• No Women Who Worked on the Original Mac Are Cast in the Upcoming Steve Jobs Movie

    There are these incredible photographs from the launch of the Macintosh in the 80’s, and the Rolling Stone pictures that were published. The historic record shows this group of 10 people in a pyramid–actually 11, seven men and four women. Every photograph you see with the Mac team has Joanna Hoffman, who was the product manager, a great teammate of Steve Jobs, and Susan Kare who did all the graphics and user interface on the artist side. None of them made it into the Jobs movie. They’re not even cast. And every man in the photographs is in the movie with a speaking role. It’s debilitating to our young women to have their history almost erased.

    — Megan Smith, chief technology officer of the United States, on Charlie Rose.

  • Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover

    Get ready for the takeover:

    It seems there is concern among some folks that this so-called training maneuver is just a cover story. What’s really going on? President Obama is about to use Special Forces to put Texas under martial law.

    Let’s walk over by the fence where nobody can hear us, and I’ll tell you the story.

    You see, there are these Wal-Marts in West Texas that supposedly closed for six months for “renovation.” That’s what they want you to believe. The truth is these Wal-Marts are going to be military guerrilla-warfare staging areas and FEMA processing camps for political prisoners. The prisoners are going to be transported by train cars that have already been equipped with shackles.

    Don’t take my word for it. That comes directly from a Texas Ranger, who seems pretty plugged in, if you ask me. You and I both know President Obama has been waiting a long time for this, and now it’s happening. It’s a classic false flag operation. Don’t pay any attention to the mainstream media; all they’re going to do is lie and attack everyone who’s trying to tell you the truth.

    Did I mention the ISIS terrorists? They’ve come across the border and are going to hit soft targets all across the Southwest. They’ve set up camp a few miles outside of El Paso.

    That includes a Mexican army officer and Mexican federal police inspector. Not sure what they’re doing there, but probably nothing good. That’s why the Special Forces guys are here, get it? To wipe out ISIS and impose martial law. So now you know, whaddya say we get back to the party and grab another beer?

    It’s easy to laugh at this kind of stuff, but it’s also very disturbing that these kinds of wild conspiracy theories would have enough of a pull among the people in Texas that a state governor feels compelled to give them voice.1 How can we ever solve real problems if this is what’s occupying people’s attention?


    1. Governor Abbott either believes this stuff, in which case he’s unfit for office, or he’s spineless and unwilling to stand up and speak the truth to his constituents. 
  • Software Bug Can Cause Boeing 787s to Shut Down All Power

    From The New York Times:

    Federal regulators will order operators of Boeing 787 Dreamliners to shut down the plane’s electrical power periodically after Boeing discovered a software error that could result in a total loss of power.

    And later:

    The company said it was working on a software update that should be ready by the fourth quarter this year.

    Boeing has so far delivered 264 787s to carriers including Japan Airlines, Air India and Ethiopian Airlines. It alerted operators about the potential problem two weeks ago.

    The plane maker said that power was shut down in all airplanes in service in the course of the regular maintenance schedule, and that it would be rare for a plane to remain with power on without interruption for eight months.

    No immediate action is required from operators whose planes had a power cycle in the last 120 days, according to Boeing.

    I’m something of a nervous flier, and two weeks ago I flew to Japan on a Dreamliner. When considering the list of man-made disasters that could befall the plane, software glitches were actually top on my list. Not shoddy maintenance, or pilot error, or terrorists. Knowing that the Dreamliner is a new plane, I assume it is very heavily reliant on very complex software for its operation. Knowing further that software is very hard to write, my biggest concern was bugs in the software.