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June 15, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Twenty-five years ago Friday, Steve Wilhite invented the GIF file format and bestowed upon the world the perfect vehicle for some of the best memes ever created. It's more than a picture but not quite a video, but so often, it's just perfect -- especially with the rise of Tumblr. But what Wilhite also did when he invented the format for CompuServe back in June 15, 1987, was begin one of the most hotly debated arguments of all (Internet) history: Is GIF pronounced like "gif" as in the first three letters of "gift" or "jif" as in the peanut butter . It's an argument that's raged across the Internet on forums , has Web pages dedicated to it and is even addressed by Wikipedia . So which is it?
February 15, 2011 | Michael Hiltzik
The biggest mistake people make when talking about the outsourcing of U.S. jobs by U.S. companies is to treat it as a moral issue. Sure, it's immoral to abandon your loyal American workers in search of cheap labor overseas. But the real problem with outsourcing, if you don't think it through, is that it can wreck your business and cost you a bundle. Case in point: Boeing Co. and its 787 Dreamliner. The next-generation airliner is billions of dollars over budget and about three years late; the first paying passengers won't be boarding until this fall, if then.
June 19, 2011 | Michael Hiltzik
The silver lining in economic crises, if there is one, is that they can lead us to reexamine the flaws in the capitalist system and chisel out the rot. But what explains the headlong rush in Washington to use the current crisis to undermine the foundations of economic security even further? Specifically, I'm talking about a new proposal to rob from Social Security to fund a continuing tax break for people who don't need Social Security — the wealthy. Make no mistake: This is a bipartisan effort.
March 8, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
Everybody loves lists. Most of those you see in the papers or online tend toward the inconsequential (The Six Best "Fast & Furious" Movies). So here's a list with a bit more gravitas: The five biggest lies you're being told about entitlement programs. Never mind that the very word "entitlement" is a lie. Social Security and Medicare got that name because workers became "entitled" to those benefits by paying into the system. In recent years, however, the term has become distorted to signify benefits people are entitled to without earning them.
August 27, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
For most garden plants, flowering is a sign of renewed life. That's not the case with the succulent blue agave ( Agave tequilana ). Like other agaves, tequilana flowers only at the end of the plant's life. A 15-foot  asparagus-like stalk emerges from the center, sending out puffballs of flowers at the top. The mother plant then dies, but not before producing pups at its perimeter. Most blue agaves never get to that stage, however. The sugar-rich sap that develops prior to flowering can be fermented into the alcoholic drink called pulque; the heart, or pina, is used in the production of tequila.
October 17, 2010 | Michael Hiltzik
Readers of the fashion pages ? invariably my first stop after checking out the latest in the Snooki Chronicles ? will be aware of a breakthrough that Walt Disney Co. recently achieved in the field of religious couture. The occasion was the request of two female "cast members" at Disneyland (that's "employees" to you and me) to wear the Islamic hijab, or head covering, on the job. One of these cases remains unresolved at this writing, but in the other, the company accommodated Noor Abdallah, 22, by designing a hijab that both met her religious standard of modesty in dress while blending with the uniform ?
November 25, 2012 | Michael Hiltzik
Let's get a few things clear. Hostess didn't fail for any of the reasons you've been fed. It didn't fail because Americans demanded more healthful food than its Twinkies and Ho-Hos snack cakes. It didn't fail because its unions wanted it to die. It failed because the people that ran it had no idea what they were doing. Every other excuse is just an attempt by the guilty to blame someone else. Take the notion that Hostess was out of step with America's healthful-food craze. You'd almost think that Hostess failed because it didn't convert its product line into one based on green vegetables.
August 23, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
Suppose, for the purpose of argument, that by the time you read this Time Warner Cable and CBS have settled their schoolyard dispute over transmission fees, and your CBS and Showtime shows are available again on your Time Warner cable box. Problem solved, right? No. The problem's just beginning. I bet you know it, though you may not know you know it. Let's say that as a Time Warner Cable residential customer, you made up for the loss of CBS programming by watching more on Netflix.
July 11, 2012 | Michael Hiltzik
With federal healthcare reform still facing political head winds despite its validation by the Supreme Court, this probably isn't the best time for health insurers to admit their utter incompetence in handling their most important role under the reform, which is keeping a lid on healthcare costs. But that admission underlies a couple of lawsuits filed by Aetna and United Healthcare earlier this year, alleging that a Northern California chain of small surgical clinics fraudulently overcharged them tens of millions of dollars by counting on the insurers being asleep at the cost-control switch.
March 1, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Bonnie Franklin, star of TV's "One Day at a Time," died Friday at her home in Los Angeles, suffering complications from the pancreatic cancer she had revealed in September. The actress was 69. Later Friday, her sitcom daughters shared their thoughts online. Valerie Bertinelli, who played the younger of divorced mom Ann Romano's kids on the long-running show, said simply on Twitter, "My heart is breaking. " She included a snapshot of herself with Franklin. She continued on her website . "Bonnie has always been one of the most important women in my life and was a second mother to me," Bertinelli wrote.
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