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Not Only Assholes Drive Mercedes. Also Conscientious People

Not Only Assholes Drive Mercedes. Also Conscientious People

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Abstract In a representative sample of Finnish car owners (N = 1892) we connected the Five-Factor Model personality dimensions to driving a high-status car. Regardless of whether income was included in the logistic model, disagreeable men and conscientious people in general were particularly likely to drive high-status cars. The results regarding agreeableness are consistent with…
Show HN: An open source Py/Django Ticket system to improve people charity.

Show HN: An open source Py/Django Ticket system to improve people...

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Shiva is a platform whose goal is allowing flexible means to help people. It is based on the concept of Tickets, when one needs help it creates a ticket, when one wanna help it creates a ticket. A ticket maps to some available or missing resource, it can be utilities, clothes, food or even folks…
How a fitness class made 112 people sick

How a fitness class made 112 people sick

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Kent Sepkowitz is a CNN medical analyst and a physician and infection control expert at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. The views expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion at CNN. (CNN)South Korea's aggressive testing and contact tracing program has given the country remarkable control of Covid-19, with the…
Over Time, Nuclear Power Would Kill Fewer People Than Petroleum (2013)

Over Time, Nuclear Power Would Kill Fewer People Than Petroleum (2013)

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ScienceJames Hansen, climate change researcher and activist, is retiring from NASA, but not without making some new waves.By Rebecca BoyleApril 2, 2013
People, Power and Technology: The 2020 Digital Attitudes Report

People, Power and Technology: The 2020 Digital Attitudes Report

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People, Power and Technology: The 2020 Digital Attitudes Report The public is once again recalibrating its relationship with technology.  The pandemic lockdown has accelerated even further the already dizzying speed of technological change: suddenly the office has become Zoom, the classroom Google and the theatre YouTube.  The transformations wrought in this period will be lasting.…
The technologies the world is using to track coronavirus – and people

The technologies the world is using to track coronavirus – and...

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This article is part of a VB special issue. Read the full series: AI and Surveillance.Now that the world is in the thick of the coronavirus pandemic, governments are quickly deploying their own cocktails of tracking methods. These include device-based contact tracing, wearables, thermal scanning, drones, and facial recognition technology. It’s important to understand how…
Young People Are Returning to Facebook

Young People Are Returning to Facebook

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Facebook is for old people. Everybody knows that! Usage plummeted in 2019, most sharply among Gen-Z and millennials. While Facebook reported growth by some measures, evidence of everyday scrolling — "likes, shares and posts" — dropped by almost 20%. In 2018, only half of teens said they were using Facebook, despite 45% reporting being "online…
The Ainu, Japan’s Indigenous People

The Ainu, Japan’s Indigenous People

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“This is our bear hut,” the short, vivacious woman shouted through a hand-held loudspeaker, her smile creasing her forehead with deep wrinkles. A blue hat was perched on her head and her short tunic, embroidered with pink geometric designs, was tied sharply at the waist. She pointed at a wooden structure made of round logs,…
Facebook didn’t mark ads as ads for blind people for almost 2 years

Facebook didn’t mark ads as ads for blind people for almost...

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For nearly two years, Facebook didn’t include a legible “Sponsored” label on ads for Facebook users who are blind or who have low vision.That meant that anyone using a screen reader—software which reads the words on webpages out loud—couldn’t tell the difference between their friends’ posts and paid ads, which are visually indicated with a…