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How counting the dead will help the living | Bloomberg
In Myanmar, most deaths occur at home and only a quarter are certified by doctors. That’s worrisome, since not knowing why people die can undermine efforts to save lives. Dr. Christopher Murray, professor of global health at the UW, is quoted.
Murray.Christopher  !UWitM  2017  Institute.Health.Metrics&Evaluation  Bloomberg  School:Public.Health  Department:Global.Health 
yesterday by uwnews
Silicon Valley Is Sneaking Models Into This Year’s Holiday Parties - Bloomberg
“Ambiance and atmosphere models” contractually obligated to pretend they’re party guests are in record demand from local agencies.
SiliconValley  sexism  gender  employment  review  critique  Bloomberg  2017 
5 days ago by inspiral
Bitcoin Is Greener Than Its Critics Think - Bloomberg
Still, it’s important to put things in perspective. A recent report suggests that at current prices, Bitcoin miners will consume an estimated 8.27 terawatt-hours per year. That might sound like a lot, but it’s actually less than an eighth of what U.S. data centers use, 1 and only about 0.21 percent of total U.S. consumption. It also compares favorably to the currencies and commodities that bitcoin could help replace: Global production of cash and coins consumes an estimated 11 terawatt-hours per year, while gold mining burns the equivalent of 132 terawatt-hours. And that doesn’t include armored trucks, bank vaults, security systems and such. So in the right context, bitcoin is positively green.
Bitcoin  energy  comparison  review  climatechange  Bloomberg  2017 
6 days ago by inspiral
The Impossible Bloomberg Makeover | UX Magazine
As a matter of pride, some users prefer a UI to be obtuse an ugly.

Redesigning the Bloomberg Terminal would be any interface designer's dream. There's obviously much room for improvement since the interface hasn't changed for a long time, and the personas using it are quite easy to define.

But the complexity and richness of the displayed data, the necessity to fully understand how traders use the tool, and the immediate impact on the work efficiency of more than 156,000 users around the world make it tremendously challenging to make any changes...

IDEO has submitted a redesign proposal back in 2007 after a 3-week study. Here's how it looks:...

A widget allows you to zoom in on some detailed part of IDEO's design and have some explanation on the choices they've made. You can also read a short description of the project on their website.

But as a article clearly puts it: "Bloomberg isn't looking to do a major overhaul of its terminals' graphic design anytime soon. In fact, company executives see the Bloomberg terminal's unique presentation as a status symbol and a selling point. 'We have to be religiously consistent' to satisfy users who become attached to terminal's look and feel, says Bloomberg chief executive Lex Fenwick. 'You can see a Bloomberg from a mile away.'"

The Bloomberg terminal is the perfect example of a lock-in effect reinforced by the powerful conservative tendencies of the financial ecosystem and its permanent need to fake complexity.

Simplifying the interface of the terminal would not be accepted by most users because, as ethnographic studies show, they take pride on manipulating Bloomberg's current "complex" interface. The pain inflicted by blatant UI flaws such as black background color and yellow and orange text is strangely transformed into the rewarding experience of feeling and looking like a hard-core professional.

The more painful the UI is, the more satisfied these users are.
path_dependence  interfaces  interface_aesthetics  bloomberg  finance 
7 days ago by shannon_mattern
Israelis Will Pay for Trump's Jerusalem Gambit - Bloomberg
What the president expects in return for his generosity could be costly in the peace process.
DonaldTrump  internationalrelations  Jerusalem  review  Israel  Palestine  Bloomberg  2017 
8 days ago by inspiral
What If the Courts Were Filled With 'Little Scalias'? - Bloomberg
As he tells us in another speech, there’s reason to doubt that we’re morally better than the Founders, given “the twentieth century’s evidence of concentration camps and gas ovens in one of the most advanced and civilized nations of the world.” (This is one reason that he so highly values “moral formation” -- instruction of the young in absolute standards of right and wrong.) A constitution, he argues, lays out rights specifically “out of a fear that they will be disregarded by a less enlightened or less virtuous future generation.” Besides, the ratchet might turn both ways: once the document is decreed to evolve, a court “can take away old rights as well as create new ones.”
Scalia  SupremeCourt  bloomberg 
8 days ago by HispanicPundit
Researchers combat gender and racial bias in artificial intelligence | Bloomberg
Companies use AI to predict everything from credit-worthiness to preferred cancer treatment. The technology has blind spots that particularly affect women and minorities. Research by UW graduate students is referenced. Dan Weld, professor of computer science and engineering at the UW, is quoted.
Bloomberg  !UWitM  2017  diversity  students  Weld.Dan  College:Engineering  Allen.School 
10 days ago by uwnews
Elon Musk's Battery Boast Will Be Short-Lived - Bloomberg
With battery prices tumbling by almost half since 2014, large-scale projects are popping up around the world. Developers have announced lithium-ion battery projects with total capacity of 1,650 megawatts per hour in 2017, four times the amount for all of 2016, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
battery  prices  decline  Bloomberg  2017 
12 days ago by inspiral
Snapchat Redesigns Mobile App to Split Friends From Media - Bloomberg
Snap Inc. unveiled a sweeping redesign of its mobile photo-sharing application, hoping to lure more users and advertisers to revive revenue.

After three quarters of disappointing sales since going public earlier this year, the company said a simpler design will encourage people to spend more time using Snapchat, increasing the app’s appeal to advertisers over the long term. The main change: separating photos and videos sent to users by their friends from content produced by media companies. Snap touted the move as a philosophical departure from rival Facebook Inc.
Snapchat  redesign  mobileapps  Bloomberg  2017 
12 days ago by inspiral

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