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Not Deleting Dead Users Could Make FB World’s Biggest Virtual Graveyard

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If you are bogged down by notifications sent by the known but deceased people in your timeline on Facebook, do not get surprised by this news. According to researchers, the social networking giant will become the world’s biggest virtual graveyard by the end of this century as there will be more profiles of dead people than of living users.

“Social media website Facebook, which currently has 1.5 billion users worldwide, will turn into the world’s biggest virtual graveyard by 2098,” Dailymail.co.uk quoted statistician Hachem Sadikki from University of Massachusetts as saying.

This will happen because the website refuses to delete dead users and instead turns the account into a “memorialised” version.

“Facebook’s refusal to automatically delete dead users and the plateauing membership of the site means that the living will be outnumbered sooner than you might think,” the report said.

Sadikki, PhD candidate in statistics at University of Massachusetts, said he worked out the figure by assuming that Facebook’s growth will begin to slow soon.

A blogging company Digital Beyond has claimed that nearly 970,000 Facebook users will die this year alone across the world which is far more as compared to 385,968 in 2010 and 580,000 in 2012.

Sadikki also assumed that the social media website will retain its existing policy on how to handle dead users.

The website’s policy has attracted criticism from users in the past as it showed the photos of dead ones in its “year in review” videos (till 2015). Facebookers have also complained about receiving the birthday alerts of dead users.

Facebook has tried to solve this problem by asking users to appoint a “Legacy Contact” before they die.

The “Legacy Contact” is able to administer the page after a user passes away by writing one last post and even approving new friend requests. The contact can even update cover and profile photo.

According to the report, Facebook declined to comment.

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Man plays music out of birds sitting on a wire

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Man plays music out of bird sittig on a wire picture

A musician has proven he is quite the songbird by creating a composition inspired by a feathered flock perching on some telephone wires.

Jarbas Agnelli from Brazil, 46, spotted a picture of the birds in a newspaper and noticed they were arranged like notes on a musical score.

‘I cut out the photo and decided to make a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes,’ he said.

‘I knew it wasn’t the most original idea in the universe. I was just curious to hear what melody the birds were creating.’

He arranged his score using a xylophone, bassoon, oboe and clarinet. However, he was reluctant to take credit for the beautiful piece.

‘The pleasing melody is not my invention. It was the birds’ idea,’ he said.

‘The notes are the exact position of the birds (in between the lines). The rhythm is a interpretation of their position, since there are no bar lines.’

He posted his piece on the creative video sharing site Vimeo, and it quickly struck a chord with fellow artists.

‘I love those natural, man-made cross overs. This one works a treat,’ said one, while another described the work as ‘inspirational.’

Mr Agnelli sent his music to Paulo Pinto – the photographer who took the original image. He forwarded it to his editor, and the story ended up in the same Brazilian newspaper that featured the picture.

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Human Hamster Wheel standing desk created to exercise while you work

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Human Hamster Wheel standing desk created to exercise while you work

Sitting in front of the computer all day long glued to the chair? How frustrating is that? Did you know that there’s a study that claims that sitting is just as bad for you as smoking, regardless of how many hours you put to exercise. It simply does no good, well, except the paycheck. But there are so many things you’re fighting, such as, fatigue, a far greater chance of diabetes, heart disease, musculoskeletal pain, and overall de-conditioning. On top of it when you put this train wreck condition of your body on WebMD it suggests that you better stop using Google from your grave and rest in peace.

A California-based art graduate Robb Godshaw has designed a human Hamster Wheel Standing Desk (HWSD) to combat health hazards. Not only this, it’s open source, it comes with a DIY guide for individuals who wish to make their own.

The Hamster Wheel Standing Desk is 61 cm (24 inches) wide with a two meter (80-inch) diameter. The invention is designed to help humans lead a less sedentary work life.

“Rise up, sedentary sentients, and unleash that untapped potential within by marching endlessly towards a brilliant future of focused work. Step forward into a world of infinite potential, bounded only by the smooth arcs of a wheel. Step forward into the Hamster Wheel Standing Desk that will usher in a new era of unprecedented productivity.”

Is it too soon to call it pointless? Who knows, why not try out?

You are not reaching your current productivity potential,’ believes Godshaw.

Godshaw has also posted Instructions for the DIY kit on his website. According to the project documents, the wheel was designed utilizing Autodesk Inventor and took 24hours to construct. A timelapse video on his site, show how the entire wheel was built. It needed four sheets of plywood, four skate wheels, two pipes, 240 wood screws and a pint of glue in the making. Godshaw also considered adding brakes to the wheel at one point of time, but ruled against it ‘to really force the productivity out of the desk user.’ So you only have to walk when you’re on it, no other alternative.

‘We already had a standing desk that fit through the wheel, so it was just a matter of avoiding interference and leaving enough room for a human,’ he added. Godshaw claims the wheel can additionally be utilized as a ‘wheel of death’ or ‘an uncomfortable seat.’

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