3 April 2014

Apparently the coffee hasn’t kicked in yet

IM chat just now: Scott: When are they installing the solar system? mathew: What? Scott: You still putting solar panels on your house? mathew: Oh, right. I was thinking cosmos. Scott: that is funny mathew: Like, that was installed tens of millions of years ago when the sun cooled. Scott: imagine all the permits that would be needed now mathew: “I’m sorry, you can’t build rings around Saturn, they’re not in keeping with the neighboring planets. ... Read more

3 April 2014

Mozilla selects new CTO

The Mozilla Organization today sought to provide further support to beleaguered CEO Brendan Eich, who has been facing criticism over his donation of $1,000 to California’s Proposition 8 campaign to ban same-sex marriage. Mozilla announced that Eich will now be joined by a new Chief Technical Officer, the rotting corpse of Fred Phelps. “Yes, technically he’s dead,” admitted Mozilla HR director Ian Competenza, “But that means his offensive actions are all in the past, and must therefore be forgotten. ... Read more

30 March 2014

ICANN, Freedom™ and Apple Pie®

[Note: This was submitted to RISKS digest but rejected.] A WSJ op-ed quoted in RISKS digest: This means, effective next year, the U.S. will no longer oversee the “root zone file,” which contains all names and addresses for websites world-wide. If authoritarian regimes in Russia, China and elsewhere get their way, domains could be banned and new ones not approved for meddlesome groups such as Ukrainian-independence organizations or Tibetan human-rights activists. ... Read more

27 March 2014

Leland Yee: A look back

2005: Taking advantage of the publicity around the “Hot Coffee” mod for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Leland Yee introduces AB1179, a California bill aiming to regulate violent video games. It eventually gets struck down by the Supreme Court as an unconstitutional violation of free speech 2013: Following the publicity around the Newton CT school shootings, Leland Yee takes to Twitter to argue for the closing of assault weapon loopholes. He also says that he still thinks video games need regulation: ... Read more

24 March 2014

3D printing update

Engineer Jim Smith just finished constructing what he calls the world’s first 3D-printed kayak. Meanwhile, 3D Systems has developed a 3D sugar printing system, and is working with The Hershey Company on a 3D printer that prints with chocolate. So pretty soon, you’ll be able to have your kayak and eat it.

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