• ‘Fukushima: Vast Amounts of Radioactive Water Creeping Towards Sea’

    Mari Yamaguchi: Now, 2 1/2 years later, experts fear it is about to reach the Pacific and greatly worsen what is fast becoming a new crisis at Fukushima: the inability to contain vast quantities of radioactive water. Let’s see: leaking tanks of radioactive water, contaminated ground water, and radioactive water spilling out of underground reservoirs […]

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  • Paul Thurrott’s Take

    Mr. Supersite on the announcement of Ballmer’s retirement: On a personal note, I’ll just add that Ballmer was one of the good guys. Though he was relentlessly mocked for his over-the-top public appearances in years past, Ballmer was also relentlessly pro-Microsoft and it’s very clear that the troubles of the past decade were at least […]

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  • ‘Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to Retire Within 12 Months’

    Microsoft press release: Microsoft Corp. today announced that Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer has decided to retire as CEO within the next 12 months, upon the completion of a process to choose his successor. In the meantime, Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a […]

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  • ‘In Praise of Laziness’

    The Economist: Creative people’s most important resource is their time—particularly big chunks of uninterrupted time—and their biggest enemies are those who try to nibble away at it with e-mails or meetings. Indeed, creative people may be at their most productive when, to the manager’s untutored eye, they appear to be doing nothing. This is a […]

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  • Amazon Item of the Week: Ghost in the Wires

    I just finished Kevin Mitnick’s hacking-auto-biography and it was an excellent read. It’s actually the first full book I have finished in years and I found it hard to put down each night.

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  • ‘German Government Warns Key Entities Not to Use Windows 8’

    Wolf Richter reporting on a Die Zeit article: Now there is a new set of specifications out, creatively dubbed TPM 2.0. While TPM allowed users to opt in and out, TPM 2.0 is activated by default when the computer boots up. The user cannot turn it off. Microsoft decides what software can run on the […]

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  • ‘Scripts for WordPress and BBEdit’

    This is a great script from Dr. Drang, which allows you to publish directly to your WordPress blog. Couple it with Keyboard Maestro and you have quite the robust tool for publishing to your blog. I used this for a long time, but have a new tool I have been using to accomplish the same […]

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  • One Year of App.net

    Last week App.net celebrated its one year anniversary. App.net, of course, started as a response to Twitter’s stupidity and hostility towards developers. Since App.net launched it has become so much more than just a Twitter clone — App.net is a platform. But the real problem with App.net is that it’s too difficult to explain to […]

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  • ‘Zuckerberg Generously Allows World’s Poor to Fuel Facebook Profits’

    Ryan Tate on the Internet.org project: The problem is that this isn’t enough for the company. It {Facebook} has to be solving “one of the greatest challenges of our generation,” with nary a mention of the big financial upside — and there is one, believe me, for Facebook. This is part of a broader pattern […]

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  • Transporter Hosting and Colocation

    Macminicolo.net brings you: With our new low-cost service, we’ll host your Transporter in a high end data center so your data is safe and quickly retrieved from anywhere. It’s a perfect mix of convenient data in the cloud and hosting securely on your own hardware. I’m sending in my Transporter, and I am pumped. I […]

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  • ‘The NSA, Germany, and Journalism’

    Jeff Jarvis writing about how American and UK media seem to largely be ignoring the NSA debate, while Germans are up in arms over it: In the NSA story, we are seeing both traits but, of course, we are mostly seeing the political side in open anger about American and British government attacks on their […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Shawn Blanc

    “I bet you a cup of coffee there is something you can decide to be poor at so you can be better at something else.” — Shawn Blanc

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  • Mailpile

    Not sure if it will be great, but it’s funded already. I backed it, and I am hopeful that it turns out to be great.

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  • The Washington Post is Not Doing Anyone Any Favors

    Benjamin Wittes writing about the Washington Post coverage of the NSA leaks: The Post, for its part, has managed, in my opinion at least, to completely mislead its readers as to the significance of these documents. The problem is not the paper’s facts. It is with the edifice it has built with those facts. On […]

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  • Mugshots from the 1920s

    A really fantastic collection of mugshots taken in the 1920s. The first picture really is the best in my opinion.

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  • ‘Artificial Intelligence and What Computers Still Don’t Understand’

    Gary Marcus writing about the failure of artificial intelligence: In Levesque’s view, the field of artificial intelligence has fallen into a trap of “serial silver bulletism,” always looking to the next big thing, whether it’s expert systems or Big Data, but never painstakingly analyzing all of the subtle and deep knowledge that ordinary human beings […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Cindy Cohn and Mark M. Jaycox

    “It’s time for those in government who want to rebuild the trust of the American people and others all over the world to come clean and take some actual steps to rein in the NSA.” — Cindy Cohn and Mark M. Jaycox

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  • The Hyper-bolic-loop

    The start of Dr. Drang’s analysis: I’m no billionaire industrialist, and I don’t pretend to know anything about the Kantrowitz limit, but I do know about some of the topics touched on in the Hyperloop proposal, and since I’m paying for this blog, I might as well use it. And the end: I’m not saying […]

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  • ‘Cameron Proves Greenwald Right’

    Andrew Sullivan writing about the detainment of Glenn Greenwald’s spouse (as a terrorist) as he passed through London: In this respect, I can say this to David Cameron. Thank you for clearing the air on these matters of surveillance. You have now demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt that these anti-terror provisions are capable of rank […]

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  • Elementary OS

    Cassidy James, writing about the motivation behind Elementary OS: In April of 2011, a small group of high school and college kids released an Ubuntu 10.10 remaster that we called elementary OS “Jupiter”. And for us, it was huge. It was a demonstration of a desire to create a Linux-based OS that championed consistency and […]

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