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Bookmarked Public social spending as a share of GDP (Our World in Data)

Social spending includes, among others, the following areas: health, old age, incapacity-related benefits, family, active labor market programmes, unemployment, and housing.

Per dirla col poeta spendi spandi spendi spendi, effendi Social spending includes, among others, the following areas: health, old age, incapacity-related benefits, family, active labor market programmes, unemployment, and housing. Source: Public social spending as a share of GDP, 1970 to 2016

Of course Twitter is not representative of America

A new Pew study finds a gulf between the general population and Twitter users. This report is interesting because they interviewed actual people. There is one fundamental statement in it but it’s not mentioning a fundamental piece of context. The one interesting piece of data by Pew is that 10% of users create 80% of…

Be careful about how much efforts you put on Twitter

After many experiments to increase engagement with brands on Twitter, I have collected enough evidence that Twitter is not worth much. From now on, the main focus of my social media marketing efforts will be other channels like Reddit, Hacker News, LinkedIn and other well targeted forums. My Twitter efforts are now down to the…

Medium is “pivoting”

I’m glad to read Ev Williams finally admitting that: the broken system is ad-driven media on the internet. It simply doesn’t serve people. In fact, it’s not designed to. He’s a smart person, I’m sure the next iteration of Medium will be interesting, no matter what the outcome will be. Source: Renewing Medium’s focus

Prototyping applications with Airtable

Gotta say: using spreadsheet as poor-man’s database makes me feel poor every time. Google Sheets is so convenient that everybody starts a new sheet to hold some information in a table. The problem is, sheets are so convenient that some sheets keep on starting again, and again. Soon the company has 20 sheets holding bad…

Why you should not use Slack for volunteer communities

Last night I was asked again to join a Slack channel during a community event and I lost it. I lost the patience for this constant push into a walled garden. I can accept that only at work. I don’t want my email to be given away to a company so they can brag about…

Developing apps on OpenStack is still too complicated

Yesterday’s meeting with the OpenStack App Developer Working Group proved that new developers approaching OpenStack enter a system designed to make them fail. The community seems to be distracted to uncover new problems while the old and known problems are not being addressed. I’m running for a seat on OpenStack Foundation Board: if you care…

What is an OpenStack Powered Compute?

The OpenStack Technical Committee voted a resolution suggesting to the OpenStack Board to modify the definition of “OpenStack Powered Compute” to include statements such as An `OpenStack Powered Compute`_ Cloud MUST be able to boot a Linux Guest This is quite a change in OpenStack DefCore efforts, since as Rob says The fundamental premise of…

Why OpenStack should stop tracking its Net Promoter Score

TL;DR because it makes no sense for OpenStack and it provides too much distraction at a time when the Foundation should focus on addressing more specific and actionable concerns tied to its mission “to inform the roadmap based on user’s opinions and deployment choices.” I’d like the OpenStack community to focus on the fundamental issues…