“They need the truth. It is the early 21st century, and too many of them are still fighting over who is the rightful heir to the Prophet Muhammad from the 7th century.”—5 Principles for Iraq - NYTimes.com
“He’s going bald and doesn’t like it. So he took Rogaine or minoxidil or some sort of baldness treatment. It contained tamoxifen, a prescription drug normally used to treat breast cancer. It is one of approximately 140 items on the NBA’s banned list. For privacy reasons, nobody has publicly said Calathes’ “medical issue” is baldness. But all you have to do is listen to the whispers and take a look at him. “He’s going bald at 24,” one person said. “Nobody wants to do that.” Nobody wants the world to know they’re slathering on Rogaine, either.”—Is Nick Calathes missing the playoffs because he’s going bald? | ProBasketballTalk The NBA should most definitely reverse its suspension.
“The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said. The NSA’s decision to keep the bug secret in pursuit of national security interests threatens to renew the rancorous debate over the role of the government’s top computer experts.”—NSA Said to Exploit Heartbleed Bug for Intelligence for Years - Bloomberg
“So much for focus. Just three years ago, Zuckerberg was stressing that Facebook would always focus on the Facebook platform. With these moves, Facebook is evolving from a single-purpose social network to a corporate conglomerate.”—Zuckerberg On Focus - Business Insider
“We think the biggest media companies of this generation are being built right now. Every generation has its own set of brands on mediums that are built specifically for them: magazine brands, TV brands, and now Interactive brands.”—Jim Bankoff Q&A - Business Insider
“Nobody was doing accounting reconciliation and there was an exploitable fault in the transaction system that allowed people to get paid twice—or in other words, withdraw more or less the same amount of Bitcoins two times. In particular, there seemed to be a system glitch that made it possible to get a payment reissued even after it had been already received…It appears Mt. Gox might not only have leaked money through a bug, but might have also accidentally thrown away Bitcoins.”—Inside Japan’s Bitcoin Heist - The Daily Beast
“We are building a new financial order, and those of us building it, investing in it, and growing it, will pay the price of bringing it to the world. This is the harsh truth. We are building the channels, the bridges, and the towers of tomorrow’s finance, and we put ourselves at risk in doing so.”—Erik Voorhees MtGox - Business Insider
In December, I gave my kids $20 for a toy store trip and they picked out $90 worth of stuff. They had no concept of money. They didn’t know if our house cost $2,000 or $2 billion. So I started making them pay for small things — Starbucks, Jamba Juice, pizza, whatever — hoping they’d slowly understand the concept of worth.
I think it’s working. When we attended Monday-night Raw in L.A. last week, I gave them a $100 salary cap on whatever they wanted. They spent $60 on two T-shirts, $13.50 on pretzels and popcorn, and $9 on two Icee Cokes, leaving me $17.50.
Here’s the point: THIS ISN’T HARD. But had I brought Joe Dumars along as a spending adviser, they would have ended up with a $50 Rey Mysterio mask that my son already has, two T-shirts that were the wrong size.
“Dong Nguyen, on the other hand, must have questioned if the world had lost its mind. On February 1st, reviews exploded to 800 in a single hour. 6,500 iTunes App Store reviews in a single day. This is the same app no one cared about for more than half a year. Just one month prior, it was a great day if Flappy Bird got 20 total reviews on the App Store. Up until January 9th, there had never been an hour in which Flappy Bird received even 10 reviews. After that, the rest is history.”—Flappy Bird by the Numbers
“[Philip Seymour Hoffman] did not die from an overdose of heroin — he died from heroin. We should stop implying that if he’d just taken the proper amount then everything would have been fine.”—Aaron Sorkin (via tedroden)
“This reeks of the same Knicks exceptionalism that got them into this mess in the first place. In the summer of 2010, the Knicks believed they could entice LeBron James or any of the other marquee free agents to come to the Big Apple. Because, hey, it’s the mecca of basketball! But once they struck out landing James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, they panicked and threw $100 million at Amar’e Stoudemire, whose problematic knees terrified just about every levelheaded organization in the league.”—NBA: New York Knicks dreaming about Rajon Rondo - ESPN