Mighty winter storm ‘Petunia’ heads to Northeast

 

8 to 10 cumulative inches of snow are expected tonight and tomorrow morning in the NY area.  The storm, named Petunia, will be accompanied by frigid temperatures as low as  15°F Thursday evening, followed by an icy cold 9 °F Friday night.  The good news is that temperatures will rise over the weekend to 46 °F Sunday.  Rain on Sunday should melt away any accumulation, rendering v, Petunia, a memory quickly.

Facebook “key logs” users even if the “status” is not posted

Martinicity:

Listening to keystrokes is easy to do with javascript, I’m sure many sites do this.

addEventListener(“keypress”, function(event){ … }

You can see it in action by entering text at this keypress demo:

http://javascript.info/tutorial/keyboard-events

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More indications of how messed up our relationship with social media companies has become. The LA Times reports that Facebook “key logs” users (records users’ keystrokes) even when the “status” is not published. Yes, Facebook is watching everything keystroke and mouse movement you make when you visit their website.

Facebook has said that it is within its terms of service to see what users are typing even when the status or comment is never posted on the social network.

The Menlo Park, Calif., company confirmed that it can track users’ unpublished posts after two Facebook researchers disclosed that they had tracked the activity of about 5 million random Facebook users in the U.S. and England.

The researchers’ study looked at how often these users censored themselves while typing posts and comments on Facebook. If users typed more than five characters, the content was tracked. It was considered to be self-censored…

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The NY Office

The New York Public Library is a great remote work location.  There’s free wifi everywhere, and  The Rose Main Reading Room in this photo has outlets for laptops.

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There’s even a snack shop, and museum like exhibits.  The current main exhibit is a tribute to Nelson Mandela.

The New York Public Library, glass negative fr...

The New York Public Library, glass negative from 1908 depicting horse carriages and trolleys. Late stage construction: trademark lions not yet installed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lagrangeville

I’ve had pretty good luck seeing snow when I travel around Christmas time.
Lagrangeville is a small town in upstate New York. it was founded by
French settler, and cousin of Henry Hudson, Antoine LaGrange. or something
to that effect. I’m sure if you look it up on Wikipedia there’s a cool
story about how Lagrangeville was founded. Just remember though it’s
Wikipedia, it could be made up.

At 18° F, -8 Celcius, Lagrangeville would be a great vacation spot for a
global warming doubter. Later today I’ll be at a Christmas party with
those who could make it here in the storm. At the party, I’m going to start
a rumor that global warming deniers have gone to Lagrangeville courts to
have thermometers removed from the government buildings, because their
beliefs are violated. If anyone asks you about that, back me up. or
better yet, someone start an article on Wikipedia.

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Ba mươi ba

Saigon, the Vietnamese restaurant in Cocoa Beach, Florida now serves 33
beer, or in Vietnam, Saigon Ðò (red).

www.333beer.com/page1.html

Today I had a bottle with a bowl of Pho, delicious.

33 was originally brewed by the French based on a German recipe. It’s now
brewed by Heineken’s Saigon Beer Company in Ho Chi Minh City. Like the
mysterious 33 on a bottle of Rolling Rock, no one knows the exact origin or
reason for the number.

www.ichiban1.org/html/memorabilia.htm

Saigon beers get average ratings on beer review sites, but when accompanied
by a hot bowl of vietnamese noodles (Pho) no beer taste better.

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