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How is business done around the world?

I was reading up on a book on international marketing and they had a section that summed up cultural business mores per country. Like in South Korea, it's considered an insult if you send an entry-level salesman to meet up with another company's top executive, and in China negotiations continue long after the contract has been signed. It was a short page and I'm looking for books that contain more information like this; it was a very interesting read. Any suggestions?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by drea at 5:47 PM on June 29, 2011 (4 comments)

Boss Rail

"The Wenzhou crash killed forty people and injured a hundred and ninety-two. For reasons both practical and symbolic, the [Chinese] government was desperate to get trains running again, and within twenty-four hours it declared the line back in business. The Department of Propaganda ordered editors to give the crash as little attention as possible. “Do not question, do not elaborate,” it warned, on an internal notice. When newspapers came out the next morning, China’s first high-speed train wreck was not on the front page." [How a high-speed rail disaster exposed China's corruption]
posted to MetaFilter by vidur at 7:48 PM on October 15, 2012 (22 comments)

Broken Ballots

Computer scientist and past president of the ACM Barbara Simons recently spent 15 minutes chatting with Charlie Rose [no transcript available yet] about the insecurity of electronic voting machines, ranging from Direct-recording Electronic systems (such as the Diebold systems which were shown to be insecure in the excellent Hacking Democracy [1h21m, also on Google Video and Hulu]) to optical scanning machines. Add into her expressed uncertainty and frustrations Virginia's wireless vote-tally reporting, Florida's problems with demonstrated voting machine hacking (and again) (not to mention a case in FL with outright wrong machine-tallied results), questions being raised in Chicago about the accuracy of electronic voting, a Utah election recount being halted after being found to be incorrect, possible appearance of impropriety about e-voting machines in Ohio, and a picture starts to be painted wherein the veracity of election outcomes is cast into doubt. Verified Voting gives information about which state uses what kind of voting, and provides a lot of numbers.
posted to MetaFilter by hippybear at 6:33 PM on October 15, 2012 (72 comments)

The quality of ownership is not what it was in yesteryear.

On October 29, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a conflict about “first-sale doctrine”. The doctrine, which has been law in the U.S. since 1908, allows people to buy and then subsequently sell items (books, furniture, electronics, dvds, etc.) without needing additional permission from the copyright holder. Supap Kirtsaeng came to the United States from Thailand to study mathematics and attempted to save money by having his family purchase textbooks in Thailand and ship them to him. After reading up on the first-sale doctrine, Kirtsaeng began to sell these textbooks to others on eBay. He made $37,000, before he was sued by John Wiley, a textbook publisher. A jury found his copyright infringement to be willful. He was ordered to pay $75,000 per work for a total penalty of $600,000. He appealed, and lost at the 2nd Circuit.

The Library Journal notes that if the Supreme Court rules against Kirtsaeng, it could mean the end of public libraries. Marketwatch warns that it means the end of resale as we know it. Hollywood Esq. does the most cogent job of putting this IP fight in perspective of other IP fights before the Court.
posted to MetaFilter by dejah420 at 8:33 AM on October 9, 2012 (213 comments)

How should I pitch a magazine story?

Give me advice on how to pitch a story to Wired? Should it be short or long? Personal or impersonal? Do american magazines have a specific standard formatting for submitting pitches or is it all ad-hoc?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Omon Ra at 10:33 PM on January 30, 2011 (5 comments)

How to write an intriguing magazine pitch?

Writing magazine pitches: help me as though I were a child.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Kitteh at 7:59 AM on February 21, 2011 (4 comments)

How is webbe formd?

Durrrrrrr... What's a startup?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Sara C. at 4:57 PM on August 21, 2012 (43 comments)

Thanks! Greetings!

Regional variations on "you're welcome"?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by molecicco at 1:38 PM on January 23, 2010 (78 comments)

Want to find out how MeFites are pronouncing MeFi?

After years of studying these shibboleths, and tracking my research progress here, I'm happy to share some data results from the 2010 survey. My first published article, Sociophonetic Variation in an Internet Place Name is available in Names: A Journal of Onomastics special issue on Names, Naming and the Internet (Maney Publishing). Enjoy!
posted to MetaFilter Projects by iamkimiam at 10:23 AM on October 1, 2012 (20 comments)

Getting in tune with my emotions

I am seeking to understand emotional intelligence - how do those who are more emotionally intelligent see things differently?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by mossicle at 8:46 PM on September 26, 2012 (28 comments)

"How Can We Stop Pedophiles? Stop treating them like monsters."

"The counterintuitive, distressing, but necessary way to stop child sexual abuse." A Slate essay on the state of mental health services available to non-offending, self-aware pedophiles. Another recent essay on those "born this way." A Liberty University professor's "expose" of the group B4-UACT, an advocacy group for mental health services for those with pedophila, led to accusations that the group (and the mental health professionals associated with a recent conference) were attempting to "normalize pedophilia." B4U-ACT does take the stance that reducing stigma for "Minor-Attracted People" (MAPs) is the best way to increase the likelihood of therapeutic intervention; they believe the DSM-V description is too "adversarial.
posted to MetaFilter by availablelight at 5:53 PM on September 24, 2012 (100 comments)

And so it ends.

And so it ends. Kaycee's blog falls somewhere in the "truth based fiction" range. "because i care about people, i was taken in. call me a fool, call me gullible." - BWG
posted to MetaFilter by bonzo at 12:09 PM on May 20, 2001 (362 comments)

Is it possible that Kaycee did not exist?

Is it possible that Kaycee did not exist? This is a really delicate thing here. Please be really thoughtful about this. I promise I am not trying to stir the shit without cause. There are some people who are wondering whether Kaycee was a real 19-year-old leukemia patient, and whether things actually occurred the way they've been reported online. More inside, friends.
posted to MetaFilter by acridrabbit at 10:00 PM on May 18, 2001 (309 comments)

"Distribution is the core of the problem we face."

Trade-offs between inequality, productivity, and employment - "The poor do not employ one another, because the necessities they require are produced and sold so cheaply by the rich. The rich are glad to sell to the poor, as long as the poor can come up with property or debt claims or other forms of insurance to offer as payment..."
posted to MetaFilter by kliuless at 12:20 AM on September 4, 2012 (45 comments)

A Mefi profile guide: recommending web hosting, domain registrar, cms, e-mail services

Inspired by samsara's and deezil's helpful malware removal guides on their profile pages, I've written a short and practical beginner's guide recommending domain name registrars, web hosting, content management systems and e-mail services. I hope the guide is of some use to people who want to host their own stuff, as opposed using hosted platforms like Tumblr or Blogger, using solid and hassle-free tech.
posted to MetaTalk by Foci for Analysis at 5:37 AM on August 22, 2012 (30 comments)

jobs + home + ???

Posts about finding work you can do from home?
posted to MetaTalk by royalsong at 1:07 PM on August 17, 2012 (8 comments)

Cats Who Code

Khan Academy unveils its new interactive Computer Science learning platform. More coder resources: Free Tech Books, WiBit.net, Google Code University, the W3C's Web Standards Curriculum, a Beginner's Guide to HTML & CSS, and codepen.io, a social sandbox for web design.
posted to MetaFilter by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 11:06 AM on August 14, 2012 (26 comments)

Buy Design: Meet Paco Underhill, retail anthropologist

"Nothing is in a grocery store is where it is by accident. Every item on a shelf has been planned." Theatrically lit fruits and veggies? Limbic system-triggering flowers up front? Subtle manipulation of the shopping path? Meet Paco Underhill, master of the science of shopping, author, and founder of a consulting firm that specializes in advising companies on how small changes in retail environments can add up to increased sales. Think of him as a tour guide (YT, from his firm) who explains how these spaces are designed and why we fall for it.
posted to MetaFilter by MonkeyToes at 8:19 PM on August 10, 2012 (42 comments)

Jocks, Nerds and Rebels (tm)

To what extent do American Highschools resemble the stereotypical American Highschool seen in just about every movie and TV show ever, withever present competition for social status, rigidly defined cliques, omnipresent bullying, etc... etc?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Artw at 1:07 PM on July 18, 2012 (86 comments)

This isn't the advice you're looking for

Help me find AskMeFi questions where posters get advice that is nothing at all like what they would have expected.
posted to MetaTalk by peppermintfreddo at 7:00 PM on July 18, 2012 (542 comments)

What are America's quirks?

Calling all non-USAans: Can you give me some examples of tiny, weird things you discovered about the United States only when you got here?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Diablevert at 10:06 PM on November 5, 2011 (292 comments)

I got 99 problems but the Fourth Ammendment ain't one

A line-by-line legal analysis of verse 2 of Jay-Z's 99 Problems [PDF], published in the law review of St. Louis University, is a surprisingly enlightening take on Fourth Amendment rights during a traffic stop. Jay-Z is right in submitting to a show of authority and refusing to consent to a search, but he is wrong in assuming that a warrant is needed to search a locked trunk or glovebox. However, Jay-Z would probably be able to suppress evidence of the drugs in his car, even if they are found, because he had to wait while the K-9 comes. He's got 99 problems but a female sniffer dog isn't one. Hit me.
posted to MetaFilter by blahblahblah at 4:48 PM on July 11, 2012 (58 comments)

I find myself reading more just so I can use all of my handmade bookmarks!

If Websites Were People: Etsy. Tumblr. Fox News. Jezebel. Gawker. WebMD. Groupon. (MLYT)
posted to MetaFilter by DarlingBri at 9:31 AM on July 10, 2012 (218 comments)

The Audition

The Boston Symphony Orchestra is one of the handful of orchestras for which musicians the world over will drop everything to scramble for a job, and the audition ranks among the world’s toughest job interviews. Mike Tetreault has spent an entire year preparing obsessively for this moment. He's put in 20-hour workdays, practiced endlessly and shut down his personal  life. Now the percussionist has 10 minutes to impress a selection committee and stand out among a lineup of other world-class musicians. A single mistake and it's over.  A flawless performance and he could join one of the world's most renowned and financially well-endowed orchestras at a salary of more than $100,000 a year. The Audition.
posted to MetaFilter by zarq at 12:28 PM on July 5, 2012 (90 comments)

Living in Plantation America

Southern Values Revived: How Our Elites Have Become Worse "It’s been said that the rich are different than you and me. What most Americans don’t know is that they’re also quite different from each other, and that which faction is currently running the show ultimately makes a vast difference in the kind of country we are. Right now, a lot of our problems stem directly from the fact that the wrong sort has finally gotten the upper hand; a particularly brutal and anti-democratic strain of American aristocrat that the other elites have mostly managed to keep away from the levers of power since the Revolution. Worse: this bunch has set a very ugly tone that’s corrupted how people with power and money behave in every corner of our culture. Here’s what happened, and how it happened, and what it means for America now."
posted to MetaFilter by bookman117 at 1:49 PM on July 2, 2012 (131 comments)

Gates on tech and ed

A Conversation With Bill Gates About the Future of Higher Education at the Chronicle of Higher Education. As always, Bill is honest and interesting as he talks about new developments and how they fit into a realistic view of the next 10-20 years of higher ed.
posted to MetaFilter by BlackLeotardFront at 1:41 PM on June 27, 2012 (41 comments)

The False Allure of Group Selection

Steven Pinker on the "False Allure of Group Selection", with comments by Daniel Dannett, Stewart Brand, and others. Richard Dawkins's take on group selection. Jerry Coyne's take.
posted to MetaFilter by AceRock at 12:57 PM on June 25, 2012 (55 comments)

"GOOD ONE HONEY! Did not see that coming."

The Power of Crowd Sourcing. When Fox News provided a list of ten pranks to help your marriage (as we all know, that junior high locker room horse play was really preparation for a healthy and loving monogamous relationship), the Internet rose as one to say, "These are fantastic, but we need more!" Sorting the comments by Popular/ Best shows you how normal people, people just like you and me, added a little butter and salt to this Paula Deen-esque confection of an article.
posted to MetaFilter by yerfatma at 6:51 AM on June 23, 2012 (140 comments)

I much like my head. I don't want to see it removed just yet.

Given that the copyright landscape is about to change in Canada, educate me about VPN services and securing my connection like I'm a n00b!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by liquado at 7:35 AM on June 20, 2012 (5 comments)

Speak white

Speak white.
posted to MetaFilter by - at 1:00 PM on June 16, 2012 (48 comments)

This mold that I was not made into

Benji Schwimmer, the winner of So You Think You Can Dance's second season, is a West Coast Swing choreographer and dancer, serves as artistic director for LeAnn Rimes and Paula Abdul, and co-choreographed US figure skater Jeremy Abbott's short routine. Raised in an observant Latter-Day Saints household, Benji served a two-year mission in Mexico. On May 30, Benji recorded an interview lasting nearly 5 1/2 hours in which he described his attempts to reconcile his sexual identity with his faith and, for the first time, stated publicly that he is gay.
posted to MetaFilter by catlet at 3:01 PM on June 14, 2012 (33 comments)

The Earth goes around the Sun-- every day!

Khan Academy and the Effectiveness of Science Videos is an 8 minute video by Derek Muller that offers some skepticism as to the usefulness of science videos that only teach the facts without investigating existing misconceptions. TL;DW? Here's a 1 minute 29 second version. Too brief? Here's his PhD thesis.
posted to MetaFilter by gwint at 8:16 AM on June 14, 2012 (32 comments)

Common Sense is Not So Common?

Can you help me cultivate common sense? I am very book smart - gifted/high IQ, excel at work, etc. I am relatively street smart - no walking down dark alleys at night, etc. But I fail spectacularly at common sense, and I've given a few examples below.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 9:11 AM on June 1, 2012 (76 comments)

Why did I pee pee in daddy's work bag? Better question: Why are we always out of crackers?

"Look mom. I can tell from the way you haven’t looked me in the eye since fetching me from my crib well before dawn that you’re upset about last night. Waking up every 45 minutes to 1.5 hours isn’t easy for me either. In my defense, my blanket really did keep coming off, I was thirsty, and…I can’t remember the other reasons, but I’m sure they were equally valid." The Honest Toddler is blogging about his experiences as a child, from helping mommy get potty trained to his view of one-year-olds to organizing the 34th Annual Toddler Unification Conference. His "The Truth About Car Sleep" is particularly brilliant. He also dispenses his wisdom via twitter.
posted to MetaFilter by jbickers at 11:09 AM on June 11, 2012 (38 comments)

The Future of Journalism

How David Simon is wrong about paywalls, a lengthy response to David Simon's short comment and discussion that followed in the comments section.
posted to MetaFilter by vidur at 4:47 PM on June 6, 2012 (69 comments)

The Golden Age of Television

"TV is where writers get to tell interesting stories right now, because writers, for the most part, run television." Matthew Weiner of Mad Men, Vince Gilligan of Breaking Bad and David Milch of Deadwood talk to GQ about writing for television. Also: The New Rules of TV everything you need to know about the Golden Age of Television. Want to hear even more about the world of writing rooms, showrunners and screenwriting? Check out the Nerdist Writer's Panel Podcast.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 2:59 PM on May 23, 2012 (10 comments)

S03E23: Comparative Hoaxology

A woman opens an old steamer trunk and discovers tantalizing clues that a long-dead relative may actually have been a serial killer, stalking the streets of New York in the closing years of the nineteenth century. A beer enthusiast is presented by his neighbor with the original recipe for Brown's Ale, salvaged decades before from the wreckage of the old brewery--the very building where the Star-Spangled Banner was sewn in 1813. These stories have two things in common. They are tailor-made for viral success on the internet. And they are all lies.
posted to MetaFilter by Sebmojo at 5:36 PM on May 15, 2012 (203 comments)

If you've got them by the bits, their hearts and minds will follow.

The Dictator's practical internet guide to power retention. The Internet can be a real pain for a comfortable dictator. Here's how to turn it to your nefarious advantage.
posted to MetaFilter by bitmage at 12:19 PM on May 14, 2012 (6 comments)

Modern snake oil salesmen

Scamworld: in which the Verge investigates "a network of pitchmen who have used the internet and fear of a failing economy to play the ultimate long con."
posted to MetaFilter by doublesix at 7:58 PM on May 10, 2012 (61 comments)

Office of Same-Sex Union

When same-sex marriage was a Christian rite. Contrary to myth, Christianity's concept of marriage has not been set in stone since the days of Christ, but has constantly evolved as a concept and ritual.
posted to MetaFilter by Galaxor Nebulon at 7:05 AM on May 10, 2012 (44 comments)

Circles all the way down

Recursive drawing. Watch the video first. Via.
posted to MetaFilter by unSane at 9:40 AM on May 10, 2012 (22 comments)

Sr. Brigid calls it like she sees it

I still call him Ratzinger. That fits him better. But that is just a personal bias ... The nuns that I talk to aren't really afraid, because they can't see or they can't imagine what he would do to change us. I mean, like, excommunication? That is a thing of the past. You can't excommunicate hundreds of nuns. Wouldn't that be kind of funny? Excommunicate the whole order! It is irrational. Sr. Brigid McDonald, of the Sisters of St. Joseph, speaks the truth to power (single link interview, but delightful).
posted to MetaFilter by TheShadowKnows at 9:26 AM on May 5, 2012 (86 comments)

Where There Are No Street Names

Derek Sivers explains the fascinating Japanese addressing system.
posted to MetaFilter by Foci for Analysis at 10:38 AM on May 5, 2012 (95 comments)

Trying to change the world one opinion at a time

What is the most effective method of persuasion? Can I/how can I apply the best ones? I would love an in-depth, research-supported answer... anecdotes are also fine but I do have some personal caveats that I suspect will complicate things.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by six-or-six-thirty at 7:43 AM on May 2, 2012 (19 comments)

What makes a mom a good mom? What does it feel like to have a good mom?

What makes a mom a good mom? What does it feel like to have a good mom?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by stoneandstar at 1:15 AM on May 3, 2012 (46 comments)
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