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Contour Diabetes app, Bluetooth, and why diabetics can’t have nice things

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I thought my new Contour Next One glucose meter with a companion phone app would work like a modern connected fitness tracker and give me convenient access to my blood sugar levels. It ended up just being more busy work. My old glucose meter model was discontinued earlier this year and I needed to find […]

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Microsoft joins Open Invention Network

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Microsoft has announced that it has joined the Open Invention Network (OIN). "We know Microsoft’s decision to join OIN may be viewed as surprising to some, as it is no secret that there has been friction in the past between Microsoft and the open source community over the issue of patents. For others who have followed our evolution as a company, we hope this will be viewed as the next logical step for a company that is listening to its customers and is firmly committed to Linux and other open source programs."
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Do I Have a Hardware Implant?

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Do I Have a Hardware Implant?



I’ve gotten lots of inquiries from people who want to know if I could analyze some hardware for them or could recommend someone who might. I’ll be blunt - most of you don’t need this. Here are some things you should consider before seeking out services like this:

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October 09, 2018 at 10:03PM

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Internal Disclosure Boring

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Internal Disclosure Boring



Virtually all software has bugs. We don’t know how to practicably build software without bugs. Software security vulnerabilities leverage bugs (or chains of bugs) to trick software into doing things for attackers. We don’t completely understand which bugs will be useful to attackers.

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October 09, 2018 at 09:41PM

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Aer Lingus AerClub Becomes American Express Membership Rewards Partner Both US & UK

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American Express today announced that card members in the United States can convert Membership Rewards points to Aer Lingus AerClub Avios at 1:1 ratio before the end of August.

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Membership Rewards members in the UK will can start converting their points to Aer Lingus Avios later this year.

You can access Amex Membership Rewards here.

Here are things to keep in mind (from American Express):

  • Enrollment in AerClub, the loyalty program of Aer Lingus, is required.
  • American Express is not responsible for availability of flight, accommodations, or any other rewards in the Aer Lingus program.
  • Airline tickets are subject to availability. Check Award Seat availability before transferring points by visiting http://www.aerlingus.com/ or by calling 1-800-772-4642.
  • Once you have transferred Membership Rewards® points, they cannot be transferred back to your Membership Rewards account and become subject to the Terms and Conditions of the Aer Lingus program, found at https://www.aerlingus.com/aerclub/about-aerclub/how-it-works/.
  • Transfer enough points into your Aer Lingus account to redeem for your award seat.
  • Transfers should be complete in 4 to 7 days.
  • Please note that no booking can be made until the Avios are credited to your Aer Lingus account.
  • Taxes, fees, charges and surcharges, including airline surcharges, may apply on Aer Lingus redemption flights and upgrades.
  • All redemption bookings are subject to the terms and conditions of the Aer Lingus program.

Conclusion

It is always good to have more partners where one can convert credit card points to. You can already use British Airways Avios for these Aer Lingus flights at a pretty decent rate.

I thought that it was IAG’s, the parent of British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Vueling and LEVEL, plan to have all these airlines on the same Avios platform at some point rather than running number of separate frequent flier programs between which members can transfer Avios in between if they so choose (after linking).

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London Underground earns £80,000 from Gareth Southgate roundel

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Being nice can be lucrative, if you’re London Underground and you join in the World Cup fervor by renaming a tube station for a few days.

Southgate tube station was rebranded as Gareth Southgate station from a couple of weeks ago for 48 hours, after the squad finished fourth in the football World Cup.

Not obvious from the various photos issued by TfL, was that only a few of the platform signs had been rebranded, and that there was a “sponsored by Visa” sign above the roundels.

And that sponsorship earned London Underground around £80,000, according to the Evening Standard.

There was also the attendant increase in people visiting the station to pose and take selfies, which will have put some extra ticket sales into TfL’s coffers.

Money aside, it was also, just plain fun.

I am personally rather ambivalent about football, and my main awareness of the man for a while that some dude in football land was noted for his waistcoats.

However, even a football curmudgeon like myself smiled when I heard what happened at Southgate tube station. Even without the sponsorship, the cost would be been minimal to print up a few signs and splash out a press release.

And in doing so, lots of people smiled.

People read about it — the top story on the BBC News website that morning. A lot of people read about what happened and will have smiled.

Not bad for a few hundred quid in signage.

And while people may worry about the creeping commercialisation of the tube, it’s pretty decent work to grab £80,000 of sponsorship in just a few days. TfL spotted an opportunity to do something fun, and make some money, and the sponsor responded swiftly to an opportunity to latch onto something that would make people smile.

But not everyone smiled.

Angela wrote demanding to know how much it cost. Who approved the spending, what the business case was, the job title of the person responsible for approving the spending on the sign.

Angela didn’t seem happy.

But lots of people were happy. Even people who don’t care about football probably nodded in admiration of a bit of light fun.

Even without the sponsorship, spending a mere few hundreds on some signs is a minuscule amount for the number of smiles it raised.

But, there is a worry that with more Angela’s around, London Underground will look at every opportunity to do something cheap to raise a smile, and pause, worry, try to get more sponsorship first. Might decide that Angela will complain and maybe it’s just not worth the risk any more.

No more fun unless its cost effective.

No more smiles unless they’re sponsored by someone.

What a sorry world that would be.

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