These companies are both destroying the personal lives of their employees and getting nothing in return.

Many people believe that weekends and the 40-hour workweek are some sort of great compromise between capitalism and hedonism.

You might think: but if you had prioritized those things, wouldn't your contributions have been reduced? Would Facebook have been less successful?

Actually, I believe I would have been more effective: a better leader and a more focused employee. I would have had fewer panic attacks, and acute health problems  --  like throwing out my back regularly in my early 20s. I would have picked fewer petty fights with my peers in the organization, because I would have been generally more centered and self-reflective. I would have been less frustrated and resentful when things went wrong, and required me to put in even more hours to deal with a local crisis. In short, I would have had more energy and spent it in smarter ways... AND I would have been happier. That's why this is a true regret for me: I don't feel like I chose between two worthy outcomes. No, I made a foolish sacrifice on both sides. [...]

Many people believe that weekends and the 40-hour workweek are some sort of great compromise between capitalism and hedonism, but that's not historically accurate. They are actually the carefully considered outcome of profit-maximizing research by Henry Ford in the early part of the 20th century. He discovered that you could actually get more output out of people by having them work fewer days and fewer hours. Since then, other researchers have continued to study this phenomenon, including in more modern industries like game development.

The research is clear: beyond ~40 -- 50 hours per week, the marginal returns from additional work decrease rapidly and quickly become negative. We have also demonstrated that though you can get more output for a few weeks during "crunch time" you still ultimately pay for it later when people inevitably need to recover. If you try to sustain crunch time for longer than that, you are merely creating the illusion of increased velocity. This is true at multiple levels of abstraction: the hours worked per week, the number of consecutive minutes of focus vs. rest time in a given session, and the amount of vacation days you take in a year.

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Dismaland

Ok, everyone has told you about Dismaland by now, but the thing that is making me consider buying a plane ticket is that Massive Attack are playing there on Sep 25...


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Lock patterns

Surprise, your Android lock pattern is just as bad as the combo on your luggage:

More than 10 percent of the ones she collected were fashioned after an alphabetic letter, which often corresponded to the first initial of the subject or of a spouse, child, or other person close to the subject. The discovery is significant, because it means attackers may have a one-in-ten chance of guessing an ALP with no more than about 100 guesses. The number of guesses could be reduced further if the attacker knows the names of the target or of people close to the target.

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Aerosolization of a Human Norovirus Surrogate, Bacteriophage MS2, during Simulated Vomiting


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Research

Trying to find inspiration for a logo for CODEWORD, and I seem to have become the Rupert Giles of Concentric Circles.

I've already blown through my budget for paying actual designers to do this, and we didn't really get anywhere, so I guess I'm on my own.

Maybe I want an alchemical symbol for a nonexistent element. For a while I thought I wanted a schematic of an Enigma rotor, but those end up just looking like gears or circuit diagrams.

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Coco Fusco: Observations of Predation in Humans

A lecture by Dr. Zira, Animal Psychologist, Wed, Aug 19, 7:30 PM

For this performance, Zira shares her observations of human predation with a lecture followed by a question and answer session.

Zira is an expert in human behavior. In Ape City she conducted experiments on human subjects and dissected their brains. Her civilization was designed to avoid the human forms of aggression that lead to calamities, and her behavioral studies were key to forging that split between those hominids who destroy each other and those who would not.

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Deserted Chinese Amusement Parks

Stefano Cerio


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Bee pee.

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Eigenstyle

Principal Component Analysis and Fashion

With a bunch of components like these, we can reduce an image from, eg 60,000 points of data (pixel values) to just a handful of numbers. [...] Let's recreate this dress from its components.

The data for the dress now looks like this: [-17541.81, -12749.33, -3766.29, 2005.28, 4193.08, 6832.55, -6704.90, -2135.51, 1112.27, 7627.80].


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DNA Lounge: Wherein the robots video is up!

Ladies and Gentlemen:
The Second Annual DNA Lounge Cocktail Robotics Grand Challenge:

It took a little while, because that's a lot of video to edit. Thank you, John!

Also, don't miss the photo gallery of the event, or the 2014 video re-cap.

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