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A Web Design Crash Course: From Developer to Developer

  • For example, on alispit.tel I use a dark grey for some text, white for the background, and then the rainbow colors for letters and random shapes.
  • The same is true with backgrounds -- a pure black is often not the best choice -- a dark navy or grey will make your content easier to read.
  • Making background images look good, especially with text on top of them, is really difficult.
  • If you want to keep the full page background image, if possible, use a simple picture without too much going on.
  • You may want to use a bright color, larger text, or feature that "call to action" on multiple places on your site.
  • Emphasizing the important content will look different on every site, but it's important to keep the action you want the user to take in mind with each design choice you make.

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China, World’s Biggest Polluter, Hits Carbon Goals – 12 Years Early

  • China, the world’s largest source of planet-warming carbon emissions, may have hit the peak it promised in the Paris climate accord well before its 2030 timetable.
  • China has cut back on coal not just to hit its Paris targets, but to reduce the notorious smog that wreaths its major industrial cities and the capital Beijing.
  • It’s also likely to hit its other Paris targets, like reducing the ratio of emissions to the size of its economy by 65 percent and boost its share of renewable power to about 20 percent.
  • But here’s where the fine print comes in: The longer it takes the hit a peak, the less ambitious it’s likely to be when negotiators sit down to hammer out new, steeper carbon cuts in 2020, Li said.

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Facebook is rating the trustworthiness of its users on a scale from zero to one

  • The previously unreported ratings system, which Facebook has developed over the past year, shows that the fight against the gaming of tech systems has evolved to include measuring the credibility of users to help identify malicious actors.
  • Facebook developed its reputation assessments as part of its effort against fake news, Tessa Lyons, the product manager who is in charge of fighting misinformation, said in an interview.
  • The company, like others in tech, has long relied on its users to report problematic content — but as Facebook has given people more options, some users began falsely reporting items as untrue, a new twist on information warfare that it had to account for.
  • A tab on the upper right-hand corner of every Facebook post lets people report problematic content for a variety of reasons, including pornography, violence, unauthorized sales, hate speech and false news.

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Who needs democracy when you have data?

  • For most of imperial and modern Chinese history, there has been a tradition of disgruntled people from the countryside traveling to Beijing and staging small demonstrations as public “petitioners.” The thinking was that if local authorities didn’t understand or care about their grievances, the emperor might show better judgment.
  • As Harvard historian Julian Gewirtz explains, “When the Chinese government saw that information technology was becoming a part of daily life, it realized it would have a powerful new tool for both gathering information and controlling culture, for making Chinese people more ‘modern’ and more ‘governable’—which have been perennial obsessions of the leadership.” Subsequent advances, including progress in AI and faster processors, have brought that vision closer.
  • But there are several initiatives that share a common strategy of harvesting data about people and companies to inform decision-making and create systems of incentives and punishments to influence behavior.

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Decentralized Identity Trilemma

  • None of the existing solutions are privacy-preserving, Sybil-resistant and self-sovereign at the same time.
  • This solution is Sybil-resistant, but it violates the requirement for the preservation of privacy and self-sovereignty.
  • Another approach assumes providing a Proof-of-a-Unique-Human7.
  • The peer-to-peer process of human-driven checks is designed to ensure the correctness of provided information.
  • However, if this assumption is granted, it still falls shorts of the self-sovereignty and privacy-preservation requirements.
  • Finally, there are solutions utilizing Web-of-Trust (WoT) approach8.
  • The trilemma exists because we do not have a decentralized source of scarcity for human capital.
  • There are open questions whether it would be possible to fulfill the privacy requirement with this approach.
  • A universal design would be possible if there was a source of scarcity available as an objective metric.
  • A missing piece is a similar metric providing an abstraction of human capital.

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Backpage.com’s Founders Speak for the First Time

  • The first time I met Backpage.com co-founder Michael Lacey it was January 2017, and he had just been grilled by a Senate subcommittee over allegations that he and his publishing partner James Larkin had, in the words of the committee report, "knowingly facilitated the criminal sex trafficking of vulnerable women and young girls." The second time, at his Arizona home in July of this year, he was wearing an ankle monitor.
  • In Arizona, that meant taking ample swipes at Sheriff Joe Arpaio—who would eventually demand years' worth of personal data on New Times readers and have Lacey and Larkin jailed for writing about it—as well anyone who cozied up to Arpaio, Republican Sen. John McCain, or his wealthy wife, Cindy.

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The 32 best things we ever bought on Amazon for under $25

  • Some of the best parts of shopping on Amazon are the wide selections and low costs, but those things can also make it difficult to root out what's really worth spending your money on before you've stretched your checkbook too thin.
  • The huge selection and low costs can be a great advantage if you have the inside scoop needed to navigate them confidently — if not, it can be a huge drain on time scrolling through reviews and trying to parse out who means what they're saying.
  • As a result, I decided to ask my colleagues at Business Insider about the best things they bought on Amazon from under $25 — in the hopes of finding some new things to try without wasting time or money discovering them.

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Amazon just removed one of the best features from Amazon Prime, and Twitch users are furious

  • Put more simply, even Twitch Prime paying subscribers will see ads on Twitch streams.
  • The only way to remove ads from the Twitch experience now is to pay even more for Twitch Turbo, a separate subscription service for Twitch which costs $9/month.
  • As the latter post alludes to, Twitch Prime began offering free games and in-game content to subscribers recently.
  • Much of the time, these free games and/or in-game content are less than thrilling — loot box partnerships that Amazon strikes with game makers like Blizzard Entertainment for "Overwatch," for example.
  • Getting free loot boxes for "Overwatch" is nice, but it's not a strong argument for paying for Twitch Prime.
  • More importantly, Sony and Microsoft offer excellent free games through PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold every month.
  • By comparison, the offerings through Twitch Prime are paltry at best.

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These are the leading credit card processing companies

  • Credit card processors are mostly responsible for data transmission and security when you use your card at a store or online to make a purchase.
  • There are two types of processors in the payment-card system.
  • Front-end processors route transactions from merchants to the cardholder's bank to gain authorization; that is, they make sure a customer has enough available credit or funds to make a purchase.
  • Back-end processors are responsible for a fund's settlement, which ends with the merchant receiving a deposit for transactions.
  • Below, we've outlined the major players in credit card processing and described their major strengths.
  • These card processors handle so much volume and so many dollars every day, but they are still just one piece of the larger payments ecosystem, which includes issuers, merchants, and more.

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Trump's tariffs are starting to hit US consumers where it hurts

  • According to WISC in Madison, Wisconsin, the price of aluminum dog tags Dane County, Wisconsin, issued to pet owners after animal registration jumped 46% from last year, to $2,200 from $1,500, due to Trump's tariffs on imported aluminum.
  • Economists have warned that while Trump's tariffs on steel, aluminum, and some Chinese goods mostly avoided hitting consumer goods directly, businesses that rely on these imports to produce final goods could eventually pass those costs on to average consumers.
  • (It's currently $20 if the pet is not spayed or neutered.) McDonell said that while the price increase was relatively small, he was worried about bigger items like new cars for the police department.
  • Trump's tariffs are also causing price increases for more than just dog tags in Wisconsin.
  • Major corporations have warned that the tariffs will force consumers to pay higher prices at the register soon.

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