Bookmarks for June 27th from 01:11 to 11:16

by danhon

This is an auto-posted collection of my public links posted to Pinboard.in for June 27th from 01:11 to 11:16:

  • Required reading for VR enthusiasts | Boris Smus – I really rate Boris and love his work. I'd also love to see more non-traditional and diverse references in this reading list. If VR as a technology is to have the opportunity to be "better" and do more for culture and humanity than previous iterations of consumer technology, then it'd be good to have references that aren't the same-old, from the same-old.
  • The Pivot – Charlie’s Diary – "And now we're seeing a rival collusion conspiracy surface. Not all billionaires stand to profit from seeing the remains of British industry sink beneath the waves, and not all of them are in the pocket of the Kremlin's financial backers. There are a bunch of very rich, rather reclusive men (and a handful of women) who probably thought, "well, let's sit back and see where this thing leads, for now" about 18 months ago. And now they can see it leading right over a cliff, and they are unhappy, and they have made their displeasure known on the golf course and in the smoke-filled rooms, and the quiet whispering campaign has finally turned heads at the top of the media empires." – cstross sees the corporations fighting over the United Kingdom.
  • State of the Site: Metafilter financial update and future directions | MetaTalk – "One of the ways the internet has changed around us over the years is the blog-o-sphere of MetaFilter's early years has all but disappeared, and so has the kind of link-sharing culture that went with it. And I think it's really worth looking at both (a) how we can make it easier for folks to share things about MetaFilter that they like and they think people would want to see, and (b) how we can encourage folks to think of that as habit to get into." / via simon willison
  • Google Duplex really works and testing begins this summer – The Verge – "But Duplex can’t handle everything, and so it will be paired with a bank of human operators who can take over a call if it goes sideways. Valerie Nygaard, product manager for Duplex, emphasized that “this is a system with a human fallback.” Those operators serve two purposes: they handle calls that Duplex can’t complete and they also mark up the call transcripts for Google’s AI algorithms to learn from."
  • Non-gravitational acceleration in the trajectory of 1I/2017 U1 (‘Oumuamua) | Nature – "After ruling out solar-radiation pressure, drag- and friction-like forces, interaction with solar wind for a highly magnetized object, and geometric effects originating from ‘Oumuamua potentially being composed of several spatially separated bodies or having a pronounced offset between its photocentre and centre of mass, we find comet-like outgassing to be a physically viable explanation, provided that ‘Oumuamua has thermal properties similar to comets."
  • Two Keyboards at a Bar – Rands in Repose – well done, rands
  • A closer look at Google Duplex | TechCrunch – “While we’re not widely launching this feature yet, we’re sharing more information about this technology to provide transparency and encourage feedback,” the company writes in a blog post today. “It’s important that we get the experience right both for people and for businesses, and we’re taking a slow and measured approach as we incorporate learnings and feedback from our tests.” – can't find the blog post yet, though
  • A legend reborn: Microsoft brings back the iconic mouse, the Classic IntelliMouse – Microsoft Devices BlogMicrosoft Devices Blog – TIL the IntelliMouse is 22(!) years old.
  • How GE Went From American Icon to Astonishing Mess – Bloomberg