Category Archives: Tech/Science

Facebook isn’t worth nothin

Interesting theory: Facebook’s revenue is unsustainable because Facebook ads are nearly worthless: Facebook posts huge revenues. In fact, recent reports are that Facebook is very profitable. This boosts both their respect in the world and their valuation. However, these returns, while real, are unsustainable. They exist and are sustained in the same manner that Ponzi […]

Net Neutrality

Remember how wireless carriers try to screw you left and right? Want to send one txt message over your limit? That’ll be $1 per message. Thanks! Want to block that creepy guy who keeps calling you thinking your his sister? That’ll be $5 per month. Thanks! Want to roam outside of your network? That’ll be […]

What about us?

From the NY Times: Computer security researchers are raising alarms about vulnerabilities in some of the Web’s most secure corners: the banking, e-commerce and other sites that use encryption to communicate with their users. Those sites, which are typically identified by a closed lock displayed somewhere in the Web browser, rely on a third-party organization […]

Spammers going lo-tech

Selling fake penis pills is important business: Sophisticated spammers are paying people in India, Bangladesh, China and other developing countries to tackle the simple tests known as captchas, which ask Web users to type in a string of semiobscured characters to prove they are human beings and not spam-generating robots. The going rate for the […]

Sign of the apocalypse: Facebook edition

Facebook was the #1 visited site last week, edging out Google for the first time. It won’t be long before our economy and public services grind to a halt under the stress of so much Farmville.

Earth still getting warmer

In the United States we keep getting hit by wave after wave of gigantic snowstorms. And yet global warming continues. Did you know that January 2010 was the warmest January on record? “January, according to satellite (data), was the hottest January we’ve ever seen,” said Nicholls of Monash University’s School of Geography and Environmental Science in […]

The iPad

Harbinger of doom for open computing? It’s not an open computer. It’s not a Mac. The bottom line: you can’t do the things that an open computing experience allows. You can’t connect the hardware you want, develop or run the software you want, or have the open-ended experience computers have provided. Or, a home computer […]

Search engine agnosticism

When I first heard that Rupert Murdoch was going to block search engines from indexing his news sites (Wall Street Journal, FOX News, and more) I thought it was an interesting idea. Possibly brilliant. Blocking all search engines could very well destroy most of the traffic to his sites, or it might make fans start […]

Is Apple An A-hole?

News came out over the weekend about a patent Apple filed in regards to technology that “displays advertising on almost anything that has a screen of some kind: computers, phones, televisions, media players, game devices and other consumer electronics.” (NYT) As the NYT states, the technology wouldn’t be an annoying pop up but “the technology […]

Kill me now

“Safety experts, worried that [hybrid cars] pose a threat if pedestrians, children and others can’t hear them approaching, want automakers to supply some digitally enhanced vroom. Indeed, just as cellphones have ring tones, “car tones” may not be far behind” – NY Times _____ Update: I swear I didn’t read John Cole’s post before I […]