Observations on Technology Use in Hong Kong Protests Telegram is the preferred messenger app among protesters. It’s used for one-on-one messaging between people, among small groups of people to coordinate, and among very large groups to amplify and disseminate information. The polls feature in Telegram is also a way of affirming consensus in group decision making.
This Company Built a Private Surveillance Network. We Tracked Someone With It – VICE This tool, called Digital Recognition Network (DRN), is not run by a government, although law enforcement can also access it. Instead, DRN is a private surveillance system crowdsourced by hundreds of repo men who have installed cameras that passively scan, capture, and upload the license plates of every car they drive by to DRN’s database. DRN stretches coast to coast and is available to private individuals and companies focused on tracking and locating people or vehicles. The tool is made by a company that is also called Digital Recognition Network.
From drawing room to courtroom: SketchUp in crime scenes | SketchUp Blog Technical illustrator and SketchUp veteran Joshua Cohen stays busy helping attorneys build stronger cases through visual storytelling. Between 2004-2008, Fat Pencil Studio primarily served real estate clients, but the recession changed everything. Now about 80% of their business is related to litigation. They use SketchUp to help attorneys make a stronger case. Equipped with SketchUp, Joshua and his team of designers at Fat Pencil Studio analyze problems, surface new perspectives, and bring narratives to life in 3D.
Your drain on drugs: Meth seeps into Baltimore’s streams – CNN.com Here’s why: These plants and bugs are the base of the aquatic food web. Birds eat the bugs, as do frogs and fish. As emergent contaminants such as pharmaceuticals and endocrine disruptors become more common in ground and drinking water, they could affect humans. Scientists say the direct health effects are pretty much unknown, and more research will need to be done. h/t Jon Becker Handwriting Just Doesn’t Matter – The New York Times A month later, Alabama required the teaching of cursive in public schools by the end of third grade by way of “Lexi’s Law,” named for the granddaughter of the state representative Dickie Drake; Mr. Drake believes “cursive writing identifies you as much as your physical features do.” In other words, our script reveals something unique and ineluctable about our inner being. For most of American history, cursive was supposed to do the opposite. Mastering it was dull, repetitive work, intended to make every student’s handwriting match a standardized model. In the mid-19th century, that model was Spencerian script. It was replaced by the Palmer Method, which was seen as a more muscular and masculine hand suitable for the industrial age — a “plain and rapid style,” as Austin Palmer described it, to replace the more […]
The Government Says It Wasted Millions of Dollars Dressing the Afghan Army in Proprietary Camouflage There, they came across HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp., a company whose name seems to have tumbled out of a comic book (and which has, in fact, made uniforms for a Marvel movie, the bad Iron Man one). Founded in 1999, the Canadian company started out around a plan to make “hyperbaric chambers and passive negative-ion generators for professional hockey players,” according to the Atlantic, but later pivoted to making copyrighted camouflage patterns, and maybe one day an invisibility cloak. 6 Resources that Designed Me as a Web Developer – Hacker Noon Usually we choose which resources to review according to our skills set and our fields of interest. There are some resources that make us feel different after viewing/reading them. This feeling is hard to explain. It can be the understanding of issue we are trying to solve or something that wire up our points of knowledge. Marriott Unveils Master Class: Intimate Learning Experiences With Professionals — Is that what a class is like? Should it be? There has been an influx of research that proves that experiences bring more happiness than material goods. Millennials especially place a lot of value on experiences and this is evident in their spending—people are willing to pay to experience […]
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