Archive | March 19, 2014

Secrets of Success: Winners Wear Sweatpants

Pregnant woman smoking outside a London hospitalAccording to this Wall Street Journal report on a Harvard Business School study, people confident enough to take a nonconformist attitude to social dress codes are perceived as more successful, so keep your sweats on all day:

Anyone who has felt like the odd duck of the group can take heart from new research from Harvard Business School that says sticking out in distinct ways can lend you an air of presence or influence.

Standing out in certain circumstances, like wearing sweats in a luxury store, also appears to boost an individual’s standing.

One obvious way people signal what the researchers called “status” is through visible markers, like what they wear and what they buy. Previous research has largely examined why people buy or wear branded items.

Less work has focused on what others think of those who try to communicate that they are different or worthy of attention. Efforts to be different are interesting because humans are wired to conform and be part of a group.

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Denver Fox Affiliate Station Accidentally Flashes Dick Pic on Live Television (VIDEO)

Like a lot of mainstream news outlets, Denver’s FOX31 sometimes looks to Twitter users to for photos and comments on breaking news stories. With the internet being the internet, sometimes things can go horribly wrong, especially if you’re scrolling through people’s pictures during a live broadcast. Someone – either a Twitter user or an aspiring Tyler Durden at the station – succeeded in getting a “nice, big cock” prominently displayed during a report on a helicopter crash. Check out the expressions on the other reporters’ faces as Mr. iPad babbles on, oblivious to what just happened.

Obviously NSFW. Alternative link if YouTube takes it down. 

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Into the MYSTIC: NSA Can Retrieve and Replay Month-Old Telephone Calls

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 5.20.00 PMLeaked NSA documents reveal the NSA can record all of a nation’s phone calls indiscriminately and select any of them for replay up to a month after they were made. The voice intercept program is called “MYSTIC” and was profiled in one of the agency’s “Weekly Briefing Decks.”  Apparently NSA spooks spend their off-hours playing Magic: The Gathering.

Via the Washington Post:

The National Security Agency has built a surveillance system capable of recording “100 percent” of a foreign country’s telephone calls, enabling the agency to rewind and review conversations as long as a month after they take place, according to people with direct knowledge of the effort and documents supplied by former contractor Edward Snowden.

A senior manager for the program compares it to a time machine — one that can replay the voices from any call without requiring that a person be identified in advance for surveillance.

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