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The Infuriating History of How Metro Got So Bad. Reporter Dean Essner went to five metro platforms during rush hour over the course of two months to ask riders what they thought about Metro.

The Infuriating History of How Metro Got So Bad

Uk.businessinsider. Uk.businessinsider. Putin signs law allowing Russia to overturn rulings of international rights courts. Comcast CEO to angry customers: It’s not me, it’s you. Everybody hates Comcast.

Comcast CEO to angry customers: It’s not me, it’s you

The cable giant consistently ranks last or near last among all companies on consumer satisfaction surveys. Quora. M.I.A.: 'How Can The West Turn People Away?' M.I.A. in the "Borders" video.

M.I.A.: 'How Can The West Turn People Away?'

YouTube hide caption toggle caption YouTube. Everything You Are Afraid To Ask About Slack Etiquette. A phrase I commonly hear now on an almost daily basis is "Slack me.

Everything You Are Afraid To Ask About Slack Etiquette

" You know when a product’s name has become a verb, it’s having a significant impact on existing paradigms—in this case, workplace communication. Launched in August 2013, Slack allows colleagues to create and message groups of people and individuals, and it's had a profound effect on how colleagues and coworkers communicate in (and out of) the workplace. An organization can have one company-wide Slack group, or channel, for all its employees, and multiple smaller channels for specific groups inside that organization, and colleagues can also privately communicate with one another via direct messages.

With Slack, individual, team, or company-wide communication is instant, organized, and kinda fun. Congress Drops All Pretense: Quietly Turns CISA Into A Full On Surveillance Bill. Max Headroom (TV series) The show went into production in late 1986 and ran for six episodes in the first season with eight being produced in season two.

Max Headroom (TV series)

In 1987, the story told in Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future, a made-for-television movie shot in 1985, formed the basis of a drama television series. The film was re-shot as a pilot program for a new series broadcast by the U.S. -based ABC television network. The pilot featured plot changes and some minor visual touches, but retained the same basic storyline. The only original cast retained for the U.S. version series were Matt Frewer (Max Headroom/Edison Carter) and Amanda Pays (Theora Jones); a third original cast member, W.

4 Pieces You Should Read About The Global Climate Deal. Costumed activists demonstrate near the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, on Saturday during the the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

4 Pieces You Should Read About The Global Climate Deal

Matt Dunham/AP hide caption toggle caption Matt Dunham/AP Costumed activists demonstrate near the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, on Saturday during the the United Nations Climate Change Conference. Uk.businessinsider. Wikimedia Commons After keeping interest rates near-0% for exactly seven uninterrupted years, it appears the Federal Reserve will finally hike rates.

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"We are now in the final countdown," Stifel's Lindsey Piegza said on Friday. Every major market economist Business Insider follows expects the Fed to announce a rate hike at the conclusion of its December 15-16 Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. An increase to the Fed's benchmark rate would be the first hike since June 2006. During the darkest hours of the financial crisis, the Fed pulled its benchmark rate down to a range of 0.00% to 0.25% in December 2008 in an effort to stimulate the economy. The Emerging Science of Urban Skylines. In New York, about two-thirds of the city’s energy use goes to cooling, heating, and lighting buildings.

The Emerging Science of Urban Skylines

It’s similar in other North American cities. The shapes of these buildings largely determine how this energy radiates into the environment. In other words, a city’s skyline is an important factor in its carbon footprint. That raises an interesting set of questions. How do building shapes vary from one city to the next, in particular with city size?

Today, we get an answer thanks to the work of Markus Schlapfer at the Santa Fe Institute and pals, who have analyzed the shape of almost five million buildings in cities of various sizes across North America. This kind of work has become possible because urban scientists are able to measure the size of buildings relatively easily using techniques such as laser ranging. When the Government Tells Poor People How to Live. WORCESTER, Mass.

When the Government Tells Poor People How to Live

—The letters began arriving in the mailboxes of the sprawling public housing complex last spring. Fed Interest Rate Hike Could Be Bad News for Junk Bonds. The markets have pretty much priced in a rate hike by the Federal Reserve later this week, which, if it happens, will be the first since 2006.

Fed Interest Rate Hike Could Be Bad News for Junk Bonds

But that doesn’t mean there won’t be surprises along the way. We’re already seeing dominos begin to fall in the corporate debt markets, with the liquidation last week of the largest U.S. mutual fund since 2008, Third Avenue. The fund was heavily invested in risky corporate debt, the kind that pays high yields in good times but can go bad as rates rise. The big question now is whether this is just the beginning of a larger correction in the corporate debt markets.

There is reason to think that the answer is yes. Consciousness Began When the Gods Stopped Speaking: Julian Jaynes’ Famous 1970s Theory. Quora. No Place to Hide (Greenwald book) The book consists of five chapters; Contact, Ten Days in Hong Kong, Collect It All, The Harm of Surveillance and the Fourth Estate, plus an introduction and an epilogue. In the introduction Greenwald discusses how his background as a blogger on surveillance and wiretapping by the American government attracted Edward Snowden and the nature, legality, and evolution of such practices in the United States. Greenwald concludes by discussing how a global surveillance network has been created with the assistance of technology companies and the unique role of the internet in human history as a facilitator of such surveillance. Booz Allen Hamilton. Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. (/ˈbuːz ˈælən ˈhæməltən/,[3] informally: Booz Allen[4]) is an American management consulting firm headquartered in Tysons Corner, Virginia, in Greater Washington DC, with 80 other offices throughout the United States.

Its core business is the provision of management, technology and security services, to civilian government agencies, as a security and defense contractor[5] to defense and intelligence agencies, and to civil and commercial entities.[6] Their scope of services includes strategic planning, human capital and learning, communications, operational improvement, information technology work, systems engineering, organizational change efforts, computer modeling and simulation, program management, assurance and resilience, and economic business analysis. Booz Allen Hamilton was founded in 1914. It is one of the oldest management consulting firms in the world. The Assassination Complex. DRONES ARE A TOOL, not a policy. The policy is assassination.

While every president since Gerald Ford has upheld an executive order banning assassinations by U.S. personnel, Congress has avoided legislating the issue or even defining the word “assassination.” This has allowed proponents of the drone wars to rebrand assassinations with more palatable characterizations, such as the term du jour, “targeted killings.” When the Obama administration has discussed drone strikes publicly, it has offered assurances that such operations are a more precise alternative to boots on the ground and are authorized only when an “imminent” threat is present and there is “near certainty” that the intended target will be eliminated.

Those terms, however, appear to have been bluntly redefined to bear almost no resemblance to their commonly understood meanings. Quora. The Real Story Of Apollo 17... And Why We Never Went Back To The Moon. The offshore gas bonanza Israel was counting on might never materialize. In the future, science fiction tells us that we’ll be able to hold complex conversations with our starship’s computer as easily as we would our robot crew-mates or even other humans. But before we reach that point, we’ll have to make do by chatting with fridges and vacuum cleaners. This week, several companies announced developer programs to make it easier to create software that can understand what people are saying, and respond accordingly. Microsoft, Nuance—which supposedly provides one of the tools behind Apple’s Siri—and SoundHound, the company behind the eponymous music recognition app, unveiled ways to make every app and smart device easier to interact with.

Everything these days seems to be connected to the internet—though not everything probably should be—and one of the most difficult parts of using these devices is interaction. Tapping away on tiny screens or third-party mobile apps is a lot harder than just being able to talk to something. What it's like to be an inheritor — Hopes&Fears. Why are there so many mattress stores? History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places. Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Interview: Why people hate cable companies. 52 things I learned in 2015. Don't Be Average. Mosquitoes engineered to pass down genes that would wipe out their species. Congresswoman Asks Feds Why They Pressured a Library to Disable Its Tor Node.

A Congresswoman from California is questioning Department of Homeland Security officials who put pressure on a local public library to take down the relay node it had set up for the anonymity network Tor. A.I. experts create a quicker way to teach a computer. FBI director renews push for back doors, urging vendors to change business models. Obama's Foreign Policy Successes Including Climate Deal. America’s millennials are in crisis—and it’s not all in their heads. 'Things Have Changed,' U.S. Judge Says Of Case Over Men-Only Military Draft. This simple negotiation tactic brought 195 countries to consensus. Paris climate deal: nearly 200 nations sign in end of fossil fuel era. Who Is Martin Shkreli And Why Is He Price-Gouging AIDS Patients? Quora.

Can We Guess What Your First Cell Phone Was. North Korean pop band cancels Beijing concert, leaves for home. Here's how the top iPhone apps are using 3D Touch. 4 Reasons Trump's Supporters Aren't Going Anywhere — And Why The GOP's Worried. Putin orders military to be 'extremely tough' to protect Russian forces in Syria. Six in ten jobless will be foreigners by 2017. Uk.businessinsider. Uk.businessinsider. Immigration, Refugees, and American Policy. How Elon Musk Plans on Reinventing the World (and Mars) Obama to clarify his stance on encryption by the holidays. Uk.businessinsider.

Quora. The Secrets of an Abandoned AT&T Tower in Kansas. 3D Digital Architecture Visualisation for Interior and Exterior models. Utah Reduced Chronic Homelessness By 91 Percent. Here's How. The First Quantified Brain. America’s secret arsenal. Uk.businessinsider. Holiday gift-giving between adults is a needless, consumerist chore. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. The Machiavelli of Maryland: adviser to presidents, prime ministers – and the Dalai Lama. Piketty, Rousseau and the desire for inequality. Quora. History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places. My Wife and I Are (Both) Pregnant. Uk.businessinsider. Frosty morning. I think this is the best picture I've ever taken. History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places.

Is MSG Bad for Your Health? The Science of Herbs and Spices. While High-School Graduation Rates Are Increasing, College Enrollment Is in Decline. HTC Vive pre-orders to start on February 29. The Lab Where Invisibility Cloaks Are Made. Uk.businessinsider. These Five Questions Help You Beat Procrastination. The Best Time to Play the Powerball Lottery, According to Math. 2016 Google Tracker: Everything Google is working on for the new year. A 'No-Nonsense' Classroom Where Teachers Don't Say 'Please' : NPR Ed. Skrolli is a Finnish indie computer magazine that wants you to learn, understand and be creative. After 3 years of success, we want to bring it to you in English. Ask us anything! : IAmA.

History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places. Uk.businessinsider. Uk.businessinsider. The Benefits of Being Cold. A New Hope for a Perplexing Mathematical Proof. Being poor changes your thinking about everything. ELI5: How were cartographers able to make increasingly accurate world maps as early as in the 16th century, when we weren't even airborne? : explainlikeimfive. Send More Effective Emails by Ending Them With These Two Steps. Scientists discover that our brain waves can be sent by electrical fields. Still can't think of a better title... The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. The Sixth Republican Debate In 100 Words (And 4 Videos) The Pakistani Dystopia. Alexey Navalny’s Very Strange Form of Freedom. Top 10 Ways to Be More Productive When Working from Home.

For chimpanzees friendship is based on trust. The Lonely Poverty of America's White Working Class.