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Last Week Tonight segment on vaccines

There are many people who are against vaccinating themselves or their children. Most often they're afraid of adverse effects attributed to vaccines by hacks, liars, and profiteers of fear and confusion. The fact that close to all of these adverse effects have never been successfully linked to vaccinations or were straight-up lies doesn't help to convince them.

Please show them this video, it may help prevent their kids from dying or being disabled for life from contracting a preventable disease.

When a juicer isn't a juicer — a story of Silicon Valley hubris

The Verge has a really funny article up, about Juicero, the USD 700 USD 400 Wi-Fi-connected "juicer". The story behind and around this thing is utterly ridiculous and funny, especially once you realise that investors were convinced this is a good idea. Go ahead, read the article and watch the video; it's worth it for the laughs:

Turns out Juicero’s ludicrous Wi-Fi juicer is even more unnecessary than it sounds — by Jacob Kastrenakes @ The Verge

Calling this device a juicer stretches the term almost past its breaking point:

  • It merely squeezes pre-made juice packs into a glass.
  • It doesn't produce juice from fresh fruit or vegetables.
  • It's impractical because the small juice packs have to be replaced constantly and you have to put a glass beneath it by yourself.
  • It produces a huge amount of non-degradable waste, unlike, you know, an actual juicer.
  • It's not a stretch to assume a real juicer will give you fresher juice and store-bought organic juice is probably just as good.
  • It forces you to buy juice packs from the company behind the Juicero.
  • It's an Internet of Things device for no apparent reason other than to save you from having to push a button when you arrive in the kitchen (hoping that you remembered to put a glass beneath it beforehand).
  • It's probably easily compromised because I can't see a Silicon Valley startup caring about properly securing their IoT devices.
  • It, eventually, creates more problems than it solves and fails at being what it claims: a juicer.

It boggles my mind that this thing was a) thought of as a good idea, b) developed beyond the basic conceptual stage, c) funded (!), and d) made into an actual product you can buy.