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Here is the latest in my #WTFeconomy  series of posts on Medium. (Earlier posts include The WTF Economy (https://medium.com/the-wtf-economy/the-wtf-economy-a3bd5f52ef00) and Networks and the Nature of the Firm (https://medium.com/the-wtf-economy/networks-and-the-nature-of-the-firm-28790b6afdcc). Still to come: These Are The Days of Miracles and Wonders, The Augmented Worker, and more.) These articles are exploring technology and the future of work, and are leading up to an event in November called the Next:Economy Summit (http://conferences.oreilly.com/next-economy)
Critics of the on-demand economy fail to understand that virtually all low-wage work in America is “on demand”, and on f…
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+Georgia Bosse I thought this was an interesting read.
 
This is a really important piece about open data and platforms.
It’s been five years since Tim O’Reilly published his screed on Government as Platform. In that time, we’ve seen “civic …
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Greg, We have been trying to do much of this with our data for purposes of sharing with other agencies and the public.  It is amazing how many obstacles we encounter including differences is the needed precision of the data and need to redact privacy act data from the public web as well as protecting that data from incursions through the firewall.
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Why Common Core is Like Healthcare.gov

Draw a bold line between this piece on the failure of the Common Core initiative to improve math education and the failure of healthcare.gov (even though the Common Core has nothing to do with IT): "The inadequate implementation can make math reforms seem like the most absurd form of policy change."

This is the sermon that +Mike Bracken and +Jennifer Pahlka have been preaching.  As Mike puts it, "We don't have a policy crisis. We have a delivery crisis!"  We endlessly promote new policies that are supposed to fix everything, but pay little attention to what it will take to actually implement them.

In an In an interview with Charlie Rose, Steven Brill said something similar about the failure of healthcare.gov in the disconnect between policy and implementation: “The way they managed this program, it was almost as if they thought that actual governing, the nuts and bolts of governing, is for peons. And they are policy people.” (See http://linkd.in/1o0RSOj)

In this particular case, there is little or no teacher training, no supervision: 

"The trouble always starts when teachers are told to put innovative ideas into practice without much guidance on how to do it. In the hands of unprepared teachers, the reforms turn to nonsense, perplexing students more than helping them...."

"With the Common Core, teachers are once more being asked to unlearn an old approach and learn an entirely new one, essentially on their own. Training is still weak and infrequent, and principals — who are no more skilled at math than their teachers — remain unprepared to offer support. Textbooks, once again, have received only surface adjustments, despite the shiny Common Core labels that decorate their covers."

By contrast, Japan took not just the ideas of how to teach math better, but also put those ideas carefully and thoroughly into practice.  

"In Japan, teachers had always depended on jugyokenkyu, which translates literally as “lesson study,” a set of practices that Japanese teachers use to hone their craft. A teacher first plans lessons, then teaches in front of an audience of students and other teachers along with at least one university observer. Then the observers talk with the teacher about what has just taken place. Each public lesson poses a hypothesis, a new idea about how to help children learn. And each discussion offers a chance to determine whether it worked. Without jugyokenkyu, it was no wonder the American teachers’ work fell short of the model set by their best thinkers. Without jugyokenyku, Takahashi never would have learned to teach at all. Neither, certainly, would the rest of Japan’s teachers."

This is a must-read piece if you care about education, or even just, if like many parents, you are struggling to help your own children make up for the terrible math education they are getting in school.
The Common Core should finally improve math education. The problem is that no one has taught the teachers how to teach it.
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Apples to oranges comparining US attitudes on implementing standards to Japanese attitudes. I also reject that common core has failed to offer training. It has been offered, but districts and school administrations are ultimately responsible for making sure teachers are up to national standards. Changing this would be a basic change to federalism, not just a law about school performance.
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Nice to have another perspective. Kurdistan needs a lot more press and publicity.
 
Kurdish vs Palestinian Strategies for Independence

This article makes a really good point, contrasting the Kurds with the Palestinians:

"This is what Barham Salih, the former prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, told me years ago: “Compare us to other liberation movements around the world. We are very mature. We don’t engage in terror. We don’t condone extremist nationalist notions that can only burden our people. Please compare what we have achieved in the Kurdistan national-authority areas to the Palestinian national authority. … We have spent the last 10 years building a secular, democratic society, a civil society.” What, he asked, have the Palestinians built?"
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No surprises here.
 
Amazon's War on Publishers

While I love Amazon, I've always been wary about how they would act when they achieved sufficient market dominance.  Well, now we know.

P.S. I find it more than a little sad to see the Author's Guild only now crying foul, since their lawsuit against Google over Book Search effectively drove Google from the market and eliminated one possible source of competition for Amazon. 
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Unfortunately, this mostly hurts consumers, not publishers.
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Some folks I know work for Google, though none in Google play that I know of. I have had some of these same frustrations with Google play.
 
+Google Play would benefit greatly from a feedback button, but seems to be one of the few Google products without one.

Notably in this instance, it appears that sharing an app on the Google play web interface to Google+ does not actually share a link to to said app.

To be clear, with any other Google product I would have searched for a contact under layers of help, or shared privately on g+ or posted to the help forums. I am generally a huge fan and sometimes staunch advocate of all things Google, and, though I have had my frustrations, have for the most part aired them quietly and patiently, and been rewarded by what is overwhelmingly the best set of products of its kind. Play, by contrast, seems to be the antithisis of all other things Google at every point, from failing at the start to provide basic access to a full list of programs downloaded (despite the existance of the Chrome store before android market) to a continued inability to delete those programs downloaded once, for free, four years ago, tried twice, then permanantly deleted from my device, from the nearly public online record, or those programs recorded as "downloaded" because a phone with so much bloatware it had to be traded back happened to have that program. Notably, in other media such as books and movies, where people might have whole libraries worth of user data to share with Google, there is no instrument to record any media not purchased through Google.

For a company built on beautiful data organization under a simple and intuitive interface, the base of Play is all flare with disturbingly crippled function. It has, over the years (and I mean years, if you look at the comment boards) become usable (partly by absorbing the books and music teams), but still riddled with embarrassing oversights that would be fine in a beta, but should have long since been ironed out in a division of Google with such a direct profit model.

It would be silly of me to pretend that I won't use play until they fix these issues, and I would even say that, as irritating as they may be, play HAS come a long way, but it has been a frustrating journey, and one that seems to have been much smoother for other parts of Google.

#rant #googleplay
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Although the history of the castle in this 18th century book is a little confused, it's actually a 12th century castle built inside the ruins of a Roman fort.

I bought the scan from someone on ebay (actually a CD with all the plates in the book) but they are lower resolution than I like, unfortunately. Even for a fairly crude woodcut I normally want at least 800dpi.
DESCRIPTION of PORTCHESTER-CASTLE, in Hampshire. This Castle which is about five miles from Portsmouth, takes its appellation from a village so called in which it is situate, formerly a confiderable town called Caer-Peris. According to Stowe, it was built 375 years before Christ; but this is not ...
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A rather horrible piece, but once you ignore the blatant political posturing, it has some good information.
 
Good read
"Unless a waiter can be a gentleman, democracy is a failure. If any form of service is menial, democracy is a failure. Those Americans who dislike self-respect in servants are undesirable citizens; they belong in an aristocracy."
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Interesting that neither MA or NY are on the list of "minimum wage is the same for all people" states.
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I don't follow Wil, but this is just plain crazy
 
Are you fucking kidding me? The IeSF, or International e-Sports Federation, is a global organisation based in South Korea that is comprised of e-sports associations from across the world. Their stated aim is to promote e-sports as a “true sport”. The…
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I'm having some trouble with MMS on my Samsung i777 running 10.2.20140316 nightly build.  I can't send or receive MMS.  Sending seems to just hang with a sending status, while receiving seems to indicate that an MMS is coming through, but it never gets downloaded.  I've tried checking the APN settings (not sure what I'm looking for, except that they're not blank), renaming telephony.db (presumably to trigger a regen/re-download), and installing the 8sms app; so far, nothing has helped.  Thoughts?
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I don't think it's enabled.  If I look in  /data/user/0/org.whispersystems.whisperpush/ I only see a cache folder and a 0 Byte file called lib.  Without the info in that file, I can't very well finish the instructions.  Did this get enabled without actually opting in?  Surely this URL from a month ago doesn't still describe the state of the art?  http://forum.cyanogenmod.com/topic/87482-critical-flaw-in-whisperpush/
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