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Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-04-22

Old Man River – Futility Closet
Because of its importance to the region’s M?ori people, New Zealand’s Whanganui River is legally a person, with rights, duties, and liabilities, including the right to be represented in court proceedings.
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Weekly Web Harvest for 2018-04-15

Citation Hunt Find statements in need of citations on Wikipedia for research assignments Jon Bruner on Twitter: “Here’s a thread: generative artificial intelligence has made breathtaking gains in the last four years. For instance, these are images of imaginary bedrooms and imaginary album covers created by a neural network.… https://t.co/bj Internal Revenue Service Using the latest technologies, the IRS offers multiple avenues for you to get tax information. If you have a smartphone, we have an app! If you like to watch videos from your phone or computer, we have dozens of helpful YouTube videos…and, of course, follow us on Tumblr. James Bridle / Works all kinds of interesting art/tech work Billion-Dollar Blessings — ProPublica At the front lines are the “admissions representatives,” some 300 phone recruiters working two shifts from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., deploying call lists that Liberty gets from websites where people register and search for information about online higher education, like BestCollegesOnline.com. There is such a race to get to customers before University of Phoenix and other rivals that the prospective students sometimes marvel at how little time has elapsed — just a handful of minutes — between their providing their information on a website and the call coming from Liberty. Liberty’s tax filings show that in 2016, the university paid Google $16.8 million for […]

WordPress Dev Environment URL Helper

Tim moves our rampages database to our dev server roughly every month. Our database is big and awkward and uses Multi DB to deal with the scale. Because of the multiple databases some of the typical migration patterns to get the URLs right don’t work. We were suffering through that for a while but I’d find myself ported from the dev environment to the live site at times without realizing that’s what happened. That is not a fun way to live. Because Jeff was working on a really smart way to do this in the database I realized I didn’t know more than I thought I didn’t know. As a result I stumbled upon the ability to filter the site url and home options. That means we can make a tiny little network activated plugin that leaves our database alone and just filters things on the fly with a dab of regex.

Simple is Always Better

One of the hardest things to do as a developer is to resist the urge to add additional complexity where it does not add value to the overall solution. As technologists, we tend to think this stuff is cool, and so sometimes we fall victim to this trap. Let me illustrate with a recent example. […]

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Simple is Always Better

One of the hardest things to do as a developer is to resist the urge to add additional complexity where it does not add value to the overall solution. As technologists, we tend to think this stuff is cool, and so sometimes we fall victim to this trap. Let me illustrate with a recent example. […]

The post Simple is Always Better appeared first on Jeff Everhart.

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