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Veterans Day 2012 | Elteto.net

Veterans Day 2012 | Elteto.net | Elteto | Scoop.it
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For this year's Veterans Day, I chose this article written LCpl Shawn P. Hefner's mother. A U.S. Marine, LCpl Hefner was killed in action on November 13th, 2009, in Afghanistan. This story is not only a powerful account of one young man's and his family's sacrifice, but also of the sacrifices made by all those men and women who choose to put a uniform on in service to their homeland.

 

"I am Robin Hefner, Shawn's mother. I was asked to write Shawn's story for a book that a group of Marine mom's are putting together. Just about how it feels to be a marine mom from being drafted to home coming. Here is Shawn's story seen throw his mother's eyes."

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-449090

 

http://www.elteto.net/Veterans_Day_2012

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The End of The Force as We Know It? George Lucas Sells Lucasfilm to Disney?

The End of The Force as We Know It? George Lucas Sells Lucasfilm to Disney? | Elteto | Scoop.it
Disney buys Lucasfilm, the company behind Star Wars, from George Lucas for $4.05bn (£2.5bn) and will release a seventh Star Wars film in 2015.
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JoyofTech.com Predicts Apple's Arrogant Apology, Samsung Profits Rise, Apple Misses Expectations | Elteto.net

JoyofTech.com Predicts Apple's Arrogant Apology, Samsung Profits Rise, Apple Misses Expectations | Elteto.net | Elteto | Scoop.it

JoyofTech.com Predicts Apple's Arrogant Apology, Samsung Profits Rise, Apple Misses Expectations

 

http://www.elteto.net/JoyofTech_com_Predicts_Apple_s_Arrogant_Apology_Samsung_Profits_Rise_Apple_Misses_Expectations

 

Nitrozac & Snaggy were on to something when they published this comic strip on JoyofTech.com in July of 2012.

 

As predicted by Joy of Tech, three months later in its announcement, Apple quickly stated what the court said, provided the required link, then moved onto detailing how Samsung's products are not as cool as Apple's, and how in other cases Samsung copied Apple's designs.

 

Interesting enough, meanwhile, "not as cool" Samsung's net profits rose 91% from last year, while Apple missed the quarterly profit forecasts.

 

At the same time, Apple announced a new iPad Mini line, backtracking on Steve Jobs' "tweener" comments. It makes solid business sense, as the company can talk about "magic" and about how "it's not the consumers' job to know what they want", but in the end, Apple is a business, not a charity or a non-profit organization, and businesses ultimately are driven by profit. Apple figured out smartly (even if a bit late) that consumers do know what they want, including "tweener" tablets.

 

For many, the big news are the iPad Mini and the iPhone 5, but those products do not introduce any strikingly revolutionary new innovations. However, the new iMacs are true engineering masterpieces with their super-thin display with reduced glare. Yes, they also look "cool".

 

The JoyofTech comic: http://www.joyoftech.com/joyoftech/joyarchives/1717.html

 

Apple's announcement: http://www.apple.com/uk/legal-judgement/

 

BBC: "Samsung posts record profits on Galaxy phone sales" http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20091505

 

BBC: "Apple profits miss expectations on slower iPad sales": http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20091054

 

Gadgets.ndtv.com article about Steve Jobs' "tweener" comments: http://gadgets.ndtv.com/tablets/news/steve-jobs-called-it-a-tweener-but-smaller-ipad-may-be-for-real-223729

 

NPR's article including Steve Jobs' "not the consumers' job" quote: http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2011/08/25/139940517/does-steve-jobs-visionary-style-offer-political-lessons

 

New iMac gallery: http://www.apple.com/imac/design/

 

http://www.elteto.net/Sounds_Like_a_Story_from_The_Onion_But_It_Is_Real_People_Are_Actually_Surprised_Someone_on_the_Web_Is_Lying

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How part of LA became 'Tehrangeles'

How part of LA became 'Tehrangeles' | Elteto | Scoop.it
Google maps recently recognised "Tehrangeles" as a neighbourhood in central Los Angeles - how did the area become home to so many Iranians?
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In which countries is Coca-Cola not sold?

In which countries is Coca-Cola not sold? | Elteto | Scoop.it
After almost 60 years, Coca-Cola is on sale again in Burma. It's one of the world's most famous brands, so are there any countries where the drinks giant still remains unsold?
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Linux Format names Mint 13 Best Distro for 2012

Linux Format names Mint 13 Best Distro for 2012 | Elteto | Scoop.it

Linux Format names Mint 13 Best Distro for 2012

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DNA test jailed innocent man for murder

DNA test jailed innocent man for murder | Elteto | Scoop.it
An innocent man spent eight months in jail after being accused of murder following a police DNA test - is the criminal justice system too reliant on science to solve crime?
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Occupy... the High School Cafeteria?

Occupy... the High School Cafeteria? | Elteto | Scoop.it
Students in the Plum Borough School District in suburban Pittsburgh are #BrownBagginIt to call attention to pricey school lunches they don't like.
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My Banned Comment: Wired.com's "Apple Rejects App That Tracks U.S. Drone Strikes" | Elteto.net

"Apple Rejects App That Tracks U.S. Drone Strikes"

 

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/08/drone-app/

 

With this entry, I am starting a new post series that documents my comments on various sites that have been removed. Of course, I believe in the freedom of private parties and institutions to police their sites as they choose, so I accept their judgment and authority.

 

Wired.com had an article on Apple refusing to add an app to their App Store.

 

One of the commenters stated that "Not to mention there's really no news or articles that talk about great side-loading for the common man.", talking about installing non-market apps on Android. I posted the following comment with different wording twice, both times it was removed after a few minutes. Maybe someone does not want people to know how easy it is to enable non-market apps on Android?

 

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"Not to mention there's really no news or articles that talk about great side-loading for the common man."

Do an Internet search for "enabling non-store android apps". You will find a huge number of articles.

However, here are the steps that you will find easily in many pages, tutorials, posts and articles, and even in official printed manuals that come with some Android devices.

1) Go to Settings > Applications
2) Check the box next to Unknown sources
3) Confirm that you understand the risks

This is an officially supported function. Not the same as jailbreaking.

 

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Sounds Like a Story from The Onion, But It Is Real: People Are Actually Surprised Someone on the Web Is Lying! | Elteto.net

Sounds Like a Story from The Onion, But It Is Real: People Are Actually Surprised Someone on the Web Is Lying! | Elteto.net | Elteto | Scoop.it

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Just when one would think the masses on the Interwebs could not possibly get any more gullible, this story comes out.


Quick background: during Hurricane Sandy, a Twitter account holder posted false messages depicting the damage caused by the destructive storm. In an incredible manner, readers were surprised that social media posts could possibly be false. What happened next completely defied reason: people got upset because they believed some random, anonymous  person. Wait, what? You mean, someone on the Internet is WRONG? Gasp!

 

One quote seems to fit this story perfectly:

 

"...fool me once, shame on - shame on you. Fool me - you can't get fooled again."

 

Of course, it is certainly not an honorable and decent activity to spread fear and uncertainty in the time of crisis, but the outcry in the posted comments is unwarranted. At some point, people have to take personal responsibility for believing an unverified source.

 

Even though when blinded by anger it is easy to see only one side of the story and expect the whole world to do the same in sympathy, it is important to remember that the rights and liberties that empower these angry individuals to make comments demanding punishment without due process (not to mention threaten physical violence, which is probably not protected speech) were the same rights that in the first place empowered the poster of the false reports to, well, make false reports. Imagine if one could be so easily convicted for a crime in America (or in any country for that matter) for posting silly comments on social media outlets. Would that not set a chilling and dangerous precedent?

 

People like to beat their chest and declare with conviction an absolute human right to express themselves freely. Except, apparently, when someone with a different view expresses himself or herself or when they believed him or her without fact-checking first.

 

http://theweek.com/article/index/235612/comfortablysmug-how-one-twitter-user-became-hurricane-sandys-biggest-villain

 

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/10/sandys-biggest-twitter-troll-apologizes.html

 

http://laughingsquid.com/someone-is-wrong-on-the-internet/

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Scientists Waste Time Suspecting Athletes Instead of Improving the World

Scientists Waste Time Suspecting Athletes Instead of Improving the World | Elteto | Scoop.it
Could the fledgling field of performance profiling reveal the truth about Olympian achievements that defy expectation?
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Scientists Convicted for Not Predicting the Unpredictable | Elteto.net

Scientists Convicted for Not Predicting the Unpredictable | Elteto.net | Elteto | Scoop.it

In a verdict that may set a dangerous precedence, an Italian court convicted scientists of multiple manslaughter for their negligence in warning people before the 2009 earthquake in L'Aquila.

 

I get the reasoning that the scientists should have been more alarmists about the possible risks presented by tremors, but the verdict seems excessive and it does create the appearance of a war on science with an institutional stamp of approval. Scientists should only have to provide the data and the assessment, while the decision to warn or evacuate should come from the leadership of the affected municipality.

 

If we follow the reasoning behind the charges in this case, would that mean that presidents of nations should go to jail if the economy in their countries does not recover? In a similar manner, should police chiefs be convicted of negligent homicide for not being able to lower murder rates in their jurisdictions? In both examples lives are destroyed and in the latter, extinguished, by someone's negligence to predict and prevent.

 

Could these scientists have just issued sterner warnings to be on the safe side? Probably. But if they cry wolf too many times, they probably get sued for costing their respective municipalities too much money in emergency preparedness, and for their cautionary predictions not coming true.

 

The spine-chilling issue here is what will a verdict like this do to scientific communities? A large number of brilliant minds will simply choose not to serve the public, but rather work in private ventures where they are protected by contracts with hold-harmless clauses. Not to mention the obviously higher pay.

 

Do cities, counties, states or even nations really want politicians and judges, instead of dedicated and qualified scientists, running emergency preparedness and management programs? Because if this verdict is upheld, quite a few communities may find themselves forced to do exactly that.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20025626

 

http://www.elteto.net/Scientists_Convicted_for_Not_Predicting_the_Unpredictable

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Kirby Ferguson Jabs at Steve Jobs' "Great Artists Steal" Quote | Elteto.net

Kirby Ferguson Jabs at Steve Jobs' "Great Artists Steal" Quote | Elteto.net | Elteto | Scoop.it

As expected, iSheep, Fandroids and the like are up in arms about this video, just read the comments and discussions on other forums...

 

"And we've invented a new technology, called Multi-Touch." Did Steve Jobs really expect the tech world to miraculously fail to remember prior-existing multi-touch technology?

 

Another highlight from this video: [Ferguson, jokingly paraphrasing Steve Jobs] "So in other words, great artists steal, but not from me!"

 

Of course, all of it is good-natured fun; Ferguson even managed to get the audience laughing at Job's threat to destroy Android.

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Jabber/XMPP users, @xabber_xmpp will be open source if it gets 50K followers on Twitter in a month! Get the word out!

Jabber/XMPP users, @xabber_xmpp will be open source if it gets 50K followers on Twitter in a month! Get the word out! | Elteto | Scoop.it

 

Jabber/XMPP users, @xabber_xmpp will be open source if it gets 50K followers on Twitter in a month! Get the word out!

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Stasi files: The world's biggest jigsaw puzzle

Stasi files: The world's biggest jigsaw puzzle | Elteto | Scoop.it
Archivists are piecing together millions of pieces of paper to reconstruct the surveillance documents of the East German Stasi - Chris Bowlby finds out how.
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Cloud storage firm flags malware as "Copyrighted Material," boots security researcher

Cloud storage firm flags malware as "Copyrighted Material," boots security researcher | Elteto | Scoop.it
A malware researcher finds herself in company with First Lady Michelle Obama and science fiction author Neil Gaiman: booted from the web by hard-headed copyright protection algorithms.
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Working From Home? You're a Better Worker | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

Working From Home? You're a Better Worker | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com | Elteto | Scoop.it
If you're a U.S. worker, there's a 10 percent chance that you work from home at least once a week, and a 4.3 percent chance that you work from home most of the time.
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My Banned Comment: Wired.com's "Apple Rejects App That Tracks U.S. Drone Strikes" Part 2 | Elteto.net

"Apple Rejects App That Tracks U.S. Drone Strikes"

 

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/08/drone-app/

 

After some time of staying on the page, another one of my comments on this story was removed. I am also including the response (which was also removed) another commenter posted.

 

Does someone not like posts talking about the steps to enable non-market apps on Android? Or stories mentioning Android's decent market share?

 

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"Instead, Begley’s thinking about whether he’d have a better shot making the same point in the Android Market."

 

That should have been obvious after the first rejection... Since the Android OS has a larger market share than iOS, Mr. Begley would reach a larger audience through Android. That would just be simple numbers, and has nothing to do with who is a fan of what platform and which one is better... If the point is getting the information out, getting people to think and start conversations, and not activism to get accepted by the App Store, then ignore the platform, go with the numbers.

 

True, there are a lot more disturbing news available through a large number of news aggregator apps in the App Store thann just reports of drone strikes. Probably a lot of these aggregated news have disturbing pictures embedded in them. The objectionable content reasoning is not fully clear here.

 

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Here is user JohnDoey's answer, which was also removed:

 

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The Android OS may have a larger part of the cell phone market than Apple’s one phone, but iOS has a larger installed base because it is also sells in large numbers in other markets. Further, the iOS app platform is ridiculously larger than any Android-based platform.

 

From the perspective of a software developer, there is no comparison. There are Mac, iOS, and Windows apps, and then there are baby phone apps on everything else. iPhone has a little Mac in it and a little iTunes and every other phone is missing that. So developers get to write a Mac-like app and sell it through an iTunes-like store. That is just a whole level above phone apps. That is why developers work primarily on iOS and go grudgingly into supporting phone apps for everyone else. It is way, way more work on non-Apple platforms for way, way less money, and your app always still ends up looking its best on iOS. Real 3D, Retina, multichannel audio and MIDI, animations, video editing, graphics and video filters — developers have to build that stuff for themselves on phones, but on iOS and Mac OS Apple has done all that work for them. And iOS is unique in phones in that it supports C apps, the apps from the Mac and Windows and console games run the exact same code in their core features, so they remain the same app after being ported to iOS.

 

No comparison at all between iOS and Android when you look at them as computing platforms. iOS and its apps are based on the Mac, the most powerful client computing platform in the world, and Android is based on the Sidekick, a great phone from 2001, and has apps based on the phone-based Java from like 2004.

 

Consumers are fooled by the iOS-like coat of paint that Google slapped onto their phone OS, but developers have seen not only what is under the paint but what is in the basement and it is not pretty. Google is 10 years behind Microsoft in operating system technology, and Microsoft is 10 years behind Apple.

 

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Justifying Apple's $1bn verdict

Justifying Apple's $1bn verdict | Elteto | Scoop.it
The foreman of the jury in the Apple versus Samsung patent lawsuit explains why he awarded the iPhone-maker $1.05bn...
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Why the MRAP Is Worth the Money

Why the MRAP Is Worth the Money | Elteto | Scoop.it
Far from being a needless waste, as other authors have argued, mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles are worth the price tag. They are essential tools for protecting U.S. troops in irregular warfare and on uncertain terrain abroad.
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