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Wrong Target

Digby on the ridiculousness of the Edwards trial: But I suppose we have to give credit where credit is due. Wall Street gamblers and high flying bankers have so far been smart enough not to do the one thing that can get important, high-profile, white males in trouble with the law: get caught paying for […]

Of Course SOPA Is a Free Speech Issue

Here’s the AFL-CIO’s Paul Almeida, on why SOPA doesn’t represent a massive and disastrous abridgment of our rights to free speech: There is no inconsistency between protecting an open Internet and safeguarding intellectual property. Protecting intellectual property is not the same as censorship; the First Amendment does not protect stealing goods off trucks. This isn’t […]


There’s been a bit of of tempest in a teapot recently in the Apple community, around an incident where some poor guy stopped a performance of the New York Philharmonic with an ill-timed iPhone alarm. He’d put the phone on mute, but the iOS alarm app ignores the mute button, so it went off anyway. […]

Torture is Bad Even When You Don’t Call it Torture

Here’s Ron Paul making sense at the latest gathering of clowns: Well, waterboarding is torture. It’s illegal under international law and under our law. It’s also immoral. And it’s also very impractical. There’s no evidence that you really get reliable evidence. Why would you accept the position of torturing 100 people because you know one […]

So That’s What Bourgeois Looks Like

I don’t think I ever really understood the word “bourgeois”, as an epithet, until I read this paragraph: When you realize your home’s look hasn’t evolved much since its post-college phase, you put the Ikea bookshelves on Craigslist, start searching for a contractor who won’t drive you crazy, scrutinize endless tile samples and stop considering […]

How to Enshrine Ignorance as a Virtue

Heard in church today: “The problem with most Christians is that they are educated beyond their obedience.” — John Maxwell My first reaction was to recoil in disgust. My second was to look around the room and marvel that everybody else wasn’t retching in their seats. For the record: ignorance is never the solution. It […]

Deus ex Jobsina

An iPad developer recently had what appears to be a very civil run-in with Apple. He hit a bug in the iOS SDK that forced him to use a private API to get the keyboard working correctly — but the App Store gatekeepers rejected his application, because iOS developers aren’t allowed to use private APIs. […]

16 May 2010 @ 7am


Massive Chutzpah Spill

From the chutzpah files: BP has resisted entreaties from scientists that they be allowed to use sophisticated instruments at the ocean floor that would give a far more accurate picture of how much oil is really gushing from the well. “The answer is no to that,” a BP spokesman, Tom Mueller, said on Saturday. “We’re […]

iPad Hyperventilation

From the TidBITS iPad review: In contrast, the iPad becomes the app you’re using. That’s part of the magic. The hardware is so understated – it’s just a screen, really – and because you manipulate objects and interface elements so smoothly and directly on the screen, the fact that you’re using an iPad falls away. […]

Feudal Lords

Lately, some Apple enthusiasts have been citing recent improvements in the App Store’s approval process as proof that the state of affairs in iPhone OS development has been getting better — and that people need to stop complaining about it. Marco makes that point in this otherwise excellent post: But the problems keep getting fixed, […]

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