or Connect
New Posts  All Forums:

Posts by rbryanh

Here's yet another example of our misguided and utterly useless focus on the quaint notion of "privacy." Privacy, always of questionable value, is now as obsolete as whale-boned corsets, and like such lingerie, is at this late date appropriately of concern only to historians, antiquarians, and fetishists. What we should be talking about is ownership. We should be fighting to ensure that all data about an individual is legally that individual's property, that any...
Natural selection invented "wiggle this and maybe it'll come loose." Can we file a belated patent and work up some kind of class action suit against pretty much everyone, everywhere? It'd be easy enough to demonstrate that nature's invention of the technique precedes all others by quite awhile. All discussion of unrestrained capitalism and its alternatives aside, haven't we read enough fairy tales to know that the result of greed is first farce, then death? Of...
And pay no attention to the 15-year-old girl whose hands have been ruined using a toxic chemical to clean your new iPad's pristine little screen? After all, it's not like any of us will ever have to see the useless claws she'll have for hands by the time she'd be graduating from high school in a sane society. And anyhow, didn't that handsome actor with the big nose and nice pecs (sorry, "journalist") on Nightline (owned by NBC, owned by Disney, controlled by Apple)...
Even though it's a ridiculous issue involving a crap company and a heinous dictatorship, it's still kind of fun watching an American corporation deal with a government that can't be acquired quite as easily as buying US Congressmen a six-pack at a time. Different carrot, new stick… It must be terribly confusing.
Ducati has announced plans to produce a manure spreader for the 2012 Monster 1100.
Are you insane, or just some sort of low level AI programmed to quote press releases? Five camera operators, four sound people, a satellite crew, five stylists, ten flunkies, a de facto hooker or two, and an actor with a BA in English who had insufficient talent to make it on reality TV cannot provide anyone an "inside look" of each other's nostrils, much a secure prison in a dictatorship that's received at least six weeks advance notice of the visit, and where merely...
"Sources said the eyewear would include a small screen intended to sit just a few inches from the user's eyes." Has the FDA been castrated of all authority here as well as everywhere else? "Insiders indicated that the glasses would not be designed for constant use, though some power users would likely choose to wear them a lot." Ah, the earbud precedent moves on… "It's not our fault you're deaf/blind. We told you not to actually use what we sold you. You're...
"In place of the large colored toolbar icons of previous OS X releases," …which were clear, reasonably attractive, not without a certain cheerful charm, and above all, easy to read… "Mountain Lion presents" …a barely legible series of drab gray glyphs that offer no additional functionality beyond increasing the sale of reading glasses and antidepressants. Because after all, humans have a marvelously sophisticated visual system that evolved in a monochrome...
Those who can bake pies do and those who love to eat it, should, but what of those who exist only to slice it, an activity that's ultimately antithetical to either creating or celebrating anything at all? This sort of endlessly protracted waste is the inevitable and ubiquitous consequence of accepting wealth as the primary purpose of existence, and nothing we should encourage, much less embrace. Ultimately, it's the tedium required to live a life based on fear and...
That's far too important a question to be left to languish rhetorically. Here's a an attempt at an answer…Because the alleged content plays a barely-audible second fiddle to the nature of the show itself. Forgive the cliché, but the medium really is the message, and the medium exists to manipulate the flow of wealth. Any other results are merely side effects. "Nightline" is an advertising vehicle created by ABC, which is owned by Disney, which is substantially...
New Posts  All Forums: