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In the midst of all the chatter about Google+, many people seem to have ignored what this is really about: monetizing the cloud. What Google wants to do is make easy for you to store all of your documents and files on their servers, for which they will charge a small fee and/or use your…

When I read about Google, I often encounter a claim that Google’s emphasis on engineering and mathy stuff has hobbled its ability to keep up in the social media world, and is in danger from Twitter and Facebook–although maybe Google+ will change that. It’s usually something like this from the NY Times (italics mine): But…

Which for those of you who don’t know what the Mad Biologist’s Pentultimate Political Philosophy is, it’s very simple: people have to like this crap. Recently, I upgraded to Firefox 4 and I’ve been having ‘stability issues’, although they seem to have decreased in frequency somewhat. Which brings me to this excellent post about the…

So Google has released this Ngram thingee that searches for words in all of the archived Google stuff. So I decided to look for the words “MRSA”, “staphylococcus”, and “Staphylococcus.” Here’s what I found:

For anyone trying to make a living at blogging, including our Seed Media Overlords, one of the major hurdles is the poor pay of internet advertising compared to magazine and newspaper advertising. This is an accurate assessment of the problem (italics mine): I think the evidence for this dynamic is weaker than a lot of…

“Information Wants To Be Free. Information also wants to be expensive. Information wants to be free because it has become so cheap to distribute, copy, and recombine—too cheap to meter. It wants to be expensive because it can be immeasurably valuable to the recipient. That tension will not go away. It leads to endless wrenching…

Can we once and for all recognize that movement conservatives do not believe in the fair exchange of ideas? A group of influential conservative members of the behemoth social media site Digg.com have just been caught red-handed in a widespread campaign of censorship, having multiple accounts, upvote padding, and deliberately trying to ban progressives. An…

So much for that “Don’t Be Evil” Google bullshit: Google and Verizon, two leading players in Internet service and content, are nearing an agreement that could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to pay for the privilege. This issue has been quite the…

The NY Times, on Monday, had an article about the effects of extensive computer use and interconnection on human cognition. The usual concerns are raised about attention deficits, lack of concentration, obsessive activity, and the like. The story focuses on a family that is, well, flying through The Intertubes, often to the detriment of what…

I think The Huffington Post has outdone itself on the bullshit factor. We now have all-encompassing metawoo. Consider this about the supposed harm that our current methods of teaching science inflict upon the young: When educators try to inculcate children with the scientific method, the main legacy of traditional science, the outcome is often an…