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The belief that GUIs are more intuitive is marketing for GUIs.
GUIs are in no way more intuitive than keyboard interfaces using function keys such as the POS I posted earlier. Nor do they need to be.
ui  design 
13 days ago
The KRACK wi-fi vulnerablility was in plain sight for 13y behind a paywall
Vulnerability not found for 13 years because the standard was not open.
security  open-source  open-access 
27 days ago
Star Wars is a pastiche: How George Lucas combined Flash Gordon, Westerns, Kurosawa, The Dam Busters, Carlos Castaneda, and more into a postmodern masterpiece.
He literally cut together shots from old films. “Every time there was a war movie on television, like The Bridges at Toko-Ri, I would watch it,” he later explained, “and if there was a dogfight sequence, I would videotape it. Then we would transfer that to 16mm film, and I’d just edit it according to my story of Star Wars.” Lucas started videotaping off his TV as early as 1973, and the effects team later used his edits as a guide. Ken Ralston, who worked on the movie’s special effects, explained, “We matched frame-to-frame the action on that as closely as we could.”
6 weeks ago
Debunking the Stereotype of the Lazy Welfare Recipient
Targeted transfer programs for poor citizens have become increasingly common in the developing world. Yet, a common
concern among policy makers – both in developing as well as
developed countries – is that such programs tend to discourage
work. We reanalyze the data from 7 randomized controlled trials
of government-run cash transfer programs in six developing countries throughout the world, and find no systematic evidence
that cash transfer programs discourage work.
economics  inequality 
7 weeks ago
The Myth of Partisan Selective Exposure: A Portrait of the Online Political News AudienceSocial Media + Society - Jacob L. Nelson, James G. Webster, 2017
We find that this audience frequently navigates to news sites from Facebook, and that it congregates among a few popular, well-known political news sites. We also find that political news sites comprise ideologically diverse audiences, and that they share audiences with nearly all smaller, more ideologically extreme outlets. Our results call into question the strength of the so-called red/blue divide in actual web use.
10 weeks ago
Market power and competition explain every problem in the US economy, new research argues — Quartz
what happens if, for whatever reason, competition in an economy dwindles, and companies are able to ratchet up prices much higher than what it costs to produce them? It would have disastrous effects. Workers’ wages and employment rates would decline. People would switch jobs less often. Economic growth would slow.
economy  copyright  crisis 
11 weeks ago
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