Danie van der Merwe

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    A new study from Harvard reveals that open-plan offices decrease rather than increase face-to-face collaboration

    They start using email and messaging with much greater frequency than before. In other words, even if collaboration were a great idea (it's a questionable notion), open plan offices are the worst possible way to make it happen.

    Previous studies of open plan offices have shown that they make people less productive, but most of those studies gave lip service to the notion that open pl...  more
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    Humans are hardwired to dismiss facts that don't fit their worldview - turns out that one’s political, religious or ethnic identity quite effectively predicts one’s willingness to accept expertise on any given politicized issue

    Something is rotten in the state of American political life. The U.S. (among other nations) is increasingly characterized by highly polarized, informationally insulated ideological communities occupying their own factual universes.

    Within the conservative political blog...  more
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    There were no penguins at Cape Town's Boulder Beach prior to 1985 - Where the Cape’s penguins came from

    An interesting read about why and where these penguins migrated from. 1985 is actually quite recent and yet most people just think the pensions were always there.

    See https://www.capetownetc.com/cape-town/where-the-capes-penguins-came-from/

    #southafrica #capetown
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    Blueapple (and similar ethylene absorbers) keep fresh fruit and vegetables fresher for longer

    Ethylene gas is given off naturally by fruits and vegetables as a signalling mechanism in order to coordinate uniform ripening. However, once concentrated in your refrigerator or other storage areas, the presence of ethylene gas continues to speed up ripening and hasten spoilage.

    The Bluapple® is designed to provide effective ethylene gas absorption for three months in a typical home refrigerator prod...  more
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    Finish Your Next Book in 15 Minutes with BookNotes - Currently 90% Off At $29 For A Lifetime Subscription

    It's no coincidence that some of the world's most successful businesspeople make a point of reading as much as they can, but most of us simply don't have the time to power through entire books on a regular basis. Designed for busy people who want to stay informed on the go, this subscription will help you accelerate your learning through concise summaries of popular and important books.

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    Reddit’s Favorite Mindblowing Facts of All Time, Fact-Checked

    Redditors love to ask each other for their favorite fun, mindblowing, counterintuitive, or disturbing facts. Every few months a new “fun fact” thread ends up on the front page of Reddit, and thousands of people pitch in with their favorites. Here the very best facts collected over the last few years with the citations linked.

    See https://lifehacker.com/reddit-s-favorite-mindblowing-facts-of-all-time-fact-c-1840398431

    #interesting #...  more
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    Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson dies aged 61

    Marie Fredriksson, who as the singer of Roxette was one of the most recognisable voices in 1980s and 90s pop, has died aged 61 following a long illness.

    One of my most listened to groups from the 1980s and 1990s and sad to see her go so young.

    See https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/dec/10/roxette-singer-marie-fredriksen-dies-aged-61
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    7 Tips for Planning Your Funeral, and Why You Should - Especially if you wish to be Cremated within a Traditional Family

    Let's face it -- unless you're a fictional character, you're going to die. And if you care about your money and your family, it will save a lot of grief if you create a funeral plan before the grieving starts. But according to a 2017 report by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), only 21% of Americans discuss details about their funeral with loved ones.

    Sure, w...  more
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    Political ads can lie if they want, Facebook confirms - This is unbelievable and effectively allows misinformation to voters

    A few weeks ago, Facebook made it clear that posts shared by politicians are exempt from Facebook's community standards and also from fact-checking. The company did, however, indicate one area where posts made by politicians' accounts could be subject to scrutiny: in paid advertising. Faced with a stark real-world test, though, Facebook appears once again to be erring on ...  more
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    The QProfit system using Mark Shuttleworth's name in South Africa is a SCAM

    Something did just not smell write when I read "article" about this and upon checking yes low and behold Mark has also declared it to be a scam. I just hope the blatant name dropping does not fool others as it should alert you to the rest of the claims likely being false too. It's not that new but suddenly surfaced in my RSS feeds now.

    See https://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/category/thoughts

    #qrofit #scam #mar...  more
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    South Africa's new Internet law prohibits revenge porn, hate speech, and ISPs knowing their platform is being used for specified offences

    Yes, it could be seen as an infringement on freedom of speech but on the flipside many people do not seem aware that there is accountability for what one utters in public (the Internet being public platform). Where there is a lack of common sense I suppose legislation will guide. Freedom of speech is not absolute - propaganda for war, incitement of imminent ...  more
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    President Ramaphosa launches virtual book club - Because in South Africa, a mere 5000 book sales count as a best seller

    Bookworms can now sign up and join the President’s Reading Circle – a virtual book club – to enjoy recommended page turners. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s reading circle, an offshoot of the National Reading Coalition (NRC), offers book lovers a chance to get lost in the world of books and share their views on the books with the President through the chat service on the site. The...  more