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U.S. judge says NSA phone surveillance is lawful (Reuters)

“A federal judge ruled that a National Security Agency program that collects records of millions of Americans phone calls is lawful, [and] (…) does not violate Americans privacy rights.”

via UPDATE 3-U.S. judge says NSA phone surveillance is lawful | Reuters.

Just like something straight out of Fahrenheit 451 or 1984, except it’s not fictional. War is peace and captivity is freedom.

Not that I expected anything else, mind you. No judge will stop the efforts so far entrusted to the NSA. Just like Norman Stanley Fletcher, there’s but one mistake the NSA has made, that of getting caught.

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UK record labels launch unprecedented anti-Torrent campaign — RT News

UK record labels launch unprecedented anti-Torrent campaign — RT News.

It’s initiatives that seriously harm the record industry’s credibility. They fight for artists about as much as breweries are interested in people’s health.

Instead of stealing from artists, how about give them their fair share first so that there actually is something to defend?!

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Sony’s foray into video glasses could succeed

tl;dr: It’s a consumer grade device, don’t expect miracles.

Last week I got my Sony HMZ-T1, Sony’s new video glasses / visor product. Having seen their PR and having read a few reviews, I was already not expecting an Amazing style immersive experience. But I was curious nonetheless.

While the device setup is generally very simple and intuitive, fitting the thing on your head is not. The trick is to fit the front first, then adjust the straps, otherwise you have no clue as to how to adjust them.

Watching a DVD on the glasses is definitely an enjoyable experience as it does indeed give you the “portable cinema” experience. I have yet to try 3D BDs, but I trust they’ll measure up.

In the end though, this is not an Apple device and as such does remind me a little too much of cheap Japanese kids’ toys. It seems that in an effort to make the device affordable, Sony had to cut corners after having spent the bulk of the budget on the screens that make the magic possible.

So while Sony deserves much praise for having accomplished a great feat this early, the device category still has a long way to go. So until an Apple grade device becomes the norm in the $500 – $900 RRP range, Sony would do well to produce a tech enthusiast version made of better materials and equipped with a better rounded feature set in the $1,000 – $2,000 RRP range.

I love my HMZ-T1, but I want more.

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Internet Access Is Not a Human Right (NYT)

“There is a high bar for something to be considered a human right. Loosely put, it must be among the things we as humans need in order to lead healthy, meaningful lives, like freedom from torture or freedom of conscience. It is a mistake to place any particular technology in this exalted category, since over time we will end up valuing the wrong things.”

via Internet Access Is Not a Human Right – NYTimes.com.

Cerf is right of course. How would you feel if everyone got a pickaxe at birth without ever needing one?

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RIP Steve Jobs

Apple – Remembering Steve Jobs.

Here’s to the crazy ones. Thank you for teaching the world to think different.

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Microsoft files complaint against Google – Tony Romm and Mike Zapler – POLITICO.com

Microsoft files complaint against Google – Tony Romm and Mike Zapler – POLITICO.com.

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. M$ should be laughed out of court for this idiocy.

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Portable Blue Laser from Wicked Lasers – Spyder III Pro Arctic Series

Portable Blue Laser from Wicked Lasers – Spyder III Pro Arctic Series.

Yes, you too can now purchase your very own light saber.

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Apple’s secret to selling iPhones: Windows Mobile

Apple’s secret to selling iPhones: Windows Mobile

Oh the irony… 🙂

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Toy rocket inspires variable-speed bullets (New Scientist Tech)

Toy rocket inspires variable-speed bullets – tech – 21 July 2008 – New Scientist Tech

All that’s missing is the phaser tech now.

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Friday Fun: Mac Desktop Music Video

Friday Fun: Mac Desktop Music Video

A really well done video, a sort of Time for the naughties.

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Hollywood 2.0: Why the TV Industry Might lose 28% of its Audience Forever

YouLicense News and Updates: Hollywood 2.0: Why the TV Industry Might lose 28% of its Audience Forever

On that note, I think it’s time the studios fired all WGA workers and hired new ones. We may loose some quality in the process, but in the longer run, the message will pay off. Short strikes are ok, but extended silliness like this should never go unpunished. If those writers don’t want to work, they should be fired so that they don’t have to. That way both parties win.

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Secret mailing list rocks Wikipedia (The Register)

Secret mailing list rocks Wikipedia | The Register

This proves once again that communism doesn’t work. We aren’t all equal so it’s no use pretending we are.

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Facebook Founder Finds He Wants Some Privacy (NYT)

Facebook Founder Finds He Wants Some Privacy – New York Times

Talk about hypocrisy… The guy responsible for publishing every user’s private details by default can’t take what he dishes out. Maybe he feels he’s entitled to more than everyone else due to being a member of the “chosen people”. 🙄

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The Other $15 Billion Question: How Will Apple Spend Its Cash?

The Other $15 Billion Question: How Will Apple Spend Its Cash?

How about make their products affordable for the average computer user? Usually when you have a good product and you’re not Apple you lower its price.

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Belated Honesty: AT&T Stops Pretending To Be The Network With The “Fewest Dropped Calls” – Consumerist

Belated Honesty: AT&T Stops Pretending To Be The Network With The “Fewest Dropped Calls” – Consumerist

I am once again very happy to be a Verizon Wireless customer. You just can’t beat legacy protocols.

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European ISPs: “Aiding and abetting” copyright violations could land our CEOs in jail

European ISPs: “Aiding and abetting” copyright violations could land our CEOs in jail

And they have the balls to accuse us of having a police state…

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The End of Peak Oil?

The Weekly Standard

With a new technology from Shell we could tell those Muslims to go screw themselves for good. Independence at last!

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Web media upstart caters to conservatives – By Salena Zito

Townhall.com::Web media upstart caters to conservatives::By Salena Zito

I like the idea of a commie-free video site. I just hope they’re more respectful of our 1st amendment rights than YouTube has been.

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Ipod saves Soldier’s Life (Flickr)

Ipod saves Soldier’s Life on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

Looks like the cigarillo box myth is more than just a myth.

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Internet Access CAPTCHAs

Internet Access CAPTCHAs

This would a very good addition to more than just the Internet. There truly is a need for more idiot filters.

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Google TiSP

Welcome to Google TiSP

Wouldn’t it be great if there was as yet uncharted territory in the area of Internet access?

(Just remember the date.)

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IE7 still creating problems for developers? (Devthought)

Devthought – Guillermo Rauch’s Blog » IE7 still creating problems for developers?

And history repeats itself… Will Microsoft ever manage to build a standard compatible browser or will we developers have to sue them for damages for all the aggravation their bug infested app has caused us?

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Global Warming Swindle – By Thomas Sowell

Townhall.com::Global Warming Swindle::By Thomas Sowell

The channel 4 documentary is indeed a must see. Al Gore, the IPCC and all other leaders of the global warming cult should be tried for fraud and libel.

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Turkish court bans access to YouTube

Turkish court bans access to YouTube – World – insider.washingtontimes.com

Those silly Turks… When are nitwits like them going to realize that on the Internet, you can’t block access to specific sites? If Chinese users can circumvent their virtual wall, so can Turks who value their free speech.

It would be nice if this was an argument in favor of keeping them out of the EU, but it’s not as France has already demonstrated that even western countries are not immune from the infantile assumption that access to websites can be blocked for a whole country.

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China’s Evil Censorship Continues: Bans LiveJournal

China’s Evil Censorship Continues: Bans LiveJournal

Wow, what a great economic giant… 🙄

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Scientists invent real-life ‘tricorder’ for chemical analysis

Scientists invent real-life ‘tricorder’ for chemical analysis

I wonder how many more things Star Trek predicted with this much accuracy.

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Microsoft’s Vista-Live Strategy Already Impacting Google

Microsoft’s Vista-Live Strategy Already Impacting Google

I smell another lawsuit…

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Warrant Issued For Verizon’s Arrest (Consumerist)

Warrant Issued For Verizon’s Arrest – Consumerist

Now that is a creative way to “stick it to the man”.

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Why blurring sensitive information is a bad idea (dheera.net)

Why blurring sensitive information is a bad idea – dheera.net: Dheera Venkatraman’s web site

The above page explains at least in part why the federal government blacks out sensitive information instead of merely blurring it.

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Forget iPhone, Think Google Phone (GigaOM)

GigaOM » Forget iPhone, Think Google Phone

I wonder if I’ll be buying a Google Home branded house…

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2006 Web Technology Trends

2006 Web Technology Trends

And I thought it was too early for such reviews…

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The Japanese Super Safe Wii Safety Manual (Kotaku)

The Japanese Super Safe Wii Safety Manual – Kotaku

At least that manual doesn’t include mistranslations.

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10 Classic Features to ‘Bring Back’ to OS X (The Apple Blog)

10 Classic Features to ‘Bring Back’ to OS X at The Apple Blog

Great ideas. While I have only noticed the absence of a few of those features in OS X, things like the changing of the theme are essential. Maybe Windows is still better after all… 🙂

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New Technology Allows Wireless Recharging

LiveScience.com – New Technology Allows Wireless Recharging

Finally! I look forward to not having to fiddle with wires anymore.