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Protest sign

Posted on September 24th, 2011 at 22:52 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture, Pastafarian News


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Pumped up kicks

Posted on September 24th, 2011 at 22:05 by John Sinteur in category: News


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What Are Apple’s Icons Doing on Samsung’s Wall of Apps?

Posted on September 24th, 2011 at 21:58 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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If Samsung really does plan to take a bolder stance in its intellectual property battle with Apple, it best clean up its own operations first. Because it’s tough to take the company’s claims of commitment to innovation and distinctive design seriously when it really does seem to have a penchant for … er … referencing the work of others.


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Busted businesses

Posted on September 24th, 2011 at 21:56 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, News

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People were actually complaining about giving Tim Cook $384 million over ten years. If you work it out to a monthly basis, Apotheker got paid 70 percent of what Cook’s getting. And the guy conducted what amounts to a rockstar-style hotel-room trashing of HP, promising to sell HP’s profitable hardware business and kill a promising technology, webOS, that it had only recently paid a boatload of money for. All in order to turn the company into a software and services business like the one he failed to run at SAP.

See, this is what’s wrong with executive compensation. Before they do anything else, the HP board should stop and vote on a resolution to halt the practice of serving liquor at the meetings where they pick new CEOs and decide on their compensation packages.


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TOSAmend: The easy way to modify web service Terms of Service agreements

Posted on September 24th, 2011 at 20:52 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Have you ever read any of the terms of service documents you agree to when you sign up to your favorite web apps?

Of course you don’t.  Those documents are tens, sometimes hundreds, of pages long. You sign away even your most basic of rights.  They’re in legalise.  Even if you could read them, it would take you all day! And you’d have to spend countless more hours just trying to understand the lawyer-talk in them!.  And yet, they are REALLY important! Should any discrepancy between yourself and the other party be brought into a court of law, they will could potentially have a HUGE effect (monetary, or otherwise) on your life!

What if, instead of just blindly agreeing to a TOS document you haven’t read, you could just amend the TOS right there on the spot? Right there on the sign-up form.

Did you know that, when you’re signing a legal contract in the United States, you have the right to strikeout any clause that you do not understand or do not agree to? [source] With the TOSAmend bookmarklet, you can also easily do this with web-based contracts and terms of services.


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It’s beautiful, and I think it’s what I want to be.

Posted on September 24th, 2011 at 18:55 by John Sinteur in category: News

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In honor of Jim Henson’s 75th birthday, let’s celebrate bein’ green: Kermit. Ray Charles. Kermit and Ray Charles. The Boston Pops. Lena Horne and Kermit. Lena Horne. Oscar the Grouch. Bob McGrath. Audra McDonald. Chuck Findley and the Metropole Orchestra. Shirley Horn. Cibelle. Frank Sinatra. Thurl Ravenscroft. Van Morrison. Sophie Milman. Andrew Bird. Big Bird.


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Oh, hai!

Posted on September 24th, 2011 at 16:45 by John Sinteur in category: News


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What The People Want: Abolishment of the TSA and Marijuana Legalization

Posted on September 24th, 2011 at 10:53 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Earlier this month, the White House launched “We The People“, a website for submitting petitions to the prez (a right guaranteed by the First Amendment). Per Obama’s pledge to make the government more open and accountable, the site will provide “a new way to petition the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country,” according to Whitehouse.gov. “If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.”

At this point, “enough support” = 5,000 signatures in 30 days. If you have a petition that gets the attention of a community like Reddit, that’s pretty easy to achieve, meaning the White House is going to need to tell people why marijuana hasn’t been legalized and why the TSA hasn’t been abolished.


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  1. Ya know what’s astonishing? NONE of the petitions posted are right-wing ideas. NONE. ZERO. You’d think Rush Limbaugh would be sending in the troops to vote…

Meg Whitman: Excerpts from new HP CEO’s first talk with investors

Posted on September 24th, 2011 at 9:43 by John Sinteur in category: News

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I think the way we have to rebuild the confidence of investors, the confidence of employees, is we have to execute. We have to say what we’re going to do. We have to mean it, and we have to deliver the results. In the end, the only thing that will rebuild confidence in this company is delivering the results, and that’s what I intend to do.

Translation: I haven’t a clue.


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  1. It’s like an entire Harvard MBA class played the game Telephone starting with the tag line “Just do it.”

  2. What amazes me is knowing that no matter what she does, no matter what happens to HP (including bankruptcy), she will make millions and then move to another job making millions. Folks in those economic circles simply are not allowed to fail.

  3. What they (HP) really need is to get back to their engineering roots, not get yet another bag of wind.

Cartoons

Posted on September 24th, 2011 at 9:36 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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Kassav’

Posted on September 24th, 2011 at 0:07 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Kassav’ was formed in 1979 by Pierre-Edouard Décimus (a long-time professional musician who had worked with Freddy Marshall) and Paris studio musician Jacob F. Desvarieux. Together and under the influence of well-known Guadeloupean combo Experience 7, they decided to make Guadeloupean carnival music and record it in a more fully orchestrated yet modern and polished style. In the 1980s they took Caribbean music to another level by recording in the new digital format.

Kassav’ was the leading band to emerge from the formative years of zouk; most authors credit Décimus, his brother Georges, the band’s bassist and Desvarieux as its inventors. The music evolved from kadans, cadence-lypso, and the folk Music of Martinique and Guadeloupe.

They gave the style a pan-Caribbean sound by taking elements from Haitian compas, Jamaican reggae, Nuevo Rican salsa, and Republic of Cameroon’s rhythm Makossa, and the result became world-famous. Their first album, Love and Ka Dance (1980), established the new sound of zouk, a Parisian concoction unlike anything else, island-based or otherwise to come onto the global scene. The band gained popularity in their much-heralded live performances in Paris’s Club Zenith and toured widely. For a band ostensibly operating in a "narrowly focused" Caribbean dance-based ‘recently arrived’ new genre, their success and influence on other artists was remarkable, although they were most influenced by a veritable ‘cornucopia’ of other styles as noted above.


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