Guy Launches International Facebook Stalking Expedition to Find Girl, Then Doesn’t Contact Her


Your worst cyber stalking nightmare became a reality for a young woman named Katie whose only crime was hanging out with a seemingly innocuous New Zealander when she lost the friends she was traveling with in Hong Kong last New Year’s Eve.

Reese McKee, 25, found a lost Katie crying on the sidewalk last year. “I just cheered her up. I sort of have this undeniably bad sense of humor that no one can resist laughing at,” he humblebragged to the New Zealand Herald. But then after a night of dancing, the two parted ways. Katie gave the unattached prompt, “find me.”

So one year later, after no attempt at contact, McKee started acting like the creepy dude who realizes he’s alone for the holiday and starts serially messaging every girl in his text history. Only since McKee didn’t have her number, he posted Katie’s photo (taken on his phone)…

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5 predictions on the future of databases (from a guy who knows databases)


Michael Stonebraker is a lightning rod in the database world. He knows his stuff, having helped create some of the most-popular database systems around — Postgres, Ingres and Vertica. One of his most-recent endeavors (among many), VoltDB, is an in-memory OLTP (online transaction processing) system he claims is two orders of magnitude faster than legacy options.

Yet, Stonebraker’s opinions throughout the years have been fairly controversial, garnering support on one hand and vehement opposition on the other. In 2011, for example, he told me that Facebook was trapped in a MySQL “fate worse than death” — and, boy, the backlash came fast and furious.

Stonebraker came on our Structure Show podcast this week to talk about his assessment of the database market as it stands today, including the fate of NoSQL, Oracle and, yes, Facebook’s MySQL installation. Here are some of the highlights, but if anyone into building…

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Secret court agrees to publish Yahoo PRISM proceedings


Tech companies and civil liberties groups won a small victory on Monday in their struggle to shine light on the secret legal apparatus that gave rise to the government surveillance program known as PRISM.

The victory came in the form of a decision by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to publish legal proceedings from 2008 in which Yahoo(s yhoo) challenged the federal government’s secret demands that it participate in an automated data collection service.

In a short ruling (embedded below), the FISA Court agreed to publish its 2008 decision and the legal briefs in the case once the federal government has declassified them. The ruling follows media leaks that disclosed that Yahoo had fought against the imposition of the PRISM program five years ago — but was bound by a gag order that forbade it from even mentioning the court challenge.

In the Monday ruling, the FISA Court instructs…

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Robert Zimmerman Jr. to Piers Morgan: “There are people that would want to take the law into their own hands…they will always present a threat to George”

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On an evening which saw the jury in the George Zimmerman trial find him not guilty in the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, Piers Morgan welcomed Robert Zimmerman Jr. for an exclusive, face to face interview.

The brother of George Zimmerman, Robert Zimmerman Jr. described his sibling’s reaction to the verdict:

“He is still processing the reality or notion of being a free man, of having what the judge described as no further business before the court.”

As much of the nation, and even the world, debated the result of a trial as polarizing and divisive as any in recent memory, Zimmerman Jr. told the “Piers Morgan Live” host that despite hearing the words ‘not guilty’ at roughly 10:00 p.m. Saturday night, his brother will be looking over his shoulder for the rest of his life:

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Las Vegas Summer League: Day 2 Recap | Hang Time Blog

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LAS VEGASJonas Valanciunas looked like a man among boys Saturday night in Las Vegas.

The Raptors’ second-year big man was dominant early on, scoring 20 of his 23 points in the first half and grabbing seven rebounds in Toronto’s 81-72 loss to the Miami Heat in the final game of the day at the Las Vegas Summer League.

summer-league-logoValanciunas, who averaged 8.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in his rookie season in Toronto, looked noticeably bigger and showed off a polished interior game, getting to the rim repeatedly for highlight-reel dunks and putbacks. He was energetic, clapping and motivating his teammates, and ran the floor well in 26 minutes of action.

With a season under his belt, it looks like the 21-year-old could be ready to make a major step in his sophomore season.

Non-rookie of the day: Milwaukee sophomore John Henson had…

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History will absolve you Trayvon Martin.

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The justice system may not, but History will absolve you Trayvon Martin. I cannot help but be reminded of the word of Fidel Castro in front of a court which did everything to enact injustice upon him. 

Dear Trayvon, the world knows of your innocence and the world knows of the crime of Zimmerman. The “Justice” system of the U.S.A is laughable indeed. Even using the word “Justice” to refer to to this system disgusts me. A ruling by an oppressive system does not change the truth, it is laughable. You are innocent dear Trayvon, and Zimmerman is a murderer. He may not face the penalty in this life, it is too early to say, but he will face true Justice in the court of God. 

You are immortal now dear Trayvon, your memory is a constant reminder of injustice in this system. Your sacrifice brought the true, racist, disgusting, figure…

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