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September 1, 2012
A fundamental misunderstanding of cloud computing: According to a recent Wakefield Research/Citrix study, 51 percent of Americans believe stormy weather interferes with their cloud computing, which in their defense, it once did (though probably not for the reason they’re thinking).

A fundamental misunderstanding of cloud computing: According to a recent Wakefield Research/Citrix study, 51 percent of Americans believe stormy weather interferes with their cloud computing, which in their defense, it once did (though probably not for the reason they’re thinking).

15:32 // 2 years ago
June 17, 2012
I find it more interesting that man-culture would feel the need to carve out a corner of the social networking sandbox at all, when the Internet is such an expansive beach of dude. The Web was laid on a foundation of porn, built with walls of lewd jokes, shingled on top with the discussion strains of a Reddit board.
Washington Post Reporter Monica Hesse • Debating the validity of a site called Dudepins, which is — you guessed it — an attempt to build Pinterest for men. Dudepins isn’t so much the male-oriented Pinterest as the 2004-era Spike TV version of Pinterest, a version of Pinterest so obsessed with mandom that it looks like it’s trying too hard, to the point where non-manly things are taken down. While growth is happening quickly, according to its owners, we’d like to offer up an anecdote from a movie that’s decidedly not manly, “Mean Girls”: “Stop trying to make fetch happen!”
9:34 // 2 years ago
June 8, 2012
theatlantic:

Japan: The Country Where 59% of Households Still Have a Fax

For most industrialized nations, the arrival of e-mail quickly heralded the beginning of a very slow decline for fax technology. But for a mix of reasons, Japan hung on. First, there’s language: Early word-processing software couldn’t work with kanji, Japanese characters, so handwriting (and therefore fax) was the best way to transcribe and send messages electronically. Additionally, Japanese document seals — used much like a signature — are often required for paperwork. Finally, high-speed Internet has remained costly in Japan, pushing much of the communication we do online to either mobile or … fax.
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Who in the U.S. owned a fax machine at home even when they were popular? Not talking the all-in-one printer deals, either.

theatlantic:

Japan: The Country Where 59% of Households Still Have a Fax

For most industrialized nations, the arrival of e-mail quickly heralded the beginning of a very slow decline for fax technology. But for a mix of reasons, Japan hung on. First, there’s language: Early word-processing software couldn’t work with kanji, Japanese characters, so handwriting (and therefore fax) was the best way to transcribe and send messages electronically. Additionally, Japanese document seals — used much like a signature — are often required for paperwork. Finally, high-speed Internet has remained costly in Japan, pushing much of the communication we do online to either mobile or … fax.

Read more. [Image: &_yo/Flickr]

Who in the U.S. owned a fax machine at home even when they were popular? Not talking the all-in-one printer deals, either.

12:55 // 2 years ago
May 13, 2012
But at its core, Harvey believes that Burning Man hews closely to the true spirit of a free-enterprise democracy: Ingenuity is celebrated, autonomy is affirmed, and self-reliance is expected. “If you’re talking about old-fashioned, Main Street Republicanism, we could be the poster child,” says Harvey, who hastens to add that the festival is non-ideological — and doesn’t anticipate being in GOP campaign ads anytime soon.

The main-street Republican values of … Burning Man? - The Washington Post (via wonklife)

In which the establishment’s collective mind is blown by how much it has in common with an event built around the burning of a giant effigy.

(via wonklife)

20:34 // 2 years ago
November 18, 2011
jeffmiller:

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So I guess the Tampa police brought this out to face the Occupy protestors down there.  If the movement is looking for something discrete to protest, perhaps they could protest LOCAL POLICE OWNING TANKS.

The Tampa Police Department wins the award for most unnecessary ownership of a tank. Here’s another photo, for those who thought this was Photoshopped. (Our BS-meter was admittedly turned on there.) Here’s a description of the unit from the City of Tampa’s police site: "The 12-ton Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) can drive through five feet of water and withstand winds up to 130 mph helping police operate under the most severe conditions. The carrier, nicknamed “high-top shoe” for its tall silhouette look, can be used for search and rescue during a natural disaster or a terrorist attack. The APC is bullet resistant, can hold 13 passengers and it is virtually unstoppable. On pavement, it can reach speeds of 60 mph. This one of a kind APC was purchased from the military and it was paid for with a Federal security grant."

jeffmiller:

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So I guess the Tampa police brought this out to face the Occupy protestors down there.  If the movement is looking for something discrete to protest, perhaps they could protest LOCAL POLICE OWNING TANKS.

The Tampa Police Department wins the award for most unnecessary ownership of a tank. Here’s another photo, for those who thought this was Photoshopped. (Our BS-meter was admittedly turned on there.) Here’s a description of the unit from the City of Tampa’s police site: "The 12-ton Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) can drive through five feet of water and withstand winds up to 130 mph helping police operate under the most severe conditions. The carrier, nicknamed “high-top shoe” for its tall silhouette look, can be used for search and rescue during a natural disaster or a terrorist attack. The APC is bullet resistant, can hold 13 passengers and it is virtually unstoppable. On pavement, it can reach speeds of 60 mph. This one of a kind APC was purchased from the military and it was paid for with a Federal security grant."

10:51 // 2 years ago
November 11, 2011
markcoatney:

One of the least-appreciated perks of being David Brooks is that the NYT allows him to lead off his columns with anecdotes that most likely did not happen.

This needs to become a meme. You know, where people walk up to David Brooks and ask him about inequality. It should be called “Brookings.” Like the institute.

markcoatney:

One of the least-appreciated perks of being David Brooks is that the NYT allows him to lead off his columns with anecdotes that most likely did not happen.

This needs to become a meme. You know, where people walk up to David Brooks and ask him about inequality. It should be called “Brookings.” Like the institute.

15:47 // 2 years ago
November 6, 2011
0:13 // 2 years ago
October 16, 2011
The good, the bad and the ugly: Clint Eastwood nearly vice-president?
So wait, they picked Dan Quayle over this guy? Back in 1988, there was a period where George H.W. Bush’s presidential campaign was looking a little rough, so they considered a variety of skippers to help steer his ship in the right direction. Among the picks, according to former Secretary of State James Baker? Clint Eastwood, who was a budding Republican politician at the time — the mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. “When we were way behind. Honestly, [Eastwood] was suggested in not an altogether unserious – Well, he was a mayor. He was a Republican mayor,” Baker noted. The idea got shot down pretty quick … paving the way for the guy now known for going after Murphy Brown for being a career woman. On the plus side, we got “Unforgiven” out of the deal, so it wasn’t all bad. source
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So wait, they picked Dan Quayle over this guy? Back in 1988, there was a period where George H.W. Bush’s presidential campaign was looking a little rough, so they considered a variety of skippers to help steer his ship in the right direction. Among the picks, according to former Secretary of State James Baker? Clint Eastwood, who was a budding Republican politician at the time — the mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. “When we were way behind. Honestly, [Eastwood] was suggested in not an altogether unserious – Well, he was a mayor. He was a Republican mayor,” Baker noted. The idea got shot down pretty quick … paving the way for the guy now known for going after Murphy Brown for being a career woman. On the plus side, we got “Unforgiven” out of the deal, so it wasn’t all bad. source

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14:01 // 2 years ago
September 19, 2011
Appeals court: Give this Jose Padilla guy a harsher sentence, already!: The al-Qaeda supporter, center, received a 17-year sentence in 2008 from a Miami judge. Now a Georgia appeals court says that’s too lenient, and ordered Padilla to get re-sentenced more harshly. That doesn’t happen often. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Appeals court: Give this Jose Padilla guy a harsher sentence, already!: The al-Qaeda supporter, center, received a 17-year sentence in 2008 from a Miami judge. Now a Georgia appeals court says that’s too lenient, and ordered Padilla to get re-sentenced more harshly. That doesn’t happen often. source

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20:50 // 2 years ago
September 12, 2011
17:01 // 3 years ago