“We’re hoping it will be a new feature that shocks people through their computer if they set up a page for their pets.” —gawker’s hopes for the facebook announcement. one concurs.
“Farhad Manjoo on Google+ … the online equivalent of arranging wedding seating charts.” —i knew it!
“So can women handle modern flghtdecks better than men? Or are they just more equal on a modern flightdeck than they used to be on the classics? Assuming the basic aptitudes are there, Petteford insists, “the key issue is personality”. The key skills include team working and concentration, both natural to most young women and not as often to young men. Petteford didn’t actually mention the characteristic which has, for some years been claimed by women as something men simply can’t do but females can: multi-tasking.” —i love these.
“The Republicans in Congress say trillions could be cut from the budget if we eliminate empathy.” —borowitz tweet; i am so fkn enamored of this man’s mind
“Federal investigators said Wednesday that Massey Energy, the owner of the West Virginia mine where 29 people died in an explosion last year, misled government inspectors by keeping accounts of hazardous conditions out of official record books where inspectors would see them.” —who ever dreamt of such a thing. not me.
“Established during World War Two as part of the top-secret Manhattan Project to build the first atomic bomb, it remains one of the leading nuclear arms manufacturing facilities in the United States. Nuclear Watch New Mexico said on its website its greatest concern was for the 20,000 55-gallon sealed drums of plutonium-tainted waste stored at one corner of the complex, some stacked in the open on asphalt, some in tents, some buried underground. Fire officials say if the blaze did manage to reach the area, they would use fire-retardant foam to douse the flames.” —somehow, one wants more than foam, you know?
“Fans of obscure 1970s television may remember a short-lived children’s show called Far Out Space Nuts, in which a pair of dimwitted NASA repairmen, one of whom is played by Bob (Gilligan) Denver, accidentally send themselves into space by pressing “launch” instead of “lunch” inside a capsule they were fixing at Cape Canaveral. This plot device roughly approximates the political and cultural mechanism that is sending Michele Bachmann hurtling in the direction of the Oval Office.” —oh matt!
“Once you’ve established your circles, sharing becomes granular. When you want to share something you will move the chip representing the circle over to a “share box.” It then goes out to everyone in the circle. (They will see it in their stream.) If you choose to share the item with a circle called “public,” the item is regarded as a broadcast, in the same way that a tweet can be seen by anyone who follows you. (Google anticipates that most people will create a circle of “people you follow,” so you could view their posts on your stream.)” —i got this far into the wired article … and knew google+ is doomed.
“It’s frightening for many of the older people here to have cows walking down the street, peering in their windows …” —bbc, wales
Amazon Cloud Drive is “free” — that is, you can store 5 GB of music, about 1,000 songs or 20 minutes worth of HD video before paying for additional storage.
I looked up what it would cost to store my 1.6TB iTunes library: $1,600 a year.” —mitch ratcliffe
“Content farms, which have flourished on the Web in the past 18 months, are massive news sites that use headlines, keywords and other tricks to lure Web-users into looking at ads. These sites confound and embarrass Google …” —not enough, apparently
“… nobody likes to think that they’re aging,” says Dr. Fisch. “Certainly men. They were on the throne, they were the kings: ‘We don’t age, we stay fertile longer than women, we can have babies into our 90s….’ Men live in denial.” —tell me something new.
“Facebook now employs George Hotz, the young hacker who has drawn the legal ire of tech giants Apple and Sony. Hotz, who also goes by the online handle “Geohot,” is said to be working at Facebook, possibly on a secretive new iPad app.” —oh noes!
“Marco Arment’s Instapaper service appears to have lost a server in an FBI raid on hosting provider DigitalOne. The raid was targeted at a company allegedly distributing “scareware” …” —our g-men (and women) always on the job
“I mean, I was a cop in Brooklyn and The Bronx in the 1980s but I never met anyone as immoral - as willing to hurt people for their own profit - than the rich who lead the United States and United Kingdom.” —“the rich are different from you and me”
“Face it, in a Stones and Beatles world, Linux is Gerry and the Pacemakers” —comment on the macalope
“Ever conscious of iconography, especially on “Born to Run,” the album that was to be his unabashed, arduously recorded attempt at rock greatness, Mr. Springsteen didn’t lightly choose its cover image. It shows him leaning on a shoulder that, when the album is unfolded, belongs to Mr. Clemons. (Mr. Springsteen was standing on something, since Mr. Clemons was a head taller.) Mr. Springsteen is smiling, watching, listening as Mr. Clemons plays his saxophone, the way he had listened to and synthesized so much of rock ’n’ roll’s past. The attentive grin on Mr. Springsteen’s face suggests that he’s learning some deeply pleasurable secret; the openness and determination in Mr. Clemons’s eyes, gleaming out of deep shadows, show he is proud to hand it on to his friend.” —lovely, RIP