I am pleased to announce that "PONPONPON", the totally insane and deliciously obnoxious J-pop song Mark posted about last month, is finally available for purchase as an MP3 download on Amazon. Until now the song has been unavailable for almost any sort of MP3 download in the US, presumably because it's originally from Japan. Now I can easily calculate the total time I've jammed out to it through my last.fm scrobbles. Hooray!
Collapse OS is an operating system that no-one should ever have to use. It's designed to be useful after worldwide catastrophe destroys human civilization: able to run on junk and easy to work with, assuming a modicum of computer science skill and a copy of the classics. Winter is coming and Collapse OS aims to… READ THE REST
Apple's hardware engineering chief, Dan Riccio, is planning to step down to oversee a new project, the company announced Monday, providing no further details on the longtime executive's latest role. Could this be related to the iPhone maker's foray into self-driving car technology? Your guess in the Boing Boing BBS. From Reuters: Riccio will report… READ THE REST
Here's a fun quiz that finds a delightful semiotic contact point in the late 20th century, the golden age of serial killers and computer scientists. "Can you tell a coder from a cannibal?" I confess that I mistook Dorothea Puente (~15 dead) for Grace Hopper (theorist of high-level programming languages). READ THE REST
Back in 1997, renowned investor and billionaire Warren Buffett said blue chip organizations like Coca-Cola and Gilette were "absolutely wonderful companies run by outstanding managers." But he warned that "you can pay too much, at least in the short run, for businesses like that." That philosophy of paying for quality — but not overpaying —… READ THE REST
Exploding like a supernova in our news feeds, the GameStop stock controversy has spawned hot takes from virtually every corner of the world and shows little sign of slowing down yet. And while everybody's got an opinion about GameStop, Reddit traders, hedge funds, the SEC and essentially any element of what led to this Wall… READ THE REST
If you'd never gone to school, how smart would you be? Oh sure, you'd have picked up some tricks here and there on the street, but it's safe to say you'd be a whole lot less prepared for dealing with the world if you hadn't had some vigorous schooling in your youth. So why do… READ THE REST