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Oracle's Ellison Stepping Down as CEO; Replaced by Two Execs - NBC -
"Oracle said Larry Ellison, its co-founder and longtime CEO, will be stepping down, effective immediately. Ellison, who is believed to be the fifth-wealthiest man in the world, will be replaced by Mark Hurd and Safra Catz, Oracle said. In an unusual move, Hurd and Catz will both be named CEO of the company—not co-CEOs. Ellison will become executive chairman and chief technology officer. Oracle said manufacturing, legal and finance functions would report to Catz and sales, service and business units would report to Hurd. Software and hardware engineering will report to Ellison. "Larry has made it very clear that he wants to keep working full time and focus his energy on product engineering, technology development and strategy," Dr. Michael Boskin, the presiding director of Oracle's board, said in a press release. The two-time university drop-out created the biggest business software company in the world, and has taken on competitors like IBM and Microsoft to help define the modern technological age." - Me from Bookmarklet
interesting - Kevin Johnson
California drought: Dramatic before-and-after photos - SFGate -
California drought: Dramatic before-and-after photos - SFGate
"California is in a historic three-year drought, and recent photos taken in Northern California put a visual exclamation mark on the issue. The images were captured in August by Justin Sullivan of Getty Images, in the same locations at Lake Oroville and Folsom Lake where the California Department of Water Resources took photos in July 2011. Lake Oroville in Butte County is currently at 31 percent capacity, while Folsom Lake near Sacramento is at 38 percent of capacity." - Me from Bookmarklet
Comcast blocks Tor (updated) - Boing Boing -
Comcast blocks Tor (updated) - Boing Boing
""Users who try to use anonymity, or cover themselves up on the internet, are usually doing things that aren’t so-to-speak legal; we have the right to terminate, fine, or suspend your account at anytime due to you violating the rules -- Do you have any other questions? Thank you for contacting Comcast." Update: Comcast denies it That's from a Comcast customer, who says it's a transcript of a conversation s/he had with a Comcast rep after noticing that Tor, an online privacy- and anonymity-enhancing tool loathed by the NSA, was blocked on her/his Internet connection." - Me from Bookmarklet
Pocket Pooh - One Easily Misunderstood Title - Neatorama -
Pocket Pooh - One Easily Misunderstood Title - Neatorama
"Having a little pooh in your pocket might sound really gross, but this is the kind of pooh that spreads happiness and makes people smile, not the stinky kind that makes everyone feel sick. Having a little pooh in your pocket means every day is a hundred acres of adventure, and it also means having a daily supply of hunny on hand, in case you get hungry from carrying around a tubby little cubby all day long! Bring the joy of willy, nilly, silly old bears with you wherever you go with this Pocket Pooh t-shirt by Pengew, it's the adorable way to say "I have some pooh in my pocket!" to the world without grossing everyone out!" - Me from Bookmarklet
Engaged Couple Loses a Combined 133 Pounds Before the Wedding - Neatorama -
Engaged Couple Loses a Combined 133 Pounds Before the Wedding - Neatorama
Engaged Couple Loses a Combined 133 Pounds Before the Wedding - Neatorama
"Matt Bradley, 23, a chef from Warwickshire, England, asked his girlfriend Hannah to marry him. Hannah accepted, and the couple began to dream of their life together. When they visualized their future, Matt and Hannah realized that part of the picture included the two of them being fit and healthy. At the time, Matt weighed 258, and Hannah was overweight as well.  Together, the couple began carefully planning their meals, incorporating more servings of vegetables. Matt, who had become inactive in recent years, took up running, eventually working up to a 10K.  By the time their wedding date arrived, Matt had lost 92 pounds, and Hannah had dropped 41. Not only did they look stunning on their special day, but they worked together to achieve a goal that didn't come easily. It looks like Matt and Hannah have a great start on the teamwork required for a happy marriage." - Me from Bookmarklet
If they can survive that process together, staying married will be a breeze! :) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
This is what it's like to find out the government hacked your business | The Verge -
"Five major intelligence agencies including the NSA and GCHQ have been collaborating to create a map of the entire internet, and as part of that program the agencies have been breaking into service providers' networks to monitor them, according to dual reports in The Intercept and Der Spiegel. The mapping program was previously detailed in The New York Times, so in their reports, the two publications hone in on providers that have apparently been penetrated as part of this program in Germany, including the large operator Deutsche Telekom (notably, though, Deutsche Telekom says that it has detected no evidence of surveillance)." - Me from Bookmarklet
Video of a Ops guy finding out him and his network is under surveillance by the NSA. - Me
Ugh. How utterly gut wrenching that must feel like. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Science Shows Fat Shaming Doesn't Work – In Fact, It Often Backfires -
Science Shows Fat Shaming Doesn't Work – In Fact, It Often Backfires
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"Overweight and obese people are often the targets of discrimination and teasing. But while some might argue that 'fat shaming' encourages weight loss, a new study of nearly 3,000 British adults shows it's simply not true. This isn't actually very surprising. Previous research has found that people often resort to comfort eating after being shamed for their weight. What's more, stress responses to discrimination can increase appetite, causing cravings for unhealthy, energy-rich food. Fat shaming also gives rise to body and confidence issues, making people less apt to participate in physical activities." - Me from Bookmarklet
wait, this is actually news? people have to be TOLD this? #ThinPrivilege - Big Joe Silence
Oregon Couple's Disney Wedding Wish Goes Viral - ABC News -
Oregon Couple's Disney Wedding Wish Goes Viral - ABC News
"The couple’s fairytale romance was sidelined by tragedy in 2007 when Yeoman’s mother, Anita Yeoman, was killed in a car crash. “Larry was just kind of holding me and crying,” Yeoman said. “He told my mommy, he said, ‘I promised her that day that I would take care of you forever.’” In 2010 Ragsdale took the first step to propose to Yeoman by asking her dad, Bill Yeoman, for her hand in marriage. “He said, ‘You know Bill, I love you and I want your permission to marry Kelsey,’” Bill Yeoman told ABC News. Just three days later, Ragsdale’s plans to propose to Yeoman were derailed when the car he was driving was hit head-on by a drunk driver. Yeoman was riding in a car just behind Ragsdale and was the first to come to his aid. “He was unresponsive and I was also, of course, the first responder,” Yeoman said. “I just made sure that his airway was open and I was just screaming at him like, ‘Come on.’” Ragsdale survived the crash but was left with significant head trauma and brain damage so... more... - Me from Bookmarklet · Putting the Ops in DevOps -
"Heinlein may have said that specialization is for insects but in truth it’s very, very hard to excel in both the development and operational aspects of building and running a large computer system. These people do exist, but trying to find them and hire them is hard (and expensive). Moreover, beyond a certain (small) scale it’s actually woefully inefficient to have everyone doing everything. (I know the argument goes that AWS et al. are making it unnecessary to do traditional Ops but even without racking your own servers you’re still managing and tuning machines and traditional sysadmin skills are necessary.)" - Me from Bookmarklet
inessential: Network Solutions Auto-Enroll: $1,850 -
"I got an email from Network Solutions — where I still have two domains, originally registered in the ’90s — that informed me I have been enrolled in their WebLock Program. To help recapture the costs of maintaining this extra level of security for your account, your credit card will be billed $1,850 for the first year of service on the date your program goes live. After that you will be billed $1,350 on every subsequent year from that date. If you wish to opt out of this program you may do so by calling us at 1-888-642-0265." - Me from Bookmarklet
Things We Saw Today: Chewbacca Dog Comes With His Own Bandolier | The Mary Sue -
Things We Saw Today: Chewbacca Dog Comes With His Own Bandolier | The Mary Sue
"This costume reportedly won third place at a Petco Star Wars Contest, which begs the question: who won first? If you happen to have an adorable walking carpet of your very own, Petco actually sells a Chewbacca dog hoodie. (via Neatorama)" - Me from Bookmarklet
Red Robin Fulfills Dreams, Offers Bacon Caramel Bourbon Milkshake – Consumerist -
Red Robin Fulfills Dreams, Offers Bacon Caramel Bourbon Milkshake – Consumerist
"2014 hasn’t been a great year for our planet overall, but here’s one bit of great news in our otherwise gloomy world. Following the news that Five Guys plans to offer bacon as an ingredient in their new customizable shakes, even wackier burger chain Red Robin has announced that they’ll be offering bacon shakes with bourbon, caramel, and a strip of candied bacon to stir the whole thing with." - Me from Bookmarklet
Radical Librarianship: how ninja librarians are ensuring patrons' electronic privacy - Boing Boing -
"Librarians in Massachusetts are working to give their patrons a chance to opt-out of pervasive surveillance. Partnering with the ACLU of Massachusetts, area librarians have been teaching and taking workshops on how freedom of speech and the right to privacy are compromised by the surveillance of online and digital communications -- and what new privacy-protecting services they can offer patrons to shield them from unwanted spying of their library activity." - Me from Bookmarklet
7 Steps to Living a Bill Murray Life -- Vulture -
7 Steps to Living a Bill Murray Life -- Vulture
"Step one to being more like Bill Murray: Sing. And really be into it. Murray is not his ironic Saturday Night Live lounge singer and he is not his Lost in Translation actor abroad, singing a half-asleep version of “More Than This.” He sings when the mood strikes him, and when it does, he means it. As he walked out onstage on Friday night at the Toronto Film Festival to the sounds of Prince’s “Raspberry Beret,” Murray grabbed a microphone and sang a few verses of the song. He would repeat the performance (sans mike) at an after-party later that night, where he would also lead a dance party, as he has been known to do in the past. Friday was “Bill Murray Day” at the festival, and it consisted of screenings of Murray classics Stripes, Ghostbusters, and Day, and the world premiere of his new film, St. Vincent, in which he plays a grumpy old man tasked with watching the child of his neighbor, played by Melissa McCarthy. During the Q&A, moderated by Scrooged screenwriter Mitch Glazer, and... more... - Me from Bookmarklet
Richard "Jaws" Kiel, RIP - Boing Boing -
Richard "Jaws" Kiel, RIP - Boing Boing
"Richard Kiel who played the steel-toothed Jaws in the James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) has died; he was 74 and 7-foot-2." - Me from Bookmarklet
Wow. RIP. It seems he lived a long, full life. - Victor Ganata
Netputing » handyLock -
Netputing » handyLock
"handyLock is an application that locks your Mac screen when you move away from it. This way your Mac is safe and secured from unauthorized access. This is very convenient if you want to prevent access by kids, co-workers or others when you slip away to grab a coffee, a drink or take a bio break. It accomplishes this by pairing a Bluetooth device like your iPhone with your Mac and sensing when this device is getting out of range. As a result your screen will be locked until you move back in range of your Mac. At that point it will unlock on its own. Almost magical!" - Me from Bookmarklet
Doesn't work as well as I wish it did. Great idea.. needs more work though. - Me
L.A. is one traffic jam from going completely Hiroshima. - Sandman Slim
Love the one liners in this book! - Me
Federal Agents Raid Los Angeles Garment Businesses Allegedly Linked to Drug Cartels - WSJ -
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
5 million ‘compromised’ Google accounts leaked — RT News -
5 million ‘compromised’ Google accounts leaked — RT News
"A database of what appears to be some 5 million login and password pairs for Google accounts has been leaked to a Russian cyber security internet forum. It follows similar leaks of account data for popular Russian web services. The text file containing the alleged compromised accounts data was published late on Tuesday on the Bitcoin Security board. It lists 4.93 million entries, although the forum administration has since purged passwords from it, leaving only the logins." - Me from Bookmarklet
Time to go through and change passwords again. Thank gawd for 2-Factor auth as well. - Me
2-factor ftw - Kevin Johnson from Android
Ah, well, that explains the whole 'oh, changing my passwords' post I saw on another friend's page. - Jennifer Dittrich
HA! Got a email from Dropbox Pro. They are trying to get me back. Guess I wasn't the only one that canceled my service with them when other services increased their sizes. They must be feeling the pain if they are sending these types of emails out.
Google Hangouts now offers free voice calls and MMS | Android and Me -
Google Hangouts now offers free voice calls and MMS | Android and Me
"The inexorable death of Google Voice is almost complete with the announcement today that Google is bringing voice calls to the Hangouts app. The functionality is rolling out today to Android, iOS and on the web. It’s a staggered rollout on Android, so if you don’t have the Hangouts 2.3 update available yet, it should show up in the next couple days (or if you are feeling impatient you can track down the .apk pretty easily). On Android you’ll need to download the Hangouts Dialer as well. Calls to other Hangouts users regardless of their location are naturally free and calls to phone lines in the US and Canada are free as well. If you insist on calling internationally and not just having the person on the other side install Hangouts, those rates can be found here. MMS support is also available to all for the first time, although it’s not exactly seamless yet, with the images coming through as URLs that you have to click to view. Hopefully they clean this implementation up in the coming... more... - Me from Bookmarklet
iPhone6+ might be the reason for me to switch from Android. Might actually fit my hand now.
Guess its time to learn Mandarin.
How to live in your employer's parking lot and not pay rent, according to a tech worker who did it | The Verge -
"Share on Facebook (185) Tweet (165) Share Share (4) Pin Silicon Valley tech employers like Apple, Google, and Facebook offer incredible perks to their workers: free meals, swimming pools, gyms, and spas. Back in the real world, the city of San Francisco, rents have reached astronomical heights, posting a record high average rental rate of $3,057 per apartment this year. So it's no wonder some employees have tried to beat the system by living rent-free in the company parking lot. A recent article about this from Alyson Shontell inspired a lengthy comment thread on the tech forum Hacker News. The best bit of advice came from "AJWR", who describes himself as a "Full-stack Developer, Family Man - Cyclist - Gamer", and left an 18-point list of how to maximize your happiness while living our of your vehicle. That's his actual van pictured above. We've collected some highlights of his advice below." - Me from Bookmarklet
"Obey The Silence" Stickers by Eozen | Redbubble -
"Obey The Silence" Stickers by Eozen | Redbubble
“The human body is basically a potato clock.” —Krieger
The Wireless Speaker System With Better Than Stereo Sound | Cool Material -
The Wireless Speaker System With Better Than Stereo Sound | Cool Material
"The Core wireless speaker system from Mass Fidelity is the most advanced wireless speaker system on the market. The compact speaker system leverages a combination of wave field synthesis and beam forming to create an acoustic bubble that gives you “better than stereo” sound from just about any device. Connect your phones, tablets and laptops with bluetooth. Connect your Apple TVs, turntables and subs with cables. Once you’re connected, you’ll get smooth highs, crystal clear mids and bone shaking bass with multi-dimensional sound that creates the illusion that there are live musicians in your room. The cool features don’t stop there, though. If you’re connected with bluetooth, you can wave your hand across the Core to change tracks. NFC phones can pair with a simple tap on top. If you have more than one, one click of a button will stream the same audio to multiple Cores throughout your place. Oh yeah, and it looks really good, too." - Me from Bookmarklet
Thinking of just installing Yosemite on the MBP. Its been working well on the MBA so far. I wonder if anyone else is doing this and what their experience is with it.
nevermind. Spoke to soon. MBA just crashed running a small app. - Me
Wiped out the MBA and did a clean install of 10.10. Damn nice. Working so much better. Seriously thinking of doing this with my MBP. - Me
2nd day with Yosemite, the MBA is much more stable with a clean re-install rather then the "upgrade." I hope the full version is not as buggy for upgrades. I'm going to try this out for a few weeks and see how it goes. Might make the MBA a main working machine for the next gig and see if it holds up. - Me
Should it be commercially ready after tomorrow? - Eric - Poppa Large from iPhone
Probably not. OS is rumored to go live in October. - Me
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