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Unspeakable Conversations - The New York Times
A disability rights advocate (who is severely disabled) meets to debate a Princeton professor who argues that we should allow infanticide of disabled infants.
ethics  nytimes  disabilities  via:vox 
2 days ago by mcherm
The U.S. Tried to Build a New Fleet of Ventilators. The Mission Failed. - The New York Times
The US tried years before COVID-19 to have cheap ventilators designed and buy a huge supply. The company working on it was bought and the project shut down; the next company hired hasn't delivered.
covid-19  medicine  nytimes  via:rachel  antitrust 
4 days ago by mcherm
nHow Working-Class Life Is Killing Americans, in Charts - The New York Times
Some graphs showing how different life is for the college educated in the US.
incomeinequality  nytimes  via:reddit 
4 weeks ago by mcherm
Breaking the Salary Sharing Taboo - The New York Times
The salary taboo is strong (and at odds with the law)). The actual research on salary publication is scarce, mixed, and summarized in this article.
via:HackerNews  management  salary  nytimes 
6 weeks ago by mcherm
I Got Access to My Secret Consumer Score. Now You Can Get Yours, Too. - The New York Times
You can request data on you from some of the obscure companies that are collecting incredible amounts of data on everyone. They might or might not share it.
nytimes  via:HackerNews  privacy  surveillance  todo 
november 2019 by mcherm
These Machines Can Put You in Jail. Don’t Trust Them. - The New York Times
Studies show that breathalyzers are often extremely unreliable. Yet it is very rare that can be brought up in court.
via:reddit  nytimes  law 
november 2019 by mcherm
The Huge Waste in the U.S. Health System - The New York Times
20-25% of US health care spending is wasteful: $760 billion/year. That's more than the US military spending.
healthcare  nytimes  via:HackerNews 
october 2019 by mcherm
When the Student Newspaper Is the Only Daily Paper in Town - The New York Times
Ann Arbor no longer has a professional newspaper, so the school newspaper is filling that role and doing so shockingly well for a school with no journalism department.
journalism  nytimes  via:HackerNews 
october 2019 by mcherm
Those Superfast Nike Shoes Are Creating a Problem - The New York Times
A new design for running shoes really is responsible for a 3% improvement in marathon times.
nytimes  via:HackerNews  invention 
october 2019 by mcherm
Opinion | The Rich Really Do Pay Lower Taxes Than You - The New York Times
NY Times: For what may be the first time ever, the richest few people actually do pay a lower percentage of taxes than ANY other income group. Aside from that, most everyone pays about the same percentage (23-30%) -- we no longer have a progressive tax system.
nytimes  via:HackerNews  taxes  politics  datavisualization 
october 2019 by mcherm
A Breakthrough for A.I. Technology: Passing an 8th-Grade Science Test - The New York Times
AI can now pass an 8th grade science test (if you take out all the questions that have pictures or diagrams).
ai  nytimes  via:reddit 
september 2019 by mcherm
The World Wastes Tons of Food. A Grocery ‘Happy Hour’ Is One Answer. - The New York Times
What a brilliant idea! Right before their expiration, put a huge discount on food and use it to bring in extra customers at that hour.
economics  business  via:HackerNews  nytimes 
september 2019 by mcherm
Harvard Student Says He Was Barred From U.S. Over His Friends’ Social Media Posts - The New York Times
He says immigration denied his visa because he had friends on Facebook who had posted anti-American slogans although he had not posted forwarded or even "liked" those statements.
immigration  law  nytimes  via:reddit  DonaldTrump  freespeech 
august 2019 by mcherm
Safe Deposit Boxes Aren’t Safe - The New York Times
Safe deposit boxes are mostly unregulated and cases of loss caused by the bank abound.
banking  via:HackerNews  nytimes 
july 2019 by mcherm
Your Body Is Younger Than You Think - The New York Times
Most cells get replaced frequently. Carbon 14 dating after nuclear tests says 15 years for rib muscles, skin every 2 weeks, liver 1-2 yrs, skeleton 10 years. Inner eye lens, heart muscle, and cerebral cortex neurons are the only ones that seem to never get replaced.
biology  nytimes  via:HackerNews  health 
april 2019 by mcherm
A Teacher Is Fired Over a Topless Selfie, Stirring a Debate Over Gender Equity - The New York Times
NY: a teacher is fired because of student somehow got hold of a topless photo she had once taken.
nytimes  via:reddit  sexism  sexting 
april 2019 by mcherm
The $70,000-a-Year Minimum Wage - The New York Times
One company set a fixed pay of $70,000 for all employees. So far, they're surviving.
economics  nytimes  via:HackerNews  salary 
march 2019 by mcherm
Group Protests 'Pay-Or-Jail' Sentences in Atlanta - The New York Times
The judge imposes a fine and jail, with one suspended if the other is paid/served. "$50 or 30 days in jail". Unconstitutional, of course.
law  overprosecution  nytimes  via:reddit 
march 2019 by mcherm
The Rise of the Robot Reporter - The New York Times
The headline is exciting (and 1/3 of Bloomberg News articles are assisted). But the truth behind the article is that the AI can collect data (and shines in areas where the hard part is collecting the data). It doesn't excel at writing.
journalism  ai  nytimes  via:HackerNews 
february 2019 by mcherm
Speaking Black Dialect in Courtrooms Can Have Striking Consequences - The New York Times
Court reporters (required to be at least 95% accurate) were about 40% accurate when transcribing black English.
law  ethics  race  racism  language  nytimes  via:reddit 
january 2019 by mcherm
Patreon Bars Anti-Feminist for Racist Speech, Inciting Revolt - The New York Times
For me, interesting position to be in -- I'm a listener to the person leading this conservative exodus. I'm rarely on the conservative side (and not fully sure where I stand on this, partly as I lack details).
patreon  freespeech  politics  feminism  SamHarris  via:HackerNews  nytimes 
december 2018 by mcherm
Test Your Knowledge of American Incarceration - The New York Times
Clever presentation: asks readers estimate what they believe the statistics are, then shows the actual statistic so they can see how well they understood the facts.
datavisualization  prison  nytimes  via:reddit 
december 2018 by mcherm
In Philadelphia, a Progressive D.A. Tests the Power — and Learns the Limits — of His Office - The New York Times
The opposite of overprosecution, the DA in Philadelphia was elected on a platform of liberal reform and is attempting to do just that.
law  overprosecution  via:reddit  nytimes 
december 2018 by mcherm
‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration - The New York Times
Donald Trump working hard to make it legal to discriminate against transgender people, in some cases mandatory to discriminate.
DonaldTrump  rights  transgender  evil  via:reddit  nytimes 
december 2018 by mcherm
How Much Hotter Is Your Hometown Than When You Were Born? - The New York Times
An excellent way to present climate change data, if your goal is to reach people who "don't believe it is real".
via:reddit  nytimes  climate  environment  science  datavisualization 
september 2018 by mcherm
The World’s Oldest Blockchain Has Been Hiding in the New York Times Since 1995 - Motherboard
A hash-certified chain has been running with timestamps in the New York Times since 1995.
cryptography  blockchain  nytimes  security 
august 2018 by mcherm
How Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’ Became a Battle Cry for Musicians Seeking Royalties - The New York Times
Under US copyright law the performer of a saw is paid nothing for the right to play that song on the radio (the writer and publisher do get paid).
nytimes  law  ip-law  copyright  music  via:reddit 
august 2018 by mcherm
Opinion | Standing By as Prisoners Are Raped - The New York Times
Prisons where officers stand by filming while prisoners are raped get excellent marks when audited because the auditors are biased liars.
nytimes  via:reddit  prison 
july 2018 by mcherm
How to Pose for a Photograph - The New York Times
Actual specific advice on how to make your face look good for a photo.
photography  nytimes  via:HackerNews 
june 2018 by mcherm
We Made a Tool So You Can Hear Both Yanny and Laurel - The New York Times
An auditory illusion: this sounds like "laurel" to some people and "yanny" to others. NY Times built a slider so you can make it more like one or the other.
opticalillusion  nytimes  via:HackerNews 
may 2018 by mcherm
Oxford Comma Dispute Is Settled as Maine Drivers Get $5 Million - The New York Times
The punctuation in the law was ambiguous due to the lack of as "Oxford comma". The legislature's fix makes it grammatically worse.
law  grammar  nytimes  via:reddit 
february 2018 by mcherm
Sedate a Plant, and It Seems to Lose Consciousness. Is It Conscious? - The New York Times
Not great science. Some plant behaviors are disabled temporarily by exposure to animal anesthesthetic chemicals.
science  nytimes  via:HackerNews 
february 2018 by mcherm
To Unlock the Brain’s Mysteries, Purée It -
Suzana Herculano-Houzel came up with the idea of blending brain matter and counting cell nuclei, giving the count of brain cells and showing # of cerebral cortex neurons is what distinguishes humans and it is inline with other primates (scaled for size) except other great apes whose brains are probably limited by nutrition.
nytimes  via:reddit  science  brain  invention 
december 2017 by mcherm
How to Get Your Mind to Read - The New York Times
Reading comprehension needs to be improved, but experiments show it is tightly entangled with general broad knowledge. So we should teach more broad knowledge in early grades in lieu of the extreme focus on reading.
nytimes  via:reddit  teaching  reading  brain 
december 2017 by mcherm
When Unpaid Student Loan Bills Mean You Can No Longer Work -
19 states will revoke your professional license if you fall behind on student loans. One state revoke your driver's license. Remember, one fourth of all jobs require a professional license.
nytimes  via:reddit  law  studentdebt  licensing 
november 2017 by mcherm
Myths of the 1 Percent: What Puts People at the Top - The New York Times
In the US, the top 1% make 20% of the income, up from 11% around 40 years ago. It is rising in every country (but US and Russia are by FAR the highest). Cause is not tech or international trade, but it relates to paying more for professionals like finance and insurance.
incomeinequality  nytimes  economics 
november 2017 by mcherm
When Junk Science About Sex Offenders Infects the Supreme Court -
All of the draconian restrictions on sex offenders are permitted by a Supreme Court case which turned on the scientific fact that 80% of sex offenders reoffend. It was a lie. The real rate is 15% (article says 3-year rate is 3.5%).
law  history  sexoffenders  nytimes  via:reddit 
september 2017 by mcherm
Florida Sheriff Plans to Check for Warrants at Hurricane Shelters -
Sheriff announces that they'll be searching people in hurricane shelters for anyone with an outstanding warrant, thus probably scaring people away from hurricane shelters.
law  evil  police  via:boingboing  nytimes 
september 2017 by mcherm
Wells Fargo Is Accused of Making Improper Changes to Mortgages -
They extended the time of customers' mortgages (thus lowering their payments) without notifying the bankruptcy court in the correct fashion.
banking  mortgage  WellsFargo  nytimes  via:HackerNews 
june 2017 by mcherm
Hackers Came, but the French Were Prepared - The New York Times
When the Russians hacked email servers to try and influence the French election the French were ready for them.
nytimes  security  hack  via:rachel 
may 2017 by mcherm
Filing Taxes in Japan Is a Breeze. Why Not Here? - The New York Times
Filing taxes could be much easier, like in the rest of the world.
taxes  nytimes  via:HackerNews 
april 2017 by mcherm
How Uber Uses Psychological Tricks to Push Its Drivers’ Buttons - The New York Times
Gamification and psychological sales techniques used to try to keep drivers doing what Uber wants.
uber  gamification  nytimes  via:HackerNews 
april 2017 by mcherm
Talking to In-laws Can Be Hard. In Some Languages, It’s Impossible. -
Example: the rules of the language prohibit a wife from saying any word with the same first syllable as their father-in-law's name.
linguistics  nytimes  via:reddit 
january 2017 by mcherm
How One 19-Year-Old Illinois Man Is Distorting National Polling Averages - The New York Times
How a poll overweight things and ends up with one person swinging the results by a notable amount. None of this understanding would be possible without wonderfully transparent data sharing by the pollsters.
statistics  nytimes  via:reddit 
october 2016 by mcherm
The 4 Traits That Put Kids at Risk for Addiction -
This claims that sensation-seeking, impulsiveness, anxiety sensitivity and hopelessness predict 90% of the likelihood of drug addiction and that a simple test of middle-schoolers can identify it. Some on Hacker News say the actual study says otherwise.
drugs  brain  via:HackerNews  medicine  mental_illness  nytimes 
october 2016 by mcherm
Artificial Intelligence’s White Guy Problem - The New York Times
Lots of existing algorithms seem to be racially biased -- "we don't have to wait for the evil AI takeover, it's already here for those who aren't rich white guys".
ethics  ai  nytimes  via:boingboing 
august 2016 by mcherm
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