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PAETEC: Consolidation Has Consequences

While the facts trickle in and things look far from certain where Rochester’s Midtown PAETEC office project is concerned, its worth noting that consolidation and acquisition has consequences for employees of all companies involved.

To whit: PAETEC’s Palm Harbor, FL offices: after PAETEC purchased Cavalier Phone, they announced plans to layoff 71 workers there and close the offices.
PAETEC to Lay Off 71 Workers – Patch.com

Beginning next month, telecommunications provider PAETEC will lay off 71 workers at the company’s Palm Harbor location, according to a notice filed by the company with the state.

A company spokesperson says the move is a result of restructuring after PAETEC’s 2010 purchase of Cavalier Telephone.

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PAETEC / Windstream Acquisition News Resources

The big news today is, of course, that PAETEC is being sold to a Little Rock, Arkansas company called Windstream for $2.3b, seemingly catching the entire city off-guard. In an effort to keep things tidy for you, I’ve thrown together a list of the most relevant news resources for you to follow the story.

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Arunas Chesonis, via democratandchronicle.com

PAETEC to be sold to Windstream

The Democrat and Chronicle reports that the company has been sold for a combined total of $2.3bn.

Follow the Democrat and Chronicle’s Twitter feed here

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Windstream to Acquire PAETEC

This article provides some insight into Windstream’s recent history – they’ve been on a buying spree lately, same as PAETEC.
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Twitter search for “#PAETEC”

As always, keeping up with the chatter on Twitter is one of the best ways to keep up on the latest developments in this developing story. You’ll get both journalist’s latest news and local reaction in the same feed, so come back often!

Also check out the DFE Rochester Media list for more Rochester news and views!

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Rachel Barnhart on FaceBook

Having watched and reported on the PAETEC Midtown office development project for its entire history, Rachel’s got a good insight on the details of this story. Join her on FaceBook and join the discussion.

Rachel’s Twitter Profile

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Your Top 5 News Articles for July 29th

This week, its about Amy Winehouse, strangers in your house, Mac Book security vulns and once again: Emily Good. Also a bit of Sexy Pompeii. Enjoy!
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Microsoft Apologizes for “vile” Amy Winehouse tweet | Technically Incorrect – CNET News

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Emily Good, via @13WHAM

 

In Defense of Awful Police Work

Emily Good keeps popping up all over the Internet. Well, everywhere that is besides Rochester. The Atlantic questions whether situations like the Emily Good case aren’t hurting local police credibility.

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Password protected Mac laptops can reveal their passwords through a Firewire connection

 

Mac OS X Lion reveals passwords in sleep mode? CNET.com

This is not a new security vulnerability for Mac computers. In fact, the previous version of OS X also had the same flaw. By connecting a Firewire cable to a computer that is in sleep mode, a hacker can gain access to cleartext versions of passwords.

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Via washingtonpost.com

 

Airbnb responds to user horror story

Airbnb, an Internet service that offers ad-hoc timeshares to its customers, was forced to respond to one particular horror story of property destruction that spread rapidly through the Internet. Would you let a complete stranger camp out at your house?

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Your Top 5 News Articles This Week

This is the beginning of what I hope will become a regular series on DragonFlyEye.Net. Each week, the DFE Twitter feed is chock-full of news stories I post, but until recently, there hasn’t really been an easy way to figure out what the most popular stories of the week have been. Now that Bit.ly has made it easy for me, I’m going to show you what you and your fellow readers have been clicking on throughout the week. I hope this becomes a fun and enlightening new way to review the news of the week, as seen on the DragonFlyEye.Net extended network!

This week, its been hacking and the new Rochester ferry plan that have gotten most of the headlines. Between News Corp and Rupert Murdoch’s problems with the law and the continuing mayhem of the LulzSec and Anonymous hacking, there’s been plenty to report on the tech front. The Sibley heir’s new proposal for a smaller, more focused ferry service in Rochester has raised all kinds of interest throughout the region. And of course, no Friday would be complete without boobs, with which this Friday’s feed was, erm, filled. Enjoy!
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Dave and the band are a bit touchy about musicals....

Dave Grohl fumes, ‘Not everyone loves “Glee”‘ on MSNBC.com

Beyond simply hating musicals, there have apparently been some nasty words exchanged between the band and the producer of Glee. Dave is.. not a fan.

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Philly to fine pedestrians for texting while walking

Not content to simply fine motorists for potentially-lethal texting and driving, the cunning and perpetually cash-strapped city of Philadelphia has opted to also fine people for walking and texting. One presumes fines for walking and chewing gum are forthcoming.

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The Problem with the Fast Ferry Wasn’t the Fast Ferry

A new proposal for a new ferry service has been floated this week. As much as we’d all like to see great things in Rochester, its worth pointing out that the problems with the ill-fated Fast Ferry were not only with the Fast Ferry itself.

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Hacktivist group Anonymous claims another victory. But is it really as big as it sounds?

 

Anonymous claims to have breached NATO security, CNet.com

Not actually the top-clicked article, but the one that tells the most interest-generating story of the day. Anonymous, after issuing a joint statement with LulzSec addressed to the FBI, also claims to have cracked NATO security and obtained compromising data. Not everyone agrees that their latest exploit was as big a deal as they claim.

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Sex in the water: that doesn't even work, does it?

 

Couple Busted for Having Sex in a Public Pool for a Half Hour, The Smoking Gun

A couple in Indiana was apparently apprehended by law enforcement after having sex in a public pool – apparently in full view of both kids and parents – for a half an hour. Seriously, though: don’t the bystanders in this equation deserve a stern talking-too as well? What stopped them from reporting this 29 minutes earlier?!?

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[Video] Herman Cain: Waterboarding Logic

All I’m going to say is: the idea that other “traditional” religions are about religion only doesn’t even make sense on the face of it, let alone what basic observation of Republican politics would do to discredit it.

Herman Cain: Americans Can Stop Mosques?? – YouTube.

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Is Your Doctor Too Preachy?

Is your doctor really that nosy? Or are we just censoring ourselves at the wrong time?

SurveyUSA has an interesting poll out this week, asking respondents if and why they’ve ever been “less than honest” with their doctors. “Less than honest” being of course a polite euphemism for “lying to your doctor.”

 

Most of those who said they weren’t honest (and I’m thinking more have been lying than are willing to admit it to a stranger on the phone) said they didn’t want to be judged or were embarrassed, which is sort of the same thing. And the primary motivators for lying seem to be not following the doctor’s orders, followed immediately by using drugs and dietary habits.

Is your doctor preachy about this kind of stuff? Or do we just hide the same stuff from our doctors that we hide from everybody else?

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::Sigh:: White House Ok’s Gitmo Tribunals

Yes. We. Can. Unless of course, we can’t. In which case, well, that sucks:

White House Says Military Tribunals Can Resume at Guantánamo – NYTimes.com.

A couple things about this: the first is that its an obvious disappointment to have Gitmo remain open when such a big deal was made about closing it. That’s not good politics, because it remains something Republicans can potentially make an “Obama is a pussy Democrat” argument with.

But the second thing is: lets be clear about the actual moral and legal problem. The problem is torture, suspension of habeas corpus and the lack of due process for Gitmo detainees. Closing the Gitmo prison (because remember: its still a military base that will not close) is a very nice thing for optics and politics, but does nothing in and of itself to make things better.

We still have people in Gitmo who have not been charged. And Obama also signed an order allowing the military to continue holding them. That’s probably because we don’t have anything to charge them with because the initial lockup was so poorly executed in the first place. Lest we forget: due process isn’t just a nicety for prisoners, it is also insurance against the kinds of wrongful imprisonments that undermine our rule of law.

We have lots and lots of people at Gitmo that represent (I am assuming) a direct threat to our safety and a direct threat to the legitimacy of our legal system. Scilla and Charybdis, if you will. And when faced with these two poles of certain doom, President Obama has chosen to punt. Again.

Thank you, President George Bush, for fucking up so completely. And thank you, President Barack Obama, for not having come up with a better solution than the status quo.

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WSJ: How Did They Know That?

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article today about China’s announcement that it plans on controlling the inflation rate in that country and raise the standard of living. But they do so with curiously unsupported language:

Chinas Leaders Vow to Lift Livelihoods – WSJ.com.

Looking to head off the kind of anger that is reshaping the Middle East, China’s leaders pledged to boost incomes for its less wealthy citizens and to tame inflation, goals accompanied by the mobilization of police to snuff out online appeals for antigovernment protests.

Protests and antigovernment websites are not anything new to China. Why does the Wall Street Journal think that what has happened in the Middle East should have any effect at all on their country?

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… And Here Come the Apologists…

Ever since distancing himself from the Bush Administration when it was painfully obvious that the Iraq War was a clusterfuck, Charles Krauthammer must have been itching for a reason to tell us he was right all along. So now that “freedom is on the march,” as the phrase goes, he’s gotta climb out of his ideological bunker and get his digs in. Surprised it took so long:

Charles Krauthammer – From Baghdad to Benghazi.

So, to distill it down to the essences – because man, is there a lot of logical fallacy horseshit in there – the Bush Administration’s policy of encouraging democracy at the tip of the spear was right all along, but Obama’s been too slow to realize it. Never mind that there is a surprisingly-obvious and unsubtle difference between verbally and diplomatically supporting regime change that’s already in progress because of a revolution and just barging into another country with visions of democracy.

Oh, and the last line is the line I’ve been waiting for all along: “Facebook and Twitter have surely mediated this pan-Arab (and Iranian) reach for dignity and freedom. But the Bush Doctrine set the premise.”

Before the Iraq War, we were told that the Middle East was just aching for democracy. That now appears to have been entirely, demonstrably correct. But what Krauthammer is now arguing is that, because it was going to happen anyway, the Bush Administration’s bumbling escapade in Iraq wasn’t just a catalyst, but the “premise” itself. He has entirely inverted the argument and come out looking just totally fucking awesome.

That people manage to cobble together a self-governing system in Iraq – the birthplace of human civilization – is not a sign of the efficacy of the Bush Doctrine: it is a predictable outcome. Events that happen in order do not prove causality: the rooster does not cause the sun to rise, and likewise, the Iraq War did not precipitate the Middle Eastern awakening that is in progress.

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Wisconsin State Senator Tackled on His Way Into the Capitol Building

Sometimes, the back-and-forth of politics is fun to watch. But this isn’t a game, as this video in Wisconsin demonstrates. A local television media posted video, linked to below at TPM, of a State Senator apparently getting tackled by cops on his way inside the building:

Video Apparently Shows Wisconsin Rep Getting Tackled By Officers VIDEO | TPMMuckraker.

Trouble with video is: its very visceral but often lacks context. In this case, we don’t see what happened before and we don’t see what happened after the event – which is very irritating inasmuch as this is a nominally professional news agency who was surely running the camera for longer than the clip they posted.

That Senator might have said something truly awful about that cop’s sister. Its also possible that the cop was possessed just moments before by the spirit of Bam Bam Bigelow. Unlikely, I grant you. But the point we don’t know just what did happen.

And everybody in the political realm will do their level best to make this video damning of their opposition.

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Ok, my Ice Storm Memory(tm)

Ok, my Ice Storm Memory™: 6am pink sky. I mean orange-pink-tangerine, weird-ass light, covering my room. And no alarm = “sleep till they make you get up.”

What? You wanted drama? There’s no drama when you live in Sodus and your parents both work at Xerox. I remember dad and I looking all over hell for a generator, and by the time my dad actually got one, the power was restored. I think we were without power for six hours in total.

We were the lucky ones. I’m a very lucky person, generally. I try to keep that in mind, as best I can.

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WordPress.com Under DDoS Attack #tech #thursday

I was just going to post this as a link on Twitter, but there’s a problem: TechCrunch is hosted by WordPress.com, so there’s reason to believe that the site may not be up all that often today.

WordPress.com Suffers “Extremely Large” DDoS Attack.

The linked-to blog article gives no indication what prompted the attack – if anything – and more worrisome: no indication if this is a traditional DDOS or if a WordPress software exploit is responsible. This website, of course, is proudly powered by WP, though I may live to regret that statement by the end of the day.