Show Notes – August 31st, 2015

Amazon Needs More Staff – And Pay Up To $19 An Hour!

http://amazon.staffhiringtoday.pw/amazon/amazon-needs-80000-more-staff-and-pay-19-an-hour/

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 You probably don’t want to work for Amazon

http://www.theverge.com/2015/8/15/9159309/you-probably-dont-want-to-work-for-amazon

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An interview between Martin and Kumi Rauf of I Love Being Black –

 

In the News!

Russian government backs down on Wikipedia censorship “Because the Wikimedia Foundation uses HTTPS-encrypted connections for all of its sites,” reports Parker Higgins, “the government was left with only the option of ordering the entire site blocked, or leaving the offending page accessible.” Read the rest
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Open source typeface “Hack” brings design to source code The days of coders being shackled to Monaco or Courier New ends now. At SourceFoundry.org this week, programmer Chris Simpkins debuted the 2.0 version of Hack, an open source typeface designed specifically for use in source code. Hack is characterized by a large x-height, wide aperture, and low contrast design in order to be “highly legible” at common coding text sizes. Its “sweet
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Magnet-Steered Nano-Fish Could Deliver Drugs and Sweep Body Toxins dkatana writes: David Warner writes on InformationWeek how “nanoengineers” from UC San Diego have created microscopic fish powered by hydrogen peroxide that use magnets to steer themselves. “The “fish” are powerful enough to swim through your bloodstream, removing toxins or bringing medicine directly to crucial parts of your body, as cells in your blood stream do. Given en
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Pixar in a Box Teaches the Basics of How Pixar Gets Things Done Khan Academy and Pixar have launched Pixar in a Box, a new course meant to teach kids the practical uses for all the stuff they’re learning in school and the basics of working on creative projects. Pixar in a Box isn’t a straight-up class like we usually think of them. While there are classes on everything from character modeling to animation, Pixar in a Box is more aimed at showing how basic conc
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Op-Ed: Lexmark’s war against a man who recycles toner cartridges The intellectual property interests are at it again, trying to leverage their rights to take away yours. No one knows this better than 44-year-old Eric Smith of Charleston, West Virginia. Smith has devoted his life to the office supply company founded by his father—a company that’s now under legal attack by printing behemoth Lexmark International, Inc. Although Smith trying to fend off Lexmark i
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That’s Novel! How to Find New Books to Read With Reddit Fiction is a double-edged sword. Books can be adventurous and emotional and even life-changing, but as soon as you read those dreaded closing lines, you’re left wondering if you’ll ever find another book that can make you feel that way again. Despite the handful of book recommending services available on the web, none of them are perfect. Goodreads is the most well-known, and we have some advanced
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Deadspin More Than 100 ESPN Employees Signed Up For Ashley Madison From Work | Gizmodo These Former Deadspin More Than 100 ESPN Employees Signed Up For Ashley Madison From Work | Gizmodo These Former “Students” Say Trump University Was a Scam | io9 The Summer Movies Of 2015: What Worked and What Didn’t | Jezebel I Went Undercover to Find Out What It Takes to Be an Underpaid NBA Cheerleader | Kinja Popular Posts
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Learn Eight Helpful Microsoft Excel Tricks with This Handy Cheat Sheet If you’re new to using Microsoft Excel, or an experienced user looking for a good visual reference, this handy cheat sheet covers eight helpful tricks for becoming a spreadsheet pro.While spreadsheet software is essential for jobs like accounting, it can be useful for any kind of data management. This infographic, from the Sure Payroll Blog, explains how to use absolute and relative references, ho
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TSA inadvertently shows the dangers of master baggage keys Security researchers have long warned of the dangers of using master-keyed locks — if thieves get their hands on just one key, they compromise all of the compatible locks at the same time. And unfortunately, the US’ Transportation Security Administration is learning this lesson the hard way. It briefly let the Washington Post show a photo (we’ve blurred the details) of the master baggage keys it
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Android lock patterns as predictable as common passwords Know how a lot of people tend to use passwords such as “123456” or, well, “password?” Well, turns out Android lock patterns (ALPs) are just as predictable. Norwegian University of Science and Technology graduate Marte Løge analyzed 4,000 patterns for her master’s thesis and found that 77 percent of the participants started from one of the four corners, and 44 percent started t
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Life with the Dash button: good design for Amazon, bad for everyone else On a sunny Saturday morning, seven Amazon Dash buttons arrived to my apartment. Dash is a decidedly Jetsonian future come to life. A Wi-Fi connected button for my every need! Push one in my toddler’s bedroom, and Huggies diapers would appear at my doorstep. Push another by my bathroom sink, and Gillette razors arrive to shave my beard away. With this $35 shipment, I’d be able to stick a Dash butt
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Hardcore Pirates Are Reportedly Banning Windows 10 There’s casual Pirate Bay piracy, and then there’s private torrent trackers: members-only clubs that share the best movie and TV rips among themselves. As you’d expect, they tend to be pretty hardcore about privacy, enough so that some groups are banning members from using Windows 10. As TorrentFreak reports, groups like iTS and FSC have been freaking out about the new Terms of Use for Windows 10
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Twitter bots are trying to silence Mexican protesters Many activists thrive on Twitter, both to get their messages heard and to coordinate their on-the-ground action. However, it looks like there’s a growing, sophisticated effort to dismantle Mexican anti-corruption and anti-violence protests through the same social network. Journalists have noticed that Twitter robots are trying to drown out Mexican activists’ posts, issue death threats and promote
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Pokemon players arrested after bringing guns to World Championships In a bizarre turn of events, police have taken two men into custody for threatening the Pokémon World Championships in Boston. Investigators from the Boston Police Department (BPD) were tipped off after James Stumbo and Kevin North, 27 and 18 respectively, posted an image of an AR-15 and shotgun on Facebook, saying “(we) are ready for worlds Boston here we come!!!.” Police searched thei
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You might be one of the unlucky many who’ve been issued a faulty iPhone. You might be one of the unlucky many who’ve been issued a faulty iPhone. A small component in some iPhone 6 Plus phones, sold between September 2014 and January 2015, is causing the iSight camera to fail. If your phone falls in a certain serial number, you’re due for a new one. Check with Apple if you qualify.
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Twitter Is Shutting Down Even More Government Transparency Accounts Twitter has blocked 31 transparency-seeking accounts from accessing its developer API. These accounts all archived and made public the deleted tweets of powerful people like politicians. Twitter’s actually been doing this for a while now.Back in June, Twitter revoked API access from the popular Politwoops account that was run by the Sunlight Foundation. This latest round of pseudo-censorship targe
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Tell Us Your Memories of Windows 95, the Most Charming OS Microsoft Ever Made Want to feel old? The iPhone turns 20 today. Just KIDDING. Windows 95 is celebrating its 20th birthday though. Microsoft’s once-ubiquitous operating system launched in 1995 with an expensive (and wildly successful) marketing campaign. It looks laughably outdated now, but at the time, Windows 95 was a hit, selling 7 million copies in the first five weeks it was available. “Windows 95 is to computin
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John McAfee: Ashley Madison “Was An Inside Job” John McAfee is not known for his reasonableness. McAfee, founder of the eponymous antivirus software company, is very well known for being a security expert, however. Wearing both hats, McAfee now says that “Ashley Madison hack was not hacked.” He claims, “It was an inside job.” And it was a woman!?The International Business Times, which shares a parent company with Newsweek, just published a miso
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Cortana officially arrives on Android via public beta Following a leak last month, Microsoft’s virtual assistant officially arrived on Android. Thanks to a public beta, Redmond keeps its promise to bring Cortana to the Google faithful. As we’ve already seen, you can use Cortana to help with things like answering random questions, setting reminders, tracking flights and a number of other tasks. What you still can’t do, however, is use the “Hey C
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Queens Man Cited by FCC for Interfering with Sprint’s Network The FCC has filed a citation against a Queens, New York, man for operating equipment in the 1900MHz band that is interfering with Sprint’s network. Sprint filed a complaint about interference issues on March 10. The FCC investigated and determined the interference is being caused by an unknown device or devices on property owned in Queens by Jian Chang. “The device at this location is injecti
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Ashley Madison offers $376,000 bounty to help find hackers The Impact Life hackers might not release any more data they stole from adultery-enabling site Ashley Madison, but the legal investigation into who exactly is responsible for the security breach is just getting started. As reported by The Independent, Ashely Madison’s parent company Avid Life Media (ALM) is offering a $500,000 (in Canadian dollars, about $376,000 US as of this writing) reward for
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Courts Will Let the FTC Punish Companies for Bad Cybersecurity Last week, hackers released a ton of data stolen from Ashley Madison, and scared the shit out of internet users everywhere. Now, with an uncanny sense of timing, an appeals court says the Federal Trade Commission has the power to regulate companies’ cyber security. That’s good news for you!A United States appeals court just unanimously upheld a lower court ruling that will let the FTC pursue a law
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Comcast Says It’ll Offer Gigabit Internet Nationwide Within Two Years Comcast can’t stop talking about all the upgrades it has planned for its internet service. An executive recently told the press that it plans to upgrade its entire network to the

 

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