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"Video visitation" services cost as much as 50 cents per minute.
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HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19606871
Posted by rbanffy (karma: 78903)
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Prison inmates in orange jumpsuits use video-visitation kiosks.
Enlarge / Kiosks from GTL, a leading video-visitation provider.
After April 15, inmates at the Adult Detention Center in Lowndes County, Mississippi will no longer be allowed to visit with family members face to face. Newton County, Missouri, implemented an in-person visitor ban last month. The Allen County Jail in Indiana phased out in-person visits earlier this year.
All three changes are part of a nationwide trend toward "video visitation" services. Instead of seeing their loved ones face to face, inmates are increasingly limited to talking to them through video terminals. Most jails give family members a choice between using video terminals at the jail—which are free—or paying fees to make calls from home using a PC or mobile device.
Even some advocates of the change admit that it has downsides for inmates and their families. Ryan Rickert, jail administrator at the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center, acknowledged to The Commercial Dispatch that inmates were disappointed they wouldnʼt get to see family members anymore. Advocates of this approach point to an upside for families: they can now make video calls to loved ones from home instead of having to physically travel to the jail.
These services are ludicrously expensive. Video calls cost 40¢ per minute in Newton County, 50¢ per minute in Lowndes County, and $10 per call in Allen County. Outside of prison, of course, video calls on Skype or FaceTime are free.
These "visitation" services are also noticeably inferior to mainstream video calling apps. When I was working on a story about the video visitation trend last year, I wanted to try the technology out for myself. So I called inmate Justin Harker at the Knox County Jail in Tennessee. As I wrote at the time, the video was grainy and jerky, periodically freezing up altogether. The call cost me 19¢ per minute.
Harker told me that on-site calls are somewhat better quality. But he still said that these video calls were no substitute for a face-to-face visit. "Itʼs not the same," he said.
So why are so many jails adopting them? A big motivator is money. In-person visits are labor intensive. Prison guards need to escort inmates to and from visitation rooms, supervise the visits, and in some cases pat down visitors for contraband. In contrast, video terminals can be installed inside each cell block, minimizing the need to move inmates around the jail.
Video-visitation systems also directly generate revenue for jails. The companies behind the video calling products typically install equipment inside jails at no cost to taxpayers, charge high fees to family members, and then pay a large share of those fees back to the jail.
Inmates in Newton Count, Missouri can also pay 10¢ per message for instant messaging, the Joplin Globe reports. Newton County gets a share of the proceeds.
Of course, jails could offer video calling without shutting down in-person visits. But the fact that jails get a share of the proceeds from these services creates a perverse incentive for them to end in-person visits. As long as in-person visits are available, many family members will take the time to drive to prison and see their loved one. But if only video visits are available on site, more family members will opt for the convenience and privacy they get by calling from home.
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I've often heard the claim that the startup graveyard is full of great products that didn't succeed (e.g. because the startup wasn't good enough on marketing, or because they didn't solve a big enough problem).
What are some examples of this?
If there are examples of truly great products that eventually died, I'd like to study them more in-depth.
HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19592697
Posted by mrborgen (karma: 1031)
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We often hear less is more, but what about less is better? Those are the words of designer Dieter Rams, who made an indelible mark on product design.
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HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19590611
Posted by adrian_mrd (karma: 1292)
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Posted April 06, 2019 06:00:00
We hear quite often that less is more, but what about less is better? Those are the words of designer Dieter Rams.
For more than 50 years, Rams made an indelible mark on product design, predominantly at the German electronics company Braun, with a focus on function over form and products that would last a lifetime.
The effects of his influence are extraordinary — a legacy that transformed the nature of consumer products and, some would argue, defined the concept of good design.
Rams was the design director at Braun from the early 1960s to the mid-1990s. He was in charge of the look and function of more than 500 consumer products. He helped the founding Braun brothers create everything from radios and alarm clocks to juicers and razors and even record players.
At 86, Rams lives in Wiesbaden, Germany. A Porsche is parked out the front of a boxy modernist house with a made-for-Instagram interior.
The rooms are filled with a tasteful array of products he designed decades ago: the olive green Braun coffee maker; his wall-mounted hi-fi; and the iconic calculator (check your iPhone number-cruncher for a modern-day homage).
Rams, his life, his work and his legacy, is the subject of a new documentary from Gary Hustwit, who made the typeface documentary Helvetica in 2007. The title of this film, like his work, is simple: Rams.
Function over form
Every Dieter-Rams-designed product had a special look: "There was always kind of a very simple aesthetic to them. They looked very clean," says Hustwit.
"In some ways, Ramsʼ work really did affect a lot of peopleʼs lives, even though they probably arenʼt aware of it."
In Germany, post World War II, a democratic simplicity emerged that had never been seen before.
"They were just trying to kind of make something new and something that made sense to them," says Hustwit.
"This idea of ornamentation and Art Deco from the 1930s and 40s, was something that they wanted to just really get away from. It was about this new, industrial aesthetic.
"Dieter was influenced by the Bauhaus, the German school. It was a component of modernism and a lot of different disciplines."
Rams and his team worked to distil a design down to only the crucial components. The idea was to arrive at form following function.
"Theyʼre not just designing products from the outside — what theyʼre going to look like — and then figuring out how they work," says Hustwit.
"Theyʼre going to design the insides, the guts of something, and then the outside form is going to be reflective of that."
ʼSnow Whiteʼs Coffinʼ
Take for example, Ramsʼ SK4 record player for Braun, which has two speakers at the front, a simple rectangle of Plexiglass forming the lid, a turntable and a radio dial on the side.
Created in 1956, It was lovingly named "Snow Whiteʼs Coffin" and was the first turntable to feature a Plexiglass cover, says Hustwit.
"It was like a crystal box. But now, today, you think of a record turntable, and of course itʼs got a Plexiglass cover. It just became part of the vernacular for that object."
This particular item is available from some resellers for up to $3,000. Perhaps more surprising — "they still work".
"They built those things to last, last a lifetime," Hustwit says. "And if they did break, they built them to be repaired very easily."
The importance of repairability is part of Ramsʼ ethos. "Good design is long-lasting" is one of his core values.
Rams set out the principles he attempted to follow in his work, in what the internet refers to as the "10 Commandments of Good Design".
These rules, including, "good design is honest", "good design is environmentally friendly", and "good design is as little design as possible" have been adopted by other creatives.
"So much of media and products today want to kind of shout, ʼLook at me! Look at me! Look at me!ʼ," says Hustwit.
"Ramsʼ aesthetic, I think, is just the opposite. Itʼs about being in the background until itʼs needed. An object can do its job, and then go back to the background again."
Rams and Apple
Ramsʼ touch can be seen when comparing Braun products with iconic Apple designs.
Hustwit says Steve Jobs and now, Appleʼs current design director, Jony Ive, were heavily influenced by Rams.
"The iPhone and the first iPod were really influenced by one of Ramsʼ radio designs from the 1950s, and everything from the Macbook to to the iMac has some sort of Ramsʼ DNA in it," he says.
"Itʼs interesting because he doesnʼt have any of these things. Actually, he does have an iPhone that Jony and the Apple design team gave him. Itʼs on his desk, itʼs like a paperweight, he doesnʼt use the phone."
ʼLess but betterʼ
In the opening scene of the film, Rams is reading and typing a statement on his red Olivetti Valentine typewriter in which he says something like: "The time of thoughtless design for thoughtless consumption is over."
That was from a speech Rams gave at a design event in New York in 1975.
"They always built these things as if you were going to keep them for the rest of your life," says Hustwit.
"I think what happened in the 70s and 80s was a lot of product design got more marketing-driven. It was about: ʼOK, whatʼs the new thing this season? Whatʼs the new hairdryer or the new blender?ʼ"
Hustwit believes Rams eventually left Braun because "he was tired of designing the same thing over and over again for no reason".
"He doesnʼt feel like heʼs responsible [for consumerism], but I think he definitely feels like he had a role in getting to where we are now.
"I think he looks at our modern world of throwaway products and hyper-consumerism in horror, really. They were trying to make honest products that would last a lifetime.
"Thatʼs something that is not the case anymore."
Topics: industrial-design, design, biography-film, film-movies, arts-and-entertainment, germany
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Red Clouds Spanning the Harbour
Finally Done! \(\^u^)\/
#Remember those times I tried to capture a #photograph of those red clouds spanning across the harbour at sunset?
yeah well I gave up.... and decided to #draw them instead! (♥u♥)
It took me about a #week... (O_O)!!!!
the #sea alone took me about 2 hours to fill in... (the bucket tool didn't provide satisfying results)
I only used a reference #photo of the area as a base and took a lot of #creative liberties with the #image.
Overall very pleased with this #artwork... especially considering that it's my fourth time using #krita and a #Drawing Tablet (happy @i t r i? =P)
This is also what I wanted that RAM upgrade for... Society6 recommends an image of at least 6500px on its smallest side to enable most products, so the #picture took up around 13GB of RAM (around completion) when nothing else was running!
Also while I'm on that note, You can grab #prints and #products featuring this #art from:(View on my Website)
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a products created by a young designer from Copenhagen
Location: Denmark, Copenhagen, Dania
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#Sunset Over the Yachts
Here it is... as promised.
Taken yesterday... (https://diasp.org/posts/8fd4fd202e0201377fc8047d7b62795e)
You can #buy #products featuring this #work from:
and it’s also viewable on [My Website]
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The #Sunset From Sir Leonard Wright Lookout Point
As promised, here is the (best) #picture I've taken on that really #windy #walk to the end of St Kilda #beach...
I had to wait around for about 2 hours, it got kinda cold and it was really late when I got back to my room... but the result is totally worth it! (♥u♥)
You can #buy #products featuring this #work from:
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- Society6 (https://pravik.xyz/s27.htm)
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