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Online dating is so awful that people are paying virtual dating assistants to impersonate them — Quartz |
But legality aside, these cut-and-paste flirtations perpetuate negative gender stereotypes, and they reinforce an oversimplified (and destructive) view of romantic expectations.
Men and women on online-dating platforms therefore learn to emulate personalities that yield quantifiable results.

As dating platforms become flooded with calculated, flirtatious spam, men and women on these sites learn to emulate personalities that yield quantifiable results. This means playing down unique traits and unorthodox views to the point where a total stranger—like me—could literally do it in their place. By trying to appeal to dozens, if not hundreds, of strangers at the same time, we forfeit our ability to take risks and experiment with social norms; only placing safe bets robs us of new and genuine experiences.

But the steepest price of this online anonymity appears to be human decency, which—as I’m often reminded at ViDA—doesn’t lead to dates.

For example, one match told me that she’d just put down her family dog. Still in training, I wasn’t sure what to do. I wrote out an apology for her loss and sent it to my instructor for approval. He crossed out my response and wrote underneath: “Alpha Males don’t apologize.” What we sent back instead was an upbeat story about our client’s two dogs, which was a shamefully inconsiderate reply in my view. I expected to never hear back from her, but three exchanges later, she was sending me her phone number.

It was my first commission: $1.75.

Had she blamed my client’s callous response on internet miscommunication? Or was she learning—just as I was—that reaching out for a unique connection online would lead only to awkwardness and rejection? Every time she has an interaction in which her feelings are ignored—whether it’s online or in-person—I worry that she’ll learn not to talk about her emotional needs, or any needs of any kind.

As we grow accustomed to foisting more and more complicated emotional tasks onto digital butlers, we lose our ability to tolerate inelegance or find value in social failure. Moments of awkwardness and heartbreak are an inevitable part of the dating experience, and they are essential in our evolution into mature adults. By outsourcing our courtship to robots (and robot-like humans) we might save ourselves some pain in the short term, but it degrades us, simplifies us, and fails to provide for our ultimate goal of finding someone accepting of our flaws. In this age of automation, romance isn’t just one click away—it’s guaranteed.
onlinedating  relationships  theinternet  automation  asaservice  outsourcing 
9 hours ago by kme
Flipping the script: The state of the pharmacy industry
What’s driving the pharmacy business these days? Besides the usual concerns about government legislation, sales and profits, and the endless battle to find the right pharmacist to man the counter, retailers and suppliers point to a number of other trends that could — if properly developed — help pharmacy operators streamline their operations, increase efficiencies and improve the quality of patient care.
There is no doubt that retailers have their hands full with their pharmacy business, but, at the same time, many merchants are becoming more and more convinced that such things as automated robotic prescription dispensing, pharmacy counseling and medication management, immunizations, home delivery of prescription drugs, and discount prescription pharmacy cards can help them better connect with consumers.
In the end, many have said, retailers need to include many of these services and technologies if they want to stay ahead of the curve and keep their pharmacy counters relevant and profitable.
The question, of course, is what to focus on and how to implement the strategies that best work for individual chains. Finding the money to put these programs into place also is an important issue, though many industry officials emphasized that they often quickly pay for themselves by bringing in new business.
pharmacy  business  automation  services  technology 
12 hours ago by rgl7194
Orca - CICD tool for Kubernetes and Helm
Orca focuses on the world around Kubernetes and CI\CD, but it is also handy in daily work. It takes complex tasks and makes them easy to accomplish. Create environments on demand using Helm.
Kubernetes  deployment  ci  automation  tools  opensource 
23 hours ago by liqweed

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