Vanilla Forums 2.0

30 August 2010

The smoothest forum package you’ll find right now hits version 2.0 (finally). I missed this when it happened on July 21st, but better late than never.

My Predictions For The September 1st Apple Event

29 August 2010

I agree with almost everything Jesper of Waffle Software has said on his blog in the past. This is no different. Huge capacity iPod Touch (128gb?) with FaceTime-enabled cameras, iPhone 4 guts, and Retina. Goodbye iPod Classic. The Shuffle goes away, and in it’s place there is now an iPod Nano at the $99 price […]

Patent-Trolling “Intellectual Ventures” Using Over 1,000 Shell Companies

28 August 2010

Possibly the worst patent trolls ever. Their business model is to threaten companies into paying them for use of their (often dubious) patents, using shell companies so the action can’t be traced back to them. Just so we’re clear on Extra Future’s position: Intellectual Ventures is a jackass company run by jackasses. The fact that […]

Custom Sixth Scale Rod Serling Action Figure

26 August 2010

Costing $55 for the unpainted head of Mr. Serling, I wish I had the kitbashing skills an the cash to buy this little guy and have him sit on my desk, silently judging me. This guy used the body of a Cigarette Smoking Man figure, which looks great, but a blue shirt and red tie? […]

Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight Relaunches as NYT Blog

25 August 2010

A great pickup for the NYT, and makes a lot of sense for Silver, too. If you’re not familiar with FiveThirtyEight, it is the work of statistician Nate Silver doing his mathamagic on US Politics. He modeled the 2008 US election nearly perfectly. Do yourself a favor and read his introduction post.

Fighting Terror With Freedom

25 August 2010

Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg has given a second incredibly-well-written speech in support of the so-called “Ground-Zero Moqsue,” which manages to have some lovely pull-quotes such as: But if we say that a mosque and community center should not be built near the perimeter of the World Trade Center site, we would compromise […]

Motorola’s Android 2.2 Rollout

24 August 2010

Proving that because you hand them a decent smartphone OS doesn’t mean they’ll know what to do with it: After a leaked Android 2.2 ROM became available through unofficial sources, Motorola sent cease and desist letters to websites hosting the update, according to IntoMobile. The reasoning may be sound — after all, folks who jumped […]

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