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Friday Links – June 22, 2012

I need a new computer, any suggestions? If anybody is interested in actually building a PC let me know.

→ Surface vs. iPad (YouTube)

Along with Surface, the event revealed a branding shift for Microsoft, one that values the unity of hardware and software, and the idolization of aesthetics. Something about it felt familiar…

I didn’t like the actual title used for the video but the contrast between the Surface/iPad and their reveals is interesting.

→ Inside Minority Report‘s ‘Idea Summit,’ Visionaries Saw the Future

Schwartz: The honest truth is that when I talk to people about the film, the thing that they remember is not the plot, it’s the world.

Most people remember the interactive UI from the movie more then anything. After recently re-watching the movie it still holds up but Tom Cruise and his PreCrime building access was an issue for me. After EVERYTHING Tom Cruise did they wouldn’t disable his eyes? In any corporate environment a request to disable all access would have been done ASAP more or less after being convicted of a crime and practically dead and buried.

→ Upcoming Changes to the Netflix API Program

We have already modified the value of the <available_until> element for all titles to be 1/1/2100 unless the title is to become unavailable within two weeks of the requesting date.

Shockingly there are only 17 Scathing Comments on this post. Thought this change would really bother me but as always with Netflix with the right tools it’s not to bad. Using the Expiring Soon page on instantwatcher I’ve caught a few things I’ve wanted to check out and knowing they are expiring soon just end up viewing them. This will still be a problem for people who watch TV shows. For most two or less weeks might not be enough to finish an entire show.

→ Thirty Books Everyone Should Read Before They’re Thirty

2. 1984 - George Orwell
1984 still holds chief significance nearly sixty years after it was written in 1949. It is widely acclaimed for its haunting vision of an all-knowing government, which uses pervasive, twenty-four/seven surveillance tactics to manipulate all citizens of the populace.

Here’s a second take on 30 Books Everyone Should Read Before Turning 30. First link is the original article with more classics and the second link has a more contemporary look.

 → How Depressives Surf the Web

We hope to use our findings to develop a software application that could be installed on home computers and mobile devices. It would monitor your Internet usage and alert you when your usage patterns might signal symptoms of depression.

SPYWARE FOR THE MIND

 → DOOM 3 Source Code Review

On November 23, 2011 id Software maintained the tradition and released the source code of their previous engine. This time is was the turn of idTech4 which powered Prey, Quake 4 and of course Doom 3.

I’m not a coder but this shit is awesome. The author has also has done other id Software engine reviews and I’ve absolutely lost sleep going though these.

 → Grim job prospects could scar today’s college graduates

Polls show Americans in their early 20s are pessimistic about immediate job prospects but say a life at least as good as their parents’ is not only possible, but likely.

Thought that would be just about the opposite.

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3 Responses

  1. Jeffrey says:

    You should pick up a MacBook Pro R or whatever it is they are calling it.

  2. burgetta says:

    You should definitely spend over 2,000 American dollars for that piece of equipment, and update Vanberge regularly on how it is amazing and life-changing.

  3. chouse says:

    Vanlandw. I Love spending other peoples money and building them a PC.

    Fyi

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