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John E. Bredehoft
Re: Claremont Courier writes up ‘Pomona A to Z,’ me - http://www.insidesocal.com/davidal...
"If you write a book called Claremont A to Z, the Courier will probably devote 26 straight issues to it." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: Amazon Fire Phone deep-dive review: Two weeks with a weird device - http://www.computerworld.com/s...
"While JR has done an excellent job of analyzing the capabilities of this phone, there's also a bigger issue - will this set a precedent for big retailers, rather than releasing apps, to release entire phones? Will there be a Walmart phone? A General Motors phone? The premise may seem attractive to some companies - the best way to keep a user in your ecosystem is to provide the user with a phone that FORCES you to stay in your ecosystem. But if a technically savvy company like Amazon isn't able to create a compelling experience, I wonder if any other firm outside of the usual OS vendors will be able to do so." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: Access denied - debunking popular biometrics myths - http://www.itweb.co.za/index...
"It's an exaggeration to say that ALL modern biometric detection devices are immune to spoofing. The aforementioned phone fingerprint readers are still susceptible http://blogs.computerworld.com... and hackers will always continue to try to beat security features." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: 7 Things We Hate About Belgium - http://www.motherjones.com/node...
"I guess if one were to get technical, King Leopold's rule of the Congo can't be laid at the feet of Belgium, since the Congo Free State started out not as a Belgian colony, but as the personal colony of the King himself. The gender equality one is surprising, since some European countries are now mandating equal female representation on corporate boards. Apparently Belgium isn't one of them." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: Upland family terrorized by nightmare nanny - http://www.dailybulletin.com/general...
"A somewhat similar story was resolved when the squatters (in this case, a couple that occupied a deployed soldier's home) decided to leave after receiving unwanted media attention. http://www.wfla.com/story/2532..." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: Phoenix Suns: The LeBron James Free Agency Pitch - http://hoopshabit.com/2014...
"While this is a good analysis, it's missing discussion of three key factors that would enter into any Decision - the owner, the general manager, and the coach. For example, here's how LeBron would analyze a potential return to Cleveland: OWNER: Dan Gilbert Right at that point, the decision is no. I admit that I'm not familiar with the current Suns organization (I live in southern California - we're the guys who jump into other people's swimming pools), and I'm sure that the Suns owner is much better than Dan Gilbert, but LeBron will need to evaluate ownership and management before making any decision, since a star player or up and coming player is one trade or injury away from becoming a non-factor." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: ’21 Things You Need to Know About Pomona Before You Move There’ - http://www.insidesocal.com/davidal...
"Years and years ago, I had the opportunity to dine at the restaurant operated by Cal Poly Pomona's School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Wonderful dinner; I need to go back." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: Quinn: Brendan Eich, Mozilla's former chief executive, needed to tell us more. - http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_2548...
"A case can be made for being intolerant of intolerance, or to be non-inclusive of people perceived as exclusive. But if that is the view that Mozilla is going to adopt, then Mozilla should not claim to be inclusive or tolerant. This is what is written in Mozilla's Community Participation Guidelines: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/a... "Some Mozillians may identify with activities or organizations that do not support the same inclusion and diversity standards as Mozilla. When this is the case: "(a) support for exclusionary practices must not be carried into Mozilla activities. "(b) support for exclusionary practices in non-Mozilla activities should not be expressed in Mozilla spaces. "(c) when if (a) and (b) are met, other Mozillians should treat this as a private matter, not a Mozilla issue." Of course, people can claim that Mozilla's hand was forced by outside interests, and that Mozilla was therefore forced to disregard item c in its own guidelines. But a principle that is easily bent..." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: Quinn: Brendan Eich, Mozilla's former chief executive, needed to tell us more. - http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_2548...
"The brouhaha over Eich's appointment will result in less transparency, not more. The lesson learned here, yet again, is that the only way to survive in the so-called age of transparency is to keep all of your personal opinions to yourself." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: Last gasp for Upland packing house - http://www.insidesocal.com/davidal...
"Whoops...should have read your Daily Bulletin article before I asked the question..." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: Last gasp for Upland packing house - http://www.insidesocal.com/davidal...
"I guess "Super Dave Osborne" doesn't fear any competition from you. :) Any idea what will happen to the property? Nearby residents would probably object to new commercial use, but the property presumably isn't zoned for residential." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: Starbucks & The Economist Admit To Using Google+ For SEO More Than Social - http://searchengineland.com/starbuc...
"Theoretically, "social" refers to personal engagement. For example, if I post a message saying that "the Starbucks location at 123 Main Street doesn't calibrate its machines," then ideally someone at Starbucks would respond and say "We're really sorry, John, and we'll check into that." In other words, the @ComcastCares model. Whether the distinction matters is up to the individual, I guess." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: What do you think the biggest news stories of your life have been | Dead Presidents - http://deadpresidents.tumblr.com/post...
"I'm a little (OK, more than a little) older than you, so I would want to add the moon landing and the Nixon resignation to the list. (I was only a baby when John F. Kennedy was assassinated.) One important difference for the older stories is the way that they were covered. Back when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, we did not have an Internet, dedicated news channels, or a 24 hour news cycle. Therefore, the very fact that the moon landing was covered live on all three networks made the story even more consequential." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: Your two cents: ‘Is this…?’ - http://www.insidesocal.com/davidal...
"Obviously the caller could not claim, "I'm a big fan of Mel's. I go there every week."" - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: Trader Joe’s leaving Upland - http://www.insidesocal.com/davidal...
"Somewhat tangential to THIS particular discussion, but a Portland, Oregon neighborhood was slated to get a Trader Joe's...until the neighbors objected. One reason: the store would "increase the desirability of the neighborhood (for) non-oppressed populations." Writer Steve Duin, however, notes that the plot of ground was offered for a significant discount over its assessed value, and that "whenever someone gets rich in Northeast Portland, African Americans rarely share in the profits." http://www.oregonlive.com/news... It just shows how complex the whole goal of attracting business can be - something that we all understand from the decade-long brouhaha just a half mile south of the former Trader Joe's location." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: Trader Joe’s leaving Upland - http://www.insidesocal.com/davidal...
"It feels like we have had a rash of closures lately, but the one piece of good news is that Sprouts is opening a new location in Upland - a location which, when I first moved to California, hosted an Alpha Beta." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: Thirty Years Young: Comparing the Macintosh and the iMac - http://www.pcmag.com/article...
"When discussing the original Mac, you neglected to mention one item that was either a shortcoming or an exciting new feature, depending upon how you look at it. The original Macintosh did NOT include a hardware control to eject the floppy drive. To eject the floppy drive, you had to use the mouse. At the time, this was as controversial as the mouse itself. One other thing - you mention that people "know how to use" the telephone connector for the keyboard. At that time, only some people knew how to use that telephone connector; others were used to having "the phone company" manage it for them. It's legitimate to ask if the original Mac 128k can be considered a "failure." Certainly the Mac product line was eventually a success, and the Mac 128k was certainly influential. But while the Mac 128k was ahead of its time in many respects, the absence of a hard disk drive actually put it behind some of its competitors. One could argue that Apple, like its coopetitor Microsoft to the north,..." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: Upland Trader Joe’s closure signals more changes - http://www.dailybulletin.com/busines...
"Count me among the disappointed customers of Trader Joe's Upland. It will be missed." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: A tale of two ‘cities’ - http://www.insidesocal.com/davidal...
"But some cities, such as Circuit City, meet a fate worse than that of San Bernardino." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: Travyon-themed Nativity certainly got people talking - http://www.dailybulletin.com/social-...
"David, when I saw your references to an unnamed major newspaper, I literally burst out laughing. Now Zachary has 11 months to ponder what his next message will be, and if it will be possible to convey the message that he wants to convey without having the whole message be derailed. (I am assuming that he wants people to think, but he isn't necessarily looking for thousands of comments that focus on the current issue rather than the religious significance of the issue.)" - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
"Two things struck me about your colleague Melissa Masatani's article: First, that while the bookstore is closing, two associated businesses that don't need a brick and mortar retail location are still remaining open. Second was the news that a Barnes and Noble in Pasadena is closing. If Barnes and Noble can't make it in Pasadena, then what hope do the chains - or perhaps even the indies - have? Even specialty bookstores are closing, such as Long's Christian Bookstore in Rancho Cucamonga that closed a couple of years ago." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
"It should be noted that any attempt to provide illegitimate data will be regarding as an extreme threat to the entire social structure. http://www.redassociates.com/c... Actually, now that I think of it, I've discussed this threat before, back when Foursquare removed mayorship earning capability from people without smartphones (and without GPS tracking)." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: Black ‘Race Warrior’ Leaves DHS - http://splc-blog.localhost:8888/2013...
"David, it's possible that he may have been fired for lying about the nature of his website, claiming that it was an "entertainment" web site. If this were the case, his First Amendment protections as a government employee would not have been violated." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: Black ‘Race Warrior’ Leaves DHS - http://www.splcenter.org/blog...
"David, it's possible that he may have been fired for lying about the nature of his website, claiming that it was an "entertainment" web site. If this were the case, his First Amendment protections as a government employee would not have been violated." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: Spaghettios Honors Pearl Harbor with a Tweet That Will Live In Infamy - http://thewire.com/nationa...
"The bigger issue is the question of when brands should commemorate notable events. Even if it had been done in the most exquisite taste, what exactly is the link between SpaghettiOs and Pearl Harbor? If a link can be established - say, a link between a sporting event and Nelson Mandela - then perhaps a link in good taste could be pursued. Opportunism, however, can smell like spoiled food." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: John C Dvorak: What Happened to Edward Snowden? - http://anewdomain.net/2013...
"Dvorak exaggerate? Never! Snowden's situation probably isn't as dire as is speculated here. Apparently he has a job of some sort, and the Wikileaks folks have an interest in keeping him alive or at least in the public eye. And Greenwald isn't exactly on Easy Street. Even if the Brazilian authorities don't go after him, I'm sure that any Greenwald income from the US or UK will be rigorously checked by the IRS and its British equivalent. There's no denying, however, that Greenwald has done better out of all of this than Snowden has." - John E. Bredehoft
Kol Tregaskes
woah. that's weird to look at. - Nathalie
Duncan Riley and Johnny Worthington are looking down on all of us. - John E. Bredehoft
Hey look, the US is Canada's hat! - Ken Morley
Hehe. - Kol Tregaskes
I think this how the Australians look at a map. :P - Mehmet John Doguelli
I see a pattern this coming December with inverted ideas. Spatial Orientation Phenomenon FTW. http://www.nydailynews.com/news... - Zu from AOD
John E. Bredehoft
"I did a little more digging and found a sad story. It turns out that Brooklyn's David Allen was a POLICE detective who accidentally shot himself, apparently while cleaning his gun. He was pronounced dead at his apartment 1/2 hour after calling 911. http://www.nytimes.com/2000/12..." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
"What could Detective David Allen find of interest at a City Council meeting? Well, outside of past Upland City Council meetings, of course." - John E. Bredehoft
John E. Bredehoft
Re: Why Did 9,000 Porny Spambots Descend on This San Diego High Schooler? - http://www.theatlantic.com/technol...
"Got here via Mitch Wagner's share on Google Plus. I would guess that Olivia was so attracted to the bots because she was in the target demographic. Once I was at a mall food court with my junior high age daughter and our senior high age exchange student, and they were approached by someone who claimed to have all sorts of contacts with Disney. The golf caddy part is a little mysterious, though." - John E. Bredehoft
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