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Port-au-Prince

Posted on June 16th, 2010 at 20:12 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

I just received word from the head of the Haiti Civil Military Coordination and Information, run by the OCHA, that my free Port-au-Prince map for the iPhone is much appreciated.

I’m tickled pink. It’s not often that you get this kind of feedback, and I’m very happy I was able to make a contribution that goes beyond the simple donations to the NGO’s like the Red Cross.

Haiti still needs help, folks!


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  1. Congratulations John, it’s so nice to know when a humble contribution like yours can make a difference for the better!

  2. Cool! You rock!

  3. That’s nice!!

Apple apologizes for iPhone 4 gaffe

Posted on June 16th, 2010 at 19:03 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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Yesterday Apple and its carrier partners took pre-orders for more than 600,000 of Apple’s new iPhone 4. It was the largest number of pre-orders Apple has ever taken in a single day and was far higher than we anticipated, resulting in many order and approval system malfunctions. Many customers were turned away or abandoned the process in frustration. We apologize to everyone who encountered difficulties, and hope that they will try again or visit an Apple or carrier store once the iPhone 4 is in stock.

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AT&T says Apple iPhone 4 pre-orders were 10 times higher than the first day of iPhone 3GS pre-orders last year


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BP Agrees to Create Fund to Pay for Spill

Posted on June 16th, 2010 at 17:44 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The White House and BP tentatively agreed on Wednesday that the oil giant would create a $20 billion fund to pay claims for the worst oil spill in American history. The fund will be independently run by Kenneth Feinberg, the mediator who oversaw the 9/11 victims compensation fund, according to two people familiar with the deliberations.

Wow. That probably means their internal projections showed a 40 to 60 billion dollar liability without this fund. If they’re that easily convinced to spend $20b, given the shenanigans Exxon did to avoid paying anything, they’re in really deep doo-doo.


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History of the typewriter through vocal sound effects

Posted on June 16th, 2010 at 17:10 by John Sinteur in category: News

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This is Michael Winslow, the "man of 10,000 sound effects," taking us through the history of the typewriter. Absolutely incredible. Of course, Winslow is perhaps most famous for his role in the Policy Academy movies.


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More American Workers Outsourcing Own Jobs Overseas

Posted on June 16th, 2010 at 17:08 by John Sinteur in category: News


More American Workers Outsourcing Own Jobs Overseas


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European flooding – The Big Picture

Posted on June 16th, 2010 at 17:03 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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Over the past month, heavy rainfall from different storms across parts of Europe has caused massive amounts of flooding – some water moving slowly across river plains and farmland, some moving swiftly through cities and villages. Dozens have lost their lives, many thousands evacuated their homes, some repeatedly – Poland in particular is suffering its worst flooding in decades. More recently, parts of Spain and France have experienced flash floods that have carried away people and vehicles. Collected here are some images of the flooding in Europe from the past several weeks. (42 photos total)


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Farmers help a horse to jump into an amphibious vehicle in flooded Juliszew village in central Poland at Wisla river on May 24, 2010. (JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images) #


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Monsters in the Market

Posted on June 16th, 2010 at 17:01 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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By some estimates, algorithms now trigger 70 percent of all trades in U.S. equities. The speed and volume of everyday trading have propelled the market into a new and esoteric dimension, and rendered traders in the pits largely obsolete. Average daily share volume on the New York Stock Exchange increased by 181 percent between 2005 and 2009, while the time required to execute a trade on its electronic systems dropped to 650 microseconds.

Such changes have a lot of people worried, including the Securities and Exchange Commission. It released a wide-ranging paper earlier this year seeking suggestions on how to restructure the entire equity market, and created a Division of Risk, Strategy, and Financial Innovation in part to help monitor new technologies. A market collapse in early May—in which automated-trading systems exacerbated a sell-off that drove the Dow down more than 900 points in less than an hour, before it quickly recovered—gave two worries new public salience: that the proprietors of these algos may not be in full control of their creations, and that the strategies they pursue are, in some cases, fundamentally warping the financial markets.


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  1. Algorithms are the genes of the emergent AI

WikiLeaks Preparing To Release Video Of Afghan Air Strike, Site’s Founder Says

Posted on June 16th, 2010 at 16:56 by John Sinteur in category: News

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In an email message to his supporters, obtained by The Daily Beast, Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, says he is preparing to post a classified video of an air strike on an Afghan village.

According to reporter Philip Shenon, the incident is "believed to be the most lethal combat strike in Afghanistan — in terms of civilian deaths — since the United States invaded the country."


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When money rules health care: Doc linked to 68 deaths

Posted on June 16th, 2010 at 13:00 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The trial of a doctor and his wife accused of contributing to the fatal overdoses of 68 patients by overprescribing pain medication went to jurors on Tuesday.

Stephen Schneider and his wife Linda were portrayed by the prosecution in closing arguments as running a "Burger King for pain pill addicts" while the defense argued that the state’s case was overblown.

The case has drawn attention in part because of a debate over the medical treatment of pain in the United States, but also the high number of deaths attributed to the defendants.

"This is a sordid tale of how money and not medicine controlled the defendants’ actions," Assistant U.S. Attorney Tanya Treadway told jurors in closing arguments.

"The defendants were running a pill mill, not a legitimate medical practice," she added.


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BofA to limit duration of trades with BP

Posted on June 16th, 2010 at 11:31 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Bank of America Merrill Lynch has ordered its traders not to enter into oil trades with BP that extend beyond June 2011

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BP’s credit rating was downgraded six notches on Tuesday by Fitch Ratings, which cited the high costs BP may face for compensating victims of the company’s Gulf spill. Fitch downgraded BP to BBB from an AA rating.

Looks like BP is going down…


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  1. This is not good news to me. Perhaps this couldn’t have happened to another company due to their increased consciousness, but I doubt it. I worked on the Exxon-Valdez clean-up and am pretty sure Exxon is no better. BC’s bankruptcy will have a chilling effect on pensions and the economy in general. I think the most we can hope for is perhaps something close to decent energy legislation. Doubt it-just a disaster no matter how you view it.

Cartoons

Posted on June 16th, 2010 at 9:11 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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Rent a White Guy

Posted on June 16th, 2010 at 7:19 by John Sinteur in category: News

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And so I became a fake businessman in China, an often lucrative gig for underworked expatriates here. One friend, an American who works in film, was paid to represent a Canadian company and give a speech espousing a low-carbon future. Another was flown to Shanghai to act as a seasonal-gifts buyer. Recruiting fake businessmen is one way to create the image—particularly, the image of connection—that Chinese companies crave. My Chinese-language tutor, at first aghast about how much we were getting paid, put it this way: “Having foreigners in nice suits gives the company face.”

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For the next few days, we sat in the office swatting flies and reading magazines, purportedly high-level employees of a U.S. company that, I later discovered, didn’t really exist. We were so important, in fact, that two of the guys were hired to stay for eight months (to be fair, they actually then received quality-control training).

“Lots happening,” Ken told me. “We need people for a week every month. It’ll be better next time, too. We’ll have new offices.” He paused before adding: “Bring a computer. You can watch movies all day.”


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  1. “Bring a computer. You can watch movies all day.”

    Hey! stop stealing our jobs.

  2. I have a good friend who was paid to attend a business meeting in Beijing. His job was to be quiet and white. He is swedish. He then taught english at the university (without a licens). His colleague was chinese-american. She was paid less, because she wasn’t white.

Skeptic magazine publisher explains why people believe hokum

Posted on June 16th, 2010 at 7:02 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


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  1. lol, thx for this!

BP Hires Mercs to Block Oily Beaches

Posted on June 16th, 2010 at 6:24 by John Sinteur in category: News

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BP, in a move destined to go down as one of the bestest public relations moves ever, has apparently hired a private security company to help to keep pesky reporters from covering the unfolding catastrophe on the beaches of the Gulf Coast. The report comes via New Orleans’ 6WDSU reporter Scott Walker, who last week ran into representatives of a “Talon Security” trying to block him from interviewing cleanup workers on a local beach. Just which of the various companies named “Talon Security” is storming the (public) beaches for BP, however, remains unclear.

Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time a private security firm made an appearance in a Gulf disaster. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, the Department of Homeland Security and a number of private firms, fearful of reported widespread violence and chaos, turned to private security contractors like Blackwater and ArmorGroup International to protect their property.


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T-Shirt

Posted on June 16th, 2010 at 6:22 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!, Great Picture


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