Daily Archives: October 18, 2012


Here's an old Eastern Airlines commercial for their then-new Boeing 727 that… 6

Here's an old Eastern Airlines commercial for their then-new Boeing 727 that touts it's quietness. 

I had the unfortunate experience of flying on Northwest’s 727s between Detroit and Phoenix a few times in the early 90s before they were retired. Quiet is not a word I would use to describe the 727, especially the time that I was unfortunately relegated to the very last row in coach, right between the three engines. That many well have been the longest 4 hours of my life.

via http://www.airlinereporter.com/2012/10/classic-eastern-air-lines-boeing-727-commercial/comment-page-1/#comment-115113

Post imported by Google+Blog for WordPress.


+Tim O'Reilly gets it exactly right and +Leo Laporte has been saying this for… 8

+Tim O'Reilly gets it exactly right and +Leo Laporte has been saying this for years as well. All the hand-wringing about Google, Facebook and even advertising tracking cookies completely misses the real potential problem.  The ones we should be worried about are the internet service providers which today is almost exclusively our cable and phone companies. Even if you disable all cookies, use private browsing and erase everything after you're done with a session, every single page request you make goes through your ISP's server. 

Reshared post from +Tim O’Reilly

"We're able to view just everything that they do," Verizon Wireless exec has boasted.  This is why all the government focus on privacy issues at Google and Facebook seems so wrong-headed.  There are a lot of companies that have just as much data or more about what people are doing, and who  are exploiting the hell out of it while getting a free pass from regulators.

Verizon draws fire for monitoring app usage, browsing habits
‘We’re able to view just everything that they do,’ Verizon Wireless exec has boasted. Privacy groups say initiative — including linking databases showing whether customers own pets — may violate wir…

Post imported by Google+Blog for WordPress.


While this is almost certainly not illegal, it's certainly unethical 16

That said I wouldn't try to ban anyone from encouraging others who to vote for because that would also affect those that I support and free speech is more important than control. 

What must happen is that we eliminate these tax-exempt super-PACs and also require full disclosure of all donors and how much they are spending.  Everyone should have the same opportunity to speak, but we should know who is trying to buy our elections. 

Finally, this case involves the National Federation of Independent Business which broke off from the US Chamber of Commerce because they thought that organization was "too progressive"

Reshared post from +Susan Stone

Another site talking about this…

Leaked Audio Captures Romney Asking Employers To Tell Their Employees How To Vote
Newly-discovered audio from a conference call in June captures Mitt Romney asking business owners to urge their employees to vote for him. Romney, speaking on a call to the very conservative National …

Post imported by Google+Blog for WordPress.


Check out the Highcroft Racing team building a whole new car in less than 20 hours…

Check out the Highcroft Racing team building a whole new car in less than 20 hours before the 2009 Petit Le Mans after Scott Sharp's crash destroyed the previous car. http://www.autoblog.com/2009/09/27/patron-highcroft-team-builds-new-acura-prototype-in-just-over-20/

Post imported by Google+Blog for WordPress.


There's something about the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta that must give the…

There's something about the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta that must give the Highcroft Racing crew nightmares. During a practice session on Wednesday, the innovative DeltaWing crashed, doing heavy damage to the car. The incident was eerily similar to Scott Sharp's crash in the run-up to the 2009 race. 

The damage to the Acura ARX-02a that Highcroft was campaigning then was even more extensive than the damage this time including a cracked tub. Honda Performance Development air-freighted a fresh carbon fiber tub from California to Atlanta and crew went to work, basically building a whole new car in just 20 hours putting it back on the track in time for the Saturday morning pre-race warmup. http://www.autoblog.com/2009/09/27/patron-highcroft-team-builds-new-acura-prototype-in-just-over-20/

This time around, the team expects to be back on track later today. 

BTW, driver Gunnar Jeanette walked away from this, again demonstrating how well modern race cars protect their occupants. 

deltawing – News – NISSAN DELTAWING ASSAULTED IN ROAD ATLANTA TESTING
The Nissan DeltaWing’s assault on the 15th annual Petit Le Mans event suffered a set-back in testi…

Post imported by Google+Blog for WordPress.