Angry Robot

Love, Grampa and Grandmaster Flash

Facebook autocomplete comedy.

Apple Watch: Asking Why and Saying No

Apple Watch – Features

Inside the Fast-Food Labor Protests

So frustrating. More than half of US fast food workers get public assistance:

<blockquote>        <p>American fast-food workers receive almost seven billion dollars a year in public assistance. That’s a direct taxpayer subsidy, the activists argue, for the fast-food industry. Taxpayers are also, by that logic, grossly overpaying the industry’s top management. According to the progressive think tank Demos, fast-food executives’ compensation packages quadrupled, in constant dollars, between 2000 and 2013. They now take home, on average, nearly twenty-four million dollars a year. Their front-line workers’ wages have barely risen in that time, and remain among the worst in U.S. industry. The differential between C.E.O. and worker pay in fast food is higher than in any other domestic economic sector—twelve hundred to one. In construction, by comparison, the differential is ninety-three to one.</p>     </blockquote>

RER, UP(X), (D)RL, SmartTrack, W(W/E)LRT: The Frustration of Competing Plans

Definitive Steve Munro post on the nature of various transit schemes and on which lines should actually be built.

Tech, Meet Fashion

On the perhaps-unnecessary new frontier of wearable technology. In which Jony Ive says, “Switzerland is fucked”.

The class war in American politics is over. The rich won.

The Cinematic History of 007: 52 Years of James Bond

My fave: Jerry Orbach as Bond in “Murder, He Killed”

Notes on the Celebrity Data Theft

40 maps that explain the Roman Empire

Bizarre linkbait concept/title for a distinctly non-viral article.

Shomi gives Rogers, Shaw a toehold on Netflix’s turf

Missed this – they finally announced the new streaming service which is strangely limited in possible customers: “it will be available only to Rogers and Shaw Internet or television customers for use on tablets, smartphones, Web browsers, Xbox consoles and cable boxes.” Also, it’s for back catalogue only, no new episodes. While that might be a rights limitation, it seems a missed opportunity to offer something they have that Netflix doesn’t.