Today feels like a Phase 2 day.
Nestor Judkins, crook pop-over in India from our current issue.
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Is it just me, or is Facebook incapable of original ideas? As I think back through the history of the most popular social network (and website) on the planet, every “new” change that I can think of which they have installed involves someone else’s ideas. The only original changes which jump to mind are the never-ending additions and subtractions to their mostly controversial privacy policies. I guess when the very origins of the site are still in question to this day (whether or not Zuck stole the idea from his college classmates), it shouldn’t be too surprising that each new feature added seems oddly reminiscent, if not downright copied, from another social site. (more)
Google’s internet balloons launch in New Zealand.
30 balloons were launched from Tekapo, New Zealand this week as part of a larger plan to “connect the 2 out of every 3 people on Earth” who don’t have an internet connection.
The balloons are solar powered, and expand to 15 meters in diameter when fully inflated. At 20km high, the balloons are well above commercial aircraft and most weather activity.
Google chose New Zealand to show how the technology could be deployed in a remote area (and possibly to have a vacation in an awesome spot - I’m going to Tekapo this week too!). The nearby city of Christchurch also suffered power and internet outages after earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, so Google is aiming to show how the system could quickly deploy to provide internet access in a disaster.
In the last 24 hours, sales of the ‘big brother’ book 1984 on Amazon.com have soared by almost 7000% as the reality of the surveillance state come to the public’s attention. As Liberty Blitzkrieg’s Mike Krieger notes, we suppose it makes sense tha…
The difference now is that people consider the book a documentary and not a science fiction novel…
ANONYMOUS MICROSOFT ENGINEER MAKES SENSE OF XBOX ONE
An anonymous Microsoft Engineer of the Xbox One team has posted on Pastbin an explanation that details what Microsoft’s grand vision really is for the Xbox One; basically it’s to provide a more Steam-like experience on your Xbox One.
While it can’t be verified that the individual really is an engineer at Microsoft or if any of this is true, there are several points in the post that are quite enlightening so long as this isn’t yet another person on the internet F*ing with everyone.
Thanks to Arcchild for sending this in.
Read the complete post after the jump.
Seems semi-legit. I thought Microsoft served it up terribly. But at least this guy makes it less cryptic. Steam-like DRM. (Understand.) Has to connect once every 24 much like Tivo. (Yep, understand that, too.) More money going back to developers instead of Gamestop hands. (Got it.) Plus I think people are underestimating the whole HDMI pass through. But what the hell do I know? Xbox had a few good year of watching the hate ensue toward the PS3, so I guess it is Xbox’s turn again.
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Weird Stats of the Day: Toddlers killed more Americans than terrorists did this year
Opposing Views brings some frightening (though obviously tongue-in-cheek) statistics about the future of America: more American lives have been claimed by gun fatalities involving American toddlers than terrorist attacks this year. In the past five months, a total of 11 people were killed by preschoolers with firearms compared to the four that perished in the Boston explosions — the only terrorist attack to occur this year. We can only hope the NSA will ramp up surveillance on children less than 5 years of age in order to counter this threat to national security.