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+ - How to Respond to Internet Rage->

Submitted by reifman
reifman (786887) writes "So, you’ve been attacked by trolls? Here’s what to expect: Your phone will vibrate incessantly with Twitter mentions. You’ll receive angry, obscenity filled emails and anonymous comments on your blog. Bloggers will take you out of context (a columnist at The Guardian compared me to a mass murderer—seriously). And maybe, you’ll receive an inappropriate package at your home as I did. Taming Internet rage may seem impossible, but there are good reasons to respond to critics and constructive ways to do so."
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+ - Microsoft's Ballmer Accused of Manipulating High School Basketball ->

Submitted by reifman
reifman (786887) writes "Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is alleged to have 'attracted basketball talent to [his son's] wealthy school ... with ... a new basketball-focused nonprofit, cash for a coach, an unusual admissions process and weak enforcement of academic standards. One star player stayed at a $6 million mansion...' The report came after Ballmer purchased the NBA's Clippers and shortly before his withdrawal from Microsoft's Board of Directors. 'The school has an admirably diverse student body – nearly half (49 percent) are students of color – and has made outstanding efforts to connect with minorities and local students who are not from privileged backgrounds.' The school is also the alma mater and the meeting place of Microsoft's founder's Bill Gates & Paul Allen."
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+ - When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model->

Submitted by jammag
jammag (1021683) writes "A new trend has emerged where tech companies have realized that abusing users pays big. Examples include the highly publicized Comcast harassing service call, Facebook "experiments," Twitter timeline tinkering, rude Korean telecoms — tech is an area where the term "customer service" has an Orwellian slant. Isn't it time customer starting fleeing abusive tech outfits?"
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+ - Education Funding for Washington State is in the Hands of Microsoft Shareholders->

Submitted by reifman
reifman (786887) writes "In June, the Washington State Supreme Court ordered the Legislature to appear on September 3rd to explain why it hasn't found the revenue to fully fund the education reforms required by its McCleary ruling, as much as $7.83 billion through 2019. One reason the state has such a huge shortfall is major tax breaks to corporations such as Boeing and Microsoft. In particular, Microsoft’s savings from lobbying and dodging the state royalty tax between 1997 and 2014 is $5.34 billion. Factoring in interest and the Department of Revenue’s typical 25 percent penalty on unpaid corporate taxes, that number jumps to $8.16 billion. In other words, the entire education shortfall which Microsoft's leaders regularly decry, would not likely exist if not for their tax practices, passing education dollars to its out of state and international shareholders."
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+ - Rumors of IMAPs Demise May Be Premature->

Submitted by reifman
reifman (786887) writes "While the new Gmail API is a great step forward and offers a variety of new features, it provides no support for other mail providers to adopt it as a standard. For now, IMAP lives on as the lowest common denominator for building your own email applications across providers. Turns out that you can still accomplish a lot with just IMAP (video) , such as whitelisting, quiet hours, one step unsubscribe, digests which summarize filing destinations and unanswered emails as well as reporting on who sends you the most email every day. SimplifyEmail is meant to be an email playground for programmers."
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+ - Supreme Court Grants Protections for Religious Freedom to Corporations->

Submitted by reifman
reifman (786887) writes "In case you missed it, the Supreme Court granted rights of religious freedom to for profit corporations yesterday in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. While the word corporation doesn't appear in the Constitution, SCOTUS has now granted corporations commerce and contracts clause protections, personhood, due process, protection from double jeopardy and unreasonable search and seizure and free speech rights. Almost all of these rights originate from the twisting of the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection clause which was meant to provide rights for freed slaves."
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+ - Seattle Pays $47.5k to Improve Google Search Results of City Administrator->

Submitted by reifman
reifman (786887) writes "Seattle contracted $47,500 to improve the Google search results for the city’s highest paid administrator, Jorge Corrasco. Corrasco, already paid $245,000 annually for leading Seattle City Light, is under consideration for a nutty $120,000 raise. While the city has cut the contract short, here’s a pdf of the cached Huffington Post article, and other related posts. Seattle also has two deputy mayors each paid $170,000."
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+ - Amazon's Giant Domed Dog Park: A Chick Magnet for Brogrammers?->

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reifman (786887) writes "Puget Sound Business Journal's suggests the goal of the public dog park planned for Amazon's giant dome is aimed at helping lonely Amazon employees get dates. Scott Wyatt, chairman of design firm NBBJ, says 'the project's design is aimed at making employees more innovative by exposing them to people other than their co-workers.' — building a giant public bubble to get them out of the private bubble created by their massive Lake Union headquarters."
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+ - Amazon's proposed dog park: A chick magnet for lonely techies?->

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reifman (786887) writes "Puget Sound Business Journal's Tracey Spenser suggests the goal of the dog park planned for Amazon's giant public domes is aimed at helping lonely techies get a date. The architect says 'the project's design is aimed at making employees more innovative by exposing them to people other than their co-workers.' But Seattle may have reached peak-Amazon this week: The Stranger's cover mocked Amazon's ape-men brogrammers, who journalist Tricia Romano says are killing her sex life, local author Sherman Alexie appeared on the Colbert Report to urge a boycott against the company and CEO Jeff Bezos got called out for funding PACS but not voting in 23 elections."
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+ - YouTube Suspends Massive Archive of Information Security Conference Videos->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Adrian Crenshaw, also known as Irongreek, is a regular face at Information Security conferences. He records many talks, processes them, and puts them online for all to learn from. His YouTube channel is one of the the largest archives of Information Security knowledge out there. In many cases, it's the only record of the research and knowledge presented at the small to medium sized security conferences in the United States. Tonight, Google decided to suspend his YouTube channel with no reason given. Our industry is reeling from this loss of collective knowledge. We ask if this is the beginning of censorship against security content? We hope not and we hope that Google will repeal its decision and bring back Irongeek's channel."
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+ - AT&T Charges $750 for One Minute of International Data Roaming-> 1

Submitted by reifman
reifman (786887) writes "Last week, AT&T shut down my data service after I turned roaming on in Canada for one minute to check Google maps. I wasn't able to connect successfully but they reported my phone burned through 50 MB and that I owed more than $750. Google maps generally require 1.3 MB per cell. They adamantly refused to reactivate my U.S. data service unless I 'agreed' to purchase an international data roaming package to cover the usage. They eventually reversed the charges but it seems that the company's billing system had bundled my U.S. data usage prior to the border crossing with the one minute of international data roaming."
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+ - Amazon CEO Bezos Sends in Checks More Than He Sends in His Ballot->

Submitted by reifman
reifman (786887) writes "Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made himself a well-known figure in the world of politics with his $250 million purchase of the Washington Post last year. According to King County elections records, the Amazon CEO has voted in 4 of 27 elections since Amazon became profitable, or about 15 percent (Washington State votes by mail not by drone). At the same time, he has consistently contributed to political action committees and candidates in every election for more than a decade. Seattle’s other technology titan, Bill Gates, votes with robot-like consistency, skipping only one between the years 2000 and 2011."
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+ - Geek Couple Surprises Audience with Actual Wedding at Ignite Seattle->

Submitted by reifman
reifman (786887) writes "Last night at Ignite Seattle, the fifteenth and final five minute presentation "A Geek's Guide to Wedding Planning" turned into a huge surprise for the audience as what began as a normal talk turned into a full blown wedding. Teresa Valdez Klein & Noah Iliinsky, who'd met at earlier Ignites decided to bring their A game and get married in their five minute timeslot. Props and best wishes to the bride & groom. If they give a talk on "A Geek's Guide to Pregnancy", I will definitely skip it."
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+ - Too many dudes: Amazon's growth is ruining Seattle's dating scene->

Submitted by reifman
reifman (786887) writes "San Francisco's gender imbalance is so bad that a startup recently proposed flying women in from New York City for dates, but Seattle’s gender ratio is even more imbalanced. Amazon is building out enough space to employ 5% of the city population and its workforce is 75 percent male. By the end of 2014, Seattle will have 130 single men for every 100 single women."
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