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Eric Logan
If you thought the NSA was bad, Russia's FSB will be worse | Digital Trends -
If you thought the NSA was bad, Russia's FSB will be worse | Digital Trends
Silly Americans. You thought the NSA was bad? Meet the System of Operative-Investigative Measures (SORM), from Russia. As athletes, spectators and journalists descend on Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics this week, the Russian government and their Federal Security Service (FSB) want to know exactly what everyone is saying. If you’re making fun of Putin’s hair, they want to read the text. And “SORM boxes” make it possible. According to a group of Russian journalists that have been monitoring the events leading up to the spectacle, the FSB has required communication companies in Russia to install SORM boxes that intercept all data passing through the network – and give the FSB access to that data. Here’s the bizarre part: While the FSB needs a warrant to access the boxes, no one except FSB administrators of FSB ever have to see it. Theoretically, no one but the FSB knows what warrants have been obtained in connection to wire taps that have been executed. This contrasts what happens in... more... - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
cluster; Russia, FSB (Federal Security Service), SORM (System of Operative-Investigative Measures), SORM boxes, surveillance - Sean McBride
And what about China? - Sean McBride
# sort FSB officials by * 1. importance 2. importance for * 3. IQ 4. number of mentions of * 5. oldest 6. power 7. wealth 8. youngest - Sean McBride
Never fear, Snowden's on the case. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Will we ever see a Russian or Chinese Snowden? Not likely. They would deal with him ruthlessly and with maximum force the instant he raised his head. - Sean McBride
What a crock: "This contrasts what happens in the United States, where, under the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), agencies have to show their warrant to the communication company and ask for certain data from them." - MRW_8
"Will we ever see a Russian or Chinese Snowden?" You obviously didn't bother to read the articles here or the source. The Russian journalists who revealed these operations were using open source documents. QUOTE. The journalists, Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, who are experts on the Russian security services, collated dozens of open source technical documents published on the... more... - MRW_8
I need to look more deeply into this when I get the chance, but I didn't get the impression that this information goes into the same detail as Snowden's. - Sean McBride
Brian Crouch
My answer to What is the greatest threat to humanity?
Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Game of Thrones HBO: Which episodes portray which chapters from A Song of Ice and Fire? -
Game of Thrones HBO: Which episodes portray which chapters from A Song of Ice and Fire?
Game of Thrones is back, and gone are the simple days of “one season, one book.” The showrunners have split the third book into two seasons, and, what’s more, the show’s episodes are synchronizing less and less with chapters from the books, as the chart below, created by Reddit user JoelTone and based on data from the Game of Thrones wiki, illustrates. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla) from Bookmarklet
Have they extrapolated as to whether this trend will cause the series to catch up with, overtake or divert completely from the written works? Will people stop watching if winter doesn't arrive within the next two seasons? - Steel Penguin Slippy
They've already gotten how Martin plans on ending it. Should old boy keel over between now and then, we'll get an ending he made himself. - Akiva
HBO has officially said there will be only 7 seasons of GoT. So, given that they've already split AFFCs into two seasons and ADWDs is even longer, there's going to have to be some consolidation of the written works to fit the series length. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
My guess, and I hope I’m wrong, is that they’ll have a few more seasons and then tack on a LotR-sized trilogy or so of movies to round the whole thing out. - Akiva
Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Holidays you wish were officially celebrated. GO:
Baseball opening day. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Voting day - Jennifer Dittrich
Pi Day (WITH PIE!) - Soup in a TARDIS
Teachers Day. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
International Women's Day - Spidra Webster
Arbor Day - Spidra Webster
yesterday, today, and tomorrow? I think that covers it. - Greg GuitarBuster
Groundhog's Day. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Baxter Day - Big Joe Silence
The real Labor Day (May 1). - Spidra Webster
Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Let's Help Find This Awful Toddler-Killing Pickup Driver -
Let's Help Find This Awful Toddler-Killing Pickup Driver
In Dekalb County, GA, a driver of a white Toyota pickup popped a curb, hit two toddlers, then stopped to chuck a beer bottle out the window before driving away. It's hard to think of any series of actions more awful. Let's find this bastard. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla) from Bookmarklet
Man. This guy's got a great woody. ;) 1949 #ford
Man. This guy's got a great woody. ;) 1949 #ford
With REAL wood, no less. (Wood was attained/obtained much more easily in those days.) #waitWHUT? - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Mark explains the baby boom phenomenon in nine words. (<- Also 9 words.) - Not Me
Let's be clear on one thing, though... I was a *product* of the fifties, NOT a *producer.* - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Yeah, I definitely noticed that the car had real wood, not fake wood paneling. It was pretty amazing, and the wood was actually in fantastic shape for being ~65 years old. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
It probably gets polished a lot. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Ya got to. If'n ya got good wood... Ya got to... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I lurve you guys - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
God has a plan for everyone, they tell me. I wonder what he uses to curate all that crap.
There's an app for that. - Todd Hoff
Lotus Notes - Johnny from iPhone
Tablet version - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
emacs - Kevin Johnson
GroupWise running on NT4. - Big Joe Silence
That explains the DDoS attack on Basecamp. - Todd Hoff
Something cloud based? - Greg GuitarBuster
"Cloud based" - good one! - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Lucifer was in charge of the optical cabling. - Todd Hoff
Wasn't the 6th commandment about using vi? - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
the VI commandment - Though shall not commit adultery with an emacs user? or was it: That shall not murder emacs users. - Kevin Johnson
Victor Ganata
Since Game of Thrones is starting to get closer and closer to A Dance With Dragons, especially since the show is pulling in plot points from the later books and showing them earlier, I wonder if the story lines will actually end up diverging at some point.
They have already, a bit, though in ways that don't make a difference to what happens to big things (the different marriage for the Robb.) They've said he's written out a lot of the major plot points and character arcs for the writers of the show so they can stay on track as he finishes the books. - Jennifer Dittrich
Since GRRM *didn't* kill Jeyne Westerling, I can't help but wonder if he had intended more for her character. Even if he originally did have a story arc in mind for her, I wonder if he'll nix it because of the show. That's the first possible major divergence that comes to mind. - Victor Ganata
Apparently the producers have said in a recent interview that a number of subplots from the 2nd half of SoS and AFFC will be cut. That may lead to more divergence. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Given how repetitive some of them are, I'm actually happy they're streamlining it. The second time through, there were whole sections of "Dragons" that I just outright skipped. (The bits with Jeyne later on feel like more of an afterthought, so I figured the change for the show just meant they could drop a subplot that never seemed to go anywhere.) - Jennifer Dittrich
There are some pretty wild theories about the fate of Jeyne Westerling :D — but this is in keeping with my suspicion that there will be numerous dubious claims to the Iron Throne and/or to Winterfell. - Victor Ganata
Well, there was this just published in Vanity Fair: - Derrick
Sarah G.
I don't like scary or gross things, so why do I keep watching @NBCHannibal while eating dinner????
Dude, this was so me yesterday. I keep doing that, and then not eating but STILL WATCHING THE SHOW. - Jennifer Dittrich
I call shenanigans! I've watched True Blood with you! - WebGoddess
I gave up on that show a while ago, mostly because it just went too far in the grossness. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Eric - Watch Me Now
Lorde Responds to Taylor Swift Lesbian Jokes, Slams Radio Host After Ellen DeGeneres Comparisons -
Lorde Responds to Taylor Swift Lesbian Jokes, Slams Radio Host After Ellen DeGeneres Comparisons
""Are you bringing your new bestie, Taylor Swift?" Kyle Sandilands asked about her upcoming New York City concert. "I see your guys' pictures everywhere. Are you guys, like, uh, are you together now?" There was an awkward pause before Sandilands continued, "Not together as in lesbians…I'm not talking about 'Ellen together.' I'm talking about, like, you guys are friendly, right?"" - Eric - Watch Me Now from Bookmarklet
"Lorde retorted, "What do you mean you're not talking about 'Ellen together?' Is there something wrong with lesbians? Is that what you're trying to say?" Sandilands explained, "Oh my god, no, I would love that. Are you going to confirm now that you're in a lesbian relationship with her?" "Don't ever try it. It's not working," Lorde said. And after trying to salvage the situation,... more... - Eric - Watch Me Now
I hope it's okay that I only vaguely know who these people are. - MoTO Moca Blend
It's better for your health. I am a pop culture, germ infested sponge. - Eric - Watch Me Now
They are both impossibly young, talented, singer-songwriters. - Steele Lawman
Thanks, Steele. I know of Swift. Liked her better when she started out than now. She's become too cutesy "staged precocious" for my tastes. Never really heard of the other young lady. - MoTO Moca Blend
Barry, she's mostly known for Royals at the moment. - Not Me
Thanks, Jimminy - MoTO Moca Blend
Using Taylor Swift and talented in the same sentence has got to be some sort of party foul. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Oh, and if you're wondering, Kyle Sandilands is just a fuckhead. Australia's biggest fuckhead. Like if Simon Cowell, Rush Limbaugh and Paula Deen did some freaky test tube baby gene splicing, Kyle would be the excrement that the baby would poop - Johnny
^ What Johnny said. He's a cock. - Melly
He's an ankle. - Melly
He's a fucking muppet - Johnny
He's a tool - Melly
I like tools. I need tools. I use tools on a regular basis. Don't offend my tools. - Uli
I apologise to you and your tools Uli. - Melly
Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Julian Edelman unable to reach deal with New England Patriots, will become free agent - ESPN Boston -
Julian Edelman unable to reach deal with New England Patriots, will become free agent - ESPN Boston
I can see Belichick's master plan now; field an offense with NO wide receivers, just tight ends and converted linebackers. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla) from Bookmarklet
Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
National Geographic Events - The Hidden Life of Wolves -
National Geographic Events - The Hidden Life of Wolves
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Went to see this yesterday. Some pretty amazing footage of a pack of wolves that was studied up close for 6 years. Also, heartbreaking. The government is about to totally cave on wolf protection based on the ignorance, deliberate misinformation and special interest money put forth by ranchers. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla) from Bookmarklet
Sadly, money talks and there's no money in protecting wildlife. What's worse is that the data supporting how much ranchers lose to wolves is heavily skewed and much of it is unreliable hearsay. That's not to say that ranchers don't have legitimate concerns, but at the same time, they have managed to build an entire mountain range out of a molehill. And because ranching is Big Money and our government is easily bought when it comes to pitting capitalism against environmentalism, wolves lose. - Hookuh Tinypants
Yep. One thing I learned that really made me angry was that the necropsies of the Wedge Pack, killed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife after a rancher insisted they were killing his livestock, showed that they'd been eating nothing but deer, elk and small game. That little fact hadn't gotten a lot of attention. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
The picture I posted last week of me holding the baby wolf was at the Dutcher's house in Idaho. - Georgia
I've decided that, since I don't have kids, I'm going to put my life savings into buying land and provisioning a wolf reserve somewhere. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
I love this idea. I would happily come work for your reserve. - Hookuh Tinypants
Maybe I should Kickstarter this idea. Have wolf watching trips as the payout... - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Sarah G.
I just do not get Crypto Currencies at ALL. Of course, I don't trust fiat currencies either and want to bury gold stashes on my property...
But gold is really worthless too. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Have you read Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson? Mixes all of those.... - Hedgehog from Android
Ehh, when the apocalypse comes people help each other out, no currency necessary. - Deborah Fitchett
My investment vehicle for the apocalypse is a massive cache of SPAM. I'm working on diversifying into firearms and ammunition, though. - Victor Ganata
The firearms are so you can convince people to eat the SPAM? (Sorry, I know, Hawaii and all; just couldn't resist.) - Walt Crawford
Given the population of SPAM eaters around here, I'm gonna have to shoot to kill for sure. - Victor Ganata
Sat next to some guys at DFW last year having a serious conversation about how "when the government goes all Red Dawn on us" the new currencies will be bullets and water. I decided against suggesting that maybe they didn't get the plot of Red Dawn. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Exclusive: Google sets roadblocks to stop distracted driver legislation | Reuters -
Exclusive: Google sets roadblocks to stop distracted driver legislation | Reuters
"Google Inc has deployed lobbyists to persuade elected officials in Illinois, Delaware and Missouri that it is not necessary to restrict use of Google Glass behind the wheel, according to state lobbying disclosure records and interviews conducted by Reuters." - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla) from Bookmarklet
There's a reason that people in the military receive training in how to use heads up displays and other devices properly. Glass shouldn't be legal for drivers until there's some research that demonstrates that it doesn't make drivers more prone to accidents. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
I'm thinking Google is just asking for tort liability by pushing this. If Glass is criminalized, then the users bear the burden and Google can just wash their hands. "We told them not to, not our fault." But if they're actually pushing for road usage and claiming it's perfectly safe without having the data to back that up, well, they sure seem like they'd be a big juicy target for ambulance chasers. - Victor Ganata
If you're THAT important or in demand that you must use Glass when you drive, you need to get a driver. - Johnny from iPhone
It's the best navigation app going. I don't think it is more distracting than a Garmin. - Eric Logan
Mercedes has been working on an app along with a number of other car manufacturers. Telematics in the car including displays on the windshield are coming also. - Eric Logan
I'd prefer that people have nothing but a clear plain glass windshield in front of them when they drive. This need to constantly be connected to everything on the planet while driving is ludicrous. As someone who commutes at least 100 miles every day, I've seen my fair share of distracted driver accidents and have almost been rear-ended or side-swiped by texting and cell-phone using drivers multiple times. If someone throws up legislation banning this crap in California, I will be the first in line to sign. - Hookuh Tinypants
I wonder if Google is aiming for an exemption for people in their self-driving cars. - Andrew C (✔)
Augmented reality windshields. - Eric Logan
That's fine, but does it read your tweets and messages? Can you load up a YouTube clip? Can you turn your head to take a photo? HUD that pertain exclusively to driving are fine. - Johnny from iPhone
Plus, if you're reading your Garmin, you're kinda doing it wrong. - Johnny from iPhone
Which leads me to this question: Why aren't commercial billboards regulated out of existence? - they are extraneous distractions that reduce safe driving. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
The apps that are being built prevent Glass from doing anything, but navigation while driving. The Mercedes app uses apple servers so they have more control. That video is not even new on the HUD. They are definitely coming newer versions incorporate collision avoidance and sensor data and is being built into each new vehicle and the progression is speeding up now. - Eric Logan
That's only if you're using your Glass for navigation, yes? - Johnny from iPhone
Obviously there will be workarounds. Cars that self report speeding and light violations are also coming. - Eric Logan
" Cars that self report speeding and light violations are also coming." That'll be a big hit! Move over Edsel. - Todd
There has to be workarounds. If your Glass detects motion and disables the Glass to only Navigation then how would the passengers with Glass use their pairs? The dismissive hand waving that this isn't a real problem is precisely why people are uneasy with the breakneck speed of these new devices. This stuff needs to be thoroughly addressed BEFORE they get into the hands of people behind... more... - Johnny from iPhone
I am not hand waving. I have worn them it's one of the few practical uses for Glass. Something like it is coming and will be in broad use. It probably will not be Glass. - Eric Logan
Which is precisely why legislation needs to exist. I'm not doubting Glass and Glass-like devices are great for navigation but I dare say that would be a small percentage of actual usage by drivers, particularly young ones. - Johnny from iPhone
Yes, you need some forethought, but a lot of issues can only be discovered after launch. - Andrew C (✔)
There's plenty of research on distracted driving. I really don't think it would be a stretch to apply it to Glass. And even if Google doesn't look into it, I'm sure all the personal injury lawyers will. - Victor Ganata
Glass is a distraction from the bigger picture in the telematics space. "Embrace intelligent mobility, because the question is no longer if, but when." - Eric Logan
Granted, self-driven cars will eliminate this issue, but until then…. - Victor Ganata
I agree with Johnny that we need to legislate those things that we haven't yet figured out will happen. - Glen Campbell
California at least already has distracted driving laws which would cover Glass. I imagine Glass enthusiasts will want to try to push legislation that will restrict the discretion of cops to pull over Glass wearers on a whim. I can't imagine they'll be satisfied with having to go to court every single time to get out of the ticket or else take a hit on their car insurance premiums. - Victor Ganata
Glen is right. Maybe we should wait and name the law after the first person killed by a Glass-distracted driver. Sounds like a plan. - Johnny
It gets my vote. :D - Hookuh Tinypants
If Google were really serious about making Glass useful- and not distracting - for drivers, they'd fund some NHTSA (or credibly independent) research on how wearables enhance driver situational awareness. Who knows? Maybe Google can actually make a legitimate case that Glass enhances safety. But the preemptive lobbying strategy seems self-defeating. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Coincidentally Google sent out more invites today if anyone wants to try a pair. I would be happy to send you one. I rarely use mine, but an affiliate company is building an app for car salesman that integrates glass into laser appraiser. - Eric Logan from FFHound(roid)!
I would - MoTO Moca Blend from Android
Yankees Star Jeter to Retire After 2014 Season - ABC News -
Yankees Star Jeter to Retire After 2014 Season - ABC News
"The 39-year-old New York captain posted a long letter on his Facebook page Wednesday saying that 2014 will be his final year. A 13-time All-Star who has led the Yankees to five World Series championships, Jeter was limited to 17 games last season while trying to recover from a broken left ankle sustained during the 2012 playoffs. "I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball," he wrote. "I have gotten the very most out of my life playing baseball, and I have absolutely no regrets," he said." - Kristin from Bookmarklet
"Jeter is the Yankees' career hits leader with 3,316. He is a lifetime .312 hitter in 19 seasons, with 256 home runs and 1,261 RBIs. Jeter has scored 1,876 runs and stolen 348 bases. He also is a five-time Gold Glove winner. Added up, his numbers put him among the greats in Yankees history, with fans often invoking the names of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and... more... - Kristin
He might squeak into the HoF. If only he was a lifetime .338 hitter like Tony Gwynn, then it would be a sure thing. - Joe - Systems Analyst
So, the Yankees have to play 2014 without a shortstop, then, eh? ZING! - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Naah. By that time, Kevin, A-Rod will be back. - LB's Bubba. The other 1
Seeing as this is 2014 and A-Roid is banned...I'm guess my joke needs some work. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
I don't care how much a person might hate the Yankees, if s/he doesn't like Jeter (even grudgingly), s/he doesn't really like baseball. - Bren from iPhone
I hate the Yankees, and I like Jeter, kinda. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Incorrect, Bren. One can respect Jeter and hate him whole-heartedly (as I do) and still love baseball. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Respect is a better word, Kevin. Point conceded. - Bren from iPhone
Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Sir David Attenborough gloriously narrates a round of Olympic Curling -
Sir David Attenborough gloriously narrates a round of Olympic Curling
This is so f-ing awesome. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla) from Bookmarklet
LB's Bubba. The other 1
Lab results came back today...our dog Moses has a malignant mast cell tumor. We are obviously saddened and hope when surgery is done next Friday we'll find that it hasn't spread.
:( *hugs* and good thoughts to you all and moses. is there anything that we can do to help? - Sir Shuping is just sir
*hugs* Good thoughts for Moses and his people. - Heather, 30k Camper
Thanks Sir but not really. The surgery is a bit expensive but we'll figure it out. :) - LB's Bubba. The other 1
My first Springer had that type of cancer. We did two surgeries, the first didn't get all her tumor. The surgery allowed us a few more years with her. Hugs to you and Moses. - Janet
:( - Stephen Mack from iPhone
:-( - Betsy
Oh, no :o( Crossing everything. - Melly
:( - Jenny H. from Android
*hugs* prayers for him - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Thinking of all of you. *hugs Moses* - LB: Ratchet Bear
Hoping for the best {hugs} - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Good vibes to all of you. - Gabrielle from FFHound(roid)!
oh, moses :( - holly #ravingfangirl
:( Hope the surgery and treatment are successful. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Thanks y'all...I'll keep you updated. - LB's Bubba. The other 1
:-( - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Google to Glassholes: Stop making us look bad - GeekWire -
Google to Glassholes: Stop making us look bad - GeekWire
"For better or worse, the first interactions people have with Google Glass are through members of the Glass Explorer program who are wearing the device out in public. When those people are determined to act like idiots, that creates a problem for Glass. To head that off, Google has issued a few handy dos and don’ts for Explorers looking to take Glass with them out into public." - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla) from Bookmarklet
The only really useful places I have found for them is live sporting events or solo activities. They are kind of antisocial unless you enjoy talking about them to others that ask about them. - Eric Logan from FFHound(roid)!
Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Kyle Cassidy photographs librarians at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting (PHOTOS). -
Kyle Cassidy photographs librarians at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting (PHOTOS).
Kyle Cassidy photographs librarians at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting (PHOTOS).
Kyle Cassidy photographs librarians at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting (PHOTOS).
Since FF is basically LibrarianFeed these days, enjoy! - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla) from Bookmarklet
*sigh* Some of us aren't hipsters. - Soup in a TARDIS
Can't say I look like any of those people. Nor do my co-workers. Some interesting commentary on Twitter about those who were photographed. - Derrick
I guess This Is What Some Librarians Look Like And It Is Not Surprising Given Demographics And Such would not be such a snappy title. - Pete
It would, however, be quite the hashtag ;) - Soup in a TARDIS
I was trying to see if there were any people over 40 in that grouping too. - Derrick
I think so. - Pete
I was glad to see Jenny Levine in the list. I think it would be agreat project to have librarians be able to upload pictures of themselves into a giant gallery - JAson FLeming tumblr that lets people upload and or submit photos. - Joe - Systems Analyst
not enough cardigans, or grey hair. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Derrick, what are they saying? - Betsy
That they seem to be this kind of hipster, young librarian type and they would've loved to see older people, or even people who conform to the cliche or stereotype of what a librarian is. There was a plea for the photographer to share all of the images, and that these are the results of a call for librarians to be photographed at Midwinter courtesy of Librarian Wardrobe. - Derrick
I wonder if other professions spend this much time thinking about what they look like or their image. - Mary Carmen
I'm going to guess not. Librarianship seems to have more navel gazing that most other professions, at least on this level. Usually when I see similar things in other professions the emphasis is on gender or racial diversity, not age, hairstyle, and sartorial choices. The last might be the natural result of having such a vast array of dress codes across the profession? Maybe? - Soup in a TARDIS
Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
This is how my nephew's college announces a snow day. College sure has changed since I was a student. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla) from Bookmarklet
Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Comcast Agrees to Buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 Billion - Bloomberg -
Comcast Agrees to Buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 Billion - Bloomberg
Given the rumors of the upcoming AppleTV set top including TWC live content, the conspiracy theorist in me wonders if TWC dangled the threat of an Apple deal to drive the price up for Comcast. After all, the cable industry as a whole probably fears Apple more than any other potential competitor and Comcast might see $44 billion as a small price to pay to prevent Apple from getting a foothold in the live content distribution business. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla) from Bookmarklet
I might need shoveling lessons. My landlord, who's done it so far this winter, is out of town.
lift with your legs - jambina
^This. And, like voting in Chicago, it should be done early and often. - Katy S
If the snow is really deep and soggy, don't try to shovel from the bottom - go in layers. Also don't pile it on a storm grate or you can get flooding when it melts. - Jennifer Dittrich
I'm happy our yard, walk way, and sidewalk are rather diminutive. I think I can handle carving out a path so we can get in and out. - Derrick
Yes - this snow is expected to be much wetter and heavier than previous. Don't try to scrape all the snow from the sidewalk and lift it. Take off a level at a time. Spray the shovel with Pam if the snow sticks to it. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
If you have a hydrant, don't forget to clear the area around it. - Katy S
Remember to make a path for the mailman. One of my neighbors only shovels one short path from her front door to her car and that's all. Grrrrr. - Betsy
ProTip: Find a kid you can pay to do it. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Everyone is right! - Zamms from iPhone
Not really relevant to your situation (heavy wet snow), but I've learned to throw the snow downwind: one, it doesn't blow back in your face; and two, it's less likely to blow back down into the canyon you're gradually carving out. - Catherine Pellegrino
Try to do it as soon as possible after the storm ends, before it has a chance to freeze or get trampled down. (It will be harder to clear if that happens.) If you can, try to shovel the whole width of the sidewalk and make sure meltwater has a place to run off so that it doesn't pool and freeze on the sidewalk. - John (bird whisperer)
Thanks, y'all. Plotting my strategy... - Derrick
Be sure to have warm drinks at the ready for when you're done. - Zamms from iPhone
^This, too, is very wise. - Katy S
yes to all of the above. AND - try to shovel BEFORE you step in the snow - that is, shovel in front of you - or you'll have shoe-shaped ice spots that WON"T THAW TIL SPRING. #HasHappened - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
If you remember where your drain is, clear that as best you can so when things thaw it won't flood as much. - Hedgehog
If it looks like it's going to be deep, don't wait till it's over to get started. Take advantage of lulls and start shoveling. Especially with wet, heavy snow, it's better to do it in stages rather than all at once. Also, it keeps people from trampling on it. - Betsy
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
I want waffles. I love waffles. How come I don't have a waffle maker? C'mon now, Zulema. You need a waffle maker. #waffles
This is the one you want. Bought one as a wedding gift for some friends. Almost didn't give it to them. So I got one for myself. Truth. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Damn, son. That's a lotta waffles at once! Haha! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Olympic team figure skating idea: two full national teams on the ice at once. They all do their routines at the same time. Checking and boarding allowed. The team with the most skaters standing at the end of a 3-minute period wins. Presto! Figure skating finally becomes a real sport. Tell me you wouldn't watch that...
I'm disappointed by the lack of traction this is getting. What is WRONG with you people?! - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Victor Ganata
TIL from the NBA: the demonym for people who live in Charlotte, NC is Charlottean.
How is it pronounced? - DB, Lil LB's Dad
In my head, it is pronounced "Char-low-tee-en". But that's probably wrong. - Laura
TIL that there's a specific word/name for the place-specfic labels used to reference the denizens of said place. [Edit: *said (not sad)... DOH!] - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
How about pseudemonyms--words used only to describe *some* people in a city. For example, we use the term "Livermorons" for people who drive 50 on 35mph city streets... - Walt Crawford
Heh, demoepithets? - Victor Ganata
I like "demoepithets." Better than my misbegotten attempt at neologism. - Walt Crawford
I thought only people outside Livermore used Livermorons, lol :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I'd never heard it outside of Livermore. Nor, for that matter, any other demonym for the proud, the few, the 85,000 in our little country town. (Ah, California: my home town of 220,000 is still called a little country town in some local media...and, by standards of China, 220,000 is a little town, I guess.) - Walt Crawford
TIL from following Victor; there is a word for what you call people who live in a particular place. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
I'm still confused about the fact that the people of Norway are referred to as Norwegians, and the people of Glasgow are referred to as Glaswegians. Somebody got some 'splainin' to do. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
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We're One Step Closer to Nuclear Fusion Energy - Wired Science -
We're One Step Closer to Nuclear Fusion Energy - Wired Science
"Scientists with the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced today that they have achieved a critical step in fusion research: For the first time, their hydrogen fuel has given off more energy than it took in." - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla) from Bookmarklet
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Determine Your Maximum Heart Rate More Accurately With This Formula -
Determine Your Maximum Heart Rate More Accurately With This Formula
"...a better formulation for both sexes would be 211 minus 64 percent of age. " - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla) from Bookmarklet
This seems WAY more like what I'm experiencing than the old formula of 211 minus my age. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
My heart rate will be 0 by the age of 320? - Amit Patel
Of course, they only studied a population in Norway, so who knows how generalizable this really is. From what I can tell, the original 220 - age formula only really exists to make sure the techs don't totally kill you when they run a stress test. There's no real mechanism behind it. The real way to determine your HRmax is to keep ramping up the treadmill slope until you start having ST depressions on your EKG (meaning you're starting to experience coronary ischemia.) - Victor Ganata
Can you put that in terms an ordinary mortal might understand, Victor? ;) - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
I think they stop you right before they kill you? :) - (Curtis/Alan) Jackson
From what I can tell, the main reason cardiologists originally tried to calculate maximal heart rate was so that they could have an estimate for what would be considered "normal" when they run a stress test. The way it works is they ramp up the treadmill until you're at the target heart rate for a set period of time or you start having chest pain or start having an abnormal EKG. If you... more... - Victor Ganata
CAJ - That reminds me of, when I was a kid, I asked my dad how they determine a bridge's weight limit. Being an engineer, he jokingly told me that they drive heavier & heavier trucks over it until the bridge breaks. Then, they build it the same way again. :P - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Curtiss, now THAT'S a stress test. :) - (Curtis/Alan) Jackson
Victor Ganata
I think one of the main reasons why the Roman Empire lasted for centuries was because (most of the time) emperors had the good sense to not bequeath power to their immediate biological family members.
Seriously, any time power actually passed on to the emperor's biological offspring instead of an adopted successor, they ended up with batshit insane sadistic guys like Nero and Caligula and Commodus. - Victor Ganata
The Battle Royal style of Ottoman succession was pretty durable, and the Egyptian Empire had some pretty long lasting dynasties. I'm not sure why I'm speaking up for the bloodline based approach. I'm far from a monarchist :) - Eivind
Even Egyptian dynasties generally only lasted for about a century on average and transfers of power to successors who were not significantly genetically related usually involved civil wars. Not that Roman succession was a peaceful thing, but it really seemed like keeping in-bred crazy people away from ultimate power worked a little bit better. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
They were off to a poor start, though, with two wingnuts within the half century the Julio-Claudian "dynasty" lasted :) (though, I guess, the current trend is to view much of what we "knew" about Caligula's madness as gossip) - Eivind
Yeah, Caligula might not have been completely insane, but I think he's still regarded as a sadist. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
And they did a pretty decent job of actually integrating the people they conquered rather than simply subjugating them. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
It lasted for centuries because it was proceeded by 500 years of a republic. - Todd Hoff
Yeah, I've always thought the fact that the emperor couldn't technically be a king significantly influenced the division, delegation, and devolution of power in the Empire, and established the sanctity of institutions over individual personalities. While the emperor was a de facto absolute monarch and literally a dictator, a lot of the hierarchies established in the Republic were preserved, at least in name. - Victor Ganata
So we're down to bureaucracy, then, which was probably one of the most important reasons for the longevity of the Ottoman and Egyptian Empires, as well, in my estimation :) - Eivind
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What the Heck is Happening to Windows? | Windows 8 content from Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows -
What the Heck is Happening to Windows? | Windows 8 content from Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows
"[...]while Sinofsky had the maniacal power and force of will of a Steve Jobs, he lacked Jobs' best gift: An innate understanding of good design. Windows 8 is not well-designed. It's a mess. But Windows 8 is a bigger problem than that. Windows 8 is a disaster in every sense of the word." - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla) from Bookmarklet
"Everyone likes to compare Apple or the Mac to BMW and, you know what? Fair enough, and if that's true then Windows is obviously GM, the overly-big messy GM of a decade ago. But Microsoft can't afford for Windows to be like GM anymore—just like GM couldn't, for whatever that's worth. Maybe Windows needs to be more like GMC, the part of GM that only makes trucks (and truck-based SUVs).... more... - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
"You can't please everybody, Microsoft. So stop trying. It's time to double down on the people who actually use your products, not some mythical group of consumers who will never stop using their simpler Android and iOS devices just because you wish they would." - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
I don't have a Mac, but I do have iOS devices and IMO since iOS 6 or so the system has been showing cracks in its till-then enviable track record of consistent UI. (most notably in the music player controls vs the lock screen music player controls, which is worrying for two reasons. First, how could something that basic slip? And secondly, why in the world do the lock screen controls use different assets from the main music player anyways?) - Andrew C (✔)
I know I harp on that one issue a lot, and Apple did eventually fix it, but for me it really was like seeing my computer dad be too tired to lift me, or something. It shook my confidence in the company's ability to execute seamless UI. - Andrew C (✔)
There are many, many small issues with iOS and MacOS. But, it's fair to say that both are, in the main, reasonably well designed to meet requirements of the devices they're meant to be used on. I don't use Windows, but it sounds like Thurott's main complaint is that the shaky principal of two completely distinct OSes under one umbrella was a bad idea to start and is only getting worse. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Yep. Windows 8 sucks. It's even worse than Vista. - Jim is digging out.
I think it's better than Vista, at least. I think the main problem is the weird hybrid UI. Like, underneath, the actual OS feels even more stable than Windows 7. If they could decide on a single UI, it might not be that bad. - Victor Ganata
I do think OS X and iOS are starting to get ponderous, though. I remember when iTunes was the best music player in existence, hands down. Now it's an onerous piece of crap with all sorts of inconsistencies and menu options that don't even work. - Victor Ganata
I agree with you Victor that there is a hybrid UI. That's the problem. Vista didn't have that problem. There are a couple of other things that Vista did well but which were eventually broken in Windows 7 -- I'm thinking of indexing and searching the file system specifically. These are a little better in 8.1 but not where they used to be. So for my use case, 8.1 is definitely worse than Vista. And my use case is exactly the use case Thurrott cites in his article... I just want to get things done. - Jim is digging out.
I've never used OS X but you'll get no quarrel from me about iOS. It's to the point where I've decided to switch to Android as soon as possible. - Jim is digging out.
Just don't expect a harmonious UI experience on Android either, especially on a tablet. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
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Cuz everybody was screaming for a Carl-centric episode. Not. #WTFWalkingDead
Raise your hand if you were hoping he got et. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
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