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via Jon Hicks

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Well, sure, for a while there when Woz and Jobs and Bill and Dan and Randy had all left I was clearly the senior employee. But when Apple bought NeXT in 1997, two interesting things happened. When Apple acquires another company, HR sets the employees’ date of hire at Apple to their date of hire in the acquired company. So Steve’s start date at Apple would have been the date he founded NeXT, which was immediately after he resigned from Apple in 1985. But since that was within 6 months of when he left Apple, span of service credits him for his first eight years, and he ends up having a start date more or less coincident with the day of incorporation, January 17, 1977.

0x22 – cdespinosa’s posterous via daringfireball.net

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Nice explanation of what’s going on with the Fukushima reactors.

Understanding Japan’s nuclear crisis

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Obama himself made light of her strong feelings for supporting the opposition in a speech last week at the Gridiron Club Dinner, an annual gathering that traditionally features a stand-up comedy act by the president. “I’ve dispatched Hillary to the Middle East to talk about how these countries can transition to new leaders — though, I’ve got to be honest, she’s gotten a little passionate about the subject,” Obama said to laughter from the audience. “These past few weeks it’s been tough falling asleep with Hillary out there on Pennsylvania Avenue shouting, throwing rocks at the window.”
And to some, the firing last week of State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley over disparaging remarks he made about the Pentagon detention policies had the appearance of a power move by the Defense Department more than anything else.

OH, HILL NO – WWW.THEDAILY.COM via @mmhastings

What a callous response. I can understand that a no-fly zone is problematic, and may not be the best solution to this problem. I cannot understand making light of the fact that one of your employees is passionate about people dying in the streets.

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I rise in opposition to a bill that repeals the scientific finding that pollution is harming our people and our planet. However, I won’t rise physically, because I’m worried that Republicans will overturn the law of gravity, sending us floating.” —John Rennie

House Repubs Vote That Earth Is Not Warming: Scientific American Podcast (via kreaturr)

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If money were no object, Kish believes that blind people could essentially mimic bats within five years. A next generation of K-Sonar, using the input from a global consortium of scientists that Kish has been corresponding with, should have a nearly limitless range. Our hearing, Kish says, can be increased tenfold through surgical augmentation — basically, inner-ear microphone implants. Combine the two and it’s possible that the blind will be able to take up tennis. Kish figures it would require $15 million to prove whether or not his idea is feasible.

Men’s Journal » The Blind Man Who Taught Himself To See

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Bureaucracy at its finest.

Government Tries to Keep Secret What Many Consider a Fraud – NYTimes.com

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Apple’s Role in Japan During the Tohoku Earthquake

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via FlowingData

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Something to work on.

The Right Way to Respond to Failure – Peter Bregman – Harvard Business Review