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November 1, 2013

boogityboogityboov2 says: "The killer of free market innovation is regulation." I think you really need to remove this statement or revise it to "Regulation can be a killer of free market innovation; regulation can also uproot stagnant refusal of innovation."

» SFB says: Nah, we’ll keep it. The thing is 1) opinions are like such-and-suches, everyone has one and no two will be the same, and let’s face it, you will find a lot of opinions on free market regulation on the internet, and there will be someone who will send me a message complaining that I bothered to change it; and 2) I didn’t say that free market innovation was always a good thing, just that regulations can kill it. Innovation comes with nasty side effects. It sometimes leads to unchecked power, ethical dillemmas, or other negative effects (such as the loss of culture, which the piece touches on). — Ernie @ SFB

13:02 // 11 months ago
August 26, 2012
The Missourian’s change to a pay model is consistent with industry trends; its method, with everything free for the first 24 hours of publication, is experimental and reflects a core mission of this newspaper to test innovative practices for the news industry.
Tom Warhover, executive editor of the Columbia, Mo. Missourian • Regarding the paper’s interesting take on paywalling its content — everything will be free for the first 24 hours, but after the one-day mark, you hit a paywall. (The model corresponds with a suite of new digital apps for the publication.) This is a relatively untried model — most outlets in recent years have preferred to, instead, follow the New York Times’ successful metered paywall model. But the Missourian, which is run by the University of Missouri and staffed by J-school students, is the perfect testbed for an experimental model. The paper was one of the first newspapers to go online, and has a long tradition of trying new things. So it’ll be interesting to see what they do.
15:03 // 2 years ago
July 27, 2012

A brilliant new take on New Yorker cartoons



We put these skeletons together to make it look like they’re dancing.

In the “ideas we wish we’d thought of” department: This blog is devoted to taking New Yorker cartoons, stripping out the captions, and replacing them with dialogue that describes, in the most literal fashion possible, what is happening. This is our favorite thing since Garfield Minus Garfield

15:01 // 2 years ago
July 19, 2012
Here’s the problem: while ‘I’m buying a dream’ makes a certain amount of sense for a $1 lottery ticket, it makes much less sense for $100 vaporware. Just speaking for myself, if I’m spending $100, I want significantly more than just a dream. That’s more money than I’ve spent on lottery tickets in my lifetime.
Reuters’ Felix Salmon takes on the idea that Kickstarter’s business model is “selling dreams,” i.e., marketing ideas which may or may not actually happen. Salmon, jumping off commentary by Fast Company’s Ian Bogost, agrees with Bogost (in part) that Kickstarter is like QVC when it first launched — an innovative approach to marketing that’s very social and mixes multiple conceits. But there’s more going on than that, he notes. “Kickstarter neatly wraps that charitable impulse in a commercial transaction, which makes it easier to ask for — and receive — more money than either approach would yield on its own.” Salmon wonders aloud if a handful of high-profile failures might take the whole thing down a few pegs. To those who have donated to Kickstarter projects, was it worth it in the end?
12:51 // 2 years ago
May 23, 2012
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May 3, 2012

Is this the future of journalism? The currently-in-private-beta iOS app Signal wants to bring a little geolocation, quick sharing, Reddit-style voting and right-place-right-time-ness to the world of citizen journalism — with hopes of making it as simple as Instagram. It looks like a sweet little app, and it’s one that intends to focus less on who is publishing the news, and more on what the news is, wherever it is in the world. When it comes out, we wonder if people will see why.

10:54 // 2 years ago
April 19, 2012
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April 17, 2012
As pointed out by campbench, the tale of the graphing calculator’s consistent price is not an unnoticed one. (via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal; go visit them to read the full comic!)

As pointed out by campbench, the tale of the graphing calculator’s consistent price is not an unnoticed one. (via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal; go visit them to read the full comic!)

0:38 // 2 years ago
March 21, 2012
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March 13, 2012
By enabling the connection of everyday devices we are pushing the edge of the internet out. By connecting rooms or motors to the internet, you could significantly reduce the amount of energy consumed worldwide.
Arm Holdings director Gary Atkinson • Discussing the company’s new “Flycatcher” chip, which intends on stretching out the ways in which the internet could be used. The less than 1mm square chip, officially called Cortex-M0+, brings 32 bits of processing power to devices that may have never had it before — well-suited for devices that use radio or Bluetooth signals to connect. And on top of that, the chips are designed to use very little battery life (with a very low-leakage sleep mode), allowing them to survive months or years on a single charge. So what does that mean for you, average citizen? Basically, devices that before would’ve never used internet access — say, parking meters, traffic lights, stethoscopes or fridges — might get online, too. Neat.
11:21 // 2 years ago