The Comeback of the Century

The Comeback of the Century

True, nearly one in four adults in this country has not read a book in the last year. But the book — with a spine, a unique scent, crisp pages and a typeface that may date to Shakespeare’s day — is back. Compare that with the 28 million Americans who read a book of verse in the first year of Trump’s presidency, the highest share of the population in 15 years.

Source: www.nytimes.com

The potentially seedy side of the hotel bed jumping community

The potentially seedy side of the hotel bed jumping community

… as well as photos of “influencers” who have submitted photos:

And amongst all that, a variety of sick-looking kid stock photos:

The captions under the sick kid photos serve as a reminder that the Hotel Bed Jumping Community is some kind of charity. Another caption reads “We have been providing FREE hotel rooms to followers to capture content to put towards the #jumpforkids campaign”. It went something like this:

Nowhere does Tanya from TPT Marketing mention the mattress company they are collaborating with: I only found out by looking into the #jumpforkids hashtag which links up with the initiative by Puffy Beds.

Source: thespinoff.co.nz

Neil Stephenson says social media is close to a ‘doomsday machine’

Neil Stephenson says social media is close to a ‘doomsday machine’

PC Magazine interviewed Neal Stephenson about his new upcoming book Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell , as well as “the digital afterlife, and why social media is a doomsday machine.” [Possible spoilers ahead]:Stephenson answered questions from Slashdot’s reader in 2004 , and since then has “spent years as an advisor for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ private space company Blue Origin,” the article points out. He’s also currently the “chief futurist” for Magic Leap — though he tells his interviewer that some ideas go back much further.Part of his new book builds on “a really old idea” from security researcher Matt Blaze, who in the mid-1990s talked about “Encyclopedia Disinformatica”, which Stephenson describes as “a sort of fake Wikipedia containing plausible-sounding but deliberately false information as a way of sending the message to people that they shouldn’t just believe everything that they see on the internet.”

Source: news.slashdot.org

Behind Grindr’s Doomed Hookup in China

Behind Grindr’s Doomed Hookup in China

(Reuters) – Early last year, Grindr LLC’s Chinese owner gave some Beijing-based engineers access to personal information of millions of Americans such as private messages and HIV status, according to eight former employees, prompting U.S. officials to ask it to sell the dating app for the gay community. While it is known that data privacy concerns prompted the crackdown on Kunlun, interviews with over a dozen sources with knowledge of Grindr’s operations, including the former employees, for the first time shed light on what the company actually did to draw U.S. ire and how it then tried to save its deal. About a month after CFIUS’ September order, Kunlun told the panel the Beijing team’s access to Grindr’s database had been restricted, the source close to the company said.

Source: www.reuters.com

The Surprising Benefits of Relentlessly Auditing Your Life

The Surprising Benefits of Relentlessly Auditing Your Life

Before the spreadsheet, I had an idea I think many share: Marriage and family should more or less work. Good marriages and happy families are born of love and care, not spreadsheets and a daily happiness score. People’s weird ideas about gender, about mothers and fathers and marriage and nuclear families, about who should do what and how much of it, about what really makes us happy, are deeply entrenched, often in ways we don’t even recognize.

Source: www.nytimes.com

What Was the Washington Post Afraid Of?

What Was the Washington Post Afraid Of?

For nearly four months, investigative reporter Amy Brittain and I, then a freelancer, had been working on a follow-up to our November front-page story about sexual-harassment allegations against Charlie Rose. The Post had nonetheless kept both Amy and me on the story and, to ensure the integrity of the process, reassigned us to editors on the national desk who had never worked with Fager. But in the days that followed, at least two senior women on the show called Baron to say that Fager was being falsely accused and to express anger at the characterization of 60 Minutes as a hostile environment for women.

Source: nymag.com

I don’t want to be a full-fullstack developer

I don’t want to be a full-fullstack developer

It is easier for the business: you need to check with one person and process of development does not get too complicated with ‘who does what’ issues, it also cuts the costs making a little tradeoff with quality and development time. Backend development is a complex field, including understanding of network layer, the way servers work overall, deployment, AWS/Google/Azure services(they are vital to modern web applications), specifics of server application language and framework, protocols used, authentication, database connectivity and setup and a lot of other things. Don’t get me wrong, I think it is good to widen up the field of knowledge and employ understanding of your parts surrounding to do a better job on your section, but making developers be Jacks of all trades directly influences code quality, choice of solutions and the future of the project developed.

Source: artur-martsinkovskyi.github.io

An internet mob falsely painted a Chipotle employee as racist

An internet mob falsely painted a Chipotle employee as racist

As her video made the rounds on social media, people started stalking Moran on social media. Reason 3: All you need is one person with a question

Two days after her video went viral, Moran got another call from her mother. Moran wasn’t the only person in the video suspicious of the young black men’s intentions, he noted.

Source: www.cnn.com

Nissan says Leaf batteries will outlast the car by 10-12 years

Nissan says Leaf batteries will outlast the car by 10-12 years

Nissan claims the batteries in its Leaf electric cars will last 22 years, an estimated 10-12 years longer than the average life of the car itself. Last year, the company even debuted a modern streetlight powered by used Leaf batteries and solar panels. Carranza said,

In 2018, Nissan introduced a program to replace old Leaf battery packs.

Source: electrek.co