Mat Honan of Gizmodo volunteered to submit to a "social media background check" along with a handful of fellow Gawker Media colleagues. What the heck does that mean? Well, first, the investigation by Social Intelligence doesn't pass on actual identifiable photos of you to a prospective employer.
In other words, your drunken kegstand photos are probably fine as long as you're not wearing a T-shirt with a swastika or naked from the waist down. Basically, it just wants to know if you're the kind of asshole who will cause legal hassles for an employer. Which brings us back to my report. We ran background checks on six Gizmodo employees, including our editor in chief Joe Brown, and all but one came back clean.
Yes, that's right. All of them except Mat's, because Mat wrote something about enjoying coke and acid once. That's our Mat!
A group of tech firms will meet today to plan the filing of an amicus brief in support of lawsuit to challenge U.S. President Donald Trump’s “Muslim Ban.” Trump’s order was issued on Friday, and restricts immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries in which Trump has no business interests. Adjacent Muslim-majority nations in which Trump does […]
The World Economic Forum asked “leaders from business, government, academia and nongovernmental and international organizations” to take a survey on the potential risks and benefits of different emerging technologies. They seemed to think the space technologies will have little benefit and pose little risk. Energy capture, storage, and transmission has the great promise and little […]
The graphene temporary tattoo seen here is the thinnest epidermal electronic device ever and according to the University of Texas at Austin researchers who developed it, the device can take some medical measurements as accurately as bulky wearable sensors like EKG monitors. From IEEE Spectrum: Graphene’s conformity to the skin might be what enables the […]
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Although there will never be a consensus about the best way to make coffee, any coffee connoisseur will agree that controlling the grind of your beans and balancing water temperature are the keys to a tasty cup. Since your plastic coffee pot doesn’t really allow for that kind of customization, going back to the French […]