Favorite articles roundup for week ending December 12, 2015

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Here’s a roundup of interesting articles from the past week.

Comics/animation

This week’s Golden Globe Award nominees have been announced, including the nominees for animated feature films.

Technology

Despite only several weeks left in the year, everyone’s already starting their 2015 “year in review” posts. Some tech companies who’ve already done theirs:

Microsoft has decided to let current OneDrive users keep their 15GB of free space if they specifically opt-in by January 31, 2016. New OneDrive users are apparently limited to 5GB of free space, which doesn’t make OneDrive’s free tier as good a deal as Google Drive.

Feminist Frequency has posted a guide on how to avoid or lessen online harassment. This includes tips ranging from the usual obvious ones (two factor authentication, using strong passwords) to less obvious ones (hiding WHOIS information to prevent trolls from finding website owners’ personal home addresses).

Engadget’s written a guide ranking the 2016 US presidential candidates, and grades all of them solely on their stances on science and technology, not their social or economic views. They especially put emphasis on climate change and teaching evolution. Thus a list where Jeb Bush slightly outranks Hillary Clinton (B+ and B respectively), and Donald Trump outranks Ben Carson (D- and F- respectively). Presumably Clinton’s email server controversy slightly hurt her in rank. While Carson’s the lowest ranked person out of the 16 candidates, Bernie Sanders is the highest (with an A-).

Speaking of the election, various tech company heads have come forward reaffirming their belief in diversity (even if their companies’ hiring practices and makeup need much work) and welcoming Muslims specifically, in reaction to Donald Trump’s proposal this week to ban Muslims from entering the United States. This includes the heads of Google, Facebook, and Amazon. Amazon’s Bezos in particular promised Trump a seat on a Blue Origin rocket, the private rocket company Bezos owns alongside Amazon and the Washington Post. Cue jokes about whether the rocket trip is one-way or round-trip.

Media

Amazon listed their top selling books of 2015. The Digital Reader blog also lists Barnes & Noble and Google Play’s own best-sellers.


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