Monthly Archives: September 2014

New docs show how Reagan-era executive order unbounded NSA

Thanks Obama… er, I mean… Reagan
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Newly declassified info sheds light on EO 12333 and the feds’ obscuring tactics.

Ello is the doomed utopia we can’t stop building

Just stop worrying and love the ads.
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One day this summer, I spent an afternoon with computing pioneer Jaron Lanier talking about virtual reality. Lanier is a leading critic of the internet’s advertising-based business models, and…

Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis: “Come Hell or High Water” Morphs Into “Infinity and Beyond”

What a tragedy of errors. It isn’t even comedy anymore. Can we just go back to the Soviet Cold War?
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Mish’s financial blog covers global news and macroeconomic events regarding the world economy. The blog’s primary focus is inflation, deflation, and hyperinflation topics, especially currencies, gold, silver, crude, oil, energy and precious metals. Other macro discussion topics include interest rate…


How Good Enough is Actually Optimal

This lesson has yielded the best returns for me.
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To find success, they say to never be satisfied with what’s merely sufficient and outdo everyone else. Satisficing is the more optimal approach.

Audit Report 14-18: Evaluation of Select 8(a) Business Development and HUBZone Contract Awards |…

The OIG identified over $400 million in contract actions that were awarded to ineligible firms, which may have contributed to the overstatement of small business goaling dollars for the Small Disadvantaged Business and the HUBZone Business preference programs in FY 2013. Besides reporting inaccurate information in Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation (FPDS-NG), procuring agencies may have limited contracting opportunities for firms currently participating in the 8(a) or HUBZone programs.
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On September 24, 2014, the OIG issued Evaluation Report 14-18, Agencies are Overstating Small Disadvantaged Business and HUBZone Goaling Credit by Including Contracts Performed by Ineligible Firms.  This report presents the results of our evaluation of select Section 8(a) Business Development Progra…

Antarctica Has Lost Enough Ice to Cause a Measurable Shift in Gravity | WIRED

Satire, Troll or Derp?
You decide.
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The study further confirms global warming is changing Antarctica in fundamental ways.

Netflix’s Crouching Tiger Sequel Won’t Change the Movie Business Just Yet | WIRED

Theaters are dead if they don’t accept reality and adapt. Stonewalling will get them nowhere.
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Having arguably conquered television—or, at least, made a sizable dent in it, thanks to original shows like \u003C​em>House of Cards\u003C​/em> and \u003C​em>Orange Is the New Black\u003C​/em>—it was only a matter of time before Netflix turned its attentions to original movie content. Turns out, that time will be Augus…

Bitcoin Looks More Like A “Real” Currency Every Day

Rather, #Bitcoin is redefining what a real currency is.
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Opponents of Bitcoin, including governments, both Federal and State here in the U.S., and national governments elsewhere, face a dilemma. They.

Microsoft is trying to predict the future, and so far it’s succeeding

Prediction: no one buys Windows 9
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Back in June, Microsoft gave Windows Phone’s personal assistant the ability to make predictions on World Cup games. It started off as a fun little novelty — the AI inside your phone is making a…

Arduino Is Building A Sub-$1000 3D Printer | TechCrunch

In 5 years, everyone will own a $200 3-D printer and make most simple household goods.
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There is by no means a shortage of teams working on low-cost 3D printers. Kickstarter is absolutely overflowing with them. But, as many of those teams quickly..