The coming war on the hidden algorithms that trap people in poverty

Miriam was only 21 when she met Nick. She was a photographer, fresh out of college, waiting tables. He was 16 years her senior and a local business owner who had worked in finance. He was charming and charismatic; he took her out on fancy dates and paid for everything. She quickly fell into his orbit.

It began with one credit card. At the time, it was the only one she had. Nick would max it out with $5,000 worth of business purchases and promptly pay it off the next day. Miriam, who asked me not to use their real names for fear of interfering with their ongoing divorce proceedings, discovered that this was boosting her credit score. Having grown up with a single dad in a low-income household, she trusted Nick’s know-how over her own. He readily encouraged the dynamic, telling her she didn’t understand finance. She opened up

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Finding And Hiring IT And Software People Is Going To Be Harder

David Moise is CEO, and sometimes developer, of Decide Consulting, an executive search and recruitng firm for IT and Software roles.

In the months prior to Covid-19, the job market for IT and software people was hot. According to the Department of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for IT people hovered near 2.3% for all of 2019. Even several months into the Covid-19 economy, the IT sector is competing with the legal profession to have the lowest unemployment rate in the country.

Prior to Covid-19, companies trying to hire top technical talent were finding it more difficult to do so. As we emerge from the Covid-19 economy to the recovery, it will become even more difficult to find and retain those software and IT personnel. There are several reasons why.

Digital Transformations

Pick up any recent report from Gartner, Inc., McKinsey & Company or any other top advisory

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People Make The Digital Economy Go Round

To succeed as a society in the emerging digital economy, it isn’t just machines and software that will move us forward — we need people to be well-educated, well=-trained, and well-motivated to take part in its growth.

Where is the best preparation for the digital economy taking place? The United States and China come to mind, but neither nation is leading the way with the momentum needed to bring workers into the digital economy. Rather, it’s Saudi Arabia, France, and Indonesia are showing the most momentum. These are the findings of a recent study published by the European Center for Digital Competitiveness, which looked at nations’ ability to cope with digital transformation.

France, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia “may not be the first examples that come to mind when it comes to digital, but their underlying policies implemented in the last three years

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Geniuses in our midst! People share the VERY clever life hacks

Geniuses in our midst! Social media users share their unorthodox life hacks that you’ll wish you’d thought of first

  • Social media users from around the world have been sharing ingenious life hacks
  • Bored Panda gathered a collection of the best solutions to different problems
  • One discovered a way to dispense sanitiser without having to touch the bottle
  • Another shared their clever method of teaching their son how to play baseball

Some people seem to breeze through life impeccably organised, while others can’t seem to get on top of their everyday tasks.

If you’re one of those who gets constantly flummoxed by life’s little inconveniences, luckily some crafty individuals have come up with clever hacks to save you.

Bored Panda has gathered a collection of the most ingenious life hacks shared on Reddit’s

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Measuring risk-taking – by watching people move computer mouses

Embargoed until 3:00 p.m. ET Monday, November 23, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio – How you move a computer mouse while deciding whether to click on a risky bet or a safe choice may reveal how much of a risk-taker you really are.

Researchers found that people whose mouse drifted toward the safe option on the computer screen – even when they ended up taking the risky bet – may be more risk-averse than their choice would indicate. Those who moved the mouse toward the risk before accepting the safe option may be more open to risk than it seems.

“We could see the conflict people were feeling making the choice through their hand movements with the mouse,” said Paul Stillman, lead author of the study who received his Ph.D. in psychology at The Ohio State University.

“How much their hand is drawn to the choice they didn’t make can reveal a

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Twitter Bug Lets People See Fleets Past Their Expiration Dates

Twitter can’t catch a fleeting break.

Twitter can’t catch a fleeting break.
Photo: Lionel Bonaventure / AFP (Getty Images)

It looks like Twitter just can’t catch a fleeting break. Days after the company unveiled Fleets, its new Instagram Stories-like posts that are theoretically supposed to disappear after 24 hours, a bug has basically made them pretty useless. Even worse, the bug could open the door to snooping galore.

Illustration for article titled Snoop Alert: Twitter Bug Lets People See Fleets Past Their Expiration Dates

According to TechCrunch, Twitter users disclosed the bug, which allows others to view Fleets on public accounts past their 24-hour expiration date, on Saturday. In addition, the bug allows anyone to view and download a person’s fleet without sending the author a read notification or informing them of who had viewed their fleet. Do you all see the problem here? It means that people could snoop on your posts without your knowledge via a tool that’s supposed to help you

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Designed to Deceive: Do These People Look Real to You?

There are now businesses that sell fake people. On the website Generated.Photos, you can buy a “unique, worry-free” fake person for $2.99, or 1,000 people for $1,000. If you just need a couple of fake people — for characters in a video game, or to make your company website appear more diverse — you can get their photos for free on Adjust their likeness as needed; make them old or young or the ethnicity of your choosing. If you want your fake person animated, a company called Rosebud.AI can do that and can even make them talk.

These simulated people are starting to show up around the internet, used as masks by real people with nefarious intent: spies who don an attractive face in an effort to infiltrate the intelligence community; right-wing propagandists who hide behind fake profiles, photo and all; online harassers who troll their targets with a

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Nintendo Continues Cracking Down On People Selling Switch Hacks

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Screenshot: Nintendo

Nintendo filed a lawsuit Wednesday against an Amazon Marketplace user who was allegedly selling devices called RCM loaders. Used to help people jailbreak their Switch, shutting these down is the latest in the company’s efforts to stop players from pirating its games.

As first reported by Polygon, the lawsuit against reseller Le Hoang Minh seeks “relief for unlawful trafficking in circumvention devices in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).” In addition to having the Seattle District Court order Minh to stop selling the devices, Nintendo also wants $2,500 in damages for each one already sold.

“Piracy of video game software has become a serious, worsening international problem,” Nintendo’s lawyers write (without offering any further detail), arguing that the RCM loaders and other devices like them are are a big contributor to that. While jailbreaking a Switch isn’t necessarily itself against the law, pirating games

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People Really, Really Don’t Want A Company Holiday Party This Year

’Tis the season for canceling or moving holiday parties online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In one recent poll of human resources representatives nationwide, only 23% said their company was going forward with an office holiday party, and, of those, three out of four parties will be virtual.

If you’re planning on going ahead with your company holiday party, you might want to rethink it, especially if you truly want to show appreciation to your staff for a long, hard year. What most employees want this year is cash — much, much more than they want a stilted Zoom gathering or a dangerous in-person event.

People just want money, our survey shows.

A new HuffPost/YouGov survey offers a nuanced look at what employees actually want from their employers for the holidays, if given the choice. A thousand registered voters in the U.S. were asked to pick what they would most

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People are praising ‘beautiful’ Sainsbury’s Christmas advert featuring Black family following social media abuse

Watch: Sainsbury’s Christmas advert: Gravy Song

People are praising Sainsbury’s for a “beautiful” Christmas advert featuring an all-Black family, despite backlash against the company from some social media users.

The advert, one of three revealed by the supermarket giant on Twitter, shows home footage of a Black family enjoying Christmas dinner pre-coronavirus.

The one-minute clip, titled Gravy Song, is set to audio of a phone conversation between a father and his daughter talking about how much they want to see each other at Christmas.

They lament over “Mum’s roasties” and “Dad’s famous gravy”. The daughter is heard saying: “Your gravy is good to be fair and… I just really want to be home for it.”

The ad shows an all-Black family celebrating Christmas. (Sainsbury's)
The ad shows an all-Black family celebrating Christmas. (Sainsbury’s)

The ad, which was created with a “focus on celebrating how food can connect people”, Sainsbury’s said, was criticised by some Twitter users.

Some commentators

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