Desiato on Sophia Stewart, The Real Creator of ‘The Matrix,’ Wins Lawsuit: Snopes: "A number of web-based news sites (such as Thaindian News and African Globe) have continued to republish the Salt Lake Community College Globe's outdated and inaccurate article from 2004 which erroneously claimed that Sophia Stewart had won her case."
African Globe is the site John quoted this from.
Desiato on Google Fiber broadcast television impact analysis: Seems a bit overcharged to my ears. There may be some erosion from people spending time on Facebook or playing more games, and thus watching less TV/video-content.
But the networks do understand content creation, which the tech companies have no experience in. I think Netflix and Amazon are dabbling around... well, good luck with that. Google effectively crowd sources its content using YouTube, and it'll have a steady stream of meme-hits that way, enough to drive a ton of advertising, but little that will be long-running or as big as "Survivor".
So the upshot is that the networks need to re-orient and figure out how to sell their product online. Then fiber stops being a threat. I wouldn't be surprised if they can get just as much revenue online as they did before with nearly untargeted TV advertising.
Sue W on Building Depot Zeelandia: Let's hope no-one was hurt, including fire fighters. Yeah, building supplies-type fires (paint, solvents, plastics, lumber) are awful. Not to mention the toxic fumes.
John Sinteur on Building Depot Zeelandia: Oh, and the fire fighters had this one classified as "make sure it doesn't spread and let it burn out" from the start as well - it went huge really fast. There's one building right next door close up, and no word about that right now, but everything across the street appears to be fine right now. The video was made within 15 minutes of the fire breaking out, so that should give you an indication on how fast this one was.
John Sinteur on Building Depot Zeelandia: From the interview on TV, it didn't appear to be something he cared about right now.
It's too early to tell, but it doesn't look like arson at all. It appears to have started with two explosions in the 'Outdoor Living' department. Probably a few gas tanks for a BBQ or something like that. Personnel was still in the building, and on top of it installing solar panels, but it was after closing hours, and people were cleaning up and preparing for the next day.. So far indications are that everybody is safe.
Curaçao has an oil refinery with its own fire department, and the airport has a fire department as well. Both assist when required, and this fire was upgraded to "everyone with a bucket get the fuck over here" pretty damn within the first 10 minutes. Some major roads on the island, including Schottegatweg Oost, are closed..
Desiato on Is the U.S. Government Recording and Saving All Domestic Telephone Calls?: Joe, note that the article you linked to says explicitly "This program does not involve the NSA listening to or recording conversations. But the spy agency is using the data to analyze calling patterns in an effort to detect terrorist activity". So in 2006 it was alleged that metadata was recorded about the calls of "tens of millions" of Americans, i.e. on the order of 10-20% of the population.
This post is interesting because a top tier security expert says he thinks it's not yet feasible for the NSA to actually be recording all calls, as has been claimed recently is happening.
Of course that's separate from what the NSA would like to be doing.