World of Warcraft may soon be a job-related skill
By Aaron Pressman August 20, 2014; Yahoo Finance
“It’s been perfectly acceptable for years to list certain leisure activities on a resume, such as golf, bridge or even poker. But what about some of the more modern and digital pursuits — say World of Warcraft, Minecraft or fantasy baseball?
“As the Wall Street Journal recently noted, some avid video gamers are starting to include their gaming prowess on their resumes and LinkedIn profiles. After all, many young people enjoy video gaming instead of traditional leisure pursuits including golf and tennis, which have seen their popularity take a dive…”
From employers’ points of view, the advantage of hiring avid gamers is that their social lives are far less likely to interfere with work. However, they are significantly more likely to go on a shooting spree in the office.
Facebook “satire” tag could wipe out the Internet’s terrible hoax-news industry
By Caitlin Dewey; August 19, 2014; The Washington Post
In a move that could permanently cripple the Internet’s unchecked hoax industry (… and ruin at least a couple of decent punch lines), Facebook this week announced that it’s experimenting with a tag that will mark sites such as the Onion, Clickhole and Empire News as satire — and, hopefully, alert the millions of gullible people who share these sites as truth each week.
The perception of phony news stories as legitimate ones is the number four crisis spawned by the Internet age, according to Willard O’Brian of Pepper State University. Its damage is only superseded by that brought by identity theft, hacking of government and corporate data, and sexual crime. Poor Wifi connections rounded out the top five.
“Our goal as a publicly-minded service,” commented a Facebook spokesperson, “is for people to maximize their use of Facebook as a social and commercial tool. Do you like this picture of your cousin’s cat? Do you have more friends than your co-workers? We don’t want people to have to question what is real and what is not. Leave that to the philosophists.”
In response to the problem, the language instruction company Rosetta Stone will begin offering Satire Recognition courses in April, 2015.
Ex-exec sues Tinder execs, claiming sexual harassment, discrimination
“A female former executive at Tinder, the popular dating app, alleges in a lawsuit that two male superiors sexually harassed her through frightening text messages and disparaging comments, then later demoted her because of her gender…”
“Tinder lets users rate photos of potential mates, and when two people greenlight each other, they can communicate through the app. More than 10 million matches are made each day, the two-year-old start-up said in June…”
I would’ve expected entrepreneurs who profit from objectification and fetishism of people’s appearances to treat others with the utmost class and respect.
Google has shown that self-driving cars are inevitable – and the possibilities are endless
The Independent Kevin Maney Wednesday 18 June 2014
Consider the following story before that cute picture sets your sentimentality into overdrive:
More than 400 U.S. military drones crashed since 2001
The Washington Post; Craig Whitlock; 6.20.2014
(We’re still cool, right Google? I would be so up the creek if my Gmail account crashed.)