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+ - Interview at Startup From Hell->

Submitted by globaljustin
globaljustin writes: The author recounts an interview for a non-tech, full time job at a Silicon Valley startup that exemplifies the unprofessionalism in the industry.

"Late in the day, one of the programmers took out a toy helicopter and began flying it around the office.

[The Boss] was still at his laptop, laughing along but looking increasingly desperate at his lack of control over the employees.

"Come on, guys, what about some work?" he asked pathetically.

Everyone ignored him..."

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+ - NASA's HI-SEAS Project Suggests a Women-only Mars Mission-> 1

Submitted by globaljustin
globaljustin writes: Alan Drysdale, a systems analyst in advanced life support and a contractor with NASA concluded, “Small women haven’t been demonstrated to be appreciably dumber than big women or big men, so there’s no reason to choose larger people for a flight crew when it’s brain power you want,” says Drysdale. “The logical thing to do is to fly small women.”
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+ - "Canvas Fingerprinting" Online Tracking Difficult To Block->

Submitted by globaljustin
globaljustin writes: First documented in a forthcoming paper by researchers at Princeton University and KU Leuven University in Belgium, this type of tracking, called canvas fingerprinting, works by instructing the visitor’s Web browser to draw a hidden image. Because each computer draws the image slightly differently, the images can be used to assign each user’s device a number that uniquely identifies it.

[The] fingerprints are unusually hard to block: They can’t be prevented by using standard Web browser privacy settings or using anti-tracking tools such as AdBlock Plus.

The researchers found canvas fingerprinting computer code, primarily written by a company called AddThis, on 5 percent of the top 100,000 websites.

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+ - Rappers & actors invest in Coinbase, Bitcoin->

Submitted by globaljustin
globaljustin writes: "According to Pando , Nas and partners have invested in Coinbase, a company that lets you buy and store Bitcoin.

CBS Local reports that Childish Gambino (otherwise known as Donald Glover from Community) are believers. Glover seems to think we're still on the gold standard and that it should be replaced with Bitcoins..."

So...is this good for Bitcoin?

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+ - Obama Directs FCC to Mandate All Cell Phones Be Unlocked-> 1

Submitted by globaljustin
globaljustin writes: "Several months after calling for legislation to unlock cellphones, the White House filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday asking that all wireless carriers be required to unlock all mobile devices so that users can easily switch between carriers."

This move should be met with universal acclaim from cell phone users, right?

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+ - Bill Proposes Database of Offenders to Aid Dating->

Submitted by globaljustin
globaljustin writes: A California state bill would create an online database open to the public of men and women convicted of domestic violence in California.

"If you're online, Googling and looking for information on someone you met in a bar or on MySpace, this would provide a tool for people to go and look to see if someone who is suspicious and a little creepy has a history of violence," said Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, who introduced the bill.

Also reported by the New York Times and GCN

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