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RT Scott Westerfeld @ScottWesterfeld
Dan Lyke:

RT Scott Westerfeld @ScottWesterfeld:

Pedialyte was designed to hydrate kids with stomach illness, but 55% of its sales are actually to adults with hangovers.

In other words, the same business model as YA literature, but electrolytes instead of feels.




Divvy cost taxpayers $17.48 for every ride
Dan Lyke:

Oak Park IL kills its Divvy bike share program:

Divvy cost taxpayers $17.48 for every ride, Andrews said in a Facebook post. Trustee Andrea Button clarified that Divvy was subsidized by parking fees, not by taxes, but the high cost was hung around the program’s neck: a $35 subsidy for each round-trip bike ride.

Ouch. But/and: if you've got essentially suburbs, everyone has room to park their own bike. Spending the parking fees on other ways to make that district better (including bicycle amenities) seems like a much smarter way to go.




morning's walk included discussion of
Dan Lyke:

This morning's walk included discussion of absurd C++ object solutions for something simple and fast in C. Made me wonder how much code "elegance" comes from the tech Libertarian thing of baroque philosophies with little pragmatic grounding.







Nature Human Behavior: Aggregated knowledge from a small number of debates outperforms the wisdom of large crowds, Joaquin Navajas, Tamara Niella, Gerry Garbulsky, Bahador Bahrami & Mariano Sigman
Dan Lyke:

Nature Human Behavior: Aggregated knowledge from a small number of debates outperforms the wisdom of large crowds, Joaquin Navajas, Tamara Niella, Gerry Garbulsky, Bahador Bahrami & Mariano Sigman

The aggregation of many independent estimates can outperform the most accurate individual judgement. This centenarian finding, popularly known as the 'wisdom of crowds', has been applied to problems ranging from the diagnosis of cancer to financial forecasting. It is widely believed that social influence undermines collective wisdom by reducing the diversity of opinions within the crowd. Here, we show that if a large crowd is structured in small independent groups, deliberation and social influence within groups improve the crowd’s collective accuracy. We asked a live crowd (N = 5,180) to respond to general-knowledge questions (for example, "What is the height of the Eiffel Tower?"). Participants first answered individually, then deliberated and made consensus decisions in groups of five, and finally provided revised individual estimates. We found that averaging consensus decisions was substantially more accurate than aggregating the initial independent opinions. Remarkably, combining as few as four consensus choices outperformed the wisdom of thousands of individuals.




Wild Things: Animals and gender coding on children's clothes
Dan Lyke:

Wild Things: Animals and gender coding on children's clothes:

After one too many polemics on the subject my husband asked if perhaps I was exaggerating. He decided to try and apply some numbers to my rants so he put together a nifty little webscraping tool that looked at twelve major high street chains, pulled out every item of clothing with an animal on it, and made a big list of animals divided by gender and in order of popularity.





Dan Lyke:

(image) Google knows...




Journal of Monetary Economics
Dan Lyke:

Researchers find that one person likely drove Bitcoin from $150 to $1,000.

Researchers Neil Gandal, JT Hamrick, Tyler Moore, and Tali Oberman have written a fascinating paper on Bitcoin price manipulation. Entitled “Price Manipulation in the Bitcoin Ecosystem” and appearing in the recent issue of the Journal of Monetary Economics the paper describes to what degree the Bitcoin ecosystem is controlled by bad actors.





Dan Lyke:

(image) The guys with the Sonic logo on the truck say they're not supposed to talk about the implications of them doing pole work in my neighborhood, but I have a few guesses. #fiber #giddy




Shout out to Michael
Dan Lyke:

Shout out to Michael, who was camped in the First Baptist Church of Vallejo alcove last night, came out to check on me when we were dealing with the truck issues, and said "hi" this morning.





Dan Lyke:

(image) Love me some working waterfront





Dan Lyke:

(image) Riding the ferry up to Vallejo to get my truck. The bay is foggy and grey, but the chart of current location is pretty cool.




Waiting fora tow truck on a street with
Dan Lyke:

Waiting fora tow truck on a street with a cardboard box shelter on one side and a recent model Mercedes on the other. I have been propositioned in this neighborhood before, but nobody has made eye contact tonight.




What the hell usaa Downtown Vallejo
Dan Lyke:

What the hell @usaa? Downtown Vallejo is a "secure location" and you won't provide roadside assistance?




In honor of Martin Luther King day
Dan Lyke:

In honor of Martin Luther King day: Have you done something recently that's resulted in the FBI trying to blackmail you into suicide? If not, why not?