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jbminn

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I IM’ed a friend yesterday to let him know I no longer used facebook. He asked why, and I told him I no longer trusted facebook. The truth is – I never really trusted them; it simply took a while for that to sink in and for me to take action. I wiped as much as I could from my account & deactivated it – not surprisingly, you cannot delete your account. Trust is the single most important factor of any of my online activities. Simple utility isn’t the differentiation any more, as there are many choices today for even arcane services.

jbminn

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This is pretty interesting. As the blogosphere started to get into this story, I (and many others of course) already knew the plot, the main characters, and the cliff-hanger ending to “today’s episode”. Kara Swisher: http://kara.allthingsd.com/20080103/free-the-scoble-5000/ Techcrunch: http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/01/03/plaxo-flubs-it/ How? Twitter. You mean [this][1] Twitter? Um, yes, that one. Twitter is about instant whatever. Tags: twitter, scoble, facebook [1]: http://commavee.com/2007/03/27/twitter-instant-demographics/

jbminn

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Facebook’s new advertising program, Beacon, is so flawed with regard to its privacy controls that you shouldn’t use it. But since Facebook has waffled about whether & how you can actually opt-out of this, you should just block it. Unless and until they change the technology, this simple technique will prevent Beacon from sending anything from your browser sessions to Facebook’s Beacon. Apparently, all the javascript that controls this is located behind a common URL: facebook.com/beacon Using a URL-blocker with that in a rule should do the trick.

jbminn

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I want one of these: “Think of it as a 45-foot-long bb gun. Only in this case, the BBs are fired at 20,500 mph at spaceships. Sort of. All the gunplay takes place inside a physics lab at the University of Dayton Research Institute. The goal: to test the mettle of the composite fabric or aluminum skins on orbit-bound spacecraft. The materials are designed to protect the vehicles from the

jbminn

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Wow. This is incredibly exciting news – “Scientists Use Superconducting Cyclotron to Make Super-Heavy Metals” This opens up the possibility of countless new isotopes that could be used in till-now unthinkable ways. Though it may sound as though I’m counting chickens that haven’t been conceived, let alone hatched, consider what this implies: With the proper of amount of force [and acceleration, collision, etc.] we may be able to produce elements that previously only occurred naturally.

jbminn

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Though ticket sales resumed Tuesday, it certainly appears that problems remained. Local media was not kind. A Rockies spokesman on Monday had claimed that the site had been “…the victim of a deliberate attack”. When asked to provide details on this statement Tuesday, that same spokesman declined comment. It was noted that [thus far] no criminal complaint(s) had been filed on behalf of either MLB or the Rockies in relation to the site outage.

jbminn

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I’m driving this afternoon near the Tech Center in Denver when I hear on the radio that “…online World Series ticket sales have been halted this afternoon after the server blew up. There were approx. 8 million hits to the site & the server couldn’t handle it.” Nice. Fucking idiots. MLB can afford to do it right, but the contract for this probably went to some executive’s nephew, who “… makes websites”.

jbminn

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I was having breakfast at Buck‘s Friday with a buddy from Trinity, and near 8am I looked over to see [Jerry Yang][3] at the cash register.   If if wasn’t Jerry, it was his twin brother. At the risk of sounding really snarky, it looked like he hadn’t (yet) combed his hair.  Funny.   For the record, the breakfast burrito was huge & delicious. Tags: yahoo, jerry yang, bucks [3]: http://yhoo.client.shareholder.com/press/management.cfm

jbminn

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I hate to gloat point it out, but the behavior change I noticed in my own usage & that of my facebook friends may be a trend. But hey, what do I know? I had an eerily timed comment-based exchange with Dave McClure on this very topic over the past couple days (via Kara Swisher’s column here – I had no knowledge of the Comscore scores, and in fact haven’t actually seen them yet).

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I’ve decided to apply the 1.1.1 update today. Gotta admit, I am a bit nervous. My iPhone is modified, but not unlocked. I’m on the ATT network, having originally activated it in about two minutes on the day I purchased it. I do have installer.app on my iPhone – will this trigger invalidation of the SIM? Shouldn’t… but… I’m downloading the 1.1.1 update now… I have installer.app installed with only three or four apps, plus SummerBoard and a few themes.