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The best and worst airlines for carry-on luggage. Since bag dimensions are not standard, what is allowed on one airline can be too big or heavy on another. We did an analysis of the rules of 110 airlines to discover which dimensions are more common.

The best (and worst) airlines for carry-on luggage

Is this how unions of the 21st century get their start? The article references declining membership in traditional unions but I’d speculate that this decline is largely because industrial-era unions are bureaucratic behemoths that are just as demanding for workers as the companies themselves - just ask

Is this how unions of the 21st century get their start? The article references declining membership in traditional unions but I’d speculate that this decline is largely because industrial-era unions are bureaucratic behemoths that are just as demanding for workers as the companies themselves - just ask auto-workers for GM right now.

The old model of unionization has gone stale. It hardly works at all in the industries it currently serves and doesn’t have the chops to handle the newer tech industries that have cropped up in the last 30 years. Time for a fresh take on fighting the man.

This bill butchers the definition of a security... The Libra Investment Token (owned by network moderators) should probably be regarded as a security since there's an expectation of return on capital. However, Libra tokens (used by customers) probably *shouldn't* be treated as securities. The smallest

This bill butchers the definition of a security... The Libra Investment Token (owned by network moderators) should probably be regarded as a security since there's an expectation of return on capital. However, Libra tokens (used by customers) probably *shouldn't* be treated as securities. The smallest fluctuation in price would trigger short-term capital gains tax, and that would make it extremely undesirable.

Libra is more like a private currency—and this bill puts the cart ahead of the horse. Until Facebook and the Libra Association offer clarity, legislators are wasting their time trying to regulate a moving target. Let's find out how much a Libra is worth and then let's proceed.

How marathons became big business. Running has evolved from an unglamorous, inexpensive, and accessible sport to one increasingly shaped by PR firms and advertising dollars.

How marathons became big business

As our society becomes increasingly focused on "experiences" and "wellness" as markers of status it should be no surprise that it's popular for highly motivated people to prove through performance their ability to train hours a day for months. It should also be no surprise that the aspirations of these

As our society becomes increasingly focused on "experiences" and "wellness" as markers of status it should be no surprise that it's popular for highly motivated people to prove through performance their ability to train hours a day for months. It should also be no surprise that the aspirations of these ultra-high achievers is ripe to be co-opted by brands for profit.

The way we work

How can you stay happy at work as a longtime employee? After years in the same position, a promotion always helps. But surprisingly, LinkedIn data shows that lateral career moves can be almost as effective to keep employees in place and satisfied.

The surprisingly effective retention power of lateral career moves

I’ve done several cross-functional job changes that were lateral moves, and I believe each actually helped me accelerate my career trajectory. Talking with a colleague in HR once, she noted that often companies are now talking about “career lattices” not just career ladders. In a world that is becoming

I’ve done several cross-functional job changes that were lateral moves, and I believe each actually helped me accelerate my career trajectory. Talking with a colleague in HR once, she noted that often companies are now talking about “career lattices” not just career ladders. In a world that is becoming ever more automated, we need workers who can think across functional boundaries to achieve enterprise-wide results.

Cryptic crypto

Facebook’s crypto could become a regulated security. CNBC reports that a new US bill is backed by a bipartisan group who weren’t impressed with Zuck’s testimony at a recent House Financial Services hearing.

New bill would make Facebook's cryptocurrency a security under the law, inviting greater regulation

This bill butchers the definition of a security... The Libra Investment Token (owned by network moderators) should probably be regarded as a security since there's an expectation of return on capital. However, Libra tokens (used by customers) probably *shouldn't* be treated as securities. The smallest

This bill butchers the definition of a security... The Libra Investment Token (owned by network moderators) should probably be regarded as a security since there's an expectation of return on capital. However, Libra tokens (used by customers) probably *shouldn't* be treated as securities. The smallest fluctuation in price would trigger short-term capital gains tax, and that would make it extremely undesirable.

Libra is more like a private currency—and this bill puts the cart ahead of the horse. Until Facebook and the Libra Association offer clarity, legislators are wasting their time trying to regulate a moving target. Let's find out how much a Libra is worth and then let's proceed.

ETFs are eating the market

What happens in a flash crash? And how are they related to ETFs? One of the big questions about exchange-traded fund is the extent to which their rapid growth has led to an increasing number of flash crashes. A financial advisor who manages millions of dollars in assets describes his experience of one. ✦

It’s alive! ETFs as Frankenstein

While ETFs have done a lot of good for investors, they bear a certain resemblance to the aggregated financial products that set off the last financial crisis, especially newer forms of "synthetic ETFs" that are derivatives of equities and bonds. It's not hard to imagine how, in the event of broader market

While ETFs have done a lot of good for investors, they bear a certain resemblance to the aggregated financial products that set off the last financial crisis, especially newer forms of "synthetic ETFs" that are derivatives of equities and bonds. It's not hard to imagine how, in the event of broader market downturn, the small liquidity crises, or flash crashes, described in this piece could snowball into a much bigger market meltdown. 😬

The new face of education

Employers shouldn’t obsess over hiring elite students. Hiring from lesser-known colleges can benefit companies in surprising ways.

Only recruiting the smartest students is a dumb hiring strategy.

It is really important to hire people who have the humility to take feedback and the confidence to give it. The college elite may not always bring that to the table. It is also equally important to get people from a wider section of the society, especially if you are building a startup that would cater to the entire country.

Buying, mindlessly

Who’s in charge of Christmas?

Quartz looked at the Mariah Carey data last year. The results will probably not surprise you: Christmas creep is officially now measured by when “AIWFC” charts.

Measuring Christmas creep through “All I Want for Christmas Is You”

This post goes great with my favorite Spotify playlist, which is just "All I want for Christmas is You" 100 times.

This bill butchers the definition of a security... The Libra Investment Token (owned by network moderators) should probably be regarded as a security since there's an expectation of return on capital. However, Libra tokens (used by customers) probably *shouldn't* be treated as securities. The smallest

This bill butchers the definition of a security... The Libra Investment Token (owned by network moderators) should probably be regarded as a security since there's an expectation of return on capital. However, Libra tokens (used by customers) probably *shouldn't* be treated as securities. The smallest fluctuation in price would trigger short-term capital gains tax, and that would make it extremely undesirable.

Libra is more like a private currency—and this bill puts the cart ahead of the horse. Until Facebook and the Libra Association offer clarity, legislators are wasting their time trying to regulate a moving target. Let's find out how much a Libra is worth and then let's proceed.

Ironing out fashion’s wrinkles

China’s fashion companies are finally globally competitive. Shoppers are warming to home-grown brands as the country's spending power rises, boosting Chinese labels into the ranks of the world's top fashion companies.

Two Chinese companies have joined the ranks of the fashion industry’s giants

I was asking for advice on shoes from a colleague the other day, who is also a marathon runner. "Buy from them" he dropped me a link, and the shoemaker was a name I had never heard of. "Who are them?" I asked. "One of Nike's OEM factories and now they are selling their own brand." My colleague said

I was asking for advice on shoes from a colleague the other day, who is also a marathon runner. "Buy from them" he dropped me a link, and the shoemaker was a name I had never heard of. "Who are them?" I asked. "One of Nike's OEM factories and now they are selling their own brand." My colleague said.

"Are they any good?" - Me

"Better than Nike." - My colleague

"Because it's much cheaper?" - Me

"Yes, but not only that. It's also much better quality and lasts longer. Ever since Nike manufactures its shoes in Vietnam, the product quality is dropping low." - My colleague

I eventually took the advice and brought a pair of running shoes from this unheard shoemaker, which cost me slightly over $100. Now 11 months and 2500 kilometers past, it is still satisfying. My last pair from Nike at $120 endured 9 months before a toe hole cracked.

The new "shifting attitudes in favor of local brands by Chinese consumers" is not only happening in sportswear and fashion wear but also home appliances, mobile devices, and cultural products such as movies and games.

Indeed, a more rational evaluation of "value for money, innovation in design and quality, and customer service" result in a preference for local brands, especially among China's millennium customers. Another factor in play here is that the new generation's needs for self-expression are no longer linear. In the past, a high social and wealthy status was tightly attached to one's usage of foreign brands. However, now their identity-expression needs are multi-dimensional, such as a need to appear "trendy," "green," "different," "cool," "original," or even "patriotic."

One brand not mentioned in this report that I’ve had my eye on lately is Li-Ning. They sponsor a few NBA players shoes - most notably Dwayne Wade - but their other sneakers are really wild and out there not for the faint of heart. The best part is they’re mostly under the $200 mark, which is a steal

One brand not mentioned in this report that I’ve had my eye on lately is Li-Ning. They sponsor a few NBA players shoes - most notably Dwayne Wade - but their other sneakers are really wild and out there not for the faint of heart. The best part is they’re mostly under the $200 mark, which is a steal in the world of fashion shoes where trendy Balenciagas can set you back 7 or 8 hundred bucks.

Go, do your thing on the runway

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Hearing aids are due for an upgrade. New research into the brain's sound mixing capabilities could radically improve how hearing aids work.

Read more on Quartz

From Our Members

  • Different from hearing aids but related: We actually have the technology to address these hearing issues in cochlear implants.

    I'm a cochlear implant user (Cochlear, if you're familiar with implant processor companies) and we have features to help us better hear in loud or busy situations mentioned

    Different from hearing aids but related: We actually have the technology to address these hearing issues in cochlear implants.

    I'm a cochlear implant user (Cochlear, if you're familiar with implant processor companies) and we have features to help us better hear in loud or busy situations mentioned in the article, like the "cocktail party."

    We have "Beam," for my implant microphone to specifically focus on one speaker and where my processor lowers the sound of distracting background noise, best for a one-on-one conversation at a crowded restaurant. And we have "Scan," where I can open my implant microphone's focus to hone into about 1-3 people I'm facing, for casual conversations with friends in a loud setting and where multiple people are talking (sort of an "expansion" of the "Beam" setting).

    There are other features I haven't mentioned——My audiologist and I can place these settings on certain "programs" (I have four of them on my current processor) and I can toggle between them anytime I'd like. I use the features here and there when they may come in handy.

  • I had no idea loss of hearing can increase incidence of cognitive decline, like dementia. I also never realized that scientists still do not understand quite how the brain chooses which voice to concentrate on and listen to in chaotic or layered auditory environments (bar, sporting event or cocktail

    I had no idea loss of hearing can increase incidence of cognitive decline, like dementia. I also never realized that scientists still do not understand quite how the brain chooses which voice to concentrate on and listen to in chaotic or layered auditory environments (bar, sporting event or cocktail party). I take a lot of my day for granted.

  • A cool thing I learned while reporting this story is that the brain actually "sees" auditory objects—much like it does with visual object.

    Over time, our eyes get used to recognizing objects really quickly. Think of a table. If you saw an object with four legs and a horizontal plank on top, you'd know

    A cool thing I learned while reporting this story is that the brain actually "sees" auditory objects—much like it does with visual object.

    Over time, our eyes get used to recognizing objects really quickly. Think of a table. If you saw an object with four legs and a horizontal plank on top, you'd know it was a table practically instantaneously. If you only saw three legs, you'd still know it was a table; your brain would fill in missing information.

    Turns out, it can do the same trick with speech—especially if you're trying to listen to two people speak at once. Your brain can focus on one person, and work to fill in some of the gaps that may be "covered up" by volume increases from the other speaker.