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Wiring the Nation for the Internet

After making a big, bold promise to wire every corner of America, the telecom giants are running away from their vow to provide nationwide broadband service by 2020. For almost 20 years, AT&T, Verizon and the other big players have collected hundreds of billions of dollars through rate increases and surcharges to finance that ambitious plan, but after wiring the high-density big cities, they now say it's too expensive to connect the rest of the country. But they'd like to keep all that money they banked for the project.

Crooks.

Telecom Giants Drag Their Feet on Broadband for the Whole Country

iOS 7.1

Michael Tsai's Roundup of iOS 7.1 news has links to a few good things:

Changing my 1Password Master Password

I'll admit it. My previous 1Password Master Password was one of convenience. It was between 3 and 10 letters long, and contained few special characters.

But… my new password follows some of the guidelines set forth in Toward Better Master Passwords.

Thanks. I suppose I can tolerate being annoyed a little bit more for exponentially better security.

Time Warner Cable Slow to Access Facebook

http://pastebin.com/9M1KvZzD

There's the traceroute.

Ho hum.

Trying Time-Warner for Phone Service

I've been paying $74.99 for my high-speed Internet with TWC. It's always worked really well, and I've had it for years and years. Including when I lived in Florida (Adelphia, I believe, was my ISP down there).

Even though new users can sign up for the same level of service I have for $54.99… (don't get me started…), my cost is apparently $79.99, and I've been paying only $74.99 because I'm in on a special deal.

We pay $31/month for Verizon home phone, and since we've all got cell phones now, I was charged with either ditching the home phone or perhaps trying Time-Warner for our home phone with their VOIP deal.

On the phone, I was told my bill would go up about $4.65 to add unlimited nationwide (including Canada and Puerto Rico) calling, with Privacy Protection (no listing in the phone book, private caller ID). So I signed up.

Comcast Buying Time-Warner?

Goodness, I hope not. But it looks like it's going to happen: One sentence and six charts to explain why Comcast is buying Time Warner Cable.

Putting Perfection – 18 Holes in One

Putt-Putt Perfection

BBEdit is Old

I just realized that I've been using BBEdit for over 15 years now, and the software was already pretty old when I started using it.

Yeesh.

And I still use it, and love it.

Every day.

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Take-Down

A take-down of a take-down: Daring Fireball: From the Department of Fitting Facts to the Narrative

How Secure is iMessage?

More than people thought.

TL;DR version:

Too long, didnt read? Basically: Unless Apple is omitting something or there's some backdoor tucked into their many-layers-deep encryption (which, while unlikely, isn't inconceivable) they really can't read your iMessages without a fairly insane amount of effort. Sure, they could theoretically brute force their way past your private key. Or they could scrap the entire system and replace it with something with glaring security holes, and hope no one notices.

The details are in the full post.

Using Your Camera’s Flash More Effectively

You’re Using Your Camera’s Flash Wrong

Truth is, you shouldn't use the flash at a performance like that anyway. Not at a sports event, not at a school play, not on Broadway, not at fireworks, not at the Olympics — because your camera's flash is useless beyond about eight feet.

Yeah, yeah, I know. I'm telling you to turn off the flash when it's dark out, but to turn on the flash when it's sunny?

That's called a fill flash. Its purpose is to supply a little additional light for the subject to compensate for the overly bright background.

It's worth re-reading, especially as the iPhone's camera continues to get better in low-light situations.

Apple WWDC 1997

It's interesting to listen to that now, and see what Apple's done in the years since.

This part starts with an insult and shows how much Steve had matured even by 1997.

I wonder where the question-asker is today…

Stephen Wolfram Introduces the Wolfram Language

Impressive. Scary, too. This kind of stuff is an order of magnitude - or more - beyond what I sometimes feel I can even comprehend.

P.S. Imagine if Siri could actually tap into this.

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