Weekend Reading CLXXXVIII

by uber

This is my last Weekend Reading posted from Ireland. I move to California on the morrow. Slán go fóill.


It’s usually difficult for people to agree on a crowd’s size. Here’s why.

Crowd Counting seems to be one of those problems that should be simple enough, but in practice seem not to be.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/01/22/its-usually-difficult-for-people-to-agree-on-a-crowds-size-heres-why/


What Happens When You Mix Java with a 1960 IBM Mainframe

I understand that there are ancient mainframes in banks, insurers, and airlines, as well as government. I imagine it is because they 1. cover far reaching events, 2. have massive risk of interruption or failure. There is also little reward promised for the new system. The massive level of failure of IT projects must also make people carefully wary of re-engineering something that works.

http://thenewstack.io/happens-use-java-1960-ibm-mainframe/


Tokyo’s Flood Measures

I especially like the part where the representative encourages them to please film quickly because there is rain falling and they are at the bottom of a 70m x 30m container.


Social Media and Fake News in the 2016 Election

http://web.stanford.edu/~gentzkow/research/fakenews.pdf