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Apr 15

“I tried this is an actual playtest. It worked fine. It was very smooth and simple. If anything, it worked…too well.”

Sirlin.Net - Blog - Codex Design Diary: The ”NPE”

(via @flantz)


thenetrunnerproject:


Begin guest transmission by Leigh Alexander:
Broadcast square foot traffic dies down in the rare and precious early hours, leaving only swarms of detritus, a few sleeping stragglers. But the lights are still on, the giant screens, a merry chime sounding out through the darkness: NBN is Making News!
The uneasy collision of dawn and halogen lights the first morning commuters as the lens eye follows them down the street. If you come and stand in the center of the square, you can even see yourself on the big screen. Tourists wave innocently: “Look, mama,” cries a child, clutching her stuffed dinosaur, “we’re on TV!”
Imagine a mascot — Enby-chan — a sunshine-yellow cartoon with lenses for eyes, singing and dancing:
Connecting friends across the nation
Helping you share your information
This is NBN. We offer programs, products and services that connect your busy life. All we need to improve our offering is just a little bit of your personal information. You can start young. We have an edutainment division. This holiday season, why not give your child their own adorable, lens-eyed toy? Brilliantly engineered by the youthsome genius Jackson Howard to be your friend for life. Jackson Howard has not been heard from except in whispers since he signed his contract with the National Broadcast Network all those years ago.
We are the world’s most agile information network. You can connect all of your household products to be smart and aware. You can play games on social media. It’s fun.
Tag, you’re it, sings Enby-chan.
You have to understand that we can’t have outsiders messing with our vast proprietary network. You have to understand that we take customer service seriously. You have to understand that if hostiles enter our infrastructure, well, golly. We just have to trace them.
Tune in this afternoon for all our brand-new midseason programming on hostiles. We heard our viewers are interested in the lives of runners, so here’s a live feed of Andromeda in the shower. It’s Sweeps Week! Breaking news: There’s a police chase against a hostile. We’re right up in there. Action. Several police vehicles chased down a transport reportedly engineered by the terrorist sympathiser Kati Jones today. Someone get on that obituary. Remember: NBN is the only resource you really need.
You know, we just give people what we want. What you want, that’s to say.
We’re sorry, but you can’t opt out of our customer tracking program. Your personal information helps us build products and services more quickly. Our sysops are very vigilant. Your data is under tight guard, don’t worry. Something might get lost if you try to go and check, though. You should leave it alone.
You can come in, but it costs you.
We’re sorry, all our operators are busy right now and we can’t tell you why your access to the banking network seems to have been revoked. Must be technical difficulties.
We’re sorry, but when you wake up dry-mouthed in a crash space and you don’t know where your next meal is coming from, that’s news to us. We’re just bringing truth to the people, about you. Your search history isn’t private and it’s very troubling, actually. The world wants to know.
It’s a lot of fun. We have some plans underway to make your entertainment and news even more immersive, a 360-degree experience that even comes to sleep with you. We have some plans underway to write our name on the moon. Thank you for participating in our market research.
The security guard is pounding down the door. You might need to pay him to forget where you live. Information doesn’t really die, but people do. When your time comes, we’ll be on the scene. Reporting, I mean. You ARE the story. You’ll make the five o’clock cast. It’s participatory.
If you want to be a story, we can make that happen.
End guest transmission by Leigh Alexander

thenetrunnerproject:

Begin guest transmission by Leigh Alexander:

Broadcast square foot traffic dies down in the rare and precious early hours, leaving only swarms of detritus, a few sleeping stragglers. But the lights are still on, the giant screens, a merry chime sounding out through the darkness: NBN is Making News!

The uneasy collision of dawn and halogen lights the first morning commuters as the lens eye follows them down the street. If you come and stand in the center of the square, you can even see yourself on the big screen. Tourists wave innocently: “Look, mama,” cries a child, clutching her stuffed dinosaur, “we’re on TV!”

Imagine a mascot — Enby-chan — a sunshine-yellow cartoon with lenses for eyes, singing and dancing:

Connecting friends across the nation

Helping you share your information

This is NBN. We offer programs, products and services that connect your busy life. All we need to improve our offering is just a little bit of your personal information. You can start young. We have an edutainment division. This holiday season, why not give your child their own adorable, lens-eyed toy? Brilliantly engineered by the youthsome genius Jackson Howard to be your friend for life. Jackson Howard has not been heard from except in whispers since he signed his contract with the National Broadcast Network all those years ago.

We are the world’s most agile information network. You can connect all of your household products to be smart and aware. You can play games on social media. It’s fun.

Tag, you’re it, sings Enby-chan.

You have to understand that we can’t have outsiders messing with our vast proprietary network. You have to understand that we take customer service seriously. You have to understand that if hostiles enter our infrastructure, well, golly. We just have to trace them.

Tune in this afternoon for all our brand-new midseason programming on hostiles. We heard our viewers are interested in the lives of runners, so here’s a live feed of Andromeda in the shower. It’s Sweeps Week! Breaking news: There’s a police chase against a hostile. We’re right up in there. Action. Several police vehicles chased down a transport reportedly engineered by the terrorist sympathiser Kati Jones today. Someone get on that obituary. Remember: NBN is the only resource you really need.

You know, we just give people what we want. What you want, that’s to say.

We’re sorry, but you can’t opt out of our customer tracking program. Your personal information helps us build products and services more quickly. Our sysops are very vigilant. Your data is under tight guard, don’t worry. Something might get lost if you try to go and check, though. You should leave it alone.

You can come in, but it costs you.

We’re sorry, all our operators are busy right now and we can’t tell you why your access to the banking network seems to have been revoked. Must be technical difficulties.

We’re sorry, but when you wake up dry-mouthed in a crash space and you don’t know where your next meal is coming from, that’s news to us. We’re just bringing truth to the people, about you. Your search history isn’t private and it’s very troubling, actually. The world wants to know.

It’s a lot of fun. We have some plans underway to make your entertainment and news even more immersive, a 360-degree experience that even comes to sleep with you. We have some plans underway to write our name on the moon. Thank you for participating in our market research.

The security guard is pounding down the door. You might need to pay him to forget where you live. Information doesn’t really die, but people do. When your time comes, we’ll be on the scene. Reporting, I mean. You ARE the story. You’ll make the five o’clock cast. It’s participatory.

If you want to be a story, we can make that happen.

End guest transmission by Leigh Alexander


Apr 13
“Well, here’s something else the French do better than the rest of us: they’ve prioritized having a life after 6 p.m. Yesterday, two employee unions and federations in France signed an agreement that requires employees to disconnect after the workday ends sharply at 6 p.m., the Guardian reports. All after-hours work activity, i.e., checking email, logging into the company chat just to check in, or responding to late-night “emergencies” from their bosses, is banned.”

Two French Unions Ban Checking Work Emails After 6 p.m. [Updated] - The Cut

Heh.

(via Weaponized Procrastination)



“These women are something of a sad, softly degenerating cousin to Nathan Rabin’s Manic Pixie Dream Girl. A MPDG is a force of nature that teaches men about their purpose through her will to live; in the case of what we’ll call the Touching Time Bomb, it’s both her joie de vivre and her utter disposability that inspires the male to seize the day. She’s sent to, and removed from, Earth to make him a better person. Practically glowing with death, the TTB seems not quite of this world, because she’s not a person. She’s a concept.”

Coughing, radiant, and disposable: The return of the consumptive heroine · For Our Consideration · The A.V. Club

(via @BooDooPerson)


MC Chris - Nrrrd Grrrl music video

I love the scene at the end.

(via @nrrrdcore)


Apr 12

Last week, amid the overwrought start-up angst and sexual escapades that clutter the anonymous messaging app Secret, a hint of genuine drama emerged: a post that said, “Google was interested in buying my 5 person company for our team. They hired everyone but me.”

In subsequent comments, the shafted start-up striver added more details: She was the only female at her company, a designer who had been with the start-up from the beginning and had overseen its design and marketing, yet had gotten left out when the company was sold to Google for its workers, in what’s known as an acqui-hire. “I feel like my world just ended,” she wrote.

The Secret Shame of an Unacquired Techie — Daily Intelligencer

For example, you may have seen an ad for something on YouTube on your phone, looked it up using the Amazon app on your tablet, and eventually bought it on your computer. Unless you were logged into YouTube when you first saw the ad, Google can’t tell if the sale was a result of the ad, and can’t prove to advertisers—who spend half their mobile budgets with Google—that the money was well spent. It also can’t tell if it’s shown you the same ad over and over again to no effect—information it could use to target ads better.

This is a problem the entire online ad industry faces. But few have as much to lose as Google does, or the clout to push users around. Most companies would be lucky to get one app on your phone’s home screen. Google has a whole mobile operating system, Android. And even people who use Apple rather than Android devices can use a lot of Google apps on them—Google Earth, Drive, Hangouts, Translate, Blogger or even, yes, Google (which exists only to serve as the company’s data gathering tool). Hence its move to unify sign-in across them.

This change affects only Apple users who have upgraded to iOS 7, the latest version—but that’s 85% of iOS devices. They no longer have the ability to remain anonymous as they watch videos on YouTube or navigate their cities using Google Maps.

Google’s sneaky new privacy change affects 85% of iPhone users—but most of them won’t have noticed - Quartz (via infoneer-pulse)

Some terms and conditions may apply.

(via chrischelberg)

(via chrischelberg)



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