Your Phone Is Not Waterproof

Image via ACCC

Cell phone manufacturers including Apple, Samsung, and Google claim their devices are water resistent, waterproof, or otherwise safe to use in water or wet environments. This short piece by ifixit is worth reading if you use your devices near liquids and care about what happens if they get wet.

 

Sources:

https://www.ifixit.com/News/your-phone-is-never-waterproof-no-matter-what-the-maker-says

https://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/samsung-in-court-for-misleading-phone-water-resistance-advertisements

Crank Magnetism

If you’re interested in critical thinking and the remarkable ability of many people to delude themselves and others, it’s worth reading this short reference on crank magnetism, which may remind you of several people you know. We certainly have some people among our relatives and my kids’ friends who are walking demonstrations of crank magnetism.

RationalWiki is a good resource for critical thinking and research on ideas and people you encounter. I’ve found it well written and have not found any obvious false or misleading statements in my occasional visits to the site.

 

Source: https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Crank_magnetism

Performance Appraisals Are Harmful for Most Companies and Employees

BBC provides evidence for what many of us have intuited for years, that performance appraisals are worthless at best and often harmful for the majority of employees. The article provides links to data in support of its claims.

It’s encouraging to see that many high profile and strongly performing companies have recognized that this process harms them and ditched the traditional formal performance reviews. Harvard Business Review reports that the list of companies ditching performance appraisals includes Dell, Microsoft, IBM, General Electric, and Lear.

 

Sources

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190501-why-appraisals-are-pointless-for-most-people

https://hbr.org/2016/10/the-performance-management-revolution

 

Bad Parking Can Be a Source of Hilarity as Well as Anger

I live in the violence and litigation loving United States and have a job that would frown on me getting arrested for fighting or damaging someone’s car, so I try to refrain from putting papers on people’s poorly parked vehicles or otherwise calling them out for being assholes, but I love the idea and support others doing it. My wife is crazy enough to do this and has done even crazier things to ass-hats in the past, and I sometimes worry I’ll have to pick her up from a police station or visit her in the hospital because she really got into it with one of the ass-hats.

Here are some of my favorite bad parking notes.

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll add more as I find them. Please feel free to steal these. I stole all of them from other sites, choosing the best version I could find. If you have a new one or a better version of one of these you’d like me to add, please send it my way.