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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Tim Wu: Computers Don’t Inherit Their Programmers’ Free Speech Rights. But Why Shouldn’t They?

Tl;dr In an earlier post, I argued that it is important to recognize that search results should be treated more like editorial content than as mere assertions of fact. Titan of Internet Law, Prof. Tim Wu of Columbia Law, frames the argument differently, and though I think we fundamentally agree, it is worth clarifying why […]

Charles Carreon: Plot Thickens as Internet Collectively Realizes He Has a Pretty Serious Disciplinary History

Tl;dr Lawyer Charles Carreon, representing himself pro se against theOatmeal’s Matt Inman, the American Cancer Society and National Wildlife Foundation (good luck with that), apparently has a pretty serious history of being censured by the courts for misconduct. I therefore nominate him Jack Thompson 2.0. According to Wikipedia: In October 2005, Carreon was suspended by […]

What do Spoilers Spoil? The Fun.

Tl;dr Stanley Fish, consistent with his character, has a rant castigating the phenomenon of ‘spoiler alerts’ – it is simultaneously condescending, clueless and socially inept. Spoiler alerts are not about messing up the experience of seeing a movie or reading a book, they are about social grace and communal experience. To summarize his argument, Stanley […]

How to Fail at Internet Lawyering: Charles Carreon v. The Oatmeal / The Internet / Common Sense

Tl;dr Internet Lawyer Charles Carreon is making a really big fool out of himself, after he sued TheOatmeal.com on really spurious grounds, and is now suing the charities that TheOatmeal.com made donations to as a response to the original lawsuit. The situation is totally pathetic, and Carreon is really actively destroying any goodwill he may […]

The .gif is 25 Years Old, So Let’s All Make Sure to Pronounce it Right: JIF

Tl;dr It’s pronounced ‘jif’ not ‘gif’ — end of story. So the gif is 25 years old as of June 15th, 2012. Let’s all take a moment to recognize the correct way to pronounce ‘gif’, right from the horse’s mouth: It’s pronounced like “jif”. Period. The end. That’s final. End of story. You disagree? Hey, […]

Is It Just Me, or is the iTunes Store Throttling its Bandwidth?

Tl;dr I may be entirely wrong, but it appears iTunes store may be throttling bandwidth. Anyone know the full story on this? Here are two images demonstrating my current concern: To summarize: despite having decent bandwidth, a 47.4 megabyte mp3 takes 15 minutes to download. However, my math indicates that, with that bandwidth, it should […]

WSJ Very Sincerely Doesn’t Understand Bandwidth Or Monitor Resolution

Tl;dr The WSJ performs some truly sloppy reporting when it states that the new MacBook Pro, with Retina display, will bring corporate networks to a halt, as they require more bandwidth. The Wall Street Journal, today, had this to say: CIOs with loose bring-your-own-device policies might find their corporate networks clogged should employees bring the […]

Passwords in Wallets? Maybe Not So Much…

Bruce Schneier wrote, a few years back, that a good idea for password safety is to write down your passwords and put them in your wallet. I brought this up at work and a coworker immediately pointed out that this would be disastrous if you ever lost your wallet: every form of identification, giving away, […]

KPCB Internet Trends: Ad Dollars Shifting from Print to Online

Tl;dr Ad dollars aren’t evaporating, they are just following eyeballs from off-line to on-line. Mary Meeker’s 2012 “Internet Trends” presentation also serves as the basis for this post — there may be a few more to come. It really is a great presentation, and worth going through. Anyhoo… I’ve talked in some recent posts comparing […]

KPCB “Internet Trends” Presentation Shows Netizens Happy with Search; EU Commission Still Threating Google with Antitrust Violations Over Its Search Methodology

Tl;dr Netizens appear to be satisfied with the quality and usefulness of search results, yet the EU Commission still insists that Google may need to change search results out of anticompetitive fears. This likely means businesses that are upset about their poor rankings, but this is a morally poor basis (though, perhaps, a legally valid […]