|If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at who He gives it to!|
... Beauty is one of the rare things which does not lead to doubt of God.
— Jean Anouilh, born o this date in 1910
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How I stopped worrying and learned to murder my darlings
Tell the truth and shame the Devil Shakespeare, Henry IV)
The former East Germany produced a car, the Trabant, which was renowned for its poor quality and erratic performance. Franz, having saved up the amount to buy his Trabant, enters the office, and fills in the form. He passes over the money and gets the receipt. ‘When can I take delivery?’ Franz asks. ‘Ah, comrade, the car is so popular that there is a long long waiting list, but I think I can guarantee that you can take delivery in just five years’ time — in fact, tomorrow morning in five years!’ ‘Oh,’ says Franz, ‘could it be in the afternoon five years from now?’ ‘Yes, that can be arranged. But why in the afternoon?’ ‘The plumber is coming in the morning,’ explains Franz.
In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.
— George Orwell, born on this date in 1903
Supermarkets set to introduce ‘surge-pricing’ in their shops according to demand: Plans would mean ice cream is more expensive on hot days Daily Mail Growing vegetables is a political act.
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Renowned US tech analyst Mark Mahaney has watched the global tech sector for almost 20 years, and there's one lesson that stands out most of all – every five to seven years, a major internet franchise that once seemed bulletproof falls.
"We've seen it with AOL, eBay and now Yahoo. Companies that seemed dominant, especially in the case of AOL and Yahoo, are shells of their former selves," RBC Capital Markets' Mr Mahaney told AFR Weekend while in Melbourne.
"Even eBay was the leading internet retail asset with a market cap greater than Amazon, but now Amazon is 10 times the value of eBay."
It's a lesson that may be applicable to Uber, which this week saw its co-founder and chief executive Travis Kalanick forced to resign after being pressured by investors to step down amid criticisms of his treatment of staff and an internal investigation into the company's toxic culture.
Gizmodo: “Political data gathered on more than 198 million US citizens was exposed this month after a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee stored internal documents on a publicly accessible Amazon server.The data leak contains a wealth of personal information on roughly 61 percent of the US population. Along with home addresses, birthdates, and phone numbers, the records include advanced sentiment analyses used by political groups to predict where individual voters fall on hot-button issues such as gun ownership, stem cell research, and the right to abortion, as well as suspected religious affiliation and ethnicity. The data was amassed from a variety of sources—from the banned subreddit r/fatpeoplehate to American Crossroads, the super PAC co-founded by former White House strategist Karl Rove. Deep Root Analytics, a conservative data firm that identifies audiences for political ads, confirmed ownership of the data to Gizmodo on Friday…”
- 65% of Australian respondents believe a strong reputation for ethical behaviour is a commercial advantage, yet 43% believe people with questionable ethical practices are seen to be promoted
- 39% of Australian respondents believe bribery and corrupt practices happen widely in Australia
- 51% of Australian respondents believe their organisation will be at increased risk of being a victim of cyberattacks over the next few years
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(1) Correctiv's fact-checking unit is now on Twitter. (2) In Singapore, a government official outlines a plan to fight fake news with legislation. (3) The New York Times runs a correction to a charged claim about gun violence. (4) Putin sharing fake news with Oliver Stone? Click. (5) No one's touting the health benefits of cannibalism in Florida, says PolitiFact. (6) Share this NBC video with your Facebook friends: How fake news makes money. (7) New research from Michelle Amazeen: Fake news hurts real journalists. (8) What's the fee for discrediting a journalist? (9) Have you been fooled again? Take PolitiFact’s “Faked Out” quiz. (10) New Yorker editor delivers “potty-mouth” description of misinformation and fake news. (11) It probably wasn't necessary to fact-check what it feels like to be "hugged by 10,000 fireflies," but the science is interesting.
Colvin's crappy memorial. Mark Colvin's niece Lucinda Higgie is raising money for the toilet seats the ABC broadcaster wanted to donate, inscribed as the broadcaster requested with "enjoy this comfortable crap, courtesy of me, Mark Colvin". Higgie will run in Sydney's City to Surf fun run, and writes on her fundraising page that the current commode seats at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, where Colvin was treated, are humiliating to use. Colvin died in May, after more than 20 years of chronic illness stemming from a rare disease picked up when reporting on the Rwandan genocide.
2 in 3 Aussies use shared economy (Uber, eBay, Airbnb, and more)
Canstar, 15/2/17. Over two thirds (68%) of Australians now spend and earn money through the sharing economy, according to new research from P2P lender RateSetter.
*Over 55s to drive growth in sharing economy
*ACT fastest to embrace sharing economy
*Value of Australia’s sharing economy hits $15 billion, while concerns around future of work grow
TechCrunch, 19/6/17. Fintech firms are beginning to compete head-on with banks. The license will give Klarna — which up to now has powered payments for 60 million customers and works with 70,000 merchants — the ability to turn on a range of new banking products and services for its customers across Europe. These could include issuing payment cards; and moving into products to become an all-in-one digital wallet.
Airtasker. This year’s Future of Work research* highlights the impact of ongoing digital disruption on the Australian workplace. Whilst the 2017 data set suggests that there is some fear amongst Australians around automation and technology replacing human jobs, it also seems that new technology, including the sharing economy, is creating new industries and jobs that didn’t previously exist.
Scenario Magazine, 8/6/17. When the company keeps control over the product after they sell to the consumers, the whole concept of ownership becomes ambiguous, and what you get for your money becomes less transparent.
Quarz, June 2017. The day when any average Joe can train an algorithm along with his morning coffee is well within reach. The experience of using artificial intelligence is becoming more accessible, and choosing an algorithm to create an end-of-year report will soon be as simple as selecting a template in Microsoft Word. New hires will see promotions come quicker, startups will see faster growth, and the traditional enterprise businesses will see efficiency integrated into their corporate culture, whether they like it or not.