Longtime reader/commenter Joseph asked two questions yesterday: What’s the boundary between gray and black-hat hacking, and is it moral to pick and choose between moral and immoral laws?
The first question is easier than the second. So I’ll tackle that one first. Read more
Slashdot asked today if SSDs are “finally worth the money.”
I’m wondering since when they haven’t been. I’ve been buying SSDs since 2008. And their price has been falling at a rate faster than hard drives did, historically. Read more
I read the shocking news that 11% of used hard drives in the UK contain recoverable personal data.
The news is shocking, of course, that it isn’t much higher. Read more
Computerworld is predicting that the end of the line for SSDs will be the year 2024.
That’s based on the projected year MLC flash memory becomes impractical to continue producing. There’s one problem with that assumption: it assumes SSDs will still be based on flash memory in 2024.
Slashdot is reporting that selling used MP3s has been ruled legal. Unfortunately, Slashdot jumped the gun on that–it’s not quite what happened. Capitol Records asked a judge to shut down Redigi, and the judge refused. So Redigi can continue to operate, at least until the case goes to trial.
That in itself is a victory. But this isn’t the Super Bowl, where it’s just one game. More like the World Series.
Fightforthefuture.org declared victory yesterday, saying that SOPA and PIPA have been dropped. Their e-mail said some other important and interesting things, but most importantly, it made some references to China. Communist China. Totalitarian Communist China.
The distinction is important.
When talking about e-books Friday, I mentioned that Amazon is making deals with authors directly, cutting traditional publishers out of the loop. And then my wife asked a good question: How does Amazon think of stuff like that?
I think it’s because Amazon isn’t hung up about last year. Let me explain.
I broke down today. I’m going to join the tablet game. Barnes & Noble was selling refurbished Nook Color e-readers for $119, so I bought one, intending to load Cyanogenmod on it and turn it into an Android 2.3 tablet.
The resulting tablet is no Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet, but it’s $119.
Consumerist had some fun today at the expense of a Best Buy ad from September 15, 1996.
Here’s the kind of price deflation we’ve seen in 15 years.
It’s been a weird month for technology. And as always, Apple had a way to get people to stop talking about anything else, though it’s not the news Apple wanted do deliver this week. I can only think of one bit of news Apple would want to deliver less.
Steve Jobs is stepping down as CEO. He’s becoming chairman, but perception is everything. Especially with Apple. I don’t think any company in recent memory has leveraged perception the way Apple has.