Note: Any discussion of the Boston Marathon Bombings will be incidental, except for my initial speculation offered in a second.
The reason for this silence is that as far as I know there is very little hard data about perpetrators or reasons. People will have their own wildly differing theories but there is no proof.
My personal wildly unscientific and unprovable assessment is that this will turn out to be foreign Islamic radicals in the US on valid visas; but that is just speculation based on the style of attack, AND again there is no proof and I can certainly be wrong. That’s all that I am going to say on the matter for now.
OK on to the show
The Verge – Microsoft will introduce boot to desktop option to bypass ‘Metro’ interface in Windows 8.1 (Windows Blue)
So they are caving – kind of – you will have the option of skipping the start screen and going directly to the desktop. It’s a sop to IT departments that think its too hard to teach users to point at the corners or hit Win + X.
Ars Technica – FTC May Investigate Patent Trolls
Finally someone besides George W. Bush that all the world’s woes can be blamed on and the FTC is taking them on.
Ars Technica – Contrary to Initial Reports the Boston Cell Phone Were Not Shut Down
AP had a report from a law enforcement official who said that they had been shut down but all the providers and the FCC say that the system was just overwhelemd with traffic. (see incidental reporting)
Hacker News – Climate Scientists Struggle to Explain Global Warming
This kind of sums it up –
"The climate system is not quite so simple as people thought," said Bjorn Lomborg, a Danish statistician and author of "The Skeptical Environmentalist" who estimates that moderate warming will be beneficial for crop growth and human health.
Techcrunch – More H1B visas on the way but employers will have to pay more
it (the immigration bill – ed.) nearly doubles the number of high-skilled visas (H1-B), from the 65,000 to 110,000, with a maximum of 185,000 in the future. However, as the Washington Post reports, it will also require employers who heavily rely on H1-B visas to pay fees and higher salaries.