Google Maps - Pegman is shown in a UFO if dragged over Area 51.
Google Maps - Pegman is shown in a UFO if dragged over Area 51.
Alex Barker and Murad Ahmed, reporting for The Financial Times:
The European parliament is poised to call for a break-up of Google, in one of the most brazen assaults so far on the technology group’s power.
The gambit increases the political pressure on the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, to take a tougher line on Google, either in its antitrust investigation into the company or through the introduction of laws to curb its reach.
A draft motion seen by the Financial Times says that “unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services” should be considered as a potential solution to Google’s dominance. It has the backing of the parliament’s two main political blocs, the European People’s Party and the Socialists.
Good luck with that.
Whenever DOJ pulls out the “But think of the murdered children…” routine, it’s a pretty good sign Apple is doing something right.
The No. 2 official at the Justice Department recently warned top Apple executives that stronger encryption protections added to iPhones would lead to a horrific tragedy, such as a child dying, because police couldn't access a suspect's device, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
The beefed up protections, Apple recently disclosed, mean that even when company officials are served with a court order, they will be unable to retrieve potentially crucial evidence such as photos, messages, or contacts stored on iPhones and iPads. Instead, the data can be accessed only by people who know the passcode that serves as the encryption key.
Justice Department officials wasted no time objecting to the changes and used the scenario of a child being kidnapped and murdered to drive home their claim that Apple was "marketing to criminals." According to the WSJ, Justice Department officials including Deputy Attorney General James Cole met with Apple General Counsel Bruce Sewell and two other company employees on October 1. Reporters Devlin Barrett, Danny Yadron, and Daisuke Wakabayashi gave the following account, which they attributed to the recollections of people who attended.
Lots of my friends can't live without Uber. But more and more evidence that it's a wildly sleazy operation at the highest levels.
Missouri Gov declares State of Emergency for St. Louis County ahead of possible protests tied to Ferguson.
Bionic Bitcoin Commando
Any serious Bitcoin user will preach the benefits of cold storage: keeping the bulk of your bitcoins offline somewhere, like on an encrypted USB stick, or even printed on a piece of paper. The idea is that by keeping that data offline, it’s far less susceptible to being hacked.
So, the theory goes: what could be safer than keeping it inside your own body?
For the last 10 days, Martijn Wismeijer, a Dutch entrepreneur and Bitcoin enthusiast, has lived with an NFC chip embedded in each hand. One has data that he’s constantly overwriting; he can put his contact details in simply by having another person scan his hand with an NFC-enabled phone. But the other contains the encrypted private key to his wallet.
We can avoid a similar situation in the future by not being in Salem during the witch trials, and then you won’t be accused! Avoid going to Salem if possible.
News for #teampie
Don’t look now, but Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Here are three new bakery options in the East Bay to check out for your holiday dessert fix.
CupKates founder and early food truck adopter Kate McEachern officially debuts her first brick-and-mortar location this week in Berkeley. A collaboration with her husband, Stateside Bakery is a truly unique venture, offering fresh-made versions of classic American Hostess-style treats but with quality ingredients.
The idea came to McEachern, according to the East Bay Express, after listening to her brother reminisce fondly about the junk food of his youth and wishing he could, in good consistence, introduce his own son to some of those items. And so at Stateside, she’ll be offering up “Twinkies” filled with fresh Madagascar bourbon vanilla cream and “Oreos” made from chocolate shortbread cookies, plus housemade pop tarts, moon pies, and more.
Stateside Bakery: 3001 Telegraph Ave, Suite E, Berkeley, statesidebakery.com.
Self-taught Pietisserie founder Jaynelle St. Jean has been offering up a seasonal selection of pies out of a seemingly never-ending rotation of East Bay locations over the past several years, most recently sharing a space inside Nido Kitchen & Bar in Jack London Square. Now, at last, St. Jean will have her own place, a tiny 400-square-foot storefront in the East Lake section of Oakland, which she’s opening within the next few weeks (definitely before Thanksgiving, St. Jean says).
She’ll be offering 8–10 different pies along with milk and ice cream (customers can get coffee at the next door café). She’ll also eventually serve her popular mini pies, but likely not until after the Thanksgiving crunch. Speaking of which, you have until November 17 to pre-order pies, including Okinawan sweet potato (pictured) and chocolate cream pretzel, which can be picked up at the new storefront on or the day before Turkey Day.
Pietisserie: 1605 2nd Ave., Oakland, 510-859-PIES, pietisserie.com.
A Dora Pie
Chocolatier Blue founder Chris Blue and his wife Jess Steeve took over the shuttered Slow restaurant space on University Avenue (next to one of their chocolate shop locations) in late October. In Slow’s place, according to Berkeleyside, the couple opened a new pie and coffee shop called A Dora Pie, serving up cookies, meringues, Flying Goat coffee, and pies made with all-butter crust.
Initial offerings include pumpkin and chocolate French silk, with more flavors on the way and plans to soon offer savory pies for lunch and dinner.
A Dora Pie: 1966 University Ave., Berkeley, (510) 529-4191, Facebook.
There are apparently *multiple* asshole Jon Grubers?
weapons of mass destruction program activities.
Reach the largest daily audience in the world by connecting everyone to their world via our information sharing and distribution platform products and be one of the top revenue generating Internet companies in the world.
That’s 220 characters. If any company should be able to fit its strategy into a single tweet, it’s Twitter. So clunky. Worrisome that they can’t express themselves clearly.
I can just see the argument. “Let’s call them platforms.” “No, products.” “Platforms!” “Products!” “Wait, I’ve got it: platform products.”
I’m sure there’s an artful way to use “world” three times in the same sentence, but that ain’t it.
North Korean public performances of emotion are just so eerily similar to Pentecostal church.
Kim Jong-un with Korean People’s Army troops.
Mad respect to Earl Thomas for not ever reading Reddit.
Earl Thomas answered anything (except most questions, including ones about Percy Harvin)
The most interesting thing to me about a player like Earl Thomas, is that we almost always talk about him like his career has already passed. "What's his legacy?" "Where does he rank in the pantheon of great safeties?" "Is he as good as Kenny Easley?" And we do this despite the fact that he's 25-fuckin-years-old.
Thomas was born mere months before the debut of The Simpsons, and yet it's hard to not think about the fact that now he's under pressure to be a first team All-Pro every season because that's what we've become accustomed to. And he could feasibly still be playing in the NFL in the year 2029.
There's a greater chance that the Jaguars will leave the league before Thomas does.
So that's really what I kind of want to know about these transcendent young players, like Thomas, JJ Watt, Von Miller, or Calvin Johnson: How do you deal with the attention? How do you avoid looking at the next 5, 10, or 15 years? How do you prepare for a life after football while you're still preparing for the next game?
And ... Is Russell Wilson a robot or a time traveler?
Thomas went to Reddit today and did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) and there was some interesting insight. I wouldn't say that there were many huge revelations, but Thomas is a lot funnier than people may give him credit for. Here are some of the highlights of that AMA:
On cutting his dreads and switching his jersey to read "THOMAS III":
"It was in the middle of the night, I still had my dreads, something told me to cut my dreads. I woke up in the middle of the night and cut my dreads. The III I tried to get at the beginning of my rookie season, but they wouldn't allow it."
On what music he listens to before games:
"I don't listen to music before games. I'll listen to an audio book. Maybe something like the Art of War. Even some old Mike Tyson stories to tap into my killer instinct."
On his favorite Super Bowl memory:
"The plane ride home. We was in the clouds, it felt like a movie, bro."
On the most under-appreciated player:
"Probably Brandon Mebane, he's been there so long and he does a lot of the dirty work that nobody sees. He's the nose guard, he clogs up the holes and makes it hard for the opposing running game. He's put in a position that you can't really see but his impact is irreplaceable... because he's in the trenches."
On Pete Carroll:
"Instead of a coach, I think Pete is more of a teacher. He allows everyone to have their own personalities, but gives us the indicators that we need to succeed in growth."
"This is my first time browsing Reddit."
"If it don't help me grow, I don't listen to or see it. Growth is what I'm after. I'm self mastering a bunch of other stuff."
On the funniest person on the team:
"Coach Carroll is the funniest guy on the team. The thing that makes him the funniest is that he may have multiple personalities that he actually believes. You can see it in his acting skills."
On whether or not Russell Wilson is a robot:
"No, he's a time traveler."
On raising the 12th Man Flag one day:
"Great question. I haven't thought about it but I see it before every game and it's a very emotional experience. I put that along with seeing my name dropped in the rafters. Something like a goal."
The rest of the AMA can be found on Reddit.
Amazon’s been headed in this direction for a while now. The original Kindle screen was 167 ppi; the Paperwhite upped that all the way to 212 ppi. The Paperwhite’s screen is actually quite good, but the Voyage’s is still noticeably better. To put it in Apple terms, this is really the first Kindle with a Retina display.
Unfortunately, Amazon has invested all of this effort in improved reading technology only to find itself completely at sea when it comes to typography. The Voyage still only offers six typefaces — many of them poor choices for this context — and still force-justifies every line (with no hyphenation!), creating variable-length gaps between words just so the right margin is straight rather than ragged. A device that’s dedicated to words on a page, one with a screen this beautiful, deserves better type options.
It’s depressing that all my typographic complaints from two years ago still stand. Amazon hasn’t improved the typography of Kindles in any way since then, other than by increasing the resolution of the display. I’ll repeat now what I wrote then:
Amazon’s goal should be for Kindle typography to equal print typography. They’re not even close. They get a pass on this only because all their competitors are just as bad or worse. Amazon should hire a world-class book designer to serve as product manager for the Kindle.
They should either devise or license (from Adobe?) a world-class hyphenation-justification algorithm while they’re at it. I’ll never buy another Kindle device until they fix this.
Update: Numerous readers have pointed out that they could just use the excellent open-source hyphenation algorithm from TeX.
Maybe I am thinking off, but a lady body has a lot of power especially when it speaks of menstruation.
This seems superfluous. We already have a class-based offline shooter called “America.”
On Friday, Blizzard Entertainment kicked off its annual Blizzcon event in Anaheim with announcements about longtime series such as StarCraft and newer entries like Heroes of the Storm, but the keynote's biggest noisemaker was the debut of a new IP: Overwatch, the company's first-ever first-person shooter series (no, we don't count StarCraft: Ghost).
The class-based online shooter was revealed by way of a lengthy, pre-rendered 3D animation, which saw two excited children wander through a bright, colorful museum dedicated to a long-ago battle. Not surprisingly, chaos broke out in the trailer, with a number of super-sized heroes showing up to leap, dash, punch, and blast at each other.
The cartoony, Pixar-like visuals of the animation were followed by an immediate gameplay reveal, which showed a number of distinct characters shooting at each other in mostly first-person combat, though with frequent camera-pulls to show off special maneuvers. It included team-shooter archetypes like healers and engineers, but Overwatch's gameplay seemed to particularly stress speed and firepower. One character, named Tracer, could run into a ruckus and lay down attacks, then personally rewind time as a way to escape the hectic scene; another named Hanzo could climb and bounce off of walls, then shoot arrows that exposed enemies through walls.
I wish someone would pay ME to lose $800 million over six years. I could do that _much_ more efficiently than the giant team at Zynga!!
Over a year ago, when we published our large feature on Zynga, it was at a crossroads—so focused on growth that the company was hemorrhaging users, and money. One anonymous principal Zynga engineer told us at the time: "Zynga is destroying Zynga."
On Friday, Zynga announced its quarterly earnings for the third quarter of 2014, and the answer is clear: the company is still losing a lot of money. The San Francisco gaming firm lost over $57 million during the quarter and has lost a total of $180.7 million in 2014—it is now on pace to lose over $200 million in 2014. That would put its annual losses about where they were in 2012 and would mean that Zynga will have lost over $800 million in six years.
Some of that was due to Zynga's acquisition of NaturalMotion earlier this year.
“Barbaric cultural practices”?? These Canadians are using surprisingly intemperate language!
TORONTO (RNS) The "Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act" would ban arranged marriages of minors and deport polygamists.
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I just…how do… how could one possibly begin to grade this student‘s essay?
Many ancient monsters are female because in a sense women are more ferocious. They have a more wicked side. Also women aren’t too worthy of being things of high role. This reveals that women can’t be anything greater than evil, spell casting, killing monsters.
The First Regiment of the Socialist Brigade of Mexico, Feminine Sex on parade to show their willingness to defend Mexico City if the Constitutionalist Army attempted to retake it, 1915.
WireLurker monitors any iOS device connected via USB with an infected OS X computer and installs downloaded third-party applications or automatically generated malicious applications onto the device, regardless of whether it is jailbroken. This is the reason we call it "wire lurker". Researchers have demonstrated similar methods to attack non-jailbroken devices before; however, this malware combines a number of techniques to successfully realize a new brand of threat to all iOS devices.Once installed, WireLurker can collect information from iOS devices like contacts and iMessages, and it's able to request updates from attackers. It's said to be under "active development" with an unclear "ultimate goal."
WireLurker exhibits complex code structure, multiple component versions, file hiding, code obfuscation and customized encryption to thwart anti-reversing. In this whitepaper, we explain how WireLurker is delivered, the details of its malware progression, and specifics on its operation.
"We are aware of malicious software available from a download site aimed at users in China," an Apple spokesperson told iMore, "and we've blocked the identified apps to prevent them from launching. As always, we recommend that users download and install software from trusted sources."
Acorn Woodpecker at Sycamore Valley Open Space Preserve (Danville). Photo: Larry and Dena Hollowood
By Bruce Mast
They are the clowns of the oak savannah — Acorn Woodpeckers — with their harlequin faces, gregarious habits, and off-kilter laughing calls that inspired Woody Woodpecker.
Here in the Bay Area, Acorn Woodpecker colonies are fairly common in the East Bay hills and the western slopes of Mount Diablo, particularly where there are concentrations of valley oaks. South of Livermore, they can be locally abundant in the Diablo range. They are rare in Tilden and Redwood Regional Parks, however, and practically unheard of west of the Hayward Fault.
So what’s up with the recent spate of Acorn Woodpecker sightings in urban San Francisco and the East Bay lowlands?(...)
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The Tenderloin’s no-frills Burmese Kitchen — one of the city’s top spots for Burmese fare — is closing at the end of November. The Lin Family opened Burmese Kitchen in 2009, when they began offering their native cuisine in the same space that was their Larkin Express Deli; it quickly gained a cult-like following for dishes like the signature tea leaf salad and mohinga.
The goodbye note from the Lins does, however, note that they hope to reopen elsewhere:
We are closing on 11/30/2014. The story of the Burmese people is full of unforeseen setbacks, challenges and triumphs. It’s these events and the people we’ve met along the way that give life it’s vibrant color and flavor.
Due to the changing nature of San Francisco we are not being allowed to renew our lease at our current location. Even though we’re looking for a new location we know that our home is where our hearts are, and that’s whit all of YOU who’ve supported the Burmese Kitchen.
Now we want to take all of you with us. We’d love to keep in touch with you so can let you know where our new location is. We’re also asking for your email and zip code because we may just end up being neighbors. Please click here to leave us your contact info. Thank you.
The Lin Family
Burmese Kitchen: 452 Larkin St. (near Turk Street), San Francisco; (415) 474-5569. www.burmesekitchen.com.
Last month, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors passed a law that threw out the city’s longstanding ban against short-term rentals. The legislation finally legitimized Airbnb, the home-sharing start-up that became a mainstay of the "sharing economy" when it was created six years ago.
The 7-4 vote on the bill, signed into law last week, might have been the end of a long debate—but it wasn't to be. The vote took place smack-dab in the middle of election season, and the acrimonious debate has spilled into one of California’s most hotly contested legislative contests.
Two SF supervisors, one on each side of the Airbnb vote, are striving toward statewide office. A committee supporting board president David Chiu, who pushed through the Airbnb bill, has been showered with money—about $750,000 in all—from two big Airbnb investors, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and Ron Conway.
Saucie, in case you ever get bored of PDX…
The people of Nepal like goat dishes. They like goat sacrifices. But not all local goats meet such a fate. In one town, goats do as they please. After all, they're divine!
Judge Steven C. Frucci ruled this week that giving police a fingerprint is akin to providing a DNA or handwriting sample or an actual key, which the law permits. A pass code, though, requires the defendant to divulge knowledge, which the law protects against, according to Frucci's written opinion.The ruling stemmed from a case involving David Baust, who was accused of strangling his girlfriend. Prosecutors believed Baust may have stored video of the attack on his phone, and requested that the judge force him to unlock it. If protected by a passcode, Baust will not be required to unlock his phone under the Fifth Amendment, but if protected with a fingerprint, he could potentially be forced to unlock the device.
Nearly a million websites running the popular Drupal content management system had only hours to update their software before attacks likely compromised the systems, thanks to a widespread vulnerability, the Drupal security team warned this week.
On October 15, the security team for the Drupal content management system announced the discovery of a critical security flaw that could allow attackers to steal data or compromise vulnerable sites. Within seven hours of the announcement, attackers had begun broadly scanning for and attacking Drupal sites, according to the project’s security team, which provided the details in an October 29 public service announcement.
“Systematic attacks were launched against a wide variety of Drupal websites in an attempt to exploit this vulnerability,” the group stated in its update. “If you did not update your site within < 7 hours of the bug being announced, we consider it likely your site was already compromised.”