American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens
Among popular cards, American Express uniquely has 15 digits. (VISA, Mastercard, and Discover have 16 digits.)
Firefox OS Will Become the Mobile OS To Beat
Not all 3.5M people want a feature phone. Benefits of feature phones include: cheaper phone, cheaper plan, smaller hardware, longer battery life, less distractions (e.g., email, social media, games), fewer privacy concerns (e.g., tracking, malware), and smaller target for theft. Also, it's much easier to text from my phone's slide-out keyboard than from a touchscreen.
QuakeFinder: Is It Possible To Reliably Predict Earthquakes?
According to Nate Silver in The Signal and the Noise, earthquake prediction has a long history of failure. Unlike weather, there is not much understanding or useful data. Many have claimed otherwise, but when applied to the future, their models failed.
Linguists Out Men Impersonating Women On Twitter
55% female according to the linked paper
Google Announces Google CDN
Google Page Speed is like CloudFlare, which is an easy-to-use, free, sort-of-CDN/web-proxy with rewriting rules. I've been using it for a few months and haven't noticed any problems, and CloudFlare seems more matures. Each offers unique features: CloudFlare has security features to prevent some attacks and bots, while Google has some unique rewriting rules and sharding.
State of Colorado Calls Firefox Insecure, IE6 Safe
The home page has double HTML tags (and is in designed in FrontPage 6.0). Years ago, I reported the double HTML tags to the web master, but he said it wasn't feasible to fix.
Who takes advice from these people? :)
Can a Small Business Migrate Smoothly To OpenOffice.org v3?
I administered ~50 computers at a non-profit. We ran the latest OpenOffice.org (versions 1 and 2) for several years and even after I left the company.
Generally training and file format compatibility were not an issue. The initial draw to OpenOffice.org was not having to count licenses (so tedious!), and later it helped us switch half the systems to Linux (most on a terminal server).
One 'gotcha' was that the accountant needed Excel to use Quickbooks because it interfaces directly over a COM API.
The second in charge (an Apple fanboy ironically) wanted to switch to Microsoft. He didn't give a good case why.
To increase compatibility reading OpenXML, install odf-converter-integrator. To understand how it works, read "A Better Docx Converter".