10 March 2015

The ACLU gets it wrong

The ACLU has decided to take the side of the Washington Redskins: Last June, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office cancelled the football team’s federally registered trademark, which it deemed disparaging to Native Americans. We don’t disagree with that judgment, but the government should not be able to decide what types of speech are forbidden – even when the speech in question reflects viewpoints we all agree are repellent. ... Read more

9 March 2015

Random Apple thoughts

38 models of Apple watch, presumably powered by the sound of Steve Jobs spinning in his grave. Entry level price: $350 for the aluminium model. You know what’s a really terrible material to make a watch casing out of? Aluminium. Soft metal. If you’re anything like me it’ll be covered in small dents after a year or two. Still, you can buy next year’s model then, right? ... Read more

1 March 2015

Craig Brittain, Kevin Bollaert, Hunter Moore and Casey Meyering

It’s been a bad week for Craig Brittain: « An ongoing CBS4 Investigation has found indications that Craig Brittain, the operator of a Colorado Springs-based “revenge porn” website, may have pretended he was a woman to trick other women into sending him nude pictures. » « Craig Brittain—the former operator of revenge porn site IsAnybodyDown.com—is invoking the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in a bid to remove 23 links in all—an irony-filled DMCA takedown request that Google is ignoring. ... Read more

27 February 2015

Unsure about net neutrality?

Apparently there are still a few people unclear on whether net neutrality is a good thing for innovation and freedom of speech. Let me clear that up by looking at who’s on each side, excluding political mouthpieces. Netflix, Google, Microsoft, Kickstarter, Reddit, Vonage, Amazon, Yahoo, eBay, Dish Network, Etsy, Facebook, Tumblr, Dropbox, Automattic (of WordPress fame), BitTorrent, Mozilla, and Level 3 (probably the biggest Internet backbone interconnect company) were all in favor of net neutrality. ... Read more

26 February 2015

Why I didn’t click on your Twitter link

Shock horror, people are starting to notice that nobody clicks on links that are posted to Twitter. As I’ve mentioned before, Twitter was never designed for sharing links and sucks at it. But since people persist in trying to use it that way and then wonder why nobody clicks on their links… Seven possible reasons why I didn’t click on your Twitter link You didn’t post any text to go with the link. ... Read more

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