Daily Archives: December 7, 2013

Skype’s Suspicious Absence From Microsoft’s Anti-NSA Promises


Microsoft’s public relations department was on encrypted cloud nine yesterday, riding a wave of high-five press reports for their swift action to protect consumers from National Security Agency surveillance.

 

Image representing Microsoft as depicted in Cr...

Image via CrunchBase

 

“We are taking steps to ensure governments use legal process rather than technological brute force to access customer data,” raged Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith, writing about revelations that U.S. and British spy agencies are secretly tapping the data flows of top tech firms.

 

Source Tech Crunch !

 

Read more  – > http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/06/skypes-suspicious-absence-from-microsofts-anti-nsa-promises/

 

 

 

Ex-SAC trader points to Cohen testimony in insider trading case


(Reuters) – A former SAC Capital Advisors trader, set to go on trial next month on insider trading charges, wants to cite in court some 2012 testimony given by the hedge fund’s founder Steven Cohen, claiming it rebuts the government’s case.Mathew Martoma, the ex-SAC portfolio manager is scheduled for trial on January 6. He filed court papers late Friday seeking to use testimony given by Cohen to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in May 2012.Martoma contends the testimony will show he had nothing to do with decisions to trade in Elan Corp and Wyeth in 2008.

 

Leonard Cohen and Band

Leonard Cohen and Band (Photo credit: namespace clash)

 

Source Reuters

 

Read more – > http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/07/us-sac-trader-testimony-idUSBRE9B609K20131207

 

 

 

AT&T aims to sidestep shareholder request on surveillance data


(Reuters) – AT&T has asked regulators to let it ignore a shareholder request for details of its customer-information sharing with government agencies, a move that could forestall a heated debate at the telecommunications giant’s annual meeting.

 

Reuters Newsmaker event

Reuters Newsmaker event (Photo credit: caribbeanfreephoto)

 

Source Reuters

 

Read more – > http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/07/us-att-surveillance-idUSBRE9B602I20131207

 

 

 

Seacrest’s New Chick Scores HUGE Modeling Contract Thanks to Ryan Hook Up


This post was originally published on TMZ.com – > http://www.tmz.com/2013/12/07/ryan-seacrest-new-chick-shayna-taylor-modeling-deal/

Seacrest’s New Chick

Scores HUGE Modeling Contract

Thanks to Ryan Hook Up

12/7/2013 1:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
exclusive

1203_shayna_taylor_seacrest_rameyRyan Seacrest still has the Midas touch … ’cause his sexy new rebound chick just inked a deal with one of the biggest modeling agencies on the planet.

TMZ has learned Shayna Taylor — a.k.a. Ryan’s hot new blonde — signed a 2-year deal with Wilhelmina Models yesterday.

We’re told Shayna’s Instagram BLEW UP with new followers following the Thanksgiving holiday she spent with Ryan and his family in Argentina … and the modeling agency took notice.

Plus, she’s really hot.

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A rep for Wilhemina tells us they believe Shayna has “huge potential in the fitness and lifestyle world.”

Shayna is publicly saying she and Ryan are just friends — but, c’mon … what kind of friends travel around the world together with Seacrest’s parents.

Especially when one of the friends looks this damn hot in a bikini.

 

WAKE UP, BE AWESOME, GO TO SLEEP


Live Like A Warrior

 

 

I had an epiphany yesterday, during yoga, where most of my enlightenment occurs. Standard.

 

Our instructor asked us to think about the one person who loves you unconditionally, no matter what, and to dedicate our practice that day to them. I of course immediately thought of my children. They love so freely, so much, so fiercely and without reserve. Then she asked us to think about whether or not we were showing that same love back, did they know that we loved them like they loved us? And I had to stop and think- well, do they?

 

A Day To Remember

A Day To Remember (Photo credit: Marms RTT)

 

I think about this often, the legacy I’m leaving for my children, the impression of me that they will carry with them, the kind of role model I am for them. At the end of the day, what will my children remember about me and how I made them feel? Am I practicing what I preach? Am I living in a way that I’d want them to live? Am I teaching them to be the kind of person I want to be myself? Am I treating them as I would like to be treated?

 

As their mother and sole CEO of my household, I can so easily get caught up in the tasks, chores, errands and the day to day life kinds of things and forget to just be. I lose sight of the moment we are in, the beauty and the joy in this sweet time with my kids. The time is fleeting, it will pass before I know it and they will soon be gone and living their own lives. The time I have to positively influence them is rapidly decreasing, day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute.

 

Read more -> https://medium.com/chill-the-fuck-out/b2626ea71dff

 

 

 

The Glass Ceiling is Real


But that doesn’t mean you need to comply. Ladies — start your own business.

 

 

I was chatting with an agency industry friend about the salaries in NYC, and it went like this:

 

“I’d say a female Sr Strategist should earn between 75-105 usd/yr” — him

 

“why does gender matter?” — me

 

“Glass ceiling… I know it sounds harsh, but its true” — him

 

Ouch. Although it’s not surprising. I’ve found it a lot easier to have the marketing agency, and work with companies — than work inside of a company. Plus I’m not particularly fond of politics, and being the founder of the agency, I don’t have to worry about that much. Management is top down, and I won’t tolerate politics or carbon monoxide in H&B. We won’t even take a client we don’t have chemistry with. (Fortunately we’re lovely people, so that doesn’t happen often ;)

 

Here’s something I’ve learned along the way — money doesn’t care what color you are, what gender you are, or what age you are. If you’re good at business, you can find a way to make it work. And if you’re not good at business (which few are out of the gate) you can learn what you need along the way.

 

TV Series in Media Center

TV Series in Media Center (Photo credit: Bart Naus)

 

So ladies reading this — don’t think small. Start your own startup. Don’t wait till you have enough experience, because there is no experience that will prepare you for your own business other than doing your own business.

 

This isn’t something you need to be overqualified for — this is something that you can only get experience from by doing.

 

Why write this post?

 

I was in Sofia, Bulgaria last week speaking at Next, and I spoke to at least a dozen young women. They were all the “marketing girl” in an office. They were young, and bright, and talented — and guaranteed all of that talent was being squandered. I talked to them about doing their own companies — and almost all of them balked at the idea. They couldn’t possibly do that, they don’t have enough experience — while they ignore the fact that the founder they are working for is close to their age and has as much experience as they do. This isn’t just a problem of Sofia, Bulgaria — this happens at every conference I go to. It’s rare when I find a female interested in creating her own business. At most I’ll find one interested in being an independent contractor.

 

Read more – > https://medium.com/ladybits-on-medium/72a31864089e

 

 

 

This Is Forty: I Failed at Online Dating for All the Right Reasons


Ezinne  in Culture Club

 

When you are in your late thirties and still flailing about with respect to suitors; you will start to panic, no matter how self-contained you are. Considering my Nigerian background, my situation is downright precarious; it’s almost as if I am silently murdering my parents.

Culture Club (without Boy George)

Culture Club (without Boy George) (Photo credit: technokitten)

Not only do I have to deal with my own shattered dreams, I have to contend with the disappointment embedded in my parents’ eyes whenever they visit, and I am forced to communicate with them face-to-face. They are convinced that their daughter is purposely stifling her chances when it comes to finding a suitable mate. They are convinced that I am avoiding marriage because I am too self-absorbed to willingly commit to building a family of my own.

I was hoping to God that my parents were wrong in their diagnosis, but the truth is that I haven’t been doing my best to increase my chances for a favorable outcome. Long distance relationships or liaisons with unavailable men haven’t produced fruitful results, but for some reason that I am sure qualifies me for therapy, they are instinctively convenient.

Read more – > https://medium.com/race-class/68c2489327cc

 

 

 

What I wish CS majors taught


Academic learning should be a little less… academic.

 

 

A computer science major is a valuable tool for an aspiring programmer: the average CS programs teach critical concepts like run-time analysis and data structures. Unfortunately, there are also some glaring holes in many CS programs from the standpoint of someone who works in the software development industry. Since the vast majority of students who study CS are not going into academia but instead into an industry environment, this leads to these new employees lacking crucial job skills.

 

computer science students at the airport

computer science students at the airport (Photo credit: stefanx80)

 

Version Control

 

This is a simple one. Any software company worth their salt uses version control. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 1-3 person startup or a multi-thousand-person corporation; if they’re developing software for a living, they use version control. Despite this, many CS programs still don’t even mention it. Others treat it as an easy premade solution for students turning in homework, but don’t cover the real benefits that version control provides (both to groups and individuals).

 

I don’t care what version control system students get exposed to—Git, Mercurial, Bazaar, Subversion—heck, if you want to expose students to Darcs, go for it. Like programming languages, having exposure to a specific flavor of VCS matters less than having a good understanding of any flavor VCS. You’d be surprised how many college CS grads have never worked with source control, even with sites like GitHub growing in popularity.

 

Unit Testing

 

I’m honestly surprised that college CS programs haven’t embraced this to their very core. The average college CS assignment looks like this: “write a program that takes inputs X and Y and produces output Z.” The average unit test description looks like this: “verify that, given inputs X and Y, this function produces output Z.” What professor doesn’t want to have their assignments grade themselves?

 

Read more – > https://medium.com/p/a5aeb26c268a

 

 

 

Tighten Up Your Writing


Start reading your travel pieces with an editor’s eye

Last week, soon after word spread about the death of the novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard, his clever, useful 10 Rules for Writing went viral, gaining a whole new group of fans and followers.

It made me think more deeply about the things I’ve learned from editing portions of hundreds of guidebooks, and commissioning and editing lots of other articles — both good and bad.

I can’t tell you how to get to the good that easily, but I can help you ferret out some of the bad.

Eliminate Empty Words

If you find yourself using the same few adjectives and phrases to describe places, see if you can figure out why that is. Do you not have enough information about them? Do they seem a little over-worthy and dull? Try to figure out the issue and address it —don’t just wallpaper over gaps by using generic words.

To get a broader sense of the sorts of words I’m talking about, I asked some friends and travel editors and writers what sorts of over-used words and phrases bug them — the terms they’d take the most pleasure in editing out. See the notes to the right for a sample, and feel free to add your own.

Read more – > https://medium.com/estimated-time-of-arrival/e13eea44d457


 

The Power of Embarrassingly Small Goals


See original article at http://smplme.wordpress.com/

 

The joy of setting lofty goals

 

So often when we set a goal, we set an impossibly large goal, and it makes us feel good — doesn’t it?

 

I’m not the greatest swimmer, so I’ll set the goal of swimming five days per week and compete in a triathlon.

 

I don’t enjoy reading much though I know I should do more of it, so I’ll set the goal of reading the great classics in philosophy.

 

My partner and I have fallen into a rut and lost our sense of adventure, so we’ll set the goal of doing something adventurous every week.

 

Goal original

Goal original (Photo credit: Peter Fuchs)

 

We feel good when we set these ambitious goals because at the starting line, before we’ve gotten wet, cracked open Aristotle’s “Nichomachean Ethics”, or jumped out of an airplane holding our lover’s hand… it all seems to be within reach. We see the possibilities and we already feel the success when we pack our bathing suit for a morning swim, when we enter the used bookstore to grab a classic, and when we think about all of the adventures that lie ahead. It’s because the work hasn’t started yet. It’s because we haven’t yet taken stock of where we truly are in this moment, and just how far away these ambitious goals are from this place.

 

When the work starts, and our distance from the end goal becomes painfully apparent, we find ourselves feeling discouraged, and we stop. Too much uncertainty lies between our starting place and where we want to end up, and it becomes easier to envision our failure rather than our success. To make this realization less painful, we begin to speak within ourselves, convincing ourselves that the problem was not us, nor was it our approach to achieving the goal — the problem was the goal itself. As a result, we don’t experience the rush of a successful triathlon completion, we don’t fill our minds with some of humanity’s greatest ideas, and our relationship remains stale.

 

Worse yet, the pain this should cause us fades with time, because we become someone that hates the water, has no need for lofty ideas, and our relationship is fine the way it is because we’ve found what we like and we stick to it.

 

My own failure

 

The first example regarding swimming is a personal example, so I’ll speak to that.

 

I have had many false starts on my path to becoming a stronger swimmer. It starts with me being inspired by watching an expert glide effortlessly through the water. I then set a goal to swim just like that. I research and purchase the gear that will help me get there. I get to the pool. I find myself gasping helplessly after one or two laps of inefficient swimming, my enthusiasm fizzles, and I convince myself that I am not cut out for this and so it would be best if I stick to what I am already good at.

 

Read more – > https://medium.com/better-humans/1fc879091b36