Trade show exec throws CNET under the bus, but who is he to judge media ethics?


17 Responses to “Trade show exec throws CNET under the bus, but who is he to judge media ethics?”

  1. kmuzu says:

    Back in the early 90′s I was a judge for CES product awards. Back then it was done by groups of individuals who were in the particular industry. 

  2. spacedoggy says:

    What’s wrong with that laptop, specs normal for the time, converts into a tablet. it was probably overpriced compared to what we expect now, but in 2005 any innovation to the standard laptop was seen as dramatic and bold. long before the first macbook air or netbook. It’s easy to look back and sneer at what people thought would be successful in the future.

    • “specs normal for the time”

      What’s the going rate for 4Ghz quantum processors on ebay? Must be dirt cheap by now.

      • dragonfrog says:

        I was thinking that “Quantum Processor” thing must be just stupid branding – but then I went and looked at Atom Chip corp’s website.  It’s a beaut.

        Nothing says “serious semiconductor manufacturer” like animated GIFs, exclamation points, and copious unexplained use of the word “quantum”

  3. Jonathan Badger says:

    Is “solar memory” just a bizarre mistranslation or are they really claiming the memory is solar powered? How would that work? Transparent devices?

  4. to become a ‘best of CES’ product, there is no judge, it is just a financial contribution that gets your product in.  So of course Gary Shapiro is just butt hurt about losing a few bucks.

  5. Zachary says:

    In case you don’t recognize what a farce this product is, check out this youtube video that used to be on Atom Chip Corporation’s website.

  6. steve849 says:

    Don’t see the connection between past CES awards and media ethics.

  7. Tim in SF says:

    “Now, it’s true that CNET has a credibility problem as a result of CBS giving it editorial marching orders. But let’s take a look at the sort of thing that CES gave awards to until people started paying attention:”

    So, it’s your contention that because CES may have given an award, in the past, to a product that didn’t deserve any award, that therefore CES is somehow hypocritical for objecting to editorial decisions handed down from CBS/CNET managers that are based entirely on business interests. 

    Do I have that right? 

    What a stupid argument. 

  8. miasm says:

    The electricity output, which the Memory chip uses from a Solar battery, is very small. For instance, exposing the Solar battery to sunlight for five minutes allows the chip to work for twenty-four hours.
    Signals for recording and reading of information are send (sic) to the chip by a laser beam and can control the chip from a very big distance.

  9. mpetricone says:

    Hi, this is Michael from CEA. A quick clarification: we had no intention of “throwing CNET under the bus”. The situation is no fault of theirs – they are smart, diligent reporters who were put in an impossible situation by CBS, their corporate parent. We do object to CBS barring its reporters from praising technologies the network doesn’t like. We also oppose CBS and other broadcasters’ lawsuit against the Dish Hopper, which we see as a perfectly legal home recoding device. We are huge fans of BoingBoing – please keep up the great work!

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