Silicon Valley Is a Big Fat Lie | GQ

Silicon Valley Is a Big Fat Lie; Sam Biddle; In GQ (Gentleman’s Quarterly); 2015-06.
Teaser: We’re forever thankful to Silicon Valley for giving us the iPhone, omnipotent search engines, and swipe-simple hookups. But now that America’s most vaunted industry has also become its most self-satisfied, Silicon Valley is veering toward fall-of-Rome territory. Which is why it needs to blow up these seven myths about itself before it’s too late

tl;dr → gee whiz! But it’s not so great really. BTW they are all socially inept.


His point, and he does have one.

  • He don’t like it,
  • He wants to see some more contrite.
  • Something about not enough women.
  • Coding is bad m’kay?


  • John or Jane Doe, an employee, Greylock Partners.

Listicle (of Myths)

  1. Myth #1: Silicon Valley Is the Universe’s Only True Meritocracy
  2. Myth #2: Silicon Valley Is Bringing Us Closer Together
  3. Myth #3: Younger Is Smarter, Safer, and Inarguably Better
  4. Myth #4: School Is for Suckers, Just Drop Out
  5. Myth #5: Coding Is the Key to the Kingdom
  6. Myth #6: San Francisco Is the (Moral, Cultural, Financial) Center of the Universe

Buzz Compliance

  • bourgeois white kid
  • boys’-club bullshit (without irony … this was opined in a magazine entitled Gentelman’s Quarterly)
  • CEOs
  • coder
  • compassionate entrepreneur
  • data mining
  • disruption
  • dorm (room)
  • drop out (of college)
  • fetishize (skills of a coder)
  • free-market paradise
  • GPS (beacon)
  • hubris
  • incubator
  • learn to code
  • meritocracy
  • start-up
  • swipe (left)
  • targeted ads
  • thought sherpas
  • worldview

Dropped Names

  • Sam Altman
  • Marc Andreesen
  • Apple
  • Bay Area
  • Box
  • Richard Branson
  • Canvas
  • Clinkle
  • Lucas Duplan (who? Clinkle)
  • Lyft
  • Facebook
  • Fitbit
  • Bill Gates
  • Google
  • Paul Graham
  • GrubHub
  • Henry Higgins
  • iPhone
  • JavaScript
  • Steve Jobs
  • Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • LinkedIn
  • Ellen Pao
  • PayPal
  • Rap Genius
  • San Francisco
  • Seamless
  • Silicon Valley
  • Snapchat
  • Stanford
  • TaskRabbit
  • Peter Thiel
  • Thiel Fellowship
  • Tumblr
  • Twitter
  • Uber
  • Y Combinator
  • Yo
  • Mark Zuckerberg

ECMA-262 – ECMAScript 2015 Language Specification, 6th Edition

ECMA-262ECMAScript 2015 Language Specification, 6th Edition; 2015-06; pdf, html.


Section 1. Scope
Section 2. Conformance
Section 3. Normative references
Section 4. Overview
Section 5. Notational Conventions
Section 6. ECMAScript Data Types and Values
Section 7. Abstract Operations
Section 8. Executable Code and Execution Contexts
Section 9. Ordinary and Exotic Objects Behaviours
Section 10. ECMAScript Language: Source Code
Section 11. ECMAScript Language: Lexical Grammar
Section 12. ECMAScript Language: Expressions
Section 13. ECMAScript Language: Statements and Declarations
Section 14. ECMAScript Language: Functions and Classes
Section 15. ECMAScript Language: Scripts and Modules
Section 16. Error Handling and Language Extensions
Section 17.  ECMAScript Standard Built-in Objects
Section 18. The Global Object
Section 19. Fundamental Objects
Section 20. Numbers and Dates
Section 21. Text Processing
Section 22. Indexed Collections
Section 23. Keyed Collection
Section 24. Structured Data
Section 25. Control Abstraction Objects
Section 26. Reflection
Annex A. (informative) Grammar Summary
Annex B. (normative) Additional ECMAScript Features for Web Browsers
Annex C (informative) The Strict Mode of ECMAScript
Annex D (informative) Corrections and Clarifications in ECMAScript 2015 with Possible Compatibility Impact
Annex E (informative) Additions and Changes That Introduce Incompatibilities with Prior Editions

Computer-based personality judgments are more accurate than those made by humans | Youyou, Kosinski, Stillwell

Wu Youyou, Michal Kosinski, David Stillwell; Computer-based personality judgments are more accurate than those made by humans; In Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS); Volume 112, Number 4; 2015-01-27; landing.

tl;dr →Effect is r=0.56 vs r=0.49, N=86,200 self-selected volunteers.


Judging others’ personalities is an essential skill in successful social living, as personality is a key driver behind people’s interactions, behaviors, and emotions. Although accurate personality judgments stem from social-cognitive skills, developments in machine learning show that computer models can also make valid judgments. This study compares the accuracy of human and computer-based personality judgments, using a sample of 86,220 volunteers who completed a 100-item personality questionnaire. We show that (i) computer predictions based on a generic digital footprint (Facebook Likes) are more accurate (r = 0.56) than those made by the participants’ Facebook friends using a personality questionnaire (r = 0.49); (ii) computer models show higher interjudge agreement; and (iii) computer personality judgments have higher external validity when predicting life outcomes such as substance use, political attitudes, and physical health; for some outcomes, they even outperform the self-rated personality scores. Computers outpacing humans in personality judgment presents significant opportunities and challenges in the areas of psychological assessment, marketing, and privacy.


New Stanford research finds computers are better judges of personality than friends and family; Clifton B. Parker; In Stanford News; 2015-01-12.
Teaser: Stanford researchers have found that computers can judge personality traits more accurately than one’s friends and colleagues. In fact, artificial intelligence can draw inferences about a person as accurately as a spouse, according to Stanford postdoctoral fellow Michal Kosinski.

Directing Traffic: Waze Adds Travel History To Sharpen Audience Segments | GeoMarketing

Directing Traffic: Waze Adds Travel History To Sharpen Audience Segments; ; In GeoMarketing; 2015-06-11.


  • Jordan Grossman, “head” of U.S. sales., Waze of Google.
  • Creatives
    • Branded Pins and Takeovers
      Roadside ads delivered to moving vehicles.
    • Branded Pins, The Pins
    • Start Screen Arrow, an extension of Branded Pins
  • Categories
    • Quick Serve Restaurants (QSR), i.e. fast food.
    • Fuel
  • Something about The Toothbrush Test
    has something to do with a metaphor of regularity & hygiene as a value delivery.
    <quote>It’s essentially the same reach and frequency of being able to put an ad on someone’s mirror when they’re brushing their teeth every morning and every evening.</quote>

Steve Thomas, a hacker, dumps scrape to make huge grey marketing database | The Register

Hacker dumps scrape to make huge grey marketing database; Darren Pauli; In The Register; 2015-05-20.

tl;dr → it’s an ad for recon-ng


  • Steve Thomas
    • founder, PwnedList
    • CEO, SalesMaple
  • Description
    • Price
      • free?
    • Records
      • PGP Keys
      • SSL Certificates
    • Size
      • 30 million records
      • maybe 100 million records
      • who knows?
    • Origin
      (scrapeing of)

  • Potential Customers
    • Dunn & Bradstreet
    • Hoovers
    • Salesforce
  • recon-ng
    • RESTful API
    • Like Metasploit Framework, but different, and totally non-rival.
    • Python
    • modules

The publishers that take soft approach to fighting ad blockers | Digiday

The publishers that take soft approach to fighting ad blockers; Ricardo Bilton; In Digiday; 2015-06-19.



  • Hayley Nelson, director, product management, Wired.
  • Alex Jakovleski, “head” of ad operations, Imgur


On background, for color & verisimilitude…

  • Jason Klint, CEO, Digital Content Next

The Listicle

  • Wired
  • Reddit
  • Imgur


Want to fight hard.

    • Sourcepoint
      • Ben Barokas, CEO, Sourcepoint, ex-Admeld (Google).
    • Pagefair
      • Sean Blanchard, CEO, Pagefair.


Gimbal And PlaceWise Partner To Bring Beacons To Shopping Malls | GeoMarketing

Gimbal And PlaceWise Partner To Bring Beacons To Shopping Malls;


  • Gimbal, Inc.
    defined as: a proximity-based mobile advertiser
    was: Qualcomm Retail Solutions (QRS).
  • PlaceWise Media
    defined as: a service provider to the shopping mall industry.
  • Who
    • Kevin Hunter, COO, Gimbal.
    • Mort Aaronson, CEO, PlaceWise.



Adblock Plus Rolls Out Mass Deployment For IT Administrators | TechWeek Europe

Adblock Plus Rolls Out Mass Deployment For IT Administrators; ; In TechWeek Europe; 2015-06-17.

Original Sources

Major Adblock Plus update for Chrome includes feature for mass installation on big networks; Ben Williams (Adblock Plus); In Their Blog; 2015-06-16.


  • Large Scale Deployment (LSD), a feature name
  • Future tense … “are working on”
  • Adblock Plus v1.9
  • Adblock Plus for administrators
  • Concept
    • Suppress the “first run” page of Adblock Plus.
    • Field updates (just like before).
    • Subscription lists (just like before).
  • Availability
    • Google Chrome → yes (now? maybe “sooner”).
    • Mozilla Firefox → no (“coming soon”).


Adblock Plus is listed at v1.9 in the Google Chrome Store.


Yet Adblock Plus is listed at v2.6.9.1-signed at Mozilla Addons.