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Saturday, 24 August 2019

Say No to the “Cashless Future” — and to Cashless Stores

quote [ The issue goes beyond restaurants and retail stores; other services that are built around electronic payments should also offer cash options (or cash-like anonymous stored value cards). ]

While I can relate to this, it has often been brought up that using cash efficiently needs a stable financial infrastructure. I'm sure though, that corruption won't be quenched by simply abolishing paper money.
[SFW] [business]
[by Paracetamol@7:34amGMT] [1 comment]

Friday, 23 August 2019

Tokyo subway’s humble duct-tape typographer

quote [ With a few rolls of of duct tape and a craft knife, security guard Shuetsu Sato elevates the humble worksite sign to an art form. ]

Ooh, that's some fancy tape art.
[SFW] [art] [+8 Good]
[by Paracetamol@5:42amGMT] [3 comments]

Monday, 19 August 2019

Heatwave: think it's hot in Europe? The human body is already close to thermal limits elsewhere

quote [ Once this wetbulb temperature threshold is crossed, the air is so full of water vapour that sweat no longer evaporates. Without the means to dissipate heat, our core temperature rises, irrespective of how much water we drink, how much shade we seek, or how much rest we take. ]

Some scary humidity! In hindsight, it seems logical that physics dictate a wet heat more dangerous than a dry one.
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+1 Sad]
[by Paracetamol@7:51pmGMT] [2 comments]

Saturday, 17 August 2019

A Walk In Hong Kong (Idle Words)

quote [ That is the Hong Kong I saw last weekend. I don’t know - I suspect no one knows - what will happen tomorrow. The only sure thing is that people will march. There are many Hong Kongers and other smart people writing online who can explain the political context of the protests, the likelihood of intervention, and what this means in a deeper way. I am just a visitor who perhaps thinks too much about fish cakes when being tear gassed. ]

Very close account of the Hongkong protests, obviously a little subjective.
[SFW] [dystopian violence] [+3]
[by Paracetamol@5:13amGMT] [6 comments]

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Three Years of Misery Inside Google, the Happiest Company in Tech

quote [ Over the past three years, the structures that once allowed executives and internal activists to hash out tensions had badly eroded. In their place was a new machinery that the company's activists on the left had built up, one that skillfully leveraged media attention and drew on traditional organizing tactics. Dissent was no longer a family affair. ]

Can't believe I read all of that. Insightful stories though; it seems tricky to keep on rolling like before.
[SFW] [crime & punishment] [+3]
[by Paracetamol@7:28pmGMT] [0 comments]

Monday, 12 August 2019

Northern Soul Top 500

quote [ The Twisted Wheel, the sound was Motown, Stax, Atlantic and their imitators – American Soul music with an express train beat that found a spiritual home in England’s North and a name… ‘Northern Soul’. ]

Coming from a music nerd's book, cobbling these together digitally got a rejuvenation in the earlier internet days. Find more thoughts and some of my favourites in the extended.

[SFW] [music] [+4 Underrated]
[by Paracetamol@7:40amGMT] [1 comment]

Friday, 9 August 2019

There is no evil like reCAPTCHA (v3)

quote [ The reason that people fail reCAPTCHA v3 prompts so consistently now is because Google realised there was no punishment to forcing people to solve more of these 'human verification puzzles' and only more to gain by forcing (yes it IS forcing) people to train their AI for free. ]

They are reworking these again now, but it seems you need to stay logged in to some Google account for them not to take this long. Pretty annoying given the wide use anyway.
[SFW] [do it yourSElf] [+2]
[by Paracetamol@8:39pmGMT] [2 comments]

Thursday, 8 August 2019


quote [ Where your local trees tell you their story. ]

Explore London by vegetation using custom generated stroll maps.
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+1 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@7:59pmGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

The Miyawaki Method: A Better Way to Build Forests? | JSTOR Daily

quote [ India’s forest production company is following the tenets of the master Japanese botanist, restoring biodiversity in resource-depleted communities. ]

Interesting approach of micro climates and self-sustainment through diversity.
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+4 Informative]
[by Paracetamol@7:43pmGMT] [1 comment]

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Low income countries have the highest percentages of open access publication: A systematic computational analysis of the biomedical literature

quote [ We hypothesize that authors based in low income countries who routinely struggle to gain access to pay-to-view academic literature are motivated to make their work freely available to other researchers. ]

Yup, it's a dry paper, but still interesting news to me.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 Informative]
[by Paracetamol@7:23pmGMT] [0 comments]

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