The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us,...– Pope Francis (via azspot) I’ve been pleasantly surprised and impressed by this new Pope.
You mean sites we use for free that make no money were actually built with the...– Matt Bors (via azspot)
Long ago, we realized that simply trusting people and government agencies to...– Transparency and Accountability Don’t Hurt Security—They’re Crucial to It (via azspot)
People don’t want to buy a quarter-inch drill, they want a quarter-inch hole.– Theodore Levitt (via marksweep)
Peter Nixey: Dear Apple, let’s talk about photos →
peternixey: So Apple, I think you’ve got a bit confused. Don’t worry about sharing, we don’t need you for that. Your job is to take photos, organise them and make sure they don’t get lost. So let’s talk about how you can do that. Right on.
There’s a point at which sitting by the TV during disturbing events has...– ~ Conor Friedersdorf Something I think about every time a tragedy (or celebrity court trial) is televised.
Yes, the long war on Christianity. I pray that one day we may live in an America...– Jon Stewart (via azspot) It frustrates to no end when a member of a majority group plays the victim.
Henry Mason describes a friend who said, “My dad had one job his whole...– Seth Godin “In Search of Resilience”
He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from...– Thomas Paine (via azspot)
This is a lot of fun.
West Virginia Won't Release Broadband Report... →
tbridge: The Charleston Gazette is reporting that the state of West Virginia hired a consulting firm for over $100,000 to investigate the state’s use of Federal stimulus money (which included the purchase of $22,000 routers for tiny buildings). Unfortunately, the state government is now refusing a FOIA request to release the firm’s report. The reason? The findings ‘might be embarrassing to...
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did...– Steve Jobs, Wired, February, 1995 (via fiftyfootshadows)
The Enduring Myth of the 'Free' Internet →
Perhaps the most critical appraisal of how our system has evolved comes in David Cay Johnston’s book published last fall, The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use Plain English to Rob You Blind. Introducing Johnston for an interview on public radio’s On the Media, the host, Brooke Gladstone, cited a Commerce Department report that “100 million Americans do not have high speed Internet at home,...
Justices Turn Back Challenge to Broader US... →
azspot: Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. said that the journalists, lawyers and human rights advocates who challenged the constitutionality of the law could not show they had been harmed by it and so lacked standing to sue. The plaintiffs’ fear that they would be subject to surveillance in the future was too speculative to establish standing, he wrote. Justice Alito...
Company 'Personal Audio' Claiming Patent... →
jordanmorris: thecomedybureau: Apparently, trolling has extended to patents where an individual or company will try to file a law suit based on a patent they have that don’t use. Marc Maron, Adam Carolla, and Jesse Thorn have been targeted like this by Personal Audio specifically, almost in a predatory way. If you love podcasts, give this a read. Most podcasters don’t make a ton of money...
Well that’s why we’re doing this podcast. I feel like it’s the three page...– RotL Ep. 66: “If I Could Stop Time” (via roderickin)
Imagine an Internet where unseen hands curate your entire experience. Where...– The Rich See a Different Internet Than the Poor (via azspot) Perhaps a touch on the paranoid side, but I do worry about a segregated internet of the future.
There are a lot of bright shiny objects that are confusing people about the...– Susan Crawford (via azspot)
Obama Administration Considers Joining Publishers... →
A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and...– Louis Nizer Between You and Me, Beechurst Press, 1948.
How to Get High-Speed Internet to All Americans →
At the heart of the problem lie a few powerful companies with enormous influence over policy making. Both the wireless and wired markets for high-speed Internet access have become heavily concentrated, and neither is subject to substantial competition nor oversight. Companies like Time Warner Cable routinely get their way when they seek to prevent local officials from encouraging competition....
J.J. Abrams to Direct Next 'Star Wars' →
parislemon: Lucas Shaw of The Wrap: J.J. Abrams will direct the next “Star Wars” film for Disney, taking stewardship of one of Hollywood’s most iconic and lucrative film franchises, an individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap. Because regular people don’t confuse Star Wars and Star Trek enough already… Seriously though, if this is true (didn’t he just deny it recently?),...
Why Public Libraries Matter: And How They Can Do... →
The growth of electronic reading holds significant opportunities and threats for both public libraries and publishers. This is no small affair: new research from the Pew Research Center shows that a third of Americans now own eBook readers or tablet devices, and Amazon sells more eBooks than print books. Big six publishers limit public libraries’ access to eBooks at their own peril. They...