Category Archives: Tech

The Growing Luddite Cacophany

The Luddite move­ment in the 19th century was targeted specif­i­cally against creeping indus­tri­al­iza­tion and the effect it was seen to be having on society. The concern was legit­i­mate because the Indus­trial Revo­lu­tion did massively change things  and partic­u­larly in the short term there were nega­tive conse­quences. But the Luddite response was narrow minded, short sighted … Continue reading The Growing Luddite Caco­phany

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Google Unveils Self-Driving Car Prototype

Obvi­ously Google has been working at the whole self-driving car thing for some time now. But the vehi­cles they've had on the road previ­ously have simply been existing cars that have been modi­fied as needed. What they are unveiling here is a car that has been designed from the ground up with the idea that … Continue reading Google Unveils Self-Driving Car Proto­type

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Celebrating BASIC's 50th Anniversary

Over at Tech­nol­o­gizer, Harry McCracken has written a great piece about the creation and evolu­tion of the program­ming language BASIC. For people like me who were intro­duced to computers back in the early 80s this is a wonderful trip down memory lane. Admit­tedly over the years I went on to learn much more sophis­ti­cated languages and … Continue reading Cele­brating BASIC's 50th Anniver­sary

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Google+ Is Walking Dead (Or How To Troll For Clicks If You're A Tech Blog)

In that past I have been… crit­ical… of the stan­dards of tech­nology jour­nalism on the web. There's a reason for that. It's shit. It's so bad it's an insult to my and your intel­li­gence. It panders to partisan fanboys and trades in gossip. It passes off opinion as fact and flashy emotional language for actual … Continue reading Google+ Is Walking Dead (Or How To Troll For Clicks If You're A Tech Blog)

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The Inevitable Netflix Price Rise Aproaches

Well.. it was bound to happen and I'm really surprised it hasn't happened sooner consid­ering the amount that Netflix is spending on acquiring existing content and devel­oping its own orig­inal content. Netflix CEO in his letter to share­holders announced that a $1 or $2 raise for new subscribers is right around the corner (later this … Continue reading The Inevitable Netflix Price Rise Aproaches

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Do Consumers Actually Want Modular Phones?

The Verge has an excel­lent article on Google's Project Ara. The concept of a truly modular phone sounds like the holy grail to many tech enthu­si­asts. Instead of having to pay $600 an replace your entire phone every 6 months to keep up with the latest and greatest, you will be able to just swap … Continue reading Do Consumers Actu­ally Want Modular Phones?

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WTF Is Wrong With You People?

This could prob­ably be a daily segment, but here's the quote that made me think this: "We expected a nega­tive reac­tion from people in the short term, [but] we did not expect to be getting so many death threats and harassing phone calls that extended to our fami­lies," Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey Really? You're so … Continue reading WTF Is Wrong With You People?

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