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讓 Chrome 開新 Tab 時不要出現搜尋頁

Google Chrome 的新 tab 現在預設都會出現 search engine 頁面 (即使你設為 about:blank),但我從來就沒有在這頁搜尋過東西 (都是直接在 location bar 輸入),所以想要拿掉這個「功能」。

找到由 thakis@chromium.org 提供的 extension,而且是在 2013 年就發佈了:「Empty New Tab Page」,他給的截圖意思就很清楚了:

看了一下 source code 也的確是乾乾淨淨的,先裝這個...

加州打算強制規定新房子都要有太陽能...

加州打算直接從法律上規定從 2020 年開始的新房子都要有太陽能:「California set to become first US state requiring solar panels on new homes」。

The state’s Energy Commission is due to vote next week on new energy standards that would require virtually all new homes to be constructed with solar panels from 2020.

如果通過的話,從 20% 直接變成強制性的 100%:

Currently around 20 per cent of single-family homes are constructed with solar capacity built in, but if the new standards are approved as expected this proportion will rise sharply.

下個禮拜回來看看消息好了,這應該是蠻指標性的事情... 無論是在經濟上還是在環保題材上。

新墨西哥州禁止因為學童付不起營養午餐,就要求他們以勞力付出

禁止這類變相的羞辱行為:「New Mexico Outlaws School ‘Lunch Shaming’」。

In some schools, children are forced to clean cafeteria tables in front of their peers to pay the debt. Other schools require cafeteria workers to take a child’s hot food and throw it in the trash if he doesn’t have the money to pay for it.

法案包括了所有有接受補助的學校:

On Thursday, Gov. Susana Martinez signed the Hunger-Free Students’ Bill of Rights, which directs schools to work with parents to pay their debts or sign up for federal meal assistance and puts an end to practices meant to embarrass children. It applies to public, private and religious schools that receive federal subsidies for students’ breakfasts and lunches.

紐約市也將禁止雇主詢問薪資

去年麻州立法禁止雇主詢問前工作的薪資 (參考「麻州立法禁止詢問前一份工作的薪資」),而紐約市也要加入這個行列了:「New York City bans employers from asking potential workers about their past salary」。

New York City joined Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, and Philadelphia in banning employers from asking job applicants about their pay at current or past jobs after the city council passed the measure in a vote on Wednesday.

A Billion Taxi Rides 資料分析系列

Mark Litwintschik 最近在連載 A Billion Taxi Rides 的資料分析系列作品:

同樣的資料 (而且這個資料量夠大,拿來 benchmark 比較有參考價值),用不同的工具分析,對於要挑工具的人可以看一看,另外也因為裡面給了很多 command sample,要自己動手測試也是個很棒的資料...

美國年輕人的理想職業

紐約時報報導 National Society of High School Scholars 問了一萬八千名美國年輕人 (15~29 歲) 理想的職業,也不少出乎意料的結果跑出來:「The New Dream Jobs」。

常見的網路公司在上面,但讓紐約時報感到意外的,FBICIANSA 也在上面:

When the National Society of High School Scholars asked 18,000 Americans, ages 15 to 29, to rank their ideal future employers, the results were curious. To nobody’s surprise, Google, Apple and Facebook appeared high on the list, but so did the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency.

不過應該是不意外?在教育體系被灌輸愛國主義不就很容易就有這樣的結果?

Airbnb 被抓到操作站上資料以美化數據

在「How Airbnb's Data hid the Facts in New York City」這篇文章裡提到了 Airbnb 在去年 (2015 年) 十一月時操作站上資料,美化數據的證據。

Airbnb 在 2015 年 12 月時發表了一篇「Data on the Airbnb Community in NYC」,說明 Airbnb 對紐約地區的貢獻的種種之類的 PR 文章。

Airbnb 的文章裡面提到了資料是取自 2015 年 11 月 17 日的資料:

As of November 17, 2015 there were 35,966 active Airbnb listings in New York.

而作者則發現了 2015 年 11 月 17 日當天,Airbnb 站上的資料被「清理」過:

A major part of Airbnb's recent data release was a snapshot of New York City listings as of November 17, 2015. This report shows that the snapshot was photoshopped: in the days leading up to November 17, Airbnb ensured a flattering picture by carrying out a one-time targeted purge of more than 1,000 listings. The company then presented November 17 as a typical day in the company’s operations and mis-represented the one-time purge as a historical trend.

而且只針對紐約地區清理:

No similar event took place in other cities in North America or elsewhere.

完整的分析在「how_airbnbs_data_hid_the_facts_in_new_york_city.pdf」可以取得 PDF 檔,可以看到裡面同時有兩個不同資料來源的分析並確認 (Murray Cox 與 Tom Slee 所蒐集的資料)。

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