Icelandic police shot dead a man who refused to stop firing at them with a shotgun in the capital of Reykjavik earlier today — and then they apologized. It was the first time that anyone in the country was killed by police gunfire.
Think about that. The first time. Now compare that to the rest of the world. According to Bloomberg though, they’re weird.
Two non-Muslim professors are wearing the hijab to work to protest against the Parti Québécois’ secular charter and its proposed ban on religious symbols for teachers, daycare workers and other public sector employees.
“When we mythologize ourselves, we tend to amplify the things that turned out okay and try to turn the failures or lack of success into something we learned from. You can do anything to make your life look really grand. It’s a shame that so many people find it difficult to do the things they’d like to do because they feel cowed by seemingly successful people who appear to never do anything wrong, or always learn from their mistakes. That just rings as a lot of B.S. and self-mythology to me.”—Merlin Mann
A first-person account of those fateful moments on the turf after a terrifying hit, and the process of recovery, both physical and emotional
Packers TE Jermichael Finley recounts what he went through and how he’s been feeling since the hit to the head by Cleveland Browns safety Tashaun Gipson last week. This happened just one month after Finley was diagnosed with a concussion.
Watch this if you aren’t aware of what happened to Finley in the game vs. the Browns on 20/10/2013.
When a user clicks the “Download Now” button, they receive the adware installer rather than the app they expected to download. The adware installer changes the user’s homepage and default search engine to Yahoo, as well as installing various browser toolbars and add-ons, with names like “Slick Savings” and “Ebay Shopping Assistant.”
Remember when Download.com was a reputable place to download software? I for know one used to get most of my programs from them back in the day.
…Briggo opened its first kiosk on the University of Texas’ Austin campus in July of this year. The kiosk — dubbed “The Coffee Haus” — takes up about 50 square feet of space, has a nice exterior wood design, and accepts orders either on-site or across campus via a website, informing the customer precisely when the drink will be ready.
Customers are able to control every detail to their liking, including the flavor, the type of sweetener and milk, and the amount of each ingredient. A variety of choices are offered, from espressos and lattes to iced coffees and hot chocolate. If customers create an account online, the system will remember their favorite order…
This article on NPR reminded me of a short documentary I watched a few weeks ago titled Roasted. In it we see the relationships customers build with a coffee shop’s staff and why they keep coming back for more. I really recommend watching it if you have a few minutes on your hands.
"At coffee shops you can build relationships with the people making your drink and have a more personal interaction," says Mina Ghobrial, another student at UT. "I believe that’s very important in today’s society, especially since electronics have taken over face-to-face interactions."
"We don’t think it’s right for Canadians to have to pay for bundled television channels that they don’t watch. We want to unbundle television channels and allow Canadians to pick and pay the specific television channels that they want," Industry Minister James Moore said during an appearance on CTV’s "Question Period."
Why isn’t this James Moore guy running for prime minister?
Google on Friday announced that it would soon be able to show users’ names, photos, ratings and comments in ads across the Web, endorsing marketers’ products. Facebook already runs similar endorsement ads. But on Thursday it, too, took a step to show personal information more broadly by changing its search settings to make it harder for users to hide from other people trying to find them on the social network.
What I want to know is how anyone in their right mind can be okay with this. No one would agree to this in real life, so why do we continue using their products if we know about the shitty things these companies are doing behind the scenes?
Google’s announcement came in an update to its terms of service that allows the company to include in ads adult users’ profile information and preferences, ratings and posts they have made on Google Plus and other Google services like search and YouTube.
"Google and Facebook say that with the most recent changes, they are trying to offer users more comprehensive and personalized services." Right. Claims like these are so full of shit.
“Think about what position in life you’re in when you decide to have a kid – you’re married… you have a job… a home. It’s like you’ve finally put together this very large, complicated puzzle and then you’re like, “Fuck this puzzle, let’s have a kid!”—Aziz Ansari
The 2013 report begins: “Every so often, a company changes our lives, not just with its products, but with its ethos. This is why, following Coca-Cola’s 13-year run at the top of Best Global Brands, Interbrand has a new No. 1 — Apple.”
In brief, the Charter of Values would seek to ban government employees from wearing conspicuous religious symbols, in an attempt to guarantee the appearance of neutrality and impartiality of the State. However, the crucifix hanging above the Speaker’s chair in the National Assembly, the very chamber in which laws are passed, would remain.
That’s totally neutral, right?
From the outset, the proposed Charter of Values raises several issues which are, by their very nature, intractable ones. First, what constitutes a conspicuous symbol? Is the kirpan, a religious symbol that is invisible since worn under clothing, to be considered a conspicuous symbol? What about a crucifix worn under clothing? Is it permissible to wear a shirt with a cross printed on it? Will all scarves used to conceal hair be considered religious symbols? How long must a beard be in order to be considered a religious symbol? And who will establish the religious character of a piece of fabric?
Hmm, okay… But wait: “Minister Drainville incorrectly claims that there are no clear guidelines on dealing with religious accommodation" What? How does that even work?
…freedom of religion has been protected in a variety of ways in most democratic countries since the second half of the twentieth century. For instance, Quebec itself passed legislation on the subject even before the federal government did by adopting its own Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1975, seven years before the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was adopted. Moreover, the application of the Quebec Charter of Rights is broader than its federal counterpart, as it regulates the rapport between rights in the private sphere, which the Canadian Charter of Rights does not. This means that Quebec has historically chosen to give additional protection to vulnerable groups, including religious minorities.
The Quebec Charter of Rights is proof that Quebec hasn’t always been this bad. Why change now? Most of the immigrants I’ve met over the course of my lifetime told me they chose to come to this province because of how “open” people are here. Once again, why change now?
Banning religious symbols and namely, let’s face it, the veil worn by certain women in public violates a set of fundamental democratic principles linked to individual rights, the freedom of conscience and religion, and minority rights.
Exactly! What was said above couldn’t have been said any better. Where are our rights in all of this?
All this banning and hatred amongst others will only lead to one thing:
…the Charter of Values may result in a form of political xenophobia.
"I’ve said this before, but simplicity is, well, it goes to back to …you’re trying to define the essence of something and come up with a solution that seems utterly inevitable and obvious," he says. "I think a lot of people see simplicity as the lack of clutter. And that’s not the case at all. True simplicity is, well, you just keep on going and going until you get to the point where you go, ‘Yeah, well, of course.’ Where there’s no rational alternative."
Montréal, September 25, 2013 – The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is bringing Bell, Rogers, TELUS and Videotron together to deploy a leading-edge mobile network in the Montréal metro. The cost of deployment, an estimated $50 million, will be shared equally by the four telecommunications providers.
While travelling on the metro, Montréal public transit clients will be able to browse the Web, watch videos, download music, make and receive calls, and more. In fact, 3G, 4G and 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) technologies will be deployed throughout the metro network, and coverage will be available in cars, tunnels and stations. This will make Montréal one of the few cities in the world to have a 4G LTE mobile underground network in its metro.
The only way to safely avoid looking like a hipster, so far as I can tell, is to dress in oversize mesh jerseys bearing the logos of sports teams. Or to wear the blandest, baggiest, beige-est clothes possible, like a middle-aged tourist.
"In recent weeks, intelligence operatives have arrested 14 squirrels within Iran’s borders," state-sponsored news agency IRNA reported. "The squirrels were carrying spy gear of foreign agencies, and were stopped before they could act, thanks to the alertness of our intelligence services."
Iranian police commander Esmaeil Ahmadi-Moqadam confirmed the report, saying that a number of squirrels had been caught bearing foreign spy gear within Iran’s borders.
Apple has been a company that has gone through numerous phases in terms of the colors of their products. Looking back, you can see the ebbs and flows of color in Apple products, from the Mac to the iPod to the iPhone.
A lot of rumours have been making their way around the internet about Apple releasing a cheaper iPhone (5C?) in a variety of colours. Linus Edwards went ahead and gave us a brief history lesson on how Apple once used colour for their products, and the possibility of it coming back later this year.
I always bought the black iPhone, and I wouldn’t see that changing even if they did announce a lineup of different colours. But with that said, I hope they do. Linus says it best: “While I personally prefer the more neutral colors, I don’t mind Apple turning in this direction. I think colored iPhones will be a giant hit with the youth market…”
The Mediterranean Veggie wrap will feature garlic hummus, feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, lettuce, crispy onions and a creamy Mediterranean sauce, while the Santa Fe Veggie wrap will be stuffed with fire-roasted corn, black beans, a blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack, tomatoes, red onions, lettuce and tortilla chips, along with a chilli lime glaze and southwest sauce.
It sounds good, but I still won’t be making my way over to a McDonald’s to try them.
A study published this week in Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggests that when it comes to coffee, too much appears to be more than 28 cups per week, at least if you are under 55.
The researchers found that younger men who passed the 28-cup weekly threshold – which works out to about four cups per day – had a 56 percent increased risk of death from all causes. Younger women who were heavy coffee drinkers had a greater than two-fold increased mortality risk.
Twenty-eight cups of coffee per weeks sounds like a lot until you realise it’s only four cups a day. With that said, I still don’t think I drink that many, but I’m sure I’m not too far behind.
Having a coffee machine in your office doesn’t help.
You’ve decided to pay for something on the web. After hours of research, comparison shopping, and trying the demo it’s time to make the plunge. You click “Buy Now,”, enter your credit card information and you’re just about to click “Checkout.” And then you notice it. In the lower left-hand side, a little form field that says “Coupon code.”
This happens to me every single time I buy something online. It’s the biggest tease ever. “Hey Chump, do a little searching and you might find a 10% coupon code! They’ll likely all be expired though…”
Environment Minister Rene Castro says that due to “a change of environmental conscience” in Costa Rica, the Simon Bolivar Zoo will become a botanical garden with no captive animals. Instead, visitors will be able to observe animals that arrive naturally, likely a variety of birds, reptiles, and small mammals.
I like this trend. Hopefully it will continue and I’ll live to see the day where all zoos are closed.
We live in an age of ubiquitous information and communication, so distractions have never been more pervasive. We have too many choices of what to look at or focus attention on. The internet is a glittering carnival of diversions, and that’s wonderful – until you need to get some work done.
This is why I can’t get anything important done unless I’m sitting in an internet-less area.
It’s official! Every one of the eleven ag-gag bills introduced in 2013 has been defeated. Today, the North Carolina legislature adjourned without passing its version of ag-gag. Earlier this year, Tennessee Govenor Bill Haslam vetoed his state’s ag-gag bill citing constitutional concerns and saying the bill would make it “more difficult to prosecute animal cruelty cases.”
For the boys at Camp Gan Israel in the Laurentians, the trip to the La Ronde amusement park in Montreal is one of the highlights of the summer. Because the camp is kosher, and La Ronde does not sell kosher food, the children have always been allowed to bring in their own snacks.
But after a newspaper went undercover last week to reveal that Muslims and Jews with dietary restrictions were exempt from the ban on bringing food into the park, La Ronde announced an end to the religious accommodation Monday.
“After hearing feedback from our guests, La Ronde would like to clarify that only guests with special medical dietary needs will be considered to bring outside food with them as they enter the park,” communications manager Catherine Tremblay said in a statement.
EDA’s CIO, fearing that the agency was under attack from a nation-state, insisted instead on a policy of physical destruction. The EDA destroyed not only (uninfected) desktop computers but also printers, cameras, keyboards, and even mice. The destruction only stopped — sparing $3 million (£2 million) of equipment — because the agency had run out of money to pay for destroying the hardware.
Samsung bought a million downloads of the album, for $5 each, to be given away on July 4 — five days before the album’s official release — through a mobile application, JAY Z Magna Carta, on certain Samsung models. It’s an ugly piece of software.
It demands permissions, including reading the phone’s status and identity, which made some users, notably the rapper Killer Mike, suspicious: Does Jay-Z really need to log my calls? It also gathers “accounts,” the e-mail addresses and social-media user names connected to the phone. Those permissions are often part of a typical app package. This one got worse.
When installed, it demanded a working log in to Facebook or Twitter and permission to post on the account. “We would like fans to share the content through social networking sites,” a Jay-Z spokeswoman said by e-mail. (E-mail to Samsung Mobile’s customer service address for the app was returned as undeliverable throughout Wednesday.) But the app was more coercive.
In the days before the album’s release through Samsung, the app promised to display lyrics — with a catch. “Unlocking” the lyrics required a post on Facebook or Twitter. I used Twitter, where hitting the “Tweet” button brought up a canned message: “I just unlocked a new lyric ‘Crown’ in the JAY Z Magna Carta app. See them first. http://smsng.us/MCHG2 #MagnaCarta.” The message could be altered, but something had to be sent. No post, no lyrics — for every song. Users were forced to post again and again. And frankly, a lyric that is going to show up almost immediately on the Internet isn’t much of a bribe for spamming your friends.
On Wednesday morning, the Canadian Curling Association announced an alternate from the Northern Ontario rink has been suspended from competition for two years after testing positive for a banned substance — Methandienone Metabolites — at the world curling championship earlier this year in Victoria.
I never thought I’d live to see the day a curler would get banned from the sport. I thought they were all saints?
When a commuter leans against the window, he or she will hear a message that nobody else can, asking if they’re bored and want to download Sky’s mobile app. BBDO has said that if Sky Deutschland gives final approval, “we will start with the new medium as quickly as possible,” but even it seems to implicitly recognize that this is bound to irk some people.
Like Chris Ziegler said, “this is completely out of control.”
“One of the guys I was working with is English and I knew him and he said, ‘No, talk to me in French because we’re not allowed speaking English on the floor,” she said, adding that she quickly heard what her friend and ex-employee Alex Caldwell knew: employees don’t feel comfortable speaking English anywhere in the store.
“I was warned by a friend in the lunchroom to watch what I say and keep my English down, because the management didn’t like it and she got a warning,” said Caldwell.
Gestures are good because they remove clutter. Less buttons equal a cleaner interface. On the other hand, gestures are bad because they aren’t user friendly. People don’t know about them. And if they do, chances are they’ll have trouble doing the necessary gesture to perform an action.
Touch screens have been in the mainstream for about five years now, and I still see people having issues swiping to delete a song in the iPod app. Something that you’d think was relatively simple.
I absolutely love the new way to access Spotlight in iOS 7. Pull down from anywhere below the status bar on the springboard, and voila! I guarantee that people are gonna swipe over the status bar and wonder why they keep on getting Notification Centre again and again.
I don’t remember what podcast I heard this on, but gestures are exactly like keyboard shortcuts. They’re great, they save time, but apart from power users, not many people know about them.  Cmd+c and cmd+v are exceptions, of course.
All this to say that buttons shouldn’t be replaced with gestures for everything. If possible, include both options. Your users will be happy that you did.