Warriors: Five Pints 14 2

Technology

The New Scientist tells us about research into Social Networks which knows when censors delete online posts:

The system was able to spot, with 85 per cent accuracy, when censorship was taking place on a wide scale. Upon detecting the resulting change in network shape, the system could be programmed to send an alert to activists or protesters, say, to warn them that the authorities were tampering with their posts.

More of this sort of thing.


People

Christine Buckley, one of the first willing to speak out about institutional abuse in Ireland recently died.

As a teenager, she tried to smuggle a letter to newspapers exposing cruelty at the orphanage but she was found out.

Her punishment was a beating by a "sadistic" nun that left her needing 100 stitches in her leg.

Vale Christine Buckley, a great woman of Ireland.


The Media

In light of more recent stories, easily broken using data alone about Australia’s shameful concentration camp on Manus Island in PNG, Andrew Elder’s piece from January on the lack of journalistic initiative on Nauru is particularly damning:

Australia detained thousands of asylum-seekers on Nauru from 2001 to 2008, and again since 2012. It had been an Australian dependency for decades: politically that ended in 1968 but economically it has never not been the case. The country has a matrilineal social system. The most popular sport on the island is Australian Rules football. Why there wasn’t at least one, just one Australian reporter, stationed there during that time, is an indictment of the initiative of Australia’s media.


Football

I loved this intriguing dissection of Steven Gerrard by Ken Earlys :

Some of those Manchester United players were better than Gerrard in some aspects…None could match Gerrard’s all-around ability, his combination of skill, athleticism, and big-game impact. Scoring goals is the most difficult thing in football. Gerrard has scored 183 for club and country, more than Giggs (181), Scholes (169) or Beckham (146).

He’s the only player to score in the final of the FA Cup, League Cup, Uefa Cup, and Champions League. He’s collected more individual Player of the Year awards than all of the Class of ’92 put together.

I’m unapologetically a Liverpool and Steven Gerrard fan, but I’d trade all those successes of his in just to see a League winners medal around his neck.

It’s time.


Entertainment

Recently the Ad hoc podcast geeked out on Blade Runner.

Yes, my first time was pan and scan on VHS too.

Highly recommended for some excellent insights, not just on the movie, but on Ridley Scott’s creative process and the technology of the time.

Which mistake did you made today?

Today I made mistakes, we all make mistakes. Not every day, but then as the song goes, some days are better than others.

Sometimes mistakes are good. The best mistakes are the ones where I quickly understood and corrected the problem. The ones where held my hand up and admitted that I messed up and asked the right questions to make sure the problem got fixed. Quickly.

Except in the worst of circumstances, people understand and I have hopefully learned from the experience.

The worst mistakes are where I stick to my guns, bury my head in the sand and hope the problem goes away. The situation where someone has constant and continuing problems, and any reputation that I might be capable goes down the drain.

Somewhere in the middle are the deliberate mistakes. Those made to either test responses or used to distract from something unpalatable. If I made them and was found out, I expect that not only does perception of my capability get thrown out the window, trust is frogmarched out of town as well.

One of the major political parties in Australia, and almost certainly our next government, has made a mistake regarding their policy about filtering the internet. I think we can agree that while the mistake was pretty serious, it wasn’t life threatening – despite some of the online reaction (the overwhelming majority of the country probably think a filter is for their pool or air-conditioner). And the person ultimately responsible for the policy, responded within hours to correct the record and we moved on.

Or have we. One thing I’ve noted from the ongoing online responses is the lack of trust in the response – which admittedly was probably already quite low from many of those responding – a feeling that the clarification wasn’t anything more than a fearful backdown.

Today the same political party released the costings of their announced policies. With the election in two days it should be certain that this long anticipated event would garner most if not all of the headlines less than 48 hours out from the polls opening. Releasing a mistaken policy, while not entirely masking some of the massive numbers in those costs, is bound to have some form of distraction.

Gotcha moments are more likely to make headlines, or at worst get you a story at The Onion, dry figures and policies instead tend to exist down the page.

Which mistake do we think the Liberal Party of Australia made today? Are they spinning a distraction or was it an honest mistake?

Link

The impulses to get rid of images of abuse, and shield children from pornography, are not bad ones. But to imagine that this can be done solely by algorithms creating filters, blacklists and blocking, rather than solid support for police work on abuse images, and proper, engaged debate on the moral and ethical issues of what we and our children can and cannot view online, really is like imagining one can command the tides.

via David Cameron’s King Canute moment – Index on Censorship | Index on Censorship.

Link

While clutter has been shown to negatively effect your performance, it is your perception of clutter that matters, not someone else’s.

If having a notebook, pen, or a photo of your significant other on your desk, doesn’t feel like clutter to you, then it’s not.

You should seek to create spaces that make you feel at ease.

Put this interesting article on clutter alongside a recent post on procrastination, and I’m starting to see some patterns in my own behaviour.

I should use Freecycle more.

Link

Campaigns designed to raise awareness are as much about advertising the status of the campaigners as they are about changing the outlook of a target audience.

So says Frank Furedi as he raises awareness from his well promoted pulpit about those professional awareness raisers.

Aside from the obvious irony of writing about the topic, it is a well argued story which I’m happy I’ve been made aware of.

I’m off to check which colour ribbon I should be wearing today.

Link

Special Minister of State Mark Dreyfus says the bill will be withdrawn altogether if the Coalition does not support it.

"The whole basis for this particular package was the clear commitments that have been received from the Coalition," he said.

"If those commitments aren’t there anymore, we won’t be proceeding with this bill."

Mark Dreyfus learns there’s nothing like inheriting and having to implement someone else’s ideas. Especially if you end up having to defend them.

via ABC news

Link

I thought this was an interesting piece on justice in the context of the recent case in Steubenville. Especially this passage:

We cannot believe our justice system is fucked up and that crime has environmental causes and then suddenly become throw-the-book-at-’em Personal Responsibility chanting right-wingers if the crime they committed is especially offensive to us.