Archive for August 16th, 2011
They normally get by with a doughnut or a lolly as they patrol the streets, but police are being confronted with a bigger threat to their waistlines, the UK’s top officer has warned.
Londoners are offering cakes and even three-course meals to thank officers for dealing with the recent riots.
Acting Metropolitan Police commissioner Tim Godwin said his staff must not “spend too much time eating”.
Otherwise they would “end up with a figure like mine”, he joked.
The shutdown of mobile phone service in San Fransisco Bay Area subway stations has constitutional experts hitting the law books.
A man is pulled off a commuter train at the Civic Center BART station on July 11 in San Francisco after climbing on top of it during a protest against the July 3 shooting by transit police of Charles Blair Hill. On Thursday, BART officials blocked cell service in some stations to prevent another protest.
Authorities for Bay Area Rapid Transit, or BART, blocked wireless signals in certain stations on Thursday in an attempt to prevent protests opposing the July 3 shooting death of Charles Blair Hill by BART police. Police say Hill came at them with a knife.
First Amendment scholars say they can’t remember a time when a public agency in the U.S. moved to disrupt wireless traffic in quite that way. Now, they’re trying to stretch old First Amendment principles to fit in the context of new technology.
‘A Major First Amendment Problem’
One group that promotes electronic freedom compared the people who run BART to an authoritarian regime in Egypt, tweeting “BART pulls a Mubarak in San Francisco.”
“It’s very clearly a major First Amendment problem whenever a government agency takes it upon itself to simply prevent people from being able to speak,” says Lee Tien, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil rights group.
It is a common saying that nice guys finish last – and when it comes to pay packets, at least, research shows the genial really do end up at the back of the queue.
A study which looked at the link between personality and wages has found that ‘agreeable’ workers earn significantly less than their meaner colleagues.
The gap is particularly telling when broken down by gender, with the difference in pay between mean and nice men almost $10,000 a year.
The study, titled ‘Do Nice Guys – and Gals – Really Finish Last?’, examined levels of ‘agreeableness’ attributed to different people and compared it to their pay.
Agreeableness was defined as a tendency toward warmth, kindness and cooperation with other people.
Men who were deemed to disagree the most made 18 per cent – or $9,772 annually – more than those seen to be more willing to agree.
Disagreeable women make five per cent – or $1,828 a year – more than women who are more willing to seek common ground.
Partying at an old fraternity house in college and in the basement there was a lone PVC water pipe that stretched from floor to ceiling. This room also happened to be the location of the heaviest beer pong table known to man. Late in the night after copious amounts of alcohol had been consumed some wiseguy decided that the beer pong table needed to be relocated. He proceeds to push the adamantium table up against the wall with some force effectively shattering the PVC pipe. This is the middle of winter, so ice cold water starts spraying in a 6 foot radius out of the pipe dousing nearly everyone in the room. Girls are crying about their hair and clothes and the guys are yelling at each other about finding the shut off valve which took about 5 drunk minutes to locate. Meanwhile, I am standing bone dry on the other side of the room drinking a Natural Light (dont judge, it was college) and watching an impromptu wet t-shirt contest. It was a good night.
Bravo Google, well played.
There’s no denying that Google’s maneuver this morning to acquire Motorola for $12.5 billion in cash is remarkable. Everyone is talking about every possible angle of the deal, as they should. The summertime is usually the doldrums when it comes to tech news. Not this year. Google is pulling off an acquisition that is larger than any that Microsoft, Apple, or any of their other main competitors ever have. Larry Page, wartime CEO. Larry Page, maverick.
As the resident Apple enthusiast around these parts, many of you want my take on this — and many of you probably don’t want my take on this, but will end up reading it twice as much as those who do. But don’t worry, I’m not going to go all Dan Lyons and immediately run my mouth without thinking. I actually took the entire day to think about this, read over the insane amount of coverage (though I didn’t get through even half of it), and form some thoughts.
But my main thought is the same as my initial one: this is either the smartest thing Google has ever done, or the dumbest. There is no in-between.