Amazon Air and Our New World of Drones

Amazon plans to take over the world with flying barbecue grills.

The story about Jeff Bezos unveiling a new drone-based delivery system made big headlines this weekend after it was revealed in a surprise 60 Minutes segment. Here’s what it will look like: It’s neat, but is it real? I wouldn’t say I’m skeptical about it. Betting against Bezos usually isn’t wise. They’ve made their mistakes, but [Read More...]

Hear Leonardo’s Incredible Music Machine for the First Time

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Leonardo da Vinci sketched, but never built, this mechanical marvel, blending elements of harpsichord and viola to create something so far ahead of its time it was never built. Until now: Called a “viola organista”’ and looking like a steampunk baby grand, it’s been built by a Polish pianist and mechanic named Slawomir Zubrzycki. As [Read More...]

Vend-a-Book

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Library vending machines? According to this story, it’s a comin’ thing: Changing demographics and difficulty securing new funds for new libraries, The Pioneer Library System in Norman, Oklahoma decided to to use technology to meet its patrons [sic] needs. So last week, it opened the first 24-hour library vending machine in the United States. Built by [Read More...]

Why I Like My Keurig Coffee Maker

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When I first saw a Keurig K-cup single cup coffee machine, I thought it was awful. Let me count the ways it bothered me: It’s trendy. It’s expensive to buy. It’s expensive to operate. It’s wasteful. It’s a solution in search of a problem. I thought the coffee would be crap. Some of those objections [Read More...]

Tech That Won’t Die, and Some That Shouldn’t

"I said we don't take Amex!"

Ars Technica ran a story, and a follow-up, on “zombie tech” they wish would just go away. This is nothing new: every site eventually gets around to covering things which are (or appear to be) obsolete, illogical, cumbersome, and better done in other ways. Some are correct, some are not, and some are just flat [Read More...]

How Many People Does It Take to Crash Obamacare?

Your new Obamacare doctor.

No, that’s not a setup for a joke, like “How many Libertarians does it take to screw in a lightbulb?” (“None, the market will provide correction.”) Really, how many do you think? The administration is saying that Healthcare.gov is non-functional because millions and millions of people are trying to access it. In other words, it’s [Read More...]

Dick Cheney’s Unhackable Heart

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Let’s take the cheap “Dick Cheney has a heart?” jokes as read and move on to the story at hand, viz: Dick Cheney had the software for his implanted defibrillator altered to prevent remote hacking. In an interview with 60 Minutes, Cheney admits to asking for wireless features to be disabled: Cheney says that he [Read More...]

HealthCare.gov In Three Images

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So first my screen was all like… And then it was all like… And then I was all like… Here’s something you should know: I.T. is not frigging rocket science. It’s no cakewalk to create a system for a nationwide program based on a law so complex no one who voted for it ever read [Read More...]


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