I think there has been a partial breakdown of the cooperative ethic that an essential element to the success and growth of the early internet. Back then there was a certain amount of understanding of basic netiquette and an expectation of a cooperative behavior. That was the norm from the very beginning and that has made the internet valuable. Those norms are not located in any handbook, although you can find some basic documents on netiquette. They've mostly been taught to newcomers by the people who were already there.Link Discuss (Thanks, Derek!)
What used to happen was that every September, a bunch of new freshmen would join universities and get their first internet accounts and would start flooding Usenet, asking questions that were already answered in the FAQ and doing other things that were breaches of basic netiquette. They would then be educated by the old-timers, sometimes rather rudely, sometimes more patiently. But the old-timers took the time, even if they were flaming, to pass on the norms.
I'm a big believer we have to make television more convenient or we will drive the penetration of PVRs and things like that, which I'm not sure is good for the cable industry or the broadcast industry or the networks...The Broadcast Protection Discussion Group is full of guys like this from the studios and the TV world. They think that viewers are thieves. They tried to shut down piano rolls and radio. They conspired to keep movies off of TV. They fought the VCR and crippled the DAT.
Because of the ad skips.... It's theft. Your contract with the network when you get the show is you're going to watch the spots. Otherwise you couldn't get the show on an ad-supported basis. Any time you skip a commercial or watch the button you're actually stealing the programming.
The role of the technology industry is to blaze new trails that create new opportunities for Hollywood. The role of Hollywood is to seek injunctive relief from those opportunities. Link Discuss (via Electrolite)
"The return of Figment adds another level of excitement to this re-energized attraction," said David Mumford, show designer for Walt Disney Imagineering. "Journey Into Imagination with Figment is bright and fun and should appeal to guests of all ages."Awright, putting a Sherman Brothers original song back into the park is all to the good, but Figment -- shudder. Link Discuss
The revamped attraction also heralds the return of "One Little Spark," an uplifting song written by legendary Disney composers Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman for the attraction's original opening in March 1983. Comic actor Eric Idle also returns as Dr. Nigel Channing, a role he originated in the adjacent "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience" 3-D attraction at Epcot.
Can you imagine what a swarm of hungry grasshoppers sounds like? With this Plaguedome, you won't ever have to! With a quick swish of your wrist you can cause millions of ravenous locusts to descend upon the world's food supply! This 40mm diameter, glass dome was the first in the Plaguedomes line here at Products of the Apocalypse, Inc. Don't let this one pass you over!Link Discuss (Thanks, Songdog!)
* Do not try to extort any money from a caller.Link Discuss (Thanks, Zed!)
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To: firstname.lastname@example.orgThis anonymous coward (get it? Anonymous? Cow? Heh.) wants to know why the discuss areas require sign-in now. Regulars here will know that a couple weeks back, someone started posting abusive messages to the discussion areas, using my name. The only fix for this available to us is to switch off anonymous posting and require sign-in. Other fixes may be available with other message-board systems, but this is what we can do with QuickTopic. If Blogger ever starts supporting message board with clearly differentiated anonymous messages (and forbids anonymous posters from hijacking identities), then you can be sure we'll implement it. Our sysadmin, who donates the bandwidth and hosting for this blog, doesn't want us running executables on his server (fair enough -- he's too busy to audit every perl script we might install, and he's already doing us a huge favor), so Movable Type and other local discussion systems are out for now.
X-Personal_Name: : Annoyed
Subject: why do we have to sign in for discuss? Fuck this, i'm sick of signing
to every little anal cranny.
take it off.
But man, I gotta tell ya: When people send me abusive, imperious messages like this, demanding that I change the way I do Boing Boing, it makes me just want to give up. It's our goddamned blog, and if we don't want anonymous posting, there's no anonymous posting. If email@example.com wants to start his/her own blog and permit it, g'head and do it. Jesus, firstname.lastname@example.org, were you born in a goddamned barn? Discuss
"Holiday Inn's sign was a prop in a play," says Andrew Moore, professor of communication studies at San Jose State University and an authority on motel history. "It communicated the playfulness, fantasy and optimism of the American roadside. And it meant safety for the [traveling] middle class."Link Discuss
The Great Sign was brash, bold and a masterpiece. It is also, alas, extinct. The company ripped them down in a bid to be a little more upscale.
Ray Kurzweil is doing his usual amazing job of explaining the mind-boggling nature of exponential change -- the acceleration of progress. He's the ultimate optimist.Dan's been really good about going to all these hyper-leet events and taking realtime notes as they unfold. It's journalism 3.0! Link Discuss
His future is one where biology and machines become seamless, where machines and intelligence help humanity become (in my mind) somewhat disturbingly "God-like," for lack of a better expression. I also crave that future, because it is where we need to go.
You have to take a lot of this on faith. Kurzweil says these changes, which will lead to advances that we truly cannot grasp at this stage, are inexorable and vastly more powerful than human civilization's greatest dreams today.
"We will become these machines and merge with them," he says.
Another line: "The universe will ultimately wake up and command its own destiny." Hmmm.