Open letter to Microsoft re: Xbox One

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For those who come here for politics, sorry, but this one is videogame related. Originally posted at When I saw Microsoft’s announcement of “no rentals, you can lend a game to a friend only once, no private party transfers” I thought surely the only reason they’re doing this is because Sony’s worked out a […]

Trusting government?

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I wasn’t going to get into the whole SOPA/PIPA debate because you were supposed to change the flag on your Web site and only talk about the possibility of hollywood studios, recording companies and their over-bored lawyers shutting down Web sites without just cause, prior review, an opportunity to plead your case etc. I’m too […]

Google again fails to uphold motto

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UPDATE & BUMPED Google’s motto is famously “Don’t Be Evil”—they’re failing miserably. For the record, I chastised Google—civilly—in a response to this thread, which was promptly flushed down the memory hole.  Nitecruzr—whoever he is—has all the makings of a little thug. UPDATE I’ve apparently paid for my intervention on Althouse’s part. Patterico is reporting that […]

I don’t understand

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Back when I was in high school, a friend of mine named Matt Sobke spent about $3,000 on a car stereo system. Now, this was the late ‘80s, so figure that a similar system nowadays would be somewhere in the $10,000 range. Matt played bass clarinet in the band and liked to drive up and […]

HD-DVD to Blu-Ray switch

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I follow tech news pretty closely, but I had missed this news for all of you who, like me, picked the wrong horse in the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray battle. (After the Betamax fiasco, really, who could blame me when Sony came out with another proprietary format that was more expensive and provided only a nominal benefit over […]

I'd fire him

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The Chief Operating Officer of Revision3 — some Silicon Valley company — had his home broken into last night. While he was at home. While he was awake. So what does this guy do? He Twitters the break-in. And then sets up a video feed. He doesn’t call the cops. He doesn’t shoot the guy. […]

Associated Press idiocy

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The higher-ups at the Associated Press have got to be the biggest much of morons in the world. It’s bad enough that they paid and defended a terrorist-sympathizing photographer, but last weekend they were stupid enough to issue a Digital Milennium Copyright Act takedown notice to the Drudge Retort for using bits of some of […]


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It’s amazing what really smart people can accomplish when they put their minds to it. Appearing at the All Things D conference, inventor Dean Kaman shows off the replacement arm he is developing primarily for troops who have been wounded in the war on terrorism. There’s a touching moment about half-way through where Kamen shows […]

Hoystory does math

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The end of March Madness also marks the time that my cell phone contract is up. My cell phone — which is more often used as a PDA and for its Internet browsing capabilities — is a pretty nice HTC 6700 that has worked well. I’ve experienced none of the horror stories others have with […]

Web security for morons

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CNN pulled a dumb-dumb on its Web site. You can order T-shirts with “ripped” from CNN’s headlines. Of course, you can get the T-shirt to say anything you want by just changing the URL. Unfortunately, you can’t order them. UPDATE CNN has fixed this loophole.