Posts by Stephen Judd

  • Hard News: The fake news problem, in reply to EE,

    The Google algorithm seems to be working perfectly.
    The more the original story is critcised, the more it is linked to, the higher it is ranked
    (probably weighted greater when linked by the Washington Post).
    Google users shouldn't interpret the first result as being the most truthful

    Eh, but why did they implement that algorithm? On the assumption that incoming links were a sign og relevance and quality. And that is the belief that most people have about result ranking, and that belief isn't going to change.

    Using quantitative measures as a proxy for qualitative ones is problematic and we can't get away from this. As we are discovering in so many areas at the moment where machine learning and stats are producing results we find unpleasant or surprising.

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  • Hard News: The fake news problem,

    I know a surprising number of people on Twitter who seem to love RT as a source. I hope they were chastened (but they won't be) when RT tweeted a video of the 2011 quakes, shot in broad daylight, as an image of the Kaikoura quakes on Sunday night.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3117 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Helen,

    One of the things worth pointing to about her legacy is how even from a position of weakness, shame and advocacy can keep the pressure on. Legislation of three decades has crippled the union movement but she was a excellent general marshalling its diminished resources.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Mervyn Peake was raised by missionary parents in China. I can't remember where I read this, but supposedly his grotesque illustrations of people were grounded in his experience of returning to England and seeing all the knobbly, bony, puffy, wibbly faces of English people en masse for the first time.

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  • Speaker: Christchurch: We're not…,

    Couple of thoughts.

    1. While I find much to object to in Minto's politics, I appreciate how he keeps the leftward edge of the Overton window closer to where I want to see it. Yes, he's promising things that are outside a Mayor's power. But he is promulgating the ideas.

    2. The People's Choice have been disciplined in voting en bloc and caucusing and they are half the council. That has to make negotiations simpler and more predictable and council less fractious. They too deserve some kudos here.

    Love the allusion to "Christchurch’s alt-activist network of NGOs and start-ups." Yup. An amazing amount of civic activism stirring here, much of it below the radar.

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  • Hard News: There in half the time:…,

    I've been mulling over what to do when the car finally dies and I think an electric cargo bike might be the perfect answer. I don't want an ebike for commuting, because I need the incidental exercise, but I do want something that makes a big load manageable over distance. Of course Christchurch being largely flat makes a difference too.

    Having said that, lots of e-bike shops nowadays I notice. I hear one of the biggest groups of customers is people who've lost their license and need to get to work.

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  • Hard News: Obscuring the News, in reply to oga,

    Living overseas and consuming news through the respective iPhone apps for Stuff & NZHerald, I frequently wondered whether that was seriously the news for the day,. It's really hard to see new news if you're using the app.

    Suggestion: use a feed reader like Feedly and subscribe to the relevant RSS feeds.

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  • Hard News: Obscuring the News, in reply to st ephen,

    (I do know an artist who thinks that if it's OK to say "Let horse = x", you might just as well say "Let x = +").

    Maybe your artist has been studying the lambda calculus and knows that arithmetic operations are just functions that themselves can be terms...

    [update] Goddamit I just saw Rich beat me to it and won the nerd-off.

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  • Hard News: Obscuring the News,

    Earlier, from James Hawthorne: (in whale oil comments)

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  • Hard News: Obscuring the News, in reply to James Hawthorne,

    Outbrain is actually an Israeli owned company. And oddly enough, a very large amount of the International media are controlled by Israeli businessmen – Howard Marks would be one good example – an Israeli/ American billionaire who controls Media Works via his Oaktree Investment Fund. The agenda is very clear, and global, buy up and control the media and dumb it down. And no doubt make sure the reporting on the illegal wars and genocide in the Middle East is not being covered, not least the ethnic cleansing in Palestine.

    As always, it's the Jews' fault.

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