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The ‘Age of Tech’ Is Over - The Atlantic
Look closer at one big sector where tech companies have already started chewing: E-commerce. Online shopping is a $500 billion industry in the U.S., which sounds like quite a lot. But really, it’s no more than Americans spend each year at gas stations. Yep, gas stations.
tech  business  silicon-valley  economics 
5 days ago by jomc
Mainframe, Interrupted
The Panther 21 was a group of Black Panthers arrested in New York in 1969. ..

One of our members said: “Look, Clark Squire is a programmer. If we raise bail, it will raise consciousness among programmers not just about the war but about what’s happening to black people in America today.”
labor  organizing  tech  tech-workers  racial-justice  prisons 
13 days ago by jomc
Reddit User Claims He Automated His Job For 6 Years, Finally Is Fired, Forgets How To Code| Interesting Engineering
When he first got his software testing quality assurance job, he spent eight months automating all of the programming tasks. With all of his tasks fully automated by a computer, he was able to literally sit back and do whatever he wanted
automation  tech  programmers 
july 2017 by jomc
The Key Tech Trends of 2017, According to Silicon Valley's Favorite Forecaster |
Not everyone was thrilled with Meeker's report. For one thing, the number of slides has ballooned in recent years. "Internet Trends" circa 2017 is more than twice as long as the 2016 version, weighing in at a whopping 355 slides. Bobby Grasberger‏, who works on brand strategy at Twitter, diagnosed the cause of growth as "less understanding of where to focus."

...Meeker's area of expertise may not be the center of tech action anymore, questioning whether "maybe internet and mobile innovation have peaked?"
trends  advertising  coolhunting  tech 
june 2017 by jomc
The Secret Culprit in the Theranos Mess | Vanity Fair
And then there’s the fact that many of these tech outlets rely so heavily on tech conferences. “If you look at most tech publications, they have major conferences as their revenue,” Jason Calacanis, the blogger and founder of Weblogs, told me. “If you hit too hard, you lose keynotes, ticket buyers, and support in the tech space.
conferences  tech  media 
september 2016 by jomc
Exclusive: How Elizabeth Holmes’s House of Cards Came Tumbling Down | Vanity Fair
Carreyrou was simply emboldened. “It’s O.K. if you’ve got a smartphone app or a social network, and you go live with it before it’s ready; people aren’t going to die,” he told me. “But with medicine, it’s different.”
tech  start-ups  silicon-valley  business 
september 2016 by jomc
When Every Company Is a Tech Company, Does the Label Matter? - The New York Times
Technology permeates every sector of the economy, even those not formally classified as high-tech. Whether companies like Amazon and Johnson & Johnson should carry tech labels is beside the point. Tech has already taken over.
tech  business 
august 2016 by jomc
Bye Bye Tinder, Flirting in the Support Channel ...
support team uses woman's image for customer service, gets hit on
gender  avatars  tech 
february 2016 by jomc
The Disruption Machine - The New Yorker
The word “innovate”—to make new—used to have chiefly negative connotations: it signified excessive novelty, without purpose or end. Edmund Burke called the French Revolution a “revolt of innovation”; Federalists declared themselves to be “enemies to innovation.” George Washington, on his deathbed, was said to have uttered these words: “Beware of innovation in politics.” Noah Webster warned in his dictionary, in 1828, “It is often dangerous to innovate on the customs of a nation.”..The redemption of innovation began in 1939, when the economist Joseph Schumpeter, in his landmark study of business cycles, used the word to mean bringing new products to market,
innovation  disruption  tech  words  progress 
may 2015 by jomc
Last Year Saw the Worst Decline in Tech Jobs Since 2009 | Re/code
The tech sector may be a growing segment of the economy, but 2014 was the worst year for job cuts in the technology sector since 2009, according to a new report from Challenger, Gray and Christmas, an outplacement firm that helps people find new jobs after they’ve been let go.

Corporate restructuring at big tech firms like Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft pushed the number of jobs eliminated in tech fields to 100,757, a rise of 77 percent over 2013. It was the first time that number rose above 100,000 since 2009, the first full year of the recent recession.
jobs  tech 
january 2015 by jomc
On Shutting the Fuck Up - The Awl
Artists, and even self-identified critics, do this all the time too: What do you know, have you written a book? “Stfu & build something” is sort of like a younger, richer cousin of “snarking from the sidelines.”...That all startups are criticism, rendered in money and work. Uber was condemnation of the taxi industry and treatise on logistics; Facebook was a criticism of the social networking sites that came before it, as well as their advertising models. Successful startups begin with critical ideas about problems that are best addressable by a particular type of resource, and then grow by addressing them.
startups  culture  tech 
december 2014 by jomc
Tech Bubble? No, It's a Startup Wealth Gap
Competition is for losers, he likes to say. The goal of any startup is to become a monopoly in its space. In the tech business, you’re either a 1 or a 0, and in a given market there’s only one 1.
december 2014 by jomc
Georgia Teens Develop App to Document Police Abuse

Five-O, allows citizens to enter the details of every interaction with a police officer.  It also allows them to rate that officer in terms of courtesy and professionalism and provides the ability to enter a short description of what transpired.  These details are captured for every county in the United States. Citizen race and age information data is also captured. Additionally, Five-O allows citizens to store the details of each encounter with law enforcement; this provides convenient access to critical information needed for legal action or commendation.
apps  good  tech  race  police 
august 2014 by jomc
The Only Thing Worse Than the Supreme Court is Tech Journalism - Forbes
Everywhere tech journalists are affecting faux-cynicism, declaring how obvious it was that Aereo was illegal, while displaying terrible naïveté in trusting the Supreme Court when they say the decision will not affect other technologies
law  tech 
june 2014 by jomc
The GitHub Debacle and Why Holacracy is Bullshit | BraceLand
I’m starting to think all of the problems we’re seeing with Silicon Valley these days—the ineptitude at politics, the clumsiness with handling inequality in SF, the lack of gender and racial diversity in the industry—are actually rooted in a systemic failure to understand how power works
power  tech  sexism 
march 2014 by jomc
Heartbeats Make These Dresses Transparent — ANIMAL
Constructed from electrically-sensitive smart foil, this retro-futuristic couture responds to your excited heartbeat, with a hint of Jean Paul Gaultier. Watch it fluctuating between transparent and opaque, tuning into alterations in voltage. Dutch designers from Studio Roosegaarde with Anouk Wipprecht have created something gorgeous with these Intimacy 2.0 garments — by far the most eloquent fashion solution imaginable to detect lady boners.
fashion  tech 
april 2012 by jomc
Optical printer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
re-photograph one or more strips of film. The optical printer is used for making special effects for motion pictures, or for copying and restoring old film material.
Common optical effects include fade outs and fade ins, dissolves, slow motion, fast motion, and matte work. More complicated work can involve dozens of elements, all combined into a single scene.
film  tech 
march 2012 by jomc
Women in Tech: Building Confidence and Visibility » The Glass Hammer
“As you might expect, the results show that students were much harsher on Heidi than on Howard across the board. Although they think she’s just as competent and effective as Howard, they don’t like her, they wouldn’t hire her, and they wouldn’t want to work with her. As gender researchers would predict, this seems to be driven by how much they disliked Heidi’s aggressive personality. The more assertive they thought Heidi was, the more harshly they judged her (but the same was not true for those who rated Howard).”
gender  tech  women 
october 2010 by jomc

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