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Saturday, 28 March 2020

Why Don’t We Just Ban Targeted Advertising?

quote [ Let’s pretend it really happened. Imagine Congress passed a law tomorrow morning that banned companies from doing any ad microtargeting whatsoever. Close your eyes and picture what life would be like if the leading business model of the internet were banished from existence. How would things be different?
[…]
Netflix could still surmise that your life has felt empty ever since you finished season 7 of the Great British Baking Show, and suggest the appropriate spinoffs. ]

Nice summary, except maybe for the annoying Brave browser promo at the end.
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+1 Underrated]
[by Paracetamol@7:46pmGMT] [2 comments]

Bosses Panic-Buy Spy Software to Keep Tabs on Remote Workers

quote [ Phones are ringing off the hook at companies providing a bit of Big Brother. ]

Boss man spy on you
[SFW] [business] [+4]
[by ScoobySnacks@8:38amGMT] [4 comments]

Friday, 27 March 2020

Go big, or no home: How Americans are limited by super-sized homes

quote [ The American obsession with large homes—a matter of culture, policy, and economics—restricts smaller, more affordable options. ]

Supply chains become brittle but going back to decent is surprisingly hard, it seems.
[SFW] [history] [+3]
[by Paracetamol@8:13pmGMT] [2 comments]

Enthusiasts Archive

quote [ Enthusiasts Archive, an artistic project by Neil Cummings and Marysia Lewandowska, is the result of extensive research amongst the remnants of amateur film clubs in Poland under socialism. It is a critical archive of amateur films found, restored and made available online. In 2019, the Archive was accessioned into The Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. ]

Polish 70s 16mm art and propaganda.
[SFW] [art]
[by Paracetamol@8:04pmGMT] [0 comments]

Asterix co-creator Albert Uderzo dies aged 92

quote [ The Frenchman illustrated the famous comic book series and eventually took over the writing. ]

This was actually a few days ago, but must have been missed for obvious reasons.
[SFW] [obituaries] [+1 Sad]
[by slaytanik@11:50amGMT] [1 comment]



Barnacle Goose: The Bird That Was Believed to Grow on Trees

quote [ In the days before it was realized that birds migrate, ancient scholars struggled to explain why some species of birds appeared and disappeared as the seasons changed. The idea that these little feathered creatures can travel thousands of miles in search of food and warmth was unimaginable. But the notion was not entirely an alien one. ]

The songs of the birds
[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:12amGMT] [0 comments]

Thursday, 26 March 2020

A Brief History of Hand-washing: How a Basic Hygienic Practice Took Decades to Catch On

quote [ The history of handwashing involves far more than a change in personal habits over time, but a shift in the understanding of the state’s role in public health. ]

You wash your hands,you come come out clean
[SFW] [health]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:41amGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Amazonians United Wins PTO for all Amazon Workers

quote [ So why did we begin a campaign for PTO? Because we found out that Amazon was promising us Vacation Time and PTO on paper, but denying it to us in practice. ]

#NotDying4WallStreet Goes Viral as Progressives Reject Efforts to Put Corporate Profits Over Public Health

Turns out so many of those workers who were told they didn't deserve $15/hour are essential. Who knew? If only some guy in the 1800's wrote about a theory of value centered around labor.

Britney Spears calls for wealth redistribution, general strike on Instagram

[SFW] [politics] [+5 Good]
[by steele@6:21pmGMT] [27 comments]

Hold the line

quote [ You should perceive your entire family to function as a single individual unit; if one person puts themselves at risk, everyone in the unit is at risk. […] If your son visits his girlfriend, and you later sneak over for coffee with a neighbor, your neighbor is now connected to the infected office worker that your son’s girlfriend’s mother shook hands with. […] This is not a joke or a hypothetical. ]

Ack, Medium! But helpful advice to pondering parents.

Full in extended.

Bonus: Hold the Line remix by Ghislain Poirier

[SFW] [health]
[by Paracetamol@10:31amGMT] [2 comments]

The Acrobatic Immigrant Who Invented Pilates in a Prisoner of War Camp

quote [ Interned during WWI, circus entertainer Joseph Pilates used found materials and his fellow prisoners as his test lab, and imagined an exercise system that would captivate millions. ]

Girl move it like Pilates
[SFW] [people]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:43amGMT] [0 comments]



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