After a week of Free, this round's on the house.
Praise of [Some] DDoSs? asks whether a denial-of-service attack is
morally equivalent to blackmail--or to a sit-in. It's a fascinating
question: do lawmakers write anti-cybercrime laws with mythical
uberhackers in mind, without recognizing that they may fall under the
same range of intent as meatspace offenses? And what does that mean for
- While cruising through Saurik's Android
Market webclient the other day, I found CRIME
MAP, a mobile mashup between Google Maps and live crime data (sadly,
only for Osaka, Japan at this time). So it's like EveryBlock, but map-oriented. And
I started to think about the potential for this kind of thing--match it
up with a Locale plugin,
for example, to warn you if you're about to walk into a high-crime area.
Or if it were adapted to non-crime tasks, and people were allowed to
submit activities/tagging to it (instant flash protest?). A big deal has
been made out of the camera-aware augmented reality applications
beginning to trickle out, but I wonder if this limited-but-ubiquitous
form would be more effective--a sixth sense, instead of a direct visual
- Appfrica has
details on Mozilla's Week of Service, which matches IT volunteers
with needy nonprofits. If you need the help, there's a link to the
Idealist page for registration. I was disappointed that the volunteers
are not necessarily just Mozilla staff, because I thought it would be
hilarious if JQuery creator John Resig showed up to rebuild Belle's
nonprofit web page. But it's still a good idea.
- Adam West is a strange,
- A Gabonese presidential candidate is attempting
to use social media to mobilize his followers, although it's unclear
how many people he's going to reach, given that only 10% of the country
- I've had no time, at all, for playing games this week. When I have,
it's been adventure-centric: Monkey Island 2 on the smartphone,
and Zombie Cow's smart indie
comedies, Ben There, Dan That! and Time, Gentlemen,
Please! I highly recommend both of the latter, especially if you
love the old Lucasarts titles. The first is free, but there's an option
to donate extra when buying the second one. Go ahead, push the total up
to $10. You won't regret it.
- Tonight is my first breakdancing class. No, you can't see video.
- Josh finds the common thread between America,
Apocalypse, and Anime.