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Web/Tech

Man-child in the promises land

Pajama Boy, the smug and twerpy man-child in the new Obamacare ads, is being relentless and justifiably mocked by the right. But let's not laugh so hard to fail to learn a lesson:

Silent spring

How often does anybody really need something delivered this quickly?

 

All distractions all the time

An excellent question at Forbes magazine:

All of which begs the question: if electronic devices are OK now, why have we been getting yelled at to turn them off for so long?

The answer is that we've been governed by regulations written back in 1976, when the dangers were more real:

Smile, you're on Cop Cam

Police have had dashboard cameras to document their activities for some time. Now some have body-mounted cameras that can document even more:

Critics say the fact that the cameras have on and off switches raises concerns.

“Police officers might be able to turn them off when their behavior is questionable,” said Cheryl Distaso with the Fort Collins Community Action Network.

Feel like you're being watched?

What's that you say? Those of us who fuss about the loss of privacy in the digital age are just a bunch of technophobe, fuddy duddy luddites?

Don't tell me your symptoms

Ever check out your symptoms online and talk yourself into being sick? There's a name for that:

What's that funny buzzing sound?

Surprise!

For the "would be funny if it weren't scary" file:

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The man drew the gun several times on the crowded San Francisco commuter train, with surveillance video showing him pointing it across the aisle without anyone noticing and then putting it back against his side, according to authorities.

Party like it's 1986!

Talk about brave souls:

If you ever need to know who was the prime minister in 1960 and you’re willing to wait 10 minutes for the answer, Blair McMillan is your man.

He’ll take his time carefully thumbing through a volume of his vintage encyclopaedia set, donated by a bewildered soul who probably wondered why the 26-year-old father of two couldn’t just get an Internet connection.

Digital suicide

Will the last one leaving please turn out the lights before you go? Oh, wait, that could be me:

This could be the final blow to paper and ink news: Reporters graduating out of journalism school and headed to work at newspapers and magazines don't read print media, with over seven of 10 choosing digital news and social media websites instead, the highest number ever, according to an authoritative new study.

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