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Interesting Articles - April 19th 2017

1. Too much work?

This got my attention when I read this line:

"Employers may subject our bodies to drug tests; monitor our speech both on and off the job; require us to answer questionnaires about our exercise habits, off-hours alcohol consumption, and childbearing intentions; and rifle through our belongings. If the state held such sweeping powers ... we would probably not consider ourselves free men and women."

On similar lines, I liked this article from Quartz - Why being grumpy at work is good for you!

2. Zombie Malls

One out of every 10 American works in retail. 89000 workers have been laid off since October 2016. The total Coal Mining industry  that created a big foofaraw during the 2016 elections, has roughly 80000 employees and retail industry lost more than that in less than 7 months

3. Jon Ossoff and 2018 Mid-term election from FiveThirtyEight

I was up till 11:30 pm following the Twitter feed and trying to determine if he can get 50% of the votes to be elected. Just few days back, John Oliver had a segment on GA and it's ridiculous election process. It was close, but couldn't get through the end line.
Bottom line - The run-offs are going to be closer than most people realize and also 2018 won't be a year where Dems can compete.

4. Alien Knowledge - When Machines Justify Knowledge

Fair Warning - Long Read

This is a long read and gives you a perspective on how hard AI is and the scary thing is, that the folks who are building it even really don't fully understand how it works.

5. A day in the life of a Food Vendor

This article truly justifies why you pay for NYT :-)
This article goes behind the scene on daily struggle to do business against host of challenges:

  • City Codes and Regulation
  • Exorbitant Fines for Small Violations and
  • Occasional rage of Brick and Mortar Businesses or Residents
  • Weather, Whims of transit and foot traffic

6. Connecting Universe - The Facebook way

F8 news was disappointment for me. Maybe I have become an old fart to wear a 1 lbs of headgear on my head to chat with my other old friends, but the concept of spaces did not excite me at all.

"The problem with connecting everyone on the planet is that a lot of people are assholes. The issue with giving just anyone the ability to live broadcast to a billion people is that someone will use it to shoot up a school. You have to plan for these things. You have to build for the reality we live in, not the one we hope to create."


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Email is the new Fax

Do you see this picture when you sign-in to your Gmail account? 

I see it every single time I sign-in to Gmail, no matter the speed of connection. At some point this started happening to my Gmail account a year or so back and every time I log-in, it gets bad. Gmail is my preferred account and I have around 10000 emails in my inbox, which is not a whole lot. I love to clean my inbox and organize it as much as possible. All the marketing, forums, registered mails are deleted rather than just sitting there. I had plenty of filters before, but when google introduced 6 tabs, I decided to go simpler and just use the default tabs. It is working well so far, but the lag and that picture still appears every single time.
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Apple and Google - Tale of 2 photos from Tim Cook

I was watching the Apple event from this morning. It was nicely done by Tim Cook. He definitely has it's own personality for sure.

There is a section in the video when Tim starts talking about iPad. There were two striking pictures that he presented to the whole world. I won't consider it a low blow, but it definitely showcased the real problem with Android tablets. 
1. Twitter app on Samsung +Android tablet and how the Twitter app looks on iPad 
2. Yelp app - Compared on how they looked on Samsung tablet and on iPad

There was also another reason of selecting Samsung tablet -- just to tell the world how they two look alike!

But besides the point - Tim laid out the biggest problem for Android and why +Google is loosing on Tablets. It's the Apps +Google+Android+Andy Rubin !!!!!

Just look at the apps, compare them and see why Android tablets are not selling like hot cakes even when they are cheap and the OS is free. If +Andy Rubin is in denial about two sets of apps, one for smart …