Category Archive: Technology

Mar 05 2014

Crazy, obsessed, weird, perverse


Sometimes those are good descriptors. I read a happy story for a change this morning: it’s about Arunachalam Muruganantham, an Indian man who embarked on a long crusade to make…sanitary napkins. Perhaps you laugh. Perhaps you get a little cranky at a guy who rushes in to meddle in women’s concerns. And there’s some good …

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Mar 04 2014

Ain’t that the cutest little thing


I really do like Apple products, but there’s one thing about them that really annoys me: the ever-shifting arrangement of connectors. Every Mac device seems to have a slightly different array of ports, and you need different cables with every one. I’ve got four different video adapters in my travel bag. On my last trip, …

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Feb 22 2014

Gamifying and scientifying your sex life, badly


There’s a new app called Spreadsheets. This is not new; there are millions of apps, and 95% of them are crap. Spreadsheets purports to use the accelerometer and microphone in your smartphone to measure your sexual performance — a kind of fitbit for sex (do not tell my wife, she’s already slightly obsessed with her …

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Feb 11 2014

Fixes in the works

I am getting many complaints about recent changes. In response to the DDOS attack (Jason has all the details), there have been some new problems caused by the repairs: RSS is down, and there are apparently some slightly annoying javascript additions. We have Top Men working behind the scenes, it looks like we might be …

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Jan 22 2014

Now, even you can understand social media


All is made clear. Oh, no, it left one off: Blogs: A dated description of what it’s like to eat a donut, with links to other blogs by people who like donuts, and excoriations of blogs by people who don’t like donuts.

Jan 18 2014

Tech reporters, a suggestion

Try asking difficult questions. I was reading this enthusiastic story about smart contact lenses, and I had one big one. It isn’t answered. Now, Google’s taken another step in normalizing Glass. It’s unveiled a smart contact lens containing a silicon chip so small it’s the size of a piece of glitter. The lens is intended …

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Jan 10 2014

Let’s just call it talking

Online harassment is a real source of serious problems. Jill Filipovic writes about her history as a target. It’s a very personal account, and this is what matters most: “When people say you should be raped and killed for years on end, it takes a toll on your soul,” Hess quotes feminist writer Jessica Valenti …

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Dec 29 2013

Uganda, Great Britain, same difference

Uganda is notorious for having some of the most repressive anti-gay laws in the world, but that’s not enough for the bluenoses of Africa, oh no: they’ve just passed sweeping anti-pornography laws. The Bill defines pornography as any cultural practice, form of behaviour or form of communication or speech or information or literature or publication …

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Dec 15 2013

I hate OnSwipe

This is a bit of privileged peevishness. There is this absolutely horrible piece of CSS that is widely used on many big name sites — it is used for portable devices like iPads and iPhones, and what it does is completely change the displayed formatting of the site. Suddenly, pages aren’t scrollable, but are broken …

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Dec 12 2013

Tone-deaf Twitter

There are some serious problems with how Twitter handles blocking — in particular, if I block some obnoxious twit, but they post to a hashtag I follow (a conference hashtag, for instance), their messages are still displayed. This is the major reason why the BlockBot emerged — that automated widget that simply refuses to display …

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