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How a Clear, Worthless Stone With a Brilliant Marketing Campaign Conquered the World Alcohol is often praised as a recession-proof industry. In times of economic woes, we spend what little money we have to drown our sorrows. In times of great fortune, we celebrate generously with imbibed cheer. Libation, in all its forms, has permeated civilizations for millennia, interlaced in song, dance and feast … so in a very human way, the product’s consistency makes sense. Despite what the Tiffany’s receipt might suggest, diamonds have no inherent value. In the mid 1800s, diamonds were an actual rarity mined solely in India and Brazil. Sensing the untapped opportunity before them, several mining companies joined into a conglomerate, establishing a virtual monopoly in South Africa called “the De Beers Mining company." Wanting to turn America into its next big market, De Beers met with advertising agencies to form a battle strategy. Don Draper couldn’t have orchestrated a better campaign. This is the hidden history of the diamond invention.

Prospero Alternatives to Valium Jill Lepore: What the Theory of “Disruptive Innovation” Gets Wrong : The New Yorker In the last years of the nineteen-eighties, I worked not at startups but at what might be called finish-downs. Tech companies that were dying would hire temps—college students and new graduates—to do what little was left of the work of the employees they’d laid off. This was in Cambridge, near M.I.T. I’d type users’ manuals, save them onto 5.25-inch floppy disks, and send them to a line printer that yammered like a set of prank-shop chatter teeth, but, by the time the last perforated page coiled out of it, the equipment whose functions those manuals explained had been discontinued. We’d work a month here, a week there. Not long after that, I got a better assignment: answering the phone for Michael Porter, a professor at the Harvard Business School. Porter was interested in how companies succeed. Ever since “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” everyone is either disrupting or being disrupted. Most big ideas have loud critics. In fact, Seagate Technology was not felled by disruption.

20 Signs You’re Succeeding In Life Even If You Don’t Feel You Are | GoWeLoveIt | Page 2 We all feel like failures from time to time. While this is a normal feeling, you have to find a way to see yourself and your life from a different perspective. Sometimes we ignore the “little things.” Just because you are not a millionaire, don’t live in a mansion, and you don’t drive a fancy car, that doesn’t mean you’re a failure. Here are 20 signs that you are succeeding in life: 1. Drama is not maturity. 2. Asking for help does not equal weakness. 3. You don’t tolerate bad behavior any more – from other people, or even yourself. 4. No, this is not narcissistic even though it might seem like it. 5. Ideally, you should appreciate who you see in the mirror at every moment. 6. Not everyone can have success 100% of the time. 7. If you have figured out the people who “have your back” and recognized the ones who only pretend that they do, then you have succeeded. 8. Because you know there really is nothing to complain about. 9. 10. You are not stagnant.

Anarchy in the bus lane: how protesters quietly took over London’s streets | Art and design | The Guardian “Phalanstery,” reads the buzzer outside the HQ of the anarchist magazine Strike! How I’m meant to work out that this is their office eludes me. I have to phone my contact to check – but that’s anarchism for you. At least I learn a new word. Phalanstery (or Phalanstère) was the name of a building designed by 19th-century philosopher Charles Fourier to house a utopian community. That’s also anarchism for you. Setting up a meeting with Strike! Those “petty acts of vandalism” are another reason why setting up an interview is tricky. To secure a meeting, I agreed not to give their names. Published in November, issue eight of Strike! “I had experience of writing political blogs,” says the 32-year-old. They prefer not to describe themselves as an anarchist publication, opting to say instead that it is “run on anarchist principles”: non-hierarchical and non-profit-making. The group believes anarchist actions – direct efforts to initiate change – are as important as words.

Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It I was driving 70 mph on the edge of downtown St. Louis when the exploit began to take hold. Though I hadn’t touched the dashboard, the vents in the Jeep Cherokee started blasting cold air at the maximum setting, chilling the sweat on my back through the in-seat climate control system. Next the radio switched to the local hip hop station and began blaring Skee-lo at full volume. As I tried to cope with all this, a picture of the two hackers performing these stunts appeared on the car’s digital display: Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, wearing their trademark track suits. The Jeep’s strange behavior wasn’t entirely unexpected. To better simulate the experience of driving a vehicle while it’s being hijacked by an invisible, virtual force, Miller and Valasek refused to tell me ahead of time what kinds of attacks they planned to launch from Miller’s laptop in his house 10 miles west. Click to Open Overlay Gallery Immediately my accelerator stopped working. “You’re doomed!” Go Back to Top.

A World Without Work 1. Youngstown, U.S.A. The end of work is still just a futuristic concept for most of the United States, but it is something like a moment in history for Youngstown, Ohio, one its residents can cite with precision: September 19, 1977. For much of the 20th century, Youngstown’s steel mills delivered such great prosperity that the city was a model of the American dream, boasting a median income and a homeownership rate that were among the nation’s highest. Youngstown was transformed not only by an economic disruption but also by a psychological and cultural breakdown. This winter, I traveled to Ohio to consider what would happen if technology permanently replaced a great deal of human work. “Youngstown’s story is America’s story, because it shows that when jobs go away, the cultural cohesion of a place is destroyed,” says John Russo, a professor of labor studies at Youngstown State University. The U.S. labor force has been shaped by millennia of technological progress. 2. • Labor’s losses.