Jacinda Ardern’s inspiring response to the Christchurch shooting

Posted on Tue 19 March 2019 in Dispatches • Tagged with news, quote • 1 min read

This is a hell of a speech from New Zealand’s PM on the Christchurch shooting.

We cannot know your grief, but we can walk with you at every stage. We can. And we will, surround you with aroha, manaakitanga and all that makes us, us. Our hearts are heavy …


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NJ Legislator Who Sponsored Anti-swatting Bill Gets Swatted

Posted on Wed 15 April 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with feminism, gamergate, news, politics • 1 min read

Swatting is the disturbing practice of calling in an anonymous police report in order to trigger a SWAT response to a person’s home. It’s been in the news more and more recently, with a number of prominent feminists in the tech industry being targeted in particular. In New …


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Egypt tries to hang up on killer SMS rumours - Yahoo! News UK

Posted on Thu 26 March 2009 in Dispatches • Tagged with media, news, sms, weird • 1 min read

Found via Warren Ellis:

The AFP is reporting a story in which the Egyptian government is struggling to dispel a widespread rumor of an SMS “from unknown foreign quarters” that kills. The rumor was picked up and reported (apparently as fact, unless I am reading this incorrectly) by the Egyptian …


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Flickr Changes Have People Upset, But Why?

Posted on Wed 31 January 2007 in Dispatches • Tagged with news, tech • 3 min read

Well, there has been a whole lot of hubbub on the net regarding Flickr’s announcement of an upcoming policy change, which if you are not a Flickr user you probably haven’t seen as it is only internally displayed. Essentially, Flickr members will be required to use a Yahoo …


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Jon Stewart’s Bitch-Slap Is In High Form

Posted on Thu 08 June 2006 in Dispatches • Tagged with culture, news, politics • 1 min read

Via Boing Boing:

I’m a little late on this one, especially since I took my unplanned blog vacation.

If you haven’t seen the footage of Jon Stewart intellectually pounding conservative pundit Bill Bennett, you are missing out. Bennett appeared on the Daily Show to discuss his opposition to …


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Colbert Performs At White House Correspondent Dinner

Posted on Mon 01 May 2006 in Dispatches • Tagged with funny, news, politics • 1 min read

If you haven’t heard about Stephen Colbert’s scathing performance at the Annual Correspondent’s Dinner, I’m not surprised. As near as I can tell, the traditional media isn’t really covering it in much detail. This may be due to the fact that he ruthlessly tears the …


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No Enforced RFID In My State!

Posted on Tue 25 April 2006 in Dispatches • Tagged with culture, news, politics, tech • 2 min read

Via /.:

Wisconsin may soon become the first state to ban the practice of mandatory microchip implants in human beings. State Representative Marlin Schneider has authored a proposal that will make it illegal for governments and companies to require RFID chips, or implanting them in employees without their knowledge. (Granted, I …


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Phillips Wants To Force Commercials On You

Posted on Mon 24 April 2006 in Dispatches • Tagged with culture, news, tech • 2 min read

Phillips, the entertainment technology corporation, has recently applied for a patent on a new software for your digital receiver/recorder that will force you to watch commercials. The software looks for digital flags which would be embedded in the broadcast that will lock your channel in place when commercials begin …


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DMCA: The Next Generation… Coming Soon

Posted on Mon 24 April 2006 in Dispatches • Tagged with culture, news, politics, tech • 2 min read

The Bush administration has a new version of DMCA to offer you, and it’s so much worse.

In this article, Declan McCullagh of CNET news describes the Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2006 that the administration plans to propose via their lackey Representative Lamar Smith. It’s extremely broad …


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Podcasting Creates Challenges For NPR

Posted on Wed 05 April 2006 in Dispatches • Tagged with culture, news, tech • 2 min read

A recent article in Wired News discusses the difficulties podcasting is creating for NPR. With free podcasts finally becoming more common for NPR programming, more and more listeners are turning to them in order to listen to their shows whenever they want, and in some cases to avoid pledge drives …


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