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Why Facebook Won, and Other Hard Truths | Hapgood
Makes good points. I think the other advantage FB has is the extra integrated stuff — events, chat, and groups all make organising this, socialising, discussing stuff so much easier.
Facebook  social-media  Internet  blogging  via-Andrew-Ducker 
january 2016 by FearMeForIAmPink
Fairly in depth piece on the phone hacking trial
and on the power that comes from throwing a *lot* of money at legal representation
Interesting  law  crime  hacking  phones  News-of-The-World  journalism  Murdoch  media  money  via-Andrew-Ducker 
june 2014 by FearMeForIAmPink
Unlikely simultaneous historical events
' The last use of the guillotine was in France the same year Star Wars came out.'
Interesting  tumblr  history  via-Andrew-Ducker 
february 2014 by FearMeForIAmPink
There's a record company making more from streaming than from sales
Looking at the data, in the long run this'll likely promote less poppy crap too, as it becomes more about staying power.
Interesting  music  streaming  Spotify  via-Andrew-Ducker  money  business 
january 2014 by FearMeForIAmPink
Migrants needed to pay for NHS spending or Britain will go broke, says OBR - UK Politics - UK - The Independent
Immigrants are usually working age, and most of them do work, and thus pay tax. A lot of government spending is on children and the elderly, who are generally not paying much tax at that age. Thus, if net migration drops significantly, the deficit is likely to increase.
politics  posttofacebook  immigration  money  UK  economics  interesting  statistics  via-Andrew-Ducker 
july 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Five things Iain Duncan Smith doesn't want you to know about the benefit cap
Leaked letter states the measure "does not take account of the additional costs to local authorities (through homelessness and temporary accommodation). In fact we think it is likely that the policy as it stands will generate a net cost..."
politics  austerity  posttofacebook  fail  poverty  Conservatives  UK  benefits  wtf  via-Andrew-Ducker 
july 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Sex, friends and strangers: what to expect when you stop shaving
'he was normally too happy to have someone getting naked in his bed that he sincerely could not care less whether she had some hair on her body or not.'
sex  posttofacebook  image  interesting  women  hair  culture  via-Andrew-Ducker 
july 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
BBC News - Aye, robot: Scotland's rise of the machines
'Robots are to be placed into the homes of people with dementia as part of a pilot on the Western Isles, but it is just one of many uses machines are being put to in Scotland amid a wider debate on robotics.'
Scotland  robots  posttofacebook  living-in-the-future  interesting  old-people  culture  via-Andrew-Ducker 
july 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
The Capitalist’s Case for a $15 Minimum Wage - Bloomberg
'cause it means people can afford to actually buy stuff, which is good for the economy.
politics  USA  minimum-wage  money  economics  interesting  inequality  via-Andrew-Ducker 
june 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Conservative MPs launch attempt to bring back death penalty, privatise the BBC and ban burka - Telegraph
'also include legislation to scrap wind farm subsidies, end the ringfence for foreign aid spending and rename the late August Bank Holiday “Margaret Thatcher Day”.'
politics  Conservative-party  discrimination  posttofacebook  westminster  UK  wtf  via-Andrew-Ducker 
june 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
BBC News - 'Naked rambler' Stephen Gough jailed for flouting Asbo
Is he really that much of a problem that he's worth the six years of jail time he's been sentenced to so far?
law  posttofacebook  news  crime  not-actually-NSFW-itself  rights  UK  interesting  culture  nudity  via-Andrew-Ducker 
june 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
No, Texas Law Does Not Say You Can Shoot an Escort Who Refuses to Have Sex
Analysis piece argues that the jury likely acquit because the defence argued that shooter fired at tires, and a fragment hit the escort, making it manslaughter not murder, with neither prosecution or judge giving the jury the option to convict on that.
law  prostitution  posttofacebook  USA  news  crime  death  comment  via-Andrew-Ducker 
june 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Intervision Song Contest - Wikipedia
'The competition had an interesting way of voting. Because lot of citizens did not have phones, viewers would turn on lights if they liked the song or turned them off if they didn’t like the song. According to load experienced on the electrical network, points were granted accordingly to each contestant.'
music  technology  posttofacebook  clever  interesting  voting  via-Andrew-Ducker 
may 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
30 July – UK copyright: Accessing Orphan Works | Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
A response to the Register thing on 'your photos belong to everyone now' thing I shared yesterday. I probably give this more weight, partly because El Reg is unreliable, but also because I'm told the particular Reg reporter is especially bad.
law  politics  posttofacebook  intellectual-property  UK  copyright  via-Andrew-Ducker 
april 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
snopes.com: Van Halen Brown M&Ms
Signals. If someone can't get you a bowl full of M&Ms without any brown ones, they're probably going to fuck up some other bit of putting together a show that requires nine big trucks to hold its bits.
music  posttofacebook  amusing  awesome  psychology  clever  interesting  via-Andrew-Ducker 
april 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Budge: Facing up to Facebook scams
'A Facebook page is created, with an appeal for readers to like, comment or share …the people who started it, having quickly acquired tens of thousands of followers, sell the page. Now an advertiser has all those names and Facebook addresses'
posttofacebook  people-suck  advertising  The-internet.-You-will-never-find-a-more-wretched-hive-of-scum-and-villany.-We-must-be-careful  Internet  scams  via-Andrew-Ducker 
april 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Alt Text: Magical Fruit Trees and the Sale of Digital Music — A Parable | Underwire | Wired.com
How much money does the anti-piracy efforts of the music industry make for *musicians* as opposed to the businessmen, lawyers, etc?
posttofacebook  intellectual-property  interesting  piracy  Internet  via-Andrew-Ducker 
april 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Procrastination Is Not Laziness | Thought Catalog
'It’s a neurotic self-defense behavior that develops to protect a person’s sense of self-worth. You see, procrastinators tend to be people who have, for whatever reason, developed to perceive an unusually strong association between their performance and their value as a person. This makes failure or criticism disproportionately painful, which leads naturally to hesitancy when it comes to the prospect of doing anything that reflects their ability — which is pretty much everything.'
braaaaaains  posttofacebook  psychology  useful  clever  interesting  via-Andrew-Ducker 
march 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
How one man's lies almost destroyed the comics industry
'A new investigation of Wertham's papers by University of Illinois information studies professor Carol Tilley has revealed that the psychiatrist fabricated, exaggerated, and selectively edited his data to bolster his argument that comics caused antisocial behavior.'
posttofacebook  violence  psychology  interesting  comics  lies-damn-lies-and-statistics  culture  via-Andrew-Ducker 
february 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
X-Surface: Don't believe everything you read.
Journalism no longer appears to include even basic fact checking, as regards tech, anyways.
journalism  technology  posttofacebook  fail  image  interesting  media  culture  via-Andrew-Ducker 
january 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
Engineers are cold and dead inside, research shows • The Register
'people who go into engineering are less caring and empathetic than those who enter professions such as medicine.'
posttofacebook  amusing  culture  lies-damn-lies-and-statistics  statistics  via-Andrew-Ducker 
january 2013 by FearMeForIAmPink
All you need is love | The Atlantic
How to stop people dying for their country? Make them want to live for something.
posttofacebook  awesome  War-on-Terror  culture  interesting  terrorism  relationships  via-Andrew-Ducker 
december 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
Copyright Industry Madness Takes Six Years To Catch Up With The Worst Satire Of It - Falkvinge on Infopolicy
'Six years ago, a satire site wrote a story about how the copyright industry wanted more money if you invited friends to watch a movie in your living room. This notion has now been patented in new technology'

With a bit of luck, though the satire might count as prior art.
Xandar;our-reign-has-gone-on-long-enough.Indeed;summon-the-meteors  people-suck  posttofacebook  copyright  intellectual-property  what-the-everliving-fuck  fail  wtf  via-Andrew-Ducker 
november 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
Most Citizens of the Star Wars Galaxy are Probably Totally Illiterate | Tor.com
'Not once in any Star Wars movie does someone pick up a book or newspaper, magazine, literary journal, or chapbook handmade by an aspiring Jawa poet.'
posttofacebook  fiction  information  culture  books  reading  literacy  Star-Wars  interesting  via-Andrew-Ducker 
october 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
World's biggest geoengineering experiment 'violates' UN rules | Environment | guardian.co.uk
'Controversial US businessman's iron fertilisation off west coast of Canada contravenes two UN conventions'
environment  fail  money  science  interesting  via-Andrew-Ducker 
october 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
The drugs don't work: a modern medical scandal | Ben Goldacre | Business | The Guardian
'The doctors prescribing the drugs don't know they don't do what they're meant to. Nor do their patients. The manufacturers know full well, but they're not telling.'
posttofacebook  health  lies-damn-lies-and-statistics  business  corruption  wtf  what-the-everliving-fuck  science  medicine  via-Andrew-Ducker 
october 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
Open Season on Patents Starts Thursday, Thanks to Crowdsourced Platform | Threat Level | Wired.com
'the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Stack Exchange and Google are teaming up to make it easy for geeks to shoot down overbroad and ridiculous patents.'
posttofacebook  intellectual-property  technology  clever  interesting  via-Andrew-Ducker 
september 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
The Top 10 Relationship Words That Aren't Translatable Into English | Marriage 3.0 | Big Think
'Mamihlapinatapei: The wordless yet meaningful look shared by two people who desire to initiate something, but are both reluctant to start.'
posttofacebook  relationships  love  culture  language  awesome  interesting  via-Andrew-Ducker 
september 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
Don’t Tell Anyone, but the Stimulus Worked - NYTimes.com
A very telling comment from within it:

'White House economists had rejected the idea of distributing the tax cuts as flashy rebate checks, because people were more likely to spend the money (and help the economy) if they didn’t notice it. Good economics, perhaps, but terrible politics.'
posttofacebook  2012-Presidential-Elections  Republicans  Democrats  USA  economics  financial-crisis  politics  interesting  via-Andrew-Ducker 
september 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
How King’s Cross Concourse Was Designed 12,000 Years Ago* | Londonist
'The concourse’s circular form was quite possibly dictated by the melting of a glacier 12,000 years ago…at least if you want to believe the historical thought experiment that follows.'

Reminds me of how the size of US space shuttles is partially determined by the width of a Roman horse's arse.
posttofacebook  geography  design  London  architecture  awesome  interesting  via-Andrew-Ducker 
september 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
Hunt for the NHS | Edinburgh Eye
Jeremy Hunt isn’t just an unscrupulous toerag – we knew that. He’s now Health Secretary, despite believing…' (quite a few bad/incorrect things)
fail  wtf  health  politics  Westminster  healthcare  NHS  via-Andrew-Ducker 
september 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
New Statesman - The Sun's interview with violinist Nicola Benedetti was a masterclass in sexism
I've read the article itself and the the level of sexism just makes you want to weep. Read article via Andrew Ducker, this via Jennie Pink
posttofacebook  culture  image  media  The-Sun  people-suck  sexism  wtf  via-Andrew-Ducker 
august 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
Amazon to deliver parcels to UK cornershops - Telegraph
The online shopping giant has quietly started trialling the scheme on a small scale with items such as books and clothes, and plans to roll it out nationwide.
interesting  news  shopping  Amazon  internet  via-Andrew-Ducker 
august 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
Music Labels Won’t Share Pirate Bay Loot With Artists | TorrentFreak
'aside from prison sentences, they will have to pay damages to the entertainment industries, including €550,000 to several major music labels. The court awarded the damages to compensate artists and rightsholders for their losses. However, it now turns out that artists won’t see a penny of the money, as the labels have allocated it to IFPI to fund new anti-piracy campaigns.'
intellectual-property  missing-the-point  money  piracy  copyright  posttofacebook  fail  wtf  via-Andrew-Ducker 
july 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
BBC News - Liechtenstein referendum rejects curbs on royal powers
'even if voters had bucked tradition and opted to remove the royal veto, nothing much would have changed. "Oh I think the Prince wouldn't sanction that," she said. "He would use his veto, of course."'

Interesting comparisons to Lords Reform, I'd say.
posttofacebook  politics  political-reform  monarchy  Liechtenstein  Europe  democracy  via-Andrew-Ducker 
july 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
DEA apologizes to student left in cell | UTSanDiego.com
'engineering student accidentally left in a holding cell without food or water for five days'
prison  police  what-the-everliving-fuck  USA  drugs  fail  law  via-Andrew-Ducker 
may 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
Why We Have to Go Back to a 40-Hour Work Week to Keep Our Sanity | Visions | AlterNet
'One hundred fifty years of research proves that shorter work hours actually raise productivity and profits -- and overtime destroys them. So why do we still do this?'
life  braaaaaains  work  employment  culture  posttofacebook  interesting  via-Andrew-Ducker 
march 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
Heresy Corner: A war crime
The Mail [about a week ago] contains a brief but chilling account of a war crime.
death  Daily-Mail  journalism  crime  war  via-Andrew-Ducker 
march 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
50 My Little Pony Mods for Geeks
Very well made. Seen many of them them before, but quite a few were new to me, and awesome.
brain-meltingly-cute-I-warn-you  posttofacebook  art  creative  geeky  interesting  photos  awesome  amusing  via-Andrew-Ducker 
january 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
This Photograph Is Not Free
Good photos, like anything other crafted thing, cost time and money to make
intellectual-property  money  fairness  internet  photography  interesting  via-Andrew-Ducker 
january 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
This is What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids | Colossal
A room done entirely in white. Many, many coloured stickers. Lots of children. The result? Something quite beautiful.
posttofacebook  photos  art  colour  image  children  awesome  interesting  via-Andrew-Ducker 
january 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
BBC News - Loch Ness is giant 'spirit level'
Does that mean if we bash it on the ground a few times it'll work better?
water  science  UK  Scotland  twitter  interesting  via-Andrew-Ducker 
january 2012 by FearMeForIAmPink
An Open Letter From Internet Engineers to the U.S. Congress | Electronic Frontier Foundation
'…stating their opposition to the SOPA and PIPA Internet blacklist bills' — 83 of the people who made the internet have pointed out this is a bad idea
interesting  politics  posttofacebook  technology  intellectual-property  piracy  news  important  via-Andrew-Ducker 
december 2011 by FearMeForIAmPink
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