Are there other consumer services where the standards for delivering on contracted promises are so low? We subscribe to Comcast’s 50mpbs package, and of all the recent speed tests this is one of the faster results. I can’t imagine filling up a tank of gas only to learn that I’m really only leaving with 5 gallons in the tank instead of the pump reading 12 gallons. What a depressing monopoly Comcast has become. Great for Philadelphia, bad for consumers.

Are there other consumer services where the standards for delivering on contracted promises are so low? We subscribe to Comcast’s 50mpbs package, and of all the recent speed tests this is one of the faster results. I can’t imagine filling up a tank of gas only to learn that I’m really only leaving with 5 gallons in the tank instead of the pump reading 12 gallons. What a depressing monopoly Comcast has become. Great for Philadelphia, bad for consumers.

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"Fear of death is indeed the pretence of wisdom, and not real wisdom, being the appearance of knowing the unknown; since no one knows whether death, which they in their fear apprehend to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good. Is there not here conceit of knowledge, which is a disgraceful sort of ignorance?"
- Plato

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nycgov:

Today we honor our heroes and the lives lost on September 11th. Please join us in solidarity.

I was a freshman in high school that morning.

nycgov:

Today we honor our heroes and the lives lost on September 11th. Please join us in solidarity.

I was a freshman in high school that morning.

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Just Asking

Assume for a moment that some of these measures really have helped make our persons and property safer—are they worth it? Where and when was the public debate on whether they’re worth it? Was there no such debate because we’re not capable of having or demanding one? Why not? Have we actually become so selfish and scared that we don’t even want to considerwhether some things trump safety? What kind of future does that augur?”

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Understand

"People ask for god, ‘till the day he comes
See God’s face - turn around and run
God sees the face of a man
Shaking his head then says, ‘man’ll never understand’”

(Source: Spotify)

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"It isn’t enough to think outside the box. Thinking is passive. Get used to acting outside the box."
- Tim Ferriss

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It's Crucial Not to Forget That Nearly Everyone Still Drives to Work

The leader: New York, where a majority rely on networked transit. Growth areas: Washington DC, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Denver, Pheonix, Houston.

Why does this matter? Because how we travel shapes our lives, and it shapes our culture.

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Best 35 seconds of your day. Unless you don’t like dogs, in which case you’ve got bigger problems.

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"The most recent example of how stark the differences can be between a filtered feed and an unfiltered one was the unrest in Ferguson, Mo. and how that showed up so dramatically on Twitter but was barely present for most users of Facebook. As sociologist Zeynep Tufekci noted, that kind of filtering has social consequences — and journalism professor Emily Bell pointed out that doing this makes Facebook and Twitter into information gatekeepers in much the same way newspapers used to be."
- Twitter CFO says a Facebook-style filtered feed is coming, whether you like it or not — Tech News and Analysis (via slantback)

Fingers crossed that filtered feeds are not, in fact, coming to Twitter. If they do, Twitter’s old signature question “What’s happening?” won’t be something answered by its users, but instead will be dictated by algorithms designed to enhance engagement at the expense of value.

(via infoneer-pulse)

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