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AKA CW✔ - Just another so called geek on a dead website. Verified Internet Person. What ever that means...
Golden Gate Bridge considers charging bicyclists, pedestrians - SFGate - http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea...
Golden Gate Bridge considers charging bicyclists, pedestrians - SFGate
"Expect to see a sea of spandex filling the usually staid chambers of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District on Friday when directors consider charging a toll for bicyclists and pedestrians to cross the landmark bridge. And don’t expect those bodies in spandex to be very pleased. “Really? I think that’s stupid,” said Joanna Del Mundo, 26, a nurse from Fremont who was wearing a Giants jersey and walking on the bridge Tuesday. “I mean, it’s a public bridge, a public sidewalk. I think it would hurt some people’s access to the bridge.” Bicyclists, many of whom commute daily across the bridge, are likely to show up in force as the 19-member Board of Directors contemplates a financial strategy that includes evaluating the possibility of charging cyclists and walkers to use the sidewalks. Cyclists, including members of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, have battled the notion of bike tolls before, and are likely to do so again. “We expect it to be a very vocal... more... - Me from Bookmarklet
Hmm. How that deficit happen in the first place? How is $5 per car not enough to pay for the bridge's expenses? As vehicles, bikes are certainly something to look toward putting a toll on but I think I agree with SFBC that with things the way they are, you don't want to deter people from adopting a smog-free vehicle commute. - Spidra Webster
That's crazy. I would think that would backfire and just encourage more people to get back in their cars creating more traffic. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Ben Bradlee, legendary Washington Post editor, dies at 93 - The Washington Post - http://www.washingtonpost.com/nationa...
Ben Bradlee, legendary Washington Post editor, dies at 93 - The Washington Post
"Benjamin C. Bradlee, who presided over The Washington Post newsroom for 26 years and guided The Post’s transformation into one of the world’s leading newspapers, died Oct. 21 at his home in Washington of natural causes. He was 93." - Me from Bookmarklet
ACK! I'm now addicted to Civilization V
Yet another Civilization is coming out this week? AHHH!!!! - Me
Gamer Gate: Three Stages to Obit | Popehat - http://www.popehat.com/2014...
Gamer Gate: Three Stages to Obit | Popehat
"GamerGate is, however, a small battle in a thousand year war. The Blue team is neither entirely sympathetic nor entirely unsympathetic. The Red team is neither entirely sympathetic nor entirely unsympathetic. However, the Blue team is ascendant, and it's a valid question as to whether it wants a peaceful rise. It's not crazy to note that Blue Team has used policies that arrest, deport, and kill "thought leaders" from Red Team on occasion (in Ireland, in France, in Mexico, in Germany, in Russia, and so forth) and to note that the ascendant Bright majority today is happy to talk about imprisoning or killing people who disagree with their conclusions on, say, global warming. Sure, the slickly produced videos of AGW deniers being exploded for their thought-crimes are meant as a light hearted joke, but many a truth is spoken in jest. All things being equal, I'd prefer to live in one of Conquest's "civic" cultures, and not one of his "despotic" cultures. But if I'm forced to live in one of the latter, then it behooves me to play a game of realpolitik and back the weaker side." - Me from Bookmarklet
Interesting post to say the least. Will have to watch some more as the sides play it out. - Me
Bryan Cranston responds to petition against Breaking Bad toys - Boing Boing - http://boingboing.net/2014...
"@BryanCranston "Florida mom petitions against Toys 'R Us over Breaking Bad action figures." I'm so mad, I'm burning my Florida Mom action figure in protest" - Me from Bookmarklet
R.I.P. Gerard Parkes, Doc from Fraggle Rock · Newswire · The A.V. Club - http://www.avclub.com/article...
R.I.P. Gerard Parkes, Doc from Fraggle Rock · Newswire · The A.V. Club
"The Wrap is reporting the death of Gerard Parkes, best known for playing the gruff yet lovable Doc, the only human character on Fraggle Rock, as well as the gruff yet not as lovable Doc, the Tourette’s-afflicted bartender in The Boondock Saints. Parkes died just a few days after his 90th birthday, in his hometown of Toronto." - Me from Bookmarklet
Google Online Security Blog: Strengthening 2-Step Verification with Security Key - http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com/2014...
Google Online Security Blog: Strengthening 2-Step Verification with Security Key
"2-Step Verification offers a strong extra layer of protection for Google Accounts. Once enabled, you’re asked for a verification code from your phone in addition to your password, to prove that it’s really you signing in from an unfamiliar device. Hackers usually work from afar, so this second factor makes it much harder for a hacker who has your password to access your account, since they don’t have your phone. Today we’re adding even stronger protection for particularly security-sensitive individuals. Security Key is a physical USB second factor that only works after verifying the login site is truly a Google website, not a fake site pretending to be Google. Rather than typing a code, just insert Security Key into your computer’s USB port and tap it when prompted in Chrome. When you sign into your Google Account using Chrome and Security Key, you can be sure that the cryptographic signature cannot be phished." - Me from Bookmarklet
Only works on Chrome browsers though. :( That sucks for people that use other browsers. - Me
Killer Aliens Are Pretty Darn Scary in Virtual Reality (Videos) | Re/code - http://recode.net/2014...
Killer Aliens Are Pretty Darn Scary in Virtual Reality (Videos) | Re/code
"Videos of people reacting to horror videogames are a dime a dozen in the world of “Let’s Play” videos online — because, let’s be honest, watching people get scared is pretty funny. This week, though, the genre got kicked up a notch thanks to virtual reality. Videos of people wearing the Oculus Rift while playing the new game Alien: Isolation, based on Ridley Scott’s 1979 film “Alien,” have begun to pop up on YouTube. How is this possible, you might ask, when a consumer launch date for the Rift hasn’t even been announced? Officially, it isn’t. Alien: Isolation’s developers, a British studio called Creative Assembly, demoed a small portion of the game at the Oculus booth at this year’s E3 gaming expo, to much acclaim. At the time, though, they said this was just a proof of concept and that the game would not launch with Oculus support. In the end, it appears the whole game is playable in virtual reality, requiring only a small and easy change to one file in the folder for the PC... more... - Me from Bookmarklet
I fully expect Lenovo to own one of the two HP companies at some point. They seem to be buying up all the old technology companies.
Federal Agents Raid Los Angeles Garment Businesses Allegedly Linked to Drug Cartels - WSJ - http://online.wsj.com/article...
Federal Agents Raid Los Angeles Garment Businesses Allegedly Linked to Drug Cartels - WSJ
"LOS ANGELES—Nearly 1,000 federal and local law-enforcement agents swept into the Fashion District here on Wednesday morning as part of a long-running investigation into alleged money laundering for Mexican drug cartels. Nine people were arrested and $65 million was seized in the raid, part of a probe called Operation Fashion Police, federal officials said. According to court documents unsealed Wednesday, garment businesses allegedly aided the cartels in getting proceeds from drug sales in the U.S. back into Mexico. In one case, owners of a business allegedly laundered money as ransom payment for a cocaine-dealing relative who was held hostage and tortured at a ranch in Mexico by the Sinaloa cartel." - Me from Bookmarklet
That explains all the federal cars we saw yesterday. - Anika
I just heard about this yesterday! - Andrew C (✔)
Stopped by my favorite Haunted Fox Hollow yesterday.
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Poor Mike Rowe has turned into Huell Howser.
I loved Huell Howser. - Rodfather from Android
HehA tribute to Huell Howser of California's Gold: http://youtu.be/539jdK3eN1o - Rodfather from Android
But also Gordon Jump. - Spidra Webster
Caaaaaalifwornia's Gowld - Steve and 4 other people
Thats AMMMAAAZZZZIIINGGGG! - Me
Now that's an avocado-eating dog. - bentley
Not dissing Huell in any way. Met Huell a few times in OC with my Grandmother. He was a real nice guy. But I'm watching Mike Rowes new CNN show and he talks to the Hair museum lady just like Huell. It was a total Huell Howser moment. - Me
PSA: You can still upgrade the RAM in the Retina iMac, save hundreds over Apple’s price | 9to5Mac - http://9to5mac.com/2014...
PSA: You can still upgrade the RAM in the Retina iMac, save hundreds over Apple’s price | 9to5Mac
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"Yesterday Apple released a new version of the Mac Mini that no longer features user-servicable RAM, but thankfully the new iMac with Retina 5K display still allows users to upgrade memory through an access door on the back, just like previous models. The new machine houses four memory slots." - Me from Bookmarklet
Fix Mac OS X Yosemite - https://fix-macosx.com/
"What does this fix? This script modifies the current user's Spotlight preferences, disabling sharing of Spotlight searches with Apple. Spotlight isn't the only OS X feature that unnecessarily phones home! Help us find and fix them all." - Me from Bookmarklet
hmm.. - Me
Kickstarter pulls Anonabox, a Tor-enabled router that raised over $585,000 | Ars Technica - http://arstechnica.com/securit...
Kickstarter pulls Anonabox, a Tor-enabled router that raised over $585,000 | Ars Technica
"Kickstarter removed a fundraiser for a popular Tor-based router project on Friday afternoon. The Anonabox, which was created by August Germar, of Chico, California, aimed to be an “open source embedded networking device designed specifically to run Tor.” Its fundraising goal was $7,500, and in five days, it raised $585,549 from nearly 9,000 backers—including three Ars editors. Germar told Ars that he was not aware that it had been suspended until Ars forwarded him an e-mail from Kickstarter outlining the possible reasons why it could have been cancelled. In recent days, many Kickstarter commenters pointed out notable flaws in the project, including the fact that Germar claimed to have made the hardware on his own—other commenters found links on other sites that show nearly-identical devices." - Me from Bookmarklet
Errata Security: FBI's crypto doublethink - http://blog.erratasec.com/2014...
"Recently, FBI Director James Comey gave a speech at the Brookings Institute decrying crypto. It was transparently Orwellian, arguing for a police-state. In this post, I'll demonstrate why, quoting bits of the speech. "the FBI has a sworn duty to keep every American safe from crime and terrorism" "The people of the FBI are sworn to protect both security and liberty" This is not true. The FBI's oath is to "defend the Constitution". Nowhere in the oath does it say "protect security" or "keep people safe". This detail is important. Tyrants suppress civil liberties in the name of national security and public safety. This oath taken by FBI agents, military personnel, and the even the president, is designed to prevent such tyrannies. Comey repeatedly claims that FBI agents both understand their duty and are committed to it. That Comey himself misunderstands his oath disproves both assertions. This reinforces our belief that FBI agents do not see their duty as protecting our rights, but instead see rights as an impediment in pursuit of some other duty." - Me from Bookmarklet
Michael Dunn sentenced to life in 'loud music' trial | MSNBC - http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc...
Michael Dunn sentenced to life in 'loud music' trial | MSNBC
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"Michael Dunn was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole on Friday for the 2012 Florida shooting death of unarmed black teenager Jordan Davis. The sentence, in what was deemed the “loud music trial,” also carries an additional 90 years for three previous convictions of attempted murder — 30 consecutive years for each count — and 15 concurrent years for firing a gun into an occupied vehicle." - Me from Bookmarklet
Ebola Czar? Really? What a waste of money and time.
Don't we already call that person "Surgeon General"? - Steven Perez
We would if we had one. - Jennifer Dittrich
Gee, I wonder why we don't have one. *side-eyes Congress* - Steven Perez from Android
If the govt shows they are taking somethign serious by appointing a Czar, where is the Constitutional Rights Czar? Police Brutality Czar? Misappropriations of funds Czar?
Starbucks Holiday Promo: Free Drinks For Life, Or At Most 30 Years – Consumerist - http://consumerist.com/2014...
Starbucks Holiday Promo: Free Drinks For Life, Or At Most 30 Years – Consumerist
"Starbucks doesn’t want your cash. It doesn’t want your credit or debit card, either. The chain coffeeteria wants its customers to pay using Starbucks gift cards or mobile apps, so they can keep track of what you, personally order, and send you promotions and coupons accordingly. That’s the unstated reason why Starbucks will have a promotion this holiday season: a chance to win “Free Starbucks for Life.” There will be a total of ten winners, and the promotion will last from December 2 until Christmas. It may be debatable how long your life would be with a daily dose of espresso, but “life” in this case is capped at thirty years. The prize isn’t unlimited, but allows the recipient to receive one food or beverage item for free for thirty years. Presumably, single drinks made in vases, coolers, and jugs will not be permitted. Assuming that beverage prices don’t rise too much in the next thirty years, the total cost of could be under a million dollars." - Me from Bookmarklet
FUD machine is fully running now. Guess its going to get an extra workout this year with elections and all.
Gardening Is The Hobby Of The Future. Here's Why - http://www.lifehack.org/article...
Gardening Is The Hobby Of The Future. Here's Why
Can Developers Turn a Neglected SF Neighborhood Into an Innovation Hub? | Re/code - http://recode.net/2014...
Can Developers Turn a Neglected SF Neighborhood Into an Innovation Hub? | Re/code
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"Just six miles from San Francisco’s increasingly expensive downtown is Hunters Point, a historically blue-collar neighborhood southeast of the city, which has been neglected since the shipyards closed in 1974 amid radiation contamination so bad it was declared a Superfund site. Today, 30 percent of the area’s residents earn less than $10,000 a year. “This is the San Francisco America pretends does not exist,” author James Baldwin wrote in 1963. And this has remained the case for years, until very recently. As a housing crisis grips San Francisco and there is nowhere left to expand but south, it has begun to change. Because radiation and crime can apparently only scare developers away for so long." - Me from Bookmarklet
Santa Clara, San Jose, Sunnyvale inch toward Google Fiber broadband, Mountain View in limbo - Silicon Valley Business Journal - http://m.bizjournals.com/sanjose...
Santa Clara, San Jose, Sunnyvale inch toward Google Fiber broadband, Mountain View in limbo - Silicon Valley Business Journal
"Santa Clara, San Jose and Sunnyvale have all cleared an initial hurdle in pursuit of faster Internet installed by Google, which could also present new competition for incumbent cable industry titans like Comcast. All three South Bay cities are moving on to a second phase of evaluation by the Mountain View company looking to expand its Google Fiber Internet and television service. A total of 34 cities were initially being considered, including nearby Mountain View and Palo Alto, along with major metros like Atlanta, Nashville and Portland. In a news release this week, Santa Clara utility provider Silicon Valley Power announced that the city home to tech companies like Nvidia, Palo Alto Networks and Citrix has moved on to a second round of consideration. It follows the lead of San Jose and Sunnyvale, which have each also recently gotten initial good reviews. "Google will now examine factors that may affect construction plans, such as topography, housing density and the permit process,"... more... - Me from Bookmarklet
Add a Qi wireless charging cover to your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus - http://the-gadgeteer.com/2014...
Add a Qi wireless charging cover to your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
"One of my must-have features whenever I’m shopping for a new phone is Qi wireless charging. This feature is becoming more common on Android smartphones, but Apple hasn’t added it to their iPhones yet, even the brand new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus do not have this handy feature. We’ve seen 3rd party covers for iPhones that add Qi charging capability, but they tend to be bulky and unattractive. These new covers from Brando add Qi charging but don’t detract from the iPhone’s slim format. The covers are available for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and come in either black or gold versions. The covers snap on the back of the phone and feature a short cable that attaches to the Lightning port on the bottom edge of the phone. You’ll need a Qi charging dock / pad in order to actually charge the phone, so check our related posts links below for some ideas on that. These new Qi wireless charging covers are priced at $22 for the iPhone 6 version and $24 for the iPhone 6 Plus version." - Me from Bookmarklet
So is it a number competition this next year? Apple 10.10 vs Windows 10. iPhone 6 vs Nexus 6. ??
Apple should just pull a Microsoft and release 10.11 tomorrow instead of 10.10 - Me
Dead Set: Richard Kadrey's young adult horror novel - Boing Boing - http://boingboing.net/2014...
Dead Set: Richard Kadrey's young adult horror novel - Boing Boing
"Just in time for Hallowe'en, Richard "Sandman Slim" Kadrey's publishers have released Dead Set, a young adult novel about a San Francisco teenager who ventures into the Egyptian underworld to rescue her punk father from the clutches of an evil moon-goddess. Zoe is a junior in high-school whose mother has moved them into a small, crappy apartment in San Francisco's down-and-out Tenderloin district after the death of her father. The family has been screwed royally by the insurance company, and Zoe herself is living a dazed half-life in her new high-school, snapping the rubber band around her wrist that she wears to remind herself not to go back to cutting herself. But one day, she cuts school and finds herself in a mysterious record-store, run my a Mr Ammut ("call me Emmet") who has strange records that let you relive the experiences of the dead. He can put her back in touch with her father, and all it will cost is a lock of her hair. What follows is a fantastic supernatural horror... more... - Me from Bookmarklet
Perk Up: Facebook and Apple Now Pay for Women to Freeze Eggs - NBC News.com - http://www.nbcnews.com/news...
"Two Silicon Valley giants now offer women a game-changing perk: Apple and Facebook will pay for employees to freeze their eggs. Facebook recently began covering egg freezing, and Apple will start in January, spokespeople for the companies told NBC News. The firms appear to be the first major employers to offer this coverage for non-medical reasons. “Having a high-powered career and children is still a very hard thing to do,” said Brigitte Adams, an egg-freezing advocate and founder of the patient forum Eggsurance.com. By offering this benefit, companies are investing in women, she said, and supporting them in carving out the lives they want." - Me from Bookmarklet
The FrankenBerry Monster - He's Tasty And He Knows It - Neatorama - http://www.neatorama.com/2014...
The FrankenBerry Monster - He's Tasty And He Knows It - Neatorama
"Doctor Frankenstein had grown tired of digging up corpses and dealing with brainless monsters, he was looking to create a creature with a knack for comedic timing and a style all its own. Being a big fan of breakfast cereals he naturally looked to their mascots for inspiration, and since tigers were too dangerous and toucans too obnoxious he settled on a familiar face known as FrankenBerry. He made a giant plaster mold out of a previously scrapped monster, added the necessary berry flavoring to his golem gel, and created a new kind of monster... Bring some monstrously cool flavor to your geeky wardrobe with this The FrankenBerry Monster t-shirt by Captain RibMan, it's chock full o' fun!" - Me from Bookmarklet
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