20 May 2010

Reflections on Everybody Draw Mohammed Day

It’s Everybody Draw Mohammed Day, and as the festivities continue, predictably there are lots of well-meaning people saying that we should all put our pens and pencils down and not offend all those awfully nice Muslim folks. An article at Huffington Post suggests that Muslims are being singled out, and that black religious extremists would never be ridiculed. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen the Black Panthers parodied in numerous movies. Maybe Everybody Draw Mohammed Day makes peaceful Muslims angry, but we wouldn’t have the day if it wasn’t for the non-peaceful Muslims, so maybe it would be more productive to focus anger on the cause of the issue, rather than the reaction to it. ... Read more

17 May 2010

The Ophiuchi Hotline

Recently I picked up a copy of The Ophiuchi Hotline by John Varley. I had always wanted to read it. After a couple of dozen pages, I realized that I had read it, years ago. I then realized that I couldn’t remember how it turned out, and that I wanted to know. So I had to read it again. It’s quite rare for me to read a book more than once. ... Read more

11 May 2010

Facebook privacy drama

On TechCrunch, Paul Carr pretty much nails the Facebook situation. Yes, Facebook’s privacy “promise” has been steadily eroding. However, the problem isn’t that Facebook has given up on offering privacy. Rather, the problem is that Facebook initially sold people on the myth that they could fill the Internet with personal information and magically expect that it would stay personal. I don’t know whether that was a deliberate bait and switch, or simply naïvety on the part of its founder. ... Read more

10 May 2010

Android beats out iPhone

As I predicted back in January, Android has now beaten out the iPhone in market share. It’s now 7 points ahead, at 28% vs 21%. Sure, there will be a small blip when the iPhone version 4 is released. But there will also be blips for the HTC Evo 4G, the Droid Incredible, maybe even the Sony Xperia X10. The more you tighten your grip, Steve, the more users will slip through your fingers. ... Read more

9 May 2010

True urban legends

This American Life recently had a show about urban legends that might be true. The second segment, about things foreigners believe about America, was particularly poignant. It talked about the things that foreigners are told happen in America, that they can’t actually believe are true. Partly the problem is the media. My experience is that many people in Europe believe that America is the way they see it in movies and TV shows–at least as far as crime and violence are concerned. ... Read more

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