Russia Wants Apple Source Code

Russia requests Apple provide access to it’s source code…

Reuters reports that Russia has asked Apple to provide the government with access to the company’s source code to make sure its iOS devices and Macs aren’t used for spying. The report claims the proposal came earlier this month when an Apple executive in Russia met with the country’s Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov and others:

The suggestion that two of the world’s flagship technology companies disclose some of their most sensitive business secrets comes as the United States and Europe debate their most severe sanctions yet against Russia for its role in Ukraine… The Russian proposal was voiced last week when Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov met Apple’s general manager in Russia, Peter Engrob Nielsen, and SAP’s Russian managing director, Vyacheslav Orekhov, the Communications Ministry said in a statement.

As noted in the report, as part of the request government officials noted that it’s had a long relationship with Microsoft, which provides its source code to a third-party that in turn provides it to the country’s communications ministry.

man, russia is on fire of late… and i’m sure that Apple hasn’t commented on it yet because they’re still laughing their asses off in cupertino.


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Women Shouldn’t Laugh in Turkey

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister says women shouldn’t laugh out loud

One of Turkey’s top officials says women should refrain from laughing out loud in public.

A woman “should not laugh loudly in front of all the world and should preserve her decency at all times,“ Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said Monday during an Eid el-Fitr meeting, which marked the end of the Muslim period of fasting, Ramadan.

“A man should be moral but women should be moral as well, they should know what is decent and what is not decent,” Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported Arinc as saying.

Arinc is a founding member of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (or AKP), whose moderate Islamist politics are steadily transforming a country founded upon secularism. The comments point to AKP’s appeal to conservative Turks. Erdogan, who is running for president, enjoys support among middle-class, observant Muslims.

i can understand the whole burka thing, since what of guy would want to see anything but the eyes of their women? just the idea or outline of a woman’s tits and ass should rightfully be offensive to all men… and women laughing in public? oh fuck that noise, they should be whipped — in public… naked.

p.s. i joke, of course.


Women Post Laughing Selfies In Retaliation To Politician’s Sexist Remark

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Kids or Blowjob?

Mom Leaves Kids In Car To Perform Oral Sex On Boyfriend: Cops

She really blew it this time.

A Louisiana woman faces child desertion charges after deputies said she admitted leaving her children unattended in her parked car while she performed oral sex on her boyfriend in his car, according to KBMT.

Police were called to the scene after someone reported the kids, ages 5 and 7, alone in the car around midnight. Calcasieu Parish deputies found Princess Marks, 25, of Lake Charles, in her boyfriend’s car nearby.

Marks told deputies that she was unable to see the children or her SUV from her boyfriend’s vehicle. She was arrested and later released on $5,000.

it’d almost be funny if it wasn’t so fucked up… ditches her kids in the car to go give her boyfriend a blowjob? damn man… not sure what’s going on, but it seems like there’s been an awful lot of reports of kids being left in cars (etc) of late.

Fla. mom arrested for allowing 7-year-old son to walk to park alone


It’s Popcorn Time!

Popcorn Time shows no sign of slowing, as the ‘Netflix for torrents’ adds support for AirPlay

oh man, that’s pretty cool… i remember when i first heard about popcorn time and got all excited about it, then it was gone… then back, but was pretty sure it’d be sued into nonexistence — and yet, here it still… so better enjoy it while we can. heh.

just wish i had it on my ipad.


Halo 2, New Again!

New Halo 2: Anniversary Trailer

oh man, the updated Halo 2 is looking fucking awesome.

looking forward to playing it all over again when the halo: master chief collection comes out in a few months… it’s almost silly how much i’m looking forward to re-playing all the Halo’s (1-4)… heh.

p.s. can’t wait for the Halo 2 multiplayer.

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Why Don’t I Criticize Israel?

saw this one pop up in my twitter feed a few times today, and finally clicked on it to read what was up… a bit long, but a good read nevertheless — Why Don’t I Criticize Israel?

For those of you who worry that I never say anything critical about Israel: My position on Israel is somewhat paradoxical. There are questions about which I’m genuinely undecided. And there’s something in my position, I think, to offend everyone. So, acknowledging how reckless it is to say anything on this topic, I’m nevertheless going to think out loud about it for a few minutes.

I don’t think Israel should exist as a Jewish state. I think it is obscene, irrational and unjustifiable to have a state organized around a religion. So I don’t celebrate the idea that there’s a Jewish homeland in the Middle East. I certainly don’t support any Jewish claims to real estate based on the Bible. [Note: Read this paragraph again.]

Though I just said that I don’t think Israel should exist as a Jewish state, the justification for such a state is rather easy to find. We need look no further than the fact that the rest of the world has shown itself eager to murder the Jews at almost every opportunity. So, if there were going to be a state organized around protecting members of a single religion, it certainly should be a Jewish state. Now, friends of Israel might consider this a rather tepid defense, but it’s the strongest one I’ve got. I think the idea of a religious state is ultimately untenable. [Note: It is worth observing, however, that Israel isn’t “Jewish” in the sense that Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are “Muslim.” As my friend Jerry Coyne points out, Israel is actually less religious than the U.S., and it guarantees freedom of religion to its citizens. Israel is not a theocracy, and one could easily argue that its Jewish identity is more cultural than religious. However, if we ask why the Jews wouldn’t move to British Columbia if offered a home there, we can see the role that religion still plays in their thinking.]

Needless to say, in defending its territory as a Jewish state, the Israeli government and Israelis themselves have had to do terrible things. They have, as they are now, fought wars against the Palestinians that have caused massive losses of innocent life. More civilians have been killed in Gaza in the last few weeks than militants. That’s not a surprise because Gaza is one of the most densely populated places on Earth. Occupying it, fighting wars in it, is guaranteed to get woman and children and other noncombatants killed. And there’s probably little question over the course of fighting multiple wars that the Israelis have done things that amount to war crimes. They have been brutalized by this process—that is, made brutal by it. But that is largely the due to the character of their enemies. [Note: I was not giving Israel a pass to commit war crimes. I was making a point about the realities of living under the continuous threat of terrorism and of fighting multiple wars in a confined space.]

Whatever terrible things the Israelis have done, it is also true to say that they have used more restraint in their fighting against the Palestinians than we—the Americans, or Western Europeans—have used in any of our wars. They have endured more worldwide public scrutiny than any other society has ever had to while defending itself against aggressors. The Israelis simply are held to a different standard. And the condemnation leveled at them by the rest of the world is completely out of proportion to what they have actually done. [Note: I was not saying that because they are more careful than we have been at our most careless, the Israelis are above criticism. War crimes are war crimes.]

It is clear that Israel is losing the PR war and has been for years now. One of the most galling things for outside observers about the current war in Gaza is the disproportionate loss of life on the Palestinian side. This doesn’t make a lot of moral sense. Israel built bomb shelters to protect its citizens. The Palestinians built tunnels through which they could carry out terror attacks and kidnap Israelis. Should Israel be blamed for successfully protecting its population in a defensive war? I don’t think so. [Note: I was not suggesting that the deaths of Palestinian noncombatants are anything less than tragic. But if retaliating against Hamas is bound to get innocents killed, and the Israelis manage to protect their own civilians in the meantime, the loss of innocent life on the Palestinian side is guaranteed to be disproportionate.]

good read, though it’s also cool to sit back and listen to the podcast he also included…

either way, it’s a fucking mess over there.

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Windows 9 Concept

just stumbled across this interactive Windows 9 concept, and thought it was pretty cool how he went the extra mile to code it up instead of simply posting some concept shots on behance as i would typically expect.

i have no idea what microsoft has in mind for Windows 9, though we all know that they’re working on it… and even though i’m more of a mac guy these days, i still hope that MS keeps pushing forward and comes out swinging with something really nice and tasty… competition is good, and one could argue that they’re being a bit more innovative than Apple of late.

that being said, i was in a Best Buy last night and ended up playing around with a Windows 8 laptop for awhile — even after a year or so, i still can’t decide if i like it.

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Two More Mysterious Siberian Holes

Two more mysterious holes discovered in remote Siberia

Researchers investigating a mysterious hole in the remote Siberian tundra might be busy over the next few weeks.

Two more formations, which are similar in appearance to the first, have been discovered in different parts of northern Russia. One of new openings, which has a diameter of around 15 metres, has been found in the Yamal Peninsula, a permafrost region where the first hole appeared. The second vast opening in the ground was discovered hundreds of kilometres away in the Taymyr Peninsula, to the east.

According to the Siberian Times, both of the holes were discovered by reindeer herders.

speaking of russia, thought news of that first hole was pretty damn strange… then they turn around and find two more out in bumbfuck nowhere by siberian reindeer herders?

yeah, reindeer herders.

a video clip of russia’s mysterious hole…


Russia Violates Nuclear Missle Treaty

‘Very Serious Matter’: White House Accuses Russia Of Conducting Tests In Violation Of 1987 Nuclear Missile Treaty

speaking of nukes, saw this headline and was like “huh?” …so just in the past few months they invade crimea, send troops into and around ukraine, shoot down a 747 with 298 souls onboard, ordered to pay $50 billion in the Yukos oil case, and now we learn that they’re violating the nuke treaty as well.

yeah, sure seems like the old “bear” is waking again.


New Hobbit Trailer

i don’t know about you guys, but i’m looking forward to finally seeing the final Hobbit film later this year… looking good jackson.

doesn’t seem that long ago to me, but i still remember when i heard the news about the Hobbit being spread over two… and then three movies, and how crazy that seemed… but in peter jackson i trust, and it’s turned out great so far.

p.s. Simarillion trilogy? Beren and Luthien? hmmm…

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Monday Music

heard this one the other day and had to shazam it.

i’ve been hearing this one more and more of late, but never watched the music video until today… yeah, it’s a little on the creep side but goes with the lyrics i guess.

…and here’s a cover of “crazy” that i heard on last weeks episode of Suits — awesome show, and one of the few i actually watch week-to-week.



Hello, Roboto

Wired mag off-​​base on Roboto typeface

Wired magazine’s puff-​​piece on Google’s Roboto typeface revisions is really bothering me. I thought if I held off, I could just do a few sarcastic tweets and be done with it, but no.

I am not a huge Roboto-​​hater like some folks in the type community. I just object to uncritically publishing quotes that make blatantly false statements.

“UIs [user interfaces] are crafted from images and type,” Matias Duarte, Android’s head of design tells WIRED. “But the idea of having a typeface that’s thought out as a UI typeface—that’s not been done before.”

Well, that’s pretty much simply false. Apparently Duarte is unfamiliar both with an obscure operating system called “Windows” and it’s typefaces Segoe UI (introduced in Windows 7) and Tahoma (introduced in Windows 95), both of which were specifically designed/​intended for UI usage. Not to mention Chicago, developed for the original Mac OS back in 1984. Continue…

good find, and a good read… personally, i don’t have any problems with Roboto or the revisions google made to it… i’ve used it on my blog before, though for this lastest design i opted to roll with “Lato”.

(hat tip: eric d.)


MLB: Net Neutrality

The best argument yet for net neutrality comes from Major League Baseball

Among the more than one million comments about net neutrality received by the US government this year was a submission by… Major League Baseball (MLB).

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently reviewing new rules that could allow internet providers to charge content companies for a more direct connection to customers. Some big content distributors (most notably, Netflix) have come out hard against these so-called “fast lanes,” arguing that they effectively amount to an internet tax or toll.

But MLB has become an important player in streaming video. As I wrote last month, an offshoot of the league, MLB Advanced Media (or BAM as it’s known in the industry) is now America’s largest distributor of live video on broadband networks.

Earlier this month, BAM quietly submitted its own letter to the FCC, where it was equally scathing about internet fast lanes (hat tip to Multichannel’s John Eggerton). It’s a shame that BAM’s comments have been overlooked, because they amount to one of the most coherent arguments in favor of net neutrality we have come across. For example:

“Fast lanes would serve only one purpose: for Broadband ISPs to receive an economic windfall. American consumers would be worse off as the costs of fast lanes are passed along to them in new fees or charges where there were none, or higher fees or charges where they existed.”

part of me is getting a little tired hearing about this, and yet it’s kind of important and i think that most reasonable people that’ve read up on it a litttle bit know it’s not in their best interest… hopefully the FCC is listening.

p.s. when the hell do they decide on it, anyway? c’mon man.


Mad Max: Fury Road

Watch the explosive first trailer for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

it definitely feels like a movie monday around here today… love me some Mad Max, but i wasn’t overly excited when i first heard they were doing a remake.

i just re-watched it for the third time and g’damn it really does look pretty fucking awesome.


This is what Wonder Woman looks like in ‘Batman v. Superman’
Deadpool movie test footage has leaked…


For The Love of Zeus!

Angry Nerd: For the Love of Zeus, Enough With the Greek Myth Movies

i really have no interest in seeing the new “hercules” movie with the Rock… sure seems like hollywood keeps trying to make a good ancient Greek movie, but continue to come up short — dunno why, but they all kinda suck… and that really stinks, since i love me some good greek mythology.

one of the reasons why i loved playing God of War on the playstation so damn much.