Have I ever mentioned that I hate the Mac Cult? Because I totally hate the Mac Cult.

Have I ever mentioned that I hate the Mac Cult? Because I totally hate the Mac Cult.

techbimbo:

Unborn Babies Get a Face on Facebook
When you go to “Edit My Profile” and click on “Friends and Family,” you  have the option of adding an unborn child as a new family member.  You  are even given the option of adding the due date of the birth.

Eww. Creepy.  A girl in my Facebook feed decided it was a good idea to share the fact that she’s already dilated however early into the pregnancy. We need to draw line somewhere, this is getting weird.

techbimbo:

Unborn Babies Get a Face on Facebook

When you go to “Edit My Profile” and click on “Friends and Family,” you have the option of adding an unborn child as a new family member.  You are even given the option of adding the due date of the birth.

Eww. Creepy.  A girl in my Facebook feed decided it was a good idea to share the fact that she’s already dilated however early into the pregnancy. We need to draw line somewhere, this is getting weird.

People are really concerned with categorizing other people online — with being forced to decide where they rank. Some people will definitely find it really useful, especially very, very active social media users, but most people feel anxious about having to decide which category their friends fall into.
courtenaybird:

This Company Scours the Internet to Tell Employers Your Secrets - GOOD
Using deep search tools that make Google look like AltaVista, Social Intelligence will provide potential employers with an ultra-modern background check, one that scours the internet for a person’s blog posts, pictures, and uploads to social media sites.
Social Intelligence then keeps your collected information in an archive for seven years.

So yeah. This exists now…Hooray for technology?

courtenaybird:

This Company Scours the Internet to Tell Employers Your Secrets - GOOD

Using deep search tools that make Google look like AltaVista, Social Intelligence will provide potential employers with an ultra-modern background check, one that scours the internet for a person’s blog posts, pictures, and uploads to social media sites.

Social Intelligence then keeps your collected information in an archive for seven years.

So yeah. This exists now…Hooray for technology?

Ubiquitous Americana: That's it. I'm done.

ubiquitousamericana:

New laptop charger burned up or something within a week of receiving it. Screw ASUS’s fancy little hybrid netbook thing. It was great while it lasted.

And screw Acer’s piles of crap—I burned through two of theirs. A year’s lifespan and they’re done.

And screw Dell. And I never liked my Lenovo,…

I wish I could convince you to stay with the the good guys here, but you’ve obviously been treated pretty poorly. All I can say is that I’ve had two pc laptops (dell was okay, and I love my HP) without any major issues. Also, I think there are pc versions of the Air now. You could try a Vaio, HP, or one of the higher line pcs.

If you need a reminder as to why you shouldn’t buy a Mac, just go into a Starbucks (any Starbucks will do) and look around at all the Apple fan boys/girls drinking their shitty coffee and trying to act cool. You definitely don’t want to become one of those people. I mean, that coffee is really bad.

Also there’s tons of malware for the Mac (despite what they say). I can get Marika to get you a refresher course on the virus that turned the Mac laptops into spy cameras. Or I could point out that the iPhone was secretly tracking (and storing) the movement of their owners. That’s some creepy shit man, you don’t want to be part of that cult.

Which brings me to my last point. IT’S A CULT!  Do you really want to willingly join a cult with no better explanation than a couple of defective laptops? Sad thing is, you know I’m right. I’d post the article that shows that fanboys associate new Mac products with the religious part of their brain, but you already know that.  Stay strong, spend that large sum of money you’d buy an Air with and put it down for a top end PC.

Stay strong!

Things that happen on the internet every 60 seconds.

Things that happen on the internet every 60 seconds.

Sony hack reveals ‘Seinfeld’ is most common password

mikeelgan:

Passwords belonging to members of the SonyPictures.com site were distributed via BitTorrent by hacktivist group LulzSec. One surprising point of trivia: The word “Seinfeld” was the most common password.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

I couldn’t come up with a more random word/person to be a password. Better than just ‘password’ I suppose.

Groupon Is a Straight-Up Ponzi Scheme

"Why is Groupon not merely a tech-bubble datum but a Ponzi scheme? Simple: Groupon has found that you can get local merchants to try anything once if it brings them new customers. A few local merchants in Chicago get them started, and Groupon shows good revenues. In fact, Groupon immediately remits half of those “revenues” back to the local merchant — they were never Groupon revenues in any meaningful sense of the word. But, optically, Groupon revenues look high — which they use to raise a financing round at a high valuation. Then they use the proceeds to hire vast armies of salespeople to dig deeper into Chicago’s local merchant community and repeat the trick in other cities.

Meanwhile, many early-adopting merchants find that the burst in customers immediately disappears, and since they can’t perpetually discount 75%, those merchants stop using Groupon. But Groupon’s sales force adds many more new merchants than it loses (for now). And Groupon goes out and raises another round at an even higher valuation; they hire even more salespeople and expand into even more virgin territory. Lather, rinse, repeat.”

Yeah I hadn’t thought about it, but daaaaaamn, that’s a ponzi scheme.  I’m not sure Groupon will implode, but merchants are going to have to change how they use Groupon deals.  I think it makes sense for movie theaters (still gets people to the concessions), for services like yoga classes (high incentive to keep going in a routine), and maybe for restaurants, but it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.

New technology beams power over sound waves

infoneer-pulse:

Meredith Perry and Nora Dweck, two freshly minted University of Pennsylvania graduates, were at the exclusive D9 tech conference this week showing off their compelling technology demo: Ultrasonic power transfer.

uBeam, the company they created around their tech, uses sounds waves beyond the range of human (and dog) hearing to transmit power. In a proof-of-concept demo, Perry was able to move 5 volts at 50 milliwatts, or a quarter of a watt, over three feet. She says that with custom components, not the off-the-shelf piezo speakers roughed into the tech demo, she’ll be able to send 25 watts over ten feet.

» via CNET

courtenaybird:

The Top 10 Things Eric Schmidt Revealed At D9
7) Facial Recognition Is The Only Product Google Has Withheld
Google has facial recognition technology, but it’s uncomfortable with how it might be used, so it has withheld it. That’s apparently pretty unique for Google.
“As far as I know, it’s the only technology that Google built and stopped,” Schmidt said. 

Hasn’t stopped Microsoft and the Connect… I find that technology disturbing as well and I’m glad (for the time being) Google isn’t releasing that tech.

courtenaybird:

The Top 10 Things Eric Schmidt Revealed At D9

7) Facial Recognition Is The Only Product Google Has Withheld

Google has facial recognition technology, but it’s uncomfortable with how it might be used, so it has withheld it. That’s apparently pretty unique for Google.

“As far as I know, it’s the only technology that Google built and stopped,” Schmidt said. 

Hasn’t stopped Microsoft and the Connect… I find that technology disturbing as well and I’m glad (for the time being) Google isn’t releasing that tech.

It makes me sad that Angry Birds is higher rated than Google Maps.  If you had shown both of those apps to someone in 1990, wouldn’t Google Maps be the one they’re far more impressed with?
An underrated part of the last 5 (10?) years is the rapid diffusion of GPS capability to handheld devices.

It makes me sad that Angry Birds is higher rated than Google Maps.  If you had shown both of those apps to someone in 1990, wouldn’t Google Maps be the one they’re far more impressed with?

An underrated part of the last 5 (10?) years is the rapid diffusion of GPS capability to handheld devices.

urbantick:

The iPhone in the keyboard is actually not a bad idea. Especially if it could be fully integrated for sync, working and tracking. It could also replace the silly Apple Magic Trackpad. It would require to be an Apple designed keyboard though and not a stupid sausage looking PC keyboard. Via designboom

People who know me, know I hate apple pretty vehemently.  However, credit where credit is due, that’s a pretty exciting idea.  Having a phone dock like that could lead to some pretty awesome developments.

urbantick:

The iPhone in the keyboard is actually not a bad idea. Especially if it could be fully integrated for sync, working and tracking. It could also replace the silly Apple Magic Trackpad. It would require to be an Apple designed keyboard though and not a stupid sausage looking PC keyboard. Via designboom

People who know me, know I hate apple pretty vehemently.  However, credit where credit is due, that’s a pretty exciting idea.  Having a phone dock like that could lead to some pretty awesome developments.

PC Vs Mac Users.  My first problem with this infographic is that these are self identified Mac/PC users, which means this isn’t a random sample.  Perhaps that’s why it seems like every stereotype seems extra pronounced.  I find myself aligning much more with the “Mac Users” side, but I myself would rather renounce technology before becoming a Apple Fanboy.

PC Vs Mac Users.  My first problem with this infographic is that these are self identified Mac/PC users, which means this isn’t a random sample.  Perhaps that’s why it seems like every stereotype seems extra pronounced.  I find myself aligning much more with the “Mac Users” side, but I myself would rather renounce technology before becoming a Apple Fanboy.

15 amazing Facebook and Twitter Facts

15 amazing Facebook and Twitter Facts

International Calamity: Cyber Security Policy: Cyberwar with China? Russia?

internationalcalamitycyberpolicy:

One of the tech blogs I follow is ZDnet Government. Last month, David Gewirtz in Welcome to the new Cold War: China vs the United States discussed the possibility of a cyber war with another major world power.

It is becoming more and more clear that China is a clear and present threat…