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Submission + - How the Web Became Unreadable (backchannel.com)

mirandakatz writes: If you've found yourself squinting at your computer and wondering if your eyesight is starting to go, fear not: you're probably just suffering from a design trend. As computer screens have achieved higher resolution, web design has trended toward paler, lighter-weight type that often doesn't meet accessibility requirements. At Backchannel, web developer Kevin Marks breaks down the history of this trend, and offers an impassioned plea for designers to go back to the typographic principles of print: keeping type black, and varying weight and font instead of grayness.

Comment Insightful (Score 2, Interesting) 182

Elon Musk said "We've eliminated all of the obvious possibilities for what occurred there. So what remains are the less probable answers."

Solving a rocket failure is a complex task, on the order of magnitude of building a rocket from scratch.
Generating theories that pseudo-government entities utilize sabotage devices from a mile away seems a bit John Nash.

Comment Re:Fear is a good thing for business (Score 5, Insightful) 332

Just like gun sales have never been better. A lack of calming from leaders has led to a self survival mentality. If ISIS doesn't get to you, North Korea, Iran, China, Russia, or aliens will. The one thing President Obama has done to feed the hysteria is a lack of ability to be calming in a crisis. He seems to say all the wrong things, and do all the wrong things to instill confidence for people. The next President will at least have to be better at fixing the problem at home if not abroad. You at least have to instill a false sense of confidence if nothing else. Otherwise the fear in people comes out, and it's usually not good.

I think what the rich fear is the poor, coming to their homes to reclaim what was lost.

Submission + - Oscar winners, sports stars and Bill Gates are building lavish bunkers (hollywoodreporter.com)

turkeydance writes: Given the increased frequency of terrorist bombings and mass shootings and an under-lying sense of havoc fed by divisive election politics, it's no surprise that home security is going over the top and hitting luxurious new heights. Or, rather, new lows, as the average depth of a new breed of safe haven that occupies thousands of square feet is 10 feet under or more. Those who can afford to pull out all the stops for so-called self-preservation are doing so — in a fashion that goes way beyond the submerged corrugated metal units adopted by reality show "preppers" — to prepare for anything from nuclear bombings to drastic climate-change events.

Comment Just Another Symptom (Score 2, Funny) 80

Of the "I'm too cool to respond to you" generation, and the "we're too cool to panic about your status" management style.
Normal employment policy is credentials are immediately revoked when any employee does not respond to login/status requests for over 3 business days. But don't let the cool kids tell you that's reasonable to enforce on important people.

Comment Re:I went to use one of these... (Score -1) 71

I went to use one of these and it wanted to install an iOS configuration profile on my phone.

How did you even get access? Every one of these in midtown has a homeless person sitting on milkcrates staring at the screen.
I have a feeling this problem was not raised at the "Take over NYC with Wifi" conference call. Overall statistics for this project are going to be heavily skewed by the non-stop ability of those without to consume far more than those with.

Comment Re:Typical case of bad corporate response (Score 1) 17

This has happened to me at least twice when disclosing security issues. They acknowledge the incident, they fix it, and then they attacked me when I published my report.

I once owned an AS domain. Despite the fact that they list themselves as having an office in NYC, writing to them, emailing them and calling their listed number generated no response to requests I made to have the administrative contact changed. They have no proper web interface either. I dropped my AS domain due to their complete incompetence and lack of support. Looks like that was the best move I could have made after this recent incident was made public.

Comment Good Friends (Score 5, Interesting) 364

Concert cellist Sergei Roldugin has known Vladimir Putin since they were teenagers and is godfather to the president's daughter Maria. On paper, Mr Roldugin has personally made hundreds of millions of dollars in profits from suspicious deals. But documents from Mr Roldugin's companies state that: "The company is a corporate screen established principally to protect the identity and confidentiality of the ultimate beneficial owner of the company."

Tomorrow's papers: Sergei Roldugin was found in his Moscow apartment this afternoon, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the back of the head.

Submission + - Panama Papers: data leak exposes massive official corruption

An anonymous reader writes: Truly Breaking News — A data leak, this time from legal firm Mossack Fonseca that has incorporated 300,000 entities across the world, has had a massive leak of data, exposing official corruption that will have far-reaching effects on governments around the world, including Iceland, Russia, Argentina, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Ukraine, specifically including: Mauricio Macri, president of Argentina, Bidzina Ivanishvill. ex PM of Georgia, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, PM of Iceland, Ayad H. Allawi, ex PM of Iraq, Ali Abu-Ragheb, ex PM of Jordan, Hamad Jasim J.M. Al-Thani, ex PM of Qatar, Sheik Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar, HRH Prince Salman, King of Saudi Arabia, Ahmad Al-Nirghani, ex-president of Sudan, Sultan Al-Nahyan, president of the UAE, Pavlo Lazarenko, ex-PM of Ukraine., Petro Poroshenko, president of Ukraine.:

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