The website Groklaw, which for 10 years demystified complex issues involving technology and the law, is shutting down. Editor Pamela Jones writes that she can't run the site without email, and that since emails' privacy can't be guaranteed, she can no longer do the site's work.
Customer reviews can make all the difference when you're buying something online. And especially with a massive shopping site like Amazon, reviews come in all shapes and sizes, from the scathing, to the fawning ... to the just plain weird.
Amazon's compiled a list of some of its most humorous product reviews. Here are some of our favorites:
Great compliment for my skin art, May 19, 2009
"Unfortunately I already had this exact picture tattooed on my chest, but this shirt is very useful in colder weather." overlook1977
Combine with other foods!, August 5, 2006
"Has anyone else tried pouring this stuff over dry cereal? A-W-E-S-O-M-E!" J. Fitzsimmons
For the Accoutrements Horse Head Mask:
My Transformation is Complete, December 3, 2012
"It is day 87 and the horses have accepted me as one of their own. I have grown to understand and respect their gentle ways. Now I question everything I thought I once knew and fear I am no longer capable of following through with my primary objective. I know that those who sent me will not relent. They will send others in my place... But we will be ready" ByronicHero
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"Used Jag for sale REAL CHEAP!!" the comic actor tweeted after his car broke down and burst into flames. He was helped to safety by some passersby. "Somebody's looking after me," the 87-year-old TV veteran says.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company, which owns the plant, says about 80,000 gallons of contaminated water have spewed from a metal holding tank. The leak is reportedly the largest of several at the tsunami-damaged facility.
Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. You know, the standard teenager checklist.
Now LinkedIn wants in.
The giant business-networking site is trying to attract the college and pre-college crowd. It’s introduced “University Pages” -- sortof profiles for universities that offer dashboards of information like where alumni are, what fields they are in, and where they are working.
At the same time, LinkedIn has lowered its minimum sign up age in the U.S. to 14.
For those younger students, LinkedIn will be “a directory of dreams,” according to John Hill, LinkedIn’s Higher Education Evangelist.
On the one hand, he argues it will afford pre-professional students to model professional behaviors when they’re developing their profile. “Think about all the people who surround students -- parents, guidance counselors, mentors, relatives they can connect to and see how they’ve developed their professional identity and model some of that behavior.”
The new data dashboards on the University Pages will also let students discern the right university in terms of their interests post-graduation.
For example, say you were thinking about going to UC San Diego, you could look up its page and see that many alumni are in engineering and lots of them work at Qualcomm. That would work for you -- so add UC San Diego to your list.
For schools, the format affords them the opportunity to compete on the real-world merits of jobs and career preparation. “Ninety-eight percent of our incoming freshmen expect a job by the time they leave our institution,” says Brandon Buzbee, director of outreach at UC San Diego.
The troves of data LinkedIn possesses help make the case that a school can help a prospective student in the job market. “LinkedIn has access to more folks than we likely do on the university side,” says Buzbee.
So not only mightLinkedIn for the pre-college crowd help prospective students see beyond college, but it can also help them during college. “The paper resume is dead,” Buzbee says.
That’s something echoed by other education professionals. Trudy Steinfeld, Assistant Vice President of the Wasserman Center for Career Development at NYU, says LinkedIn “is how students increasingly are going to get identified not only for jobs after college but even for possible internship opportunities.”
The flipside to all the education and career talk though is that young people are a huge growth opportunity for LinkedIn. The under-25 crowd is the site’s fastest growing demographic, but still makes up only 15 percent of members. It represents a rich and underserved market for LinkedIn to tap, according to Susan Etlinger, an analyst with Altimeter Group. “There just hasn’t been a good central place for young people to learn about universities outside their own geography or in particular areas of interest for them,” says Etlinger.
Just one note to future college students: Save those pics from that party you weren’t supposed to be at for Facebook.
That fight about fees that Time Warner Cable pay CBS -- which has Time Warner blacking out CBS and Showtime for millions of people in New York, Los Angeles, and other places -- is in its third week. And for customers, it turns out breaking up with Time Warner isn't necessarily easy.
A couple days after the CBS blackout began, Nikki Muller tried to leave Time Warner because she was moving from Burbank, Calif., one of the areas affected by the blackout. She got caught in an unusually long queue. Muller was on hold for more than two hours -- enough time to eat dinner and watch a couple shows, she said.
(Marketplace called Time Warner's toll-free line this afternoon and got through in just a few minutes; the time and day you call seem to matter.)
It’s too soon to say if anecdotal reports of high call volume mean Time Warner Cable is losing lots of customers over the CBS spat. Mike Hodel, an analyst with Morningstar, said and he thinks not. He said consumers are less likely to notice programming outages over the summer. It’s the fall prime time season -- and especially NFL football season, he said -- when they’ll get mad.
“Our feeling is that until you get to a point where there’s real consumer pain, like you’ll likely have around the football season, that both sides have an incentive to continue to push for what they want and not give in,” he said.
In other words, expect the brinkmanship to continue until September.
When we talk U.S. aid to Egypt, we’re talking in the neighborhood of $1.5 billion, nearly all of it military aid. The money goes into a bank account in New York, and Egyptian officials use it to buy equipment produced by American manufacturers.
Among the purchases, says Shana Marshall, of George Washington University’s Institute for Middle East Studies. “The M1A1 Abrams tank, produced by General Dynamics, that’s probably one of the most well known items of equipment.” She says Egypt also buys F-16s, helicopters, communications equipment, missiles, and items used in domestic crowd control situations, like tear gas.
The U.S. also spends money to train the Egyptian military -- Marshall estimates hundreds of members each year, including Egypt’s military chief, General al-Sisi.
“When you see the military putting down demonstrators and so on, their training and some of their equipment is underwritten by the United States,” says Mark Lagon, a professor in the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program at Georgetown.
So, what’s in it for the U.S.; why’s it been so hard to pull back?
Lagon says one reason is that policy makers worry about Israel. “Egypt making peace with Israel is something we want to maintain; so that one of the fronts of instability for our closest ally in the region be kept stable.”
Experts say there are other strategic reasons. There’s a sense that aid equals influence, it builds relationships. The U.S. military also has fly-over rights and gets expedited access to the Suez Canal.
And, lots of U.S. defense industry jobs are at stake making those tanks and planes.
Later this year, the jazz legend will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Sandoval talks with guest host Celeste Headlee about his start as a trumpet player in Cuba, his relationship with Dizzy Gillespie and how American citizenship influenced his music.