With Water Running Out, Freight Farms Launches 2015 Farm-In-A-Box

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Climate change is real, and it is getting uglier. Global temperatures are continuing to rise, placing enormous strain on water and food supplies throughout the world. Many areas have been hit hard by the climate disruption, but none more prominently than California, where the state has entered its fourth year of drought with massively diminishing water supplies and hectares of fallow land.

Water supplies may not be top of mind for many techies in the Bay Area – Tartine and Blue Bottle’s recent marriage is unlikely to be thwarted by some tap water problems. The challenge is that agriculture is a huge industry not just for California, but for the United States. The state produced almost a fifth of the country’s total agriculture output, worth almost $50 billion in 2013. With water supplies tightening, there has been growing attention to the high environmental costs of growing almonds

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Anger!

When things don’t go your way, you get angry.

Or if you have paper work and you don’t know everything, you get angry.

Anger is very normal part of the day. Too much is bad too little you just not sure…


Kifi Debuts A “Deep” Search Engine For Twitter Based On Your Own Tweets

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

A startup called Kifi is rolling out a new tool that allows you to automatically save all the links you tweet in order to create a personalized search engine that includes those links as well as others it recommends based on what you’ve already shared. Called “Kifi for Twitter,” the company describes the new feature as something of a deep search engine for Twitter because it’s not only indexing the tweet itself, but also the actual content contained in those links you’ve shared, allowing you to more easily retrieve this information in the future.

Explains Mark Yoshitake, VP of Product at Kifi, “one of the huge problems that we’ve found is that people have a hard time recalling the wealth of information they’ve found and shared on social networks.”

As you probably know, if you’re not regularly engaged on social media and keeping an eye on your many streams, then information often…

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Twitter Officially Launches Its “Retweet With Comment” Feature

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Twitter just officially launched its “retweet with comment” feature, which it began testing last summer.

“Retweet with comment” allows users to embed a tweet in their own tweets, which lets them get around Twitter’s 140-character limit when they write their own commentary. The feature is now available on Twitter’s site and iOS app and will be available on its Android app soon.

Twitter previously let user’s embed quoted tweets by cutting-and-pasting its URL, but “retweet and comment” lets you do that by just pressing a button. The feature’s arrival has been heralded with much (somewhat ironic) rejoicing by Twitter users. Unfortunately, you can’t embed the full retweet and comment, as I just found out to my disconcertment while preparing this post (click on the embedded tweets to…

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Without focus everything falls apart- Focus can make or break a person.

Without focus everything falls apart. That is what has happened to me. I try to be too many things which I am not. I try to read about too many things I wish I could do in reality all I can do is read about those topics. I tend to read about things that are business in nature. Either how to save money or what will happen in the future or pretty much anything as long as it is interesting and can keep my attention. Or lack their off. I love reading about solar power and urban revitalization. I can read and understand most topics on the planet that is how much I read. I understand enough to hold a short conversation about dozens of areas not any one I can make money at they tend to require more education than I am willing or remotely able to go through with. Sure I would love to have a business. The hold back lack or almost perfect organization. Won’t start something unless I am able to do it. I play games that is one thing I can do. I suck at them as well. All of them. Minecraft and similar games I love the most. but focus is hard for me to manage for anything I do. Even my social media presence i have should only take a person a few hours a week to build nope. Social media is like anything else you must put thousands on hours on learning it. Focus is why I lack a cohesive social media network. Why I blog and post about many things. I tend to try out new posts. Event though I wants posts that tell the truth to get likes and comments but i need to throw most of them under the table. Unless I can mix them in the proper networks to post them on. Focus can make or break a person.


Startups, A Rich Man’s Game

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Despite the Silicon Valley echo chamber, starting a company remains easily among the most risky career moves for workers. The stress of the job can easily lead to burnout or long-lasting mental health issues. Failures, despite being lauded in some corners, still too often harm a founder’s future career prospects.

But the greatest risk of building a new company is almost certainly financial. In addition to the opportunity cost of lost wages working on a startup, there is the serious burden of fueling a company’s early expenses before an accelerator or venture capitalist comes in and drops some capital. It is a common form of founder braggadocio to talk about the $20,000 credit card debt that they are carrying to see their dream come to life.

The kerfuffle over the Crunchies this week was just the latest episode of a long fight over access to entrepreneurship. So far, that…

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Information-stealing ‘Vawtrak’ malware evolves, becomes more evasive

Originally posted on Naked Security:

Skull. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.Vawtrak, as we described in detail in our recent technical paper, is a dangerous banking Trojan that is actively being updated and improved on a regular basis.

As a demonstration of this, SophosLabs has recently observed a few interesting changes made by the Vawtrak authors.

The updates are mostly about disguising where the malware connects when it “calls home” to fetch its instructions on what to do next.

Additionally, the way that Vawtrak communicates with its so-called command-and-control (C&C) servers has been adapted so that the malware’s traffic looks less suspicious.

We have also observed new configuration files being deployed, and an interesting trend in the commands sent back by the C&C servers when an infected computer first checks in.

How Vawtrak stores its data

The first change is to how the list of C&C server addresses is stored inside the Vawtrak program file.

As we…

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