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‘This Is What Happens When Analytics Make Decisions for You.’

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Andy Beaumont, regarding his Tab Closed; Didn’t Read website:

What we’re witnessing here is the first wave of the second world pop-up war. Those of us who lived through the first one can only describe the horrors to our disbelieving children. This time though, the pop-ups are winning because we don’t yet have the tools to fight back. The web has seemingly evolved into something that actively antagonises people — why would anyone in their right mind hide the content that visitors are there to see?

In short, maybe they’re not in their right mind. This is what happens when analytics make decisions for you.

Whole piece is simply brilliant.

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3849 days ago
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Open Letter

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Are you ok?  Do you need help?
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josephwebster
3905 days ago
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Finally some rational political discourse.
Denver, CO, USA
Demagog
3908 days ago
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Well, but where is MiB and Greys and a lot of other secret rulers of the (not-so-good-site) of the Atlantic Ocean
beerland
3908 days ago
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YES.
Kensington, California
mrobold
3908 days ago
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Also, please make more bacon.
Orange County, California
herrmann
3908 days ago
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Forgot to mention the Majestic 12...
Brazil
sjk
3909 days ago
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Maybe all the organizations the control the US government are too busy arguing with the other members of the cabal to get organized?
Florida
MEVincent
3909 days ago
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If only this were true...
Manassas, Virginia
joshpennington
3909 days ago
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Yes. Please.
Saint Joseph, MI
bobfa
3909 days ago
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PLEASE!!!!
hannahdraper
3909 days ago
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Yep.
Washington, DC
MourningDragon
3909 days ago
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Full Frontal Truth...
yashimii
3909 days ago
Lols. If it wasn't so sad.
JayM
3909 days ago
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Ha! Definitely!
Atlanta, GA
ToToR65
3909 days ago
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Grève forcée des fonctionnaires US (pas en France que ça arriverait ><)
ashtonbt1
3909 days ago
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Word. This is amazing.
MaryEllenCG
3909 days ago
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Seriously, now.
Greater Bostonia
bronzehedwick
3909 days ago
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Alt text: "Are you ok? Do you need help?"
Tarrytown, NY

Free Works

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Marco Arment:

And we lucked out with Reader — imagine how much worse it would be if website owners weren’t publishing open RSS feeds for anyone to fetch and process, but were instead posting each item to a proprietary Google API. We’d have almost no chance of building a successful alternative.

That’s Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. (Does the shutdown make more sense now?)

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4106 days ago
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bobfa
4111 days ago
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So true

How Oreo's rapid-response team lit up Twitter with a Super Bowl blackout ad

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Oreo ad

The Super Bowl, America's annual celebration of the gridiron game, tends to be the most expensive day on any advertiser's calendar. Or maybe not. Oreo Cookies took a novel approach to its marketing during the big game last night by keeping its advertising team in the office, ready to respond to any unusual events during the match. Such an opportunity arose when the power inside New Orleans' Superdome went out, and the marketing minds quickly set to work on producing a poster ad for their product that played off that anomalous incident. After only a brief time, Oreo's Twitter account was up and tweeting the "You can still dunk in the dark" image, which resonated with Twitter users and has so far resulted in more than 14,000 retweets.

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tar

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I don't know what's worse--the fact that after 15 years of using tar I still can't keep the flags straight, or that after 15 years of technological advancement I'm still mucking with tar flags that were 15 years old when I started.
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aamermoquim
4156 days ago
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faced this yesterday.
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samuel
4154 days ago
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I learned the handy tar cvf to make tarballs.
Cambridge, Massachusetts
brico
4156 days ago
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Lolololo
Brooklyn, NY
adamgurri
4157 days ago
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Unix jokes lulz
New York, NY
greggrossmeier
4157 days ago
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I hate to admit it, but I exemplified this just today.
Ojai, CA, US
4144 days ago
It is muscle memory, the only part I remember is e(x)tract and (c)reate. And when I create, I always list the order of tarball and files incorrectly. ^_^
sredfern
4157 days ago
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tar xfvz file
Sydney Australia
michaelglass
4157 days ago
HONESTLY!
euser
4157 days ago
Be careful, older versions of tar expect the 'f' to be in front of the file argument, so better make it -xzvf
skorgu
4157 days ago
'tar t' would be even safer.
aripollak
4156 days ago
No need to specify z, it will automatically detect the compression.
euser
4151 days ago
That's a very late GNU feature @aripollak, so don't rely on it when they say "Unix" here (and GNU's Not Unix) ;)