As if it isn't hard enough writing a cover letter. The New York Times Magazine reports that as companies start to make appplicants jump through more and more hoops to land a position, there's one startup that's trying to get companies to use video games as a "screening device" to see if applicants are creative, cautious, good at multitasking, prone to distractions, and more.
OKCupid, the matchmaking website known for a computational, logical approach to getting people to meet and fall in love (or bed) is a math geek's dream -- especially if he is looking for love. Wired tells the story of Chris McKinlay, a 35-year-old PhD student at UCLA, who used statistical sampling, bots and data harvesting to find the right woman.
The hold music holds a curious charm -- it's there to tell us, "wait, we haven't forgotten about you," but at the same time, it can be delightful, as it is for NPR reporter Sara Corbett's father-in-law, who is obsessed with hold music. Specifically, Cisco's hold music. The Atlantic goes on to dig deeper into the music, composed by a computer nerd who loves Yanni -- and never thought his composition could be the default "hold" sound on millions of phones.
We've feature obsessive chronicling before -- such as this Tumblr that shows computer code from movies and television to find out what it actually means. But this takes the cake for sheer dedication. Jeffrey Thommpson has watched all 456 episodes (20 years!) of Law & Order, and cataloged every single apperance of computing tech in the show. Via a grant from nonprofit arts organization Rhizome, he continued his project, which he says charts tech and cultural innovation.
A Tel-Aviv developer has uncovered a bug in Chrome that lets people listen to your conversations via the computer's mic, even if the browser is closed. That includes your private phone calls, conversations with your family and friends and more. Discovered by Tal Ater, who specializes in voice recognition, the bug can let people exploit the glitch to turn Chrome into a tool for espionage.
NYT's Bits Blog tells us about period tracking apps -- menstrual calendars that collect data about your cycles, symptoms and fluctuations -- and why they have mushroomed in popularity recently. Reporter Jenna Wortham says they appeal because they tap into the current trend of quantitative health (see: FitBit) but also actually work, and draw back the curtain on some common, yet ill-understood facets of women's health.