29 Aug

Newsweek – Estimates Say Fewer Jobs, Larger Deficits if Republicans Were in Charge

The bottom line, then, is that recent GOP proposals would produce fewer jobs and far larger deficits than the plans Obama has already passed or currently wants to pass. This isn’t to say that the Republicans couldn’t create jobs or cut the deficit if restored to power—just that right now, they’ve chosen to support policies that would prove less effective in both respects than the Democratic programs they so vehemently criticize.

via Newsweek – Estimates Say Fewer Jobs, Larger Deficits if Republicans Were in Charge. Oops?

29 Aug

Borderleft Labs – Toucan CSS reset

It is a reset stylesheet. Unlike Meyer’s or YUI’s, it not only removes the default styling of HTML elements, but also rebuilds the new generic rules for the typography, headings, paragraphs, lists, forms, tables etc. It’s light-weight, flexible and browser-friendly.

via Borderleft Labs – Toucan CSS reset. I like it, just in-between a normal CSS framework and basic CSS rest style sheet.

29 Aug

Mozilla Labs – Sync in Firefox 4 Beta

Sync took a different tack, and started off with “what if we didn’t want the data? What if even having that data was a failure state?” That led us to cryptography. Sync uses strong crypto to encode your data before it is uploaded. The secret phrase is the key to this encryption, and we never send that anywhere to keep your data secure. This really means that Mozilla can’t see your data, giving you full control. (Which is great, because we really don’t want it!)

via Mozilla Labs – Sync in Firefox 4 Beta. I love systems that take this sort of approach to data, we don’t know it and we can’t know it.

28 Aug

NYTimes.com – German Law Would Limit Facebook’s Use in Hiring

As part of the draft of a law governing workplace privacy, the German government on Wednesday proposed placing restrictions on employers who want to use Facebook profiles when recruiting.

The bill would allow managers to search for publicly accessible information about prospective employees on the Web and to view their pages on job networking sites, like LinkedIn or Xing. But it would draw the line at purely social networking sites like Facebook, said Philipp Spauschus, a spokesman for the Interior Minister, Thomas de Maizière.

via NYTimes.com – German Law Would Limit Facebook’s Use in Hiring. I have to admit to liking this idea. It’s very reasonable, limit companies from using sites that are designed to be part of a person’s life outside of work. Although the larger question becomes what is a “purely social networking site”, does Twitter count, etc and who defines it. Overall the better result is for people to be more intelligent or more aware about what information is public.

27 Aug

TechCrunch – Google, Facebook To Microsoft’s Paul Allen: Your Argument Is Invalid

The entire Internet (aka Facebook, Google, Apple AOL, Facebook, eBay, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, and YouTube) has just been served with a vague and vast patent violation suit from Microsoft’s co-founder Paul Allen. As patent suits are notoriously unpopular, the response from tech pundits has been apprehensive. Now the companies named are starting to punch back, a representative from Facebook told TechCrunch, “We believe this suit is completely without merit and we will fight it vigorously.”

via TechCrunch – Google, Facebook To Microsoft’s Paul Allen: Your Argument Is Invalid. Oh software patents how worthless you are.

14 Aug

ignore the code – Opinions vs. Data

If there’s one thing we should all take to heart, it’s that humans are strange: They rarely behave the way we expect (or want) them to. Testing often reveals issues we would never have found out by merely thinking about a design. Conversely, something that looks wrong might actually work perfectly well.

via ignore the code – Opinions vs. Data. The fallacy with intuitive guesses is that they are intuitive and not based on real data most of the time. Testing can sometimes reveal things that you wouldn’t have normally guessed.

14 Aug

ITworld – Friday the 13th, Part II: Oracle Officially Ends OpenSolaris

Well, Oracle seems determined to make this a memorable Friday the 13th. Just as the open source community reels from the impact of an Oracle lawsuit against Google for alleged Java patent infringements, it has now been revealed that Oracle has internally killed OpenSolaris.

via ITworld – Friday the 13th, Part II: Oracle Officially Ends OpenSolaris. Oracle seems determined to destroy any and all of the good things that Sun accomplished.

12 Aug

This Is What I Think – Traditional Marriage Perverts the Tradition of Marriage

Over a summer of research, I learned a lot of surprising facts about the history of marriage and weddings, but by far the most shocking discovery of all was that the tradition of marriage-as-we-know-it simply did not exist in those days. Almost everything we have come to associate with marriage and weddings — the white dress, the holy vows, the fancy cake and the birdseed — dates back a mere 50 or 100 years at the most. In many cases less.

via This Is What I Think – Traditional Marriage Perverts the Tradition of Marriage. Traditional marriages, not so traditional.

12 Aug

MarketWatch – Oracle sues Google over intellectual property

Oracle Corp. filed a lawsuit against Google Inc. on Thursday, alleging that the Internet search giant has infringed on intellectual property related to the Java software that Oracle acquired when it purchased Sun Microsystems Inc.

via MarketWatch – Oracle sues Google over intellectual property. I don’t which to think that Oracle is just insane or stupid.

12 Aug

TechCrunch – Nicholas Negroponte: The Physical Book Is Dead In 5 Years

The physical book is dead, according to Negroponte. He said he realizes that’s going to be hard for a lot of people to accept. But you just have to think about film and music. In the 1980s, the writing was on the wall that physical film was going to die, even though companies like Kodak were in denial. He then asked people to think about their youth with music. It was all physical then. Now everything has changed.

via Nicholas Negroponte: The Physical Book Is Dead In 5 Years. I’m right there in the camp of eliminating physical copies of everything as fast as possible. I absolutely love ebooks.