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Ever wondered how much time you spend staring at screens? - http://betanews.com/2013...
Ever wondered how much time you spend staring at screens?
Ever wondered how much time you spend staring at screens?
"You’ve probably never given any thought to exactly how much time you spend gazing, gawping, glowering and glaring at screens on a daily basis -- but with TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones being such a major part of our lives, you probably won’t be surprised to hear it’s a lot." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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The "Average" EBT User May Not Be Who You'd Expect | - http://www.theorganicprepper.ca/the-ave...
The "Average" EBT User May Not Be Who You'd Expect |
"Over the past decade, many formerly middle class people have been cast into poverty through no fault of their own.  They’ve lost their jobs, their homes, and their cars.  When you have no job, or you have a job that pays only minimum wage, how can you keep the electricity on, keep your children clothed, and still feed your family?  Through the deliberate impoverishing of the middle class, people are being controlled and enslaved.  Innocent children, through no fault of their own, are going hungry – for some of these kids the only meal that they get in a day is the free lunch offered at their school. So before you say, “So what?” or “Well, I had to pay for my groceries – I have no sympathy for them”, stop for a moment and think about why formerly hardworking people may have had to sacrifice their pride and accept some help.  Think about the jobs that are no longer available.  Consider the hours that are no longer offered at once full-time jobs." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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7 Financial Lessons From Breaking Bad | Wise Bread - http://www.wisebread.com/7-finan...
7 Financial Lessons From Breaking Bad | Wise Bread
"Suffice it to say, Walter White made a lot of questionable decisions. And while we're probably never going to make a foray into making crystal meth, many of his choices can offer helpful lessons in money management for the average, law-abiding citizen. From preparing for disaster to investing your money and how to deal with unexpected wealth, there is much to learn from the craziness of Breaking Bad. Here are seven lessons to take away from the madness. [Caution: Spoilers Coming]" - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Status Symbol: Motorola RAZR | The Verge - http://www.theverge.com/2013...
Status Symbol: Motorola RAZR | The Verge
Status Symbol: Motorola RAZR | The Verge
"In 2003, Nokia made the world’s three most popular phones. They were all short, stubby candy bars, with nine buttons and a tiny monochrome screen. All three looked and worked like every other cellphone on the market, but they were $50, or $20, or free. So they sold like like crazy. But early the next year, underneath a glass case inside the Arken Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, a select group of 110 fashion journalists got an unexpectedly high-tech glimpse at the future. It was the Motorola RAZR V3, the cellphone that would change the world." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
I had one of the later models for a while. - Eric - It's My Thing
Nix that, I had a Moto SLVR with the built-in iTunes. - Eric - It's My Thing
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The Shutdown Political Game: Inflict Maximum Pain to Score Cheap Points | Charles Hugh Smith | FINANCIAL SENSE - http://www.financialsense.com/contrib...
"The only vote that isn't thrown away is a vote for a third-party or independent candidate. Voting for an incumbent or other Demopublican/Republicrat is the same as not voting at all: you're simply rubber-stamping a continuation of corruption and dysfunction." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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The Rise of a Semi-employed America: Amazon to hire 70,000 part-time workers while Merck will fire 8,500 full-time employees. Before recession 4 million part-time workers today over 8 million. - http://www.mybudget360.com/parttim...
The Rise of a Semi-employed America: Amazon to hire 70,000 part-time workers while Merck will fire 8,500 full-time employees. Before recession 4 million part-time workers today over 8 million.
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"The US is seeing a dramatic rise in the number of part-time workers. The reason many employers are going with part-time hiring is that they usually forgo any benefit payments but also have more flexibility in firing these workers when they no longer need them. This may also explain the rise in renting households as more Americans are unwilling to buy a long-term asset when their own future is tenuous. This trend is hitting young Americans particularly hard. We can see this shift by analyzing those working part-time for economic reasons. Prior to the recession, roughly 4 million Americans fit this category. Today the figure is above 8 million although at the height of the recession it was at 9 million. This trend demonstrates a shift to less secure employment for many American families. It also highlights a deeper trend of just-in-time (JIT) hiring for US companies. For example, at the same time that Amazon announces seasonal hiring of 70,000 part-time workers Merck announces it will... more... - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Dunkin' Donuts (5/5) - http://www.yelp.com/biz...
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"Efficient cashier and friendly service. Note however, I visited this Dunkin Donuts at night when they had no other customers, so things may be different in the daytime if they are busy." - Morton Fox
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Report: Top Microsoft Investors Lobbying for Bill Gates' Resignation - http://mashable.com/2013...
Report: Top Microsoft Investors Lobbying for Bill Gates' Resignation
"The investors, who together hold more than 5% of Microsoft's shares (per Reuters), believe that Gates might circumscribe the power of the next chief executive, preventing him or her from developing new strategies and making "substantial changes." They are also reportedly concerned that Gates, who has spent the last 13 years focused on his own foundation and now only owns about 4.5% of Microsoft's shares, holds too much executive power relative to his holdings." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Any Animal That Touches This Lethal Lake Turns to Stone - http://gizmodo.com/any-ani...
Any Animal That Touches This Lethal Lake Turns to Stone
Any Animal That Touches This Lethal Lake Turns to Stone
Any Animal That Touches This Lethal Lake Turns to Stone
"There's a deceptively still body of water in Tanzania with a deadly secret—it turns any animal it touches to stone. The rare phenomenon is caused by the chemical makeup of the lake, but the petrified creatures it leaves behind are straight out of a horror film." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Former Microsoft privacy chief no longer trusts company | Microsoft - CNET News - http://news.cnet.com/8301-10...
Former Microsoft privacy chief no longer trusts company | Microsoft - CNET News
"Caspar Bowden says he was unaware of the PRISM data-sharing program when he worked at the software company." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Smartphones: Transforming society into a sea of stupid | ZDNet - http://www.zdnet.com/smartph...
Smartphones: Transforming society into a sea of stupid | ZDNet
"In a previous column, I discussed the impact of smartphone technology on human society and why extended usage of these devices may be stealing our most valued moments of life away from us. I've given this a bit more thought. The issue isn't so much smartphones per se, but our increasing reliance on mobile technology combined with an irresistible cocktail of social networking. A cocktail in which there are incentives for constant participation or sharing of information, as well as incessant information "snacking."" - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Why iOS 7 is making some users sick | Technology | theguardian.com - http://www.theguardian.com/technol...
Why iOS 7 is making some users sick | Technology | theguardian.com
"The introduction of fake zooms, parallax, sliding and other changes in Apple's new iPhone and iPad software has a very real effect on people with vestibular disorders" - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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BBC News - Stanislav Petrov: The man who may have saved the world - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
BBC News - Stanislav Petrov: The man who may have saved the world
"Thirty years ago, on 26 September 1983, the world was saved from potential nuclear disaster." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Google Street View in the Large Hadron Collider is a smash | Crave - CNET - http://news.cnet.com/8301-17...
Google Street View in the Large Hadron Collider is a smash | Crave - CNET
Google Street View in the Large Hadron Collider is a smash | Crave - CNET
"Explore the tunnels and control rooms of the world's biggest particle collider from the comfort of your own home using Google Street View." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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“Disney never knows how to handle Asians.” Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD | Partial Objects - http://partialobjects.com/2013...
“Disney never knows how to handle Asians.” Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD | Partial Objects
"On the right, we have the Asian girl.  Disney never knows how to handle Asians. As a demo they are very educated and have a lot of money and love going to Disneyworld, so Disney would naturally like to empty their pockets like everyone else’s. But the culture is different enough from the fairy tales Disney endlessly recycles that they don’t know how to sell into them when they grow up.  So Disney here is running with the default Asian badass minx that white guys are comfortable with (See Tarantino, Die Hard 4, etc.).  She’s all in black, buttoned up, belt cinched tight, with really long sleeves with thumb holes cut out of them.  No doubt a disciplined martial artist.  I guess they figured black gloves would have been too cliche.  She looks exactly like white America sees Asians: disciplined, cold, motivated, aloof, and colorless, and hot.  Does she play the piano?  Your goddamn right she does.  And the violin, too." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
I don't know about all that, maybe, but I do like the actress. She was on ER for several years. - Eric - It's My Thing
I wonder if this guy knows one of the writers is Asian? And wasn't hired just so they could say they had a diverse writer's room. I haven't watched AoS yet but based on this review, it seems like the reviewer may not have, either, because what s/he's saying seems directed at the promo stills and general outline. - Spidra Webster
The 'badass minx' description doesn't really seem to fit with how that character was presented in the first episode. Its hinted that she's both fairly competent, and well-known for it. Time will tell whether they drag in some of the cliches of that trope, or some of the others. - Jennifer Dittrich
Yeah, I think it's strictly a deconstruction of the imagery. Honestly, I don't think it necessarily makes a difference that one of the writers is an Asian woman as far as the first impressions of the imagery is concerned. She still has to work with the cultural tropes as they exist. One can only hope that she can subvert them, but it's not going to happen automatically just because she's there. - Victor Ganata
Ming-Na Wen was Mulan as well, FWIW. - Alix May
No, it won't happen automatically. But given that she's publicly critiqued H'wood's treatment of Asians, I think maybe one should actually watch an episode before going off. (She's also co-creator and co-executive producer of the show.) - Spidra Webster
Sure, I think it would be off-base as critique of the actual show. But I still think it's possible to deconstruct the imagery on its own. - Victor Ganata
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BBC News - Apple Maps flaw results in drivers crossing airport runway - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
BBC News - Apple Maps flaw results in drivers crossing airport runway
BBC News - Apple Maps flaw results in drivers crossing airport runway
"Fairbanks International Airport told a local newspaper that in the past three weeks two motorists had driven along the taxiway and across one of its runways. Apple's app directs users along the taxiway but does not specifically tell them to drive on to the runway." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
OK, so two things here: First - BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA stupid Apple software strikes again and stupid people blindly following these horrible directions. Second - this is what happens when you rely too much on technology and not enough on common sense or perhaps a good ol' map review before going anywhere. There is something to be said about journey-planning, even on-the-fly. When all else fails, go analog. People do still know how to read a paper map, yes? - Hookuh Tinypants
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BBC News - Connecticut court to decide whether horses are 'vicious' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
BBC News - Connecticut court to decide whether horses are 'vicious'
"A lower court said Scuppy belonged "to a species naturally inclined to do mischief and be vicious". The state supreme court will now hear an appeal." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
Horses? Vicious? Well sure, after centuries of being manhandled by humans, I can see how that would be the case. Who wouldn't be vicious when people are constantly climbing on your back and slapping you with reins to make you run faster? Here, put this bit in your mouth. TOTALLY comfy. Wear this saddle too, I'm sure it won't ever chafe. Good god, if an animal is ever vicious, it's because man made them that way. - Hookuh Tinypants
Louis Gray
New FriendFeed Logo.
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Hahaha! - Stephen Mack
That will turn it around! - Morton Fox
It would be awesome if the logo could actually be changed for just a little while. But, could Yahoo! sue based on the use of the exclamation mark? - Joe
I don't think I can handle two logo changes in one week. - rönin
yahoo 的新 logo 迅速成为吐槽对象。 - ashbee
yaaaaaahoooooooooooooeeeeey! - AJ Batac
So whimsical! :D - AJ Batac
FriendHoo / YaFeed - Stephen Mack from iPhone
ADD ME FRIENDS - Wahyu Cah Brosela
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Google must stand trial for Wi-Fi data grab, appeals court rules | Ars Technica - http://arstechnica.com/tech-po...
Google must stand trial for Wi-Fi data grab, appeals court rules | Ars Technica
"In 2010, Google admitted its Street View cars were collecting too much data. Instead of just getting the bare minimum data needed to map out the locations of Wi-Fi networks, the cars had—by accident, Google insisted—collected "packet" data that contained private user information. The disclosure led to government probes in both the US and Europe. Those investigations have wound down, at least in the US, but the civil lawsuits over the issue have not gone away. The Google Wi-Fi incident happened in 2010, a point in history when Internet privacy lawsuits started getting filed at the drop of a hat. Google admitted that it had, at a minimum, made an honest mistake—and so the class-action lawyers pounced, saying that the search giant had violated federal anti-wiretapping laws." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
I'm not defending them, but all of the mainstream articles about this lately have not mentioned that the extraneous data was collected by accident, was piecemeal and useless, and they discarded it as soon as they found out about it. Also, jeebus people, lock down your wifi. - Laura Norvig
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Windows 8.1 review: New version, same mess - http://www.infoworld.com/print...
Windows 8.1 review: New version, same mess
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"Windows 8.1 follows Windows 8 in typical Microsoft "version 2.0" fashion, changing a bit of eye candy and dangling several worthwhile improvements -- but hardly solving the underlying problem [1]. Touch-loving tablet users are still saddled with a touch-hostile Windows desktop, while point-and-clickers who live and breathe the Windows desktop still can't make Metro go away." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Johns Hopkins University Falls Victim to the NSA Chilling Effect - Philip Bump - The Atlantic Wire - http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politic...
Johns Hopkins University Falls Victim to the NSA Chilling Effect - Philip Bump - The Atlantic Wire
"What does a DIY t-shirt with a dumb joke on it have in common with a thoughtful article written by a noted researcher at Johns Hopkins University? Both were pulled offline out of fear that they crossed the government's hazy lines demarcating acceptable behavior." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Long CVS receipts spark social media sensation - Business - The Boston Globe - http://www.bostonglobe.com/busines...
Long CVS receipts spark social media sensation - Business - The Boston Globe
Long CVS receipts spark social media sensation - Business - The Boston Globe
"In one photo, a man holds up a CVS receipt so long it towers above his head. Another features a woman who jokingly uses the paper strip to keep track of her figure. She’s down to her target waistline: half a receipt. The drug store chain’s remarkably long receipts — some, jammed with coupons, are said to reach 6 feet — have become a social media sensation, sparking more than 8,000 Twitter posts that range from gentle ribbings to scathing reproaches. They include photos that employ children, dogs, and even pianos as units of measurement of the scroll-like slips." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Fish & Chicken Variety Platter at Fictional Pirate in Lansdale. Hurrah for finding restaurants by chance! http://t.co/FVnNFcZut8
Fish & Chicken Variety Platter at Fictional Pirate in Lansdale. Hurrah for finding restaurants by chance! http://t.co/FVnNFcZut8
You really carry around Taco Bell hot sauce packets with you? - Akiva
That restaurant location also sells Taco Bell, so they have hot sauce packets. - Morton Fox
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Why are so many young Americans living at home? Record number of Americans living at home while student debt reaches another record. - http://www.mybudget360.com/record-...
Why are so many young Americans living at home? Record number of Americans living at home while student debt reaches another record.
Why are so many young Americans living at home? Record number of Americans living at home while student debt reaches another record.
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"While the unemployment rate continues to fall in large part because people are dropping out of the workforce, we reach another record which highlights a difficult economy for young people. A record number of young Americans now live at home. It would be one thing if this was being driven by a desire to stay at home but this is not the case. Economically younger Americans are simply having a tougher time starting their own households. Combine this with the record amount of student debt largely shouldered by young Americans and it is easy to understand why this trend is occurring. This living at home trend also helps to explain one of the reasons why homeownership has fallen overall. This is not a positive trend no matter how people try to spin it." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Triple shocks threaten Europe's sickly and deformed recovery - Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance...
Triple shocks threaten Europe's sickly and deformed recovery - Telegraph
"Europe has not recovered. It has begun to stabilise, but only just, amid mass unemployment, with debt trajectories still spiralling out of control in Italy, Portugal, Spain and once again in Greece." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Family ditches computers, lives like it's 1986 - http://www.cbc.ca/news...
Family ditches computers, lives like it's 1986
"Blair McMillan and Morgan Patey are playing an elaborate game of make-believe, living like it's 1986 for almost a year so their young sons will know what it's like to live a 'normal' life, without technology" - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
His haircut is definitely 1986. - Akiva
1st thought: "What does a computer have to do with their fashion choices?" Oh. I get it now. - Anika
...only in Canada !! - Peter Dawson
Hey! Mullets keep our necks warm! - Ken Morley
I liked this, but I think it's a stupid project. 1986 was normal back in 1986. This is the new normal, and if you think it's about your kids not getting enough physical play, I think you can do that without a draconian no-2013-era-technology edict. - Andrew C (✔)
I kind of agree Andrew. What are they going to do when the year is over? - Shevonne
Are they going to call distant friends and family less, to simulate the high cost of long distance calling back in the day? The modern world, IMO, is a tradeoff. We might be less connected to people who are physically here with us, but the value of being more connected with distant friends is a big positive too. Let's not act like we /only/ lost something; we also gained something. - Andrew C (✔)
It's all about balance. I teach Sophie that paying her Wii is fine but playing with ladybugs outside is also fun. - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
There were personal computers in 1986 though. - Morton Fox
Oh, I've done this. In 1986. Except for the Apple ][+. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
They should go further back, to before "inside" was even invented. That would teach the small boys a lesson! - Morgan Fugel
I had a Commodore VIC 20 in 1986. - Melly - #TeamMarina
Also, how easy it is to get a 2 and 5 year old to give up technology. If the kids were older, then I'd be more impressed. However, it is kind of cool that they did this. - Shevonne
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22 Words | Middle-class Problems — People on Twitter overreacting about small annoyances [15 pictures] - http://twentytwowords.com/2013...
22 Words | Middle-class Problems — People on Twitter overreacting about small annoyances [15 pictures]
22 Words | Middle-class Problems — People on Twitter overreacting about small annoyances [15 pictures]
"Playing off the First-world Problem meme, Twitter account Middle Class Problem retweets people who are perhaps a bit too disappointed with the little troubles in their lives." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Intern’s death puts banking culture under microscope | Hot Topics | an SFGate.com blog - http://blog.sfgate.com/hottopi...
Intern’s death puts banking culture under microscope | Hot Topics | an SFGate.com blog
"They say Moritz Erhardt was caught up in what the banking industry calls a “magic roundabout,” in which a taxi drives you home after a 24-hour shift, waits outside while you shower and change, then drives you right back for another daylong stint at the office. After three days of endless work and six weeks of sometimes 100-hour-or-more work weeks, the 21-year-old German exchange student working a summer gig at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London collapsed and died in his shower. The tragedy flicked the spotlight on the banking industry, with its punishing hours and demanding internships." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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"Second visit to this location. Why did I subject myself to this? Well, somehow I thought it wouldn't be so bad this time. Service and food were still good but the restaurant itself had not improved.…" - Morton Fox
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Walkie Talkie melted my Jag! London's Fenchurch Street skyscraper melts businessman's car | Mail Online - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news...
Walkie Talkie melted my Jag! London's Fenchurch Street skyscraper melts businessman's car | Mail Online
Walkie Talkie melted my Jag! London's Fenchurch Street skyscraper melts businessman's car | Mail Online
"A £200million skyscraper has had an undeniably dazzling effect on passers-by – but not, unfortunately, the one intended by its architect. 20 Fenchurch Street, better known as the Walkie Talkie due to its distinctive shape, is reflecting blinding rays of light onto the street below, damaging the panels and wing mirror of a Jaguar XJ. The car belongs to Martin Lindsay, the director of a tiling company, who parked his Jaguar in central London's Eastcheap on Thursday afternoon." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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