New Details Emerge On The Surveillance Technology Used To Hunt Osama Bin Laden

All the technology in the world doesn't beat a knock on the door. New documents detail the sophisticated, if only partially successful, surveillance technology used to hunt and kill the most wanted terrorist on earth. Before the Obama administration sent Navy SEALS to raid the Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound, where Osama bin Laden was hiding, assorted government agencies deployed technologies such as stealth drones; satellites that took high-res and infrared images of the compound from space;... [continue]

Schumpeter: The entrepreneurial state

The Economist - business - 29 august 2013 - 15:01
APPLE is generally regarded as an embodiment of everything that is best about innovative businesses. It was started in a garage. For years it played a cool David to Microsoft’s lumbering Goliath. Then it disrupted itself, and the entire entertainment industry, by shifting its focus from computers to mobile devices. But there is something missing from this story, argues Mariana Mazzucato of Sussex University in England, in her book, “The Entrepreneurial State”. Steve Jobs was undoubtedly a... [continue]

Five more reasons to work at Gartner with me

Gartner Blog Network - 26 august 2013 - 19:34
A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog post called “Five reasons you should work at Gartner with me“. Well, we’re recruiting again for an analyst to replace Aneel Lakhani, who is sadly leaving us to go to a start-up. While this analyst role isn’t part of my team, I expect that this is someone that I’ll work closely with, so I have a vested interest in seeing a great person get the job.Check out the formal job posting. This analyst will cover cloud management products... [continue]

A Matter of Choice (Part 1)

Fair Observer - 24 august 2013 - 02:49
Of Human Bonds: Between Sex Work and Trafficking In the US, a problematic relationship exists between law enforcement and prostitution.Sex worker rights activism and being an advocate for a change in laws, which criminalize any part of consensual adult commercial sex, was my objective from the first day I started working as a prostitute. Decriminalizing prostitution will not in any way benefit me financially, as I retired from sex work years... [continue]

Foam Party Causes Corneal Abrasion And Vision Problems

Keep the foam in the tub, kids. Foam parties, at which you dance in a club amid several feet of soapy bubbles, apparently still exist, which, fine, do what you want to do, kids. But! If you do go to one of these parties, do not rub your eyes, or you could end up with abrasions on your cornea and lack the ability to open your eyes. A recent foam party in Naples, Florida, resulted in a whopping 56 people checking into the emergency room with eye issues. Some couldn't open their eyes, some were... [continue]

5 Beloved Scientists Who Were Actually Bullies

Electrocuting animals, stealing credit, self-aggrandizing, and more Unfortunately, scientific genius doesn't necessarily come with superhuman social skills. The great minds on this list may have made significant contributions to their fields, but even hundreds of years later, we're still shaking our heads at their petty, ruthless, dishonest, and downright cruel behavior. 1. Thomas Edison, The Animal Torturer In 1884, Nikola Tesla moved to New York City to meet Edison, who was famous for his... [continue]

Of Human Bonds: Between Sex Work and Trafficking

Fair Observer - 20 august 2013 - 03:28
shutterstock_2037628.jpg The reality is that sex trade and exploitation remains a part of society.BackgroundHow should society confront a topic that is not only taboo, but also operates underground — away from the diagnostics of aid organizations and with victims often too scared to seek help?The sex trade, despite its shadowy nature, is incredibly widespread — historically, geographically, and concerning those it affects. In a... [continue]

Capital battle backfires on the rupee

Gartner Blog Network - 19 august 2013 - 08:53
Capital battle backfires on the rupeeVery interesting article (over the weekend, US Print edition, Financial Times) that really hints at the dynamism at the heart of the global financial system and how it impacts, and is impacted by, local economic conditions.  You have to first understand that the amount of money flying around the world (measured in trillions of dollars) related to currency and investments, every day, is four or more times the amount of money spent on actual global trade- as... [continue]

Free cardboard speakers

Boing Boing - 17 august 2013 - 03:05
OrigAudio is giving away its Fold N' Play speakers, which were chosen by Time as one of the 50 best inventions of 2009, for free (shipping not included -- about \$8 within the USA, much higher overseas).     [continue]

Sinkhole opens 'neath holiday resort complex near Disney World

Boing Boing - 12 august 2013 - 14:00
A 15-foot-deep sinkhole opened beneath a vacation condo complex near Walt Disney World in Florida, partially devouring a pair of three-story buildings above it.     [continue]