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Digital Domain – What Carriers Aren’t Eager to Tell You About Texting – NYTimes.com

Digital Domain - What Carriers Aren’t Eager to Tell You About Texting - NYTimes.com
Professor Keshav said that once a carrier invests in the centralized storage equipment — storing a terabyte now costs only $100 and is dropping — and the staff to maintain it, its costs are basically covered. “Operating costs are relatively insensitive to volume,” he said. “It doesn’t cost the carrier much more to transmit a hundred million messages than a million.”
UNTIL Mr. Kohl began his inquiries, the public had no reason to think of the text-messaging business as anything but an ordinary one, whose operational costs rose in tandem with message volume. The carriers had no reason to correct such an impression.
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Don’t keep it in the closet

Glenn Beck, in the epilogue of The Christmas Sweater:

My mom gave me the sweater, but the greatest gift was given to all of us by a loving Father in Heaven. It is the only true gift ever given to all and yet opened or appreciated by so few. It is the gift of redemption and atonement, and it sits on the top shelf, largely untouched, in the closets of our soul.

At Christmas we celebrate the birth of the Christ child, but by doing so, sometimes we miss the real meaning of the season. It is what that infant, boy, and then perfect man did at the end of His ministry that makes the birth so special.

Without His death, the birth is meaningless.

Today’s phischbits

Northrop Grumman Unveils X-47B Navy UAV – Fighter Plane-Size UAV from Northrop Grumman Unveiled – Popular Mechanics

Northrop Grumman Unveils X-47B Navy UAV - Fighter Plane-Size UAV from Northrop Grumman Unveiled - Popular Mechanics
“Northrop Grumman unveiled its first completed X-47B Navy Unmanned Combat Air System at its Palmdale, Calif., manufacturing facility. This giant UAV could soon be one of the most lethal unmanned aircraft in the U.S. military.”
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Um, yeah

MacJournals News:

Expert Macintosh users who see “MacWorld” in an article know you don’t know what you’re talking about, just as most technology-literate readers would laugh at “MicroSoft,” “QualComm,” or “LexMark.” Referring to a famous technology event without the correct name or spelling is a quick way to throw away your credibility. Saying “That’s how I always thought it was spelled, and besides, everyone knew what I meant” is saying “I didn’t bother to get the facts about my subject before I wrote my article.” Don’t be that writer.

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Perian – The swiss-army knife of QuickTime® components

Perian - The swiss-army knife of QuickTime® components
“Perian is a free, open source QuickTime component that adds native support for many popular video formats.”
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DIY Gas Mask: A PopSci Fan’s Step-by-Step Guide | Popular Science

DIY Gas Mask: A PopSci Fan's Step-by-Step Guide | Popular Science
“Instructables.com member TimAnderson uses a 1942 Popular Science article as a guide for creating a DIY gas mask.”
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Collide Magazine | ARTICLES + | Typography 101

Collide Magazine | ARTICLES + | Typography 101
For you typeface neophytes, a nice introduction to typography by the folks at Collide Magazine.
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The Tax Foundation – Property Tax Map

The Tax Foundation - Property Tax Map
Not surprisingly, Texas has the highest property tax as a percentage of median income. What this map does not show, however, is that there is no state income tax in Texas, as opposed to a low property tax state like California.
Having lived in a property tax + income tax state before (Louisiana), I like what we have here in Texas. Percentages of funds generated from property taxes are also specifically allocated (schools, for instance), rather than just going into a black hole account.
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Tweet Congress

Tweet Congress
“We believe transparent government is better government. Twitter enables real conversation between lawmakers and voters, in real time. Find your representatives in Congress, follow them and give them a tweet full!”
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Ursula And Olive: Geek of the Year Interview – Chris Hicks – Sole Artist and Designer of the Mighty Muggs

Ursula And Olive: Geek of the Year Interview - Chris Hicks - Sole Artist and Designer of the Mighty Muggs
Chris Hicks is the designer of Hasbro’s line of Mighty Muggs figures, which run the gamut of Star Wars (of which I have several), to Indiana Jones (I have just Indy himself), to Marvel super heroes (Captain America). Hicks confirms Transformers Muggs are on the way.
I just wish Hasbro could work out a deal with DC. I’d love a Mighty Muggs Batman…
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