What I’m Reading 2010 March 25
Today, I’m trying to post every news article I read that I find somewhat interesting. I’ve always wondered how much time I waste use per day reading news.
- CBS is testing HTML5 in preparation for iPad launch via Ars Technica. This will be great. We can spoof the browser user-agent to watch CBS videos on our normal browsers.
- Privacy of Census answers via Slashdot and CS Monitor op-ed. The government claims the Census answers are private and will never be shared. But this trust was violated in 1940 against Japanese-Americans and after 9/11 against Arab-Americans. The author says that the government needs to acknowledge these facts and realize Americans’ concerns. (As a matter of principle, I try to refuse to answer race on any form.)
- India wants to weaponize the hottest chili pepper in the world via Slashdot and Network World. Is this illegal?
- Me not caring about Sandra Bullock no matter how many times Gawker tweets about her
- Jokes about Photoshop CS5’s amazing content-aware fill tool via Slashdot. (At least a day or two old, but still amazing)
- Best Buy fail via Slashdot
- Interview with Sergey Brin of Google on the PRC (mainland China) via Slashdot
- ACTA leaked! via Slashdot
- AT&T blackmailing charging people to rectify their network problems Shouldn’t AT&T be giving people rebates for Microcells and then allow any AT&T phone to connect to one? This would help increase their coverage strength, especially in low coverage areas.
- Consultant for Youku (a Chinese video site) says that US government’s efforts on Internet freedom could backfire I believe that’s the point. I like this quote, “looks deliberately subversive.” Yeah, that’s the point. Oppressive governments should be resisted and the US should do what it can to help. I don’t even want to passively acquiesce to Beijing’s and Tehran’s censorship. Fighting censorship and helping Iranians and Chinese who want to access the outside world is the moral stand here.
- Sprint and HTC unveiled an awesome new Android 4G phone via Slashdot. It has great specs, but I worry about it’s size. My hands can barely handle the Droid and this thing is like diagonally an inch longer. (Also, Sprint’s coverage sucks. Lack of investment in network access by the private sector is why I’m more and more convinced that these kinds of nationwide networks need to built out by government.)
- How to defend against patents via Slashdot. Excellent article for all software developers.
OK, I’m kind of bored of this now. It’s way too hard. In summary, I read a lot and it uses about two hours of my time per day.