I was interviewed about my iPhone video which showed rats crawling around the Fairway Market Olives. All in all, an amusing piece from Channel 7 ABC in NYC. Now, if only the rat could get his or her royalties…
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- Computerworld: Laid-off IT … by Glenn Herman
Flags went up in silent protest at the former Northeast Utilities, now Eversource Energy. They were taken down once H-1B workers came on-site and occupied the cubicles.
Some of the utility’s IT employees had to train their foreign replacements. Failure to do so meant loss of severance. But an idea emerged to show workers’ disdain for what was happening: Small American flags were placed in cubicles and along the hallway in silent protest — flags that disappeared as the workers were terminated.
- Teen stoner says he hacked … by Glenn Herman
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s email scandal didn’t stop the head of the CIA from using his own personal AOL account to stash work-related documents, according to a stoner high school student who claims to have hacked into them.
CIA Director John Brennan’s private account held sensitive files — including his 47-page application for top-secret security clearance — until he recently learned that it had been infiltrated, the hacker told The Post.
Other emails stored in Brennan’s non-government account contained the Social Security numbers and personal information of more than a dozen top American intelligence officials, as well as a government letter about the use of “harsh interrogation techniques” on terrorism suspects, according to the hacker.
- IBM Allows Chinese Governme… by Glenn Herman
International Business Machines Corp. has agreed to let China review some product source code in a secure room, according to two people briefed on the practice, making it the first major U.S. tech company to comply with Beijing’s recent demands for a stronger hand in foreign technology there.
IBM has begun allowing officials from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to examine proprietary source code—the secret sauce behind its software—in a controlled space without the ability to remove it from the room, the people said. It wasn’t clear which products IBM was allowing reviews of or how much time ministry officials can spend looking at the code. The people said the practice was new and implemented recently.
IBM said in a statement Friday that it had established in several countries the capability to conduct limited tests in a controlled IBM environment to reassure clients and others that there was no way for third parties to access its technology.
- Nile Rodgers – The Di… by Glenn Herman
Last month, when the band were filming the video for Get Lucky in Los Angeles, Rodgers says he realised that the dancers didn’t really know what they were listening to.
“Somebody called out, ‘Wow, what kind of music is that?'” Rodgers recalls. “I didn’t hesitate, I said, ‘disco!’ And they all screamed back, ‘Yeah!’. It was like they’d found something mythical that they’d heard about but didn’t know. There was an organic connection between the kids and the music. At the end they were literally weeping. I’ve seen those moments. I’ve been that guy – and it was for real.”
- SS United States Faces the … by Glenn Herman
Marilyn Monroe, JFK and the Mona Lisa all enjoyed the luxurious Atlantic crossing provided by the Titanic-sized SS United States.
But the famed liner, which still holds the speed record for a crossing between the US and Britain by a passenger ship, now faces its final journey – to the scrapyard.
- Is Apple Siri Recording Eve… by Glenn Herman
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Thanks to the iOS 9 upgrade, released Sept. 16, users can now set Siri to activate automatically when they say “Hey, Siri.” The function isn’t enabled automatically; system defaults have it turned off. However, for users who turn it on, it means that Siri will listen to every word spoken in its vicinity.
That means the world is entering an era where more audio is going to be recorded than at any point in history. Think you have privacy at a friend’s house? That may no longer be the case. If you’re on the sidewalk, in a mall, or even in a public bathroom with other people, Siri is going to be monitoring you.
Apple’s terms of service also make it clear that the company has a right to know everything about you that Siri knows. “When you use Siri … the things you say and dictate will be recorded and sent to Apple to process your requests. Your device will also send Apple other information, such as your name and nickname; the names, nicknames, and relationship with you (e.g., ‘my dad’) of your address book contacts, song names in your collection,” and other information, the terms state.
That provision of Apple’s terms gained notoriety this year, when a Reddit poster named “FallenMyst” nonchalantly mentioned that they had been working for a company to review conversations that had been harvested by Siri unbeknownst to users. Apple said it was trying to improve Siri’s ability to transcribe speech.
- Devo’s Jerry Casale S… by Glenn Herman
Devo co-founder, singer and bassist Gerald Vincent “Jerry” Casale, 67, was married to Krista Napp, 26, on Friday, Sept. 11, in a modest ceremony, but thanks to the 9/11-themed reception that followed, the response to the event has been anything but. On Monday morning (Sept. 14), TMZ ran photos from Casale and Napp’s intimate wedding[…]
- YouTube ‘Dancing Baby’ Copy… by Glenn Herman
In February 2007, Stephanie Lenz, a mother in Gallitzin, Pa., went on YouTube and uploaded a 29-second video of her toddler dancing while Prince’s song “Let’s Go Crazy” played in the background. Prince’s publishers objected, Ms. Lenz filed a lawsuit, and for more than eight years the case has been symbolic of the clashes over[…]
- Warp speed could be a reali… by Glenn Herman
Warp speed space travel that will allow us to travel between galaxies could be a reality in the next 100 years. This is according to Professor Geraint Lewis, from the University of Sydney, who claims the idea of warp speed is, in theory, possible. He claims the futurist concept was part of Einstein’s theory of[…]
- Surfing the Internet… from … by Glenn Herman
The true test of a man’s patience is crimping pins onto the end of a cable that leads to building a custom serial cable—especially if it’s the first time you’ve even handled a serial cable in a decade. So as I searched under my desk, using my phone for a flashlight, I wondered whether I had finally found the IT project that would send me over the edge. On a recent day, I set out to turn my recently acquired vintage Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 100 computer into a working Internet terminal. And at this moment, I crawled on the floor looking for a DB-25 connector’s little gold pin that I had dropped for the sixth—or maybe sixteenth—time.
Thankfully, I underestimated my patience/techno-masochism/insanity. Only a week later, I successfully logged in to Ars’ editorial IRC channel from the Model 100. And seeing as this machine first saw the market in 1983, it took a substantial amount of help: a Raspberry Pi, a little bit of BASIC code, and a hidden file from the website of a certain Eric S. Raymond.