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Pro-Life Nurse Sues Family Planning Clinic for Not Hiring Her to Do the Job She Refused to Do

Posted on July 20th, 2014 at 10:28 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane

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Sara Hellwege, a pro-life nurse, applied for a job at Tampa Family Health Centers (in Florida) this past April. TFHC is a Title X clinic, meaning they’re all about things like family planning, contraception, and birth control.

So when Hellwege mentioned her affiliation with the “American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists” in her resume, the interviewer (Chad Lindsey) asked her if that would be a problem since, you know, conservative Christians + birth control = crazytown.

Hellwege said she couldn’t prescribe birth control since, in her unscientific mind, it caused abortions. Lindsey, knowing that all of the job openings involved prescribing birth control, told her there were no other positions available and that there was no reason to proceed with the interview process.

So she’s suing him.

I repeat: She’s suing him because he’s not hiring her for a job she refuses to do.


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English?

Posted on July 19th, 2014 at 23:08 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

Learn It


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  1. Exhortations to learn IT and to not excrete in public are perfectly sensible.

MH17

Posted on July 19th, 2014 at 19:57 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

Russian separatists have been doing things at the crash site that without respect, inhumane, and without precedent. I’m appalled. I have no words.

This picture is one that has accompanied many stories about this.

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And although I have no kind words for the separatists right now, it must be said this is unfair. Here‘s what really happened when that picture was taken.


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Playing With a Bug

Posted on July 19th, 2014 at 18:21 by Paul Jay in category: News


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  1. I think the spider mite learned more at the meeting than the person with the pen.

Meet Executive Order 12333: The Reagan rule that lets the NSA spy on Americans

Posted on July 19th, 2014 at 13:11 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy

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U.S. communications increasingly travel across U.S. borders — or are stored beyond them. For example, the Google and Yahoo e-mail systems rely on networks of “mirror” servers located throughout the world. An e-mail from New York to New Jersey is likely to wind up on servers in Brazil, Japan and Britain. The same is true for most purely domestic communications.

Executive Order 12333 contains nothing to prevent the NSA from collecting and storing all such communications — content as well as metadata — provided that such collection occurs outside the United States in the course of a lawful foreign intelligence investigation. No warrant or court approval is required, and such collection never need be reported to Congress. None of the reforms that Obama announced earlier this year will affect such collection.


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  1. They’ve been spying on us since Raygun? It didn’t seem to do any good. Why are we still wasting money on it?

  2. @chas: You can’t stop now. Can’t stop ever. This ratchet only goes one way…If they stopped, and then there was the inevitable “incident” there would be political hell to pay.

Bedworth school excludes pupil from end-of-year trip because she missed ONE day to go to mum’s funeral

Posted on July 19th, 2014 at 12:50 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A child was excluded from a school trip celebrating 100 per cent attendance because she’d missed one day – to go to her mum’s funeral.

Little Maddie Stevens, 11, was left confused and angry after staff at St Giles’ Junior School in Bedworth refused to let her go to Frankie & Benny’s restaurant with her friends on Tuesday.

Maddie’s mum Gail died of breast cancer in January this year, after a two-year battle with the disease.

The grieving youngster’s dad Andy, a finance manager, said: “It’s just so insensitive after everything she has been through.

“Maddie has been absolutely amazing since her mum died. She took only one day off to go the funeral, because we wanted to keep things as normal for her as we could. But even if she’d taken a week off I’d be saying this.

“She got very upset when Gail passed away and at the funeral, but she’s just tried to get on with things.

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When the Telegraph contacted St Giles’ Junior School, a spokesperson said: “Following concerns raised, the rewarding of pupils for 100 per cent attendance has been withdrawn.”

Let unsaid in that response “and that’s her fault!”. Bunch of insensitive idiots.


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  1. The correct response: “We are _so_ sorry! We are a bunch of insensitive idiots. The head teacher has resigned.”

Blues guitarist Johnny Winter dies at 70

Posted on July 19th, 2014 at 12:07 by John Sinteur in category: News

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American blues guitarist and singer Johnny Winter died Wednesday in a hotel room in Switzerland, his representative said Thursday. He was 70.

“His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of their loved one and one of the world’s finest guitarists,” his spokeswoman, Lori Haynes, said.

Winter was in Zurich, Switzerland, as part of a tour of Europe, although he was scheduled to return to the United States for shows later in July, according to his official Facebook page.

Winter first gained national attention when Rolling Stone magazine featured the the Texas music scene in a December 1968 cover story. It captioned his photo: “Johnny Winter, Albino Bluesman.” The article said guitarist Mike Bloomfield considered the young Winter the “best white blues guitarist he had ever heard.”

Rolling Stone now ranks Winter 63rd on its list of 100 greatest guitarists.


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  1. Can a blue man play the whites? Yeah!

Fill in the dots…

Posted on July 19th, 2014 at 11:13 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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A Pittsburgh pastor who wrote a not-quite-bestselling book about his successful struggle to become a former gay has been arrested for …..


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Blogger Fined By French Court Because Negative Restaurant Review Was Too Prominent In Google

Posted on July 18th, 2014 at 20:44 by John Sinteur in category: News

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There are two contexts in which this story can be analyzed: 1) the futility of trying to use the courts to attack or quash negative reviews and 2) European courts’ increasingly bold attempts to blunt the impact of or censor specific search results that are perceived to cause harm (whether or not the information at issue is truthful or factual).

On the first point the restaurant has gained much more unwanted attention for itself through the action and subsequent coverage. I wouldn’t be surprised now if it went out of business. However, the food and service appear to be mediocre; so perhaps it’s inevitable anyway.

On the second matter, I’m sure the BBC coverage fails to elucidate some of the nuances of the case but the judge’s actions and decision appear to me to be pretty outrageous. I could perhaps understand the decision if the review were totally defamatory and not supported by the weight of opinion from other sources. But it seems very consistent with other reviews.

The only “crime” here, then, was ranking too high in search results.


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The World Health Organization calls for the decriminalisation of drug use

Posted on July 18th, 2014 at 20:20 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The United Nations’ leading health agency, the World Health Organization, has called on countries around the world to end the criminalisation of people who use drugs. The call was made in a report published this month that looked at policy responses for dealing with HIV among key populations – men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, people in prisons and other closed settings, sex workers and transgender people. The WHO’s unambiguous recommendation is clearly grounded in concerns for public health and human rights. Whilst the call is made in the context of the policy response to HIV specifically, it clearly has broader ramifications, specifically including drug use other than injecting.

In the report, the WHO says:

  • “Countries should work toward developing policies and laws that decriminalize injection and other use of drugs and, thereby, reduce incarceration.
  • Countries should work toward developing policies and laws that decriminalize the use of clean needles and syringes (and that permit NSPs[needle and syringe programs]) and that legalize OST [opiate substitution treatment] for people who are opioid-dependent.
  • Countries should ban compulsory treatment for people who use and/or inject drugs

The report also highlights Portugal’s success in decriminalising personal drug possession and treating drug use as a health, rather than a criminal justice, issue.


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Construction of New CYBER/ISR Facility

Posted on July 18th, 2014 at 19:44 by John Sinteur in category: Do you feel safer yet?

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The 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard, located at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Baltimore, Maryland, intends to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to award a single firm fixed-price contract for Construction of a CYBER/ISR Facility. Project to be LEEDR Silver Certified. Construction services will consist of the construction of a new CYBER/ISR Facility. The purpose of this facility is to house a Network Warfare Group and ISR Squadron. The Cyber mission includes a set of capabilities, expertise to enable the cyber operational need for an always-on, net-speed awareness and integrated operational response with global reach. It enables operators to drive upstream in pursuit of cyber adversaries, and is informed 24/7 by intelligence and all-source information

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Let’s get real, how many guardsmen speak Farsi, Chinese, Russian, Swahili or Hindi?

Virtually none.

How many know anything about NZ, Australia, GB or Canada worth knowing in a cyber context.

Virtually none.

So who does that leave for adversaries?

Right. You and me.


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Денис Пушилин ушел в отставку

Posted on July 18th, 2014 at 19:33 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Председатель Верховного совета самопровозглашенной Донецкой народной республики Денис Пушилин отправлен в отставку по собственному желанию. Об этом сообщает «Интерфакс» со ссылкой на Владимира Маковича, вице-спикера парламента ДНР.

По словам Маковича, Пушилин в настоящее время находится в Москве.

«Он прислал на мое имя письмо с просьбой об уходе с занимаемой должности по собственному желанию. На сессии совета этот вопрос был поставлен на голосование. Депутаты поддержали отставку Пушилина», — рассказал Макович.

Denis Pushilin, self-declared Chairman of the Supreme Council of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk, has submitted a letter of resignation (from Moscow).

Rats off a sinking ship.


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Microsoft layoff e-mail typifies inhuman corporate insensitivity

Posted on July 18th, 2014 at 18:37 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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As a veteran of the aerospace industry, I’m very familiar with layoff notices. During the almost-decade I spent working for Boeing, I survived probably a dozen major reductions in force, and they all had two things in common: a plainly stated promise of an open and transparent process and a hilariously terrible lack of actual transparency.

Well, congratulations to Satya Nadella and the Microsoft HR and communications teams, because you’re stealing from the best—or maybe you all took the same course in corporate doubletalk and truthiness as part of your MBA programs. Microsoft this morning announced far and away the largest round of layoffs in its history, and Nadella’s e-mail drips with that familiar mixture of faux sympathy and non-information that is so typical of carefully managed corporate communication.

There’s a name for this kind of uninformative spin-talk: it’s known as “ducking and fucking.”

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This, sadly, is not a Microsoft-specific issue; it’s standard all across not just the tech industry but essentially every large American company.

The first sentence of any story sets the tone—and look at the robo-sentence the Microsoft layoff notification e-mail starts off with:

Last week in my email to you I synthesized our strategic direction as a productivity and platform company.

Leading off with a sentence like this immediately creates distance between the reader and the speaker—the kind of distance necessary to dehumanize both parties so that the big blow to come hurts less. The corporate-speak continues with creaky euphemism after creaky euphemism, including using the phrase “workforce realignment” instead of simply saying “staff reduction” or “layoff.” People and corporations both use euphemisms to cloak unpleasantness; however, it’s much more honest and personal to simply speak the unadorned truth when dealing with people’s livelihoods. “We’re going to realign our work force” might sound a lot better than “we’re firing 18,000 people,” but the latter more properly informs employees that jobs are going to be lost and lives are going to be affected.

“synthesizing a strategic direction”, right? If you were up until that minute the person responsible for corporate strategic direction, that is the very last thing you care about. Because it has instantly become completely irrelevant to you. Forever. So, yeah, great way to start.

and don’t get me started on how you talk about Microsoft’s strategy is focused on productivity and our desire to help people “do more” and then listing XBox as an example.


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    Think of it this way — since Elop took over as Nokia CEO, the company has cut over 50,000 jobs (if you include today’s announcement.) That is just mind boggling. That bumbling strategy which was the hallmark of Elop’s Nokia tenure still continues — in other words, Microsoft doesn’t really have a Nokia strategy. From Elop’s memo today: “In the near term, we plan to drive Windows Phone volume by targeting the more affordable smartphone segments, which are the fastest growing segments of the market, with Lumia.” That is precisely what Nokia guys used to say — we have the low end and we can grow our share. How did that work out?

  2. The job of so-called Human Resources (motto: “Our people are our most important resource!”) is hiring, firing, keeping angry employees out of the way of management and avoiding lawsuits.

    They usually use large numbers of women. Apparently they have the reputation of being able to fake empathy and sincerity more convincingly.

  3. Nokia was in deep trouble before Elop got there. They had featurephone marketshare and no momentum in smartphones. The Lumias are excellent phones, but the Nokia brand did not help sell them.

Verizon made an enemy tonight

Posted on July 18th, 2014 at 18:00 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

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On a flight back to New York I read Level 3’s assessment of the latest round of the Netflix vs Internet Provider debacle.

The summarized version is that basically Netflix is slow because Verizon refuses to add capacity to peer with Level 3. Fixing the situation would cost Verizon on the order of a few thousand (that’s right thousand) dollars. Level 3 is even willing to foot the bill. But Verizon refuses.


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Ukraine’s intelligence agency, the State Security Service, known as the SBU, just released what it said was audio from intercepted phone calls between separatist rebels and Russian military intelligence officers on Thursday, in which they appeared to acknowledge shooting down a civilian plane.

Posted on July 18th, 2014 at 14:53 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Ukraine’s intelligence agency, the State Security Service, known as the SBU, just released what it said was audio from intercepted phone calls between separatist rebels and Russian military intelligence officers on Thursday, in which they appeared to acknowledge shooting down a civilian plane.


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Snowden: NSA employees routinely pass around intercepted nude photos

Posted on July 18th, 2014 at 11:21 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Further Reading

LOVEINT: On his first day of work, NSA employee spied on ex-girlfriend

New letter from NSA oversight to senator details 12 instances of obvious abuse.

Edward Snowden has revealed that he witnessed “numerous instances” of National Security Agency (NSA) employees passing around nude photos that were intercepted “in the course of their daily work.”

Makes you wonder how many of those pictures were for underage girls… but then again, if those teens don’t want the NSA looking at their nude photos they just shouldn’t have become terrorists, right?


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  1. Everyone’s a terrorist if they potentially threaten your job.

  2. Baby, you so fine we’re gonna classify that body as a weapon.

Crash claims top AIDS researchers heading to Melbourne

Posted on July 18th, 2014 at 11:19 by John Sinteur in category: News

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About 100 of the 298 people killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash were heading to Melbourne for a major AIDS conference, conference attendees have been told.

Delegates at a pre-conference in Sydney were told on Friday morning that about 100 medical researchers, health workers and activists were on the plane that went down near the Russia-Ukraine border, including former International AIDS Society president Joep Lange.


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Double Irish Dutch Sandwich

Posted on July 17th, 2014 at 0:56 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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Want a glimpse of how companies can shift their profits among countries in a way that reduces their tax liabilities? Here’s the dreaded “Double Irish Dutch Sandwich”…

 

Best of all, it’s surprisingly legal and affordable and, as long as you have oodles of money, you have the motive, means and opportunity.

 


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  1. Brilliant summary, Sue. It’s the holy grail of power- and money-seekers throughout the ages. A perfectly legal crime.

  2. Oh great. You might as well just tell them how to make an A-bomb.

  3. Perhaps that should be “googles of money”…

UN: Nations hide rise in private digital snooping

Posted on July 16th, 2014 at 22:06 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy

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Governments on every continent are hiding an increasing reliance on private companies to snoop on citizens’ digital lives, the U.N. human rights office said Wednesday.

Stepping into a fierce debate over digital privacy rights, the U.N. office says it has strong evidence of a growing complicity among private companies in government spying. It says governments around the world are using both the law and covert methods to access private content and metadata.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the lack of transparency and tactics extend to governments’ ”de facto coercion of companies to gain broad access to information and data on citizens without them knowing.”

Her office’s report to the U.N. General Assembly says concerns about the erosion in privacy have increased since last year’s revelations of U.S. and British mass surveillance. The report said stricter laws are needed to prevent violations and ensure accountability when digital technology and surveillance is misused. It warned that mass surveillance is becoming “a dangerous habit rather than an exceptional measure.”


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Market Rigging Explained

Posted on July 16th, 2014 at 15:21 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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We received trade execution reports from an active trader who wanted to know why his larger orders almost never completely filled, even when the amount of stock advertised exceeded the number of shares wanted. For example, if 25,000 shares were at the best offer, and he sent in a limit order at the best offer price for 20,000 shares, the trade would, more likely than not, come back partially filled. In some cases, more than half of the amount of stock advertised (quoted) would disappear immediately before his order arrived at the exchange. This was the case, even in deeply liquid stocks such as Ford Motor Co (symbol F, market cap: $70 Billion). The trader sent us his trade execution reports, and we matched up his trades with our detailed consolidated quote and trade data to discover that the mechanism described in Michael Lewis’s “Flash Boys” was alive and well on Wall Street.


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  1. So Michael Lewis told the whole world that this was going on and that there’s a new exchange that prevents these shenanigans… so why aren’t people trading over there on the IEX?

  2. Because the “Flash Boys” are doing everything they can to kill the HFT story and keep trades off IEX. And it’s working.

  3. “Kill the HFT story”? Are you kidding? Who does not know about this?

Church lawyer details cover-up claims on sex abuse

Posted on July 15th, 2014 at 21:25 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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A canon lawyer alleging a widespread cover-up of clergy sex misconduct in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has made her most detailed claims yet, accusing archbishops and their top staff of lying to the public and of ignoring the U.S. bishops’ pledge to have no tolerance of priests who abuse.

Jennifer Haselberger, who spent five years as Archbishop John Nienstedt’s archivist and top adviser on Roman Catholic church law, also charged that the church used a chaotic system of record-keeping that helped conceal the backgrounds of guilty priests who remained on assignment.

Haselberger said that when she started examining records in 2008 of clergy under restrictions over sex misconduct with adults and children she found “nearly 20″ of the 48 men still in ministry. She said she repeatedly warned Nienstedt and his aides about the risk of these placements, but they took action only in one case. As a result of raising alarms, she said she was eventually shut out of meetings about priest misconduct. She resigned last year.

“Had there been any serious desire to implement change, it could have been done quickly and easily with the stroke of a single pen,” Haselberger wrote in the affidavit, released Tuesday in a civil lawsuit brought by attorney Jeff Anderson. “The archbishop’s administrative authority in his diocese is basically unlimited.”


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  1. This one dovetails nicely with Desiato’s question what power the Pope has. So, either he is in on the cover-up, or he asked “who runs Bartertown” and came up with the wrong answer…

  2. It’s a resource issue. They are so short of priests that they were prepared to ignore child abuse. (Also they were bringing priests from India into Canada, for example, in a rather nice inversion of the missionary position.) Without priests, the money stops rolling in…

    I don’t care if their religion survives (it doesn’t deserve to) but even I can see the solution.

  3. The devil made them do it? Which religion is this?

Tech Blogger Tries To Cancel Comcast Service, Hilarity Ensues

Posted on July 15th, 2014 at 19:20 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane

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The representative (name redacted) continued aggressively repeating his questions, despite the answers given, to the point where my wife became so visibly upset she handed me the phone. Overhearing the conversation, I knew this would not be very fun.What I did not know is how oppressive this conversation would be. Within just a few minutes the representative had gotten so condescending and unhelpful I felt compelled to record the speakerphone conversation on my other phone.This recording picks up roughly 10 minutes into the call, whereby she and I have already played along and given a myriad of reasons and explanations as to why we are canceling (which is why I simply stopped answering the rep’s repeated question — it was clear the only sufficient answer was “Okay, please don’t disconnect our service after all.”).


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Tacky

Posted on July 15th, 2014 at 19:14 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. What’s _his_ new fragrance called?

BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

Posted on July 15th, 2014 at 11:48 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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This time around, Strumpf looks at the relationship between the stock price of producers, and when illicit copies of movies hit the file-sharing sites. The thesis is that if investors considered a Torrent of Transformers: Age of Extinction represented a greater risk for DreamWorks than the quality of the movie, it would be reflected in the share price.In the more academic language Strumpf uses: “forward-looking markets can be used to establish the unobserved counter-factual of how movie revenues would change on any possible file sharing release date, particularly those prior to the theatrical premier.

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An interesting observation in the paper is that “one consistent result is that file sharing arrivals shortly before the theatrical opening have a modest positive effect on box office revenue”, suggesting that “free and potentially degraded goods such as the lower quality movies available on file sharing networks can have some beneficial effects on intellectual property”.

Overall, however, “The estimates indicate that the displacement effect is quite small, both on a movie-level and in aggregate” – in other words, no, BitTorrent isn’t what’s destroying Hollywood.


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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Wealth Gap

Posted on July 15th, 2014 at 11:30 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Careful, this could get Messi

Posted on July 15th, 2014 at 10:36 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

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How the Other Half Works: an Adventure in the Low Status of Software Engineers

Posted on July 15th, 2014 at 10:01 by John Sinteur in category: News

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If programmers want to be taken seriously, and we should be taken seriously and we certainly should want this, we’re going to have to take stock of our compromised position and fix it, even if that’s “getting political”. We’re going to have to stop glorifying pointless self-sacrifice for what is ultimately someone else’s business transaction, and start asserting ourselves and our values.


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Ahh, the annual migration of the rocks across the freeway.

Posted on July 15th, 2014 at 9:03 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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You can’t really get a good idea of how majestic this is until you see it in IMAX, narrated by Morgan Freeman.


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  1. Why did the rock cross the road?

    So she could ‘av a lunch.

  2. Everybody must get stoned…

  3. I-80 south of Toledo? Let’s Rock and Roll!

  4. I never wanted to go down the Stoney End.

NSA-Ausschuss erwägt Einsatz von Schreibmaschinen

Posted on July 14th, 2014 at 18:56 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Der NSA-Untersuchungsausschuss will möglicherweise auf altbekannte Methoden setzen, um sich vor Ausspähung zu schützen. Es werde erwogen, wieder auf mechanische Schreibmaschinen zurückzugreifen, um geheime Dokumente zu verfassen, sagte der Vorsitzende des Untersuchungsausschusses, Patrick Sensburg (CDU), am Montag im ARD-”Morgenmagazin”.


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  1. A pre-TCP/IP Mac or MS-DOS machine would probably be fine too.

  2. Pen and paper.

Cartoons

Posted on July 14th, 2014 at 15:48 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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