Wow. Look at the clean simple design of that page. Look at the human-friendly URL. No registration required. Product keys shown right on the page next to the download link. The link is a regular old HTTP download of a regular old ISO image. They even post SHA1 hashes.
While in the past many stores were able to sell pseudoephedrine, new laws in the United States have restricted sales to pharmacies, with the medicine kept behind the counter. The pharmacies require signatures and examination of government issued ID in order to purchase pseudoephedrine. Because the hours of availability of such pharmacies are often limited, it would be of great interest to have a simple synthesis of pseudoephedrine from reagents which can be more readily procured.
A quick search of several neighborhoods of the United States revealed that while pseudoephedrine is difficult to obtain, N-methylamphetamine can be procured at almost any time on short notice and in quantities sufficient for synthesis of useful amounts of the desired material.
“Amazon spends more than $90 a year for each Prime customer, losing $11 annually for each subscriber. Of the $90, $55 comes from shipping costs and $35 comes from acquiring digital video content.”—LukeW | Data Monday: Amazon Prime. I wish Amazon didn’t bundle their video offerings with their shipping program, because one rocks and the other sucks. Customers who want fast shipping shouldn’t be forced to subsidize crappy video.
“They had a theory of the disease that made sense, fit the evidence, but was utterly wrong.”—Scott and Scurvy. An excellent essay that explores how progress in one field can lead to regression in another.
“Women make up 50% of the global population, 40% of the global workforce, yet women only own 1% of the world’s wealth. How can the world reach its full growth potential if it fails to advance the prospects, energies, and contributions of half the world’s population?”—Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank, in the Women of the World app, a World Bank and Fotopedia collaboration.
“If you have MS and are mobility restricted, like me, and if you have the means, I again recommend that you obtain an iPad and mount it to your wheelchair. It connects you to the world again. And, with Mixel all you will need is two working fingers to creat beautiful collage art and meet other people around the world, all from your wheelchair.”—MS And Mixel | LIFE IS BUT A DREAM…. Wow. (via subtraction)
“If two threads have opposite ideas of what a and b are, this carries the potential for deadlock. Some way needs to be found to ensure that every thread locks the same object first. In the absence of any other way to do it, an ordering can be imposed on these objects by comparing their addresses. If we always lock the one with the lower address first, we’ll never deadlock, even with multiple threads grabbing the objects from different sources and not communicating with each other.”—mikeash.com: Deadlocks and Lock Ordering: a Vignette. Wow! I can’t believe I’ve never seen this before, it’s so simple and elegant.
“Travis Kurowski, who covers lit mags on his blog, Luna Park Review, estimates that there are now as many as 2,800 magazines.”—Literary Heirs - NYTimes.com. My bro mentioned on NYTimes.com (and in this Sunday’s printed paper).
If these properties are so well implemented and so useful to the mobile Web, they became de facto standards ; let’s turn them as soon as possible into de jure standards through W3C standardization.
I am also calling Apple and Google to remove support for the “experimental” versions of a property when the final one is implemented and shipped.
Good luck with that.
It’s OK for new websites (using only new standards) to not work on my old phone (that only supports the vendor prefix)
It’s not OK for old websites (using vendor prefixes) to stop working when I upgrade my phone (to a new model that only supports the new standard)
Thinking that we have technical solutions to #2 is to ignore the realities of long term web development in large organizations (think public universities) and the realities of the mobile phone world (look at the wide variation in Android versions in widespread use).
“So here’s a thought: maybe traditional social values are eroding in the white working class — but maybe those traditional social values aren’t as essential to a good society as conservatives like to imagine.”—A Strange Form of Social Collapse - NYTimes.com
FIrst SCOTUS grants religious organizations exemption from employment discrimination laws, and now the President is going to grant them an exemption to universal health care laws? If our government is going to keep allowing people of faith to break more and more laws, I too might find Jesus one of these days…
“we can adjust every font-size on the page by using media-queries to change the font-size set on the BODY or HTML element according to viewport width”—Responsive News: Fluid grids, orientation & resolution independence. Seems like a bad technical solution to what is actually a design problem. If I rotate my 16:9 tablet from portrait to landscape orientation, the font size shouldn’t double—that’s the opposite of responsive design. Clearleft can get away with it on the Ampersand 2012 web site page because there is more design than content, and the typography reflects that. But I’d hate to see the news rendered this way: can you imaging trying to read the Boston Globe if the font sizes were all over the place like this?
The error rate for hand-counted ballots is about two percent.
All voting systems have nonzero error rates. This doesn’t surprise technologists, but does surprise the general public. There’s a myth out there that elections are perfectly accurate, down to the single vote. They’re not. If the vote is within a few percentage points, they’re likely a statistical tie. (The problem, of course, is that elections must produce a single winner.)
“Wasserman says the Justice Department is saving its legal firepower to challenge restrictive voting laws passed by Republicans in half a dozen Southern states since 2010. The laws require proof of citizenship to register to vote, cut back on early voting, curtailed voter registration drives and required voters to produce a government-issued ID before casting a ballot. The department has already objected to South Carolina’s voter ID law, since blacks are more likely than whites to lack the necessary ID.”—How the GOP Is Resegregating the South | The Nation. Sounds like the Justice Department is fighting the wrong battle: does it really matter whether minorities can vote if they’ve already been packed into a few majority-minority districts? Also, since most people see gerrymandering as bald-faced corruption, but public opinion also think it’s reasonable to require a government ID when voting, it turns out Justice is picking a more difficult political battle, and in an election year at that. WTF?
“The author mentions the rise of for-profit businesses increasingly running prisons in the U.S., but I don’t think he makes the point strongly enough. There is now a corporate interest in the U.S. lobbying for such things as mandatory minimum sentencing.”—Schneier on Security: Prisons in the U.S.
“The style system matches rules by starting with the key selector, then moving to the left (looking for any ancestors in the rule’s selector). As long as the selector’s subtree continues to check out, the style system continues moving to the left until it either matches the rule, or abandons because of a mismatch.”—Writing efficient CSS for use in the Mozilla UI - MDN. Ho-ly shit. I did not know this, and knowing it now makes me want to revisit every bit of CSS I’ve written in the last 10 years. It embarrasses me to post this, but I feel obliged to share for the sake of any other web devs who may not yet be aware of this fundamental issue.
The “Buffett Rule” bill is good marketing but bad legislation. Let’s focus on actual fixes to the tax code, such as restoring capital gains taxes and removing special interest deductions, rather than being distracted by a band-aid bill with a cute name.