Pi are not square

An interesting article about one of the most important mathematics constants in the universe. And a pretty geek controversy concerning it evil twin tau

Today is Pi Day. The math nerds and geometry aficionados among us will be celebrating the mathematical constant that describes the relationship between the circumference of a circle and its diameter.

For those who need a refresher: Take a circle that is one inch across. Then measure the length of the circle itself. When you’ve gone all the way around, you’ll have covered a distance of slightly more than 3.14 inches. That’s pi. (And that’s why Pi Day is observed on March 14.)

via On Pi Day, backers of tau say the 'circle constant' needs a makeover – latimes.com.

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XP not going gently into that good night

It is hard to imagine that Windows XP came out in 2001, and it is STILL running on 30% of PCs today.

<rant>I can understand while VISTA was out that there would be a resistance to get the latest Windows but Windows 7 & 8 are both out now. It’s time to move on. You hold outs are degrading the security of the Internet.</rant>

Anyway this is from USA Today

The technology industry has no respect for tradition. Disruption is the name of the game, and it sometimes takes only a few short years for a market leader to become an also-ran. To paraphrase Robert Frost, nothing tech can stay.

Then there’s Windows XP. Introduced to the buying public on Oct. 25, 2001, this relic is still going strong, found under the hood of nearly one-third of all computers today. And that’s not just personal computers — Windows XP variants power specialized medical equipment, point-of-sale systems, and even ATMs.

And the most important part is in the last 2 ‘graphs.

Computer security is increasingly important to private individuals as well, due to rampant identity theft, fraud, and growing privacy concerns. For these reasons, XP users should at the very least look into upgrading to Windows 7 or 8.1. Microsoft’s own website, AmIRunningXP.com, provides free information and software to ease the migration process.

But if you have a good reason to stick with XP, or simply love the OS, don’t fret: It’s not going to suddenly stop working on April 8. Going forward, you’ll simply need to take reasonable precautions. Be smart about which files you download, keep your firewalls up, and avoid using accounts with administrator permissions. But remember, it’s dangerous to go alone.

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NEWS FLASH!! Pot calls Kettle “BLACK”

From Reuters:

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg blasted the U.S. government’s electronic surveillance practices on Thursday, saying he’d personally called President Barack Obama to voice his displeasure.

“When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government,” Zuckerberg said in a post on his personal Facebook page.

I use Facebook. I think it is both useful and fun, but … I know every time they do some redesign or launch a new feature I it is a MUST to recheck privacy setting or my data will come gushing out like a fat ladies after birth. (that a is a disturbing image)


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Netflix Agrees to Pay Comcast to End Web Traffic Jam – WSJ.com

Apparently Netflix decided to pay Comcast’s protection. Comcast must have made an offer they Netflix couldn’t refuse. This does not bode well for innovation in the future. I’m sure the other ISPs will also ask for their pound of flesh as well and they well again start coming for other making moves in this space. I’m looking at you Amazon.

This is why REAL Net Neutrality legislation is absolutely necessary. Scroll down to the link to see the best definition for what Net Neutrality is.

Netflix Agrees to Pay Comcast to End Traffic Jam

Deal Ends Standoff Over Streaming, Would Give Netflix Direct Access to Comcast Systems


Netflix Inc. has agreed to pay Comcast Corp. to ensure Netflix movies and television shows stream smoothly to Comcast customers, a landmark agreement that could set a precedent for Netflix’s dealings with other broadband providers, people familiar with the situation said.

Net Neutrality

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Exhibit A for Net Neutrality

Verizon wants to be paid by consumers and Cogent, but Cogent refuses to pay.

by Jon Brodkin – Feb 21 2014, 2:06pm EST

Anthony Fine
The battle over who should pay to carry Netflix traffic is heating up again, and one of the main players blames Verizon’s greed for the poor performance that many consumers see when trying to watch streaming video.

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Don’t be a techhole: A common sense guide to tech courtesy – CNET Mobile

This week, Google decided that some people were giving Google Glass such a bad name that it had to release an official guide to good behavior. That got me thinking. There’s plenty of bad behavior with tech gadgets and services outside of Glass. Maybe other companies should be offering advice to their users. If so, here are a few pet peeves from me and others that might be worth including.

dap: cnet

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Linksys resurrects classic blue router, with open source and $300 price | Ars Technica

Linksys WRT1900AC

A year after purchasing the Linksys home networking division from Cisco, Belkin today brought back the design of what it called “the best-selling router of all time” but with the latest wireless technology.First released in December 2002, the blue and black WRT54G is an instantly recognizable consumer product despite not being a smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Belkin’s Linksys division unveiled a new router with the same design today at the Consumer Electronics Show. It’s planned to be available in the spring for $299.99.

via Linksys resurrects classic blue router, with open source and $300 price | Ars Technica.

IDK. I am happy to see the old form factor, but a $300 price tag? And I am always worried about anything thing with on on switch that bare the band name Belkin.

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RIP : Ray Bradbury (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012)

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Target and other stores have a problem with a simple solution. They can not compete with Amazon on price. They simple don’t have the over head of running thousands of stores all over the country. They have an advantage that. Amazon simple doesn’t have. The shopper is sitting in the sore with his hands on the product. MAKE A DEAL!. I bet in most cases they wouldn’t even have to meet Amazon’s price. If they can get a little off and have it RIGHT NOW is HUGE!

Even better keep selling the Kindle, but every time someone seems interested, in one, offer and on the spot unadvertised discount for  a competitor’s product. Use Kindles to sell IPads. Home sellers have been doing this for EVER. You notice an open house one week end and that is exactly when your yard sign goes up.

Basically it comes down to Target forgetting how to sell. If you have an interested buy IN YOUR STORE, with the product IN HIS HAND, and you can’t figure out a away for him to leave with it, then YOU ARE THE WORST SALESMAN IN THE WORLD.


Target, signaling its growing irritation with its rival Amazon, announced on Wednesday that it would stop selling the online retailer’s Kindle e-readers.Enlarge This Image Matthew Staver/Bloomberg NewsUnpacking Kindle Fires at a Target in Denver in November. Target has sold Kindles since 2010.Add to PortfolioAmazon.com IncTarget CorporationGo to your Portfolio »Target, with almost 1,800 stores, is one of the bigger carriers of Kindles in the offline world, though most of the devices are sold at Amazon’s Web site.Like other big retailers, Target has been trying to figure out how to stop Amazon shoppers from visiting Target stores to check out products, and then buy them online from Amazon. It is a practice encouraged by Amazon; over the Christmas holiday, for example, the company offered a promotion on its Price Check app that gave shoppers 5 percent off any item scanned at a store.

via Target, Upset With Amazon, Will Stop Selling Kindles – NYTimes.com.

Dap: NY Times

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Google Drive for Linux Is on the Way | PCWorld Business Center

Someday Linux will no longer be an afterthought. Even to companies that rely so heavily on Linux for their products and internal processes.

The Google Drive launch has been one of the big announcements of the week, but it was a fairly unequivocal disappointment for one vocal category of users: Linux users are justifiably miffed that the new cloud storage service doesnt support the free and open source operating system.

via Google Drive for Linux Is on the Way | PCWorld Business Center.

Dap : pcwolrd

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