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14 Million Visitors to U.S. Face Social Media Screening

How I validated my business idea using Upwork

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March 27, 2018 at 05:09AM It’s one of the big existential questions of starting a business: How do you know if the thing you think might be a business is actually a business?In highfalutin’ business circles, this is called “idea validation.” Here at GrowthLab, we use a different term: pay certainty.We like “pay certainty” because it cuts right to the core of what people are really asking when they ask if their idea is really an idea: will people pay for thisproduct or not? For some people, qualitative research is enough to answer the question. They immerse themselves in their audience’s mindset, spend time where their audience spends time, compile pages of notes about pain points and frustrations and possible solutions, and come away knowing exactly what they want to build.  But if you’re like Callum Birch, you need a bit more quantitative heft to really put your mind at ease.  “I quite easily could have said, ‘This is my hypothetical audience, I th…

Ketch-All Multiple Catch Mousetrap

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March 31, 2018 at 05:21AM World's best mousetrapI once had to get rid of a lot of mice. Standard mouse traps were too messy to reuse, but too expensive just throw out. Have-a-heart traps were too finicky, and traps were too cruel. Finally, I found the proverbial better mouse trap: a wind-up repeating trap ($18). No bait required. Just put it two inches from the wall and for some reason the mice climb right in. A spring loaded trap door flips them into a little chamber, and they call their friends to join them. One trap catches ten a night, and the mice don’t seem to mind at all. The one I used is the Trap Man, sold as the Ketch-All in the US.(Of course, it does leave you with the problem of what to do with a daily box of live mice.)-- Danny Hillis03/31/18

You Bring It, This Blings It: Retrofitting a Hot Foil Stamping Machine

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March 31, 2018 at 10:03AM Hot foil stamping is a method often used to embellish and emboss premium print media. It’s used on things like letterhead and wedding invitations to add a touch of luxury. The operation is actually quite simple, where a custom die is heated, pressed into a heat transfer foil, and then transferred on to the print media. Some of the very first manuscripts used gold leaf embossing to decorate intricate calligraphy. You can also see it often used to decorate the sides of religious texts.Professional foil stamping machines are often pricey and the cheaper ones you can get from eBay are usually poorly made. [Lindsay Wilson] found this out when he purchased a low-cost hot foil stamping machine that was too difficult to use reliably. It got shelved for years until he had another hot foil stamping project. This time he was prepared. He took the machine apart and robust-ified it by attaching it to a heavy-duty arbor press. He also re…

U.S. to seek social media details, email addresses and phone numbers from all visa applicants | The Japan Times

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March 30, 2018 at 09:19PM
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/03/30/world/u-s-seek-social-media-details-email-addresses-phone-numbers-visa-applicants/#.Wr7c9xaRXDs

U.S. to seek social media details, email addresses and phone numbers from all visa applicants
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Previously in the U.S., social media, email and phone number histories were only sought from applicants identified for extra scrutiny, such as those who have traveled to areas controlled by terrorist organizations. | AFP-JIJI
Previously in the U.S., social media, email and phone number histories were only sought from applicants identified for extra scrutiny, such as those who have traveled to areas controlled by terrorist organizations. | AFP-JIJI
The State Department wants to require all U.S. visa applicants to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers, vastly expanding the Trump administration’s enhanced vetting of potential immigr…

The Largest Addition To The Whale Pool Yet! Thank you

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SteemThat Jumps Huge Thanks To Members

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Snow Day Cam with Ambient music

Enjoy a snoew day without the cold, and with a nice ambient soundtrack as well


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Getting the default settings right

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March 19, 2018 at 05:21AM We know that the default settings determine the behavior of the group. Organ donation, 401k allocations, the typeface on our word processor--the way it's set to act if we don't override it is often the way we act. Because often, we decide it's not worth the effort to change the setting today.Which means that examining your settings now and then is worth the effort:Don't speak unless asked vs. don't keep quiet with a suggestion.Look for the downsides vs. look for the upsides.Do the minimum vs. do the maximum.Don't ship until perfect vs. ship and learn.The benefit of the doubt vs. skepticism.Trusting vs. wary.Inquiry vs. sarcasm.Speed up vs. slow down.Generous vs. selfish.We all have defaults. Are yours helping you?[PS it's definitely not too soon to mark the next altMBA on your calendar. It works. That's why every session we've done has been fully enrolled. Check it out if you can.]

Stish Launches New Website Prior To Token Event

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Love Open Source but Hate People? Get OpenKobold

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March 6, 2018 at 01:05AM [Tadas Ustinavičius] writes in to tell us of his latest project, which combines his two great loves of open source and annoying people: OpenKobold. Named after the German mythical spirit that haunts people’s homes, this tiny device is fully open source (hardware and software) and ready to torment your friends and family for up to a year on a CR1220 battery.The design of the OpenKobold is quite simple, and the open source nature of the project makes this an excellent case study for turning an idea into a fully functional physical object.Beyond the battery and the buzzer module, the OpenKobold utilizes a PIC12F675, a transistor, and a few passive components. This spartan design allows for a PCB that measures only 25 x 20 mm, making it very easy to hide but fiendishly difficult to try to track down later on.But the real magic is in the software. The firmware that [Tadas] has written for the PIC not only randomizes how often the…

Stish To Steem Whale Pool Update

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