Wednesday Reads

Wednesday is rolling at you with eight more days until tax filing begins.

Microsoft is about to kill Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10

I'm surprised that Internet Explorer still controls roughly half of browser market share (desktop). Including mobile it isn't even 13% of the market:

"The end of life notices means that Internet Explorer won't receive any more security updates, or other patches. Those still using the browsers could in future be vulnerable to security threats and even hacks, depending on what other (if any) security software you have installed."

The Triumph of Email

The concept of printing out your email in the early days - "type mailbox" - seems relentlessly hysterical.

"People seem to hate email for the same reasons they once loved it. Email’s underlying triumph, the quality that made it revolutionary, was that you could instantly deliver a written message to someone even if they weren’t there to receive it. But leaving messages for people to pick up later means contributing to swelling inboxes that require time to maintain."

Oh man:

"White-collar workers check their inboxes an average of 77 times a day, according to research by Gloria Mark, an informatics professor at the University of California, Irvine. (If that sounds low to you, she found some workers check email far more frequently, up to 343 times a day or more.) The more time people spend focused on email, Mark has found, the less happy and productive they are."

N.J. taxpayers will pay $3 for every $1 Christie skipped on pension payments

You may not believe in compound interest, but compound interest believes in you.

"After Christie's second term expires and he is long gone from the State House, taxpayers will have to pay $3 for every $1 he skipped. The current tab for this fiscal irresponsibility: $52.5 billion. And unless the State lives up to its responsibility immediately, it's only going to continue to grow."

Consciousness Is Not Mysterious. It’s just the brain describing itself—to itself.

Your brain is very much held hostage not only by the data that it receives, but also in how you organize information. The models and maps that are constructed inside of the brain are very much constructs that may or may not have much bearing on the actual, physical world.

"The brain constructs inaccurate models of the world. To understand consciousness scientifically, once again it’s necessary for the cognitive parts of our brains to discover the inaccuracies in our deeper, built-in models of ourselves."