And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Linkee-poo works the late shift so you don't have to

Advertising companies are deliberately slowing web page load times to game the advertising auction prices. (Grokked from Dan)

So, how is it going at that company that raised (in the process of raising) wages to a base of $70,000? A little rocky, actually. But that's actually normal for a company that changes some of the core business practices.

Tulare County, where the residents don't have running water. In case you've been thrilled that most of the water districts in California met their 25% reduction goals. (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)

In case you didn't know, scientists armed with quick and affordable DNA sequencing equipment have been taking random samples of environments (like a forest, lake, ocean plot, etc) and teasing out all the DNA they can to see if it matches to known populations. And interesting things have been found, like an expanded range for cougars, migrating bob-cats, and the largest known organism (a fungal growth/mushroom in Michigan IIRC). So, what happens when you sample an urban setting, like a subway? Lots of bacterial we know, and the surprising result of less than 1% human DNA and over half of the DNA samples are unknowns. Catacombs indeed. (Grokked from Stewart Sternberg)

The Jamestown elite. Now unburied.

"Phil Gramm, a former three-term Republican senator… who once ran the Senate Banking Committee, told the House Financial Services Committee yesterday that 'it was an outrage' that his friend Edward Whitacre, the CEO of AT&T, only got '$75 million' when he retired in 2007… 'If there’s ever been an exploited worker' it was Whitacre… Gramm appeared genuinely aggrieved by Whitacre’s shabby treatment and literally pounded the table while speaking… Whitacre actually received a retirement package totaling $158 million." Or, why we can't have nice things. This, friends, is our elected government. (Grokked from CC Findlay)

How war breaks out over drone use in the US. I wonder when either of the lawyers and/or the police remember that the FAA is still highly restricting drone use in the US. (Grokked from Dan)

Nope, Ted, the Mittster didn't get clobbered because he didn't "speak the truth". He got clobber because he got caught speaking his truth, the story the GOP tells itself, the 47% lie.

The tv watches you watching the tv. (Grokked from Dan)


Random Michelle K said...

No running water?

Nothing unusual in many places in WV.

Random Michelle K said...

"Their source of water was a reused gasoline tank that set up on the hillside that collected water from a spring," she said, "then a series of garden hoses brought it down the hill basically to another storage tank that someone would go and add a few gallons of bleach to every so often."