Sunday, April 06, 2014

Things I learned lately - 6 April

  • In the Google Chrome web browser, if you right click an image on a web page and press the s key, it does a reverse Google image search on that picture. OMG!
  • Between Barnes & Noble, Staples, GameStop, Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch and Aeropostale, over 1190 retail stores are closing in the next few years. That's just in the US.
  • If you have spent most of your life in North America, much of the rest of the world will be a noisy surprise. People live life loudly in other parts of the world. 
  • Palo Alto recently prohibited people from sleeping in their cars. That's right. Don't help the homeless or working poor, marginalize them.
  • There's a Peanuts movie coming in 2015! [Snoopy happy dance]
  • The 3 cheapest provinces to obtain a new wireless contract are Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The 3 provinces that have a 4th major wireless carrier to compete with the big 3 are... Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Coincidence?
  • Consider the wealth of the richest 85 people in the world. This wealth equals the entire worth of the poorest half of the planet's population (3.5 billion people).
  • In the preparation of halal meat, the knife is never sharpened in the presence of the animal and the other animals are not to witness the killing of an animal.
  • Five Guys Burgers doesn't believe in cutting back on quality or quantity to maintain the profit margin. They keep everything the same and just raise prices to reflect food costs.
  • In over 2,200 peer-reviewed articles about climate change by over 9,000 authors, published between November 2012 and December 2013, just one author and paper rejected human actions as the cause.
  • California workplaces are finding that there are no longer enough electric vehicle charging stations to go around anymore. There are currently 20,000 electric cars on the roads. There are 5,000 public and workplace charging stations in California.
  • In Australia, they're shaving bees to fit them with sensors to track their movements as part of a study. How does one get stuck with THAT job? "Joe, you're the new guy so you get to shave the bees."
  • Microsoft is caving. The start menu is coming back in the next iteration of Windows 8.
  • If you're still using Windows XP, why? But seriously, if you are and you're also using Microsoft Security Essentials, it's about to expire in 2 days. Forever.


Anonymous said...

1. How do you shave a bee?? 2. If you're not using XP, but ARE using security essentials (not sure that's even a scenario that could happen, but I'll ask anyway), are you good? Heidi

Karl Plesz said...

1. I have no idea how you shave a bee.
2. Yeah, Microsoft Security Essentials is a decent anti-virus program. Assuming you're practising safe computing, it's all you need.