Why are glasses so expensive? The eyewear industry prefers to keep that blurry – Los Angeles Times

Eyewear is a near-monopolistic, $100-billion industry dominated by a single company. That’s why 1,000% markups for frames and lenses are commonplace.

Source: Why are glasses so expensive? The eyewear industry prefers to keep that blurry – Los Angeles Times

I have had to wear glasses for the better part of my life, and not just because I sat too close to the TV. I have often wondered why in the hell glasses were so expensive, citing that the cost of the lens to correct severe eye problems were to blame. While, yes, thick corrective lens with automatic sun blocking abilities should probably not be cheap, these lens are produced on an automated machine and should not be nearly as expensive as they are. This piece in the Los Angeles Times puts the problem under a better lens.

Being paid to quit Facebook

Research claims Facebook users are prepared to give up the social network for a year… if paid over $1000.

Source: Being paid to quit Facebook

Interesting bit of research here, and an amount that I thought would have been much higher. It is no secret that Facebook has had its series of black eyes recently (as the article points out), but despite that so many people are physically addicted to the Social Media site. I will skip the biological dependency discussion here, and just direct attention to this in depth discussion of one author’s story of quitting here. Sort of makes you wish someone would offer you money to give up Facebook.

The Data Big Tech Companies Have On You (Or, At Least, What They Admit To)

Have you ever asked yourself, “What does Google know about me?” The answer is uncomfortable. What Google knows about you includes everything from your clicks on ads to your birthday to the device … Read more

Source: The Data Big Tech Companies Have On You (Or, At Least, What They Admit To)

Ads for clothing on your wall while scrolling through your social media, or recommendations for laptop retailers in your Gmail after looking at a computer manufacturer are nothing new. Big companies take your information and sell it out to other companies to make money and have been for many years. With the breaches in some major companies last year I started to review just exactly how much data some companies were actually gathering, this chart from Security Baron puts a bit of surprising light on the subject.