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Tuesday
Oct172017

College Advice I Wish I’d Taken

[NyTimes] : "I taught my first class at Columbia University's M.F.A. program this month, and even though I've been teaching college writing since 1993, I initially felt a little intimidated by the school's regal campus. That, and regretful.<p>I enjoyed going to college at the University of Michigan, an hour from …"

Tuesday
Oct172017

A Fire Story, COMPLETE

[Link] : This is a Fire Story. Part 2 is below, but I also reposted Part 1 so they'd all be together in one place.<p>Which is not to say I won't do more, …
Monday
Oct162017

Breaking WPA2

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Sunday
Oct152017

The scandal of Pentagon spending: Who really gets rich?

[Link] : Your tax dollars support troops of defense contractor CEOs<p>This article was originally published by TomDispatch.com.<p>Here’s a question for you: How do you spell boondoggle?<p>The answer (in case you didn’t already know): P-e-n-t-a-g-o-n.<p>Hawks on Capitol Hill and in the U.S. military routinely justify …
Sunday
Oct152017

This $185 million mansion has hidden rooms and an underground lake—take a look inside

[Link] : Switzerland's St. Moritz ski resort serves as a winter playground for the ultra wealthy.<p>And within the resort sits the most expensive house for sale …
Sunday
Oct152017

The Case for Facebook

[Link] : <i>Let's not let 10 days of share price fluctuation blind us to Facebook's unprecedented accomplishments. Consider this a skeptic's guide to the bull case for the social network.</i><p>Reuters<p>Facebook just had modern history's worst IPO and it's down again today by some percentage that will be quoted …
Sunday
Oct152017

An Alternate Universe of Shopping, in Ohio

[NyTimes] : "COLUMBUS, Ohio — It was a scorching day outside, hot even for late summer in Ohio, and yet I was freezing. I had stepped inside the EB Ice Box, a meat-locker-like display at the Eddie Bauer store here that was cooled to 13 degrees Fahrenheit. The metal-sheathed room looked out onto the promenade of …"

Saturday
Oct142017

Oculus Connect Full Presentation 2017

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Saturday
Oct142017

Wolf Puppies Are Adorable. Then Comes the Call of the Wild.

[NyTimes] : "NICOLET, Quebec — I'm sitting in an outdoor pen with four puppies chewing my fingers, biting my hat and hair, peeing all over me in their excitement.<p>At eight weeks old, they are two feet from nose to tail and must weigh seven or eight pounds. They growl and snap over possession of a much-chewed …"

Friday
Oct132017

This is the most diabolical Android ransomware we've ever seen

[Link] : Consider this yet another PSA on why you should never ever download Adobe Flash Player, or anything resembling it if you're using an Android …
Friday
Oct132017

Experimental jet flies in Mojave for the first time

[Link] : Aerospace developer Scaled Composites, based at Mojave Spaceport in eastern Kern County, is known for making possible the first privately funded …
Friday
Oct132017

Pierre Omidyar: 6 ways social media has become a direct threat to democracy

[Link] : <i>Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay, is a philanthropist, technologist and humanitarian. He is a member of</i> <i>The WorldPost</i> <i>editorial board.</i><p>While it’s hard to believe that helping strangers connect through the Internet was ever a radical idea, when I started eBay 22 years ago, it felt more like a social …
Thursday
Oct122017

How Facebook’s Ad System Works

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — In early September, Facebook revealed that it had identified about $100,000 in ads purchased on its social network by a Russian company linked to the Kremlin. Distributed between June 2015 and May of this year, the more than 3,000 ads added to evidence that Russia interfered with …"

Thursday
Oct122017

Augmented reality? Pogue checks out 7 of the first iPhone AR apps

[Link] : There’s been a lot of hype around virtual reality. That’s where you strap on hot, heavy, expensive goggles and look around you in any direction to …
Wednesday
Oct112017

Porsche's $2,000 Passport subscription swaps cars on demand

[Link] : Like the idea of Cadillac's car subscription service, but feel its lineup is a little too... proletarian? If you live in Atlanta, you're in luck. Porsche is launching a Passport service in the city that gives you "frequent" vehicle swaps, unlimited mileage and coverage for the essentials …
Tuesday
Oct102017

The $100,000 Volvo XC90 Excellence is the Most Expensive Volvo Ever

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Tuesday
Oct102017

As the 747 Begins Its Final Approach, a Pilot Takes a Flight Down Memory Lane

[NyTimes] : "How much do I, a Boeing 747 pilot, love the airplane that I fly? It's tough, and maybe a little embarrassing, to answer. But as the iconic jet's eventual retirement draws closer, I am surely not the only 747 fan who's taking some very long flights down memory lane.<p>To share with you the jumbo …"

Monday
Oct092017

Dear Silicon Valley: America’s fallen out of love with you

[Link] : Dear Silicon Valley,<p>You used to be the envy of the world. Over the last decade I’ve seen countless cities try to become you, from the Silicon Savannah to the Silicon Bayou.<p>At last year’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit on Stanford’s campus, hundreds of entrepreneurs from Mongolia to South Sudan came …
Sunday
Oct082017

New Audi A8 2018 review - the most high-tech car ever?

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Sunday
Oct082017

A Robot Makes a Mean Caesar Salad, but Will It Cost Jobs?

[NyTimes] : "Salad bars are magnets for bacteria and viruses. Even if the sprouts and ranch dressing aren't tainted, the serving utensils may be.<p>The Silicon Valley start-up Chowbotics has devised what it says is a partial solution. Its device, which it calls Sally the Salad Robot, is aimed at reducing the risk …"