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

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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?

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

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...]

Turn Your Finger into a Speaker

  Disney: finding new ways to creep me out. Okay, it is pretty cool, if pointless. Ishin-Den-Shin allows you to record a message into a special microphone, and then transmit that message directly another person just by touching his ear. The effect is as though you’re whispering right in the person’s ear … through your [Read More...]

The Technophobic Traditionalism of “The Prisoner”

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I started showing my daughter Patrick McGoohan’s classic surrealist spy show The Prisoner last night, and she had a lot of questions (as does everyone who watches) about the symbols and meaning. This kind of thing is hotly debated, and has been since the original series ended its run with a cryptic ending that left [Read More...]

MamaNatalie: The Childbirth Simulator

Before I get to the news part of this post, let’s start with the led graph: from the CNet story: In some glorious day in the future, babies will be born via artificial uterus. The technology exists in science fiction so it’s bound to become science fact. But until then, we’re stuck with the miracle of [Read More...]

Lost Techs of Ancient Rome and Renaissance England

One of the more persistent myths is the idea of continual progression: man advances, building on the great wisdom of those who came before. This notion of movement towards an achievable ideal is one of the more charming delusions of liberalism. I really do wish it were true, and that mankind was advancing towards a [Read More...]


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