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The Source Of All Evil?

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 … Read More… Share on Tumblrvar dd_offset_from_content = 40;var dd_top_offset_from_content = 20;var dd_override_start_anchor_id = "";var dd_override_top_offset = ""; jQuery(document).ready(function($) { window.setTimeout('loadPinterest_119369()',1000);window.setTimeout('loadTwitter_119369()',1000);window.setTimeout('loadReddit_119369()',1000);window.setTimeout('loadGoogle1_119369()',1000);window.setTimeout('loadTumblr_119369()',1000); }); func­tion loadPinterest_119369(){ jQuery(document).ready(function($) { $.getScript(''); }); } func­tion loadTwitter_119369(){ jQuery(document).ready(function($) { $('.dd-twitter-119369').remove();$.getScript(''); }); } func­tion loadReddit_119369(){ jQuery(document).ready(function($) { $('.dd-reddit-119369').remove();$('.DD_REDDIT_AJAX_119369').attr('width','51');$('.DD_REDDIT_AJAX_119369').attr('height','69');$('.DD_REDDIT_AJAX_119369').attr('src',''); }); } func­tion loadGoogle1_119369(){ jQuery(document).ready(function($) { $('.dd-google1-119369').remove();$.getScript(''); }); } func­tion loadTumblr_119369(){ jQuery(document).ready(function($) { $('.dd-pocket-119369').remove();$.getScript(''); }); }
Google Unveils Self-Driving Car Prototype

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 it's … Read More…

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 program­ming tech­niques that … Read More…

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 content. It is … Read More…

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 … Read More…

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 upset about the … Read More…