I’ve always been mildly amused that in order to turn a Windows computer off you click on Start. Or did. My last experience of any depth with Windows involved Vista, so all I know about Win8 is what I see in ads. But anything that makes it easier to turn computers off is probably a good thing. Or a thing, at least.
"'Hurrah for anarchy! This is the happiest moment of my life.'"
"So while the drought of 2012 may not have generated the iconic images of Hurricane Katrina or Haiti earthquake, remember that was is happening right now to the heartland of the U.S. truly is historic. "
"Repeatedly, in public and private, Obama has been calling the November elections a top priority.…Winning the House — long shot though it is — could allow him to completely transform his legacy in his final two years."
Also, and I don’t mean to be uncharitable here, I couldn’t care less about Obama’s legacy. Or anybody else’s. My understanding is that after presidents retire they get a gob of money from adoring taxpayers to build themselves a monument, and they can worry all they want about their legacy then. But when they’re still in office what I want them to do is their job.
"Anyway, as good as Thug Notes is, we don’t want this trend to go much further than it already has, especially educationally. Apparently, almost everything in schools these days is taught in rap. ‘Civil War rap,’ ‘integer rap,’ ‘geography rap’ or any similar search gets you to someone’s classroom video. Seems harmless. But picture yourself going in for neurosurgery.
It’s supposed to hit 28º here today, maybe even 30º. Which is good for us. In Russia, though…
"In putting his Winter Olympiad near a beach resort, Putin seems to be possessed of what might be called the Peter the Great complex: emulating the tsar who built his capital, from scratch, on a swamp."
They might prefer a little cold. Sochi, the site of the upcoming Winter Olympics, is on the same latitude as the French Riviera.
I was skiing in Steamboat Springs once when the sun was so warm people skied in shorts. It was fun. But it was hardly snow to break world records on. Putin seems to be on quite a roll these days, though. So who knows? Maybe he’s on to something.
"A Wisconsin man who became lodged in the windshield of a car that struck him said he turned to the driver and said, 'Hello, I'm the guy you hit on the bicycle.' The driver did not respond, but continued on, running a stop sign and hitting another vehicle before he arrived home, the cyclist, Steven Gove, told HTR Media about the Saturday incident."
"The massive pileup involving 46 vehicles – including two box trucks and 18 semi-trailers -- occurred in snow and whiteout conditions near Michigan City, about 60 miles from Chicago."
Driving into a lake-effect whiteout right here in Northwestern Indiana is a fearsome scary thing. Suddenly you can’t see the highway, the traffic around you, or even the front of your own car. And you’re frantically trying to remember if there’s a semi right behind you. And wishing you’d taken the Oklahoma route.
"Former U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Friday during an appearance on NBC's Today show he would feel comfortable sending his family to the Winter Olympics in Sochi despite security concerns that seem to be mounting by the day."
"The federal government’s announcement last week that it would begin releasing data on physician payments in the Medicare program seems to have ticked off both supporters and opponents of broader transparency in medicine."
"It's not just the new croissants that are doing well. The company says it's also selling twice as many of its new 'morning buns' and cheese Danishes, although it didn't provide details on the performance of other new items, such as its loaves or savory croissants."
"‘There’s sin everywhere — we all know that,’ the city’s mayor, Carolyn Goodman, a Republican-turned-Democrat-turned-independent, said as she sat in her vast corner office. ‘The thing is, we are in close proximity to top five-star dining…"
Woohoo! Sign us up!
"Today, after a decade of increasing damage to Coke’s balance sheet as global droughts dried up the water needed to produce its soda, the company has embraced the idea of climate change as an economically disruptive force."
Forget the polar bears, save our Coke!
"A year after an embarrassing trading blowup led to millions of dollars being docked from Jamie Dimon’s paycheck, the chairman and chief executive of JPMorgan Chase is getting a raise.
…The raise — the details were not made public on Thursday — follows a move by the board last year to slash Mr. Dimon’s compensation by half, to $11.5 million."
Imagine having to live on half your income for a whole year.
"Barber was one of several people mentioned by Walker in his remarks as examples of 'people hired since I took office' and who represent 'the faces of an improving economy.'
"The Journal Sentinel reports: 'Records show that he is a registered sex offender with two felonies and three drunken-driving offenses."
None of which means he wasn’t hired. Exactly. By somebody. Right?
"Looking at carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides, the study's authors point out that 'passenger vehicles make up a relatively small share of total emissions' — only 20 percent of all carbon dioxide — so even if we all jumped into a BMW i8, that wouldn't by itself fix the problem of air pollution."
"‘We have not identified a single instance involving a threat to the United States in which the telephone records program made a concrete difference in the outcome of a counterterrorism investigation,’ said the report"
Because since I first started driving, more than 50 years ago, I can not identify a single instance in which a seat belt has saved me from injury. And don’t even get me started on helmets.
I really do think talking about this whole matter of domestic surveillance is a good idea but just babbling doesn’t really accomplish much.
"(Reuters) - Community banks from across the United States and some of the country's biggest retailers are at each other's throats over whose job it is to protect consumers from the kind of cyber attacks suffered last month by Target and Neiman Marcus."
"The company didn't disclose the chemical until Wednesday, after it was ordered to do so by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection."
"The company that conducted a background investigation on the contractor Edward J. Snowden…"
"The website is less secure than 50 percent of all the sites on the internet according to Security Headers, a website that tests basic configuration issues."
…and second, why should anybody have to sign up at all if the government already knows everything anyway?
It’s all so confusing.
"Some 50 years ago, Bell Labs was bustling and full of life. The Eero Saarinen-designed facility was a hub for scientists who helped contribute to innovations like touch-tone dialing, the microwave, and the cellphone."
"Although the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project does a wonderful job documenting the lives of those living with fracking, it offer [sic] little insight into the people doing the work, and there is scant attention paid to what advocates of fracking consider its benefits — more jobs, more energy and more growth. The photographers say they reached out, individually and collectively, to the energy companies but were rebuffed."
"'I have the necessary clearances to have been told, as do other executives in the company, but none of us were briefed,' Schmidt told the Guardian. 'Had we been briefed, we probably couldn't have acted on it, because we'd have known about it. I've declined briefings [from the US government] about this because I don't want to be constrained.'"
And by the way, do all these guys who protest they didn’t know the NSA was “snooping” in their networks want me to believe they would have known if it had been anybody else?
"'This 'Russian spy' push is absurd,' Snowden told The New Yorker in an interview published Tuesday, adding that he 'clearly and unambiguously acted alone, with no assistance from anyone, much less a government.'"
…Snowden is clearly a guy whose word can not be trusted. So there’s that.
"Needless to say, this won’t be a slow year for the $67 billion cybersecurity industry."
Last night was the first time since I started using it at the beginning of last winter my favorite snow-forecasting app has been wrong by more than an inch or two. It said five inches, we got 0. Nada. Zip. The snow blew south of us and east, along the coast. I haven’t seen the Boston numbers yet but New York City got about a foot.
We did get single-digit temps for today though (and maybe quite a bit longer), so winter it still seems to be—in recognition of which, here are some nifty photos from the NYTimes of a snowball fight that happened in Times Square five years ago. Duck.
…this day, right here, now, the 21st of the month is the very day I’ll be referring to in July, on the first day of the year that breaks 90º, when I say “This is the day I was dreaming about in January.” This very one. Today.
We may need more than one 90º day next summer, but today is for the first.
"Even after countless warnings and advices given to the users by many security researchers, people are continuously using a weak strength of password chains."
"‘If you can find an alternative source for the CO2 you can decrease your guilt by about 75 percent.’"
"Bixi, the company that supplied the bicycles and stations for lauded bike sharing services in cities like New York, Chicago, and Montreal, has filed for bankruptcy, facing almost $50 million in debt it cannot pay."
"Federal government closed in Washington D.C."
Also, whose idea was it to give these storms names? It’s infuriating. And how did we already get to J? The winter is only a month old, the year three weeks. What were A-I?
"An inauguration party for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been canceled due to weather."
In New Jersey it’s all about revenge.
"'I will learn things from this,' Christie said. 'I know I will. I don’t know exactly what it is yet that I’ll learn from it. But when I get the whole story and really try to understand what’s going on here, I know I’m going to learn things.'"
"‘The Democrats have been making up for lost time,’ said Kevin Madden, a former campaign strategist for Mitt Romney."
Being labeled a former campaign strategist for Mitt Romney is just plain cruel.
"Each year on the last Saturday in April, the citizens of Ocean Shores, Washington, celebrate ‘Undiscovery Day’ to commemorate the night in 1792 when British explorer George Vancouver sailed right past their harbor without discovering it.
At midnight they gather on the shore and shout ‘Hey George — over here!’"
"I say this with regret, as someone who was calling for reforms of the Intelligence Community, especially NSA, before anybody heard of Edward Snowden. Real reform is impossible now, for at least a generation, because the Snowden Operation has so soiled the cause of real IC reform with treachery, narcissism, crankery, and Putin’s Russia."
"If Republican senators don’t want judges who will protect the civil rights and civil liberties of their constituents they can try winning a presidential election."
"Royal Caribbean officials confirmed the illness of 68 people among 2,581 guests and 844 crew members…The company said that the passengers were responding to over-the-counter medicine."