Aug 30, 2007

I take issue

with this statement. The piece is good, thought provoking, and informative. But this jumped out at me:
people with a lot of "friends" may be more trustworthy than people with very few
Now, wait a minute. How does the number of friends equate with trust-worthiness? I have few Facebook friends. I have few because I am not interested in the numbers, I'm interested in the people. What they have to say, what they know, what I can learn, what I can share from my experience that may be helpful. How can anyone keep up with hundreds of friends? That's not friends. That's an audience.

Some of the most untrustworthy people have huge followings. And some of the most untrustworthy people are followers.

Google and search (Scripting News)

Yeah. What he said.

Come on, guys. When I read some of the comments about Scoble's videos, I'm thinking "somebody needs to get out a ruler and get it over with..."

The Technology Free Press » Scoble Doesn’t Deserve the Scorn He’s Getting
While I applaud those who’ve taken the high road in critiquing Scoble’s work, I disagree with those bashing him because of his opinions and those who seem to take a personal delight in seeing him bashed.

Reinvent the wheel?

The Breeze - Opinion
Instead of focusing so much energy and time on A-space, numerous agencies should put their resources together to brainstorm other safer methods of communicating. I am sure the atypical, super intelligent, computer-programming geek down at the CIA can come up with something a bit more clever than a networking site – perhaps even an à la mode gadget we could see James Bond using.
What? That's like not using a pen because, altho it's proven popular and useful for the average geek, we won't adapt it for our own uses. No, let's spend millions more coming up with something totally new. Because we can. We have the talent. And, well, we don't have anything else to do with our time.

Aug 28, 2007

Sleep deprived

When do we address the obvious and look to the studies that conclude that teenagers are biologically attuned to being late-risers - not so good at going to sleep when the sun goes down.

So, when does the school bus arrive? At least in my area, it's the crack of dawn.


'Junk sleep' damaging U.K. teenagers' health | CNET
Its poll of 1,000 youngsters aged 12 to 16 found that 30 percent managed just four to seven hours sleep as opposed to the recommended eight or nine hours.

Aug 25, 2007

Pro (phone) choice

And why, please, can't all phones work this way? Other than the obvious - greed.

I can go to Walmart, Radio Shack - a host of other places - and buy a phone I like for my landline. I can match my decor, or not. Have an answering machine, or not. Have speakerphone capabilities, or not. Was this not revenue-generating enough? Did this not work for the phone company? Did they loose too much money to the companies that made the phones?

Why can't I just pick out a cell phone I like the looks of, pick the services I want, and sign up with the company I want to use? Why, dammit?

Unlocked iPhone Works on T-Mobile and Others… - CyberNet News

Aug 24, 2007

Whose right is it, anyway?

Social Networking Faces More Legal Pressure
In response to Blumenthal's pressure, MySpace in July deleted more than 29,000 registered sex offenders using the popular site.

Civil rights and all that, blah,blah, blah. In an emergency, you know what they say: women and children first. The preying upon our children is just such an emergency situation. Trafficking in the innocence of children is wrong. Children should be able to safely play in their own neighborhoods. This is their neighborhood. Stay out.

And don't give me that crap about a compulsion you can't control. If that's the case, you'd be acting on it out in the open, anywhere, anytime. No hiding, no conniving, no secret societies, no disguises. Mo threats about keeping secrets. If you can make a plan to do it, you can make a plan to stop doing it.

Aug 22, 2007

Under Pressure

I want one. Well, actually, I want four five. Checking tire pressure is the biggest pain - I can't get that little gauge on without losing half the pressure that's already there.

Tiny gadget eases tire pressure worries | Tech news blog - CNET

Aug 21, 2007

Calendar Note: Blog Action Day

Blog Action Day
On October 15th, bloggers around the web will unite to put a single important issue on everyone’s mind - the environment.

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Aug 20, 2007


Too much to do, too much to read. Had to hire an assistant.

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Aug 6, 2007


It's a shame, really.

Will Sponsors Use Their Clout to Clean Up Sports? « Magnosticism
As long as the sponsors get whatever they perceive as a proper return on their investments, and as long as fans keep filling the seats, we’ll keep seeing plenty of news about indictments and drug scandals mixed in with the box scores.

Aug 4, 2007

Community Car

What a great idea for those who, for whatever reason, don't want to deal with the upkeep of a car they rarely use.

Community Car | Technology and Entertainment Video Network

Aug 3, 2007

There outta be a law

A man must have invented panty hose. No woman would do such a thing to other women.

Oh, how right you are. Worst invention ever.

I wonder what would happen if workplaces passed a law that any man with boobs big enough to hold a pencil under was required to wear a bra. Hmmmm.

WTF for Today

Buy the kid a computer? Where the hell are the well-paid execs of the companies he mentions? He should have an entire room filled with crap from them.

What the hell is up with our kids today? « Scobleizer

Can't get there from here

Why didn't they do this before? Oh, the hours it may have added to my life...

Google LatLong: How long will it take at rush hour?

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Aug 1, 2007

Wrong, wrong, wrong

Oh, this is just wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. If you seriously think this is necessary, you don't need to add technology, you need to change your life.

What next, a warning bell for when you've misplaced them in the house?

The laundry room, perhaps? Or did I bring it upstairs when I put the towels away. Oh, drat where did I leave that kid? Perhaps it's still in the shopping cart at the market?

This is just sad.

Baby On Board: Baby Alert Child Minder Remembers Your Kids When You Forget - Gizmodo