• ‘TSA Drops Plan to Allow Airline Passengers to Carry Small Knives, Bats, Golf Clubs on Planes’

    [Speaking of][1] fucking bullshit, [here’s another one][2]: > The Transportation Security Administration is abandoning a plan to allow passengers to carry small knives, souvenir bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment onto planes in the face of fierce congressional and industry opposition, the head of the agency said Wednesday. The reasoning is just absurd. Here’s […]

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  • ‘NSA Collecting Phone Records of Millions of Verizon Customers Daily’

    The headline [pretty much says it all][1], but here’s Glenn Greenwald’s report: > The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing. And: > Under the terms […]

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  • Why Paywalls and Big Media Don’t Work as Well as a Reasonable Person Might Assume that they Should Work

    Today the Washington Post [announced][1] that they will put up a Paywall. Of course [this][2] interests me, but not as a point of vindication — because I think the Washington Post will likely fail in their paywall foray. The problem with paywalls and big media is that big media lacks compelling content. The majority of […]

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  • Eavesdropping

    [Bruce Schneier writing about the new backdoors that the FBI wants installed][1]: > The FBI believes it can have it both ways: that it can open systems to its eavesdropping, but keep them secure from anyone else’s eavesdropping. That’s just not possible. It’s impossible to build a communications system that allows the FBI surreptitious access […]

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  • Mac mini Server

    When I saw a deal offered by Macminicolo.net on *[Daring Fireball][1]*, I was interested. Then I found out the cost of entry could be reduced even further by “renting” a Mac mini instead of buying one. *Sold*. I went into this adventure with Macminicolo.net having never used a Mac server before, and in just a […]

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  • ‘Sent From Byword’

    [Shawn Blanc has a great write up on Byword 2][1]. I’ve actually been waiting to read his thoughts, since I know how much he loves and uses Byword. The ability to publish directly to your site from Byword is nothing short of a fantastic addition — I look forward to seeing how this develops. [1]: […]

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  • The Banality of ‘Don’t Be Evil’

    [Julian Assange, reviewing Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen’s new book, *The New Digital Age*][1]: > The section on “repressive autocracies” describes, disapprovingly, various repressive surveillance measures: legislation to insert back doors into software to enable spying on citizens, monitoring of social networks and the collection of intelligence on entire populations. All of these are already […]

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  • Byword For iOS 2.0

    Today Byword 2.0 for iOS was released, and though I am not a Byword user it has one major new feature that makes the app a serious contender for my usage: publishing. Available as a $4.99 in-app purchase you can now publish directly to places like Tumblr and WordPress. This is a great addition and […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Marco Arment

    “It’s simply not worth it for this iOS developer to waste any time on an Android port. Your mileage may vary.” — Marco Arment

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  • Felix for App.net (iPad Edition)

    I’ve been testing [Felix for iPad][1] for a while now and my biggest complaint is that the developer made me choose between putting it on my iPad mini, or retina iPad. The iPad version is seriously good and I feel lost without it on my iPad. Felix is hands down the best App.net client out […]

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  • For the Love of the Drive

    [Brian Merchant argues that cars][1], or driving, is dying in part because of communities that allow people to move about without their own cars and he also clues into social networking like Facebook. The argument being that “we” wanted cars so that “we” could connect and talk to others and now “we” don’t need cars […]

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  • Radiator Whiskey – Brooks Review Meetup (Update)

    We will be meeting at [Radiator Whiskey in downtown Seattle][1] (near Pike Place Market). For the rest of the details [see this post][2]. Bring whoever, but the bar space is limited. I look like the picture on the [Colophon][3] so come up and say hi when you get there. [1]: http://www.yelp.com/biz/radiator-whiskey-seattle [2]: http://brooksreview.net/2013/04/hi-there/ [3]: http://brooksreview.net/colophon/

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