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Bandersnatch Map
All Choices and Outcomes, flow diagram for Netflix' interactive film
[post_blog]  narrative  bifurcation  games  visualization  map  movies  interactive 
10 weeks ago by moebio
How Netflix and the streaming wars create income inequality
“I had a conversation with friends the other day, and we were like, man, it’d be nice to stop doing this,” Allison says, laughing. “If only there was anything else to do.”
television  film  Netflix  streamingmedia  employment  middleclass  review  bifurcation  decline  Hollywood  FastCompany  2018 
november 2018 by inspiral
Bifurcation Analysis using DifferentialEquations.jl
Bifurcation analysis is provided by the wrapper package PyDSTool.jl, which wraps the functionality of PyDSTool. The the package has an interface for directly using PyDSTool itself, included is a higher level interface that makes these tools compatible with more standard JuliaDiffEq types.

This functionality does not come standard with DifferentialEquations.jl. To use this functionality, you must install PyDSTool.jl:
julia  julia_package  Programming  math:dynamical_systems  math:continuation  bifurcation  python 
november 2017 by hallucigenia
To Understand Rising Inequality, Consider the Janitors at Two Top Companies, Then and Now - The New York Times
In part, fewer of these kinds of workers are needed in an era when software plays such a big role. The lines of code that make an iPhone’s camera work can be created once, then instantly transmitted across the globe, whereas each roll of film had to be manufactured and physically shipped. And companies face brutal global competition; if they don’t keep their work force lean, they risk losing to a competitor that does.

But major companies have also chosen to bifurcate their work force, contracting out much of the labor that goes into their products to other companies, which compete by lowering costs. It’s not just janitors and security guards. In Silicon Valley, the people who test operating systems for bugs, review social media posts that may violate guidelines, and screen thousands of job applications are unlikely to receive a paycheck directly from the company they are ultimately working for.
employment  outsourcing  incomeinequality  bifurcation  Kodak  Apple  personalaccount  insecurity  income  USA  NYTimes  2017 
september 2017 by inspiral
Why America's Restaurant Industry Is in a Bubble About to Burst - Thrillist
What we're witnessing, as you see this rise of both the high and low end, is the hollowing out of the restaurant industry center -- the gentrification of food, carried to its logical conclusion. You had something that was interesting and a great value, it attracted everyone, and now all that's left until a rebirth is extravagance or thrift.
restaurants  bifurcation  trends  cost  employment  property  Thrillist  2016 
january 2017 by inspiral
Polarization in American politics | Pew Research Center
Political polarization is the defining feature of early 21st century American politics, both among the public and elected officials. As part of a year-long study of polarization, the Pew Research Center has conducted the largest political survey in its history – a poll of more than 10,000 adults between January and March of this year. It finds that Republicans and Democrats are further apart ideologically than at any point in recent history. Growing numbers of Republicans and Democrats express highly negative views of the opposing party. And to a considerable degree, polarization is reflected in the personal lives and lifestyles of those on both the right and left.
politics  polarisation  bifurcation  Republicans  Democrats  trends  USA  PewResearch  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
Impact of Social Sciences – How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang
Academic systems rely on the existence of a supply of “outsiders” ready to forgo wages and employment security in exchange for the prospect of uncertain security, prestige, freedom and reasonably high salaries that tenured positions entail. Drawing on data from the US, Germany and the UK, Alexandre Afonso looks at how the academic job market is structured in many respects like a drug gang, with an expanding mass of outsiders and a shrinking core of insiders. 
academia  university  employment  review  critique  bifurcation  dualisation  author:AlexandreAfonso  LSE  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
Why Trump voters are not “complete idiots” (in charts and photos) — Quartz
As any trader will tell you, if you are stuck lower, you want volatility, uncertainty. No matter how it comes. Put another way. Your downside is flat, your upside isn’t. Break the system.
politics  bifurcation  DonaldTrump  polarisation  inequality  author:ChrisArnade  Quartz  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
Corporate Inequality Is the Defining Fact of Business Today
Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of economic inequality has been the role that firms play in it.

The best-performing companies seem to be pulling away from the rest, according to a growing body of research, and that fact explains a large part of the growth in inequality between individuals. The result, at least in developed nations, is a highly unequal corporate landscape, where some firms are incredibly productive and the amount of money a person makes is tied to the company they work for, not just the job that they do.
business  income  incomeinequality  bifurcation  performance  review  HBRBlog  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Mocked and forgotten: who will speak for the American white working class? | US news | The Guardian
When you listen to poor people who work with their hands, you hear a uniform frustration and a constant anxiety – but it’s not just about economic issues
DonaldTrump  politics  white  racism  socialclass  bifurcation  incomeinequality  decline  USA  Guardian  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Life and death in the App Store | The Verge
Back in San Francisco, I meet with Danielle Levitas, senior vice president of research at App Annie. "I believe in the future of apps," Levitas says. She says that between now and 2020, downloads of non-game apps will quadruple around the world. But those numbers mask a radical shift in the app economy: most of the growth will come from foreign markets. And the app stores are dominated by giants: Facebook and Google make eight of the ten most-used apps, according to ComScore. In the United States, where more than 75 percent of people already own smartphones, apps are approaching the saturation point. Accordingly, the cost of acquiring new users continues to increase. Ads that let users install apps directly can range from $4 to $15 per user. If your app only costs $2 to begin with, ads are a non-starter.
mobileapps  revenues  bifurcation  decline  Pixite  AppStore  review  TheVerge  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
The disappearance of routine jobs | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal
As routine tasks are increasingly automated, middle-wage jobs are becoming rarer. This column documents the changes in labour-market dynamics behind this polarisation, and investigates which workers are affected by it. Flows into middle-wage routine jobs are declining (rather than flows out increasing). Interestingly, routine cognitive workers – who tend to be educated women – are benefiting from this hollowing-out by moving up the occupational ladder.
employment  polarisation  bifurcation  middleclass  USA  CEPR  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
TouchArcade Needs Your Help, Please Support Our Patreon | TouchArcade
The absolute most important thing for developers on the App Store in 2015 is chart positioning. There is nothing more valuable than being near the top of the charts, and with quite literally billions of dollars on the line across the iOS gaming industry, developers will do anything to climb the charts and stay there. This has given birth to an entirely new method of performance-based marketing known as user acquisition. In 2015's App Store, games typically aren't promoted through advertising on sites like TouchArcade and growing brand awareness in a traditional sense. Instead, developers pay countless different in-app advertising networks to just buy users and drive downloads directly.
gaming  mobilegaming  bifurcation  marketing  useracquisition  review  critique  TouchArcade  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
The Trouble with the “uber for…” Economy — The Message — Medium
This is not a lamentation that some jobs are underpaid. There is nothing wrong with entry-level jobs; or jobs for first generation immigrants without full language skills. (Some immigrants who come to this country are highly skilled; but that’s another story). The problem isn’t division-of-labor, or the fact that not everyone gets a great job, especially when they are new arrivals in a country. And, it’s true that some jobs by their nature take a lot of time, especially if they depend on particular and specialized knowledge held by few. Some people in such key posts tend to be overworked. It makes sense to divide up some tasks and chores in exchange for money.
But what’s happening now is something deeper, and more structural.
Uber  startup  sharingeconomy  bifurcation  employment  critique  author:ZeynepTufekci  TheMessage  Medium  2015 
october 2015 by inspiral
Are we creating a rich Internet and a poor Internet?
The more of our digital economy we leave to formulas instead of fairness, say regulators, the more we risk creating two digital economies—one for the rich, filled with opportunity, and one for the poor, filled with risk and little reward.
wealthy  onlinemedia  bifurcation  subscription  impact  DailyDot  2015 
september 2015 by inspiral

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