“The kid who doesn’t exist”

28 April 2010

In-depth reporting from the Indianapolis Star about an 18-year-old with no official identity. Almost sounds like the premise for a Philip K Dick story. Since he doesn’t have a social security number he can’t get a driver’s license, part-time job, or qualify for financial aid programs for college.

Turning down Netflix

25 April 2010

Netflix refuses copyright holder’s request to stream her film without DRM. Nina Paley (the filmmaker) owns the film outright. There are no rights issues whatsoever. I believe the issue here is related to this culture we have where we assume everyone is a criminal. It’s actually more work for Netflix to let people watch a […]

CNet: Lost iPhone prototype spurs police probe

23 April 2010

Silicon Valley police are investigating what appears to be a lost Apple iPhone prototype purchased by a gadget blog, a transaction that may have violated criminal laws, a law enforcement official told CNET on Friday. I believe the whole thing was a case of common theft and the sale of stolen goods. Looks like Apple […]

Android OS Installed on iPhone

22 April 2010

This is, as Andy Baio calls it, “a clever hack”, and that’s about it. It is worthy of note primarily because it is, as far as I know, the first time a non-Apple OS has been installed on the iPhone hardware. At least, the first time in public. The real power of the iPhone isn’t […]

Akihabara, an HTML5 Video Game Toolkit

20 April 2010

From the project description: It is a set of libraries, tools and presets to create pixelated indie-style 8/16-bit era games in Javascript that runs in your browser without any Flash plugin, making use of a small small small subset of the HTML5 features, that are actually available on many modern browsers. There are 5 really […]

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