Link Post - FCC Faked DDOS To Drum Up Support

Federal Agencies Versus TV Comedians

MikeNM

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June 06, 2018

Techdirt - Considering the frequency and veracity of the government lying, this might not rank highly on people's lists. On the other hand, this is pretty much exactly what you'd expect from people dismantling something rather popular. Considering the overall lack of competition in the telecom space, paired with the weakness of . . .

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Link Post - The Painful History Of Retro Games

The Game industry was always crazy.

MikeNM

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June 06, 2018

US Gamer - It's funny that as game development has become more public that older stories of the chaos behind some of the GOATs in video games come out. The latest is Retro and their run-up to Metroid Prime, and how the neglected IP saved the company.

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Link Post - Vintage Spook PSAs

Internal Posters From The NSA

MikeNM

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June 05, 2018

Ars Technica - In addition to being a fun timeline of design trends in posters, this collection of internal PSAs at the NSA shows you what the agency was most concerned about. Their flair for pop culture references in the 70's is particularly odd.

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Link Post - Pop Music Monoculture

Proving Music Sucks Now, With SCIENCE!

MikeNM

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June 05, 2018

The Pudding - Breaking down how music has evolved since the dawn of modern pop through musical trends and instrumentation, this article shows how the advent of digital editing has made it so that music is able to quickly produced and is fairly disposable. Also, nearly half of the popular songs are written by the same people. It's pretty . . .

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WWDC Craig's Notes

Like Live Tweeting, But Almost Twelve Hours Later

MikeNM

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June 04, 2018

Though it's been a few years since I covered WWDC in earnest, I still make a note to catch the keynote every year. Work has been pretty busy, so taking two hours in the middle of the day to catch the stream isn't practical. It was rainy, so I watched the stream while I sat on the exercise bike and took notes. This isn't a . . .

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Link Post - The Birth Of Applescript

Sal, Automator, and programming for everyday people.

MikeNM

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June 02, 2018

Wired - Wired interviews Sal Soghoian about the birth of Applescript and Automator. Some highlights from the return of Steve Jobs and the beginning x-callback-url for iOS applications to interoperate are included. Even if you aren't a Mac user, his philosophy of making automation and programming accessible for everyday users is essential. . . .

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Line The Saddest Zombie

The Mac Pro Five Years On

MikeNM

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June 01, 2018

512 Pixels - Stephen Hackett gives a rundown of the hype and eventual disappointment of the 2013 Mac Pro. A machine from an alternate timeline where multi-GPU setups dominated the market, it never quite caught on. You can still buy it, surprisingly without a hint of a discount despite its age.

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