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Two Russian guys climb into a giant wooden spool and roll it down a hill. Fast forward to 0:49 seconds to watch the fun...be sure to keep watching for about 30 seconds...
The actual winning photo is too haunting to post on this website.
A family was kicked off a flight from Turks and Caicos because their two year old threw a temper tantrum and tells their story to Matt Lauer. Fast forward to the 3:00 mark of the interview. This is why you don't take a 2-year old on a vacation on a plane.
...wonder no more. Christina Aguilera is having problems selling her
OK - I really don't have time to post this...but I couldn't resist.
Here we have Cory Doctorow from BoingBoing giving a speech on the political war against general computing. What does that actually mean? Well, in simple terms, he is referring to the "securing" of content from music/movie/software companies so that computers are prevented from manipulating them in ways those same music/movie/software companies don't want you to. Examples of this would be - not being able to fast forward during a commercial or during that stupid FBI warning or playing music purchase for an IPhone on another mp3 player.
In more complex terms (and now we are gonna get Computer Science-y) General Computers are devices that are Universal Turing Machines. UTMs are essentially capable of performing any computer algoritm (you desktop computer and smartphone are examples). Now, some UTMs will do it very slowly. For example, the first computer ever created, ENIAC, is hypothetically capable of performing the algorithms of today's fastest computers...it would just take until the end of time to do so. What the copyright trolls are doing is attempting to forbid these general computers from doing everything they are capable of doing.
And yes...that is a bad thing.
Update - For whatever reason, the author said the first link in Youtube was unauthorized...but somehow this one is legit? Anyways, the link is fixed.
Whoopsie! Regulations created to prevent another Great Depression were repealed right before the housing market crash. The "Uptick Rule" was created after the Great Depression to outlaw certain kinds of destructive short selling that is essentially market manipulation. In July of 2007, the rule was repealed because the SEC thought it was just a silly rule that had no relationship to the Great Drepression. In November of 2011, a group of unknown investors performed a "Bear Raid" on Citigroup in which a group of people short sell a stock in a coordinated fashion that would have violated the rule a few months earlier. That grouped pocketed about $600 million while Citigroup was killed and the financial system spiraled the world economy into the Great Recession.
The SEC asked for comments on the re-institution of the rule in 2009 but really hasn't done shit about it. Apparently, Hedge Fund managers hold just a little more sway over the SEC than the public.
What should we expect from an organization that completely missed the Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme?
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