Microsoft Employees Love Their iPhones
Believe it or not, Microsoft is a pretty tolerant company on the inside.
They do sound pretty open. Compared to say Coke, who will fire employees for "violating a policy prohibiting slander of Coke products", aka drinking Pepsi or eating at a Pepsi owned fast food chain.
Bill Gates No Longer World's Richest Man
Right, tax credits only really mean you don't have to pay tax on the money you have given to charity. In Canada you get a credit of 15% for the first $200 you donate and 29% for everything above that. 29% is the highest tax rate. So if you are in that >$126,264 bracket you actually pay $28 tax more by donating x than if you where then making x less income. People who say "personal donations are just write offs" are clueless, unless of course the person is involved with the charity and is getting some sort of kickback. Oh and in Canada you are only eligible for a tax credit on 75% of your income. So if you were to donate 100% of your income the government still wants tax on that last 25%.
Why Broadband In North America Is Not That Slow
I wish I was making this mistake. The speedtest.net tests are in Mb not MB. Just checked again ... 1.01 Mbps down / 0.26 Mbps up from my 15/1 plan ... yes I went back up.
What is even more pathetic is thats likely even with their 'powerburst', which is supposed to "allow you a 20 second burst of download speed by temporarily increasing bandwidth"
Why Broadband In North America Is Not That Slow
I live in San Francisco, where Comcast advertises 8Mbps. We actually get 1Mbps down.
I have Shaw in Western Canada and its much of the same. I have a 15 Mbps speed, but I get speedtest results of around 2. Where it gets really corrupt is that when I downgraded to a 7.5 Mbps plan ... because I was only getting 2 ... my speedtest results were cut in half to just over 1 Mbps. Meaning their advertised rates aren't even their real upper limits. This should be criminal.
Independent Programmers' No-Win Scenario
My dental is like that. I have coverage through work, but only 66%. Its actually cheaper for me just to pay cash than the remaining third, as the all the dentists charge insurance almost five times as much as an individual. The small company I work for is looking at dropping our company dental and just having us claim through accounting for anything under x dollars.
Hollywood Treats Hackers Pretty Well
Who had hacker movies in 1960? Can anyone name a hacker movie off the top of his head before War Games?
The Original Italian Job from 1969. In that movie they hack the traffic computer in Turin to create a traffic nightmare allowing them to escape in their Mini Coopers.
iPad Will Beat Netbooks With "Magic"
I've never understood why there is all this comparison to netbooks. The iPad isn't really competing with the netbook market at all. Its a new advice with a different target market and different feature set. All this comparison is like saying "A Dodge Caravan is go much better than a BMW Z4 Roadster. Its less than half the price, has three times as many seats, a built in cooler and a DVD player for the back seats. Why would anyone buy a Z4 when they could get a Caravan?"
Cell Phone Data Predicts Movement Patterns
I would guess the difference in that stat is the difference between European and American Culture. In North America its easy to predict when people will be at work and sleeping, or about 66% of their day. In Europe, in my experience, you can also include three hours every night out at the local pub, or 80%.
Japan Will Start 3D TV Programming This Summer
Does anyone know if ESPN will have the World Cup in 3D? I know 32 games will be in HD, and ESPN will start broadcasting in June, but nothing I have read had connected the two other than speculation. As a Canadian, I need to know if I need to get a grey market dish.
I for one am very excited and plan to be an extremely early adopter.
DRM Content Drives Availability On P2P Networks
I have often wondered about the legality of this. Mostly because I have a very large vinyl collection. The RIAA and MPAA are always saying that you have bought only a license, so if I own lets say [i]Meddle by Pink Floyd[/i], I download a copy off some ftp, get caught and it goes to trial. Can I make a defense that "I have a license here, check out the cover art"? Also my PVR from my crappy Cable company, Shaw, often forgets its a PVR and doesn't record what its set to do. Meaning I end up downloading them. Do I have a defense there?
Aslso I hate Blue-Ray disks with Digital Copies. They always end up costing $10 more than regular Blue-Ray disks and to give me something I don't want or have any use for.
Seinfeld's Good Samaritan Law Now Reality?
What it is saying is that you have an obligation to pick up your phone and call someone about it. Is that really too hard?
Yes, because of the stupid laws imposed on mobile phones that force them to have a loud distinct noise when you call 911. You simply cannot call the police without alerting everyone in the area. I once tried to report a domestic when a huge guy was pushing around his tiny girlfriend after the bar, and almost got myself flattened for the effort.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii Tops 10 Million Sales
Really? I have found the multiplayer is next to impossible. You just end killing each other. The more players you have the harder the game becomes, even when your not trying to do each other in. If you try t kill each other, its hard to get anything done.
I keep track of my passwords ...
On my desktop I have a password protected text file. About once a month I make copies which I store in the safe in my office, as well as on the company ftp and on the encrypted memory card on my blackberry.
This is on top of the ten to fifteen I have memorized. I simply have too many to remember. Many having to be changed every 30 days.
A Peek Into Netflix Queues
Looking at the Seattle map one interesting thing stands out for me. The rentals in the zip code of Seattle University seems completely different then everywhere else. What is interesting that ' pseudo intellectual' movies that you would think would be more popular, Milk, Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, are relatively low in this area of learning, while mindless movies, Role Models, House Bunny, where the most popular.
IT Workers To Get Fewer Perks, No Free Coffee
Same at my work, except the exciting foreign places are places like Edmonton Alberta in the winter. And normally the 'perk' is having to leave town for an undetermined amount of time with a couple hours notice.
The thing that always gets me in trouble is getting a town car from the airport. I only do it when I know its cheaper than a taxi, but the accountants are always creating a fuss about it. Even when I submit a bill for both, and and the towncar is cheaper than the taxi back to the airport.
I'd prefer to allocate my work hours ...
Same here, my five-eights, in truth end up being five-twelves, plus two-fours.
I even got called back in four hours into my holiday for a meeting yesterday afternoon.
Sci-Fi Author Peter Watts Beaten, Charged During Border Crossing
I've always thought of Border Security as people who couldn't make it as Cops. In Canada there is a bit of a fuss because they want to arm themselves. Which simply scares me.
Global Deforestation Demoed In Google Earth
Not the op, but the number I have is: Natural Density in California is 60 trees per acre, but it currently is at 273 per acre.
From "Green House Gas Emissions From Four California Wildfires: Opportunities To Prevent and Reverse Environmental and Climate Impacts" (PDF)
A Dual-Screen 10.1" Laptop In Time For the Holidays
I have a HP Elitebook that is roughly in the same class as the Thinkpad only without the second monitor. After I installed Windows XP 64, and replaced the graphics card drivers with the CUDA drivers I get a whopping 32 minutes battery life.
Apple vs. Microsoft Multi-Touch Mouse Comparison
On my Blackberry I can almost write an entire email without looking. I normally glance about once every sentence or two. That said when I get distracted or drunk this gets extremely screwed up. About once a week I write a message where somewhere in the middle I end up with every character being shifted one key to the left or right. Only once have I managed to send one of these messages though.
I had a iPhone for a few weeks and personally couldn't get over the lack of physical buttons. But thats just me.
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