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Why Is It So Hard for Democracy to Deal With Inequality?

In theory, in a democracy, the majority should influence — some would even say determine — the distribution of income. In practice, this is not the case.<p>Over the past few decades, political scientists have advanced a broad range of arguments to explain why democracy has failed to stem the growth of …

Silicon Valley’s Tax-Avoiding, Job-Killing, Soul-Sucking Machine

Four companies dominate our daily lives unlike any other in human history: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. We love our nifty phones and just-a-click-away services, but these behemoths enjoy unfettered economic domination and hoard riches on a scale not seen since the monopolies of the gilded …

The Strange Brands in Your Instagram Feed

A new breed of online retailer doesn’t make or even touch products, but they’ve got a few other tricks for turning nothing into money.<p>It all started with an Instagram ad for a coat, the West Louis (TM) Business-Man Windproof Long Coat to be specific. It looked like a decent camel coat, not fancy …

The Future of Everything: A look ahead from the Wall Street Journal.

The Future of Everything<p>Researchers are working on lifts that would travel up a cable anchored above the Earth’s orbit, paving the way for extra-planetary travel<p>More and more companies are using artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to assess possible employees. But are these practices …

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600 Free Online Programming & Computer Science Courses You Can Start in January

Six years ago, universities like MIT and Stanford first opened up free online courses to the public. Today, more than 700 schools around…

This $20 Raspberry Pi rival runs Android and offers 4K video

The specs of the recently launched Orange Pi One Plus outstrip those of the $35 Raspberry Pi 3 in a number of areas.<p>The price of high-spec rivals to …

Pay What You Want: Learn to Code 2018 Bundle | TNW Deals

<b>Complete Python Web Course: Build 8 Python Web Apps</b><p>Go From Beginner to Expert Using Python & Flask<p><b>How to Make a Freaking iPhone App: iOS 11 and Swift 4</b><p>Learn How to Make iOS Apps Using the Newest Tools Available<p><b>JavaScript for Beginners</b><p>Learn JavaScript Through Whiteboard Videos, Coding in the …

Make the jump to 4K and HDR in 2018

After years of hype, 4K video finally became something that mattered to consumers in 2017. But it wasn't just the pixel bump from HD video that made the difference. HDR, or high dynamic range video, along with support for a wider range of colors, ushered in some massive visual upgrades. Altogether, …

Modern life too much for you? Maybe a tiny box in the woods is the cure.

By Lavanya Ramanathan<p>Lavanya Ramanathan<p>Features reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>To commune with ourselves, we must trek two hours to Stanardsville, a town on the edge of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains whose population has stairstepped down over the years to 384 people, a country store and this wooded …

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A Budget Home Theater & PC Setup: 4K, HDR, UHD Blu-ray, and More

The days of bulky home-theater PCs (HTPCs) with built-in tuners, optical disc drives, and integrated media storage capabilities are long gone. In …

450 Free Online Programming & Computer Science Courses You Can Start in August

Five years ago, universities like MIT and Stanford first opened up free online courses to the public. Today, more than 700 schools around the world …

My $169 development Chromebook

Shift+Ctrl +/- resizes the Chromebook display (1366x768 is optimal/native mode on the Samsung)<p>Shift+Esc is a cool shortcut to the OS task viewer …

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Want to Be Happy? Buy More Takeout and Hire a Maid, Study Suggests

It’s a question central to daily life: Do you spend money to save time or spend time to save money? Well, if happiness is the goal, you might consider opening that wallet.<p>That’s the takeaway of a study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, whose findings …

You’re Wasting Your Spare Time And It’s Killing Your Success

Time, for me, is like ice cream for a five-year-old. I treat time like I treat a beautiful woman — with respect. This sweetheart called time is a …

The ‘last mile’ in education and training

After graduating from college in 1994, I spent a few years at McKinsey & Co. — a young kid in an ill-fitting suit naively but energetically attempting to convince experienced and jaded managers to do their jobs differently.<p>One question that kept coming up for a number of clients was “who was likely …

The Biggest Wastes of Time We Regret When We Get Older

We spend a lot of energy looking for shortcuts to save time, and sure, those shortcuts add up. But when I look back, my biggest time regrets aren’t …

Everything You Need to Build Your Own Bodyweight Workout

An effective bodyweight training program can whip you into shape and even pack on muscle, but “effective” doesn’t look the same for everyone. Some …

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How I got a second degree and earned 5 developer certifications in just one year, while working and…

“The standard pace is for chumps. The system is designed so anyone can keep up. If you’re more driven than ‘just anyone’ — you can do so much more …

I Dropped Out of School to Create My Own Data Science Master’s — Here’s My Curriculum

With the recent advances in affordable, reputable online education, going back to college/university seems irresponsible<p>I dropped out of a top …

Prepare for Repairs with the Ultimate Electronics Field Kit

If you take your electronics projects out into the wild, you’ll pretty quickly want to have a repair kit for the inevitable breakdowns. My personal kit covers almost any kind of electrical or microcontroller project, and while it won’t win any prizes for neatness, it packs a lot of useful stuff …

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5 Data Science Books You Should Read in 2017

<i>The Data Buzz series brings you a regular roundup of what’s trending in data science.</i>As data-driven technologies are more and more integrated into …

Old-Games.com: 9000+ Games to download

Blues Brothers <i>1991</i> <i>Arcade action</i><br>Blues Brothers was made in the image of the movie. It's a typical arcade game, but there's something addictive about …

Digital Free Library

Share books with a WiFi access point.The Digital Free Library is a WiFi access point that will let you share digital content from a Raspberry Pi …

144 Full Stack Resources For Every Developer

<b>HTML & CSS</b><p>html inspiration selects the best websites developed with HTML and CSS.<p>It’s amazing what can be done with CSS these days. Support for the …

An Idiot's Guide to Free Speech

Bros/MRAs/bigots/internet commenters/the population at large: We don't think "free speech" means what you think it means.<p>University of Michigan's Pi …

The Best Black Friday Deals on Tools and Electronics

The winter holiday shopping season is absolutely the best time to grow or upgrade your tool collection, and it’s also a great time to stock up on Maker parts, supplies, and breakout boards that you might need for your upcoming projects.<p>My name’s Stuart, and you might have seen my name in Make’s …

Harvard and the Rise of a Digital Ivy League — Class Central

2 minute read written by Anuar Lequerica . Published on November 21, 2016<p>There’s a new elite forming in higher education: a group of universities …

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