Monthly Archives: December 2013

Some Of 2013 In Review

These are not all the posts from the past year. Nor are they even the most interesting. It’s a potpourri of stuff, loosely organized alphabetically by sometimes-loose categories.

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Shove Your Logic
Logic: Made For Machines, Not People

How The Windows RT Nook Will Happen And Its Price

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The Tragedy Of The HP Slate 21

There have been several large Android slates released — from Asus and Acer and Lenovo — but none of them seem as appealing as the HP Slate 21.

Unlike the others, it has a full HD — 1920 x 1080 — touchscreen, an up-to-date CPU (Tegra 4), and is meant to be a replacement for that nasty and ancient Windows box that causes people to rip out their hair for its slowness (OK, that last bit was me projecting onto everyone else; but still, I can’t be alone — this is why tablets are selling more than Windows). It’s a desktop replacement by itself, not some bizarre Android add-on to a Windows 8 box.

Photo from The Register

Unfortunately, HP seems to be keen to release products no one in their right mind would buy. They crippled that powerful Tegra 4 by shackling it to just 1GB of RAM and a stingy and unbelievable 8GBs of internal storage!

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Trust Is The Glue That Binds Us Together

The NSA and the Corrosion of Silicon Valley

All this leads back to trust. Billions of people let Silicon Valley into their daily lives and they hug it close. They trust our products to find information, to get work done, to talk to each other, to buy and sell stuff, and to have fun. That trust is a decades-old endowment built up by inventor-founders from Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore through to the present day. The magic of compound growth works in our favor when trust is accumulating. But now we are making trust withdrawals every day as people around the world learn how the NSA has woven surveillance, search, and seizure into and around our products. This is the painful flip side of compound growth: the trust withdrawals compound too.

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Babylon Lives Again


Americans are brainwashed into worshipping the very systems that use them like animals.

That statement from Umair Haque opened my eyes this week.

And now this: Publishing isn’t dying…it’s just changing.

Here is the best part: Receiving covers from more then 60 designers and being able to give advice along the way only cost me $290.

Now we have e-sweatshops. Where everyone with a spare buck to spend can sit back and dangle that dollar and watch — as fun! — desperate people claw at each other to grab it.

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“Buy From Our Store. We’re NSA-FREE!”

Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit

Sometimes it appears that the world’s most modern spies are just as reliant on conventional methods of reconnaissance as their predecessors.

Take, for example, when they intercept shipping deliveries. If a target person, agency or company orders a new computer or related accessories, for example, TAO can divert the shipping delivery to its own secret workshops. The NSA calls this method interdiction. At these so-called “load stations,” agents carefully open the package in order to load malware onto the electronics, or even install hardware components that can provide backdoor access for the intelligence agencies. All subsequent steps can then be conducted from the comfort of a remote computer.

These minor disruptions in the parcel shipping business rank among the “most productive operations” conducted by the NSA hackers, one top secret document relates in enthusiastic terms. This method, the presentation continues, allows TAO to obtain access to networks “around the world.”

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

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The Girl With The Samsung Tattoo


What happens when @artistikem gets a Samsung Galaxy Note phone.


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Doctor Who 2013 Christmas Special: The Time Of The Doctor


By now everyone should have seen it. If you haven’t — spoilers!

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AnTuTu For iOS Coming Soon!

AnTuTu Benchmark for IOS will land Apps store soon


This is so great. I’ll finally be able to see how powerful iOS devices are compared to Android. And how will that new 64-bit CPU from Apple score?


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Merry Christmas 2013

Don’t wind up like Jacob Marley.

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“Business!” cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. “Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”

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AnTuTu X Shatters My World

Previously here: Third Samsung Galaxy S III Test

Wherein I published this:


That score … does not seem to be valid.

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