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Smartphones: Transforming society into a sea of stupid | ZDNet - http://www.zdnet.com/smartph...
Smartphones: Transforming society into a sea of stupid | ZDNet
"In a previous column, I discussed the impact of smartphone technology on human society and why extended usage of these devices may be stealing our most valued moments of life away from us. I've given this a bit more thought. The issue isn't so much smartphones per se, but our increasing reliance on mobile technology combined with an irresistible cocktail of social networking. A cocktail in which there are incentives for constant participation or sharing of information, as well as incessant information "snacking."" - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Why iOS 7 is making some users sick | Technology | theguardian.com - http://www.theguardian.com/technol...
Why iOS 7 is making some users sick | Technology | theguardian.com
"The introduction of fake zooms, parallax, sliding and other changes in Apple's new iPhone and iPad software has a very real effect on people with vestibular disorders" - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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BBC News - Stanislav Petrov: The man who may have saved the world - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
BBC News - Stanislav Petrov: The man who may have saved the world
"Thirty years ago, on 26 September 1983, the world was saved from potential nuclear disaster." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Google Street View in the Large Hadron Collider is a smash | Crave - CNET - http://news.cnet.com/8301-17...
Google Street View in the Large Hadron Collider is a smash | Crave - CNET
Google Street View in the Large Hadron Collider is a smash | Crave - CNET
"Explore the tunnels and control rooms of the world's biggest particle collider from the comfort of your own home using Google Street View." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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“Disney never knows how to handle Asians.” Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD | Partial Objects - http://partialobjects.com/2013...
“Disney never knows how to handle Asians.” Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD | Partial Objects
"On the right, we have the Asian girl.  Disney never knows how to handle Asians. As a demo they are very educated and have a lot of money and love going to Disneyworld, so Disney would naturally like to empty their pockets like everyone else’s. But the culture is different enough from the fairy tales Disney endlessly recycles that they don’t know how to sell into them when they grow up.  So Disney here is running with the default Asian badass minx that white guys are comfortable with (See Tarantino, Die Hard 4, etc.).  She’s all in black, buttoned up, belt cinched tight, with really long sleeves with thumb holes cut out of them.  No doubt a disciplined martial artist.  I guess they figured black gloves would have been too cliche.  She looks exactly like white America sees Asians: disciplined, cold, motivated, aloof, and colorless, and hot.  Does she play the piano?  Your goddamn right she does.  And the violin, too." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
I don't know about all that, maybe, but I do like the actress. She was on ER for several years. - Eric - Poppa Large
I wonder if this guy knows one of the writers is Asian? And wasn't hired just so they could say they had a diverse writer's room. I haven't watched AoS yet but based on this review, it seems like the reviewer may not have, either, because what s/he's saying seems directed at the promo stills and general outline. - Spidra Webster
The 'badass minx' description doesn't really seem to fit with how that character was presented in the first episode. Its hinted that she's both fairly competent, and well-known for it. Time will tell whether they drag in some of the cliches of that trope, or some of the others. - Jennifer Dittrich
Yeah, I think it's strictly a deconstruction of the imagery. Honestly, I don't think it necessarily makes a difference that one of the writers is an Asian woman as far as the first impressions of the imagery is concerned. She still has to work with the cultural tropes as they exist. One can only hope that she can subvert them, but it's not going to happen automatically just because she's there. - Victor Ganata
Ming-Na Wen was Mulan as well, FWIW. - Alix May
No, it won't happen automatically. But given that she's publicly critiqued H'wood's treatment of Asians, I think maybe one should actually watch an episode before going off. (She's also co-creator and co-executive producer of the show.) - Spidra Webster
Sure, I think it would be off-base as critique of the actual show. But I still think it's possible to deconstruct the imagery on its own. - Victor Ganata
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BBC News - Apple Maps flaw results in drivers crossing airport runway - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
BBC News - Apple Maps flaw results in drivers crossing airport runway
BBC News - Apple Maps flaw results in drivers crossing airport runway
"Fairbanks International Airport told a local newspaper that in the past three weeks two motorists had driven along the taxiway and across one of its runways. Apple's app directs users along the taxiway but does not specifically tell them to drive on to the runway." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
OK, so two things here: First - BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA stupid Apple software strikes again and stupid people blindly following these horrible directions. Second - this is what happens when you rely too much on technology and not enough on common sense or perhaps a good ol' map review before going anywhere. There is something to be said about journey-planning, even on-the-fly. When all else fails, go analog. People do still know how to read a paper map, yes? - Hookuh Tinypants
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BBC News - Connecticut court to decide whether horses are 'vicious' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
BBC News - Connecticut court to decide whether horses are 'vicious'
"A lower court said Scuppy belonged "to a species naturally inclined to do mischief and be vicious". The state supreme court will now hear an appeal." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
Horses? Vicious? Well sure, after centuries of being manhandled by humans, I can see how that would be the case. Who wouldn't be vicious when people are constantly climbing on your back and slapping you with reins to make you run faster? Here, put this bit in your mouth. TOTALLY comfy. Wear this saddle too, I'm sure it won't ever chafe. Good god, if an animal is ever vicious, it's because man made them that way. - Hookuh Tinypants
Louis Gray
New FriendFeed Logo.
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Hahaha! - Stephen Mack
OMGee - Eric - Poppa Large from iPhone
That will turn it around! - Morton Fox
It would be awesome if the logo could actually be changed for just a little while. But, could Yahoo! sue based on the use of the exclamation mark? - Joe
I don't think I can handle two logo changes in one week. - rönin
yahoo 的新 logo 迅速成为吐槽对象。 - ashbee
yaaaaaahoooooooooooooeeeeey! - AJ Batac
So whimsical! :D - AJ Batac
FriendHoo / YaFeed - Stephen Mack from iPhone
ADD ME FRIENDS - Wahyu Cah Brosela
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Google must stand trial for Wi-Fi data grab, appeals court rules | Ars Technica - http://arstechnica.com/tech-po...
Google must stand trial for Wi-Fi data grab, appeals court rules | Ars Technica
"In 2010, Google admitted its Street View cars were collecting too much data. Instead of just getting the bare minimum data needed to map out the locations of Wi-Fi networks, the cars had—by accident, Google insisted—collected "packet" data that contained private user information. The disclosure led to government probes in both the US and Europe. Those investigations have wound down, at least in the US, but the civil lawsuits over the issue have not gone away. The Google Wi-Fi incident happened in 2010, a point in history when Internet privacy lawsuits started getting filed at the drop of a hat. Google admitted that it had, at a minimum, made an honest mistake—and so the class-action lawyers pounced, saying that the search giant had violated federal anti-wiretapping laws." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
I'm not defending them, but all of the mainstream articles about this lately have not mentioned that the extraneous data was collected by accident, was piecemeal and useless, and they discarded it as soon as they found out about it. Also, jeebus people, lock down your wifi. - Laura Norvig
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Windows 8.1 review: New version, same mess - http://www.infoworld.com/print...
Windows 8.1 review: New version, same mess
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"Windows 8.1 follows Windows 8 in typical Microsoft "version 2.0" fashion, changing a bit of eye candy and dangling several worthwhile improvements -- but hardly solving the underlying problem [1]. Touch-loving tablet users are still saddled with a touch-hostile Windows desktop, while point-and-clickers who live and breathe the Windows desktop still can't make Metro go away." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Johns Hopkins University Falls Victim to the NSA Chilling Effect - Philip Bump - The Atlantic Wire - http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politic...
Johns Hopkins University Falls Victim to the NSA Chilling Effect - Philip Bump - The Atlantic Wire
"What does a DIY t-shirt with a dumb joke on it have in common with a thoughtful article written by a noted researcher at Johns Hopkins University? Both were pulled offline out of fear that they crossed the government's hazy lines demarcating acceptable behavior." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Long CVS receipts spark social media sensation - Business - The Boston Globe - http://www.bostonglobe.com/busines...
Long CVS receipts spark social media sensation - Business - The Boston Globe
Long CVS receipts spark social media sensation - Business - The Boston Globe
"In one photo, a man holds up a CVS receipt so long it towers above his head. Another features a woman who jokingly uses the paper strip to keep track of her figure. She’s down to her target waistline: half a receipt. The drug store chain’s remarkably long receipts — some, jammed with coupons, are said to reach 6 feet — have become a social media sensation, sparking more than 8,000 Twitter posts that range from gentle ribbings to scathing reproaches. They include photos that employ children, dogs, and even pianos as units of measurement of the scroll-like slips." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Fish & Chicken Variety Platter at Fictional Pirate in Lansdale. Hurrah for finding restaurants by chance! http://t.co/FVnNFcZut8
Fish & Chicken Variety Platter at Fictional Pirate in Lansdale. Hurrah for finding restaurants by chance! http://t.co/FVnNFcZut8
You really carry around Taco Bell hot sauce packets with you? - Akiva
That restaurant location also sells Taco Bell, so they have hot sauce packets. - Morton Fox
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Why are so many young Americans living at home? Record number of Americans living at home while student debt reaches another record. - http://www.mybudget360.com/record-...
Why are so many young Americans living at home? Record number of Americans living at home while student debt reaches another record.
Why are so many young Americans living at home? Record number of Americans living at home while student debt reaches another record.
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"While the unemployment rate continues to fall in large part because people are dropping out of the workforce, we reach another record which highlights a difficult economy for young people. A record number of young Americans now live at home. It would be one thing if this was being driven by a desire to stay at home but this is not the case. Economically younger Americans are simply having a tougher time starting their own households. Combine this with the record amount of student debt largely shouldered by young Americans and it is easy to understand why this trend is occurring. This living at home trend also helps to explain one of the reasons why homeownership has fallen overall. This is not a positive trend no matter how people try to spin it." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Triple shocks threaten Europe's sickly and deformed recovery - Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance...
Triple shocks threaten Europe's sickly and deformed recovery - Telegraph
"Europe has not recovered. It has begun to stabilise, but only just, amid mass unemployment, with debt trajectories still spiralling out of control in Italy, Portugal, Spain and once again in Greece." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Family ditches computers, lives like it's 1986 - http://www.cbc.ca/news...
Family ditches computers, lives like it's 1986
"Blair McMillan and Morgan Patey are playing an elaborate game of make-believe, living like it's 1986 for almost a year so their young sons will know what it's like to live a 'normal' life, without technology" - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
His haircut is definitely 1986. - Akiva
1st thought: "What does a computer have to do with their fashion choices?" Oh. I get it now. - Anika
...only in Canada !! - Peter Dawson
Hey! Mullets keep our necks warm! - Ken Morley
I liked this, but I think it's a stupid project. 1986 was normal back in 1986. This is the new normal, and if you think it's about your kids not getting enough physical play, I think you can do that without a draconian no-2013-era-technology edict. - Andrew C (✔)
I kind of agree Andrew. What are they going to do when the year is over? - Shevonne
Are they going to call distant friends and family less, to simulate the high cost of long distance calling back in the day? The modern world, IMO, is a tradeoff. We might be less connected to people who are physically here with us, but the value of being more connected with distant friends is a big positive too. Let's not act like we /only/ lost something; we also gained something. - Andrew C (✔)
It's all about balance. I teach Sophie that paying her Wii is fine but playing with ladybugs outside is also fun. - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
There were personal computers in 1986 though. - Morton Fox
Oh, I've done this. In 1986. Except for the Apple ][+. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
They should go further back, to before "inside" was even invented. That would teach the small boys a lesson! - Eivind
I had a Commodore VIC 20 in 1986. - Melly - #TeamMarina
Also, how easy it is to get a 2 and 5 year old to give up technology. If the kids were older, then I'd be more impressed. However, it is kind of cool that they did this. - Shevonne
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22 Words | Middle-class Problems — People on Twitter overreacting about small annoyances [15 pictures] - http://twentytwowords.com/2013...
22 Words | Middle-class Problems — People on Twitter overreacting about small annoyances [15 pictures]
22 Words | Middle-class Problems — People on Twitter overreacting about small annoyances [15 pictures]
"Playing off the First-world Problem meme, Twitter account Middle Class Problem retweets people who are perhaps a bit too disappointed with the little troubles in their lives." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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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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