October 2010

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Democrats: ‘If We’re Gonna Lose, Let’s Go Down Running Away From Every Legislative Accomplishment We’ve Made’

The Onion - America’s Finest News Source: “‘While the stimulus isn’t a cure-all, we owe it to the voters to scatter like pigeons whenever the Republicans grossly mischaracterize it as a wasteful giveaway,’ Pelosi said. ‘Their sleazy, cynical distortions may win them votes in the end, but we will not let that happen without doing whatever it takes to sit idly by and let them get away with it.’”


Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Caucasian Nation

n+1: “The use to which these ideas were put in the American past forever taints their invocation, as it rightly should.”


Monday, 25 October 2010

Foreclosures Are Revived - Short Sales Are Resisted

NYTimes.com: “The change, in effect, allowed banks to foreclose on a home without having to write down a loss until that home was sold. By contrast, if a bank agrees to a short sale, it must mark the loss immediately.”



Time.code(): “This is what makes this white elephant so difficult to dispose of: all the value of modern-day Java is writing for the server, but nearly all the Java developers are using the desktop stuff to do so, making them the target market (and really the only market) for Desktop Java.”


Sunday, 24 October 2010

The Most Popular Phone in the World: “It’s why we tend to loathe our carriers, and also why you can get a Droid for $150. But it’s by no means universal. ‘That is quite rare in places like Africa, for the simple reason that the economics of subsidizing don’t make sense.’”



Eric Butler: “Facebook is constantly rolling out new ‘privacy’ features in an endless attempt to quell the screams of unhappy users, but what’s the point when someone can just take over an account entirely? Twitter forced all third party developers to use OAuth then immediately released (and promoted) a new version of their insecure website. When it comes to user privacy, SSL is the elephant in the room.”


Saturday, 23 October 2010

Facelette: On TechCrunch in Three Hours and $0

Zach Holman: “Don’t do it to make money. Don’t even do it to learn hip new technology X. Do it for the sake of doing something stupid. We’re in the most ridiculous industry on earth. You can whip something up in a few hours and before you know it, people around the world will be using it.”


Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Hard News Worth More for Newspaper Sites Than Celeb Stories

Advertising Age: “Articles about unemployment benefits actually brought newspaper sites the most-lucrative combination of traffic and ad revenue this summer, according to Perfect Market, whose products include a dashboard called The Vault that lets publishers study popular search terms and keyword ads.”


Monday, 18 October 2010

Scientists suggest that cancer is purely man-made

The University of Manchester: “It has been suggested that the short life span of individuals in antiquity precluded the development of cancer. Although this statistical construct is true, individuals in ancient Egypt and Greece did live long enough to develop such diseases as atherosclerosis, Paget’s disease of bone, and osteoporosis, and, in modern populations, bone tumours primarily affect the young.”


Talk of rift as China’s Communist Party meets

The Globe and Mail: “There is also growing talk of a rare rift within the nine-member Politburo, with Premier Wen Jiabao speaking out repeatedly in recent weeks about the need for political reform, only to have some of his remarks censored by the same government he heads.”


Sunday, 17 October 2010

The enemy of progress is complexity

Scripting News: “In other words, if you’re the guy grappling with complexity, your head is probably too deeply buried in the ways of the past to see the future coming.”


Wednesday, 13 October 2010


russell davies: “We don’t have the sort of life that requires a Pelican case full of weapons, but we can get some barbecue tools in a case that feels a bit similar. Designers will talk about ‘cues’, brand people will talk about ‘associations’ but it’s all pretending.”


Saturday, 9 October 2010

In Defense of Standards, Ethics, and Honest Financial Reporting at Hewlett-Packard

Ben Horowitz: “If the Chief Executive Officer of a public company falsifies any official financial statement, he must be fired. In my mind, this is non-negotiable. We are not talking about a low-level employee tossing an extra receipt into his expense report. We are talking about a public company CEO who is paid tens of millions of dollars a year and is responsible for the integrity of the company’s financial statements fraudulently reporting his own expenses.”


Saturday, 2 October 2010

California SB 1449 decriminalizes marijuana, Prop 19 looms

Examiner.com: “Those caught with less than one ounce of pot will still receive a $100 fine. However, they can no longer sit for a jury trial. Further, those who receive citations will not carry a criminal record.”


When the Yogurt Took Over: A Short Story

Scalzi: “‘What would you like? The government asked.’ ‘OHIO, the yogurt said.’”