Facebook (Still) Letting Housing Advertisers Exclude Users by Race

Ok, io sarò influenzato dal mio disprezzo per l’ecosistema di Facebook, e quindi portato a vederne sempre gli aspetti negativi. Ma non è che loro mi facilitino il lavoro…

After ProPublica revealed last year that Facebook advertisers could target housing ads to whites only, the company announced it had built a system to spot and reject discriminatory ads. We retested and found major omissions.

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30 Years Later, the Max Headroom TV Hackers Remain at Large

Una storia pazzesca di cui non sapevo niente e di cui, be’, si continua a sapere davvero poco.

For 25 seconds in 1987, in the middle of WGN-TV anchor Dan Roan’s sportscast, thousands of Chicagoans’ feeds were replaced with a low analog whine and the eery image of a masked man nodding over and over as if in a state of mania. “If you’re wondering what’s happened, so am I,” Roan said to his audience once WGN regained control of the signal. What he couldn’t have known is that the rest of the world would still be wondering to this day.

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Come usare Twitter

Rimane il mio social network preferito, c’è poco da fare. Basta spendere un po’ di tempo a capire chi seguire ed essere tetragoni nell’eseguire bonifiche e abbandonare account che smettono di dire cose interessanti. Per fortuna non è impostato su un concetto labile e colpevolizzante come l’amicizia su Facebook.

It’s easy to hate on Twitter. It recently ditched its trim 140-character identity to become (to the naysayers) a bloated 280 characters. It verified (then unverified) a white supremacist, but it suspended Rose McGowan’s Twitter account, leaving the initial impression it had to do with her speaking out about Harvey Weinstein. It enabled racist, misogynistic trolls to attack Leslie Jones.

But for all its flaws, Twitter is where so much public debate happens, much of it fascinating. It’s where you can actually reach beyond your bubble. It’s where you can leapfrog publicists and aides and interact with your idols. Here are my suggestions for how you should use it — and why it’s worthwhile.

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Stop Using Excel, Finance Chiefs Tell Staffs

Uh-oh.

Adobe Inc.’s finance chief Mark Garrett says his team struggles keeping track of which jobs have been filled at the software company.
The process can take days and requires finance staff to pull data from disparate systems that house financial and human-resources information into Microsoft Corp.’s Excel spreadsheets. From there they can see which groups are hiring and how salary spending affects the budget.
“I don’t want financial planning people spending their time importing and exporting and manipulating data, I want them to focus on what is the data telling us,” Mr. Garrett said. He is working on cutting Excel out of this process, he said.

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