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Sarah Karlson
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I am really curious what is the product design rationale behind putting "anyone I have ever emailed ever" (Google+) and "everyone who has my phone number" (Facebook) in my "Suggested Friends" list.

Consulting business contact? Suggested friend. Person I bought something from via Craigslist 5 years ago? Suggested friend? Someone I met up with once and never again? Suggested friend.

Who thought this was a good idea?
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A suggested friend.
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In the context of hiring, one is often advised to look not just for "smart" but "smart and gets things done." It is also fair to say that that "smart" does not necessarily imply "makes good decisions". So really, what we are looking for is smart, gets things done, and does the right thing.

Understanding that a lot of interview tools are (very!) imperfect proxies for getting at any of these dimensions, never mind about all of them... hiring managers/interviewers, what do you think is the most effective way to measure each of these aspects?
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Understanding vs. fluency, and the plasticity of the adult mind.
I was a wayward kid who grew up on the literary side of life, treating math and science as if they were pustules from the plague.…
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“I don’t eat white flour, so I tried making it with raw almonds that I’d activated by chewing them with my mouth open to receive direct sunlight, and it turned out terrible. This recipe is terrible.”
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Hello, would you like to hear a TCP joke?
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"Which Apple Watch did you get?"
"The Edition."
"No no, I mean which edition of the watch did you get?"
"I just told you, I got the Edition."
"Um, okay, but which model?"
"I just said I got the Edition! Aren't you paying attention?"
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Also, if your coworker indeed got "The Edition", that would be C.
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A reader writes, "In Germany, churches promote the times of their masses on signs at the town entrances. Now, for the first time, the 'Church Of The Flying Spaghetti Monster' in Templin/Germany was allowed to put sign there a...
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Another beautiful (and creepy) comic from Emily Carroll just released.
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"Ibrahima Sarr, a Senegalese coder, led the translation of Firefox into Fulah, which is spoken by 20m people from Senegal to Nigeria. “Crash” became hookii (a cow falling over but not dying); “timeout” became a honaama (your fish has got away). “Aspect ratio” became jeendondiral, a rebuke from elders when a fishing net is wrongly woven."
Speaking the customer’s language OUSMANE sweats under a tin roof as he thumbs through a Chinese smartphone that he is selling at the technology market in Bamako,...
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Hey, Google+, prompting me to add EVERYONE I HAVE SENT EMAIL TO EVER to my circles is not your greatest idea.
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In an experiment with people who use Facebook, we test whether emotional contagion occurs outside of in-person interaction between individuals by reducing the amount of emotional content in the News Feed. When positive expressions were reduced, people produced fewer positive posts and more negative posts; when negative expressions were reduced, the opposite pattern occurred. These results indicate that emotions expressed by others on Facebook influence our own emotions, constituting experimental evidence for massive-scale contagion via social networks.
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    Information Systems, 1998 - 2002
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