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daily 02/18/2014

    • Apple hasn’t held this technology back; reporters simply got their hands on it too early. To maximize the useful term life of a utility patent, technology companies need to file as quickly as possible after they conceive of an idea—ideally, long before its impending release.
    • The real secret sauce is in how the iWatch will interface with every other device in the Apple panoply. IBeacon, a location-based technology slipped into iOS 7, will enable iDevices to transmit effortlessly to one another across Bluetooth 4.0 signals. Plenty of analysts are predicting a lucrative future for iBeacon as a retail play, in the form of Minority Report–style targeted ads.
    • . If the band were laid out end to end, it would display as normal. And if it were curled up, with one end overlapping the other, it would ignore the unused portion and adjust its screen flow, seamlessly, over the junction.
    • Splunk products unify business and IT users around the tremendous value and ROI to be found in machine data. Unlocking powerful insights from machine data is something every organization needs to take advantage of—and with Splunk products, they can.
    • InfoSphere Streams
    • IBM® InfoSphere® Streams is an advanced analytic platform that allows user-developed applications to quickly ingest, analyze and correlate information as it arrives from thousands of real-time sources. The solution can handle very high data throughput rates, up to millions of events or messages per second.

    • XKeyscore
    • It runs those activities, captured in real-time, through IBM’s InfoSphere Streams processing software to create analytical feeds. Those feeds are then piped into a Splunk database and surfaced through a “dashboard” view that allows analysts to find trends in sentiment.
    • I screwed up…the selector had a strong indication of being foreign, but it turned out to be US…now what?


      NOC/OGC RESPONSE: With all querying, if you discover it actually is US, then it must be submitted and go in the [Office of General Counsel] quarterly report…’but it’s nothing to worry about.’ (Source #001)

    • But as pointed out by some commenters in the recap of Episode 5, the show is narrowly focused on the two white male leads leaving everyone else undefined and in the background. This got me thinking about my own experience as an African-American male experience media.
    • This is about two men who believe they are masters of the universe, Cohle because he is smarter than everybody else and can see the why of almost anything, Hart because society has always told him that he is at the top of the pyramid.
    • The show is at least partially about life and the universe disabusing them of that belief.
    • It would be hard to tell this type of story involving power(the illusion of it and its corrupting nature) in this setting without it being about white men.
    • Another commenter mentioned the officers interrogating Rust and Cohle are black, and I am almost positive this is done on purpose. Look at the makeup of the police department in the 90s compared to the modern day version. The 90s version is white as snow. The modern version is made up of mostly African American officers. I can’t imagine that’s a coincidence; there’s intention there.
    • Rust struggles because he has accepted his true nature and the world he is confronted with while Hart compartmentalizes his reality, one the ideal home/family, one the escape from reality by drinking with the boys and cheating on his wife, and the “true” reality at work. clearly not masters of their universe
    • “The fact is, the case should be dismissed,” he says. “He didn’t do anything wrong. … That’s what dictatorships all around the world used to do. They’d say, ‘If you confess to your crimes against the state, we will let you go.’ I mean, fuck you. I didn’t do anything wrong. … ‘Just admit you’re a witch or we’ll burn you. Why won’t you just admit you’re a witch?'”
    • The Jonathan Holmes Explosion*
    • Sophomores and freshman have to share seats anywhere from the upper deck to the south endzone. (Notice why it’s empty on Thanksgiving? Freshmen who aren’t from Austin are never going to stay for that game.)
    • There is zero incentive for showing up early. There is zero incentive for being a good fan.
    • a hot-button issue for Texas students is athletic ticket reform. For as much politicking as you’ll see in front of the tower on weeks like this, there has been, at least in the past, the same amount of stonewalling from the administration.
    • Now, if you consider that Iowa State and Kansas play at Texas in alternating years, you really only have three games for Texas students to legitimately get excited about. If the team isn’t performing well, then it can be hard to rally the troops.
    • Seniors, juniors, sophomores. and freshmen (yes, freshmen) should have assigned sections rather than assigned seats. If you want a good seat at the game, you better get there early. It’s not entirely a free-for-all and seniority is still a factor with the oldest students still receiving the best available sections, but it’s still a significant change from what students see today.
    • Improve the scheduling, and they will come. Don’t put them through TSA-level restrictive checkpoints, and they will come.
    • The current student administration created a new committee for the 2013-14 school year. It’s called Students for Texas Athletics and it deals directly with students voicing their concerns directly with leaders in the Athletic department. They are pitching ideas from student ticket reform to on-campus tailgating areas. These ideas are meant to enhance the football game experience for both the students and the alumni. If the changes are implemented, it’ll be a huge moral boost for both the students and the team.
    • On Thursday, Coke introduced its first sparkling Dasani drinks in four flavors, and Pepsi is expected to take the wraps off a premium bottled water product called OM this year, according to Beverage Digest.
    • Coca-Cola has also been successful with Smartwater, which was part of its $4.1 billion purchase of Glaceau, the maker of Vitaminwater. Smartwater is little more than distilled water with added electrolytes, but volume sales were up by 16.2 percent in the first half of this year, according to Beverage Digest.
    • I think one of the most interesting parts of last night’s episode was that we saw the first fissure forming between the stories that Rust and Marty have been telling, and the “truth” that we’re seeing in flashbacks
    • “I can see your soul at the edges of your eyes — it’s corrosive, like acid,” he says to Rust. “You’ve got a demon, little man. And I don’t like your face.”
    • “It’s time isn’t it? The black stars,”
    • He’s so overcome that he comes back outside and just shoots Ledoux in the head. Which of course sets Ledoux’s partner off running through the minefield, where he instantly becomes several blobs of flesh.
    • And here is where the lies begin.
    • It’s an intense scene, with Rust’s face obscured by the flat, black circle of the gun
    • Their colleagues congratulate them, they get commendations, and luckily all the evidence at the Ledoux place backs up their story.
    • Plus, Rust’s uncanny ability to extract confessions from prisoners earns him a reputation all across the local region, and he’s brought in as an expert to consult on interrogations. But that corrosive acid at the corners of Rust’s eyes is still eating away at his vision.
    • Papania
    • Rust and Marty’s lies are circling back to haunt them, like drops of stale beer sliming their way around that smashed can in Rust’s hand.
    • Plus, there’s the little issue of that guy Rust was interrogating in 2002 (seven years after the Ledoux shooting), who claimed to know about the “Yellow King” who killed Lange. Rust attacked him viciously, and then the guy committed suicide in prison after receiving a mysterious phone call.
    • When the detectives confront Rust, they also point out that five witnesses saw him hanging around the crime scene of a new murder that looks almost exactly like Lange’s murder in 1995.
    • Even the imagery of the show suggests Rust’s guilt, as in this scene where we see a yellow crown hovering over Rust’s head as he barrels down the road toward Ledoux’s hideout. The Yellow King, remember, is the character who controls the world with insanity and pure power.
    • Marty hauls her into the house, her eyes two dark circles of fear and rage,
    • It’s interesting to juxtapose this scene with the moment earlier in the episode, when Marty rescued the abused girl from Ledoux’s drug compound. Here, he’s the abuser rather than the rescuer
    • We know that Rust lost his own daughter when she died in a car accident, and that he lost his first job when he shot a drug dealer who was injecting a child with meth
    • If you superimpose these scenes on top of each other, the way you would if time were a flat circle, you see endless scenarios of men trying to protect young women with violence — but also subjecting them to violence, and turning their sexualities into an occasion for violence that has nothing to do with protection at all.
    • Of course when we look into the void that Rust sees in the tree, there really is nothing. Rust is more profoundly removed from the human world than Marty ever is.
    • Is Marty’s violence against his daughter the psychological equivalent of what Ledoux did to those little kids?
    • Are our characters giving birth to their own evil, over and over, in repeated acts of meaningless violence?
    • “And I’ll probably choose to do something else for a living if we ever had to go that route because it’s so complex,” Barta says. “Do you pay the Division III football player as an employee? Do you pay the tennis student athlete as an employee?”
    • “The Court has concluded that oral argument would not significantly aid the Court in determining the legal and factual issues presented in this appeal,” the notice said, offering no additional explanation.
    • In granting summary judgment, Sowder took the position that there were no issues of material fact to present to a jury and that the law favored the three defendants.
    • It was later revealed that both Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and Alabama coach Nick Saban were in the room during the conversation, leading to conspiracy theories that Saban is trying to slow down football, and that the SEC is scared of going up-tempo, or something.
    • “If they’re going to change anything in my mind, change it to a 35-second [play] clock,” Briles said. “People don’t want to come sit in the stands and watch the clock move.”
    • Saban and Bielema, who we found out today weren’t just the spiritual inspiration for this proposal but were actually in the room, want to slow the game down.  Briles, architect of the nation’s best offense in 2013, wants to speed it up.  And that is why we love him as we do, among other things.

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