Archive for June, 2012

UK Wants to MITM SSL Connections to Facebook/Gmail

The UK Government wants ISP’s to record secure transmission of messages with services like Facebook and Gmail, which are currently using SSL. I’d be curious to know how the UK government actually plans to pull this off. To pull that off they’d need to get browsers to include their root certificate so they can MITM […]

About Those Red Tomatoes

From the LA Times: But the new study, published this week in Science, found that the mutation that leads to the uniform appearance of most store-bought tomatoes has an unintended consequence: It disrupts the production of a protein responsible for the fruit’s production of sugar. So can we go back to ugly looking but good […]

Carmelo Anthony Wax Statue At Madame Tussaud

Carmelo Anthony wins some points in my book for this little gag.

Leap Smear

On how Google deals with leap seconds: The solution we came up with came to be known as the “leap smear.” We modified our internal NTP servers to gradually add a couple of milliseconds to every update, varying over a time window before the moment when the leap second actually happens. This meant that when […]

Hard Drives Still Expensive After Flooding

From Ars: The impact of that disaster has passed, and supply levels are back to near where they were before last October’s disaster. But while the flood waters have long since receded, drive prices haven’t fallen nearly as much—as InfoWorld’s Woody Leonhard reports, retail hard drive prices are still about 75 percent higher than they […]

Long Weekend

Today is a long weekend for every country on earth. Enjoy the extra long weekend! Ok, it’s not a true 3 day weekend, but there will be a leap second inserted Saturday night at midnight, giving this weekend an extra second compared to all the other weekends. So enjoy the extra time off from work.

Perception Of Performance

Google is pervasive about associating Chrome with being fast. It’s was their primary pitch when they first announced it. Back when Firefox went 1.0, it wasn’t so much about speed but “not sucking” as all the geeks liked to say. Given IE 6 was the competition, that was likely the best marketing on earth. Sure […]

On Google’s Made In In The U.S.A. Experiment

Google is reportedly building the Nexus Q in the USA. It’s almost assumed these days that electronics are made in China, with a few notable exceptions in Japan or South Korea. However when you think about it, it makes sense. Consumer technology has come full circle. Open up some electronics made before 1985. With rare […]

“Johnny Carson: King of Late Night”

It’s almost 2 hours long and it went by in about 5 minutes. It’s worth watching. Also: I never knew Johnny Carson was the classic introvert. Via John Gruber

Price Manipulation On The Web

And in today’s ecommerce news: Orbitz Worldwide Inc. has found that people who use Apple Inc.’s Mac computers spend as much as 30% more a night on hotels, so the online travel agency is starting to show them different, and sometimes costlier, travel options than Windows visitors see. The idea being that Mac users, which […]