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Intern’s death puts banking culture under microscope | Hot Topics | an SFGate.com blog - http://blog.sfgate.com/hottopi...
Intern’s death puts banking culture under microscope | Hot Topics | an SFGate.com blog
"They say Moritz Erhardt was caught up in what the banking industry calls a “magic roundabout,” in which a taxi drives you home after a 24-hour shift, waits outside while you shower and change, then drives you right back for another daylong stint at the office. After three days of endless work and six weeks of sometimes 100-hour-or-more work weeks, the 21-year-old German exchange student working a summer gig at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London collapsed and died in his shower. The tragedy flicked the spotlight on the banking industry, with its punishing hours and demanding internships." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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"Second visit to this location. Why did I subject myself to this? Well, somehow I thought it wouldn't be so bad this time. Service and food were still good but the restaurant itself had not improved.…" - Morton Fox
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Walkie Talkie melted my Jag! London's Fenchurch Street skyscraper melts businessman's car | Mail Online - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news...
Walkie Talkie melted my Jag! London's Fenchurch Street skyscraper melts businessman's car | Mail Online
Walkie Talkie melted my Jag! London's Fenchurch Street skyscraper melts businessman's car | Mail Online
"A £200million skyscraper has had an undeniably dazzling effect on passers-by – but not, unfortunately, the one intended by its architect. 20 Fenchurch Street, better known as the Walkie Talkie due to its distinctive shape, is reflecting blinding rays of light onto the street below, damaging the panels and wing mirror of a Jaguar XJ. The car belongs to Martin Lindsay, the director of a tiling company, who parked his Jaguar in central London's Eastcheap on Thursday afternoon." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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How To Avoid Getting Your DNS Hacked Like The New York Times – ReadWrite - http://readwrite.com/2013...
How To Avoid Getting Your DNS Hacked Like The New York Times – ReadWrite
"Fortunately, if you run a small-to-medium-sized website, chances are hackers don’t consider you much of a target. According to Matthew Prince, CEO of CloudFlare and one of the key players in yesterday’s hack cleanup, you’re probably okay for now.  “I wouldn’t run out and drop everything to secure my DNS,” he said. “But it would not surprise me if DNS becomes an additional vulnerability that criminals start to go after more often. I would definitely put it on my to-do list before the end of 2013.”" - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
It was a vendor who didn't train their staff how to deal with emails fault. This FUD that is going around will not end well. - Me
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Microsoft VP: We're Fine, Just Ask Charles Dickens - http://mashable.com/2013...
Microsoft VP: We're Fine, Just Ask Charles Dickens
"Frank Shaw has a message for Microsoft's critics: You're focusing on the wrong things. Shaw, Microsoft's head of corporate communications, wrote an epic and unorthodox blog post late Tuesday in response to all the "writers and pundits" who suggest the company is on the decline. In the post, he references the classic movie Rashomon as well as research on confirmation bias and quotes from Charles Dickens' book A Tale of Two Cities ("It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.") For those who don't want to wade through his post, Shaw's argument in a nutshell seems to be that the people writing off Microsoft are viewing the company through the wrong lens and incorrectly suggesting it is entering the worst of times as a result." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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End of Moore's Law: It's not just about physics | Business Tech - CNET News - http://news.cnet.com/8301-10...
End of Moore's Law: It's not just about physics | Business Tech - CNET News
"The end of Moore's Law may ultimately be as much about economics as physics, says a DARPA director. "My thesis here is that it's time to start planning for the end of Moore's Law, and that it's worth pondering how it will end, not just when," Robert Colwell, director of the Microsystems Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, told CNET." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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T-Mobile sues AT&T's Aio Wireless for using its trademarked 'magenta' hue | The Verge - http://www.theverge.com/2013...
T-Mobile sues AT&T's Aio Wireless for using its trademarked 'magenta' hue | The Verge
"T-Mobile has used the color magenta to represent its brand for over a decade, and it's been far from shy about defending the hue from others. Now the carrier has filed its latest color-protecting complaint against AT&T, alleging in a suit on Friday that its competitor's new subsidiary, Aio Wireless, is using its own trademarked color to confuse consumers. "Out of all of the colors in the universe," T-Mobile's complaint reads, "[Aio] chose magenta."" - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Now all Windows developers have been thrown under the bus | ZDNet - http://www.zdnet.com/now-all...
Now all Windows developers have been thrown under the bus | ZDNet
"Summary: Microsoft's latest boneheaded move is to prevent developers having early access to Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 RT..." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Scottish scientists to study deep-fried Mars bar’s effect on blood flow | Globalnews.ca - http://globalnews.ca/news...
Scottish scientists to study deep-fried Mars bar’s effect on blood flow | Globalnews.ca
"The iconic deep-fried Mars bar isn’t exactly the healthiest of snacks. But now, scientists at the University of Glasgow are set to study the indulgence’s effects on the arteries and to see how it stacks up next to oatmeal, another Scottish staple." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Only 2 percent of Americans can't get internet access, but 20 percent choose not to | The Verge - http://www.theverge.com/2013...
Only 2 percent of Americans can't get internet access, but 20 percent choose not to | The Verge
"While programs like the Connect America Fund have made access to broadband nearly universal in the US, less than three-quarters of Americans actually use it in their homes. A new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that 30 percent of respondents didn't have a broadband connection at home, and 20 percent had no home internet access at all. This wasn't because it was impossible to get; the White House recently reported that 98 percent of Americans had access to at least basic broadband. Instead, people are declining to sign up because of cost, problems getting online, or a simple lack of interest." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Google's Schmidt calls out Oracle chief over Android | Internet & Media - CNET News - http://news.cnet.com/8301-10...
Google's Schmidt calls out Oracle chief over Android | Internet & Media - CNET News
"Google's executive chairman says Larry Ellison's claims that Android illegally uses Oracle code are "simply untrue" and calls for patent reform." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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The epic crisis in retirement savings: Vast majority of Americans unprepared for retirement. Median retirement savings for those 25 to 34? Zero dollars. - http://www.mybudget360.com/epic-cr...
The epic crisis in retirement savings: Vast majority of Americans unprepared for retirement. Median retirement savings for those 25 to 34? Zero dollars.
The epic crisis in retirement savings: Vast majority of Americans unprepared for retirement. Median retirement savings for those 25 to 34? Zero dollars.
"If actions are a method of gauging interests Americans have little desire or ability to prepare for retirement.  In fact, the amount of money saved for retirement is absolutely shocking on the low side.  When you mention that the American per capita wage is $26,000 people seem shocked.  This figure doesn’t coincide with the spend happy media’s perception of the American family.  Even after the lows of the recession, much of the employment recovery has come via low wage jobs and cutting back pay.  Saving money can only be accomplished if people have enough left over each month after necessities are taken care of.  Many financial blogs seem to speak to a small portion of society and fully ignore the overarching data.  For example, the median retirement savings amount for those 25 to 34 is $0.  That is right, the majority of young Americans don’t even have a penny saved to their name.  Do not think that as you move up the scale that things get all that better.  We have an epic crisis when it comes to saving for retirement." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Javascript Frameworks Are Amazing and Nobody Is Happy - http://wekeroad.com/2013...
Javascript Frameworks Are Amazing and Nobody Is Happy
"When I read things like "Callbacks as our Generations Go To Statement" I’m like maybe we need that. Maybe we need some time where we’re walking around with a donkey with old rusty GO TO statements clinking on the sides." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Wait, what? Yahoo tops Google in US traffic | Internet & Media - CNET News - http://news.cnet.com/8301-10...
Wait, what? Yahoo tops Google in US traffic | Internet & Media - CNET News
"For the first time in five years, Google is no longer No. 1 in US Internet traffic, and its top spot was taken by a surprising competitor -- the once lackluster Yahoo." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
Google's been eliminating services left and right while Yahoo just performed a major upgrade to Flickr, so it makes at least a little sense. Plus the tabbed inbox (with fewer new message notifications) is probably causing people to visit Gmail less often. I know the latter is true for me. - John (bird whisperer)
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BlackBerry's App Store Flooded With 47,000 Terrible Apps By One Developer – ReadWrite - http://readwrite.com/2013...
BlackBerry's App Store Flooded With 47,000 Terrible Apps By One Developer – ReadWrite
"BlackBerry World, the app store that serves the BlackBerry 10 operating system and the legacy BlackBerry OS, has 120,000 apps in it. That is a respectable number, if we are just talking volume. The problem is that 47,000 of those apps have been created by one "developer" that appears to be taking advantage of BlackBerry's open publishing rules and flooding BlackBerry World with a tidal wave of crap that does no favors to BlackBerry or its diminishing base of consumers." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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The Harsh Reality For Mobile Developers Trying To Hit The Top Of App Store Charts – ReadWrite - http://readwrite.com/2013...
The Harsh Reality For Mobile Developers Trying To Hit The Top Of App Store Charts – ReadWrite
The Harsh Reality For Mobile Developers Trying To Hit The Top Of App Store Charts – ReadWrite
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"You just spent months building an app with the hopes that it would be a boon for your business or usher your way into the lucrative world of top end app publishers. You have Candy Crush dreams and Evernote aspirations.  After you publish your app, nobody downloads it. Those that do download it aren’t coming back into it more than once or twice.  “This sucks,” you tell yourself over your morning (and afternoon) Ramen noodles." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Sorry, Robert Scoble, The Least Of Microsoft's Problems Is Its "Cool Factor" – ReadWrite - http://readwrite.com/2013...
Sorry, Robert Scoble, The Least Of Microsoft's Problems Is Its "Cool Factor" – ReadWrite
"Microsoft has many problems. I'm not sure "cool" is one of them. Robert Scoble, who makes a living showering with Google Glass and blogging about startups (for a company that is neither Google nor a startup), disagrees. For him, Microsoft has lost its mojo. Its "cool factor."" - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Microsoft botches six Windows patches in latest Automatic Update | Microsoft windows - InfoWorld - http://www.infoworld.com/t...
Microsoft botches six Windows patches in latest Automatic Update | Microsoft windows - InfoWorld
"In an amazing tour de force, Microsoft's Automatic Update chute released at least six bad patches on Tuesday. Here's what's amazing: It's just 48 hours or so since the bomb bay doors opened, and Microsoft has acknowledged problems with all of these patches. That's a first, I think -- and the biggest positive development in the Automatic Update minefield I've seen in a long time." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
oops - Kevin Johnson
>.< - Jenny H. from Android
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Google Street View driver detained by Thai villagers on suspicion of spying | The Verge - http://www.theverge.com/2013...
Google Street View driver detained by Thai villagers on suspicion of spying | The Verge
"A group of 20 villagers from Sa-eab, in Northern Thailand, blocked one of the cars, interrogated the driver, and then demanded he swear on a statue of Buddha that he wasn't up to no good, according to the Associated Press. Why the hostile response? The villagers weren't opposed to Google's mission, but they were concerned that the driver may have been scouting for a planned dam project that locals have vehemently protested. A representative for the villagers told the wire agency in a written apology that they were "extremely worried and there had been so many repeated cases that convinced the villagers to believe someone was trying to survey the area in disguise."" - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Kids can't use computers... and this is why it should worry you - Coding 2 Learn - http://www.coding2learn.org/blog...
Kids can't use computers... and this is why it should worry you - Coding 2 Learn
"The truth is, kids can’t use general purpose computers, and neither can most of the adults I know. There’s a narrow range of individuals whom, at school, I consider technically savvy. These are roughly the thirty to fifty year-olds that have owned a computer for much of their adult lives. There are of course exceptions amongst the staff and students. There are always one or two kids in every cohort that have already picked up programming or web development or can strip a computer down to the bare bones, replace a motherboard, and reinstall an operating system. There are usually a couple of tech-savvy teachers outside the age range I’ve stated, often from the Maths and Science departments who are only ever defeated by their school laptops because they don’t have administrator privileges, but these individuals are rare." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Apple patents tech to let cops switch off iPhone video, camera and wi-fi - So they can pummel with impunity | TechEye - http://news.techeye.net/securit...
Apple patents tech to let cops switch off iPhone video, camera and wi-fi - So they can pummel with impunity | TechEye
"Apple has patented a piece of technology which would allow government and police to block transmission of information, including video and photographs, whenever they like. All the coppers have to do is decide that a public gathering or venue is deemed "sensitive", and needs to be "protected from externalities" and Apple will switch off all its gear. The police can then get on with the very difficult task of kettling protesters without having to worry about a few beating anyone to death." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
This again? I remember seeing this a few years ago. It was in sensitive areas etc to protect IP. - Johnny from iPhone
Also, this article and the one it links to doesn't link to the actual patent. Sloppy journalism. - Johnny from iPhone
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What Pangaea Would Look Like With Today's Political Boundaries [Infographic] | Popular Science - http://www.popsci.com/science...
What Pangaea Would Look Like With Today's Political Boundaries [Infographic] | Popular Science
"About 300 million years ago, the supercontinent of Pangaea started to break apart into the continents we live on today. An Italian designer who goes by the name Massimo put Pangaea back together, then added on modern political boundaries, creating the map you see here. Brazil and Nigeria were neighbors, once upon a time." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
This would make it a lot easier to visit Western Sahara. - John (bird whisperer)
And.. I'm just as far from everything as I am now. At least the beach would've been just as close? - Jennifer Dittrich
wouldnt things be all kinds of different? different earth spin, different time of rotation, different years, ...? - chaz2b
Yeah, there's some land that's now sunken (I'm thinking mainly of Sundaland) and some bodies of water that would've been dry land (and vice-versa). - Victor Ganata
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The blink tag is finally dead, killed off by Firefox 23 | PCWorld - http://www.pcworld.com/article...
The blink tag is finally dead, killed off by Firefox 23 | PCWorld
"When Mozilla released Firefox 23 on Tuesday, the updated browser put an unofficial end to one of the annoyances of the early Web—the “blink” tag. According to the release notes for the new browser, Firefox 23 completely drops support for the “blink” element, preventing browsers from rendering text that, well, blinks." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
Long live text-decoration:blink; - Stephen Mack
This will surely be disappointing for organizations that haven't updated their websites since the 1990s. - John (bird whisperer)
I wonder what went through people's minds when it was invented in the first place! - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Stephan, it involved alcohol. http://www.montulli.org/theorig... - Amit Patel
No surprise. Thanks for that link. :) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
But they'll never take away my tried and true ANSI.SYS command line blink! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Thx for link, Amit. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
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Is technology making us less human? | News | TechRadar - http://www.techradar.com/news...
Is technology making us less human? | News | TechRadar
"Over the past few years, scientists, pundits, and armchair psychologists have started questioning technology's effects on our humanity. Our fascination with social media (say, using Tumblr for six hours per day), our reliance on GPS to find an urban destination, or even a simple Google search as a replacement for remembering the capital of Nebraska, could be transforming us. Most technologists reckon we're changing for the better. Our gadgets and gizmos are helping us to connect more with each other, stay alert when we drive, and discover more information. But a few researchers suggest we are changing for the worse. No, they're not saying that 'the sky is falling' and we ought to panic, but they are worried about our digital transformation. And, they say, this potential dehumanisation might not happen for another 100 years or more." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
No. The end. - Mo Kargas
Which technology? Indoor plumbing? The gasoline engine? Flight? Household electricity? - Jim is digging out.
I think rutting about in mud would therefore make us more human? - Mo Kargas
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Failure to launch into household formation: Record 36 percent of young Americans (18 to 31) living at home with parents. Where is household formation coming from? - http://www.mybudget360.com/us-hous...
Failure to launch into household formation: Record 36 percent of young Americans (18 to 31) living at home with parents. Where is household formation coming from?
Failure to launch into household formation: Record 36 percent of young Americans (18 to 31) living at home with parents. Where is household formation coming from?
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"The notion that the housing market is surging because of young Americans buying up homes to form households is simply incorrect. The housing market is rising like an artificial phoenix built on Wall Street’s insatiable appetite to leverage easy money from the Fed and investors. If we look at data regarding young household formation we actually find that a record number and percentage of young Americans are living at home into their 30s. Many look at places like Italy with cultural norms that favor children living at home into older ages and think that somehow, Americans are very different. Well apparently this isn’t the case when we look at the numbers. The economy has been very tough on young Americans and the lack of household formation in this group simply reflects constrained finances for this group." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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How Technology Is Destroying Jobs | MIT Technology Review - http://www.technologyreview.com/feature...
How Technology Is Destroying Jobs | MIT Technology Review
How Technology Is Destroying Jobs | MIT Technology Review
How Technology Is Destroying Jobs | MIT Technology Review
"That robots, automation, and software can replace people might seem obvious to anyone who’s worked in automotive manufacturing or as a travel agent. But Brynjolfsson and McAfee’s claim is more troubling and controversial. They believe that rapid technological change has been destroying jobs faster than it is creating them, contributing to the stagnation of median income and the growth of inequality in the United States. And, they suspect, something similar is happening in other technologically advanced countries." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Chinese Store Displays Are the Best - http://kotaku.com/chinese...
Chinese Store Displays Are the Best
Chinese Store Displays Are the Best
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"Toothpaste tanks. Slipper birds. Flowers made from bras. Welcome to the world of Chinese retail, where in-store displays can get wonderfully creative." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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World's first 3D-printed rifle gets update, fires 14 shots | The Verge - http://www.theverge.com/2013...
World's first 3D-printed rifle gets update, fires 14 shots | The Verge
"A Canadian tinkerer who previously claimed to have created the world's first 3D-printed rifle, only to see the barrel crack upon its first videotaped test firing, has now created an updated version of the gun that was able to fire 14 rounds before suffering damage. The riflemaker, who goes by the name "Matthew," posted a new series of videos on YouTube this weekend showing off his latest creation in action at a firing range in British Columbia. For the final three test shots, Matthew can be seen abandoning his safety precaution of pulling the gun's trigger at a distance using a string, and shooting it instead by hand. "I was completely confident to hand fire and will be taking it out again with a friend with a new barrel this week," he told The Verge in an email. Matthew said he would post the blueprints for the gun online later this summer, for anyone to download and make on their own." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
It's an arms race. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
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The myth of America's missing software engineers - Fortune Management - http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2013...
The myth of America's missing software engineers - Fortune Management
"For the top 10 jobs where H-1B visas are requested, only three do not currently have enough qualified American jobseekers to satisfy demand, according to a new study." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Campaign to kill CAPTCHA kicks off - Strategy - Business - News - iTnews.com.au - http://www.itnews.com.au/News...
Campaign to kill CAPTCHA kicks off - Strategy - Business - News - iTnews.com.au
"The use of CAPTCHA to combat spam bots is also blocking people with disabilities and the feature should be removed from websites, argues a group of disability organisations." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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