BANGKOK - Logging on to the corner coffee shop's public Wi-Fi in Thailand could get a good deal more public in the coming months, following a government order that cafés across the country start tracking and saving their customers' online activity. The Digital Economy and Society Ministry says it needs access to the data to help its new anti-fake news center crack down on cyber-criminals. Rights groups say it's the government's latest attempt to stamp out political dissent and free speech. "Government authorities are attempting to use the argument of 'fake news' and the power granted under the Computer Crimes Act to silence all dissent and to create an environment of fear resulting in individuals censoring themselves from questioning [or] criticizing the actions of the government," Emilie Pradichit, director of rights group Manushya, said of the order. She said the "log files" in question could include users' browsing histories but also a record of who they send messages to or … [Read more...] about Thailand’s Coffee Shops Told to Track, Save Public Wi-Fi Traffic
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“People are realising that mushrooms are a real superfood,” says Anuradha Srivastava, a food technologist at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research - Directorate of Mushroom Research (ICAR-DMR) in Himachal Pradesh. “They contain no sugar, so they’re ideal for diabetics. They’re good for those with high blood pressure or cholesterol and they contain many of the trace nutrients that our bodies need.”At the government-run ICAR-DMR, innovations have led to a versatile mushroom powder that is being used to make a multigrain mushroom bread, biscuits and papads. Their mushroom pickles are also now widely available across the country and on e-commerce platforms. The R&D team is now working on a mushroom spread, murabba, and a mushroom bhujiya.The mushroom coffee mix available with The Mushroom Co is infused with cordyceps mushroom extract, a type of mushroom that is known to be a mild aphrodisiac and is widely used for medicinal purposes. ( … [Read more...] about Mushrooms are having a moment
At 8am on 8 July 1980, Raymond Carver sat down to write a letter to his editor, Gordon Lish. He'd been up all night worrying about the book they were working on together, and by the time Carver had finished writing there were more words in the letter than there were in many of the short stories for which he was known. "Dearest Gordon," it began, "I've got to pull out of this one. Please hear me… I've looked at it from every side, I've compared both versions of the manuscripts… until my eyes are nearly to fall out of my head." The trouble was, Lish's version was so far from what Carver had sent him that Carver felt it was unrecognisable. The pair had worked together for years – Lish, a dashing, influential literary figure once known as Captain Fiction, had published Carver's first stories in Esquire magazine. (They had met in Palo Alto, when Carver was, as his wife later put it, a "practising alcoholic" working at a textbook publisher's.) Lish later became an editor at … [Read more...] about Raymond Carver: the kindest cut
Mädchen Amick. Photo: Getty Images One of the actors who has benefited, and excelled, the most in this year of Peak TV has been Mädchen Amick. Hot off the tails of finishing the freshman season of the CW’s sexy romp of a teen drama, Riverdale, as a delightfully conniving mother, Amick reprised her role as the lovely — but still quite naïve — Double R waitress Shelly Johnson in Twin Peaks: The Return. And it didn’t hurt, of course, that one of those massively popular shows was directly inspired by the other. While fighting a cold she caught from the youths on the Riverdale set, Amick called Vulture up to discuss why Alice Cooper is the best Riverdale parent, coming to accept Shelly and Bobby’s separation in Twin Peaks, and how exactly she would like to see the two shows blended together in the future. Showrunners have fallen into a habit in recent years of comparing their shows to Twin Peaks, even if they’re far from it. But I … [Read more...] about Mädchen Amick Is Also Bummed Shelly and Bobby Weren’t Together in
Source: Photo by Lisa Fotios from Pexels Did you know that January and February can be two of the best months to apply for a new job or promotion? General recruitment trends confirm: It's true. December often feels like one of the "sleepiest" months of the year -- full of holidays, lovely food and long, cozy nights. But as tempting as it may be to curl up with a big mug of cocoa and pine-scented candles, try not to hibernate all month long. Use the next few weeks wisely -- and get a head start on your job hunt! We've got less than 20 days left in the month of December. Here are 20 career-boosting actions to complete before the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve... 1. Send a "thank you" note to a colleague, manager or mentor who helped or inspired you, this year. 2. Congratulate someone on their career success, this year. By celebrating others, you are reinforcing that you're a positive, encouraging person -- two qualities that are likely to be on an employer's wish … [Read more...] about 20 Career-Boosting Actions to Complete Before New Year’s Eve
When Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 last Wednesday, the company had something else to show the assembled press – just in case a new operating system wasn’t exciting enough. This was the Hololens, a stand-alone augmented reality heardset, capable of projecting computer generated objected into your real-world environment. Look through its futuristic screen, and you may see a dinosaur on your coffee table, or a monster on your sofa. The device seemingly uses an array of motion senses, as well as a Kinect-style camera so that it knows where the wearer is in the room, and can also recognise objects. Imagine, for example, a horror game where a zombie could crash through your own living room window. Add in both gesture and voice controls, and you have both a compelling alternative to fully immersive virtual reality headsets like Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus, and the Magic Leap augmented reality headset that counts Google among its many excited investors. So what … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s Hololens – what do virtual reality developers think?