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5.5 Earthquake Hits Canada; Felt in US Midwest, New England

CoffeePlease Ann Arbor (560 comments)

42.31124, -83.67578 Thought it was a particularly large person stomping around near my cube. The floor shimmied slightly. It was cool.

more than 4 years ago
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A Contrarian Stance On Facebook and Privacy

CoffeePlease Re:Security and Privacy (160 comments)

I'd like to offer another view. It's not what you post that you need to be worried about. It's the increasing specificity with which Facebook "knows" you through the metadata of your relationships with your friends, friends-of-friends, their likes, dislikes, purchases, status updates, and their posts about you and your family. None of which you can control, and all of which becomes increasingly invasive over time.

more than 4 years ago
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Web Heritage Could Be Lost

CoffeePlease We need to start dealing with this problem (128 comments)

This is fast becoming a huge issue, and not just for Britain. There are legal and permissions and privacy problems that have to be addressed or nearly all of our digital works will simply vanish, in the not too distant future. The wayback machine doesn't even begin to address the issue. Dynamic and web2.0 sites often have metadata and links that are only valid if the site is working as intended - a snapshot will not work to capture it. A lot of valuable information not available elsewhere is already lost as people stop paying for various freemium accounts or hosting fees or as companies go out of business. Sometimes that data gets saved (Netscape's javascript development site, saved by Mozilla.org, UseNet groups saved by Google) but many more times it does not. I've attempted to write up some of the issues here: Proposal: Advance Directives for our digital legacies http://thedesignspace.net/MT2archives/000743.html

more than 4 years ago
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Image Searchers Snared By Malware

CoffeePlease Re:We got hit by this (144 comments)

I'll add your post to the end of my article (with credit!), very helpful. Thanks!

more than 4 years ago
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House Overwhelmingly Passes Cybersecurity Bill

CoffeePlease What the * is a Cyber Warrior? (170 comments)

Just saying it does not make it mean something. We need a new congress.

more than 4 years ago
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Affordable and Usable Video Conferencing?

CoffeePlease Try dimdim? (170 comments)

We used it the other day and were very happy with it - it's free to try for small groups.

more than 4 years ago
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Harvard Says Computers Don't Save Hospitals Money

CoffeePlease Read this a few days ago and had to laugh (398 comments)

About 5 years ago I attended a dinner in Michigan where Senator Debbie Stabenow gave a speech on how we would save the auto industry by switching to electronic medical records. The theory was that that would reduce the 1200 or more per car that GM was spending on health insurance and pensions for retirees.

more than 4 years ago
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Bing Gains 10% Marketshare

CoffeePlease I'm not sure I believe those numbers (514 comments)

When I look at AWstats for my site:
Google 18020 pages (linked to from Google)
Google (Images) 976 pages
Bing 226 pages


And from Google Analytics:
Top traffic sources:
Google 26,738 visits 85.24%
Yahoo 676 visits 2.16%
Bing 346 visits 1.10%
Admittedly the site is not about shopping or entertainment - it's mainly about technical topics which maybe colors the results.

more than 4 years ago
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Are There Affordable Low-DPI Large-Screen LCD Monitors?

CoffeePlease You change the things that matter (549 comments)

You change the things that matter, not the resolution. Change the font size, icon size, and widget sizes where possible. I wrote a post on making OS X usable for my father, but the same types of mods and more are possible on Windows. You just have to locate them all. For my own vision problems, I just insisted on a 30" monitor, set at its native HIGH resolution, and increase fonts and icon sizes as necessary. Get a pair of glasses set to the correct distance - in my case 26" from my face to the monitor. Making OS X more usable for seniors

more than 4 years ago
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R.I.P. FTP

CoffeePlease Probably not ftp's fault (359 comments)

More like you were attacked through one of the many http or sql injection attacks that are constantly being run out there. Which is not to say you aren't right - everything else uses encryption so why not FTP?

about 5 years ago
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Social Security Numbers Can Be Guessed

CoffeePlease Re:Social Security Numbers As Identifiers (268 comments)

Beautifully said. I can't understand why there isn't more public outcry about the use off SSN's, and the generally shoddy security systems of bank, credit, etc.

about 5 years ago
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Good PDF Reader Device With Internet Browsing?

CoffeePlease I tried to solve this last fall. (167 comments)

I had to attend a workshop which required we have 100 or more white papers on tap and easy to read. I looked at all sorts of devices and settled on an Acer Aspire 1 netbook. None of the ebook readers at the time were good at PDF's. The Acer wasn't even close to perfect, but it did the job for that workshop. It has a fairly wide screen but I would prefer something larger, vanishingly thin, flexible and foldable. Oh, and it should run the application "Papers" by Mekentosj.com

about 5 years ago
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CloudLeft Public License Closes User Data Loophole

CoffeePlease Re:Nacho Libre (70 comments)

I get that feeling from reading the Wall Street Journal these days.

more than 5 years ago
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Questions Linger Over Google Book Rights Registry

CoffeePlease Google is giving half a million ebooks to Sony (107 comments)

I am not worried about Google controlling all these ebooks since they seem to be giving them away - at least the out-of-copyright ones. See these articles for examples. I'm not sure how they will deal with spreading around IN-copyright books. Google gives away half a million books to Sony eBook Storeâ¦. challenge to Amazon?? Academic libraries pave a new path away from Google

more than 4 years ago
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In-Depth With the Windows 7 Public Beta

CoffeePlease Re:Feh to the new UI (785 comments)

Amen, brother. There are about 6 difficult-to-find paths to any one item, and it often looks slightly different once you've found it, depending on which path you've chosen. And every time I see those double banks of tabs that switch places when clicked on I want to scream!

more than 5 years ago
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How Do You Use Your Spare Drive Bays?

CoffeePlease Who has spare bays? (135 comments)

I fill em with more drives! 2 x 400 GB plus the superdrive.

more than 8 years ago

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Email your disinformation to the Whitehouse

CoffeePlease CoffeePlease writes  |  more than 4 years ago

CoffeePlease writes "The Whitehouse blog has announced a new way to report "disinformation" directly to the government. Here's your chance to turn in your neighbors, Nigerian scammers, senators, or friends that have sent you one too many chain emails.

"Since we can't keep track of all of them here at the White House, we're asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.""

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