Category: General

  • The new Google Maps for iPhone

    I’m quite glad Google maps is back on the iPhone. I find its accuracy and ability to give me transit directions most useful. Here are a couple of screenshots of Google doing what it does best. God, why won’t you just sign in already? We’ve creeped on you as much as we can from the […]

  • Allergy bullying: When food is a weapon | CNN

    (CNN) – In kindergarten, Owen Kellogg came home sobbing one day because another boy at school had told him that he had a peanut, and that he was going to force Owen to eat it. CNN was never a good news source – but the combination of Piers Morgan pontificating on the superiority of the […]

  • Microsoft inks $617 million deal to bring Windows 8 to 330,000 Department of Defense employees | GeekWire

    “[The agreement] recognizes the shift to mobility,” said David G. Simpson, DISA’s vice director and senior procurement executive. “Microsoft is committed to making sure that the technology within the agreement has a mobile-first focus, and we expect to begin to take advantage of Microsoft’s mobile offerings as part of our enterprise mobility ecosystem.” Make no […]

  • I Do Not Support the Troops | Common Dreams (Michael Moore)

    Striking piece by Michael Moore on the hypocrisy of saying “I support our troops”. I don’t yet know what the stats are for Canadian troops, though it’s common knowledge that we participate in the same cash/land/resource grabbing operations to our own ethical detriment. I don’t “support the troops” or any of those other hollow and […]

  • Ubuntu Phone will likely get nowhere.

    When consumers buy a smartphone they expect that there will be a suite of online services run by its vendor – they’ll be told to use these services, and they’ll happily obey. If you ask people to buy a phone and choose their own services and products they’ll freak. No one likes freedom – when […]

  • Activists protest Microsoft deal | Egypt Independent

    The main contention with the deal, the activists say, is that Microsoft products bought by the government are imported, expensive and their code source is usually closed and protected by rigid copyright rules which do not allow for knowledge sharing and generation. Meanwhile, an alternative lies with locally conceived, less expensive software, whose open code […]

  • Not a Pessimist

    OH: “No, I’m not a pessimist. The world shits on everybody. Pretending it ain’t shit makes you an idiot, not an optimist.”

  • Shrill backlash to men’s rights advocate | Toronto SUN

    I’m firmly in the men’s rights camp at this point, especially because I’ve seen the way women can profit immensely from crying rape, or winning a man’s hard earned money in a divorce settlement forcing him to work until death or flee to a non-treaty country, simply because she has to leave the marriage to […]

  • Samsung and TeliaSonera drop the set-top box with launch of world’s first IPTV solution for Smart TVs | The Next Web

    The new technology allows Samsung’s Smart TVs — including Series 7 and Series 8 sets — to display IPTV services provided by Elion (part of the TeliaSonera group) in Estonia. The solution comes with full support for key linear, recording, catch-up and on-demand features. From a technical point of view this is stupid. Swearing off […]

  • European Telcos Feebly Try to Justify ITU Cash Grab | DSLReports

    I’ve noted that while a lot of the talk of the UN “taking over the Internet” is American business interest hyperbole, international telcos have been using the upcoming talks about Internet governance to push the international telco dream of forcing content companies to subsidize network builds. It’s a cash grab by government-pampered monopolists, plain and […]