Bookmarks for July 8th from 21:03 to 22:14

by danhon

This is an auto-posted collection of my public links posted to Pinboard.in for July 8th from 21:03 to 22:14:

  • Cage the Mastodon – Official Mastodon Blog – “Before I proceed, I need to delineate that the following design decisions are more about what the software nudges you towards, rather than a tamper-proof barrier against some behaviours, which is not possible.”
  • Polar Fitness suspends its global activity map after privacy concerns – The Verge – “Finnish fitness company Polar has temporarily suspended Explore, its global activity map after a pair of reports from De Correspondent and Bellingcat (via ZDNet) pointed out flaws in the app’s privacy settings that made it easy for someone to locate the location data of users, echoing a similar privacy incident with another fitness app earlier this year.” – WHY DOES THIS KEEP HAPPENING, CRY INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS
  • Nanette: Why Everyone Is Talking About Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix Special | IndieWire – “Gadsby says what most people in Hollywood are afraid to say: Cancel them all. No amount of art is worth even one person’s lifetime of healing from trauma. Movies are more than just entertainment, they are our mirror, the stories we watch are the stories we play out in our own lives. And by excusing one sexual predator, we excuse them all.”
  • Jonathan Cooper on Twitter: “That’s a mega-swing! Sidenote I learned on joining the team: Drake doesn’t ever take bullet damage. The red UI that shows ‘hits’ is to represent his ‘luck’ running out. Eventually enemies will get a clear shot and – “Drake doesn’t ever take bullet damage. The red UI that shows ‘hits’ is to represent his ‘luck’ running out. Eventually enemies will get a clear shot and kill him if he takes enough near-misses.” There’s a lot that is VERY GOOD about Uncharted’s game design. (Amy Hennig also pops up donwhtrwsd to confirm that the “luck” conceptual thinking was baked in from the start, in homage to the films they were referencing)
  • ‘I was shocked it was so easy’: ​meet the professor who says facial recognition ​​can tell if you’re gay | Technology | The Guardian – Kosinski says his critics missed the point. “This is the inherent paradox of warning people against potentially dangerous technology,” he says. “I stumbled upon those results, and I was actually close to putting them in a drawer and not publishing – because I had a very good life without this paper being out. But then a colleague asked me if I would be able to look myself in the mirror if, one day, a company or a government deployed a similar technique to hurt people.” It would, he says, have been “morally wrong” to bury his findings.

    One vocal critic of that defence is the Princeton professor Alexander Todorov, who has conducted some of the most widely cited research into faces and psychology. He argues that Kosinski’s methods are deeply flawed: the patterns picked up by algorithms comparing thousands of photographs may have little to do with facial characteristics. In a mocking critique posted online, Todorov and two AI researchers at Google argued that Kosinski’s algorithm could have been responding to patterns in people’s makeup, beards or glasses, even the angle they held the camera at. Self-posted photos on dating websites, Todorov points out, project a number of non-facial clues.