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Origin Game Portal, Fie Upon Thee and Thy House and Lands and Cattle too

Fulfilling my proper role as a father in fattening my children up with electronic gaming that would make Tipper Gore blanch, this afternoon I purchased a game through Origin. After shoveling $4,932,894.32(9/10 – damn the government taxes) down the gaping maw of the Origin shopping cart, I received an e-mail informing me blandly that all […]

Why Orion?

In about an hour and a half from now, NASA will send an unmanned version of its new Orion spaceship up into orbit, riding on the back of a Delta IV Heavy rocket. It’s very retro-looking, without any fins or wings at all. The full name of the spaceship is rather institutional: Orion Multi-Purpose Crew […]

Coalition Releases Software To Protect Against Government Spying

Yesterday, a coalition of groups including Amnesty International, Digitale Gesellschaft, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Privacy International announced the release of Detekt, a piece of software that can detect many of the spybots used by the NSA, other governments, and corporations to track people’s online activity.

Detekt won’t work on all computers, and the governments […]

New Verizon TechZine Aims for Millenial Audience While Banning Talk About Surveillance

Patrick Howell O’Neill of DailyDot reveals that telecommunications megacorporation Verizon wants to set up its very own supercool tech news page called “SugarString.” It’s supposed to appeal to “Millenials” and be superslick and popular-like…

… except visitors can’t leave any comments on any of the articles or participate in any active way on the site, […]

Corporate Responsibility Splashes All Over The Place At First Data In Omaha

“First Data and KKR work together to measure and improve the environmental performance of our business through the Green Portfolio Program established with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).”

That’s the promise that comes from First Data, an online payment company with an avowed vision to “To shape the future of global commerce by delivering the […]

Police Deploy Creepy Computer Cop Spy Program in America… Here’s How to Get Rid of It

Thanks to the Electronic Frontier Foundation for bringing my attention this evening to Computer Cop, a computer program designed to log keystrokes and send them, unencrypted, over the internet:

Malware filters and anti-virus software won’t stop Computer Cop, because in our police-friendly culture the software hasn’t been classified as malware, even though its intent […]

Apple Forces OS Mavericks Out Of Sync With iOS 8 Update

The release of iOS 8 and the release of OS Yosemite are a month out of sync with each other. Apparently, no one at Apple, the company that is supposed to specialize in elegant design, considered the implications of this gap for the user experience. […]

Middle School Kids: Stuck in a Home School Rut? Try a bit of Code.Org

Every day, it seems more and more kids in the crucial middle school years are in the middle of a home schooling situation. Are you one of those kids? Maybe it’s because your parents are so zealous that they don’t want you to hear about ideas outside the family religion. Maybe it’s because you left […]

Emaze: The Animated Gif of the 2010s

If you are old enough to remember Bob Dole, you’re old enough to remember the 1990s, when the latest thing to have for any website was an animated GIF:

Until their recent resurgence as a form of ironic retro behavior in an era of high bandwidth, animated GIF graphics were a laughingstock, derided for […]

New Park in Rockland, Maine Celebrates Google Maps

“The brilliance of Google,” writes Owl Eyes Creative, “is that the company has grown to understand its users.”

Part of understanding Google’s users is an understanding of where Google users live. Google has become an unrivaled expert at using the power of well-designed data mining to create a deeper level of understanding for users about […]

Do As The Predictive Analytics Innovation Summit Says, Not As It Does

If the people at the Predictive Analytics Innovation Summit are so good at predictive analytics, how come they have to ask me if I would like to attend? […]