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reddit is offline in protest of PROTECT IP and SOPA - http://www.reddit.com/
"submitted by reddit to blog." - C. K. Sample III
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Scientists Striving to Create Life Out of Nothing [Science] - http://feeds.gawker.com/~r...
Alternate title: Nerds doing it wrong. HAVE SEX, NERDS! SEX CREATES LIFE OUT OF NOTHING!!! - C. K. Sample III
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AT&T agrees to buy T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion - http://www.engadget.com/2011...
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Student sues school for not preventing him from attaching electrodes to his nipples - http://www.boingboing.net/2010...
he should also sue them for not warning him that he was a fucking idiot. - C. K. Sample III
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Why I’m Craigslisting My iPads - http://techcrunch.com/2010...
there are about 5 total errors in this writeup. makes me pretty sure he didn't even really try to use the iPad for any period of time. - C. K. Sample III
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Turn a Flickr into a flame: Move your photos to Posterous - http://blog.posterous.com/turn-a-...
what about groups? image search? embeds? - C. K. Sample III
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Sony's New Point-and-Shoot Press Shots, Brought To You By a Canon Camera [Busted] - http://gizmodo.com/5582621...
hahaha - C. K. Sample III
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Pixel Qi netbook display replacement kit finally on sale - http://www.engadget.com/2010...
this in an iPad please - C. K. Sample III
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iPhone 4 + Verizon + January = Boom? - http://techcrunch.com/2010...
I call bullshit. not gonna happen - C. K. Sample III
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Wednesday Whackaloon: Dave Winer - http://www.theangrydrunk.com/2010...
hahaha I thought the same thing when I saw that post. nut job. - C. K. Sample III
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FTC Sets Apple Mobile Software Probe (Thomas Catan/Wall Street Journal) - http://www.techmeme.com/100611...
does this add a note on google reader or just in this app - C. K. Sample III
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Notes: Envisioning the Post-LMS Era: The Open Learning Network - http://www.darcynorman.net/2010...
this is the dumbest thing ever. - C. K. Sample III
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Nook gets speed, usability upgrades with new 1.2 firmware - http://www.obsessable.com/news...
Barnes & Noble has released an update to its Nook e-reader that improves performance, tweaks the user interface, and enhances touchscreen response. Updating your Nook to version 1.2 adds a lot of little changes that address small issues that might have been keeping you from fully enjoying the tablet. For instance, now the Nook correctly keeps place of where you were in a document when you power-down. There's also more sensible sorting options available, better notification of which of your books you're able to digitally lend to friends, and improved in-store WiFi notifications. Perhaps the most significant parts of the upgrade are the performance and battery boosts. Though the company hasn't revealed exactly what it's changed, users who have installed the upgrade report a faster, more responsive Nook. B&N also claims that there's now better battery management at play, but as the update just came out, we may need to wait a day or so to get reports of just how effective that change is.... - C. K. Sample III
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Some thoughts on what that TechCrunch intern did and how this is not normal for tech blogging - http://roj.as/entries...
I’ve been blogging for a long time now — going on nine years now, even if I’m not doing it professionally anymore — and if there’s one thing that bugs me is the contention that blogs can’t live up to, or even exceed, the editorial standards of newspapers and magazines. In fact, I’ve written for magazines, newspapers, and blogs, and I can say that I’ve seen far more ethical lapses at magazines than I’ve ever seen at any of the blogs I’ve written for. Which is why I think that Arrington did the right thing by going public about a TechCrunch intern’s acceptance of — and apparently demand for — compensation from companies seeking coverage on the site. It was important to draw a very clear line in the sand there and make it clear that this sort of thing is unacceptable and not business-as-usual. And to me that’s the crucial thing here, that this sort of quid pro quo is not common in the tech blogosphere. There’s a lot of cynicism out there about blogs, but I think that a lot of us forget... - C. K. Sample III
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4 Critical Steps to Turning Around a Team - http://gigaom.com/2010...
The big project fails, the company begins to struggle and before you know it, the board of directors replaces the management team. Sound familiar? But crisis doesn’t have to spell the end of the company itself. Most companies and teams in turnaround situations focus on the obvious and important factors of balance sheet, cash flow and net income health. Teams also usually get to work quickly on market analysis that ultimately results in new product and business strategies. These actions are almost always necessary, just not always sufficient. Here are four often overlooked tactics that, if successfully employed, are critical to rapidly and successfully turning around a struggling enterprise: 1. Facilitate Closure -– When a team has been through an extended period of hardship, it needs a sense of closure before it can start moving forward again, and closure is often best facilitated through a cathartic event that symbolizes the end of the perilous and painful journey. But while closure... - C. K. Sample III
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Ephemera for Mac: Ephemera will comfortably synchronize your ebook reader with Instapaper.com via USB. It works with the Amazon Kindle, Sony readers and pretty much any device capable of reading HTML, Mobipocket or EPUB files, which should cover quite a bit of ground. It will fetch your news as single articles or in Instapaper’s premade bundles (Mobipocket & EPUB). Personally, I prefer the former. I can read an article, delete it on my reader, and during the next sync it’ll be archived on Instapaper.com. Being the lazy guy, I’ve also implemented a feature I call “Plug, Sync & Go”: If you want it to, Ephemera will automatically start up, sync, and then unmount your reader when it detects the USB connection. My idea was that you’d configure the app once, and then just have it work — by simply connecting your reader. Great idea: a Mac app to automatically synchronize Instapaper’s downloads to USB-mounted e-readers. I especially like the synchronization of deleted articles to your... - C. K. Sample III
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Samsung's E61 is an e-book reader with a six-inch e-ink display. Unlike Samsung's other forthcoming e-book readers, the E61 includes a keyboard, giving it an appearance similar to the Kindle. While both units share essentially the same display, the E61 cuts down on more extraneous space, resulting in a sleeker, more compact design. The reader is equipped with 2GB flash memory for document storage, along with expansion available via microSD. As expected, there's WiFi for getting your books onto the device, but we haven't heard yet any confirmation of a 3G connection as well. The battery is user-accessible, distinguishing the E61 from several other e-book readers. Samsung has yet to set a price or release date for the model, though the similarly-specced E6 (sans keyboard) should sell for a hair under $500, if that's any indication. Company: Samsung Related Products ASUS DR-950, Dell Streak, Sony Dash, Sony Daily Edition Reader, Nokia N900, Fusion Garage Joo Joo - C. K. Sample III
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TinyChat Upgrade Brings Etherpad, Whiteboard And YouTube Integrations - http://www.techcrunch.com/2010...
We’re big fans of TinyChat, a web-based chat startup that has been growing like gangbusters and recently won a Crunchie for best bootstrapped startup. TinyChat started out as a simple IRC-style chatroom app to complement conversations on platforms like Twitter, has been steadily building out its innovative platform to include video chat and screensharing options, live video streaming, and Facebook Connect. Now the platform is making chats more social with the addition YouTube video integration, document collaboration with Etherpad, and whiteboard features powered by the company’s own Flockdraw. The social YouTube feature allows a moderators to pay any public YouTube video for everyone participating in the chat. The administrator can also control were the video starts, pauses etc. The Etherpad integration is as simple as using Etherpad itself (the service’s parent AppJet was acquired by Google last year). With the click of a button, you can activate an Etherpad for your chat, where... - C. K. Sample III
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Frank Miller GelaSkins iPhone Cases and Laptop Skins Make Me Want To Watch Sin City Again [Iphone Cases] - http://gizmodo.com/5464945...
Frank Miller, the comic god behind Sin City and 300, has licensed his wares to GelaSkins for some awesome-looking iPhone cases and laptop skins. I want them all—and I don't even like cases! Or have an iPhone. The prices are set at $14.95 for an iPod Touch or iPhone case, or $29.95 for a laptop skin—which are available for both MacBooks and PC laptops ranging in size from 13-inches to 15.4-inches. Seriously, these are some of the nicest cases I've seen in a while, and I'm betting I'm not alone in my Miller fandom. [GelaSkins] gawkerGallery(5464932,6,''); - C. K. Sample III
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Friday Summary: February 5, 2010 - http://securosis.com/blog...
I think I need to stop feeling guilty for trying to run a business. Yesterday we announced that we're trying to put together a list of end users we can run the occasional short survey past. I actually felt guilty that we will derive some business benefit from it, even though we give away a ton of research and advice for free, and the goal of the surveys isn't to support marketing, but primary research. I've been doing this job too long when I don't even trust myself anymore, and rip apart my own posts to figure out what the angle is. Jeez -- it isn't like I felt guilty about getting paid to work on an ambulance. It is weird to try to build a business where you maintain objectivity while trying to give as much away for free as possible. I think we're doing a good job of managing vendor sponsorship, thanks to our Totally Transparent Research process, which allows us to release most white papers for free, without any signup or paywall. We've had to turn down a fair few projects to stick... - C. K. Sample III
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“Ultimate Mashup” a Glimpse into the Future - http://blog.programmableweb.com/2010...
A new iPhone app is trying to take the fiction out of Science Fiction. Movies have long portrayed people in the future speaking commands to computers. Siri, based on $200M of research and development, is trying to make it so. The founders call their application the ultimate mashup, because it currently uses 35-40 APIs to provide the best reply it can. Queries are spoken in simple English, such as “book me a taxi” and “what’s the weather forecast in Boulder this weekend?” Even the speech-to-text translation is an API (in this case, Nuance). Siri’s secret sauce is in its artificial intelligence that determines which APIs it needs to invoke. That’s where the R&D budget went, when it was still a Stanford University project. Of course, Siri still has some problems interpretting what humans consider basic questions. What impressed me is how many of its deficiencies Siri is itself aware of. In the demo video posted below, I show one of them. The company plans to add more APIs every month.... - C. K. Sample III
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A new personal assistant on your mobile phone - http://www.building43.com/videos...
The ultimate personal assistant allows you to find task-oriented information on the go, by connecting to the best services around the Internet, Siri is not a search engine; it is a do-engine. The app works by pairing your spoken request with the best services available by connecting you to these services to fulfill any request. The application takes a request, and breaks it down into parts. The user can tell Siri they want to go on a date consisting of an Italian dinner for two and a movie, a comedy. The application will then return movie times for comedy selections; Italian restaurants near the theater and give the user the ability to buy tickets and make reservations. The app runs on a collection API’s, which are a method that allows an application to communicate with other applications. An example of this would be TweetDeck, and its ability to communicate with Twitter. In addition to API’s, one of the main technologies behind Siri is the ability to understand context, according to... - C. K. Sample III
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Comic Books Will Look Incredible on the iPad [Ipad] - http://gizmodo.com/5463681...
I'd buy an iPad just to read comic books. Think I'm nuts? I probably am, but see how you feel after this first look at what Panelfly, maker of a popular comic book iPhone app, is building for the iPad. Instead of simply scaling up the existing iPhone app, the folks from Panelfly put their heads together with the Sugarcube dev team and brainstormed. With all the talk of the iPad and how it could restore comic books to their former glory, they realized that they needed to revamp the app and make a version specifically for the iPad. This way they could take full advantage of the device's screen size and provide a new way of purchasing and interacting with the content. The way the Panelfly iPhone app works is that you download the app for free from the app store and then add comics to your library through in-app purchases. Stephen Lynch, CTO and designer at Panelfly, hinted that the company is currently exploring several different purchase models for the iPad version, but was... - C. K. Sample III
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Dell's Latitude 13 is a business laptop designed with portability in mind; the company claims the Latitude 13 with its 13-inch screen is the thinnest "commercial client laptop" ever. To please business customers, Dell has outfitted the system with hardware and software needed for getting work done out of the office. A webcam and built-in microphone allow you to participate in video conferences, which you can be sure to be able to access with an optional WWAN modem. To make things easier for your company's IT department, Dell designed the Latitude 13 for streamlined system management and connection to virtualization services. Other system options include the possibility to have a Blu-ray drive, swap the hard disk for an SSD, and enable disk encryption to keep data safe even if the Latitude 13 is lost or stolen. The system will be available for order directly from Dell sometime in February or March. Company: Dell Related Products Dell Latitude Z 600, Dell Latitude D630 XFR, Dell... - C. K. Sample III
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More on the 'iPad: will it save the world... or destroy it?' debates - http://www.comicmix.com/news...
I always notice these things when I'm on five different deadlines and really shouldn't be distracted, but when Dirk Deppey says I've missed the point entirely, as he does here, replying to my comments here-- well, it catches my attention. Dirk says: It [the iPad] has to be cheap enough to appeal to the general public, building a large enough pool of potential customers to once again make selling comics to a mass audience feasible — otherwise you’re just trading one limited, stagnant marketplace for another, selling primarily to a fraction of the same customer base that you already had. Which is what I think will happen with the iPad as presently designed and marketed, for reasons already outlined. ... Here’s the thing about Google’s strategy: Because it’s both open source and backed by one of the largest tech corporations on Earth, they can make a strong appeal to manufacturers, not only for their operating system’s lack of licensing costs but also because it comes with an... - C. K. Sample III
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Why Have So Many Internet People Lost Touch With Reality ? - http://blogmaverick.com/2010...
Sometimes its hard to tell if people are trying to be funny, mean, interesting, provocative or are just plain stupid or completely out of touch with reality. I know I get accused of being all of the above all the time. The other day in New York I gave a speech at the AlwaysOn Conference which AdWeek summarized nicely here. The audience was primarily newspapers and people related to their business. So as I do when I speak to a group like this, rather than just shilling a product, service or position as many, if not most keynote speakers do, I try to put myself in the business shoes of the audience. Then I discuss what I would do if I owned, ran or invested in their business, and the approach I would take to some of the strategic issues of the day. The concept of directing comments to a vertical segment of a market is nothing new. I have been doing it for more than 20 years. Yet for some reason, based on comments from a few folks over the past couple days, there are some relatively high... - C. K. Sample III
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Jessica Fortner’s sculpted illustrations - http://drawn.ca/2010...
Jessica Fortner creates photo-illustrations that involve sculpting key elements of the images, and combining the results with digital post-production. Posted by John Martz on Drawn! The Illustration and Cartooning Blog | Permalink | No comments Tags: Illustration, Jessica Fortner, photoillustration, sculpture - C. K. Sample III
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AT&T letting SlingPlayer stream over 3G on the iPhone at long last - http://www.engadget.com/2010...
After all the hubbub and controversy caused by the release of SingPlayer for iPhone back in May, we knew it would take a serious change of heart for AT&T to reverse course on the issue of 3G streaming. The app's super-conspicuous lack of 3G was one of the clearest statements around that the iPhone represented a level of data consumption that AT&T was fairly unprepared for, and that certain uses like VoIP over 3G and live video streams were just not going to fly. Well, we've just now gotten over that VoIP hump, and now AT&T has given in to SlingPlayer demand at last. AT&T says it has been testing an "optimized" version of the app on its 3G network since December, and Sling says the dynamic bandwidth adjustment should keep the app from bringing the network to grinding halt -- in not so many words. The 3G-friendly version will be a free upgrade to the $30 application, and should be available as soon as the revised software makes its way through the App Store approval process. AT&T... - C. K. Sample III
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Pornocracy: Rule by Harlots - http://www.neatorama.com/2010...
If democracy is rule by the people (from the Greek words “demos” for people and “kratos” for power), and theocracy is rule by religious body, then what about pornocracy? Yes it’s real and no, it’s not what you’re thinking of. In the tenth century, the papacy of the Roman Catholic Church fell under the influence of harlots in an era termed Pornocracy. Pornocracy or the Rule of the Prostitutes/Rules of the Harlots or the more polite Saeculum obscurum (latin for the Dark Age) began in 904 AD with the installation of Pope Sergius III. The Pope was completely under the control of Theodora, the beautiful wife of Roman consul Theophylactus, who used sex to wield power. Theodora’s 15-year-old daughter Morazia became the concubine of Pope Sergius III. Their son later became Pope John XI – the only illegitimate son of a Pope that later became Pope himself. The era of Pornocracy ended with Pope John XII (the grandson of Marozia) in 963. He was so immoral that the Basilica of Rome was said to be... - C. K. Sample III
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Hands-on: new single-window mode makes GIMP less gimpy - http://arstechnica.com/open-so...
The venerable GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is undergoing a significant transformation. The next major release, version 2.8, will introduce an improved user interface with an optional single-window mode. Although this update is still under heavy development, users can get an early look by compiling the latest source code of the development version from the GIMP's version control repository. The GIMP is an open source software application for editing raster graphics. It is intended to serve as a free and open alternative to high-end image editing programs for a professional audience. Although the GIMP still has some limitations relative to industry-leading commercial products like Photoshop, it is becoming an increasingly viable solution for professional artists and photographers. - C. K. Sample III
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