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April 4th, 2014
thesmithian

“Amazon has a vested interest in making sure it’s present at every moment of possible consumption, which is all the time…It wants to get into that television screen and start to build a relationship.”

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March 27th, 2014
thesmithian

Older men in tech are discovering the unseen work that women and people of color have done for decades. Fitting in is hard work—an additional, invisible task on the daily to-do list.

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March 22nd, 2014
thesmithian

'Confidential internal Google and Apple memos, buried within piles of court dockets…clearly show that what began as a secret cartel agreement between Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s Eric Schmidt to illegally fix the labor market for hi-tech workers, expanded within a few years to include companies ranging from Dell, IBM, eBay and Microsoft, to Comcast, Clear Channel, Dreamworks, and London-based public relations behemoth WPP. All told, the combined workforces of the companies involved totals well over a million employees.'

much more, here.

March 20th, 2014
thesmithian

'Pres. Obama may abandon his…Blackberry in favor of an Android device before he leaves office. White House officials are…testing new smartphones…'

March 20th, 2014
thesmithian

'Few who unplug really want to surrender their citizenship in the land of technology; they simply want to travel outside it on temporary visas. Those who truly leave the land of technology are rarely heard from again, partly because such a way of living is so incommensurable.'

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March 13th, 2014
thesmithian
Journalism and technology won’t just magically diversify when they shift over to a new platform.
March 6th, 2014
thesmithian

“When I saw her wearing the glasses, all I could think of was my friends who are being pushed out of [San Francisco]…The only people who can afford to live here are techies. I was born and raised here, and for the first time in my life I want to leave.”

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…the conflict stemmed partly from the perception among some that Google Glass is a symbol of privilege and the rising presence of affluent tech workers in the [San Francisco] community.

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March 2nd, 2014
thesmithian

…one fanciful possibility is that we live in a computer simulation based on the laws of mathematics—not in what we commonly take to be the real world. According to this theory, some highly advanced computer programmer of the future has devised this simulation, and we are unknowingly part of it. Thus when we discover a mathematical truth, we are simply discovering aspects of the code that the programmer used.

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March 1st, 2014
thesmithian

'…if a restaurant decided they wanted to throw out a gay couple, that couple should…just go somewhere else. It isn't the government's role to protect the civil rights of people. If a business owner's God didn't like black people, for example, he could simply throw them out and put up a sign saying “no blacks allowed for religious reasons”…If a Muslim business owner didn't want to serve Jewish people, just go somewhere else, Jews. I presume [the writer] would appreciate some sort of app or website that kept a catalog of which businesses do business with which groups of people. That's the sort of society he wants to live in. Which was exactly how things were before the Civil Rights Act…'

Pretty shocking. But more importantly, why is it that [the writer] seems to think that it is the government’s role to protect the rights of business owners? The government shouldn’t protect a customer’s right to be treated fairly. Instead, that should left up to the market. But a business owner’s right to treat people unfairly, why that should be protected by government statute!

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February 14th, 2014
thesmithian

…we now “expect more from technology and less from each other.”

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February 11th, 2014
thesmithian

…photog Jena Cumbo teams w/writer Gina Tron to doc couples whose love stories started from an encounter on the web.

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