginning. Monads are sometimes described in terms of things , but they are not things. To talk about Monads is to talk about context and behaviour. A Monad is not a burrito.   How did I overcome these challenges and finally learn to understand the Monad? I bought, downloaded, and read Maybe Haskell by Pat Brisbin on a long-haul flight. Don't be put off by the fact my flight was long-haul; the book is short. I'm just sleep-deprived and a slow reader.  It's important the book is short. A more traditional Haskell tutorial spends an eternity presenting a million ways to manipulate lists, and I am bored to indifference before ever coming near the chapters on Functors, Applicatives, and Monads.  I don't know Brisbin personally, and I in no way benefit from praising his short book so highly. The point I would like to carry across is that as a reader, I want the story straight. It's unbearable to continue reading when an author is dancing around the issue; constantly flirting and selling the benefits and elegance of the way Haskell works. Brisbin's book gave it to me straight.  I'm driven to write all this because I am excited about what this new knowledge arms with with. There are some powerful and totally uncomplicated ideas that emerge from learning about <$> (fmap) and <*> (apply), the most prominent of which is that functions should assume they are receiving valid inputs. Most of the Ruby and JavaScript code I have written until now has been littered with nil or undefined checks, and this defensive style of programming quickly becomes a total mess. I have learned that the nil checks should be moved out to the boundaries of the system; the data should be validated in one place. Even if you don't care to learn Haskell, I implore you. Go read that book. - All articles Questions & Comments Have a question about this post or anything else? Ask away on Twitter . "@en ; dc:title "Understanding Monads · Jezen Thomas" ; tags:associatedTag tags:applicatives, tags:functors, tags:haskell, tags:monads ; rdfs:comment "This is a web page. A summary (moderate)."@en ; ns1:creator "@jezenthomas" .  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What the state of emergency means in France, where it's been dec :: 1457 13 emergency cf loi decree @prefix annot: <http://www.w3.org/2000/10/annotation-ns#> . @prefix bel: <http://purl.org/net/bel-epa/ont/2007/7/rathaus> . @prefix dbpedia: <http://dbpedia.org/resource/> . @prefix dc: <http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/> . @prefix dcterms: <http://purl.org/dc/terms/> . @prefix foaf: <http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/> . @prefix geo: <http://www.w3.org/2003/01/geo/wgs84_pos#> . @prefix ns1: <http://ogp.me/ns/fb#> . @prefix ns2: <http://ogp.me/ns#> . @prefix prism: <http://prismstandard.org/namespaces/1.2/basic#> . @prefix rdf: <http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#> . @prefix rdfs: <http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#> . @prefix tags: <http://www.holygoat.co.uk/owl/redwood/0.1/tags/> . @prefix xml: <http://www.w3.org/XML/1998/namespace> . @prefix xsd: <http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#> . <https://gist.github.com/fasterthanlime/faa2ae629d22f325beb7> rdfs:label "What the state of emergency means in France, where it's been declared following the Paris attacks · GitHub"@en ; dbpedia:Flesch-Kincaid_Readability_Test 46 ; dbpedia:Gunning-Fog_Index 13 ; dbpedia:Vocabulary 356 ; ns2:description "What the state of emergency means in France, where it's been declared following the Paris attacks"@en ; ns2:image "https://avatars2.githubusercontent.com/u/7998310?v=3&s;=400"@en ; ns2:site_name "Gist"@en ; ns2:title "What the state of emergency means in France, where it's been declared following the Paris attacks"@en ; ns2:type "object"@en ; ns2:url "https://gist.github.com/fasterthanlime/faa2ae629d22f325beb7"@en ; ns1:app_id "1401488693436528"@en ; prism:wordCount 1457 ; dc:date "Sat, 14 Nov 2015 17:31:16 GMT"@en ; dc:description """ State of emergency in France Sources Process When can it be declared? State of emergency can only be declared on part or the totality of the Republic's territory in the following circumstances: An imminent peril resulting from grave disturbances to public order, or Events presenting, by their nature or gravity, the character of a public calamity cf. Loi n°55-385, art. 1 How / how long State of emergency is declared by decree of the cabinet of ministers. It can only be extended beyond 12 days by passing a law. cf. Loi n°55-385, art. 2 The law authorizing the extension of the state of emergency fixes its definitive duration. Example: Algeria, 6 months (now revoked) cf. Loi n°55-385, art. 3 If the government resigns, or if the National Assembly is dissolved, the law authorizing the extension is void 15 days after this event. cf. Loi n°55-385, art. 4 Consequences Movement of people, protected zones Prefects may: set up curfews to prohibit people or vehicles from roaming specific places at times fixed by decree establish "secure / protected zones", where the stay of persons is regulated prohibit "any person seeking to hinder, in any manner whatsoever, the actions of the government" from staying in part or the totality of their department cf. Loi n°55-385, art. 5 House arrest The Minister of the Interior may put under house arrest or restrain to a given city anyone "whose actions may be seen as harmful to public safety and order". House arrest must allow those affected by it to live in a city or immediately near a city. In no case may house arrest have for effect the creation of detention camps for the persons mentioned earlier. The administrative authority shall take all necessary measure to ensure the wellbeing of persons under house arrest during the state of emergency. cf. Loi n°55-385, art. 6 Closure of public places The Minister of the Interior or the prefects may "order the temporary closure of theaters, pubs and meeting places" and "meetings of nature to cause or maintain disorder" cf. Loi n°55-385, art. 8 Weapon forfeiture The Minister of the Interior may "order the return of first-, fourth- and fifth-class weapons." (cf. Annex 1: Weapon classification in France ) Fifth-class weapons shall be exchanged for a receipt, and every measure shall be taken so that they may be given back to their owners in the state they were surrendered in. cf. Loi n°55-385, art. 9 Searches & press By express provision, the Minister of the Interior and the prefects may: order homes to be searched "day or night" "take all measures to ensure control of the press and radio." The searches can be done without the supervision of a judge. N.B. This needs to be explicitly 'enabled' via decree. So far, the November 14 decree n°2015-1475 hasn't opted into these particular measures. cf. Loi n°55-385, art. 11 Military jurisdiction Military jurisdiction, via an accompanying decree, may "assign to themselves crimes and offenses related to them". This priority ends when the state of emergency ceases, but the cases they claimed remain theirs afterwards. N.B. This needs to be explicitly 'enabled' via decree. So far, the November 14 decree n°2015-1475 hasn't opted into these particular measures. cf. Loi n°55-385, art 12 Punishments Refusal to comply with any of the measures described in articles 5, 6, 8, 9 and 11 (paragraph 2) of law n°55-385 is punishable either by: imprisonment of up to two months a 3750e fine or both cf. Loi n°55-385, art. 13 Recourse Anyone targeted by measures described in articles 5 and 6 of law n°55-385 (defining the state of emergency) can ask for the measure to be reversed. Their request is submitted to a consultative commission containing delegates from the designated department council. The composition, choosing mode, and governing rules of the commission shall be fixed by a decree in State Council. The same persons may submit a recourse for abuse of power to the relevant administrative court. That court will have to settle within the month the recourse has been submitted. In case of appeal, the decision of the State Council shall intervene in the three months of the appeal. Should the jurisdictions mentioned above fail to rule within the deadlines set by the previous paragraph, execution of the measures taken in application of articles 5 or 6 shall cease. cf. Loi n°55-385, art. 7 History Since 1955 a state of emergency has been decreed six times: In 1955 in Algeria due to independentist unrest In 1958 due to the uprising in Algeria In 1961 after the Generals' putsch (invocation of article 16 from April 23 to September 29, 1961 In 1984 in New Caledonia due to independentist troubles During the 2005 civil unrest in France President Jacques Chirac declared a state of emergency on November 8, 2005. It was extended for three months on November 16 by the Parliament, which was dominated by the UMP majority. On December 10 France's highest administrative body, the Council of State, ruled that the three-month state of emergency decreed to guarantee calm following unrest was legal. It rejected a complaint from 74 law professors and the Green party , declaring that the conditions that led to the unrest (which began on October 27), the rapid spread of violence, and the possibility that it could recur justified the state of emergency. The complaint challenged the state of emergency's necessity and said it compromised fundamental liberties. In 2015, following a series of shootings and explosions . See decree n° 2015-1475 from November 14th 2015, declaring state of emergency Source: Wikipedia / State of Emergency: France Annexes Annex 1: Weapon classification in France 1st category : Semi-automatic handguns with a caliber greater than 7.65 mm, semi-automatic rifles or repeating guns ? designed for military use. 4th category : handguns not included in the first category, some long guns, smooth-bore rifles and pump shotguns 5th category : other long guns that aren't in the fourth category like smooth-bore hunting rifles or shotguns with rifled barrels. Source: Arme: Catégories d'usage + comment by @SeanJA Annex 2: Law on the Freedom of the Press of 29 July 1881 In place of the confusing mass of legislation that preceded it, the Press Law established a number of basic principles. Publishing was liberalised, with the law requiring only that publishers present their names to the authorities and deposit two copies of every work. The authorities were denied the power to suppress newspapers and the offence of délits d'opinion (crimes of opinion, or types of prohibited speech) was abolished. This had previously enabled prosecutions of critics of the government, monarchy and church, or of those who argued for controversial ideas on property rights. The scope of libel was severely reduced, with the criteria for defamation being much more tightly defined. A limited number of "press offences" was retained, including outraging public morals, and insulting high-ranking public officials including the President of the Republic, heads of foreign states and ambassadors. The law also provided a right of reply for persons to respond to articles in which they were featured. In addition, the law regulates advertising and permits property owners to forbid the posting of advertisements on their properties. References to the law are frequently seen on French walls where signs proclaim "Defense d'afficher - loi du 29 Juillet 1881" ("posters forbidden - law of 29 July 1881"). Source: Wikipedia / Law on the Freedom of the Press of 29 July 1881 Annex 3: French government communiqué, 14 November 2015 The council of ministers, summoned by the President of the Republic, assembled on November the 14th at midnight. According to the report of the Prime minister, the Minister of the Interior, and the Attorney General, a decree declaring the state of emergency has been adopted. It takes immediate effect on the entirety of French and Corsican territories. It allows among other things to limit the circulation of persons and to set up zones of protection and security. A second decree has also been adopted to set up reinforced measures in all the cities in the Ile-de-France region . These dispositions allow putting any person whose activity is dangerous under house arrest, the temporary closure of theaters, weapons forfeiture and the ability to proceed with administrative searches. Furthermore, the President of the Republic has immediately decided to restore border control . The customs service are mobilized towards this goal as well. Schools and universities will be closed Saturday November 14th in Île-de-France and school trips will be cancelled. Hospitals are on high alert. The Orsan plan has been set off. The crisis cell for help to victims of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, of Justice, and Health, along with the police authority, has been activated. A defence council has been summoned this saturday at 9AM. Already 1500 additional military troops have been mobilized. The President of the Republic will stay in Paris and won't be participating to the G20 summit . He will be represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and international development, and by the Minister of Finances and public accounting. Source: elysee.fr """@en ; dc:title "What the state of emergency means in France, where it's been declared following the Paris attacks · GitHub" ; tags:associatedTag tags:cf, tags:decree, tags:emergency, tags:loi ; rdfs:comment "This is a web page. A technical or academic document (difficult)."@en .  casual javascript :: 738 5 ƒ b xs zip @prefix annot: <http://www.w3.org/2000/10/annotation-ns#> . @prefix bel: <http://purl.org/net/bel-epa/ont/2007/7/rathaus> . @prefix dbpedia: <http://dbpedia.org/resource/> . @prefix dc: <http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/> . @prefix dcterms: <http://purl.org/dc/terms/> . @prefix foaf: <http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/> . @prefix geo: <http://www.w3.org/2003/01/geo/wgs84_pos#> . @prefix prism: <http://prismstandard.org/namespaces/1.2/basic#> . @prefix rdf: <http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#> . @prefix rdfs: <http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#> . @prefix tags: <http://www.holygoat.co.uk/owl/redwood/0.1/tags/> . @prefix xml: <http://www.w3.org/XML/1998/namespace> . @prefix xsd: <http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#> . <http://casualjavascript.com/javascript/es6/haskell/native/implementation/2015/11/12/haskell-in-es6-part-1.html> rdfs:label "casual javascript"@en ; dbpedia:Flesch-Kincaid_Readability_Test 79 ; dbpedia:Gunning-Fog_Index 5 ; dbpedia:Vocabulary 101 ; prism:wordCount 738 ; dc:date "Sat, 14 Nov 2015 17:31:13 GMT"@en ; dc:description " This post is the first in a series that will be dedicated to implementating native versions of Haskell functions according to JavaScript ES6 standards. Full source can be found in this GitHub repo . You are more than welcome to contribute! ƒ.comp Function composition. ( . ) :: ( b -> c ) -> ( a -> b ) -> a -> c /** * Function composition * @param ...fs functions to compose * @return composed function **/ comp : (... fs ) => { return (... args ) => fs . reduceRight ( ( g , f ) => f . bind ( null , g (... args )) )(); }, Examples var add = x => x + x , pow = x => x * x , inv = x => 1 / x ; var comp = ƒ . comp ( add , pow , inv ); comp ( 1 ); // => 2 /** * Explained: * 1) inv 1 / 1 => 1 * 2) pow 1 * 1 => 1 * 3) add 1 + 1 => 2 **/ comp ( 4 ); // => 1/8 ƒ.flip flip f takes its (first) two arguments in the reverse order of f . flip :: ( a -> b -> c ) -> b -> a -> c /** * Flip function arguments * @param f function to flip * @return f applied with args in reverse order **/ ƒ . prototype . flip = f => (... args ) => f (... args . reverse ()); Examples var add = ( a , b ) => a / b , flip = ƒ . flip ( add ); flip ( 10 , 5 )); // => 1/2 flip ( 1 , 10 )); // => 10 ƒ.until until p f yields the result of applying f until p holds. until :: ( a -> Bool ) -> ( a -> a ) -> a -> a /** * Applies a function which is passed as the second argument to * the third argument and it comapares the result with the condition, * if the condition evaluates to true, it prints the result, if not, * it passes the result to the function and repeats the cycle as long * as the condition is matched * @param condition condition to be applied to f * @param f function to match against * @return result if condition is true else repeat cycle **/ ƒ . prototype . until = ( condition , f ) => (... args ) => { var r = f (... args ); return condition ( r ) ? r : ƒ . until ( condition , f )( r ); }; Examples var condition = x => x > 100 , inc = x => x + 1 , until = ƒ . until ( condition , inc ); until ( 0 ); // => 101 condition = x => x === 5 ; until = ƒ . until ( condition , inc ); until ( 3 ); // => 5 List operations head extracts the first element of a list, which must be non-empty. last extracts the last element of a list, which must be finite and non-empty. tail extracts the elements after the head of a list, which must be non-empty. init returns all the elements of a list except the last one. The list must be non-empty. head :: [ a ] -> a last :: [ a ] -> a tail :: [ a ] -> [ a ] init :: [ a ] -> [ a ] ƒ . prototype . head = ( x , ... xs ) => x ; ƒ . prototype . last = (... xs ) => xs . slice ( - 1 ); ƒ . prototype . tail = ( x , ... xs ) => xs ; ƒ . prototype . init = (... xs ) => xs . slice ( 0 , - 1 ); Examples ƒ . head ( 5 , 27 , 3 , 1 ); // => 5 ƒ . last ( 5 , 27 , 3 , 1 ); // => 1 ƒ . tail ( 5 , 27 , 3 , 1 ); // => [27, 3, 1] ƒ . init ( 5 , 27 , 3 , 1 ); // => [5, 27, 3] Special folds concat yields the concatenation of all the elements of a container of lists. concatMap maps a function over all the elements of a container and concatenate the resulting lists. concat :: Foldable t => t [ a ] -> [ a ] concatMap :: Foldable t => ( a -> [ b ]) -> t a -> [ b ] ƒ . prototype . concat = (... xs ) => xs . reduce (( a , b ) => a . concat ( b )); ƒ . prototype . concatMap = ( f , ... xs ) => ƒ . concat ( xs . map ( f )); Examples ƒ . concat ([ 5 ], [ 27 ], [ 3 ]); // => [5, 27, 3] ƒ . concatMap ( x => 'hi ' + x , 1 , [[ 2 ]], 3 ); // => ['hi 1', 'hi 2', 'hi 3'] ƒ.zip and ƒ.zipWith zip takes two lists and returns a list of corresponding pairs. If one input list is short, excess elements of the longer list are discarded.\" zipWith generalises zip by zipping with the function given as the first argument, instead of a tupling function. For example, zipWith (+) is applied to two lists to produce the list of corresponding sums.\" zip :: [ a ] -> [ b ] -> [( a , b )] zipWith :: ( a -> b -> c ) -> [ a ] -> [ b ] -> [ c ] /** * Zip two arrays into a list of n-ples * @param ...xs arrays to zip * @return a list of of n-ples **/ ƒ . prototype . zip = (... xs ) => { var r = [], nple = [], length = Math . min ( null , ... xs . map ( x => x . length )); for ( var i = 0 ; i < length ; i ++ ) { xs . forEach ( x => nple . push ( x [ i ]) ); r . push ( nple ); nple = []; } return r ; }; /** * Generalises zip by zipping with the function given * as the first argument, instead of a tupling function. * @param op function to zip with * @param ...xs arrays to zip * @return array zipped with the op function **/ ƒ . prototype . zipWith = ( op , ... xs ) => ƒ . zip (... xs ). map ( ( x ) => x . reduce ( op ) ); Examples var a = [ 0 , 1 , 2 ], b = [ 3 , 4 , 5 ], c = [ 6 , 7 , 8 ]; ƒ . zip ( a , b ); // => [[0, 3], [1, 4], [2, 5]] ƒ . zipWith (( a , b ) => a + b , a , b , c ); // => [9, 12, 15] "@en ; dc:title "casual javascript" ; tags:associatedTag tags:b, tags:xs, tags:zip, tags:ƒ ; rdfs:comment "This is a web page. A blog entry or text from an email message (easy)."@en .  Too Many Requests :: 97 6 string avoid message requests @prefix annot: <http://www.w3.org/2000/10/annotation-ns#> . @prefix bel: <http://purl.org/net/bel-epa/ont/2007/7/rathaus> . @prefix dbpedia: <http://dbpedia.org/resource/> . @prefix dc: <http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/> . @prefix dcterms: <http://purl.org/dc/terms/> . @prefix foaf: <http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/> . @prefix geo: <http://www.w3.org/2003/01/geo/wgs84_pos#> . @prefix prism: <http://prismstandard.org/namespaces/1.2/basic#> . @prefix rdf: <http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#> . @prefix rdfs: <http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#> . @prefix tags: <http://www.holygoat.co.uk/owl/redwood/0.1/tags/> . @prefix xml: <http://www.w3.org/XML/1998/namespace> . @prefix xsd: <http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#> . <https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/3sqh0u/serious_actively_practicing_muslims_what_goes/> rdfs:label "Too Many Requests"@en ; dbpedia:Flesch-Kincaid_Readability_Test 71 ; dbpedia:Gunning-Fog_Index 6 ; dbpedia:Vocabulary 24 ; prism:wordCount 97 ; dc:date "Sat, 14 Nov 2015 17:31:27 GMT"@en ; dc:description " whoa there, pardner! we're sorry, but you appear to be a bot and we've seen too many requests from you lately. we enforce a hard speed limit on requests that appear to come from bots to prevent abuse. if you are not a bot but are spoofing one via your browser's user agent string: please change your user agent string to avoid seeing this message again. please wait 3 second(s) and try again. as a reminder to developers, we recommend that clients make no more than one request every two seconds to avoid seeing this message. 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What Can You Put in a Refrigerator? :: 390 10 refrigerator fits edible salt @prefix annot: <http://www.w3.org/2000/10/annotation-ns#> . @prefix bel: <http://purl.org/net/bel-epa/ont/2007/7/rathaus> . @prefix dbpedia: <http://dbpedia.org/resource/> . @prefix dc: <http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/> . @prefix dcterms: <http://purl.org/dc/terms/> . @prefix foaf: <http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/> . @prefix geo: <http://www.w3.org/2003/01/geo/wgs84_pos#> . @prefix prism: <http://prismstandard.org/namespaces/1.2/basic#> . @prefix rdf: <http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#> . @prefix rdfs: <http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#> . @prefix tags: <http://www.holygoat.co.uk/owl/redwood/0.1/tags/> . @prefix xml: <http://www.w3.org/XML/1998/namespace> . @prefix xsd: <http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#> . <http://prog21.dadgum.com/212.html> rdfs:label "What Can You Put in a Refrigerator?"@en ; dbpedia:Flesch-Kincaid_Readability_Test 58 ; dbpedia:Gunning-Fog_Index 10 ; dbpedia:Vocabulary 85 ; prism:wordCount 390 ; dc:date "Sat, 14 Nov 2015 17:31:26 GMT"@en ; dc:description " What Can You Put in a Refrigerator? This may sound ridiculous, but I'm serious. The goal is to write a spec for what's allowed to be put into a refrigerator. I intentionally picked something that everyone has lots of experience with. Here's a first attempt: Anything that (1) fits into a refrigerator and (2) is edible. #1 is hard to argue with, and the broad stroke of #2 is sensible. Motorcycles and bags of cement are off the list. Hmmm...what about liquids? Can I pour a gallon of orange juice into the refrigerator? All right, time for version 2.0: Anything that's edible and fits into a refrigerator. Liquids must be in containers. Hey, what about salt? It fits, is edible, and isn't a liquid, so you're free to pour a container of salt into this fridge. You could say that salt is more of a seasoning than a food, in an attempt to disallow it, but I'll counter with uncooked rice. This could start a long discussion about what kinds of food actually need refrigeration--uncooked rice doesn't, but cooked rice does. Could we save energy in the long haul by blocking things that don't need to be kept cool? That word need complicates things, so let's drop this line of thinking for now. Anything that's edible and fits into a refrigerator. Items normally stored in containers must be in containers. How about a penguin? Probably need some kind of clause restricting living creatures. Maybe the edibility requirement covers this, except leopard seals and sea lions eat penguins. No living things across the board is safest way to plug this hole. Wait, do the bacteria in yogurt count as living? This entire edibility issue is troublesome. What about medicine that needs to be kept cool? Oh no, we've only been thinking about residential uses! A laboratory refrigerator changes everything. Now we've got to consider organs and cultures and chemicals and is it okay to keep iced coffee in there with them. It also never occurred to me until right now that we can't even talk about any of this until we define exactly what the allowed temperature range of a refrigeration appliance is. In the interest of time, I'll offer this for-experts-only spec for \"What can you put in a refrigerator?\": Anything that fits into a refrigerator. permalink November 12, 2015 "@en ; dc:title "What Can You Put in a Refrigerator?" ; tags:associatedTag tags:edible, tags:fits, tags:refrigerator, tags:salt ; rdfs:comment "This is a web page. A blog entry or text from an email message (moderate)."@en .  Product Development in an Unruly Mob: Alex Wilson and Benji Webe :: 1233 12 mob programming unruly wilson @prefix annot: <http://www.w3.org/2000/10/annotation-ns#> . @prefix bel: <http://purl.org/net/bel-epa/ont/2007/7/rathaus> . @prefix dbpedia: <http://dbpedia.org/resource/> . @prefix dc: <http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/> . @prefix dcterms: <http://purl.org/dc/terms/> . @prefix foaf: <http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/> . @prefix geo: <http://www.w3.org/2003/01/geo/wgs84_pos#> . @prefix ns1: <http://ogp.me/ns#> . @prefix ns2: <wb:> . @prefix prism: <http://prismstandard.org/namespaces/1.2/basic#> . @prefix rdf: <http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#> . @prefix rdfs: <http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#> . @prefix tags: <http://www.holygoat.co.uk/owl/redwood/0.1/tags/> . @prefix xml: <http://www.w3.org/XML/1998/namespace> . @prefix xsd: <http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#> . <http://www.infoq.com/news/2015/11/unruly-mob-programming> rdfs:label "Product Development in an Unruly Mob: Alex Wilson and Benji Weber Q&A;"@en ; dbpedia:Flesch-Kincaid_Readability_Test 57 ; dbpedia:Gunning-Fog_Index 12 ; dbpedia:Vocabulary 229 ; ns1:description "At the fifth 'Agile on the Beach' conference, held in Cornwall, UK, InfoQ sat down with Alex Wilson and Benji Weber from Unruly. Wilson and Weber presented a session at the conference entitled 'Product Development in an Unruly Mob', and discussed how mob programming has helped Unruly get the best from the software delivery team. " ; ns1:image "http://cdn.infoq.com/statics_s2_20151111-0209/styles/i/logo-big.jpg" ; ns1:site_name "InfoQ" ; ns1:title "Product Development in an Unruly Mob: Alex Wilson and Benji Weber Q&A; " ; ns1:type "website" ; prism:wordCount 1233 ; dc:date "Sat, 14 Nov 2015 17:30:54 GMT"@en ; dc:description " At the fifth ‘ Agile on the Beach ’ conference, held in Cornwall, UK, InfoQ sat down with Alex Wilson and Benji Weber from Unruly. Wilson and Weber presented 'Product Development in an Unruly Mob', and discussed how mob programming has helped get the best from the Unruly software delivery team. InfoQ: Hi Alex and Benji, and thanks for joining us today! The company you both work for, Unruly, has quite a reputation within the software development industry for fully embracing an agile approach to your work. Could you explain a little about what you do, and why you believe the company works this way? Wilson and Weber: Unruly is the ad tech company that gets videos watched, tracked and shared across the Open Web. Unruly has always embraced Extreme Programming (XP) principles. In the Development team we have practised pair programming, continuous deployment and test-driven development from day one. Perhaps even more unusually, Unruly embraces the core XP principles of rapid feedback and embracing change throughout the whole organisation (even outside of product development). InfoQ: Here at the 'Agile on the Beach' conference you both talked about mob programming. Could you explain a little more about how this works, and what you see the benefits being? Wilson and Weber: Mob Programming is “All the brilliant people working at the same time, in the same space, on the same thing, at the same computer.” (Woody Zuill) . We think of it as the next level up from pair programming (which we were already doing). Woody Zuill credits Llewellyn Falco with the inspiration for Mob Programming. He believes, as do we, that it’s not about getting the most from the team but getting the best from the team. At Unruly, we’ve been regularly mob programming in groups of between 3 and 6 people over the last year. We work at a regular workstation with a large desk and plenty of space for everyone to sit or stand around. We use a 50” TV so everyone can see the code, and have a second monitor for the driver Wilson and Weber: Through the mob we learn together and bond over our shared experiences - in our Agile on the Beach session we covered Patrick Lencioni’s book “Five Dysfunctions of a Team”, and Mob Programming both helped tackle existing dysfunctions within our team, and exacerbate any latent issues we hadn’t noticed (so we could tackle those too!). Mob programming helps us be a more effective team. We are all involved in building every feature that we mob on, so the design is better and we’re able to support it more effectively. We’re also able to complete tasks quicker as interruptions are less disruptive to a mob than a pair. InfoQ: Do you believe that there are prerequisites (technical, process or social), before mob programming should be considered a viable approach within a team? Wilson and Weber: This is a question we get a lot - certainly this stems from the typical question posed to XP practitioners “What if people don’t want to pair?”. It’s been theorised that mob programming is easier than pairing because it’s less intimate than 1-to-1 pairing, which can be intimidating, especially for new joiners. Our highly collaborative practices are the first thing we mention in our job descriptions, so we’ve already selected for people who are happy with this kind of highly collaborative working environment. I doubt you’d persuade everyone to try mob programming. However, we do have a range of personality types, you certainly don’t all need to be extroverts. As for technical practices - it’s hard to effectively work in a group if the feedback loops in your development process are slow. If your test suite takes more than a few mins to run, or your code takes a long time to compile you might have a group of bored people looking at their phones for half the day. However, mob programming can also help you to improve your technical practices. For instance, mobbing gives you implicit collective ownership and continuous integration - because you’re all writing the code together. The most important thing by far is not to enforce a particular way of working, but to provide an environment which is both safe and enabling, and allow the team to evolve on its own - Woody often quotes: “The objective is not to create art, it’s to create an environment where art is inevitable” . With such an environment, all members of the team should feel like they can contribute to the mob without fear, shame, or that they won’t have a fair say in the direction they are going. This is why we felt secure when we experimented and then adopted mob programming, and it’s an aspect of Unruly’s culture that we try hard to nurture. InfoQ: I know Woody Zuill, a strong proponent of mob programming and the 'no estimates' movement, has been quite influential to you both - has he helped you explore better ways of working? Wilson and Weber: We were originally inspired to try out mob programming on a regular basis after hearing Woody Zuill talk, after which we decided to give it a go. We have since experimented to find an approach that works for us. In fact, we were recently honoured to have Woody visit us and join in some of our mob programming sessions. We’ve not been persuaded to give up estimates yet. We do not have traditional project teams at Unruly. Rather we have product development teams that are responsible for looking for new value they can add to the products they own, in various areas. We find that understanding the cost of the next experiment that we could run in each of these areas is quite useful to us, and we avoid the antipattern of long, dull, sessions estimating items on backlogs that will never see the light of day. InfoQ: With your successful implementation of mob programming within Unruly, what do you see as the next area for improvement within your design/development process, or what new technique are you keen to try? Wilson and Weber: We had plenty of time to wax lyrical on the four-and-a-half hour train down to Cornwall. It feels like the next step for Mob Programming could be “Flash Mobs” (we talked about these in our Agile on the Beach session). Rather being wed to the idea of core teams, we are experimenting with being much more fluid and empowering developers to move where they can provide the best value rather than being stuck on one team. This takes the form of ephemeral “flash mobs”, which convene to achieve specific tasks and then disband, or freely joining other teams to pair/mob in order to learn/create. Not just self-organising teams, but self-forming teams. We find the core principles of Open Space (if you’re not learning or contributing where you are, find somewhere else where you will be) are a great yardstick for facilitating this kind of environment. We have, however, still to fully resolve this way of working with our preferred approach of teams owning the full product lifecycle from inception through to keeping products running in production. InfoQ: Thanks for your time today. Is there anything else you would like to share with the InfoQ readers? 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YouTube Music is here, and it's a game changer | The Verge :: 1792 13 youtube fowler rihanna songs @prefix annot: <http://www.w3.org/2000/10/annotation-ns#> . @prefix bel: <http://purl.org/net/bel-epa/ont/2007/7/rathaus> . @prefix dbpedia: <http://dbpedia.org/resource/> . @prefix dc: <http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/> . @prefix dcterms: <http://purl.org/dc/terms/> . @prefix foaf: <http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/> . @prefix geo: <http://www.w3.org/2003/01/geo/wgs84_pos#> . @prefix prism: <http://prismstandard.org/namespaces/1.2/basic#> . @prefix rdf: <http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#> . @prefix rdfs: <http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#> . @prefix tags: <http://www.holygoat.co.uk/owl/redwood/0.1/tags/> . @prefix xml: <http://www.w3.org/XML/1998/namespace> . @prefix xsd: <http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#> . <http://www.theverge.com/2015/11/12/9723496/youtube-music-app-offline-background> rdfs:label "YouTube Music is here, and it's a game changer | The Verge"@en ; dbpedia:Flesch-Kincaid_Readability_Test 54 ; dbpedia:Gunning-Fog_Index 13 ; dbpedia:Vocabulary 342 ; prism:wordCount 1792 ; dc:date "Sat, 14 Nov 2015 17:31:07 GMT"@en ; dc:description " YouTube is first and foremost a video portal, the world's largest and most popular online collection of moving images. But it's also a search engine, the world's second largest, trailing only its parent company, Google. And while the library on YouTube is made up of videos, in practice it has also become the world's largest streaming music service, used by more people than well-known names like Spotify or Apple when it comes to consuming songs and albums. Today, the video giant is rolling out a new app, YouTube Music , that attempts to capitalize on its dominance in this space. The app is free, and you can use it in free, ad-supported mode, but it becomes a lot more powerful and interesting if you pay for a YouTube Red subscription . The fact that YouTube Music and Google Play Music both exist is a touch confusing, especially since you can use them both for free, but they both add a bunch of features if you subscribe to YouTube Red. The best way to understand the new music app is to think of Facebook. Just as the social network broke out Messenger into its own so it could optimize the experience, YouTube now has dedicated apps for its three most popular verticals: kids, gaming, and music. You can use the app like a standard music service, searching for artists and playing individual songs or albums. It has licensed the same pool of roughly 30 million audio tracks you would find on its competitors. But the service is also optimized to present a vast collection of additional options — from live concert footage to karaoke tracks with embedded lyrics to instructional videos on how to play that bass line — which don't exist on any other music streaming service. \"If you search YouTube for 'call' the first thing that come up are 'Call Me Maybe' and Call of Duty ,\" says T. Jay Fowler, who heads up the development of music products at Youtube. The team tested a service last year, Music Key Beta, and the feedback from users was that they wanted \"an experience optimized for music.\" When you search in the new music app, you'll get only music-related results. Up top will be links to the official artist and album pages. Below that will be official music videos, with the wealth of related content below that. \"A mix of structured and organic results,\" explains Fowler. \"It's kind of a hybrid of browse and search.\" \"We wanted to make something uniquely YouTube.\" Before coming to YouTube, Fowler helped to found MOG , a widely praised music service that never achieved the same consumer traction as its rivals. \"It was the Betamax of music services,\" Fowler says with a wry chuckle.\" With this app, he wanted to create an experience that was low touch but high reward, something that would appeal to a broad audience, and more importantly to a group of consumers distinct from those who have already signed up for a streaming music subscription. \"I didn't want to add in features so we could check a box just because another service has that feature,\" said Fowler. \"We wanted to make something uniquely YouTube.\" The app doesn't try to replicate the full-featured nature of Google Play Music. You cannot, for example, create playlists. Instead YouTube music creates a daily playlist for you, \"My Mix,\" which combines tracks you've listened to, tracks you've liked, and some new stuff it thinks you might like to discover. You can search and listen to any music for free, with ads. If you're a YouTube Red subscriber, the ads go away and you get power features, for example that My Mix playlist is automatically saved for offline playback. The goal, says Fowler, is to give you something that will be ready and waiting when that subway door closes and you realize you've forgotten to prepare your entertainment but are no longer connected to the internet. \"A lot of people think of YouTube as a place you come to consume, lean forward, and then go someplace else, but we want people to have those leanback sessions,\" says Fowler. \"It's important for people to understand that this experience, when unlocked with Red, is deeply portable.\" In place of control, you get convenience. The app will also offer up a couple genre-specific playlists based on your taste. That morning, for example, it had given Fowler a Post-Punk mix. He was particularly fond of a video it gave him from the band Low. As a former record store clerk from the Minneapolis area, Fowler is very familiar with the group, but had never heard their cover of the Rihanna hit \"Stay.\" Below that video, the app recommended the Rihanna original, then other songs and live concerts by Low, including a cover of \"Stay\" they performed at the Pitchfork Music Festival. \"It's smart enough to realize that people might want to see the original, but that the person who likes this is probably more interested in hearing other songs from Low, not Rihanna.\" Making the leap From Low to Rihanna and back again When you're on an artist page, Rihanna for example, you can browse through all her available albums and singles, just as you would on Spotify or Apple Music. You can listen to a full album, and it will play the video when one exists, and use cover art as a placeholder when one does not. If you subscribe to YouTube Red, you can play this music in the background, and choose to play it audio only if you want to save your battery and limit data consumption. If you're in the mood for something a little less structured, you can use the Rihanna track as the seed to kick off an infinite playlist, essentially Rihanna radio, that will cue up related songs. YouTube Music has a neat feature here, familiar to users of Rdio, that lets you adjust the variety. You can pick a station that plays mostly Rihanna and closely related artists, or one that starts with Rihanna but goes off into a more eclectic and adventurous selection from there. A slider to adjust your stream's variety Things can get complicated when it comes to artists whose work was mostly made in the pre-video days. You can play through every album by Harry Nilsson, but it won't show videos for any songs, only cover art. On Nilsson's profile page, it does show you some videos that exist on YouTube, including this stunning live performance of \"Everybody's Talking.\" Unfortunately it won't sync that video up with the song when you play it from an album, because it isn't part of the catalog YouTube licensed from the labels. YouTube, like Spotify, has a big built-in advantage when it comes to personalization and recommendation. Over the last decade, users have made hundreds of millions of playlists, an explicit act of curation that allows YouTube's machine learning algorithms to understand what songs sound good together and what tracks belong in a genre-specific playlist. Along with input from users and structured metadata added by the music labels, \"we're a search engine so we have lots of data sources and pointers from the open web,\" says Fowler. YouTube also has a small human curation staff. Their job is to build playlists, but also to check up on what the algorithms have created, trying to ensure nobody has that \"uh oh\" moment Jimmy Iovine described when praising Apple's human-centric approach to playlisting. \"We do a lot of quality evaluations,\" says Fowler. \"Because when someone uses your service and asks for a certain style of music, when they expect something to play, that is an important contract you have fulfill.\" Along with the personalized playlists, the app has a tab called trending that will show you the most popular songs on YouTube, the fast-rising stars, and the unknowns the curation team thinks will be big in the near future. The goal is to build playlists \"that help our users understand what is culturally relevant,\" says Fowler. I've been using YouTube Red for a couple weeks and definitely feel it's worth the$10 a month. I download a few clips to watch each morning on my subway commute to and from work and relish the ad-free experience. I've also been able to enjoy a few broadcasters from gamers I like as audio only while doing chores around the house, essentially converting the clips to podcasts by enabling the background play feature.       The one feature I really find lacking in Music is the ability to make playlists, but I know that when it comes to music services I'm hungry for power features that don't necessarily appeal to the masses, and the goal here is to capture that massive audience which is already using YouTube as its everyday music service. It seems like it would have been easy enough to include, but Fowler insisted that the goal was to create the simplest, most stripped-down experience for the start. Luckily YouTube Music recognizes that the key to a good offering these days is perfecting recommendation and discovery, and that doing it well requires using more than human editors, as Apple does. Fowler believes curation at scale, relying on a mix of humans and algorithms, is key to transforming a music app from a utility to an experience. \"I've been working in this industry for decades, I've built multiple music services. My favorite part about the evolution, it's no longer just a utility like an outlet, that you can plug into and have all music. You plug into it and it helps make you fall back in love with music, it guides you along.\" Services like Discover Weekly have begun producing some magical moments in my life, and I have high hopes that YouTube Music might be able to do the same.  YouTube, with a billion monthly users and global scale, is uniquely poised to help deliver that. \"The indigenous catalogs can be really unique. In Australia, 30 percent of the music is '90s alt rock, and that isn't consumed anywhere else. To say my hand-curated list will satisfy that population is foolish,\" says Fowler. \"It's admirable to think you can curate the world's music, but once you go global, to have local knowledge, it's best to give the power back to the user.\"  With the launch of the dedicated music app, YouTube has fundamentally changed the market for streaming music. For the last two years the value proposition was clear. Pay $9.99 a month for unlimited access to the same 30 million tracks, with a few exclusives or gaps here and there on certain services. Now you can pay$10 a month and get the world's biggest video library, ad free and offline, a well-built streaming music service with that stock catalog music, and a hybrid music video experience that is unlike anything else out there.   "@en ;
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dc:description "   Photo   Zak Stone wrote an essay about the death of his father, who was killed when a tree fell on him while staying at an Airbnb rental in Texas.  Credit Monica Almeida/The New York Times     There is no better — or sadder — way to explain how Zak Stone's father died in a vacation rental than how he did himself this week, so this is how he began the essay he wrote for the online magazine Matter.     \"The rope swing looked inviting. Photos of it on Airbnb brought my family to the cottage in Texas. Hanging from a tree as casually as baggy jeans, the swing was the essence of leisure, of Southern hospitality, of escape. When my father decided to give it a try on Thanksgiving morning, the trunk it was tied to broke in half and fell on his head, immediately ending most of his brain activity.\"  The death is devastating, but no one should be shocked by it, either. As with any big hotel operation, Airbnb hosts are putting up so many people each night that fatal accidents are almost inevitable.    But the incident — and a second death that Mr. Stone disclosed in the essay in Matter, part of the publishing service Medium — does raise important insurance and safety questions about Airbnb, its competitor HomeAway and hotels themselves at the same time as Airbnb is offering more protection.   Photo   Zak Stone and his father, Louis, in 1993.    Let's start with insurance. A year ago, Airbnb hosts were on their own when it came to liability, and most of them probably assumed that their homeowner's insurance would offer coverage if a guest was hurt or worse. But most homeowner's insurance policies have an explicit exclusion for commercial activity.  Airbnb this year began offering free, automatic secondary coverage for liability, in case a host's insurance company denied a claim. Last month, Airbnb made that coverage primary . It's still free, and it covers up to $1 million an incident. It is not yet clear how friction-free the claims-paying process will be. After the death of Mr. Stone's father, Louis, his family reached a settlement with the insurance company for his host, not Airbnb or its insurer. According to Mr. Stone, that host had an insurance policy that explicitly covered commercial activity. He said in his essay that Airbnb paid a$2 million settlement for the second death he reported, which was from carbon monoxide poisoning in Taiwan.  HomeAway, which was acquired by Expedia last week for $3.9 billion, takes a different approach to insurance. Rather than offering free liability coverage, it urges homeowners to buy more comprehensive coverage elsewhere. The policy that it recommends includes property and contents damage and loss of business in addition to liability. HomeAway earns a marketing fee when its customers buy from its recommended provider, CBIZ. So why doesn't HomeAway offer free coverage like Airbnb? Partly because it would be too expensive to offer the comprehensive policy that prudent homeowners probably should have. But HomeAway's business is different, too. It matches homeowners and travelers and likens itself to a classified advertising service. While HomeAway did not say this specifically, it is possible that it believes that its process shields the company from potential liability and removes any need to provide automatic coverage for homeowners who list there. Scott Wolf, the president of CBIZ's property and casualty program division, said in an interview this week that he could not figure out how every Airbnb customer would ultimately be covered. He pointed to Airbnb's stated annual limit of$10 million on its policy, which its hosts could exhaust with 10 $1 million claims. He estimated that each policy pays out an average of$100 in liability claims each year (though that average results in large part from a smaller number of claims that are extremely high). If Airbnb has, say, 500,000 listings on average (though there are more occupied properties than that many nights of the year), that is $50 million in claims, which is$40 million more than that annual $10 million cap. One possibility may be that Airbnb, which has many single travelers staying in single rooms for short periods, simply won't need to make as many claims as HomeAway travelers do. After all, people who use HomeAway often travel with their families to large rental homes with slippery pool decks and leg-eating trampolines. But Mr. Wolf said that his experience insuring bed-and-breakfast owners suggested that hosts who were in residence were actually more vulnerable to claims than absentee owners. After all, you can't blame a host for a spill that caused a fall if the host is not there. Airbnb did not want to go into detail about what it pays for its insurance and the precise policy language. But Nick Papas, a spokesman, said that since it started offering liability coverage in January, eight million people had stayed with an Airbnb host in the United States and fewer than 50 hosts had filed claims. \"We are extremely confident in the finances underlying our program,\" he said in an emailed statement. \"When we were looking to expand it, we had multiple competitive bids from different insurers. The numbers show how low the risk factors are, and they're eager to work with us.\" As for the safety questions, this seemed the perfect opportunity to figure out once and for all whether Airbnb and HomeAway rentals are more dangerous than hotels: Just ask everyone for the accidental death rate per 100 million room nights and compare. That only works if companies are willing to answer, though. HomeAway offered its number right away: zero deaths, as far as it knows. Mr. Stone disclosed the two Airbnb deaths, and the company would not comment further on its death rate. The American Hotel & Lodging Association does not track industrywide rates. A Hyatt spokeswoman would not disclose its rate or explain why it refused to share it, and an InterContinental Hotels Group spokesman declined to comment. Best Western and Starwood said they did not have the data. Felicia McLemore, a Marriott spokeswoman, and Christine Miller, a Hilton spokeswoman, did not respond to repeated requests for comment on their companies' death rates. Without good data, we're all flailing about looking for anecdotes. So let's start with those nondisclosing hotels. On two separate occasions within weeks of one another in 2013, three people died from carbon monoxide poisoning in the same Best Western hotel in North Carolina. A USA Today investigation that same year turned up eight deaths and 170 other people treated for carbon monoxide poisoning in hotels in the three previous years. Best Western said the company now had an industry-leading carbon monoxide detection and alarm system. On the fire front, hotels and motels averaged 3,700 a year from 2006 to 2010, according to the National Fire Protection Association, resulting in an average of 12 deaths, excluding emergency personnel, and 143 injuries a year. We know less about Airbnb and HomeAway, but one thing we know for sure is that their hosts need not follow the myriad regulations about exits and doors and alarms that hotels and motels do. The companies could inspect each property for safety, but they don't. And according to Liz Krueger, a New York state senator who has frequently tangled with the home renting companies, it would be better if somebody else did it. \"They'd be self-declaring, and it wouldn't be a governmental entity,\" she said. \"Call me a supporter of government, because I am, but I think there is a reason you want a third party doing the evaluation as opposed to an interested party who would have a reason not to document the correct things.\" Still, who knows if a government inspector would have noticed the dead tree that killed Mr. Stone's father or the water heater reportedly at issue in the Taiwan death. Paying strangers to stay in their homes requires that we assume some risk, and we may simply have to get comfortable that we may never know exactly how much risk. If you're a host renting out a home or a room, tell your homeowner's insurance company, even if you think Airbnb's liability coverage gives you most of the protection you need. After all, your guest's lawyer will probably sue your insurance company, too, if there is an injury on your property. Make sure that your guests know how to get out in an emergency and that your home has many alarms and is free of unnecessary hazards. Paying guests should check batteries on fire and carbon monoxide detectors, be wary of kitchen equipment or outdoor toys they don't normally use and keep a special eye out for things that could harm small children. Still, let's give the new players in lodging some credit where it is due. More insurance coverage is better than less, and urging people to be aware of their risks is a welcome evolution in how these companies operate. Make the most of your money. Every Monday get articles about retirement, saving for college, investing, new online financial services and much more. Sign up for the Your Money newsletter here . A version of this article appears in print on November 14, 2015, on page B1 of the New York edition with the headline: Liability Questions After Death in Airbnb Rental. Order Reprints | Today's Paper | Subscribe "@en ; dc:title "Death in Airbnb Rental Raises Liability Questions - The New York Times" ; tags:associatedTag tags:airbnb, tags:coverage, tags:homeaway, tags:insurance ; rdfs:comment "This is a web page. A technical or academic document (difficult)."@en ; ns3:description "Home rental sites, including HomeAway, do not have the same insurance and safety requirements as hotels, although Airbnb recently improved its coverage."@en ; ns3:image "http://static01.nyt.com/images/2015/11/14/business/14money2/14money2-thumbLarge.jpg"@en ; ns3:title "Death in Airbnb Rental Raises Liability Questions"@en ; ns3:url "http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/14/your-money/death-in-airbnb-rental-raises-liability-questions.html"@en .  b2 - a classy weblog tool :: 1771 6 b2 comments michel wordpress @prefix annot: <http://www.w3.org/2000/10/annotation-ns#> . @prefix bel: <http://purl.org/net/bel-epa/ont/2007/7/rathaus> . @prefix dbpedia: <http://dbpedia.org/resource/> . @prefix dc: <http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/> . @prefix dcterms: <http://purl.org/dc/terms/> . @prefix foaf: <http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/> . @prefix geo: <http://www.w3.org/2003/01/geo/wgs84_pos#> . @prefix prism: <http://prismstandard.org/namespaces/1.2/basic#> . @prefix rdf: <http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#> . @prefix rdfs: <http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#> . @prefix tags: <http://www.holygoat.co.uk/owl/redwood/0.1/tags/> . @prefix xml: <http://www.w3.org/XML/1998/namespace> . @prefix xsd: <http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#> . <http://cafelog.com/> rdfs:label "b2 - a classy weblog tool"@en ; dbpedia:Flesch-Kincaid_Readability_Test 76 ; dbpedia:Gunning-Fog_Index 6 ; dbpedia:Vocabulary 301 ; prism:wordCount 1771 ; dc:date "Sat, 14 Nov 2015 17:30:58 GMT"@en ; dc:description " [ This is a test blog, with posts about the development of b2, and comments ] [ Bugs/suggestions ? Check the Forums ! ] 23.03.04 WordPress version 1.0.2 is now available for download . This is a bugfix release and fixes all known issues with the 1.0 series. The upcoming version of WordPress (available in nightly builds ) has sub-categories, advanced comment moderation, automatic image thumbnailing, and custom fields. All implemented with the elegance you've come to expect from WordPress. I'll post more about 1.2 when it's finished. matt @ 19:10:17 173 57 comments , 4 trackbacks , no pingback 29.01.04 I just wanted to let everyone know that the latest and greatest WordPress is now out. WordPress 1.0.1 takes all the amazing features of 1.0 (including real search-engine friendly permalinks, multiple categories, trackback on edit, comment moderation, and more) and fixes all the bugs and makes it faster. If you're feeling adventurous the nightly builds of version 1.1 has sub-categories and a few other improvements underway. — Matt matt @ 05:03:36 585 36 comments , 1 trackback , no pingback 02.01.04 As they say on my island, Pace E Salute! (That's happy new year in Corsican.) michel v @ 01:58:24 457 26 comments , no trackback , no pingback 25.12.03 We wish you a merry Christmas! We wish you a merry Christmas! We wish you a merry Christmas! ... And [next week we'll wish you] a happy new year! michel v @ 17:57:57 123 23 comments , 1 trackback , no pingback 22.12.03 Wow, its amazing I can still login to this... You still have posting rights, heh. Just don't abuse them. - michel Babymariah @ 00:45:58 406 5 comments , no trackback , no pingback 25.11.03 As you may know, spammers have started to invade blog comments, and this site has seen its share of it. While many developers are working on ways to prevent comment spam (I know there's some serious work going on on the WordPress side, and other blog tools seem to get solutions aswell), and until I can apply one of these automated ways on cafelog.com, I will have to silently check the comments and delete the spam, as I have done these past two months. So here's the policy: If your comment definitely is spam, it is deleted. If it looks or feels like spam, it is deleted. I don't care if your URL just happens to be cheap-ass-stuff.com or wowlookatgirlz.nu: if your comment is on topic but your URL leads to a site with a crappy URL and the site aims to sell something dodgy, tough luck. You should have commented without an URL, that's all: cafelog.com is not an advertising billboard. If your comment is on a very old post, I may just delete it on sight. If it was a genuine on topic comment, blame yourself for commenting a post that no one is going to visit anymore, instead of bringing the issue on the support forums . If your comment is a flame/insult, it is deleted. This is not censorship, it's just keeping the spam out. So if you commented, and you don't see your comment anymore, you know what happened. Fortunately, if you read and understood this post you are not likely to be affected by this policy. michel v @ 23:44:17 364 30 comments , 1 trackback , 1 pingback 03.11.03 NewsGator Technologies , makers of a great news aggregator for Outlook, released a posting plug-in for b2 , allowing NewsGator users to post directly to b2 from Outlook. Titles and categories are supported. If you are a NewsGator+b2 user, you can download the plugin on their website (it should also work with WordPress, b2evolution, b2++, or any b2-based blogware). Note: This is a late post on my part, I'm sorry about it: the email about it had gotten shot as a false-positive by the spam filter -- proof that you should always check for false-positives in your email client! michel v @ 00:34:21 398 24 comments , no trackback , no pingback 17.10.03 Things have been so busy that I almost forgot to mention that a new version of WordPress is available . Upgrading to WordPress from b2 is easy and in addition to all of the great things in the latest release there are plenty of other features already . Development is very active and the first beta of our next release should be available within a week or so. Download WordPress from Sourceforge . matt @ 17:43:06 071 16 comments , no trackback , no pingback 10.10.03 Hello everyone. As some of you may be aware, a SQL injection vulnerability was reported and fixed in WordPress . As the same vulnerability effects all recent versions of b2, Michel asked me to put together a release for people who weren't ready to upgrade to WordPress yet and were still using b2. So b2 version 0.6.2.2 is available . The only change from the previous version is in blog.header.php where the vulnerable code was located. Thanks to Seth Woolley for reporting this issue responsibly. Be safe and upgrade as soon as possible. matt @ 07:32:36 647 34 comments , no trackback , 3 pingbacks 27.07.03 The Blogathon 2003 is over, congrats to all the participants especially those blogging with b2! Now go get some rest, you well deserved it! michel v @ 15:12:24 966 46 comments , 2 trackbacks , no pingback 06.06.03 Just wanted to wish Michel a very happy 24th birthday. Thank you so much for b2. The bloggin' world would not be the same without it. ^_^ PHP-Princess.net @ 18:42:13 112 42 comments , 4 trackbacks , 2 pingbacks 23.05.03 Problem: There's a security hole in gm-2-b2.php and blogger-2-b2.php in the 0.6.1 release. Solution: Delete these files once your blog conversion is done, or edit them . A fixed release will come shortly, and the CVS will be updated. -- Ontopic: Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little are leading the new WordPress branch of b2, that is going to become the new official branch once they get a release out. If you want to help with WordPress, don't hesitate to contact either of them! This website will get a minimalist redesign soon. A lot of sections are going away, including the \"powered by b2\" list. That list hasn't been updated for months on end, and with only 592 weblogs it makes it look like b2 isn't used by as many weblogs as it really is. Judging from the emails I get and the forums' activity, I estimate there are around 2000 b2 weblogs. This is a great accomplishment for me, and for everyone who supported me and the project. The \"recently updated b2\" lists will disappear from the main page and wait for a maintainer to get back on the front. If you feel that you're up to the task of processing emails to add websites to this list, please email me and I'll give you the keys to the list's admin section if I feel that you are serious enough. Now for the offtopic banter: I am still jobless. My evil plans to conquer the world, that kept me busy for the past months, have been put to an temporary halt. This is the cause of much troubles in my personal life. I am slowly but steadily redesigning my own website. I'm not opening the doors until I have more than just a weblog to show for it. By the way, the redesign will be based on standards as usual, but will also look different on everyone's computer. With some of the money that I made by taking over the world (a small piece of it, for starters), I bought a digital camera, and proceded to photograph various things. I hope to get better at it than I am at PHP. The current state of RSS is scaring me. Elvis says hi! Now for some shameless promotion of my beginner photographs: michelv.deviantart.com ( gallery ) michel v @ 02:38:51 443 20 comments , 9 trackbacks , 6 pingbacks 17.03.03 Michel was last seen more than two months ago. A lot of people, like myself, is looking for him. If anyone has any information about him, please share it. In any case, please stop testing stuff here. Thanks! Ricardo @ 02:03:31 460 52 comments , 1 trackback , 1 pingback 06.11.02 While all browsers support Last-Modified and ETag headers properly, MSIE seems not, it wouldn't let you refresh a page generated by b2 0.6.1. And that sucks, I know. Here is the fix: clickie! (This fix will be included in the releases asap.) michel v @ 20:33:14 231 35 comments , 10 trackbacks , 1 pingback 05.11.02 b2 0.6.1 is out, waiting for you to download it! What's new: TrackBack 1.1 (adds compatibility with newer MT versions' TrackBack). RSS 1.0 (b2rdf.php) and 2.0 (b2rss2.php) feeds. For those who upgrade, writing to b2rss.xml is still supported but you're encouraged to just use b2rss.php. b2 now generates Last-Modified and ETag headers based on your last post's date (very useful for aggregators). Improved paged presentation when using next_post() and related tags. Clearer PingBack excerpts Various bugfixes, as usual. Also, w.bloggar 3 is out too! michel v @ 01:27:22 435 35 comments , 5 trackbacks , 6 pingbacks 27.10.02 As some of you may have noticed, the calendar may show October 27th twice on some timezones. This bug is there because of daylight savings, but there's a fix for it ! (Needless to say, that fix will be in the next version.) michel v @ 00:12:26 341 13 comments , no trackback , 1 pingback 30.09.02 b2 v0.6 is out ! It halts a serie of pre-releases, fixing pretty much all the remaining bugs. As usual, downloads are on Sourceforge. What's new: right-click bookmarklet for Windows IE users: just check your profile for this option various bugfixes: no more pingback glitches, file upload dialog now checks for duplicate files (and renames them accordingly), ... Now all the work has shifted to 1.0 ! By the way, there's no big difference between 0.6pre5 and 0.6, so you only need to upload the new files (except the empty config and your templates, of course). Update at 2:40 (gmt+1): There was a last-minute bug in this release, that I just fixed. For those who already downloaded 0.6, no need to re-download it, just apply this fix . michel v @ 00:13:42 342 13 comments , 11 trackbacks , 7 pingbacks 23.09.02 b2 v0.6pre5 is out ! Check out the b2 downloads on Sourceforge for the release. What's new: TrackBack support ( not MT's standalone trackback) Pingback support: Pingback is a new way to put the 'web' in 'weblogs', as it allows your blog to automatically notify other pingback-enabled blogs that you linked to them in an entry some new template tags many bugfixes ...and more than could be listed michel v @ 01:14:21 384 45 comments , 13 trackbacks , 16 pingbacks 19.09.02 I'm at a stage where I have to decide whether to support old versions of PHP, with all the tricks and limitations this would involve, or use new features from PHP 4.1.x and newer. So I need you to answer this important poll about which PHP version you're using. Thanks in advance ! michel v @ 23:57:09 331 8 comments , no trackback , 9 pingbacks 17.09.02 Tim Conner just released version 1.3 of BlogApp , a Mac OS X blog client, now with support for the b2 API (note: you need a little tweak in b2 for that, that will be fixed in the next b2 release). I really wish I had a Mac with OS X michel v @ 16:08:21 005 14 comments , no trackback , no pingback "@en ; dc:title "b2 - a classy weblog tool" ; tags:associatedTag tags:b2, tags:comments, tags:michel, tags:wordpress ; rdfs:comment "This is a web page. An introductory or basic text (readable)."@en .  Polybolos - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia :: 457 13 polybolos edit trigger string @prefix annot: <http://www.w3.org/2000/10/annotation-ns#> . @prefix bel: <http://purl.org/net/bel-epa/ont/2007/7/rathaus> . @prefix dbpedia: <http://dbpedia.org/resource/> . @prefix dc: <http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/> . @prefix dcterms: <http://purl.org/dc/terms/> . @prefix foaf: <http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/> . @prefix geo: <http://www.w3.org/2003/01/geo/wgs84_pos#> . @prefix ns1: <http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml/vocab#> . @prefix prism: <http://prismstandard.org/namespaces/1.2/basic#> . @prefix rdf: <http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#> . @prefix rdfs: <http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#> . @prefix tags: <http://www.holygoat.co.uk/owl/redwood/0.1/tags/> . @prefix xml: <http://www.w3.org/XML/1998/namespace> . @prefix xsd: <http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#> . <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polybolos> rdfs:label "Polybolos - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia"@en ; dbpedia:Flesch-Kincaid_Readability_Test 42 ; dbpedia:Gunning-Fog_Index 13 ; dbpedia:Vocabulary 137 ; prism:wordCount 457 ; dc:date "Sat, 14 Nov 2015 17:31:17 GMT"@en ; dc:description """ Polybolos was an ancient Greek repeating ballista reputedly invented by Dionysius of Alexandria, a 3rd-century BC Greek engineer at the Rhodes arsenal, [ 1 ] [ 2 ] and used in antiquity . Philo of Byzantium encountered and described the polybolos, a catapult that like a modern machine gun could fire again and again without a need to reload. [ 3 ] Philo left a detailed description of the gears that powered its chain drive , the oldest known application of such a mechanism, [ 1 ] and that placed bolt after bolt into its firing slot. Mechanism [ edit ] Arsenal of ancient mechanical artillery in the Saalburg , Germany; left: polybolos reconstruction by the German engineer Erwin Schramm (1856-1935) The polybolos would have differed from an ordinary ballista in that it had a wooden magazine over the mensa (the cradle that holds the bolt prior to firing) capable of holding several dozen bolts. The mechanism is unique in that it is driven by a flat-link chain connected to a windlass ; the flat-link chain is an invention more often attributed to Leonardo da Vinci . When loading a new bolt, the windlass is rotated counter-clockwise with the trigger claw raised; this drives the mensa forward towards the bow string, where a metal lug pushes the trigger under the trigger claw, which is closed over the string. Once the string is locked into the trigger mechanism, the windlass is then rotated clockwise, drawing the mensa back, drawing the bow string with it. A round wooden pole in the bottom of the magazine is rotated down toward the mensa as it is drawn to the back of the polybolos, dropping a single bolt into the tray, ready to be fired. As the mensa is twisted farther back, it meets another lug like the one that locked the string into position. This one pushes the trigger and automatically fires the polybolos, and the process is repeated. The repetition provides the weapon's name, in Greek "πολυβόλος", "throwing many missiles", [ 4 ] from "πολύς" ( polys ), "multiple, many" [ 5 ] and -βόλος - -bolos "thrower", in turn from "βάλλω" ( ballo ), "to throw, to hurl", [ 6 ] literally a repeating weapon. Replicas [ edit ] In 2010 a reconstruction was built by the crew of MythBusters , who concluded that it was a possible weapon. However, the machine MythBusters built was prone to breakdowns. [ 7 ] See also [ edit ] References [ edit ] ^ a b Werner Soedel, Vernard Foley (March 1979). "Ancient Catapults" . Scientific American 240 (3): 124-125. ^ Alan Wilkins (2003). Roman Artillery . Osprey Publishing. p. 8. ISBN 978-0-7478-0575-5 . ^ Philo of Byzantium, "Belopoeica", 73.34 ^ πολυβόλος , Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon , on Perseus Digital Library ^ πολύς , Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon , on Perseus Digital Library ^ βάλλω , Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon , on Perseus Digital Library ^ Episode 152: Arrow Machine Gun . mythbustersresults.com, November 3, 2010. External links [ edit ] Media related to Polybolos at Wikimedia Commons """@en ; dc:title "Polybolos - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia" ; tags:associatedTag tags:edit, tags:polybolos, tags:string, tags:trigger ; ns1:license <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Text_of_Creative_Commons_Attribution-ShareAlike_3.0_Unported_License> ; rdfs:comment "This is a web page. A summary (difficult)."@en .  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As a young computer scientist at IBM, Dr. Amdahl, who has a formula named after him, played a crucial role in the development of the System/360 series. Credit Mickey Pfleger Gene Amdahl, a trailblazer in the design of IBM's mainframe computers, which became the central nervous system for businesses large and small throughout the world, died on Tuesday at a nursing home in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 92. His wife, Marian, said the cause was pneumonia. He had been treated for Alzheimer's disease for about five years, she said. Dr. Amdahl rose from South Dakota farm country, where he attended a one-room school without electricity, to become the epitome of a generation of computer pioneers who combined intellectual brilliance, managerial skill and entrepreneurial vigor to fuel the early growth of the industry. As a young computer scientist at International Business Machines Corporation in the early 1960s, he played a crucial role in the development of the System/360 series, the most successful line of mainframe computers in IBM's history. Its architecture influenced computer design for years to come. The 360 series was not one computer but a family of compatible machines. Computers in the series used processors of different speeds and power, yet all understood a common language. This allowed customers to purchase a smaller system knowing they could migrate to a larger, more powerful machine if their needs grew, without reprogramming the application software. IBM's current mainframes can still run some System/360 applications. The system was announced at IBM's annual shareholders meeting on April 7, 1964, in Endicott, N.Y., a village near Binghamton where the company had opened a facility early in the 20th century. At the meeting, Thomas J. Watson Jr., then chairman and chief executive, singled out Dr. Amdahl as the \"father\" of the new computer. \"I remember it very clearly,\" Marian Amdahl said in an interview. \"Gene was so proud of that.\" Michael J. Flynn, a computer scientist at Stanford University and former colleague of Dr. Amdahl's at IBM, said the 360 series \"set the design philosophy for computers for the next 50 years, and to this day it's still out there, which is incredible.\" \"This same instruction set,\" he added, \"is still bringing in billions of dollars for IBM.\" Dr. Amdahl is remembered at IBM as an intellectual leader who could get different strong-minded groups to reach agreement on technical issues. \"By sheer intellectual force, plus some argument and banging on the table, he maintained architectural consistency across six engineering teams,\" said Frederick P. Brooks Jr., a computer scientist who was the project manager of the System/360 and is now at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Photo The System/360 series, the most successful line of mainframe computers in IBM's history. Credit Jim McKnight/Associated Press. Dr. Amdahl's business instincts and ambitions manifested themselves in 1970, when he left IBM to build a company to rival it. At the time, the market for mainframe computers belonged almost exclusively to IBM. With funding from Fujitsu, he formed the Amdahl Corporation, setting up offices in Sunnyvale, Calif. \"We took about three weeks to do an analysis of the formidable task of competing head-on with IBM,\" Dr. Amdahl said in a 2007 interview with Solid-State Circuits Society News. His idea was to build machines compatible with hardware and software for the System/370, the successor to the System/360. He pointedly named it the 470 series, and in 1975 his company shipped the first of the machines. It proved faster and less expensive than IBM's comparable computers. By purchasing an Amdahl computer and so-called plug-compatible peripheral devices from third-party manufacturers, customers could now run System/370 programs without buying IBM hardware. The Amdahl Corporation was not the first to make IBM-compatible computers, but it managed to compete successfully against IBM where large companies like RCA and General Electric had failed. Amdahl also benefited from antitrust settlements between IBM and the Justice Department, which required IBM to make its mainframe software available to competitors. By 1979, the year Dr. Amdahl left the company to start another venture, Amdahl had more than$200 million in annual revenue and 22 percent of the mainframe market.  (Fujitsu bought the remaining interest in Amdahl in 1997 and made it a wholly owned subsidiary. It has since been dissolved as a stand-alone entity.)  Dr. Amdahl also formulated what became known as Amdahl's Law , which is used in parallel computing to predict the theoretical maximum improvement in speed using multiple processors.  Gene Myron Amdahl was born on Nov. 16, 1922, in Flandreau, S.D., to parents of Norwegian and Swedish descent. He grew up on a farm and attended a one-room school through the eighth grade. Rural electrification did not reach his town until he was a freshman in high school.  After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, he tried to join the military, but the Selective Service turned him down, deeming his farming skills more important. \"They'd drafted so many of the youth that there weren't enough people to harvest,\" he told an interviewer in 1989.  Dr. Amdahl finally joined the service, the Navy, in 1944, and taught radar at naval training centers around the country. In 1946 he married Marian Quissell, who grew up on a farm four miles from his.  He received his bachelor's degree in 1948 from South Dakota State University, in Brookings, where his wife worked as a secretary. She had dropped out of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., after her freshman year to go to work to help pay for her husband's education. In 1952 he received his doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  It was in graduate school that his interest in the nascent field of digital computers took root. For his Ph.D. thesis, he drafted a design for what became known as the Wisconsin Integrally Synchronized Computer, or W.I.S.C., an early digital computer.  Dr. Amdahl was recruited by IBM after a branch manager in Madison visited him at the university and offered him a job straight out of graduate school.  After the success of the System/360 project, Dr. Amdahl moved to California in 1964, weary of what he described as \"the time and politicking demands\" at IBM's corporate headquarters in Armonk, N.Y. In California, he managed an IBM engineering laboratory for six years before starting Amdahl in Sunnyvale, in the heart of Silicon Valley.  Dr. Amdahl also encountered both technical and business disappointments. One was Trilogy Systems, which he created after leaving Amdahl in 1979. Trilogy set out to build an integrated chip that would allow mainframe manufacturers to build computers at lower costs. It raised more than \$200 million in public and private financing. Yet the chip development ultimately failed.  In 1987 Dr. Amdahl started the Andor Corporation, hoping to compete in the midsize mainframe market using improved manufacturing techniques. But the company encountered production problems, which, together with strong competition, led it to bankruptcy in 1995.  Besides his wife, Dr. Amdahl is survived by two daughters, Delaine Amdahl and Andrea Amdahl; a son, Carlton, who was vice chairman of Trilogy; a brother, Lowell; and five grandchildren.  Despite his business failures later in life, Mr. Amdahl's reputation for technical brilliance endured. Dag Spicer, senior curator at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., compared him to two of the industry's greatest computer architects.  \"He's always been right up there with Seymour Cray or Steve Wozniak,\" Mr. Spicer said, \"with real cachet in the technical community.\"    A version of this article appears in print on November 13, 2015, on page B15 of the New York edition with the headline: Gene Amdahl, Known at IBM as the Father of the Mainframe, Dies at 92 . Order Reprints |  Today's Paper | Subscribe      "@en ;
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NB: in development, structure and/or content may change without warning; uses RDFLib4.2.2-dev, Pyramid1.5dev & Python3.4.3+