Because it is undeniably true that any really important message can be distilled down to its essential 140 character limit, BuriedPlanet is now 'on' Twitter. What this means is you can 'follow' BuriedPlanet using your Twitter account.
BP's twitter feed (for now) will be updated every time new content becomes available -- for now I'm sticking to blog entries, movie and video game reviews. If you would like to follow us, just click on the link!
We may also implement a rotating list of tweets that BP is following, just for kicks.
Well, it finally happened.
First it happened to my father who (along with my mother) spends one month out of the year in Florida, and decided it was a hassle to ship so many books south for the winter. I bought him a Kindle e-book reader and he loves it. That was two years ago. This year my mother got one and she's using it and loving it as well.
I'm not the kind of person who gets all gooey over technology or the newest bit of software. But there is a bit of software out there that I would recommend. If I adopt it, chances are, it's worthwhile because as tech-saavy as people tend to think I am, I remain shockingly analog even in regards to my online work.
If you're like me and you use the internet with any great frequency, then I highly recommend that you give LastPass a try. We all treat the need for strong passwords as something akin to eating brocolli, but this neat little bit of software makes it easy and simple.
Follow the jump for details and my run-down on the benefits.
There's a news story out today declaiming the fact that Google only pays about 2.4% in taxes by passing their money through Ireland, the Netherlands, and then finally sending the money to island nations that have little or no income tax.
This method is apparently so widespread that the technique has a name:
Google’s income shifting -- involving strategies known to lawyers as the “Double Irish” and the “Dutch Sandwich” -- helped reduce its overseas tax rate to 2.4 percent, the lowest of the top five U.S. technology companies by market capitalization, according to regulatory filings in six countries.
Sup planeteers! Have you written a short story you're particularly proud of, want to share this literary masterpiece with others? Check out Wattpad, it's an e-book community where you can flex your creative muscles.
JournoList is the email listserv created by Ezra Klein in 2007 as a place where leftist members of the press could meet with leftist members of think tanks and be candid about how they felt about issues. In 2009 the existence of the listserv became known.
(A 'listserv' is an email service that allows members to communicate by sending a single email that is then sent out to all members of the email list.)
When JournoList was first revealed by acerbic blogger Mickey Kaus of kausfiles.com much was made of how this was 'proof' of a liberal conspiracy among media pundits and newsmakers to slant coverage. New emails released from JournoList show that some members of the list actively carried water for the Obama campaign, especially when the racist comments of Obama's former minister Jeremiah Wright surfaced.
Question for Planeteers,
(not sure how I feel about that title -- too eerily reminiscent of 'Captain Planet')
If you could only visit five (5) websites for the rest of your life, which would they be? Assume that aliens have hijacked the world and imposed the five website rule out of sheer arbitrariness. I've determined that my five 'must-have' websites would be:
Marc Maiffret, a leading hacker and computer security expert has recently been quoted as saying that PCs are actually safer from viruses and other security attacks than Macs -- sending Mac users scurrying to buy latte, strap on some Birkenstocks and just generally go on being gigantic useless hippies.
The interview can be found over at CNET, and here's the quote:
And you think Apple is taking it seriously too now?
Maiffret: Oh yeah. It's even a little scarier with them because they try to market themselves as more secure than the PC, that you don't have to worry about viruses, etc. Anytime there's been a hacking contest, within a few hours someone's found a new Apple vulnerability. If they were taking it seriously, they wouldn't claim to be more secure than Microsoft because they are very much not. And the Apple community is pretty ignorant to the risks that are out there as it relates to Apple. The reason we don't see more attacks out there compared to Microsoft is because their market share isn't near what Microsoft's is.
Are they on par as far as code?
Maiffret: I think Microsoft does a better job with their code auditing than folks like Apple do. We've only seen a scratching of the surface as far as Apple vulnerabilities because nobody cares to find them. There's nothing inherent with Apple themselves and their development. The only reason Apple gets little increase in security is because they're running on top of a Unix-based operating system and they can take advantage of some of the things that have been done for them.