Kara Swisher

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Viral Video: Non-Glacial Glacier Changes

It’s easy to get all worked up about the various crises in tech — from the will-Yahoo-make-it-under-Marissa’s-rule to do-you-believe-what-Google-said-about-Apple-patents to the umpteenth take on Facebook’s botched IPO.

But you must take a moment to see this video of a big chunk of a glacier in Greenland “calving” off to understand that there are a lot bigger things to worry about globally. The ending seconds are particularly riveting as complete ice turns to all water in only a few years.

By coincidence, I happened to run into a polar scientist at a party this weekend and asked about the 46-square-mile piece of this Petermann Glacier breaking off the mainland.

“You might want to think about relocating Silicon Valley in 20 years,” she joked, sort of, about such disturbing natural events raising sea levels.

In other words, here’s some perspective, people:


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik