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New York Police Departments Needs to Replace 36,000 Windows Phones

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Tina Moore, reporting for The New York Post:

The NYPD has to scrap the 36,000 smartphones it gave cops over the past two years because they’re already obsolete and can’t be upgraded, The Post has learned.

The city bought Microsoft-based Nokia smartphones as part of a $160 million NYPD Mobility Initiative that Mayor Bill de Blasio touted as “a huge step into the 21st century.”

But just months after the last phone was handed out, officials plan to begin replacing them all with brand-new iPhones by the end of the year, sources said.[…]

Law enforcement sources blamed the boondoggle on NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Information Technology Jessica Tisch, with one saying, “She drove the whole process.”

“Nobody purchases 36,000 phones based on the judgment of one person,” a source said.

“I don’t care if you’re Jesus Fucking Christ, you get a panel of experts.”

Really does seem baffling that they’d invest so heavily in Windows Phone in 2014, long after it was clear that the platform was dying.

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codesujal
81 days ago
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Microsoft has good salespeople, and if NYPD had invested in a lot of custom Windows applications for desktop IT, I can see how even a panel of experts would end up at the same conclusion convinced by empty promises from a determined sales effort. (doesn't excuse the error in judgement, but I doubt the decision was made in 2014. Microsoft bought Nokia in 2013, and there was a real possibility that they would've invested heavily in a "Microsoft Phone" of some kind.

All I'm trying to say is that it wasn't as baffling as it might seem. Still poor judgement, but without knowing their other custom software footprint, had to place it on a scale of baffling. ;-)
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Nine Minutes of Doubt

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At 8:55am, Donald Trump tweeted the following:

After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow......

Six trailing periods, sic.

Nine minutes later, he finished the sentence:

....Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming.....

There are all sorts of reasons to be furious about these tweets. But one that’s been largely overlooked is that 9-minute gap.

BuzzFeed reports:

At the Pentagon, the first of the three tweets raised fears that the president was getting ready to announce strikes on North Korea or some other military action. Many said they were left in suspense for nine minutes, the time between the first and second tweet. Only after the second tweet did military officials receive the news the president was announcing a personnel change on Twitter.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is on vacation this week, and defense officials said Mattis knew that Trump was considering the policy change. It is unclear if he approved it.

Suspecting that Trump was using Twitter to announce military action against North Korea was a perfectly reasonable conclusion by the Pentagon. It also would have been a perfectly reasonable conclusion by North Korea. The policy decision is terrible, the lack of any consultation with the Pentagon is terrible, but the way that it was made, starting with a belligerent tweet without follow-up for nearly 10 minutes, is jaw-droppingly dangerous.

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codesujal
109 days ago
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I missed this detail about Trump's transgender tweets. 9 minutes is a long time...
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Pinboard Acquires Delicious

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This is simply amazing given the history of Pinboard. Strike a win for the indie web.

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codesujal
169 days ago
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wow.
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wchw25
168 days ago
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Wow!
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egoexpress
169 days ago
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Wow!
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glenn
169 days ago
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lol
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Video: Sixt Ad Shows the BMW 7 Series Demands Respect Even as a Rental

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It’s widely known that rental cars don’t usually get a lot of respect. People tend to abuse them so bad rentals have become some of the most dreaded cars you can possibly drive. But what happens when you rent a luxury car such as the BMW 7 Series?

Not all rental companies offer such expensive rides to their customers, but the ones that do charge you an arm and a leg for the luxury. Yet does that mean renters change their minds about abusing these cars? Well, Sixt’s latest ad might have an answer, even though it’s an unconventional one.

As the ad starts we get teleported inside a 7er and the serene feeling it gives you, pampered in all that quilted leather and brushed aluminum. A few seconds into the ad, we notice there’s a little girl sitting in the back, enjoying life as a passenger in the Bavarian flagship.

However, a sudden urge to pick her nose apparently takes over and, unlike adults, she decides to take care of things as a child would. The trouble is, getting rid of the booger on her index finger  is not as easy to do when you’re surrounded by the best materials you can get in a car. The solution she reaches might make your stomach churn though, but it has the expected the result.

Let’s take a look.

The article Video: Sixt Ad Shows the BMW 7 Series Demands Respect Even as a Rental appeared first on BMW BLOG

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codesujal
183 days ago
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cute and funny ad
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Source Code for Panic Apps Stolen By Malware Thieves

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Steven Frank:

Last week, for about three days, the macOS video transcoding app HandBrake was compromised. One of the two download servers for HandBrake was serving up a special malware-infested version of the app, that, when launched, would essentially give hackers remote control of your computer.

In a case of extraordinarily bad luck, even for a guy that has a lot of bad computer luck, I happened to download HandBrake in that three day window, and my work Mac got pwned.

Long story short, somebody, somewhere, now has quite a bit of source code to several of our apps.

This is one hell of a story and quite a shock, but the crew at Panic kept their heads together and did the right thing: they’ve opened up completely and honestly, refused to deal with the blackmailer, and I think they are correctly unworried about their source code being leaked publicly.

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codesujal
184 days ago
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This is my nightmare.
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NewsBlur’s Twitter support just got a whole lot better

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It was a little under a year ago that I declared Twitter back, baby on this blog. In that time, NewsBlur users have created over 80,000 Twitter feeds in NewsBlur. Since it’s such a popular feature, I decided to dive back into the code and make tweets look a whole lot better.

Notice that NewsBlur now natively supports expanding truncated URLs (no more t.co links).

And NewsBlur also supports native quoted tweets, where a user links to a tweet in their own tweet. NewsBlur expands the quoted tweet and blockquotes it for convenience.

Plus retweets now show both the original tweet author and the retweeting author. This means that you can quickly scan tweets and see where the retweet originated from. And retweeted tweets that quote their own tweets also get expanded.

It’s almost as if NewsBlur is inching closer and closer to becoming its own full fledged Twitter client. While NewsBlur already hit Zawinski’s Law (“Every program attempts to expand until it can read mail. Those programs which cannot so expand are replaced by ones which can.”) by supporting email-newsletters-to-rss, Twitter is coming up fast.

Speaking of which, I have this idea I’ve been noodling about better supporting Twitter habits that need to become less of a habit. I want to be able to automatically follow people from my Twitter tweetstream in NewsBlur based the frequency of their posting. I want to be able to infrequently dip into Twitter but still read the tweets from people who only post once a week or once a day.

In other words, I want Twitter, the RSS killer, to better integrate with an RSS reader so that I can pull out the good stuff from the unending flow of tweets. RSS means never missing anything, but Twitter’s main use case is anathema to how we use RSS. I don’t like to preannounce features, but this one intrigues me and if you agree, please share this story to let me know or to give me feedback on how you would like to see NewsBlur be a better Twitter client.

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samuel
193 days ago
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I'm thinking something more automatic than post freq as training. A slider or segmented control and you are subscribed to users who post at the frequency or below. Possibly even multiple sub folders with different frequencies: 1 week, 1 day, and then all the rest.
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eldritchconundrum
192 days ago
You say "RSS means never missing anything", but to me that isn't true. Posts more than 30 days old cannot be in an "unread" state. The marking as read that occurs automatically after 30 days is literally "missing something". I can't find it anymore among the rest, once it's been marked as read.
samuel
192 days ago
I think a month is a fine line to draw. Everything on the Internet, at a high enough level, is measured in monthly usage. If you're not using NewsBlur once a month then you're not really using NewsBlur.
eldritchconundrum
192 days ago
Certainly one month is fine, for news items. But if I want to e.g. accumulate one hundred of updates of an ongoing story-intense webcomic, then read them all in one go, then I have to track manually where I last stopped, because unread doesn't mean unread. In other words, NewsBlur is not a general-purpose RSS reader, it is specialized for reading recent news. Well, the name says it upfront, so I guess I can't complain. News... And Blur.
samuel
192 days ago
To be fair, those stories aren't gone, they just aren't unread. That's why the default is "All Stories" and not just "Unread Stories".
superlopuh
192 days ago
The unread stories effectively disappear into the void though. I've definitely lost posts that I would have liked to read at some point this way. It would be cool if there was some sort of banner for recently/soon-to-be autoread posts. Automatically sending them to pocket would also be a useful feature.
eldritchconundrum
190 days ago
They are not gone, they are lost in the haystack. If I can't find them, that's the same thing.
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191 days ago
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Groxx
192 days ago
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I read every tweet, and twitter makes that very hard to do (which is why I'm a happy user of Talon), so that sounds great :) Infrequent tweeters are often my favorites.

Personally, I'd be happy with a twitter folder, with a "feed" for each follow. With a bit of thumbs-training (and a per-folder focus setting? or something) I'd probably never go back to twitter.com at all.
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TheRomit
193 days ago
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I like the last idea (I current have some users as columns in Tweetdeck but RSS may be a cleaner solution).

How about Yahoo Pipes-like combination of some users' Twitter feeds that make one RSS subscription?
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samuel
190 days ago
Well you can read multiple twitter feeds in a folder, and with Focus mode, you can already filter them. And folders have RSS feeds, so you could then pipe that out somewhere else.
TheRomit
187 days ago
Ah! That's a good idea. Thanks for the tip!
tingham
193 days ago
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I think I'd like to have my entire feed in a separate drawer here and then be able to use training to push users I follow down (or up) in the visibility stack. Right now NB and TW are the only two pinned tabs in my browser. Getting this down to one would be fantastic. Post frequency as a function of training would be a really nice feature compression.
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