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How to make cheap iPhones and undercut Foxconn: 12-hour workdays, unpaid overtime and no holidays

The true cost of cheap iPhones….
“The investigators found (pdf) a panoply of illegal and unethical practices, including:
Work hours in excess of Apple’s 60-hours-per-week standard
Coercive conditions to discourage workers from refusing overtime or taking days off
Restricted or non-existent breaks to drink water or use the bathroom
Discriminatory hiring conditions such as age limits and height restrictions
Docking of pay for minor rule violations, such as not waiting in line to get food in the cafeteria….
Apart from mobile devices and Macs for Apple, Pegatron also makes products for several companies, including Dell, Microsoft and HP.
However, CLW’s investigators were all assigned to Apple lines, including one on the “cheap” iPhone expected to debut this fall.”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://qz.com/109194/how-to-make-cheap-iphones-and-undercut-foxconn-12-hour-workdays-unpaid-overtime-and-no-holidays/

How to make cheap iPhones and undercut Foxconn: 12-hour workdays, unp…

Why “Gangnam Style” gave Psy’s father an 800% stock boost

“Gangnam Style” and semiconductor testing equipment?

I guess success does run in the family…
“So what’s really going on here? Do investors think that the prospects of Psy’s dad’s company are really going to improve because of Psy’s musical success?

No.
According to the writers of the paper, the performance of the shares seems to support the so-called “investor recognition hypothesis.”
Pioneered by Nobel laureate Robert Merton—who later got mixed up in the famous collapse of Long-Term Capital Management—this is a pretty simple theory.
Essentially, it argues that investors are more likely to buy and sell stocks that they know about. (Seems logical.)”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://qz.com/109346/why-gangnam-style-gave-psys-father-an-800-stock-boost/

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Markneto's Mightiest Mego Super-Customs

Check out this new page on custom made Mego action figures by my friend Markneto’s Mightiest Mego Super-Customs
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The risks of someone calling you smart and how to avoid them

Sigh….
This type of thinking explains why the US has fewer people graduatiing with STEM degrees – our business culture is actively antagonistic to the combination of introversion and intelligence…
“Though I found the above in business, I find the same holds in the rest of life outside business.
Not many parts of life need intelligence and those that do tend to be low-level areas where people work alone, like science and engineering.
Those things make great hobbies, but rarely great group activities.”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://joshuaspodek.com/risks-calling-smart-avoid

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NVIDIA announces 'fastest GPU ever' for pros, the 12GB Quadro K6000

Here’s the latest technolust item – a video card with 12GB of DDR5 memory, capable of handling four 4K displays
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Ban packed lunches, schools urged

Here’s even more pavement for road to hell – well intentioned though it may be…
Banning packed lunches because they interfere with the new school nutrition scheme…
SMH…
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/education-23270715

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Living the Quiet Life : zenhabits

Wish your life could be more… well… quiet?
Leo Babauta has some tips for living the quiet life
“While I understand the need for social connection, I also recognize the addictiveness of it all, to the point where we have no quiet.
When someone talks to you, instead of jumping in with something about yourself, just listen. Absorb. Reflect their thoughts back to them. Appreciate their beauty.
Create space between your automatic reaction, and your actions (or words). Even one second is enough. In that space, consider whether your reaction is appropriate.”
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http://zenhabits.net/quiet/

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SanDisk Connect 64G Wireless Media Drive Streaming On the Go (SDWS1-064G-A57)

If you’re concerned about your mobile device’s data’s safety, or just want to have a local backup just in case, you might want to check out SanDisk’s new line of wireless storage.
from SanDisk:
“The SanDisk Connect wireless media drive is the perfect companion for road warriors or parents who need entertainment ready to enjoy.
This pocket-sized device is designed for convenience and portability, and offers up to eight continuous streaming hours on a single charge.
It is available in capacities up to 64GB and has an SDHC/SDXC memory card slot which allows users to store or share more content, or conveniently view high-quality photos on a mobile device from a camera’s memory card.
The media drive wirelessly connects up to eight mobile devices and can stream up to five different HD movies at once.”
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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DR8LAE2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00DR8LAE2&linkCode=as…

AmericanScience: A Team Blog: Winner! The US T&C: Examining Law and Expectations in Our Digital...

If our government had the same requirement to publish their Terms & Conditions, it might go something like this…
“By using or accessing methods of electronic communication including but not limited to telephone, email, camera, internet search engine, web browser, and social media platforms, citizens agree to these Terms, as updated constantly in accordance with secret laws, secret courts, and secret decisions.
By utilizing the rights and privileges of US citizenship, citizens agree to abide by these Terms and Conditions in perpetuity.
The nature of this ongoing threat to American happiness requires extraordinary measures be taken by decision makers, and necessarily places limits on expectations of privacy.
Data, in their many forms, are an essential element of electronic communication, and the monitoring of this element is critical to the cause of guaranteeing the safety, liberty, happiness of the American people.
All data are to be considered critical to this cause unless otherwise…

Online pornography 'to be blocked'

It’s been said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions – this is one of them.
The problem with this initiative is that the restrictions will inevitably suffer from mission creep.
The precedent set here is that the service providers can be forced to block Things The Government Doesn’t Like by default – and this will be what the law will become.
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23401076

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In 20 Years, We’re All Going To Realize This Apple Ad Is Nuts

In Douglas Coupland’s Generation X (novel) one of the characters made the case that life was more than a colloection of isolated cool moments.
Apparently Apple begs to differ.
“My fundamental problem with the ad–why it’s begun to make my shoulders tense and stomach churn every time it comes on TV–is not that it’s lying about how we use technology, but Apple’s consecrating the behavior, and even going on to say that their products, not the lives they serve, are “what matters.“ “
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http://www.fastcodesign.com/1673020/in-20-years-we-re-all-going-to-realize-this-apple-ad-is-nuts

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Pocket Socket Charger

Tired of looking for outlets or batteries every time you need a charge? Take matters into your own hands….
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https://grandst.com/p/pocket-socket2

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Mission Creep: When Everything Is Terrorism

“The definitions of “terrorism” and “weapon of mass destruction” are broadening, and these extraordinary powers are being used, and will continue to be used, for crimes other than terrorism….
Another term that’s expanded in meaning is “weapon of mass destruction.” The law is surprisingly broad, and includes anything that explodes, leading political scientist and terrorism-fear skeptic John Mueller to comment:
As I understand it, not only is a grenade a weapon of mass destruction, but so is a maliciously-designed child’s rocket even if it doesn’t have a warhead. On the other hand, although a missile-propelled firecracker would be considered a weapon of mass destruction if its designers had wanted to think of it as a weapon, it would not be so considered if it had previously been designed for use as a weapon and then redesigned for pyrotechnic use or if it was surplus and had been sold, loaned, or given to you (under certain circumstances) by the secretary of the army ….
All artillery, an…

Beauty the Bald Eagle Gets a New 3D Printed Beak

A bald eagle shot in the face by a hunter gets a new lease on life with a 3D printed beak.
“Beauty underwent a two hour procedure to attach the newly-printed beak prosthetic.
She lay strapped to the table as the team patiently worked to fit the prosthetic to what was left of her beak. Again and again they filed the prosthetic down, adjusted it, tested it and eventually, it worked.
For the first time since her accident, Beauty was able to drink water and preen herself like a normal eagle.”
http://www.3dprinter-world.com/article/beauty-bald-eagle-gets-new-3d-printed-beak
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http://www.3dprinter-world.com/article/beauty-bald-eagle-gets-new-3d-printed-beak

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Ebay Launches 3D Printing iPhone App

Order 3D printed stuff with your iPhone with a new eBay product called eBay Exact.
“eBay Exact users can create 3D printed iPhone cases, jewelry and figurines based on uploaded self-portraits.

Some of the pieces can even be engraved prior to shipping.
There are a number of print mediums to choose from, including plastic, metal and wood.
At this time eBay is only accepting payment via PayPal, so you will need to have an existing PayPal account to place an order.”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.3dprinter-world.com/article/ebay-launches-3d-printing-iphone-app

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A different type of Arduino Internet shield

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The cost of an Ethernet shield for an Arduino isn’t horrible; generally between $17 and $32 depending on which one you buy. But have you seen the cost of a WiFi shield? Those are running North of $70! [Martin Melchior] has a solution that provides your choice of Ethernet or WiFi at a low-cost and it’ll work for most applications. He’s using a WiFi router as an Arduino Internet shield.
This is the TP-Link WR703N which has been very popular with hackers because of its combination of low price (easy to find at $25 or less) and many features: … Read the rest
via Hack a Day http://hackaday.com/2013/07/12/a-different-type-of-arduino-internet-shield/

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The $13,999 Quartz Armchair fuses natural wood and geometric bearing - Home Crux

For those who need a REALLY firm chair, check this out – only $14K
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Tile, the world's largest lost and found.

Ever wish you could find where you left stuff by using your smartphone?
Tile is a Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy device you can attach to things you want to track (keys, laptop, bike, etc) as well as an app (iOS only for the time being) that lets you search for your tagged items.
Someone take your stuff? Report the tagged item as lost and every user of the app can report its location if they get within range of the item (range is 50 – 150 ft)
Android support should come when Bluetooth 4.0 LE support rolls out.
http://www.thetileapp.com/
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http://www.thetileapp.com/

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Behavioral economics of Free to Play games

Ever wonder why you spend so much money on Candy Crush Saga?
Got this Gamasutra article via Boing Boing on the tricks free to play games use to get you to pay to play….
“A game of skill is one where your ability to make sound decisions primarily determines your success.
A money game is one where your ability to spend money is the primary determinant of your success.
Consumers far prefer skill games to money games,

for obvious reasons.
A key skill in deploying a coercive monetization model is to disguise your money game as a skill game.
If the shift from skill game to money game is done in a subtle enough manner, the brain of the consumer has a hard time realizing that the rules of the game have changed.
If done artfully, the consumer will increasingly spend under the assumption that they are still playing a skill game and “just need a bit of help”.
This ends up also being a form of discriminatory pricing as the costs just keep going up until the consumer realizes they are playing a money …

Solar-Powered Bionic Eye Developed By Stanford Scientists [VIDEO]

Solar powered microchip retinal implants show promise to restore sight lost as we age (age related macular degeneration)….
“Stanford researchers have developed a solar-powered retinal implant that could one day be used to correct blindness. They show the implant can send visual signals to the brains of rats in a study published today in Nature Communications…..
While this technology is in its early phases, it could have several advantages over older retinal prosthetics. First, the surgery is less complex and doesn’t require the permanent addition of circuitry to the head and face. The researchers also equipped the implant with better resolution, which could offer a greater range of sight to human recipients in the future.”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/16610/20130618/solar-powered-bionic-eye-retinal-implant-eye-prosthetic-second-eye-product-blindness.htm

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The Queen of Versailles (Official Movie Site) - Directed by Lauren Greenfield - Sundance Film...

A riches to rags story of the American Dream that’s both tragic and funny – all hail The Queen of Versailles….
h/t to Loved.la for the link.
The Queen of Versailles is a character-driven documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis.
With epic proportions of Shakespearean tragedy, the film follows two unique characters, whose rags-to-riches success stories reveal the innate virtues and flaws of the American Dream.
The film begins with the family triumphantly constructing the largest privately-owned house in America, a 90,000 sq. ft. palace. Over the next two years, their sprawling empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis.
Major changes in lifestyle and character ensue within the cross-cultural household of family members and domestic staff.”
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http://www.magpictures.com/thequeenofversailles/

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Lincoln’s Surveillance State

Spying on citizens – an American tradition since 1862.
This article from The New York Times shows the precedence for the beginning of such broad powers, as well as the precedent for their ending…
“Stanton collected news from generals, telegraph operators and reporters. He used his power over the telegraphs to influence what journalists did or didn’t publish.
In 1862, the House Judiciary Committee took up the question of “telegraphic censorship” and called for restraint on the part of the administration’s censors….
As the war ended, the emergency measures were rolled back. Information — telegraph and otherwise — began to flow freely again.
So it has been with many wars: a cycle of draconian measures followed by contraction.
This is why, if you are a critic of the N.S.A.’s surveillance program, it is imperative that the war on terror reach its culmination.
In May, President Obama declared that “this war, like all wars, must end.” If history is any guide, ending the seemingly endless state …

Blinky Box

Nothing like the right kind of toy to get a kid interested in tinkering…
h/t to Adafruit Industries’s blog for the link…
“This was a gift for my two year old nephew.
“Since he is a fan of lights and buttons, I wanted to make something blinky for him to enjoy.
The concept was simple: make a clear box with buttons that would change colors and patterns based on which buttons were pressed…
The best part about this toy is that it is fully programmable. As he gets older, I can program new features or games into it. Perhaps one day, I can even teach him to program it himself!”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://blog.grunick.com/blinky-box/

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How To Customize Your Website's Live Tile For Windows 8.1 | Tips and Tricks

“With Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1, users are able to pin websites to their Start Screens as live tiles, which show updates and notifications from their favorite websites….
Fortunately, making your website live tile-ready doesn’t take a lot of time or programming expertise.
All you’ll need are a working RSS feed of your content, a graphic file of your logo and the ability to add a few lines of code to the header of your pages.
Here’s how you can add live tile support to your website.”
http://blog.laptopmag.com/how-to-create-a-windows-8-1-live-tile-for-your-website
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http://blog.laptopmag.com/how-to-create-a-windows-8-1-live-tile-for-your-website

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BRICK[bricksmash]SMASH is Breakout Inception | Games | Geek.com

Yo dawg, I heard you like Breakout, so I put Breakout in your Breakout so you can play Breakout while you play Breakout….
“It’s not as difficult as it sounds, but it certainly isn’t easy. There are 16 bricks in total, which means you have to clear 16 mini-instances of Breakout while keeping at least one main ball alive in the top-level version of the game.”
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http://www.geek.com/games/brickbricksmashsmash-is-breakout-inception-1561240/

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The Sochi Winter Olympics just got a lot more expensive—and dicey

Quartz reports on the Sochi 2014 Winter Games’s security concerns, mostly the Chechen rebel group Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus forgotten…
“..the XXII Winter Games already posed the biggest security threat of any games in memory.
The games, which will run from February 7th to the 23rd, are going to be held right in the middle of one of the world’s hottest conflict zones, a cauldron of Islamist militancy, ethnic hatred and anti-Russian separatist movements known as the North Caucasus.
And Russian President Vladimir Putin has staked his reputation on ensuring the safety of the games. ”
http://qz.com/101027/the-sochi-winter-olympics-just-got-a-lot-more-expensive-and-dicey/
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http://qz.com/101027/the-sochi-winter-olympics-just-got-a-lot-more-expensive-and-dicey/

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Agreements with private companies protect U.S. access to cables’ data for surveillance

Team Telecom: Surveillance Police – kinda has a ring to it…
“In deals involving a foreign company, say people familiar with the process, the FCC has held up approval for many months while the squadron of lawyers dubbed Team Telecom developed security agreements that went beyond what’s required by the laws governing electronic eavesdropping.
The security agreement for Global Crossing, whose fiber-optic network connected 27 nations and four continents, required the company to have a “Network Operations Center” on U.S. soil that could be visited by government officials with 30 minutes of warning. Surveillance requests, meanwhile, had to be handled by U.S. citizens screened by the government and sworn to secrecy — in many cases prohibiting information from being shared even with the company’s executives and directors.”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/agreements-with-private-companies-protect-us-access-to-cables-data-for-surv…

Breast milk drinking by rich adults provokes outrage in China - The Times of India

The wealthy often go to great lengths for their health – but have newly rich Chinese gone too far?
“The wet nurses are provided by an agency, which scouts for poor women who have recently given birth and would be happy with some financial support. The new mothers offer their services for a few days to weeks in a month with prices varying from $2,000 to $4,000.
“Adults (clients) can drink it directly through breastfeeding, or they can always drink it from a breast pump if they feel embarrassed,” Lin Jun, owner of a wet nurse supplying agency, Xinxinyu, was quoted in the local media as saying.”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/Breast-milk-drinking-by-rich-adults-provokes-outrage-in-China/articleshow/20950290.cms

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Trashmail is a Feature-Rich Disposable Email Service

Hate all the spam you get from signing up for things? Wish there was a way to manage it?
Trashmail might be the service you’re looking for…
“Trashmail offers several features, but most notably you can customize your own disposable email address, specify the number of times that address can forward to you, and set an expiration date for the address as well. Trashmail also provides a browser extension for easier disposable address creation. “
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://lifehacker.com/5724037/trashmail-is-a-feature+rich-disposable-email-service

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How to Make a Rice Krispies Treat Beer Cozy

If you want to get a good beer buzz and indulge your sweet tooth at the same time, MAKE Magazine’s craft section has a project for you – a Rice Krispies Treat Beer Can Cozy…
“The Rice Krispies performed admirably, better than one of the best can cozies we tested. They work well as an insulating material because each individual grain of crisped rice traps multiple pockets of air. And when the Rice Krispies are suspended in molten marshmallows, more air is trapped in the interstices between the cereal.
The cereal is a pretty nonconductive material, and the trapped air prevents heating due to convection. The light color of the cereal may also help by deflecting heat radiation.
Of course, it probably helped that the Rice Krispies were about 1 ½ to 2 inches thick – compared to about a half inch of foam in the standard can cozy. But 2 inches is about the average thickness of a Rice Krispies Treat.”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.myscienceproject.org/rice.html

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Boy 'lived as a robot' for two months

Nothing like a little feel-good tech story to start off a Sunday morning – this one’s a BBC News story I found via Boing Boing:
“For two months, Grady Hofmann lived vicariously through a robot.
In the spring of 2012, the then eight-year-old was told he needed a bone marrow transplant. After the surgery, he would be confined to a small isolation room in a hospital.”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22125682

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Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

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New apps need lovin’ too, right? Every day there are thousands of new entries on the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We’ve shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and launch them to new heights. So, we’re bringing back our weekly column [...]
via Android and Me http://androidandme.com/2013/07/applications/fresh-meat-10-new-android-apps-worth-checking-out-12/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fresh-meat-10-new-android-apps-worth-checking-out-12

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U.S. Border Agency Allows Others to Use Its Drones

Amidst the talk of using more drones to “protect our borders”, the revelation in The New York Times that existing drones have been lent out to other agencies 250 times in 2012 poses the question “why do we REALLY want all those drones?”
“Agencies that have used the 10 Predator drones owned by the Customs and Border Protection Agency have deployed them to investigate fishing violations, search for missing persons and inspect levees along the Mississippi River, among other things.
Three years ago, the drones were used by other agencies 30 times; in 2012, that jumped to 250 times. How the agency stores and shares that data with other government agencies remains unclear.”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/business/us-border-agency-is-a-frequent-lender-of-its-drones.html?emc=eta1&_r=0

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Cheap Storage Shelves

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Our kitchen was getting too cluttered with not enough counter-space, so I decided to make some cheap heavy duty storage shelves. Total cost was around $55 not including tools. Each of the 4 shelves are 21″x 45″ and the assembled structure stands 78″ tall. Materials & Tools                  …
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via Instructables: exploring http://www.instructables.com/id/Cheap-Storage-Shelves/

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Professor Slammed For Fat-Shaming

Visiting NYU prof learns Twitter discipline the hard way.
Geoffrey Miller, a psychology professor from The University of New Mexico – UNM serving as a visiting professor at NYU Stern School of Business sent the following rather unfortunate tweet on June 2nd:
‘Dear obese PhD applicants: If you don’t have the willpower to stop eating carbs, you won’t have the willpower to do a dissertation. #truth.’
On June 11th, The Chronicle of Higher Education article stated he claimed it was part of a research project.
Then that came under suspicion, since research involving humans usually is required to be vetted by a review board.
That, combined with comments from peers and others , led Miller to post an apology on Twitter.
Moral: Think it over before hitting send.
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/04/geoffrey-miller-fat-shaming-nyu-phd_n_3385641.html

Professor Slammed For Fat-Shaming #Facebook

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2013/07/virus-hunters-are-testing-bats-camels-goats-and-ca

More on MERS, a new virus with 77 infections and 50% fatalities – bats, camels, and goats are being checked for the disease.
What the virus hunters are looking for is a source of the MERS virus.
“Bats are not the only animals under suspicion, however.
The team has also tested camels, goats, sheep and cats, which might act as intermediate hosts, picking up the virus from bats and then infecting people. One reason for suspecting camels is that a MERS patient from the United Arab Emirates had been around a sick camel shortly before falling ill. But that animal was not tested.”
http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2013/07/virus-hunters-are-testing-bats-camels-goats-and-cats-to-find-a-deadly-illness-origin/
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2013/07/virus-hunters-are-testing-bats-camels-goats-and-cats-to-find-a-deadly-illness-origin/

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2013/07/virus-hunters-are-testing-bats-camels-goats-and-ca #…

I Can Quit Candy Crush Anytime I Want To

Candy Crush Saga – the latest mind-numbing, spirit-crushing cognitive and financial drain to hit Facebook is chronicled in this Slate.com article…
“I’m not alone in my addiction. About 45 million people play Candy Crush on Facebook each month, making it the most popular game on the site.
It’s the most downloaded mobile game on both Android and Apple devices, and it’s the top-grossing mobile app.
Think Gaming estimates that Candy Crush brings in around $633,000 a day—more than $230 million a year—for King, its British creator.”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2013/07/candy_crush_saga_the_most_addictive_game_since_angry_birds.html

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Microsoft CEO Said to Give Bates Mergers Role in Revamp

MS is doubling down on Modern (nee Metro) as the rumored reorg would put he head of MS’s Windows Phone division in charge of Microsoft’s OS Engineering Group…
via Bloomberg News
“Under this scenario, Larson-Green would oversee hardware engineering for all devices, including Xbox gaming consoles and Surface tablets, one person said.
Windows Phone software chief Terry Myerson would be given added responsibility for Windows operating system engineering under a group combining both businesses, the person said.”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-02/microsoft-ceo-said-to-give-bates-mergers-role-in-revamp.html

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About TunnelBear

We’ve secured you home computer’s browser, but what about my laptop, smartphone, or tablet? How can you keep yourself secure when you’re using someone else’s Wifi?
I’ve saved the best recommendation for last – a product that works for PCs, Macs, Iphones, and Android phones – it’s called TunnelBear.
Tunnel Bear allows you to keep your Internet use secure from those who would try to snoop on you in places with free Wifi by using and encrypted connection called a VPN (virtual private network).
Don’t be thrown off by the jargon – TunnelBear is easy to use.

Install it, then flick a switch whenever you want that extra bit of privacy. And that’s not all….
“But a lot of VPN’s are not good enough to fool services like iPlayer and Hulu, so to a certain extent, their usefulness is limited….
TunnelBear is one of the exceptions.

For those who like their software goodies free, TunnelBear provides everyone with 500MB free every month (and an additional 1GB per month free if you tweet about them on Twitter)…

Ghostery

OK, now that we have you using secure connections in your browser, we can go to the next step – knowing who is tracking you on the web, so you can choose who to allow and who to block.
The next browser tool is called Ghostery it’s available for all major browsers, including iOS.
“Ghostery is your window into the invisible web – tags, web bugs, pixels and beacons that are included on web pages in order to get an idea of your online behavior.
Ghostery tracks over 1,400 trackers and gives you a roll-call of the ad networks, behavioral data providers, web publishers, and other companies interested in your activity.”
https://www.ghostery.com/
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
https://www.ghostery.com/

Ghostery #Facebook

HTTPS Everywhere

Happy July 4th, everyone!
Like I promised last evening, I’m going to take time today (as it’s Independence Day in the US) to highlight a few ways to help you stay secure on the Internet.
First on the agenda, a joint effort between the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Tor Project , it’s a plugin for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome called Https everywhere.
“Q. What does HTTPS Everywhere protect me against?
A. On supported parts of supported sites, HTTPS Everywhere enables the sites’ HTTPS protection which can protect you against eavesdropping and tampering with the contents of the site or with the information you send to the site.
Ideally, this provides some protection against an attacker learning the content of the information flowing in each direction — for instance, the text of e-mail messages you send or receive through a webmail site, the products you browse or purchase on an e-commerce site, or the particular articles you read on a reference site.
However, HTTPS Everywhe…

The Death of the Internet - Markus Jakobsson – Blog Post – RSA Conference

All the talk as of earlier this year (and last) was the “death of the PC Desktop” in favor of “the cloud” – it seems now that the seeds of a countervailing concern about the Internet that would extend to cloud services – especially the points raised re: ICANN pursuing revenue and profits first, with security coming in a distant third.
Couple this with Bruce Schneier’s Google talk on “informational feudalism” – where FB, Apple, and Google hold individual data as fuedal lords held lands – as well as the PRISM leaks, and you’ve got a case for robustly distrusting the Internet as it is…
The trick is, what can individuals do about this?
I’ll cover a few good (and usually easy) steps to take tomorrow!
“The only negative thing about the book is the over the top title, which I think detracts from the important message that is pervasive in it. Other than that, the book is a fascinating read. Editor Markus Jakobsson (Principal Scientist for Consumer Security at PayPal) was able to take the collecte…

Makedo FreePlay Kit For One - 65 Pieces

via Boing Boing – a great buy for those wanting to do recycled cardboard projects.
“A friend told us about Makedo, a system of reusable plastic clips and hinges for cardboard construction. We ordered a set and have been having a ball. The sets even come with a plastic saw for cutting the cardboard…….
We didn’t make the cardboard gorilla at right but I’d like to! We’re gonna need a lot more clips though. There are a variety of Makedo kits available but the 65-piece starter kit is only $14 from Amazon, and comes in a sturdy tube.
Of course, if you buy it from Amazon, the shipping box is part of the present! “Makedo FreePlay Kit For One”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007UN44KW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B007UN44KW&linkCode=as2&tag=jmcgreadycom-20

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Stealth Wear Aims to Make a Tech Statement

In light of all this talk of surveillance, it would sure be nice to have something to counter all that snooping, right?
Welll, here’s another link from Adafruit Industries – this time to a NYT article on stealth clothing – from thermal thwarting hoodies to counter paparazzi purses which use LED lights to render pictures unusable.
““The science-fiction part has become a reality,” he said, “and there’s a growing need for products that offer privacy.”….
He also developed a purse with extra-bright LEDs that can be activated when someone is taking unwanted pictures; the effect is to reduce an intrusive photograph to a washed-out blur. In addition, he created a guide for hairstyling and makeup application that might keep a camera from recognizing the person beneath the elaborate get-up. The technique is called CV Dazzle — a riff on “computer vision” and “dazzle,” a type of camouflage used during World War II to make it hard to detect the size and shape of warships.
Mr. Harvey isn’t the only one…

Why you should care about your local hackerspace

found this via Adafruit Industries’s blog – InfoWorld has a really informative article that addresses the question

“what are hackerspaces and why should I care?”
“Amid all this buzz, it dawned on me that everyone should be excited about hackerspaces and what they represent, both for their local communities and the world. Although the hackerspace movement is growing rapidly, many people are still not familiar with them, where they are located, or what they do”
http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/why-you-should-care-about-your-local-hackerspace-221628
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/why-you-should-care-about-your-local-hackerspace-221628

Why you should care about your local hackerspace #Facebook

5 Tips for Lightning-Fast Decision Making - Lifehack

It’s a new moth and with it come new decisions to be made (or old decisions to be made that you haven’t made). The problem is the seemingly endless options which lead to paralysis and indecision.
This Lifehack article lists things for overanalyzers to do, such as:

The 2 minute rule (a deadline to force the issue)

Think good/bad (no death by questioning every variable)

Think in the present (avoid big-picturing everything)
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/5-tips-for-lightning-fast-decision-making.html
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David Berreby – The obesity era

via Boing Boing – a lengthy article that casts doubt upon the “lazy glutton” theory of explaining obesity….
“Consider, for example, this troublesome fact, reported in 2010 by the biostatistician David B Allison and his co-authors at the University of Alabama in Birmingham: over the past 20 years or more, as the American people were getting fatter, so were America’s marmosets.
As were laboratory macaques, chimpanzees, vervet monkeys and mice, as well as domestic dogs, domestic cats, and domestic and feral rats from both rural and urban areas.
In fact, the researchers examined records on those eight species and found that average weight for every one had increased. The marmosets gained an average of nine per cent per decade. Lab mice gained about 11 per cent per decade.

Chimps, for some reason, are doing especially badly: their average body weight had risen 35 per cent per decade.
Allison, who had been hearing about an unexplained rise in the average weight of lab animals, was nonetheless…

LPT: Mosquito bite? Press a hot spoon (e.g. the one you stirred your coffee with) onto the spot....

It’s summer, and that means the bugs are out, and you might get bitten by one. Here’s a quick tip via reddit to help stop the bug bites from itching:
from user switchbadger:

“This is actually true for most allergic reactions. You are producing a hyper-histamine response to a foreign protein that can be denatured with heat. (Cooking it.)
I use this same trick when my eyes get itchy from cat hair or pollen, except with a hot face cloth instead of a spoon.”
http://www.reddit.com/r/LifeProTips/comments/1gpmb9/lpt_mosquito_bite_press_a_hot_spoon_eg_the_one/
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Happy new fiscal year! A lot changes on July 1, the favorite day of bureaucrats

Today marks the beginning (and end, in the case of Google Reader) of quite a few things, as outlined in this article on Quartz.
Here a just a few examples of things starting today:
Moving Day in Montreal

The Met stops using metal buttons

Gay Marriage becomes legal in Delaware
and, lest we forget, it’s the birthday of

McGruff, the Crime fighting Dog…
http://qz.com/99135/happy-new-fiscal-year-a-lot-changes-on-july-1-the-favorite-day-of-bureaucrats/
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://qz.com/99135/happy-new-fiscal-year-a-lot-changes-on-july-1-the-favorite-day-of-bureaucrats/

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