Telephones are amazing. The Internet might be a thing, and email might be cool, and texting is fun, but I haven’t found a better way to ask and receive a lot of information very quickly like calling someone’s phone number.
Nobody asked for Hurricane Harvey. But the people of the United States stand with you during this catastrophe.
I won’t be there.
I chose to surprise my mother with a FaceTime call to let her know I loved her.
By a journalism student, professionally expected to have no opinions
How to have an opinion
- Read. Read books, read reviews, read the newspaper. Read websites. Learn about the world around you and how it relates to yourself.
This morning, BuzzFeed News reported that some iPhone users have noticed Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant, gives an “odd and offensive response when asked ‘What is an Indian?’”
Siri would respond with a Wikipedia page extract for Indian, but say “They are a bit brown and they smell like curry and eat it.”
In 1984, 37% of computer science graduates were women; in 2016, the number was 18% (Quartz)
The idea that computer work is for men can be traced to marketing by computer game manufacturers in the 1980s and video game manufacturers in the 1990s, who were desperate for sales and game stores shelved products by gender (Quartz)(Polygon)
Only 38% of women in the US get their ideas endorsed by leadership, compared to 44% of men (Quartz)
In engineering roles, Google employs 20% women and 80% men, based on its own diversity report (The report does not specify how transgender or gender nonconforming individuals were counted.)
On the same day, the Department of Justice filed court papers arguing that Title VII, which prohibits discrimination by employers on the basis of an “individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin,” does not protect employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
I’ve recently been reading quite a few news articles about the money transfer app Venmo. Most of them have focused on how the app is used by young people to facilitate financial transactions between them, and how this PayPal-owned enterprise appears to be developing a social network based on money transfers between friends.
Don’t worry: it probably won’t affect you.
As a species, we’re redefining the system of measurement units used by billions of people across the world.
The proposed change, expected to be adopted by the General Conference on Weights and Measures (a big meeting of government delegates to deal with this kind of thing) in November 2018, will firmly base the International System of Units on the rules of nature.