Microsoft Surface Drowning?
For years I hated MS. But of late they are doing really nice work and getting mocked despite doing real innovation. It feels weird to like MS as an underdog, but that's what it's come to. And I will be be getting a Surface 3 - it's the one that finally kills it in terms of compact size and decent computing power. I just gotta save up cuz it's not a cheap machine.
Chimpanzee "Personhood" Lawsuits Fail In New York Courts
Maybe we can just deport the chimps back to where they came from....?
Chicago Transit System Fooled By Federal ID Cards
A Ventra card is basically a Debit card. So one would expect simple best security practices.
Imagine my surprise when I hit the forgot Name and Password button and after entering in my Debit card number and email, I was sent the original password I used (not a reset). As with Adobe, this is asking for a massive breach.
$454 Mil apparently can't buy programmers/designer familiar with password hashing, salt and slow algorithms. Or a basic security audit.
Windows Phone 8 Users Hit Some Snags
I generally don't bother to post about my experiences with MS products. The zealots of other platforms don't want to hear anything that doesn't jive with their world view and will brand you a shill for making simple factual statements. The whole idea of arguing about this stuff is silly, especially since most of the people arguing don't have extensive experience in all the major platforms from which to form a real opinion.
Microsoft Drops 'Metro' Name For Windows 8 UI
Or the Apple Computer...
Which courts said was ok as long as you don't get into music. Ooops...
RIP, Electric Amplifier Inventor Jim Marshall, 'Father of Loud'
...and don't get me started on equal temperament!
Designer Tweets Egyptian Riots Due to His New Line Coming Out
While tasteless, in the end this company has always been activist and worked hard to raise money and awareness of important causes. Michael Musto says cut him a break and I think he's right: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/2011/02/kenneth_cole_ca.php
Tenenbaum's Final Brief — $675K Award Too High
What gets me is that many of these record companies will release tracks they don't own on compilations - a major infringement. They are clearly commercially profiting, they clearly know better, but because they have teams of lawyers they release this stuff in violation of copyright laws. Friends of mine have had their recordings essentially bootlegged by major labels in this fashion - and never seen a cent.
When you get into sample clearance it gets even uglier. The little guy gets sued if he sampled, and ripped off if he's being sampled. And his only recourse are legal fees he can hardly pay on a musicians income.
Where to Find Axles, Gears For Kinetic Sculpture?
Eric Freitas is an artist/clock maker that makes all his gears, screws, etc. by hand. He has step by step photos showing his techniques on his site if you want examples on how it's done.