When it was time to go, shook the hand of Elvis arose, and went to the sofa. "Thank you for taking the time to come here," he said. Turning to leave, he stepped back. We hit the fire, pain, and went sprawling, landing flat on his back. Vernon helped him. "I'm right," he said confirmed. He saw a moment of shame at the time, here. GRIN was cocky back then in place.
February 22, 2012
Facebook bizarre secretive No sex crushed head graphic leak
No sex, but crushed heads are OK. Leaked Facebook document reveals website's secretive and bizarre 'graphic content' policy
Last updated at 12:56 AM on 22nd February 2012
A former employee who used to filter out offensive content on Facebook has leaked the website's secret rulebook, which gives astonishingly detailed instructions that include blocking mild nudity but allowing images of death and disfigurement, as well as racially charged comments.
An aggrieved Moroccan worker who was paid a mere $1 an hour by oDesk - a third-party content-moderation firm used by Facebook - revealed it tells staff to delete all forms of sexual activity, even simulated activity where there was nothing explicit on show.
Yet deep wounds, excessive blood and 'crushed heads, limbs etc' are allowed - 'as long as no insides are showing'.
The rules: An astonishingly detailed cheat sheet of what Facebook thinks is graphic content is handed to employees of content moderation firm oDesk. Disgruntled employee Amine Derkaoui leaked the document to Gawker.com
The staff working for oDesk are further instructed that Facebook will not condone 'slurs or racial comments of any kind', and that any such comments should be deleted as soon as possible. However, they should be allowed to stay online if the comments are made in a humourous or ironic way.
Moroccan-born Amine Derkaoui, 21, left oDesk and is clearly still very mad at his former employers and Facebook. He began training with oDesk as a moderator but missed a crucial test because of Ramadan and eventually left to become a content manager for a New York-based tech company.
In an interview with U.S. gossip website Gawker.com, Mr Derkaoui said: 'It's humiliating. They are just exploiting the third world.'
It didn't make Mr Derkaoui feel any better that Facebook just recently posted a staggering $100 billion initial public offering (IPO).
Flagged and removed: Facebook has landed in hot water in the past, having to apologise for removing a gay kiss scene from British soap opera EastEnders, above left, and being left embarrassed when they took down a relatively innocuous line drawing of a topless woman from artist Steven Assael
The 'cheat sheet' of rules are part of a larger 17-page guidebook given to oDesk by Facebook, providing advice for employees on what to do when screening photographs, text and videos that have been 'flagged' for removal by one of Facebook’s 850 million users.
Facebook runs community guidelines on its own site, but they are perhaps purposefully vague when compared to the crystal clear instructions given to oDesk employees.
Online, Facebook says that it wants to share people's lives, but draws the line at 'inappropriately graphic content' - leaving the user to draw his or her conclusions as to what is considered too graphic.
At oDesk, nothing is left to the imagination. Urine, faeces, vomit, semen and - strangely - ear wax are not allowed.
'Lactivists': Mothers and supporters gathered outside the Facebook offices in Austin, Texas, to protest Facebook's decision to persistently remove pictures of breastfeeding mothers from its site
'Versus photos' - where users are asked to rate photos of people set side-by-side - are also prohibited, as are pictures of unconscious or sleeping drunk people with 'things drawn on their faces'.
Yet it is acceptable to leave up footage of children physically assaulting each other at school (unless 'the video has been posted to continue tormenting the person targeted in the video').
Showing perhaps that the Facebook HQ is in California, depictions or text of illegal drug use must be deleted - unless it's about marijuana.
Even so, marijuana enthusiasts should be removed if it is 'clear that the poster is selling/buying/growing'.
Secretive: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, seen here at the Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks game in Madison Square Gardens, New York, has always had a secretive stance on Facebook policy
The fallout from the leak has so far been limited.
Despite Facebook's secretive stance on its censorship policy, most users were more worried about the website passing their details on to third parties.
It forced Facebook to issue the statement: 'In an effort to quickly and efficiently process the millions of reports we receive every day, we have found it helpful to contract third parties to provide precursory classification of a small proportion of reported content.
'These contractors are subject to rigorous quality controls and we have implemented several layers of safeguards to protect the data of those using our service.'
California-based oDesk was launched full-scale in 2005 by co-founders Odysseas Tsatalos and Stratis Karamanlakis.
It provides content moderation services to Google and Facebook, Wikipedia and AOL.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Facebook isn't mentioned on oDesk's back-patting website.
A team of about 50 people from all over the third world - Mexico, Turkey, India and the Philippines - working to moderate Facebook content.
Mr Derkaoui said they worked from home and in 4-hour shifts for $1 per hour plus commissions (which took them marginally higher to around $4 per hour).
Mr Derkaoui said there was no mention of Facebook when he was applying for his job and his managers at oDesk never explicitly said the social networking site was their client.
Where has Google's logo disappeared to? The search engine giant swapped out its regular banner Wednesday for a Google doodle in honor of Heinrich Rudolf Hertz. The German physicist – whose work is crucial to television, radio, and Wi-Fi – would have turned 155 today.via csmonitor.com
How Heinrich Rudolf Hertz revealed the invisible world
Like many of Google's best doodles, this wave logo holds a double meaning. Sure, it winks at Hertz's history in electromagnetism (we'll explain all of that in a moment). But the undulating curves also hide a message, one you may never notice unless you take the time to look.
The waves form a repeating pattern: There's a large blue curve, followed by a shallow red, shallow yellow, deep blue, skinny green, and one final red curve. Those lines match the general shape of Google's traditional logo: Uppercase blue G, small Os, a lowercase g, a skinny green L, and a red E. It's not the most difficult code to decipher, but Google's doodle serves as a lovely metaphor for Hertz's work.
Namely, Hertz earned his fame by discovering what had always been there.
IN PICTURES: Google Doodles you'll never see
Our story starts in 1873, when a Scottish physicist named James Maxwell tried to convince people that light, electricity, and magnetism were all versions of the same phenomenon. It was a weird idea at the time. How could the invisible power of magnets go hand-in-hand with the radiant glow of candlelight? They're obviously different to the human eye, but actually quite similar in hidden ways.
Maxwell was the first to figure out that light moves like a wave, just as magnetism and electricity move through the "electromagnetic field." This was a huge breakthrough – it made sense of the invisible world in the same way that Isaac Newton and his falling apple unified the visible world. Maxwell's math checked out, yet he couldn't prove that his ideas were true. He challenged other scientists to come up with experiments that could demonstrate this invisible science to the naked eye.
A decade later, Hertz found a way.
In his lab, the German scientist rigged up two tiny brass spheres, placed very close to one another. When he electrified them, sparks leaped from one ball to the other. If Maxwell was correct, these sparks should send invisible waves radiating through the air. To test the theory, he needed to build a receiver. This second instrument consisted of a curved wire that almost made a full circle, except for a tiny gap at the top. He placed the transmitter and the receiver several yards apart and made sure that nothing connected the two. Sure enough, when sparks shot through the transmitter, invisible waves traveled through the air, lighting up new sparks on the receiver.
Hertz went on to prove that these waves move at the speed of light, that they can be reflected by some materials, and could pass through others.
While this research eventually led to radio, radar, and broadcast TV, Hertz did not initially understand the magnitude of his discovery.
"It’s of no use whatsoever," he once told a student. "This is just an experiment that proves Maestro Maxwell was right, we just have these mysterious electromagnetic waves that we cannot see with the naked eye. But they are there."
By allowing the world to finally see these invisible forces, Hertz became famous. The International Electrotechnical Commission decided in 1930 that his name would become a unit of frequency. The hertz (or Hz) measures "cycles per second." For example, a 60 Hz TV runs at up to 60 frames per second.
Despite this global fame, the Nazis tried to expunge Hertz's name from history. While Hertz identified as a Lutheran, his father grew up as a Jew.
"Hertz’s reputation was actively denigrated by the Nazis, who forced his wife and daughters to flee Germany because, despite strong Lutheran roots, they were considered Jews," writes the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in its profile of Hertz. "One Nazi functionary attempted to overturn the use of the term 'Hertz,'... He suggested to the Physical Society of Berlin that instead they use the term 'Helmholtz,' [after Hertz's teacher Hermann von Helmholtz] which would cleverly maintain the abbreviation 'Hz' for the benefit of foreign colleagues. Despite the climate of anti-Semitism, German scientists refused to go along with this plan. 'Hertz' remained and remains in use both in Germany and around the world."
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[Editor's note: The original version of this post mistakenly said that the final curve in Wednesday's Google doodle was yellow. Both it and the corresponding E in Google's name are red.]
February 21, 2012
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Broadcast News (film)From Wikiquote
- Directed and written by James L. Brooks.
It's the story of their lives.
 Aaron Altman
- [to Jane] I think we have the kind of friendship where if I were the devil, you'd be the only one I would tell.
- Wouldn't this be a great world if insecurity and desperation made us more attractive? If "needy" were a turn-on?
- [to Jane] And if things had gone differently for me tonight then I probably wouldn't be saying any of this. I grant you everything. But give me this: he personifies everything that you've been fighting against. And I'm in love with you. How do you like that? I buried the lead.
- Blair Litton: [to Jane] Except for socially, you're my role model.
- Aaron Altman: I know you care about him. I've never seen you like this about anyone, so please don't take it wrong when I tell you that I believe that Tom, while a very nice guy, is the Devil.
- Jane Craig: This isn't friendship.
- Aaron Altman: What do you think the Devil is going to look like if he's around? Nobody is going to be taken in if he has a long, red, pointy tail. No. I'm semi-serious here. He will look attractive and he will be nice and helpful and he will get a job where he influences a great God-fearing nation and he will never do an evil thing... he will just bit by little bit lower standards where they are important. Just coax along flash over substance... Just a tiny bit. And he will talk about all of us really being salesmen. And he'll get all the great women.
- Tom Grunnick: What do you do when your real life exceeds your dreams?
- Aaron Altman: Keep it to yourself.
- Blair Litton: Oh, you think anyone who's proud of the work we do is an ass-kisser.
- Aaron Altman: No, I think anyone who puckers up their lips and presses it against their bosses buttocks and then smooches is an ass-kisser.
- Blair Litton: My gosh... and for a while there I was attracted to you.
- Aaron Altman: Well, wait a minute, that changes everything!
- Aaron Altman: And in the middle of all this, I started to think about the one thing that makes me feel really good and makes immediate sense... and it's you.
- Jane Craig: Oh, Bubba.
- Aaron Altman: I'm going to stop right now. Except that I would give anything if you were two people, so that I could call up the one who's my friend and tell her about the one that I like so much!
- Paul Moore: It must be nice to always believe you know better, to always think you're the smartest person in the room.
- Jane Craig: No. It's awful.
- Paul Moore: [after firing one of his workers] Now, if there's anything I can do for you...
- Employee: Well, I certainly hope you'll die soon.
- Tom Granick: You're an amazing woman - what a feeling having you inside my head!
- Jane Craig: [smiling] Yeah - it was - an unusual place to be.
- Tom Granick: It's like - indescribable - you knew just when to feed me the next line, you knew the m... second before I needed it. There was like, a rhythm* we got into - it was like - great sex!
- [he pulls her toward him while she laughs]
- Jane Craig: So you like me, huh?
- Tom Granick: I like you as much as I can like anyone who thinks I'm an asshole.
- Aaron Altman: The pointers were great, I'll study the tape.
- Tom Granick: Just remember that you're not just reading the news, you're narrating it. Everybody has to sell a little. You're selling them this idea of you, you know, you're sort of saying, trust me I'm, um, credible. So when you feel yourself just reading, stop! Start selling a little.