Links - Mon, Feb 5, 2018

"Why does Sattolo's algorithm produce a permutation with exactly one cycle?"

"Las Vegas Review-Journal killed story in 1998 about Steve Wynn sex misconduct claims and ordered its author to delete it from the newspaper's system"

"How automated Twitter accounts gamed social media to push #releasethememo, along with help from congressmen, far-right media sites, and other influencers"

journalists love to criticize facebook for encouraging the spread of fake news, but twitter has a misinformation-spread problem too. twitter has a harassment problem. twitter has more problems than facebook. but journalists love twitter. the media uses the same platform that is called the cesspool of the internet and the same platform that hysterical types call a threat to democracy.

nearly every reply listed in that mediagazer thread is a tweet.

C'est la vie.

The Dawn DuPriest post was made at Facebook. Only the Crooked Media post exists on one's own website.

Mediagazer thread posts:

Brian Beutler / Crooked Media: The Nunes Memo and a Saturday Night Massacre In Slow Motion
@apriledwardss: I've been following this objectively as a social scientist. The Bots follow & RT one another - also, the #JoeKennedy response kicked them up the day after rebuttal. How Twitter Bots/Trump Fans Made #/ReleaseTheMemo Go Viral via @politico
Keith Devlin / @profkeithdevlin: This is a must read for anyone who values democracy and does not want USA to be a Russian puppet state. This is cyber warfare, and it is a very powerful and effective way to weaponize people, particularly, but not exclusively, people with low education
Jon Spaihts / @jonspaihts: This is not sci fi. Bot armies on social media are influencing policy right now.
Matt Boegner / @mattboegner: Interesting (and scary) read into how information warfare tactics continue to destabilize & divide the country. Not just an election interference question, nor a left vs right issue. Excellent journalism showing the direct impacts on our political process
Lawrence Hurley / @lawrencehurley: “Russian bots and their American allies gamed social media to put a flawed intelligence document atop the political agenda”
Paul Farhi / @farhip: Important story. In sum: Russia conspired to manipulate the election, then conspired (through #releasethememo) to manipulate public opinion about the investigation of its election manipulation.
Dawn DuPriest: I am interrupting my usual routine of posting clogging and family photos.
@holden: What McKew describes here is what researchers have been seeing in the data for ages now. Trolls, bots, and borgs aren't just putting out fake news — they are framing our national discussion, setting the terms of the debate.
Stephen J. Venuto / @sjvenuto: Russian twitter bots have figured out cheapest advertising in world. I wonder, shouldn't @Twitter be motivated to eliminate and/or charge these bots advertising fees? Why doesn't it stop them? e.g. Twitter Bots and Trump Fans Made #ReleaseTheMemo
Danielle Cave / @daniellescave: The (memo) vote marked the culmination of a targeted, 11-day information operation that was amplified by computational propaganda techniques and aimed to change both public perceptions & the behavior of American lawmakers
Josh Meyer / @joshmeyerdc: “It is critical that we understand how this was done and what it means for the future of American democracy.” — How Twitter Bots and Trump Fans Made #ReleaseTheMemo Go Viral @politico @MollyMcKew @PoliticoMag
Maggie Haberman / @maggienyt: Around the time Meadows and Jordan told Trump about the memo, the Twitter hashtag campaign was born. Great tick tock.
Bob Monek / @newyorkcommuter: As much as I enjoy sharing stories and connecting with people, this whole social media thing needs serious reexamination.

funny. wealthy people who knew what they were doing in the past now want to change what they encouraged people to do.

"Early Facebook and Google Employees Form a Center for Humane Technology"

HN comment:

Cool, I'm in. That said, using a Facebook group as a way to "get involved" is on a whole new level of ironic.

HN comment:

There's something sublimely humorous about the fact that ex-employees from the world's largest ad distributors are working to start an ad campaign.

HN comment:

It's interesting how all of these early employees can now speak out about the ills of their former employers after they have cashed out all of their RSUs and gotten rich...

Their activist website:

Humorous HN comment about people using and not using Facebook.

Don't even have to go far to see that. Open any thread on HN that is about Facebook or has it in the title, and you can already predict half of the comments, with a variation of "I quit facebook N months/years ago, and if you are still using it, you must be a sheep" being in the top 5. As soon as someone reasonably objects to this by saying that facebook is helpful to plan and coordinate events with friends, there will be the token reply saying "if they are real friends, they would reach out to you specifically through other means, no matter how impractical that is." It's as if some people live in this fantasy world where everything is binary.

Anyway, these wealthy tech activists like to play the children card. Who could possibly be against the health and well-being of children? Everyone should see that these wealthy tech people and early investors in Facebook have good hearts because of their care for children.

From the NY Times article:

Mr. Steyer said, “You see a degree of hypocrisy with all these guys in Silicon Valley.”

Mr. McNamee said he had joined the Center for Humane Technology because he was horrified by what he had helped enable as an early Facebook investor.

“This is an opportunity for me to correct a wrong,” Mr. McNamee said.

These people need to be laughed at in mocking fashion.

Maybe they can promote blockchain as a solution.

This initiative seems so hockey that it feels like a spoof or parody.

This part of the team might be a positive.

Aza Raskin
Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer

Aza Raskin helped build the web at Mozilla as head of user experience, was named to Inc and Forbes 30-under-30 and became the Fast Company Master of Design for his work founding Massive Health, a consumer health and big data company. The company was acquired by Jawbone, where he was VP of Innovation. Before that, he founded (acquired by Google), and studied dark matter physics. For Aza, the problem is especially personal: his father, Jef Raskin, created the Macintosh project at Apple with the vision that technology should help, not harm, humans.

And his Dad, Jef Raskin, wrote the fascinating book titled "The Humane Interface."

At least displays content with JavaScript disabled and with Privacy Badger enabled. That's a positive.

What if we designed devices to help us disconnect without missing something important?
What if we designed devices to help us fall asleep on our schedule?
What if we designed devices for quick in-and-out uses, not endless interactions?

Switch from smartphones to flip phones/dumb phones/feature phones. Restrict most personal internet time to devices, such as laptop and desktop computers. Computers that offer less portability may reduce wasted time on the internet.

Home Screens & Browsers
What if we designed home screens to promote off-screen choices, not just on-screen choices?

What's an off-screen choice? Meeting at the coffee shop? Going to the museum? If switching to a dumbphone, the Opera Mini web browser might be available to use. But web surfing is harder on a dumb phone.

For smartphone users who don't want to surrender their smartphones, the key might be NOT using smartphone apps. But on a smartphone, a person can still waste a ton of time on the internet by using the smartphone's web browsers. That's my problem. My number one smartphone app is the Safari web browser. I still spend too much time reading the web on my phone.

Social Media
What if we designed social media to reduce loneliness–and made it easier to coordinate with others?

Don't use social media. Users should publish at their own websites, hosted with their own domain names, and connected through blogrolls, RSS feeds, email, and maybe that launched in 2017. A user, however, can get sucked into using too much on all devices. does not support the Slow Web Movement because makes it easy for content from personal websites to flow into one spot, and makes it easy to follow users and reply to users.

News Feeds
What if we designed news feeds to reward the most in-depth reporting, not most clicks?

Users should choose a feed reader. Many exist. I use to consume RSS and Atom feeds from media orgs and personal website authors. The Old Reader is web-based. Nothing to install on any device. It works well on the phone. It's simple to use.

The Slow Web Movement might include:

Go back to what was somewhat popular between 2000 and 2005. It was a slower way to create, reply to, share, and consume content.

I think the fact that most people used desktop computers and laptops in their spare time to use the internet caused people to spend less time on the internet.

Smartphones made it easier to stay connected to the internet, starting with the Blackberry phone's email popularity among business people in the mid to late aught years. The iPhone took this connectedness into new heights.

And new services encourage people to access the internet more.

media whining, fear-mongering, sensationalism, hysteria, and fake news.

craigslist was accused of stealing the classified ad business from newspapers. now facebook is accused of stealing something.

no. tech people built better mousetraps that users find more useful than whatever is offered by the media industry.

"How Facebook stole the news business"

The opening paragraph may be the most accurate thing posted in that article.

Big news outlets stupidly sold their soul to Facebook. Desperate for the referral traffic Facebook dangled, they spent the past few years jumping through its hoops only to be cut out of the equation. Instead of developing an owned audience of homepage visitors and newsletter subscribers, they let Facebook brainwash readers into thinking it was their source of information.

Yep, yep, yep, and yep. Big and small news orgs will continue to sell their souls to Facebook, Instagram, Google, Snapchat, etc. Any new shiny widget created by tech and offered to the media will be gobbled up by the media.

Proof that 100 percent of the blame falls to the media orgs and not tech companies that offer silo social networking services.

Feb 5, 2018

Apple’s 30% tax on the App Store is increasingly absurd. Richest company in history, and it’s still taking 30% from your friendly neighborhood indie developers.

web design and static site generators discussion about discovery - discovering other users

drudge report homepage at about 4:00 p.m. today.

Computer-driven selling amplifies rout...
Year's gaines wiped out...

an example of how many sports journalists are failed news journalists. sports writers are voyeuristic. they get paid to watch other people play games.

Belichick has helped lead the Patriots to eight Super Bowl appearances and five Super Bowl victories. Many of the games were close. The Patriots under Bill and Brady could easily be 8-0 or 2-6. 5-3 is pretty darn good, considering that neither the Browns nor the Lions have even played in one Super Bowl.