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If you can’t count the number of beers in your fridge…

 USA Today shares a useful new piece of technology…  … for people too drunk to count or with such a large bounty that they don’t need to count.  Behold the Internet of Useless Things.

Just You Wait Until We Discover DNA!

This weekend, I’m doing a bit of research about the stories people tell about technology. One of the most popular stories that I have come across is the tale that technological improvements are going to enable such a huge amount of change that life will soon be beyond our current imagination.

Investment manager Ben […]

You Say Advertisement, And I Say Sponsored Content

Companies could, instead of playing Yavli’s cat-and-mouse game with ad blockers, work on creative ways to communicate in authentic ways with consumers, without advertising. Of course, that would require the companies to develop some understanding of cultural authenticity. […]

Can You Decipher this Minecraft Reference?

When one of my kids logged into play Minecraft yesterday, this message appeared:

I laughed out loud in recognition. My challenge to you in cultural archeology: can you explain (or better yet, recall) the meaning of the statement on this screen?

Any Other Windows 10 Horror Stories Out There?

Two weeks ago, I “upgraded” from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, drawn by the promise of…

a) talking to a computer like Jean-Luc Picard, and

b) relief from the slow, pointless Start screen.

For two weeks, I tried to make Windows 10 work. I enjoyed calling out “Hey, Cortana” for about fifteen minutes, and a […]

What You Can Do That Google Can’t

This summer, Google bragged about its latest generation of server technology: “From Firehose, our first in-house datacenter network, ten years ago to our latest-generation Jupiter network, we’ve increased the capacity of a single datacenter network more than 100x. Our current generation — Jupiter fabrics — can deliver more than 1 Petabit/sec of total bisection bandwidth. […]

New iPhone App Is Mindful For You Automatically, So You Don’t Have To Be

The idea, say the people at Spire, is that people need a machine to be mindful, so that people don’t have to go through the work of learning self-control. […]

Churches Using Facial Recognition Software To Control Their Members

Researchers from places like the American Religious Identification Survey and the Pew Center on Religion and Public life find that, as the years progress, more and more Americans are declaring themselves to belong to no particular religion, and to have no interest in going to church. In response, religious leaders scratch their heads as if […]

Results, Not Rhetoric, From Rick Perry

Over the weekend, Rick Perry issued a challenge to Hillary Clinton. He tweeted that “Americans want results not rhetoric.”

As Governor of Texas, Rick Perry certainly got results.

– At the end of his term of Governor, Texas began to lose tens of thousands of jobs per month, as the boom-and-bust cycles of the oil […]

House Democrats Fail To Block Amendment Banning License Plate Surveillance Cameras By Department of Transportation

Why are so many congressional Democrats consistently opposed to legislation that would protect Americans from unconstitutional search and seizure by automatic license plate readers, and why do most congressional Republicans support the legislation, when they have demonstrated such strong contempt for constitutional rights in other occasions? […]

Skylock Introduces Us To The Idiotic Side Of The Internet Of Things

Skylock makes your bicycle part of the Internet of Things, so what could be the problem? Well… […]