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Jul 16 '14


When 17-year-old George Hotz became the world’s first hacker to crack AT&T’s lock on the iPhone in 2007, the companies officially ignored him while scrambling to fix the bugs his work exposed. When he later reverse engineered the Playstation 3, Sony sued him and settled only after he agreed to never hack another Sony product.

When Hotz dismantled the defenses of Google’s Chrome operating system earlier this year, by contrast, the company paid him a $150,000 reward for helping fix the flaws he’d uncovered. Two months later Chris Evans, a Google security engineer, followed up by email with an offer: How would Hotz like to join an elite team of full-time hackers paid to hunt security vulnerabilities in every popular piece of software that touches the internet?

Today Google plans to publicly reveal that team, known as Project Zero, a group of top Google security researchers with the sole mission of tracking down and neutering the most insidious security flaws in the world’s software. Those secret hackable bugs, known in the security industry as “zero-day” vulnerabilities, are exploited by criminals, state-sponsored hackers and intelligence agencies in their spying operations. By tasking its researchers to drag them into the light, Google hopes to get those spy-friendly flaws fixed. And Project Zero’s hackers won’t be exposing bugs only in Google’s products. They’ll be given free rein to attack any software whose zero-days can be dug up and demonstrated with the aim of pressuring other companies to better protect Google’s users.

MORE: Meet ‘Project Zero,’ Google’s Secret Team of Bug-Hunting Hackers

Jun 16 '14
"Soccer is about to explode in America, and the U.S. soccer team is an indie band right before they break out. It’s hipster patriotism."
Will Leitch, on the state of soccer in the U.S. during this World Cup.  (via parislemon)
May 10 '14
May 1 '14

Sugar in the Package.
The packaging to content ratio of these things are horrific.  There has to be a better way.
Oh, there is.  Can’t we just go back to the 1950s diner solution?

Solution: black coffee


Sugar in the Package.

The packaging to content ratio of these things are horrific.  There has to be a better way.

Oh, there is.  Can’t we just go back to the 1950s diner solution?

Solution: black coffee

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Apr 27 '14

Whole foods

From Fortune article:

- Whole Foods went public in 1992 with 10 stores

- At that time the CEO thought the goal of 100 stores was outlandishly optimistic

- They just upped their US projected store count to 1,200 from 1,000

Apr 14 '14
Strand Of Oaks - Goshen '97


great song. turn it up. i believe J Mascis plays on this. only one person can make a guitar sound like that.

Confirmed the j mascis on guitar. Sounds great.

Mar 27 '14


someone smart said ‘life is not linear’ or something to that effect. great observation. and one that should drive many decisions in life.

volatility is inherent in life and business because humans are involved. humans are emotional creatures and make unpredictable, sudden decisions.

ways to mitigate this revolve, in my opinion, around diversity.

1. look at more things (as another smart person said). have five potential job ideas working all the time in case your job doesn’t pan out. one day your boss likes you; one day not so much. it happens. i have seen it. having multiple other relationships lined up will help mitigate that if it happens.

2. don’t focus on one skill set (i.e. i am a finance guy and only going to develop finance related skills). be well rounded. learn to program so that if that is hot you at least understand that industry.

3. network when you don’t need to. don’t ever stop networking. when you need your network for whatever reason you need it to be developed and in place. when you need it is not the time to build it. it needs to be built so that it is strong when you need to harvest from it. talk to as many people as you can all the time. if you cannot see how someone can be of immediate assistance to you, spend more time with them. it is the not obvious connections that will add diversity to your network and make it stronger. knowing only finance people, for example, will only get you finance opportunities.

4. don’t get too comfortable. volatility is unpredictable. if you are too comfortable it can unseat you easily. expect that a good thing won’t last forever and if it does, great. if not, you are prepared by knowing diverse people, having a diverse network built, and having developed a more well rounded skill set.

5. embrace the volatility. volatility isn’t always bad. things can surprise you to the upside. but you have to be flexible enough to take an opportunity when it arises.

think about how unforeseen things could happen to you and you will visualize why you should be working on the above.

Mar 24 '14


willpower might be the only thing that really matters in life, if you stop and think about it.

studying instead of going out - willpower
eating veggies and beans for breakfast instead of pancakes and syrup - willpower
staying late to finish the work project instead of going home - willpower

such a crucial skill, but so very hard to master.

why is it so hard for our brain to convince the rest of our body to do the right thing?

really feeling this today as i am on a strict no-bad-carb diet and made the mistake of not having breakfast at home.

good test of willpower: after a good morning workout, eat a healthy breakfast out at a fast food or fast casual restaurant that fills you up without eating one bad carb (bread, grains, oatmeal, sugar, yogurt, etc.).

the answer must lie somewhere in the behavioral economics field.

Jan 29 '13

Spotify, Soundcloud, and TED Talks

When I run I usually listen to some music on Spotify. Then there are always some new unreleased songs so I switch to Soundcloud for a few of those. Then if it’s a long run and I am getting bored I switch to the TED app and listen to some TED talks.

So I cannot help but wonder why Spotify doesn’t allow artists to upload unreleased tracks directly, like Soundcloud so I can eliminate that step. And then why doesn’t TED distribute their talks through Spotify also? They let users download the talks, why not put them in Spotify and let me add the audio to my playlists?

It’s all about me and making my runs easier! Now make it happen.

Jan 25 '13

(Source: meganq)