Today the New York Times reports that Clear, a company that advertised itself as letting you sail through the security line, is coming back. The company, which died of unknown causes back in June, could resume operations by the “holidays.”was a believer: Clear, or Fly Clear as it was sometimes known, allowed people to bypass regular security at some airports for an annual fee. I’ve been a regular user since it started. In fact, I was probably one of the program’s most successful affiliates. I’d written about it from an early point, and so many people used my code to get an extra month (and giving me one in the process) that my card was good through 2064. Clear evolved from the Transportation Security Administration's Registered Traveler program, which lets companies establish exclusive security lines at airports. Verified Identity Pass, Inc., Clear's parent company, gobbled up the largest market share with 18 of the 21 airports with reserved security … [Read more...] about Back In The Clear: Airport Security Service To Resume Operations
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In food we trust. That motto guides us as much as the one that graces our currency. We take for granted the food we buy in grocery stores or eat in restaurants, trusting implicitly that it will satisfy our hunger, build strong bodies 12 ways, and keep us healthy. That trust may be a bit misplaced. Nearly 200 people in the United States, most of them children or elderly, die each week from illnesses they contract from food. Estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Washington, D.C., suggest that 6 to 33 million people are stricken with food-borne diseases each year. Major outbreaks are grabbing headlines with greater frequency-consider the recent Hudson Foods recall of 25 million pounds of bacteria-tainted beef, contaminated Jack-in-the-Box hamburgers, Odwalla apple juice, and Guatemalan raspberries-while many minor ones go unreported. Late this spring, President Clinton gave voice to growing concern by public-health officials over our food supply by calling for … [Read more...] about Food Irradiation: Will It Keep the Doctors Away?
Updated on 10-15-2015 by Will Fulton: To the best of our knowledge, both of these exploits have been patched out of the game by now. In an amusing twist, CD Projekt Red has added a reference to them with a new encounter in the first major expansion, Hearts of Stone. You can learn all about it here.Original Story: The Witcher 3‘s main setting of Velen is a vast and interesting place, worthy of exploration. True to roleplaying game conventions, you are encouraged to ruthlessly steal any and everything that isn’t nailed down. However, Velen is mostly populated by dirty, destitute peasants, and so there aren’t huge sums of money lying around in bags and barrels for you to find, like there so often are in games (there’s a whole other post to write about the bizarre economies of RPGs).Witching can be expensive business, with the need to upgrade your weapons and armor and keep a steady supply of booze for refreshing your potions. Even if … [Read more...] about The White Wolf of Wall Street: How to make infinite money in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
For the Special Someone on Any Home Theater Enthusiast’s ListYou know we’re always looking out for you, so we’ve decided to revisit the last minute shopping guide we assembled last year. We know you’ve been busy, and so have we, but if you screw up on the gift you get for special someone in your life, you’ll be paying for it for a long, long time. We do recognize that procrastination could be strategic, you need to make sure you get the absolute perfect gift, so we aren’t trying to judge here. Whatever the reason, if you still need a gift, we have some tips for you.Like last year, these are gift suggestions for that special someone in your life, a person who perhaps doesn’t share your audiophile tendencies or your gadget fetishes.Top Five Gift Suggestions 5. Gift basketPretty much anything that comes in a basket with a little bow on it is a sure-fire hit. Ok, so maybe you should stay away from the sausage and cheese basket, but wine and … [Read more...] about Last Minute Shopping Guide 2009
By now you might be familiar with Old Spice’s advertising model: attractive muscle men prancing around your television screen winning at life, all because they don the scent of Old Spice products. Things are about to get much weirder now that former NFL and actor Terry Crews makes an appearance.In Old Spice’s latest ad, users watch as Crews sit amongst musical instruments with wire sensors taped to various groups of muscles. Each twitch and flex he makes causes an instrument to strum, bang, toot, you name it, they will make noise. Eventually Crews begins a muscle dance, which results in a mind-blowing two-minute of wild music while he yells random string of words at the viewer. I didn’t even notice the paper mache resembling Crews’ head until it began blinking and screaming halfway through the “song.” Just see below to get an sense of the ridiculousness. Warning: Intense screaming ahead. “SAUSAGES! DANGER ZONE!”After you’ve been … [Read more...] about Old Spice’s Muscle Music takes interactive Web advertising to a new level
With more brains and fewer boxing metaphors than the competition, T-Fal’s new OptiGrill indoor grill claims to bust out a perfect steak while you’re not even looking. The OptiGrill shares a similar stainless-steel clamshell design with its pugilistic indoor grilling brethren, but adds smarts with a large multi-colored doneness indicator, doing away with the need to obsessively open the top every few seconds to poke at your meat. Beeps also accompany the colorful progression from rare to well done at each stage, so you can focus on other food prep while the OptiGrill does its thing.A number of built-in cooking presets cover the most commonly grilled foods: burgers, fish, sausages, poultry, and of course, steaks. It’s also got a sandwich mode for making paninis at home, a defrost mode, and a manual mode for fruits and vegetables. The magic behind the OptiGrill’s done-ness indicator is an integral thickness sensor; combined with programs for different kinds of … [Read more...] about OptiGrill gets into the indoor grilling ring with less George Foreman, more British accent
It is very difficult to pull off a turnaround. This is because you typically start with a company that isunprofitable and lacking the resources to compete. You have employees who are still on the job only because they haven't been able to find another one, and you're selling products that few want to buy.To successfully execute a turnaround, you need heroic employees who are willing to step up despite the problems and stay loyal despite the corporate trauma that surrounds them. Luckily, HP caught itself before it dropped into unprofitability, but it still began its turnaround with far more complex issues than Chrysler, IBM and Apple initially faced.All of these companies shed distracting businesses before their turnaround could make progress. Chrysler exited planes and boats; IBM shed printing and its PC division; Apple shed printers and digital cameras.HP remaining whole results in every key division being underfunded when compared to the competition. Even though the company remains … [Read more...] about OPINION The Employee Heroes at HP: Making an Impossible Turnaround
The FCC has big plans for the future of broadband in the U.S. -- gigabit-per-second connections all around, vast expanses of wireless airwaves everywhere, rural access even in the booniest of boondocks, etc. But the main obstacle in its way -- at least for right now -- is that making that plan a reality means regulating broadband, and the exact legal power the FCC has to do that hasn't exactly been set in stone. The FCC claims to have the authority, but a recent court ruling indicates there is a lot of room for argument there. Sure, it could try to push forward with its plans, but every move it tries to make would get bogged down in a neverending debate with ISPs and the courts.So, the FCC has two main options ahead of it: A) try to get Congress to roll the obstacle out of the way by passing new legislation, which could take years, or B) ram through the obstacle with a Mack truck by redefining broadband as a "telecom service." Rules about how the FCC manages telecoms are already laid … [Read more...] about PODCAST The FCC’s High-Speed Squeeze Play
Perhaps you have an iPhone, and perhaps you were at CES last week. If so, you may have noticed that your phone's data services just plain didn't work most of the time. For some users, that's an aberration that only happens when they go to very crowded events.But for users who live in certain cities, that's pretty much an everyday condition. In places like San Francisco and New York, AT&T's cellular data network has been entangled in a years-long traffic jam, and it's driven some users to solemnly swear that the day the iPhone comes to another network, that's where they're headed.Now that day has arrived. Or at least, we now know when it's coming. Feb. 10 will be the day the iPhone will arrive on the Verizon network, ending Apple's exclusive agreement with AT&T in the U.S.For the most part, the Verizon version of iPhone 4 will be just about the same as the AT&T version. It's mostly the same design, though I've seen photos indicating the metal outer band is just little … [Read more...] about WEEKLY RECAP Can Verizon Take the iPhone’s Heat?