The BBC has reported its 2012 usage figures for its groundbreaking web-TV iPlayer system, and they’re rather startling: 2.32 billion TV and radio program streaming requests went through the online portal in 2012 (equating to 37 for every person in the U.K.). 36.5 billion minutes of content were served up in all, which is about 70,000 years’ worth of material. 177% growth year-on-year was seen in access from mobile devices, and mobile access is now more than a quarter of all iPlayer use. Since the BBC enabled actual program downloading onto iPads and iPhone there has been nearly 11 million downloads.
In June of 2010 there was an AT&T webserver on the open Internet. There was an API on this server, a URL with a number at the end. If you incremented this number, you saw the next iPad 3G user email address. I thought it was egregiously negligent for AT&T to be publishing a complete target list of iPad 3G owners, and I took a sample of the API output to a journalist at Gawker.
I did this because I despised people I think are unjustly wealthy and wanted to embarass them. I thought this is the United States of America where we have the right to do basic arithmetic and query public webservers.
I was convicted of two consecutive five-year felonies, and am now awaiting sentencing.
After a security check, a U.S. firm found one of its employees outsourcing his job overseas. The person in question is a software developer in his 40s, who paid just a fifth of his six-figure salary to a company based in China to do the work for him. He reportedly spent most of his workdays procrastinating on the web on sites likes YouTube, Reddit, and eBay.
The extortion was discovered when the U.S. company asked Verizon to perform an audit after seeing some anomalous activity on its VPN logs, and suspecting a security breach.
OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE RESPONSE TO
Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.
This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For
By Paul Shawcross
The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:
1. The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
2. The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
3. Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?
REACQUAINT YOURSELF WITH THE PLEASURES OF A HAND-SHARPENED PENCIL. In New York’s Hudson River Valley, craftsman David Rees still practices the age-old art of manual pencil sharpening. His artisanal service is perfect for artists, writers, and standardized test takers. Shipped with their shavings and a “certificate of sharpening,” these extra-sharp pencils make wonderful gifts.
Traditionally people mail in their pencils to be sharpened; however David now offers a new service: He will provide the pencil.