ESPN Loses Another 555,000 Subscribers Per Nielsen
ESPN lost another 555,000 subscribers per Nielsen estimates, following up its worst month ever with its second worst month ever.
Jordan is spectacular, safe and friendly – so where are the tourists?
With tourism to the Middle East in decline, visiting Jordan’s mesmerising sights is now a solitary experience. But the silence and emptiness only add to their allure
A Simple Explanation of How Shares Move Around the Securities Settlement System
I explained here how money moves around the banking system and how the Bitcoin system causes us to revisit our assumptions about what a payment system must look like. In this post, I turn my attent…
What if jobs are not the solution but the problem? – James Livingston | Aeon Essays
Economists believe in full employment. Americans think that work builds character. But what if jobs aren’t working anymore?
"So the impending end of work raises the most fundamental questions about what it means to be human. To begin with, what purposes could we choose if the job – economic necessity – didn’t consume most of our waking hours and creative energies? What evident yet unknown possibilities would then appear? How would human nature itself change as the ancient, aristocratic privilege of leisure becomes the birthright of human beings as such?"Posted on 2016-11-27T05:15:22+0000
Elephants are now being born without tusks because of poaching
An increasing number of African elephants are now born tuskless because poachers have consistently targetted animals with the best ivory over decades, fundamentally altering the gene pool. In some areas 98 per cent of female elephants now have no tusks, researchers have said, compared to between two...
Heroin Addiction's Fraught History
The United States has long condemned opiates and stigmatized those who use them, even when the drugs were as legal—and popular—as Tylenol.
"Bayer advertised liquid heroin as the best cure for your child’s bronchitis. At a time when tuberculosis was responsible for 1 in 4 of all deaths , heroin was said to ensure an immaculate bill of respiratory health. Meanwhile its relatives—morphine, codeine, and the rest—were among the primary “treatments” for several conspicuously incompatible ailments: diarrhea, insomnia, psychosis, pneumonia, alcoholism. "Posted on 2016-11-20T18:08:50+0000
Who Will Command The Robot Armies?
When John Allsopp invited me here, I told him how excited I was discuss a topic that's been heavy on my mind: accountability in automated systems.
Is Physical Law an Alien Intelligence? - Issue 42: Fakes - Nautilus
Perhaps Arthur C. Clarke was being uncharacteristically unambitious. He once pointed out that any sufficiently advanced technology…
I had a health crisis in France. I’m here to tell you that ‘socialized medicine’ is terrific
On Sunday, March 29, 2015, two days after my 54 th birthday, I came very close to dying. I was sitting in an armchair in my Paris apartment, reading a newspaper, when I became dizzy. The next thing I knew, my heart was beating violently. When the paramedics arrived, it was racing at 240 beats per mi...
"Of course, I will never know what would have happened had I chosen to settle in my native country instead of in France. But the choice I made might well have saved my life."Posted on 2016-11-19T22:04:59+0000
IT's Official: NASA's Peer-Reviewed EM Drive Paper Has Finally Been Published
After months of speculation and leaked documents , NASA's long-awaited EM Drive paper has finally been peer-reviewed and published . And it shows that the 'impossible' propulsion system really does appear to work.
Appeals Court To Cops: If You 'Don't Have Time' For 'Constitutional Bullshit,' You Don't Get Immunity
A disabled vet with PTSD accidentally called a suicide prevention hotline when intending to dial the Veterans Crisis Line. Within hours, he was dealing with DC Metro's finest, dispatched to handle an attempted suicide. This brief quote from the...
"The officer who had asked for his key told him: “I don’t have time to play this constitutional bullshit. We’re going to break down your door. You’re going to have to pay for a new door.” Corrigan Dep. 94:15–18. Corrigan responded, “It looks like I’m paying for a new door, then. I’m not giving you consent to go into my place.” Id. 94:19–21."Posted on 2016-11-19T08:00:56+0000
Theranos Whistleblower Shook the Company—And His Family
Tyler Shultz says he wanted to shield reputation of former Secretary of State George Shultz, a Theranos director; $400,000 in legal fees
Sounds like a crazy company if they're setting a PI after a whistleblower.
Also I wonder what would have happened to this guy if his grandfather wasn't on the board and wasn't as well connected.
Quotes from the article:
""The only reason I have taken so much time away from work to address this personally is because you are Mr. Shultz’s grandson.""
""We saw your email to Elizabeth. Before I get into specifics, let me share with you that had this email come from anyone else in the company, I would have already held them accountable for the arrogant and patronizing tone and reckless comments.""Posted on 2016-11-19T02:21:28+0000
How Casinos Enable Gambling Addicts
Modern slot machines develop an unbreakable hold on many players—some of whom wind up losing their jobs, their families, and even, as in the case of Scott Stevens, their lives.
An amazing, sad read on addiction, psychology, sales, data driven analysis/software, and the legal system. So many great quotes in here.
"“The business plan for casinos is not based on the occasional gambler. The business plan for casinos is based on the addicted gambler.”"Posted on 2016-11-19T02:12:16+0000
The disappearing stick shift: Less than 3% of cars sold in the U.S. have manual transmissions
Visitors to the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show will see supercars, hoverboards, self-propelling luggage and all manner of new transportation options.
These Professors Make More Than a Thousand Bucks an Hour Peddling Mega-Mergers
The economists are leveraging their academic prestige with secret reports justifying corporate concentration. Their predictions are often wrong and consumers pay the price.
Really insightful article. Another scary revolving door arrangement which I hadn't known about.
Also, I should become an economics professor:
"Some of the professors earn more than top partners at major law firms. Dennis Carlton, a self-effacing economist at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and one of Compass Lexecon’s experts on the AT&T-Time Warner merger, charges at least $1,350 an hour. In his career, he has made about $100 million, including equity stakes and non-compete payments, ProPublica estimates. Carlton has written reports or testified in favor of dozens of mergers, including those between AT&T-SBC Communications and Comcast-Time Warner, and three airline deals: United-Continental, Southwest-Airtran, and American-US Airways."
"The expert reports “are not public so only the government can check,” said Ashenfelter, the Princeton economist who has consulted for both government and private industry. “And the government no longer has the data so they can’t check.” How accurate are the experts? “The answer is no one knows and no one wants to find out.”"Posted on 2016-11-19T01:59:05+0000
If you thought you were paying fair prices for chicken at the supermarket, think again
An internal document obtained by The Washington Post shows U.S. chicken prices may have been artificially inflated for years, costing consumers billions of dollars.
"“We trust the companies we work with,” Alec Asbridge, director of regulatory compliance at Georgia Department of Agriculture, said earlier this month. “We don’t see any reason they would submit information that wasn’t truthful.”
And once again, the extremely trusting nature of the average American continues to befuddle me.Posted on 2016-11-18T01:58:57+0000
The American Dream Is Killing Us
The values and beliefs that once defined the American Dream are not only no longer relevant, but they may be hurting us.
This is one of the best things I've read in a really long time.
"Well, I’ll tell you my point. It’s the last part of The Tragedy of the Lemonade Stands that is so dangerous. See, the kids developed a belief system around “success = hard work = deserving great things” and “failure = laziness = deserving shitty things.” And those heuristics work great in a society where there’s boundless opportunity, infinite resources, and constantly expanding markets.
But when the tides turn, and those opportunities are simply no longer there, well, these same beliefs become quite dangerous and even destructive."Posted on 2016-11-17T04:19:06+0000
My struggle with clinical depression - The Express Tribune
'I worry more about appearing perfect in front of others rather than my actual happiness,' shares Ali Awan
The code I’m still ashamed of
If you write code for a living, there’s a chance that at some point in your career, someone will ask you to code something a little…
Open population datasets and open challenges
Sharing data about how people are aggregated around the world can help solve challenges such as connectivity, infrastructure planning, humanitarian aid, and disaster response.
I have toyota corola | daniel.haxx.se
cURL and libcurl I have toyota corola November 14, 2016 Daniel Stenberg 10 Comments Modern cars have fancy infotainment setups, big screens and all sorts of computers with networked functionality built-in. Part of that fanciness is increasingly often a curl install. curl is a part of the standard Ge...
What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class
The reasons for Trump’s win are obvious, if you know where to look.
"In 2010, while on a book tour for Reshaping the Work-Family Debate, I gave a talk about all of this at the Harvard Kennedy School. The woman who ran the speaker series, a major Democratic operative, liked my talk. “You are saying exactly what the Democrats need to hear,” she mused, “and they’ll never listen.” I hope now they will."Posted on 2016-11-13T07:57:51+0000
DeepMind and Blizzard to release StarCraft II as an AI research environment | DeepMind
Announcing DeepMind's collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment to open up StarCraft II to AI and ML researchers around the world.