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Should you outsource your work wardrobe?

Should you outsource your work wardrobe?

Finance
Amazon's Alexa is judging your fashion sense nowOnce upon a time, American women dressed in a work uniform: long skirts, kitten heels, modest blouses. But in 2017, female employees can wear everything from sheath dresses to hoodies while on the job. That makes choosing what to put on every morning trickier than ever. "The days of just throwing on a suit are over," says Scarlett DeBease, a professional wardrobe coach based in Westchester, New York. "That old standby doesn't work anymore. When a woman dresses in a suit, sometimes she can look like a stock photo." Services like Trunk Club, Le Tote, Rent the Runway and MM La Fleur claim to help with the "what do I wear today?" question. Users take online quizzes about their style needs and preferences, and then a box of pre-assembled work ou...
The Bitcoin Block Clock Jr. Is Half Full Node, Half Work of Art

The Bitcoin Block Clock Jr. Is Half Full Node, Half Work of Art

Finance
Shutterstock photoBitcoin is a decentralized system of digital cash in which users don't need to trust anyone else with their money; however, the full benefits of this technology are only seen when users operate a full node on the network. The vast majority of Bitcoin users do not operate their own full nodes, but one man is trying to change that with a piece of hardware he calls the Bitcoin Block Clock Jr.There are many good reasons for individual Bitcoiners to operate a full node. Full nodes are responsible for validating transactions and blocks on the Bitcoin network. Only by running full nodes can users know with full certainty that they received a valid payment. Additionally, the more users that run full nodes, the more decentralized the Bitcoin network is, making it harder to shut do...
Taylor Review: All work in UK economy should be fair

Taylor Review: All work in UK economy should be fair

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceAll work in the UK's economy should be "fair and decent", a government review of employment practices has said. The report by former aide to Tony Blair, Matthew Taylor, pays particular attention to the gig economy.It recommends that workers for firms such as Uber and Deliveroo should be classified as dependent contractors, with extra benefits.The Prime Minister said the government would take the report's recommendations seriously.Mr Taylor said there was a perception that the gig economy put too much power into the hand of employers: "Of all the issues that were raised with us as we went around the country, the one that came through most strongly was what the report calls one-sided flexibility. "One-sided flexibility is where employers seek to tr...
Here's a new reason to work fewer hours

Here's a new reason to work fewer hours

Finance
Asking for a raise: Women vs. menGone are the days of strolling into work at 9 a.m. sharp and clocking out precisely eight hours later. American workers are putting in more time on the job than ever before. In a 2014 Gallup poll, 40% of U.S. employees said they work more than 50 hours each week, while 20% put in more than 60 hours. Of course, nowadays, you don't need to physically sit in an office to perform work-related tasks -- a fact that's both a benefit and a curse. With the ubiquity of smartphones and the ability to access proprietary systems remotely, workers can log on at all hours and respond to job-related demands at any time. Working outside the office is still working, and for the nearly half of U.S. employees who regularly put in 50 hours or more each week on the job, it's a...
Report: North Korea coal miners struggle to find work after sanctions

Report: North Korea coal miners struggle to find work after sanctions

World
June 12 (UPI) -- Hundreds of North Korean coal miners are out of work because of sanctions against the country, and more people are grumbling about Kim Jong Un's missile program.A source in North Korea's South Pyongan Province told South Korean news service Daily NK unemployment is a problem for workers who once depended on the coal industry for their income."Laborers who once worked in coal mines owned by one of dozens of trading companies have lost their jobs and their livelihood is in peril," the source said.Suspended coal mine operations are also hurting local businesses."People who ran restaurants in coal mining areas or provided logistics in coal transport now have no way of making money," the source said. "The level of consumption has also gone down."North Korean regions that once w...