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Posted on August 25th, 2011 at 23:39 by Paul Jay in category: Cartoon

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8 Ways Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Show More Leadership Than Our “Leaders”

Posted on August 25th, 2011 at 23:33 by Paul Jay in category: News


During Jon Stewart’s and Stephen Colbert’s tenure spoofing news and politics from Comedy Central (for 12 and six years, respectively), they’ve evolved into two of the most truthful, if sarcastic, journalists on television. But in recent months, they’ve graduated from their media posts and started doing what we want our lawmakers to do—speak honestly, directly and straightforwardly about the most important issues of the day without any vested (or monetary) interests.

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Judge Calls Location-Tracking Orwellian, While Congress Moves to Legalize It

Posted on August 25th, 2011 at 23:29 by Paul Jay in category: News


A federal judge’s decision requiring the government to get a court warrant before obtaining mobile-phone location data is one of a string of conflicting opinions on the topic. It comes as lawmakers and the Supreme Court weigh in on the hot-button issue of locational privacy.

U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis ruled on Tuesday that the government can only acquire cellphone location data on a surveillance target with a full-blown “probable cause” warrant from a judge. The government had argued that it’s entitled to the data whenever it’s “relevant” to a criminal investigation — a lower standard. The feds were seeking 113 days worth of cell-site data, or “recorded information identifying the base-station towers and sectors that received transmissions” from the target’s cellphone.

“While the government’s monitoring of our thoughts may be the archetypical Orwellian intrusion, the government’s surveillance of our movements over a considerable time period through new technologies, such as the collection of cell-site-location records, without the protections of the Fourth Amendment, puts our country far closer to Oceania than our Constitution permits,” (.pdf) the judge wrote.

“It is time that the courts begin to address whether revolutionary changes in technology require changes to existing Fourth Amendment doctrine,” Judge Garaufis wrote. “Here, the court concludes only that existing Fourth Amendment doctrine must be interpreted so as to afford constitutional protection to the cumulative cell-site-location records requested here.”

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Posted on August 25th, 2011 at 22:57 by John Sinteur in category: News


From 230 miles above the Earth, cameras on the International Space Station captured new views of powerful Hurricane Irene as it churned over the Bahamas at 3:10 p.m. EDT on August 24, 2011. Irene is moving to the northwest as a Category 3 hurricane, packing winds of 120 miles an hour. Irene is expected to strengthen to a Category 4 storm as it heads toward the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the Eastern Seaboard and the middle Atlantic and New England states.

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  1. Hey Washington, Karma’s a bitch named Irene.

New Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘I’m Thinking Printers’

Posted on August 25th, 2011 at 21:16 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


Following the resignation of Apple founder Steve Jobs, incoming CEO Tim Cook called a meeting of shareholders and members of the press Thursday morning to announce that he envisioned printers as the company’s future. “Laser, ink-jet, double-sided, color, black-and-white—the future of technology is in printers. I am absolutely convinced of that,” Cook explained to a packed auditorium as a montage of printers and people using printers played on a screen behind him. “What is the one thing people will always need? It’s obvious: printers. Printers with fax machines attached, printers that collate and staple, perhaps a printer that makes photocopies. Anything’s possible. It’s called innovation.” Cook concluded his remarks by assuring investors the release of upcoming Apple products such as the iPhone 5 would be postponed for at least four years so the company could throw all its time and resources into the creation of high-quality printers for the home and office

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Epic Time-Lapse of Lightning Storms Under the Milky Way

Posted on August 25th, 2011 at 20:58 by Paul Jay in category: News

Tempest Milky Way from Randy Halverson on Vimeo.


Time-lapse photographer Randy Halverson spent three months hunting thunderstorms at night in central South Dakota using a Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 60D, and Canon T2i. Capturing both the storms and the Milky Way in the same shots proved to be a difficult task:

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Posted on August 25th, 2011 at 19:30 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


Apple was my childhood.

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  1. I’m predicting this guy will be working at Msft when he’s 25. 😉 😉

  2. Why? He resembles someone you know? 😉

  3. John, is this a picture of you?

  4. nope, follow the “Quote” link.

Tim Cook e-mails Apple employees

Posted on August 25th, 2011 at 17:22 by John Sinteur in category: Apple



I am looking forward to the amazing opportunity of serving as CEO of the most innovative company in the world. Joining Apple was the best decision I’ve ever made and it’s been the privilege of a lifetime to work for Apple and Steve for over 13 years. I share Steve’s optimism for Apple’s bright future.

Steve has been an incredible leader and mentor to me, as well as to the entire executive team and our amazing employees. We are really looking forward to Steve’s ongoing guidance and inspiration as our Chairman.

I want you to be confident that Apple is not going to change. I cherish and celebrate Apple’s unique principles and values. Steve built a company and culture that is unlike any other in the world and we are going to stay true to that—it is in our DNA. We are going to continue to make the best products in the world that delight our customers and make our employees incredibly proud of what they do.

I love Apple and I am looking forward to diving into my new role. All of the incredible support from the Board, the executive team and many of you has been inspiring. I am confident our best years lie ahead of us and that together we will continue to make Apple the magical place that it is.


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Icon Ambulance

Posted on August 25th, 2011 at 16:51 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


CEOs should care about details. Even shades of yellow. On a Sunday

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Posted on August 25th, 2011 at 13:08 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


“ In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.

— Steve Jobs

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  1. He’s out as apple CEO, life goes on. If this all media hype has been publicated just because he has resigned as apple’s CEO (and continues as a member of the board) I don’t want to see the news when he leaves apple or dies.

  2. Although I don’t agree with every Apple market strategy to date, I will admit Steve Jobs has had a profound impact on the computer & related products market. He also has a way of presenting the company and it’s products that adds to the image he/they wish to create, something that cannot be said for tons of CEO’s – they hire others to do that, or should have in some cases. A cartoon displaying Steve enthousiastically presenting the iPad to an audience whilst saying: this device will simplify the tasks you never needed to do before’ sums it up nicely. Nobody needs an iPad, but most people now want one. Under Steve’s leadership the company has become the largest (share value) on the market which, even if it’s only brief, is a remarkable achievement.

    For these reasons alone I wouldn’t call it a media hype, but media attention the change deserves and people will expect.

  3. Jobs is one of the true charismatic figures of the last 50 years. Apple will eventually recover but there is no way to replace his presence.

Letter from Steve Jobs

Posted on August 25th, 2011 at 8:46 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.


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  1. [Quote]:

    Apple’s Board of Directors today announced that Steve Jobs has resigned as Chief Executive Officer, and the Board has named Tim Cook, previously Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, as the company’s new CEO. Jobs has been elected Chairman of the Board and Cook will join the Board, effective immediately.

    Tim is an excellent choice for CEO, but the stock is going to take a huge hit today regardless.

  2. Rumor has it that Steve was typing “I reign as CEO of Apple” on his iPhone when all this started.

    Stupid auto-correct…

  3. Somebody edit a picture of Steve in here:

  4. Looks like CNN had something prepared for an obituary. Using it now is much better

  5. @John’s first post: the news came out just after Wall Street closed. Pre-market trading in Germany resulted in a 6.6% drop (source: Bloomberg). I wonder how much impact this news will have at the end of the day, and a week from now.

  6. the news came out just after Wall Street closed

    And AAPL trade had been suspended already at that point.

  7. In the filmstrip under comment 3 I knew every person was except whoever is between MLK and John Lennon – who was that?

  8. @Mark: Richard Branson founder of Virgin.

Stop-Motion Inside a Stop-Motion with 500 People and 1,500 Photos

Posted on August 25th, 2011 at 0:04 by Paul Jay in category: News


Eran Amir created this “stop-motion within a stop-motion” using 1,500 separate photographs and 500 volunteers. The massive amounts of work, creativity, and planning that this project must have required is mind-boggling.

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