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  1. Now that Bangladesh is becoming a middle-income country, our widespread software piracy is unlikely to be permitted for much longer. Bangladeshi law already makes software piracy illegal.

    Enforcement of the law has been overlooked until now, but will not continue forever. Especially with Bangladesh continuously lobbying US trade authorities for lower duties and tariffs for the exports of its ready-made garment factories, it is only a matter of time before American companies, such as Microsoft, insist that their intellectual property rights be enforced as a prerequisite for better trade access.
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  2. Here’s how this golden age of speech actually works: In the 21st century, the capacity to spread ideas and reach an audience is no longer limited by access to expensive, centralized broadcasting infrastructure. It’s limited instead by one’s ability to garner and distribute attention. And right now, the flow of the world’s attention is structured, to a vast and overwhelming degree, by just a few digital platforms: Facebook, Google (which owns YouTube), and, to a lesser extent, Twitter.

    These companies—which love to hold themselves up as monuments of free expression—have attained a scale unlike anything the world has ever seen; they’ve come to dominate media

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but all of this invalidates much of what we think about free speech—conceptually, legally, and ethically.

    The most effective forms of censorship today involve meddling with trust and attention, not muzzling speech itself.

    What’s more, all this online speech is no longer public in any traditional sense. Sure, Facebook and Twitter sometimes feel like places where masses of people experience things together simultaneously. But in reality, posts are targeted and delivered privately, screen by screen by screen.
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  3. Atwood, Deneuve e tutte le donne che non aderiscono all’allegoria manichea non meritano di essere silenziate e parlate dal di fuori da parte (non più degli uomini, ma) di altre donne, perché esse sanno perfettamente cosa dicono. Ha ragione Anna Bravo, intervistata da Simonetta Fiori, a dire che i rapporti tra uomini e donne “implicano desiderio, complicità, simpatia, e anche interesse, prevaricazione, oppressione: rapporti troppo complicati per essere liquidati con il politicamente corretto”. Né può essere liquidato il rapporto di prevaricazione sostenendo che le subalterne devono sempre essere rappresentate perché non sono in grado di rappresentarsi. Poiché così facendo si rischia di ventriloquarle, ovvero di rappresentarle non tanto politicamente, ma esteticamente: di ‘narrarle’.
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  4. Kela hopes additional data that is being collected as part of the trial from healthcare records will provide useful information on whether the security of a guaranteed unconditional income, paid in advance so beneficiaries can budget for it, might have a positive impact on anxiety, prescription drug consumption or doctor’s visits.

    “One participant has said she is less anxious because she no longer has to worry over calls from the job centre offering a job she can’t accept because she is caring for her elderly parents,” Turunen said. “We may be able to see from the trial data whether it has had unintended benefits – such as reduced medical costs.”

    The trial data may also allow the government to spend less on bureaucracy by simplifying Finland’s complex social security system – currently, it offers more than 40 different means-tested benefits – which is struggling to cope with a 21st-century labour market of part timers, short-term contracts and start-ups.

    The benefit system is simply “not suited to modern working patterns”, Turunen said. “We have too many benefits. People don’t understand what they’re entitled to or how they can get it. Even experts don’t understand. For example, it’s very hard to be in the benefit system in Finland if you are self-employed – you have to prove your income time and time and time again.”
    The Inequality Project: the Guardian's in-depth look at our unequal world
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    Perhaps most significantly, the trial marks “a real breakthrough for field experiments”, according to Kanerva. Rolled out in record time and after a brief, one-line pledge in the government’s platform, it had to function alongside all existing social security laws and clear numerous legal obstacles – including Finland’s constitution, which requires all citizens to be treated equally.

    “It was a huge effort to get it over the line,” Turunen said. “The government was determined it must be based on specific legislation – most experiments are not – and that it had to launch in January last year ... It was quite a task.”
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  5. not artificial if you get money for it, with which to buy things.

    The money is real, but the work is artificial. So much of what happens is bullshit make-work that's unnecessary replication of effort, which happens only so that people can get paid. But there are environmental costs to work, so bullshit m
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  6. every idea that’s referenced utilizes the concept of voting.

    If we’re coming up with wild ideas for social coordination, voting seems like an awfully familiar solution. Let’s start with a blank sheet of paper…

    What does a governance system look like that doesn’t require voting at all?

    voting wasn't designed for scale
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  7. CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook today, “I’m changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions.” VP of News Feed Adam Mosseri tells TechCrunch “I expect that the amount of distribution for publishers will go down because a lot of publisher content is just passively consumed and not talked about. Overall time on Facebook will decrease, but we think this is the right thing to do.”

    The winners in this change will be users and their sense of community, since they should find Facebook more rewarding and less of a black hole of wasted time viewing mindless video clips and guilty-pleasure articles. And long-term, it should preserve Facebook’s business and ensure it still has a platform to provide referral traffic for news publishers and marketers, albeit less than before.

    The biggest losers will be publishers who’ve shifted resources to invest in eye-catching pre-recorded social videos, because Mosseri says “video is such a passive experience”. He admits that he expects publishers to react with “a certain amount of scrutiny and anxiety”, but didn’t have many concrete answers about how publishers should scramble to react beyond “experimenting . . . and seeing . . what content gets more comments, more likes, more reshares.”
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  8. Most of Facebook’s uncanny guesswork is the result of a healthy percentage of users simply handing over their address books.

    But that doesn’t mean Facebook hasn’t thought about employing users’ metadata more strategically to make connections between them. Patents filed by Facebook that mention People You May Know show some ingenious methods that Facebook has devised for figuring out that seeming strangers on the network might know each other. One filed in 2015 describes a technique that would connect two people through the camera metadata associated with the photos they uploaded. It might assume two people knew each other if the images they uploaded looked like they were titled in the same series of photos—IMG_4605739.jpg and IMG_4605742, for example—or if lens scratches or dust were detectable in the same spots on the photos, revealing the photos were taken by the same camera.

    It would result in all the people you’ve sent photos to, who then uploaded them to Facebook, showing up in one another’s “People You May Know.” It’d be a great way to meet the other people who hired your wedding photographer.
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  9. La zona fu chiamata “Colonia Draconis” da papa Gregorio IV (827-844) per la presenza di molti grossi rettili colubridi chiamati Draconi dagli abitanti della zona.
    In zona era molto forte il culto della dea Giunone Regina, simboleggiata appunto dalla dracona. Gregorio IV, per debellare il culto pagano, introdusse nella zona la leggenda di San Giorgio, che sconfisse il drago a cui era stata offerta in sacrificio la figlia del re di Libia.
    Il culto di San Giorgio prese piede nella zona, e tutt’oggi ne abbiamo testimonianza nella vicina chiesa di San Giorgio, lo stesso quartiere San Giorgio e il casale edificato nella zona.

    Nel corso dei secoli la zona mutò il nome prima in Dragone (nome leggibile ancor oggi su molte cartine topografiche), per poi essere volgarizzato in quello attuale solo negli ultimi decenni del 1900, quando si sviluppò il quartiere.
    Tags: , , , by M. Fioretti (2018-01-12)
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  10. "Da alcuni giorni e soprattutto dopo un articolo riguardante la linea 6 leggo di un tunnel troppo stretto e di treni non ci potrebbero mai passare. Facciamo chiarezza ancora una volta: le gallerie della linea 6 sono commisurate alla larghezza dei treni, sia quelli già oggi nella disponibilità del Comune sia quelli oggetto delle prossime forniture. Del resto i treni della linea 6 hanno circolato regolarmente dal 2007 al 2013 e quelli oggetto della prossima fornitura hanno la medesima larghezza di quelli attualmente in dotazione. Treni in dotazione da 25 metri, ricordiamolo, sui quali sono già in corso, grazie all'intervento di questa Amministrazione, i necessari interventi di manutenzione.
    Vale la pena di ricordare però la cronistoria degli eventi legati alla realizzazione della linea M6. Il progetto del 2000, dalla stazione "Mostra" di piazzale Tecchio a piazza Municipio, prevedeva la realizzazione di un deposito/officina nell'area dell'ex Arsenale militare di via Campegna.
    Nel 2007 per l'attivazione della prima tratta Mostra - Mergellina, fu necessario realizzare un deposito provvisorio in coda alla stazione Mostra, esclusivamente per permettere le operazioni di piccola manutenzione e "parcamento" dei treni da 25 metri allora disponibili, risalenti al progetto della vecchia Linea Tranviaria Rapida (LTR) e adattati al servizio metropolitano. Invece, per le operazioni di manutenzione straordinaria fu realizzata una copertura amovibile al di sopra del deposito provvisorio per consentire l'estrazione dei treni per il successivo trasporto in apposite officine.
    Sempre nel 2007 i finanziamenti disponibili furono destinati al completamento della linea verso Municipio piuttosto che alla realizzazione del deposito/officina di via Campegna. Questa è lo stato dell'arte che abbiamo trovato e questa Amministrazione, da subito, ha ritenuto discutibili, se non illogiche, le scelte che erano state effettuate che non avrebbero potuto garantire la piena operatività della linea.
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