Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown
... Ann Arbor (20 miles west) is one if the nicest college towns you could ever want to visit and has some really cool business activity going on.
Not if you went to Ohio State. :)
HealthCare.gov: What Went Wrong?
Got a 404 when attempting to access the source code on GitHub. https://github.com/CMSgov/healthcare.gov
Facebook Lets Beheading Clips Return To Its Site
What do you expect from a hack like Mark Zuckerberg?
Lessons From the Healthcare.gov Fiasco
They violated just about every rule in the book regarding the development of large computer systems. If the Apollo space program had been managed like this, it is conceivably unlikely we would've gotten an astronaut to orbit the earth, let alone get him to the moon. Maybe Obamacare should be run by NASA.
HP CEO Meg Whitman To Employees: No More Telecommuting For You
So Meg wants everyone to traipse on in from their homes to the cube farms which are noisy, crowded, and as such, on the verge of constant chaos. I know. I've been there.
US Adults Score Poorly On Worldwide Test
It's been said that the average American spends 4 hours a day watching TV. That may have something to do with the low scores.
German NSA Critic Denied Entry To the US
I guess 1st amendment rights extend only to U.S. citizens.
Justice Department Slaps IBM Over H-1B Hiring Practices
The $44,400 fine is not even a slap on the wrist. Not exactly a deterrent to other companies engaged in such activity.
Middle-Click Paste? Not For Long
They should not change this. This has been standard mouse-interaction behavour on most, if not all, UNIX (and UNIX variants) GUIs, not just GNOME.
Linus Torvalds Admits He's Been Asked To Insert Backdoor Into Linux
Just say 'no'. And tell them to f--k off while you're at it.
Obama Asks FCC To Make Carriers Unlock All Mobile Devices
Verizon Wireless is CDMA. All of China is CDMA. What's wrong with CDMA? If the phone is lost or stolen, the carrier can turn it into a brick. Not sure you can do that with a GSM phone.
Verizon's Plan To Turn the Web Into Pay-Per-View
If I am not mistaken, I think Verizon's plan is to control how much bandwidth each web site can have based on how much the site's owner is willing to pay for the size of the pipe. As users of the Internet, you should be able to use as much bandwidth as the contract with your ISP allows -- I don't think that part will change. However, when it comes to online retail traffic this would tilt the playing field in favor of the big guns -- just like in the brick-and-mortar retail world. This is obviously a hot issue. I believe net neutrality succeeds only as long as bandwidth appears to be unlimited. Ten to fifteen years ago there was an extreme overabundance of bandwidth and it was very hard to argue against net neutrality. I am not sure that's true anymore.
Linus Responds To RdRand Petition With Scorn
Google Speeding Up New Encryption Project After Latest Snowden Leaks
What encryption was Google using before? AES? If so, I find it hard to believe that anyone (or anything) can break an AES encryption.
Lowell Observatory Pushes To Name an Asteroid "Trayvon"
Honoring a pot-smoking, violence-prone teenager? Seriously?
Feds Seek Prison For Man Who Taught How To Beat a Polygraph
This is curious. For some reason, I was under the impression that lie detector results are not permissible as testimony in court cases precisely because of their unreliability. So why is this a big deal?
U.S. Gov't Still Fighting the Man Behind Buckyballs; Guess Who's Winning?
Isn't this what insurance is for? Businesses, large and small, get sued all the time. If you don't have insurance, especially if you're running a small business, you COULD be held personally liable, so this is not something new.
How One Programmer Is Coding Faster By Voice Than Keyboard
... since a significant number of programmers are, shall we say, less than proficient typers.
Bill Gates Seeking Patent To Make Shakespeare Less Boring
Maybe Bill Gates should seek a patent on making Bill Gates less boring.
Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language
As for Linus' abusive behavior: it is his right to act like a jerk. Most people would not work for or along side such a person, but apparently Linus has enough supporters/admirers/worshippers, that he is not motivated to tone it down a couple of notches. But he should try it sometime just to see what a difference it will make.
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