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Photo Republished at The Biggest Box Office Bombs of the Modern Era | American News

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The Biggest Box Office Bombs of the Modern Era. #6, John Carter. Photo Credit – Flickr User – Seth Anderson.

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July 22nd, 2014 at 3:33 pm

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Photo Republished at All that Big Data Is Not Going to Manage Itself: Part One | The Signal: Digital Preservation

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Data Dump 

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Since 2003 we’ve seen the National Science Foundation release its requirements for Data Management Plans (DMPs) and the White House address records management, open government data and “big data.”  There are now data management and sharing requirements from NASA, the Department of Energy… In this two-part series on government data management we’ll take a look back at some of the guidance that is driving data management practices across the federal government. In the second part we’ll look at the tools and services that have developed to meet the needs of this expanding data management infrastructure. It’s 2014 and we’re still struggling to ensure that the outputs of government-funded research are secure and made accessible as building blocks for new knowledge, but it’s not for lack of trying: federal government agencies such as NIH and the NSF recognized the need to preserve and keep data accessible through the requirements tied to their grant funding.

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May 29th, 2014 at 10:52 am

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Photo Republished at CraigsLostChicago

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Boston Store

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My photo of Boston Store used here, sans credit. I don’t care, much, because there are a lot of fun photos here. Though, it is unfortunate that this dude didn’t give credit to most of the photographers who took the photos.

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April 24th, 2014 at 8:27 am

Photo Republished at Man Charged in Connection with Loop Bank Robbery – The Loop

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Federal Bureau of Investigation Chicago Division

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CHICAGO — A man who was arrested by police shortly after the robbery of a Loop bank Tuesday afternoon has been charged in connection with the incident. Jamal Genson, 28, appeared in federal court Wednesday and was charged with a count of felony bank robbery. A Fifth Third Bank was robbed about 3 p.m. Tuesday after a man demanded money from a teller using a note before running off, according to FBI Special Agent Joan Hyde, an agency spokeswoman.

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April 17th, 2014 at 9:52 am

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Photo Republished at Gangsters & Speakeasies: Buildings of Historic Chicago

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Green Mill Daguerreotype
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Green Mill Jazz Club The speakeasy, 1920′s icon. When prohibition began, outlawing the sale of alcohol in the United States paved the way for criminals like Al Capone to come to fruition. And if you think prohibition stopped alcohol, well, then… the word naive comes to mind. Alcohol, if anything, was more rampant in the 1920′s. Want to make something that’s already fun even more popular?? Make it taboo. The “speakeasy” was the slang term for an establishment that illegally sold alcohol during these times. Some were seedy bars, others were extravagant nightclubs filled with the rich and famous. The Green Mill Jazz Club, still open today, was a popular speakeasy back during prohibition and at one point even owned by Jack McGurn, a right hand man of Al Capone.? photo credit:?swanksalot

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April 8th, 2014 at 11:35 am

Photo Republished at Government Accuses Sprint Of Overcharging By $21M For Its Wiretapping Services – Consumerist

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Cell phone-iphile
 

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What is a Sprint?!? Are they listening now?!? I’m a cat. (swanksalot) The White House has gotten its tab from Sprint for wiretapping expenses and is sending it back with a big old frowny face on it, saying the company is overcharging it by more than $21 million. And by “sending it back,” of course I mean it’s suing Sprint. Feds claim in the lawsuit (PDF) that Sprint inflated charges by about 58% between 2007 and 2010, reports Wired.com.

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Government Accuses Sprint Of Overcharging By $21M For Its Wiretapping Services – Consumerist

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March 5th, 2014 at 5:13 pm

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Photo Republished at Chicago’s Near West Side Is The Next Big Thing For Tech – Ch-ch-ch-changes – Curbed Chicago

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In Need of A Few Good Windows 

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Google’s new home, the Fulton Market Cold Storage Building before renovation. Photo by Seth Anderson] The West Loop and Near West Side are gaining more momentum as Chicago’s newest tech hotspots every week. As Chicago’s economy turns towards young startups and tech incubators to help usher in the new century, neighborhood demographics and flagship business tenants are changing constantly. With dozens of new coworking spaces, names like Groupon, Lightbank and soon-to-be Motorola, River North has been the city’s tech powerhouse for at least the last five years. However some are saying that the near north neighborhood known for its luxury high rises and fine dining has become saturated and too expensive for newer, younger and less endowed companies.

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February 19th, 2014 at 8:29 pm

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Flight 1053

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Snow flies at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. (Flickr/Seth Anderson) With 160,000 weather-related delays each year, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is vulnerable to snow, as well as to winds, rain and other flight-disrupting conditions. AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Elliot Abrams points out, however, that much of Chicago’s snow is not the traditional lake effect, as it is not located on the proper side of Lake Michigan to receive the brunt of its snowfall. Abrams said that the city has received more snow than usual this season, contributing to delays and cancellations out of this major hub.

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January 24th, 2014 at 7:38 pm

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Photo Republished at When the FBI asks you to weaken your security so it can spy on your users – Boing Boing

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Back Door?
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Nico Sell is the CEO of Wickr, a privacy-oriented mobile messaging system that’s been deliberately designed so that the company can’t spy on its users, even if they’re ordered to do so. As we know from the Snowden leaks, spooks hate this kind of thing, and spend $250M/year sabotaging security so that they can spy on everyone, all the time. After a recent presentation, she was approached by an FBI agent who asked her if she’d put a back-door into Wickr.

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January 10th, 2014 at 9:23 am

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Photo Republished at AT&T offers gigabit Internet discount in exchange for your Web history | Ars Technica

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Eyeing John Marshall Law School

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AT&T is watching you browse. AT&T’s “GigaPower” all-fiber network has launched in parts of Austin, Texas, with a price of $70 per month for download speeds of 300Mbps (which will be upgraded to a gigabit at no extra cost in 2014). The $70 price is only available if you agree to see targeted ads from AT&T and its partners, however. Interestingly, AT&T labels the Internet service with targeted ads as its “premier” service while calling the service without targeted ads “standard.”

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December 11th, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Reading List November 24 2013

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Some more lazyblog items for your amusement, i.e., items I would have blogged about (maybe) if last week hadn’t have been quite such an insanely busy week.

Declining Issues
Declining Issues

33 1/3 RPM soul
33 1/3 RPM soul

Price Reduced
Price Reduced

You Always Have Options
You Always Have Options

and finally, a project I’ve been working on for what seems like years is finally moving forward:

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November 24th, 2013 at 10:59 am

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Photo Republished at Thermos Lunch Boxes Tips | My Kind of Food

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The 1st thing you’ll need to have can be a container in which to pack the lunch. It doesn’t should expense a lot of funds. For adults a tiny cooler makes a good lunch box. Fred makes use of a medium sized cooler. He’s normally gone for 24 to 48 hours, so he requirements a lot of food to maintain him going. For young children and teenagers, you may typically find inexpensive lunch boxes and insulated lunch bags at yard sales and thrift stores.

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November 20th, 2013 at 8:49 pm

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Reading List November 16 2013

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Tweet!
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A few items you might want to read if you have time to kill…

This Man Was Talked To Death
This Man Was Talked To Death

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Defunct Tweets
Defunct Tweets

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November 16th, 2013 at 10:07 am

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Photo Republished at Looking at a spam stream: The story of Jimmy Walker | Spamtacular

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PayDay Loans 

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I was recently asked about how to go about proving that someone was not obtaining email addresses in a direct, opt-in manner. The methodology won’t surprise you, and if you have been involved in helping problematic clients for a while, the results might not even surprise you. The “someone” at issue was a payday loaner. That is, they were an information leads broker. They took information provided by website visitors and brokered that out to other folks who would use it to email them offers for payday loans. This is referred to as a “ping tree.” In this case, the target of our investigation was also managing the ping trees for their clients.…Front Window of a financial institution in Illinois which offers payday loans. License: (Photo source: swanksalot)

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November 9th, 2013 at 9:27 am

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Photo Republished at IRS Pays Billions In Bogus Refunds—But Legit Refunds Still Get Audited – Forbes

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Tax Refund Received

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The IRS has had a string of recent failures, but paying out bogus refunds is particularly embarrassing. The IRS knows it is happening, knows which tax credits and refunds are targeted, and still can’t seem to stop it. President Obama even called for a fix back in 2009 in an executive order. The IRS is looking into it. And a new report says there’s no solution in sight. The IRS paid out $132 billion in bogus tax credits over the last decade. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration reports that the IRS is not in compliance with Executive Order 13520 to reduce improper payments. The IRS has had several warnings.…Tax Refund Received (Photo credit: swanksalot)

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October 29th, 2013 at 9:59 am

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