The Big Bang Theory - Penny's Christmas gift to Sheldon
A little background... Earlier in the episode, Sheldon planned to have multiple presents ready for Penny so he could give her a present equal in value to the...
O Look! Jon Hamm Can Teach You About the Letter 'O'
'Mad Men' star Jon Hamm teaches Murray about the letter O on Sesame Street.
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Hilarious Flight Attendant Makes Air Travel Tolerable
A funny flight attendant makes her boring run-through of safety precautions tolerable.
Impress Your Prom Date With a Fried Chicken Corsage
KFC has developed a way to add some extra seasoning to your floral arrangements.
Apple CarPlay rumored to hit third-party stereo market this year
Apple is reportedly working with Alpine Electronics to develop a device that will serve the same functions (like Siri control) as the bespoke CarPlay systems for Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and a slew of other manufacturers. In this case, however, owners will need to connect their iOS devices by a wire. Nikkei expects the device to reach the US and Europe later this year, retailing for between $500 and $700. If the rumor passes muster, it means that consumers won't have to purchase new cars to take advantage of what CarPlay has to offer. We've reached out to Apple for comment.
Microsoft releases Windows Phone 8.1 for devs but you can get it early too
After seeing Windows Phone 8.1 shown off earlier this month , developers can now get their hands on the software. Engadget saw that Microsoft released the update on Monday for any Windows Phone 8 device. While the software is meant for those who make Windows Phone applications, anyone can technically download and install it either by registering as developer for $19, register for free using Microsoft’s App Studio software or follow a process to developer unlock their handset . The new software includes Cortana, Microsoft’s voice-centric assistant, personalization tools and support for Universal Windows Apps to name a few functions.
UPDATED: Relativity Offers Up to $1.1 Billion for Maker Studios, In Move to Outflank Disney
Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media on Sunday submitted a surprise bid to acquire Maker. Under the proposed transaction, Relativity was offering up to $1.1 billion in mostly stock with a cash component, promising Maker execs and creators better financial rewards than with Disney’s cash bid of up to $950 million. Jefferies & Co. was Relativity’s banker advising the studio on the Maker bid.
Windows Phone 8.1 is somehow working with Apple's Passbook...?
maybe i'm misunderstanding this but i'm I don't see where Apple can object. If it's just a collection of data, say your Delta airlines itinerary, account number, a bar code, etc., I don't see why any company couldn't use the same data to make a scannable digital card for any phone. In this case it seems that data wouldn't be Apple's to control anyways but Delta, or Starbucks. In fact isn't that what apps like lemon wallet (now lifeloc) are doing when they add a card to passbook? It wouldn't seem that Windows Phone 8.1 is "working with Passbook" because Passbook isn't on a Windows phone but rather Windows Phone has simply created it's own version of passbook using the same data. And i'm guessing they've maybe they've made their app capable of importing the passport files like the kind you can create on passsource. Anyways i may be wrong but i'm not seeing anything problematic.
What you need to know about Heartbleed
I’m happy to report that our customers can rest assured we are patched against the ‘Heartbleed’ bug and you do not need to change your NetBank password. This is a testament to the hard work of our security teams who constantly monitor and stay abreast of the latest security technologies, trends and updates.
Twitter’s CEO And Other Top Shareholders Won’t Be Selling Shares | TechCrunch
Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams, co-founders of Twitter, and our Chief Executive Officer, Richard Costolo, have informed us that they have no current plans to sell any of their shares of Twitter common stock. If Messrs. Dorsey, Williams or Costolo decide to sell, they are required by our policies to do so pursuant to a trading plan intended to comply with the requirements of Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (a “10b5-1 Plan”). We require any 10b5-1 Plan to be entered into during an open trading window and to have a “cooling-off” period, so the earliest Messrs. Dorsey, Williams and Costolo could sell would be 90 days after our next open window. Additionally, Benchmark venture capital funds, which are affiliated with a member of our board of directors, have informed us they have no present intention to sell or distribute stock to their limited partners before or immediately after the expiration of our lockup on May 5, 2014.
Will You Buy Google Glass Tomorrow?
On 15 April Google Google will sell Google Glass for one day only, at $1500. I had to read that twice to make sure it wasn’t an April Fool. They’re really going to charge that much and then withdraw it immediately. Someone with a spreadsheet has worked out the balance between expensiveness and exclusivity and found this is the model that will work for the moment. Whether it will work to establish the technology as any sort of serious force is wide open to question.
Need a bug tracker but don't want to pay a ton? How about a buck? Is a buck good for you?
One Jira user was intrigued but not sold. “I’m not sure the world needs another ticketing system,” said Michael Cizmar, president of MC+A, a Chicago-based development shop specializing in portals and search. “Jira does start to ramp up [in cost] after 10 people, but do costs matter that much? Sounds like this product would compete more against open-source than Jira. If it’s got feature parity you might consider it, but then again, you want the vendor to make some money so it can support the product.”
Only 31% of Travel Booking Websites Complied with EU Rules in 2013
“One in three internet users in the European Union book travel and accommodation online. They deserve to know that an online booking is safe and reliable. Of the 552 travel websites we checked, 62% are now in line with EU consumer legislation, thanks to the joint efforts of Member States and the Commission. I will not rest until consumers’ rights are fully respected and will seek to use the existing structures to achieve this,” Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for Consumer Policy, said.
Red Hat sticks with OpenShift PaaS with new online store
Red Hat is getting into the retail business — kind of — with a new online marketplace for third party products to run on its OpenShift PaaS.
A Statistical Analysis of the Work of Bob Ross
Bob Ross was a consummate teacher. He guided fans along as he painted “happy trees,” “almighty mountains” and “fluffy clouds” over the course of his 11-year television career on his PBS show, “The Joy of Painting.” In total, Ross painted 381 works on the show, relying on a distinct set of elements, scenes and themes, and thereby providing thousands of data points. I decided to use that data to teach something myself: the important statistical concepts of conditional probability and clustering, as well as a lesson on the limitations of data.
Majority of Engineers Believe They Will Become Millionaires, Study Says
91 percent say they feel they are the “most valued” employees at their company.
Report: Samsung Galaxy S5 Sales Double S4's Launch-Day Record
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Line Targets 1BN Users Of Its Messaging App By 2015 | TechCrunch
It’s worth flagging up that none of Line’s figures refers to active users. It reports user registrations only — and has never broken out official figures for active users. So there is a continuing question-mark about the scale of engagement on Line’s platform — especially how engaged users are outside its home market of Japan — and also the cost of user-acquisition for the business, which has deployed high profile TV ad campaigns in some of its markets to help drive sign-ups.
Google Buys Drone-Maker For Supposedly Non-Evil Reasons
Google announced Monday that it is buying New Mexico-based drone maker Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed sum, the Wall Street Journal reports. If you recognize the name, it's because Facebook was reportedly in talks to buy the same company .
Netflix streaming speeds on Comcast jump 65 percent after controversial deal
"This month’s rankings are a great illustration of how performance can improve when ISPs work to connect directly to Netflix," said Netflix. It's also a great illustration of what happens when Netflix pays off cable providers to speed things up: Comcast now charts above Verizon FiOS and even Time Warner Cable, the very company it's hoping to snatch up in the coming months.
Team Management App Weekdone Now Reports To Android | TechCrunch
I’m a big fan of the consumerization of the enterprise, which is seeing a host of startups crop up and build apps for the corporate world that take a consumer approach in terms of design, simplicity, social-esque features and a single-use focus. One product that falls squarely into this camp is the team management app Weekdone .
Out in the Open: Inside the Operating System Edward Snowden Used to Evade the NSA | Enterprise | WIRED
When NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden first emailed Glenn Greenwald, he insisted on using email encryption software called PGP for all communications. But this month, we learned that Snowden used another technology to keep his communications out of the NSA’s prying eyes. It’s called Tails. And naturally, nobody knows exactly who created it.
Google Maps Fans Take On The Insane Geography Of Game Of Thrones
If you've ever read the Song of Fire and Ice series, you probably found yourself flipping back to page 400-something to the map of Westeros, which is super useful for determining, say, where a certain colorful wedding might have taken place (especially after Sunday's episode ), or figuring out wherever the hell Daenerys is .
Google Buys Aerial Drone Company Titan Aerospace - IGN
Google was already at work on a similar scheme to bring internet access to remote areas through the use of altitude balloons through its Project Loon. The Titan Aerospace employees will now work the Loon team, but will stay at the start-ups offices in New Mexico.
Our Favorite New Features in Windows Phone 8.1 | Gadget Lab | WIRED
Cortana The most anticipated (and most talked about) feature in Windows Phone 8.1 is without a doubt Cortana, Microsoft's new virtual assistant. Cortana manifests herself as an app that you can pin as a Live Tile to the home screen. When you speak to her, or she's processing a query, Cortana's graphic of concentric circles (colored to match the theme you picked on your handset) expands and contracts until she pulls up the results. To access Windows Phone's assistant, you just tap the Live Tile, then tap the speaker button to voice a query or type out a question.
When you first open Cortana, you can begin teaching her some of your interests. I told her I was interested in technology, science, and news, gave her my name, and gave her permission to read through my emails. I also synced up access to Facebook. But this is a lot of trust for a first date with a personal assistant. Microsoft is sensitive to the fact that you may not want to give Cortana access to your whole digital life up front. As such, it gives you granular controls over your interests, as well as what personal data she has access to.
Bitcoin promoter Shrem indicted in NY for money laundering
Shrem, 24, was arrested in January and stepped down as vice president of the Bitcoin Foundation, a well-known trade group, soon after. He was previously CEO of BitInstant, a bitcoin exchange company that enjoyed financial backing from the twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss but closed last year.
Comcast customers get much faster Netflix streams, thanks to peering deal
Netflix may have only signed the peering agreement with Comcast because it had to, but the results clearly show a better performance for Comcast subscribers.
HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Episode 2: Let’s Make a Deal - Digits - WSJ
Dodge : SORT OF. “This is fairly common, though not as dramatic as the show portrayed. It is usually not the VC who is demanding a lean cap table for founders. It is the other founders. [The early stages are all] fun and games until investors come in, cap tables are set up, and founder shares are decided. This is where it gets serious and some people decide they aren’t all in, or others don’t get the job titles, salary, and options they had expected. It usually works out fine. Most people understand when they are honest with themselves what role they can play going forward.”
3D-printed bears make adorable stop-motion stars
This mesmerizing clip of a bear endlessly climbing a flight of stairs was made to "explore the use of stop frame animation with 3D printing." It took creator DBLG four weeks, 50 frames and an equal number of incrementally different 3D-printed bears to produce Bears on Stairs. The cinematographic technique in the video can be traced back to at least the 1898 stop-motion film called The Humpty Dumpty Circus . It evokes the illusion of movement by playing a sequence of individually photographed shots, each containing an object that has been gradationally moved or changed. DBLG says an extended version of Bears on Stairs is in the works.
Engagement, collaboration, and membership
Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of the Guardian, has been fascinated with the idea of membership in news and he aspires to the model of the Barcelona football team, where fans are members and members are co-owners who have a voice in key team decisions. Would we in news be willing to lose some power and control over our scarce resources: “Hi, I’m Sally, and I’m your journalist, what should I cover today?” Oh, we’ve seen babysteps in that direction: a newspaper streams the news meeting over the net or lists three stories and asks which should appear on the front page. One small news site lets users change the headline over a story, to one of three editor-approved versions. Gawker Media founder Nick Denton goes the farthest, as is his habit, blurring the line between writer and reader and giving the former readers the ability to rewrite headlines and ledes on his Kinja conversation service. Much of this still smacks of collaboration as defined by a children’s science museum: “Here, kids, are the buttons you can punch that will appear to do something, but nothing harmless and nothing of lasting impact.
What If We Never Run Out of Oil?
In the short run, these visions are compatible. Although the cost of renewable energy is falling rapidly, it is not yet equivalent to the cost of energy from fossil fuels. As an example, typical solar cells today have an EROEI of about 10—better than tar sands but worse than most oil and gas. (All such estimates are rough in the extreme, because the output of renewables, unlike that of petroleum, depends on where they are located. One recent estimate put the EROEI of Spain’s extensive solar-power network at less than 3.) Many advocates for solar power believe that its EROEI will match that of fossil fuels within a decade. Even if they are correct, though, sunlight is too fickle and inconstant for utilities. Modern electrical grids are in some ways like busy airports, with sweaty controllers staring at monitors, feverishly adjusting power outputs from big plants to the capricious swirls of human demand for air-conditioning, baseboard heating, and microwave popcorn. As more and more energy comes from sun, wind, tides, and other variable sources, the problem of balancing fluctuating supply and fluctuating demand will worsen.
How Heartbleed Broke the Internet — And Why It Can Happen Again | Enterprise | WIRED
It’s no surprise that a small bug would cause such huge problems. What’s amazing, however, is that the code that contained this bug was written by a team of four coders that has only one person contributing to it full-time. And yet Henson’s situation isn’t an unusual one. It points to a much larger problem with the design of the internet. Some of its most important pieces are controlled by just a handful of people, many of whom aren’t paid well — or aren’t paid at all. And that needs to change. Heartbleed has shown — so very clearly — that we must add more oversight to the internet’s underlying infrastructure. We need a dedicated and well-funded engineering task force overseeing not just online encryption but many other parts of the net.
TurboTax Maker Linked to ‘Grassroots’ Campaign Against Free, Simple Tax Filing
The letters and op-eds don't mention that, as ProPublica laid out last year , return-free filing might allow tens of millions of Americans to file their taxes for free and in minutes. Or that, under proposals authored by several federal lawmakers, it would be voluntary, using information the government already receives from banks and employers and that taxpayers could adjust. Or that the concept has been endorsed by Presidents Obama and Reagan and is already a reality in some parts of Europe.
Mozilla names insider Chris Beard as interim CEO - CNET
Trying to recover quickly from a firestorm over gay marriage that brought down its last CEO in just 11 days, Mozilla names a new chief executive and begins to reshape its board.
900 SINs stolen from Revenue Canada via Heartbleed
The Canada Revenue Agency knew last Friday that hundreds of Canadians had their social insurance numbers stolen from its website because of the Heartbleed security bug but waited until Monday to make it public.
Twitter CEO, co-founders not to sell shares after lockup ends
(Reuters) - Twitter Inc co-founders, Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams, and Chief Executive Richard Costolo have informed U.S. regulators that they did not plan to sell the microblogging company's shares after post-IPO restrictions are lifted in May.
What Games Are: Valley People And Games People | TechCrunch
A few people asked me what that meant. There are many disconnects between how the games industry thinks compared to how the tech industry thinks it should. To the tech guy the games industry is at the bleeding edge in some ways but way behind in others. Whereas to the games guy the tech (most especially the Valley) industry is built on nothing but flimflam. Tech and games are essentially a pair of estranged sisters. They come from a common root, but they have evolved into separate species.
Although not in Seattle, from what I can see most people who do not shop from Amazon shop at Powell's. I guess they think Powell's is cooler. But here is the rub. I often order books through Amazon from other book dealers. Amazon gives these bookstores the online infrastructure and allows them to reach an audience outside of the neighborhood, and an Audience, that, like me, hasn't spent hours in a bookstore going through books, at least has not done so in a decade or so. I read the reviews, and but the books.
So it is good that the Amazon sweat shop pays enough so people can buy books and helps the economy in this way. I am sure it helps the economy in other ways. That does not mean that bookstores have any long term potential.
it simply has to do with stock. New stock is too expensive as publishers have always punished the independent bookstore with higher prices. Used stock is going to become increasingly hard to come by.
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Sen. Rand Paul got headlines Sunday for criticizing the Jeb Bush comment that illegal immigration was sometimes an 'act of love.' But his rebuke was gentle, perhaps because 2016 is looming.
The danger of a single story
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
The world's oldest living things
Rachel Sussman shows photographs of the world's oldest continuously living organisms — from 2,000-year-old brain coral off Tobago's coast to an "underground forest" in South Africa that has lived since before the dawn of agriculture.
End of days or stellar photo op? Rare ‘blood moon’ eclipses start tonight
Here’s how to photograph the event, the simplest way: If you’re using a compact point-and-shoot, you’re not going to get an up-close view of the moon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t capture something. Your camera, however, has to be able to take long exposures, which many advanced models can do (check your instruction manual); if it’s a basic point and shoot, look for a scene mode for night photography or fireworks. Set the camera on a tripod and make sure the lens is at the widest angle (so, do not zoom out). If you have a camera that lets you make adjustments, make sure you choose a low ISO like 400, the widest aperture available (the smallest f-stop number), and a shutter speed of 5 seconds – you can set your camera to manual mode. Practice taking a few shots a day or few hours before the event (when it’s dark), and if you’re satisfied with your results, get ready to snap away when the moon turns blood red. If you have a long telephoto zoom, you can try zooming all the way, but always use a tripod. For more advanced photography tips, like shooting star trails and telephoto, check out these guides from Nikon and Mr.
Here’s what happens when the readers choose the front page story
Just another study which isn’t a study at all but one persons jive! The facts, far fewer people trust mainstream national media networks because thay have become the corporation that everyone fears! The fact that our government uses all of their offices for Propaganda and Brainwashing our youth! Just look at what your own children are saying? Old white and your future retirement is just greedy? Who does that copt out sound like? Whether it’s the man calling his father this in the article or the daughter suing her mom and dad? Spoiled Brats that wouldn’t know the first thing about HARD WORK or MANUAL LABOR and that is also the answer. Put them to work on the highway system or make them join the Armed Forces but as long as our leadership of the Democratic party continue to divide US then nothing will change! Take our Rights back by showing up in Washington, D.C. as your first move!
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The paradox of choice
Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.
Surfer takes to the waves with friend's disabled mother – video
Pascale Honore, who was left paraplegic by a car accident, loves the ocean. Her son's friend, Tyron Swan, came up with a plan to get her closer to the sea: he strapped her to his back with duct tape and took her out with him on his surfboard.
All This Week's Dates Are Palindromes
With that "4" right in the middle, today might be the most palindromest day of all. Celebrate/consult the skies for astral omens accordingly.
'Gods' Make Comeback at Toyota as Humans Steal Jobs From Robots
Inside Toyota Motor Corp. ’s oldest plant, there’s a corner where humans have taken over from robots in thwacking glowing lumps of metal into crankshafts. This is Mitsuru Kawai’s vision of the future.
Meet Yahoo Answers' Most Fantastic Troll
Berlin is an Emmy Award-nominated comedian who's written for "Da Ali G Show," "Crank Yankers" and other TV series. In his spare time, he gives hilariously unhelpful advice to people on Yahoo Answers under the name "Puploveheart."
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Apr. 14 2014
I Was Assaulted For Wearing Google Glass In The Wrong Part Of San Francisco
The individual who smashed my Google Glass on Friday — because of political beliefs or a personal impact that has been made by the tech industry — felt that it was appropriate to destroy my personal property in protest against what I seemed to stand for, based on my appearance; never mind the irony in choosing to assault someone based on their appearance as a way to preserve San Francisco's culture.
Cult of Mac | Breaking news for Apple fans
Most Apple fans would undoubtedly love to have CarPlay in their vehicles. But unless you shell out for a brand new whip from the likes of Ferrari and Mercedes, you’re out of luck.
Statoil | Partner Webcast | MIT Technology Review
Jonathan Matthews is Vice President of Statoil Canada’s Heavy Oil Technology Centre (HOTC) and is located in Calgary. The primary focus of the HOTC is on delivering innovative technologies that will help make Statoil’s Kai Kos Dehseh Oil Sands Partnership (KOSP) profitable while supporting continuous environmental performance objectives. Prior to joining Statoil, Jonathan spent 20 years working in the Canadian Oil Sands with Shell Canada and Syncrude Canada in various technical and leadership roles. Jonathan graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Geological Engineering degree and a Master's of Science. He is a member of the Association for Professional Engineers, Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and has provided leadership to various initiatives in the Canadian oil sands.
WIRED Space Photo of the Day | Science | WIRED
This NASA Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image reveals a pair of one-half light-year long interstellar "twisters," eerie funnels and twisted-rope structures in the heart of the Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8) which lies 5,000 light-years away in the direction of the constellation Sagittarius. The central hot star, O Herschel 36 (lower right), is the primary source of the ionizing radiation for the brightest region in the nebula, called the Hourglass. Analogous to the spectacular phenomena of Earth tornadoes, the large difference in temperature between the hot surface and cold interior of the clouds, combined with the pressure of starlight, may produce strong horizontal shear to twist the clouds into their tornado-like appearance. Though the spiral shapes suggest the clouds are "twisting," future observations will be needed, perhaps with Hubble's next generation instruments, with the spectroscopic capabilities of the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) or the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS), to actually measure velocities. These color-coded images are the combination of individual exposures taken in July and September, 1995 with Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) through three narrow-band filters (red light ionized sulphur atoms, blue light, double ionized oxygen atoms, green light, ionized hydrogen).