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What if economic growth isn’t as positive as you think?

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If we don’t quickly create a new economy that isn’t based on constant expansion, we’re going to run out of planet.

When Donald Trump says “Make America Great Again,” he’s alluding, at least in part, to the promise of economic growth. Just as when Bill Clinton said, “it’s the economy, stupid,” he was really saying that “it’s about economic growth, stupid.” This is the Golden Promise of politics: more economic growth. Golden, because it is effortlessly translated in voters’ minds to mean more jobs, more money in the economy, and therefore more income in everyone’s pockets. Because economic growth is, obviously, a thing greatly to be desired.

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JayM
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Review: Ecovacs Ozmo 601 is an iPhone-controlled robo vac that can also mop

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Robotic vacuums have grown increasingly capable over the years. We recently put one of Ecovacs' newest to the test that is capable of not only sweeping up debris on solid floors and carpets, but mopping as well.
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How Russia Uses Cyberwarfare Around The Globe

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Misha Glenny, author of McMafia, joins NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro to talk about how Russia uses cyberwarfare to undermine and destabilize Western governments.

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Broadcom to acquire CA Technologies for $18.9B (Chloe Aiello/CNBC)

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Chloe Aiello / CNBC:
Broadcom to acquire CA Technologies for $18.9B  —  Broadcom announced on Wednesday it had entered into an agreement to acquire CA Technologies for $18.9 billion.  The takeover would mark a strategic win for Broadcom in the months following its failed takeover bid for rival Qualcomm.

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Freaky.
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Joss Whedon will return to sci-fi TV with HBO’s The Nevers

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Enlarge / Joss Whedon, courtesy of HBO. (credit: HBO)

Joss Whedon, the creator of acclaimed TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, has been announced as showrunner for a new HBO series titled The Nevers.

The Friday announcement confirms Whedon as "executive producer, showrunner, writer, and director" for his first-ever non-network TV series, following his RECENT executive producer and co-creator duties on the ongoing series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. HBO describes the show as "an epic science-fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities," and its statement makes no bones about Whedon's legacy by claiming it "follows in the footsteps of Buffy."

HBO did not announce a release window, actors, or other principal members of the cast and crew.

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JayM
1 day ago
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...”gang of Victorian women...”, eh? Wonder how the young they are... Jos_H_ Wheedon lucked out that his Spring came early, and before Harvey.
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In open offices, workers chat 70% less, are less productive, and email more

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Enlarge / Looks like someone has a case of the Mondays. (credit: Getty | Ian Nicholson)

Tearing down walls and cubicles in offices may actually build up more barriers to productivity and collaboration, according to a new study.

Employees at two Fortune 500 multinational companies saw face-to-face interaction time drop by about 70 percent, the use of email increase between 22 percent and 56 percent, and productivity slip after their traditional office spaces were converted to open floor plans—that is, ones without walls or cubicles that ostensibly create barriers to interaction. The findings, published recently in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, suggest that removing physical dividers may, in fact, make it harder for employers to foster collaboration and collective intelligence among their employees.

Many companies have waged a so-called “war on walls” to try to create such vibrant workspaces, the authors Ethan Bernstein and Stephen Turban of Harvard wrote. But, “what they often get—as captured by a steady stream of news articles professing the death of the open office—is an open expanse of proximal employees choosing to isolate themselves as best they can (e.g. by wearing large headphones) while appearing to be as busy as possible (since everyone can see them).”

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JayM
1 day ago
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Yeah... but the real estate savings!! Just look at all that money saved! Now we can pack in more folks to do the same amount of work as before! ;)
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mrobold
2 days ago
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THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISSS

Except, is it really email? It seems to me that Slack becomes the engine of never ending distraction.
Orange County, California
dnorman
2 days ago
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so much, this. our new open environment office area has killed collaboration and organic conversation. big headphones. LED "busy" lights. SSSSSHHHH! (except for the BLAH BLAH loud people passing through from their offices…)
Calgary
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