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RICHARD DAVIES – WHY COMPANIES MAKE THEIR PRODUCTS WORSE

There is much about computing to make the blood boil – the badly timed crashes and the endless software updates are frustrating. Yet most annoying of all is the fact that some products seem needlessly bad. Anyone setting up a home office, for example, will find that Microsoft has made the cheap version of its software worse by stripping away its email …

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The Personal Computer Show – 09.28.16

Google Andromeda OS

Running Android Apps on the Chromebook

Dell XPS 13 Misleading Ad ‘Weightless, Borderless, Limitless’

HDD 1 TB vs SSD 1 TB Pricing Differential

OneDrive’s file will return to Windows 10 as On-Demand Sync

IT workers brace for outsourcing, layoffs at Chicago Health Care Service Corporation

University of California’s outsourcing is wrong, says U.S. lawmaker

Court ruling puts future of H-1B lottery in doubt

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Leid Stories—Lots to Talk About? Talk About It on “Free Your Mind Friday!”—09.16.16

It’s our weekly gathering for the exchange of information, opinions and ideas. It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories, and what you have to say—about the news and issues of the day or about anything—is the “star” of the show. Call 888-874-4888 and free your mind! Download this episode (right click and save)

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GERALD SUSSMAN – American Elections: Weapons of Mass Distraction

Now that the agitprop babble of the conventions is behind us, we might ask, what is all this showman/woman/ship all about? Does the election of the president even matter? On some level perhaps, but the main utility of presidential elections is simply that it’s a weapon of mass distraction – creating a fiction that presidents actually rule and that voters …

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Steven MacMillan – Pokémon Go, the CIA, “Totalitarianism” and the Future of Surveillance

If anyone doubted that a percentage of the global population are akin to zombies, the incidents following the release of Pokémon Go have surely convinced you. Despite the game only being released in early July, we have already seen a man driving into a tree and a women getting locked in a graveyard whilst chasing these furry little creatures. Pokémon describes the …

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Jefferey Jaxen – Harvard Mumps Outbreak: The Real Story Mainstream Media Won’t Tell You

Harvard University Health Services Director Paul Barreira recently stated: “I’m actually more concerned now than I was during any time of the outbreak.” Harvard isn’t the only college in the Boston area hit by mumps this spring — Boston University, the University of Massachusetts and Tufts University have also reported cases among their students. Harvard’s recent mumps outbreak has brought …

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Four Risk Factors for Burnout—And How to Overcome Them

Work-life balance is one of the aspects of well-being that I have the hardest time implementing in my own life. As a happiness researcher and consultant, I really do try to practice what I preach. But work-life balance is something I often work at for short bursts before I end up backsliding into workaholism. I know that I am not …