antdude writes: This almost 2.5 years old You Are Not So Smart article tells about "Placebo Buttons — The Misconception: All buttons placed around you do your bidding. The Truth: Many public buttons are only there to comfort you..."
antdude writes: This four pages Ars Technica article explains why "Why YouTube buffers: The secret deals that make--and break--online video — When internet service providers (ISPs) and video providers fight over money, Internet users suffer.
antdude writes: This last year's IEEE Spectrum article, with its four minutes YouTube video, mentioned The Ant Internet (Anternet) — "Before researchers developed the Internet, ants developed the Anternet, a surprisingly similar communications network..."
antdude writes: This brief/short Wired article, with its interactive chart and embedded YouTube videos, shows "Movie Trailers Are Getting Insanely Fast. Trust Us, We Counted the Cuts. — The Claim: Trailers Are Getting Faster
Film critics have long lamented the degradation of moviegoers’ attention spans. Movies, they say—and their mini-versions, trailers—have gotten more manic and misdirected in their quest to appease ADD audiences.
We wanted to quantify such claims. So we took to YouTube and counted the number of cuts in 154 trailers over the decades—a sample of Oscar winners, top grossers, and personal favorites..."
antdude writes: BBC News, with its eleven/11 images and embedded short videos, shows "Secret life of the cat: What do our feline companions get up to? Ever wondered what your cat spends its time doing when you're not around? Where do our purring pets go when they disappear through the cat flap?..."
antdude writes: Ars Technica has a three pages article on "The Trajectory of Television (TV)--starting with a big history of the small screen. From surrogate storyteller to high-def streaming infotainment, TV has come a long way..."
antdude writes: British Medical Journal (BMJ) research report said that "Surgeries on Friday Are More Frequently Fatal... compared to those who opt for really bad Mondays, Britons who have a planned surgery on a Friday are 44 percent more likely to die. And the few patients who had a leisurely weekend surgery saw that number jump to 82 percent. The skeleton staff working on weekends might be to blame..." and the "day of week of procedure and 30 day mortality for elective surgery: retrospective analysis of hospital episode statistics..."
antdude writes: Pew Internet has a few reports showing that "Teens are sharing more info(rmation) about themselves on social media sites than they have in the past, but they are also taking a variety of technical and non-technical steps to manage the privacy of that information. Despite taking these privacy-protective actions, teen social media users do not express a high level of concern about third-parties (such as businesses or advertisers) accessing their data..."
antdude writes: A Contactually blog reports "Turn That Frown Upside Down? Maybe Not: Negative People Reply to Emails 36% Faster... Engineers at Contactually, a referral marketing platform, recently analyzed over 100 million email conversations and determined that being negative actually is helpful when it comes to email. On average, negative people tend to reply to emails 36% faster than their positive, bubbly colleagues..."
antdude writes: Boing Boing reports on why "why is it so hard to make a phone call in emergency situations?... But it is a fact that, whenever disaster strikes, it becomes difficult to reach the people you care about. Right at the moment when you really need to hear a familiar voice, you often can't. So what gives?"
antdude writes: Over an over year ago, BBC News did a(n) article/story on "The myth of the eight-hour sleep — We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night — but it could be good for you. A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural..."
antdude writes: "Nielsen Norman Group (NNG) reports "Mobile Usability for Cats: Essential Design Principles for Felines — Summary: Feline users require special considerations, including larger tap target zones for paws, continual animation, and audible vocalization...""