“Mt. Gox, he says, didn’t use any type of version control software — a standard tool in any professional software development environment. This meant that any coder could accidentally overwrite a colleague’s code if they happened to be working on the same file. According to this developer, the world’s largest bitcoin exchange had only recently introduced a test environment, meaning that, previously, untested software changes were pushed out to the exchanges customers — not the kind of thing you’d see on a professionally run financial services website. And, he says, there was only one person who could approve changes to the site’s source code: Mark Karpeles. That meant that some bug fixes — even security fixes — could languish for weeks, waiting for Karpeles to get to the code. “The source code was a complete mess,” says one insider.”—The Inside Story of Mt. Gox, Bitcoin’s $460 Million Disaster | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com
“At Bethnal Green, I’m told, a small but significant number of savvy westbound punters avoid having to, quite literally, queue for a space on a Central Line train (been there, done that) by first catching one eastbound to Mile End, Stratford or, who knows, far beyond, then crossing the platform. “Tactical commuting,” is how one TfL sage wryly described this. There are other words that could be used.”—Tomorrow’s Tube: easing the Clapham squeeze
The pilot will be the small start of a much larger programme of travel demand management (TDM) on the Tube, to be rolled over the coming months. Near the end of this year or at the beginning of next TfL will go a bit more multi-media, including publishing a list of prime hot spots for busy-ness all supported by a revamped website (there’s a link on the present site to the evolving new version). A quid says Victoria, London Bridge and Holborn will play starring roles.
You’ll have guessed that much of this is an effort to apply what was learned during the Olympics to the everyday London Underground experience. Warning the travelling public about high-congestion locations and times was a highly visible feature of Games Time.
“Her response to “Silenced in SID” does not acknowledge the irony – or hypocrisy – of an employee at a spy agency complaining about being spied on. But Zelda directly addresses the long-lasting effects of inappropriate surveillance. “Trust is hard to rebuild once it has been broken,” she observes. “Your work center may take time to heal after this deplorable practice is discontinued.””—The NSA Has An Advice Columnist. Seriously. - The Intercept
“With a captain technically in command—even though he is based in an onshore control room—MUNIN thinks the legal and practical challenges of meeting maritime rules could be met. Radio messages from other ships, along with those from coastguards and port authorities, could be automatically routed to the shore captain. Something similar is being proposed for autonomous civil drones, with ground-based pilots responding to communications and air-traffic control instructions as if they were in the cockpit.”—Ghost ships
“Daylight Saving, then and now,is a measure designed to benefit certain businesses. Today it’s the makers of softball gear, charcoal briquettes and mosquito repellant who most love daylight saving and seek to extend its period. There’s no reason at all why we could not simply shift the hours of work to reflect available daylight, as our ancestors did.”—Hating Daylight Saving – The Aporetic
“Representative Ezekiel Candler of Mississippi angrily insisted that “the rising of the sun and the going down thereof fixes the time.” “God’s time is true,” Candler rang out; “man made time is false.” “Let us repeal this law and have the clocks proclaim God’s time and tell the truth,” he thundered to his colleagues’ applause. “Truth is always best. It is mighty and should always prevail.””—Hating Daylight Saving – The Aporetic
“But in their arguments against the bill, rural Congressmen blamed it for the manifest ills of the age. It embodied the trend away from real production and towards idle consumption: the bill “is a pet of the professional class, the semileisure class, the man of the golf club and the amateur gardener, the sojourner at the suburban summer resort,” charged a Minnesota representative, “who can all close their desks an hour earlier and hie them to an extra hour of play.” As a thoroughly nonproductive, silly game played on the coiffed and manicured surface of perfectly good land, golf symbolized the utter decadence that underlay the daylight saving movement. By their honest sweat the farmers wrested the world’s sustenance and ease from stubborn ground; instead of asking more sacrifice from the farmer, or laughing at his ignorance, rural politicians claimed, “you should rise up in your refinement and call him blessed.””—Hating Daylight Saving – The Aporetic
“As a thoroughly nonproductive, silly game played on the coiffed and manicured surface of perfectly good land, golf symbolized the utter decadence that underlay the daylight saving movement.”—Hating Daylight Saving – The Aporetic
“Despite its official-sounding name, the “War Garden Commission” was in fact a lobbying organization for the makers of garden products—tools, seeds, fertilizers, canning and preserving equipment, including jars, cans and rubber ring seals—who stood to gain dramatically from any increase in wartime gardening. Pack issued pamphlets and newspaper advertisements insisting that “the preservation of vegetables and fruits…is a patriotic duty and a national war time need.” Accompanying the message of conservation came a list of manufacturers of garden products. Masking itself as a government agency, Pack’s organization used daylight saving to raise sales, and used patriotism to head off the competition. In this case, one recreational business—baseball—lost out to another—the makers of gardening and canning equipment.”—Hating Daylight Saving – The Aporetic
“A danger must be that the burgeoning maker movement becomes a victim of its own success – that what started as a grassroots initiative ends as little more than another technology showcase to attract corporate interests as they seek to cherrypick the new devices that will help power an increasingly connected world.”—Maker Faire: major ‘geek-fest’ for London heralds fully connected UK
Some employees loved Ken; some felt personally hurt or wronged by him. Some subjects interviewed for this report said Levine’s behavior could go beyond the role of a stubborn boss and sometimes became explicitly rude or mean. Sharp profanity, shouting and heated arguments, say sources, weren’t uncommon. One source claims Take-Two mandated annual sensitivity training for its employees in the final years.
Another source claims that, at one point in Infinite’s development, an external firm was brought in to improve the studio’s culture. They held a workshop and, after some analysis, they reached a conclusion: Levine wasn’t going to change, so the employees would need to change around him.
“Exclusive sets of photos can easily have a price tag reaching up to four or five grand. Clearly, mailonline isn’t paying this much per set though as that would be setting them back about £3 million a day – and not even the Guardian loses money that fast.”—Profits Of Doom
“41,000,000 - 41 million is the revenue that Daily Mail & General Trust announced that mailonline made (in pounds sterling) last year to the end of September. That is not £41 million in profit; that is £41 million in revenue.”—Profits Of Doom
“Until 1844 trains were pulled up the incline to Camden Town by cables because the London and Birmingham Railway’s Act of Parliament prohibited the use of locomotives in the Euston area; this prohibition is said to have been in response to concerns of local prominent residents as to the noise and smoke emitted by locomotives toiling up the incline.”—Euston railway station - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“Other former employees had a more extreme reaction to their boss’s creative process. At least one department had instituted a policy of “essentially having the lead observe a ‘dress rehearsal’ of any meeting that was planned to present content to Ken.” In interviews from 2012, former employees of Irrational called this practice “Ken Whispering.””—The final years of Irrational Games, according to those who were there
Chaotic Moon Studios, a startup making, uh, about anything you can think of, invited me to their Austin offices today during South By Southwest to check out a live demonstration of a stun gun-loaded drone. Obviously, I came.
The gentleman here is an intern named Jackson, who is the most fearless person I have ever encountered. He got stunned like a pro.
The sensors are deliberately quite low resolution, simply because the tracking software prefers pixilated lumps to high quality video. Also, the video is processed locally within the camera, and the only information that TfL’s central computer gets is the final score when a decision about what to do needs to be taken.
That’s partly for privacy reasons, but also, it is a lot cheaper to only send a simple number score over the backhaul connection than feeding high bandwidth video feeds from traffic junctions everywhere.
The video is also not recorded anywhere, which might disappoint crime prevention sorts, but frankly, the quality of the video we saw wouldn’t be good enough to use anyway.
On arrival, Mr. Papatheodoropoulos cleared US customs and immigration and was admitted to the US without incident. But when Dr. Von Der Haar took him back to the Indianapolis airport a few days later to pick up the items he had shipped by air freight, they were referred to the CBP office at the airport.
According to Dr. Von Der Haar’s complaint, armed CBP officers detained both her and Mr. Papatheodoropoulos, took them into separate rooms, and stood blocking the exit door while they interrogated Dr. Von Der Haar about, “the nature of her relationship with Mr. Papatheodoropoulos … the contents of email messages that Dr. Von Der Haar and Mr. Papatheodoropoulos had sent each other … [and] if she and Mr. Papatheodoropoulos were having sexual relations.”
“[Child labor] is relatively low percentage of the labor violations happening in the supply chain, a relatively inexpensive thing to take care of,” Slaten says. “To pay a million workers unpaid overtime wages, it’s going to be a little chunk of their profit margin.”
Apple’s latest responsibility report says it found 71 facilities underpaying its workers in 2013, and forced them to repay $2.1 million in back wages.