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If You Wear Google Glasses You Are An Asshole

If You Wear Google's New Glasses You Are An Asshole
Atlantic writer Ta-Nehisi Coates has developed a brilliantly concise definition of an asshole: "A person who demands that all social interaction happen on their terms." He was inspired by the assholes who talk in Amtrak's quiet car, but this reasoning also perfectly explains why those who use Google's new wearable computer are assholes, by definition. Google Glass is the gadget all techies at South By Southwest are talking about this week. Glass is a wearable computer eye piece, which allows you to snap photos, read the news and do Google searches all while looking like an extra from the dance club scene in the Matrix. Glass is not yet publicly available, but Google is graciously allowing select geeks to purchase it early for $1,500, if they write them an essay about why they deserve one. Glass has sparked much excitement and controversy. Having a computer strapped to your face is the second-greatest geek dream after robot sex. Critics have pointed out the privacy implications of Glass, for which one of the first apps is a program that lets you identify your friends in a crowd based only on what clothes they are wearing. A Seattle bar has already banned Glass, half in jest. Is Glass The Future of Computers or a Privacy Nightmare? I am not concerned with these questions. Instead I'm concerned with a much finer point: People who wear Google Glass in public are assholes. . . . By donning Google Glass, you, the Google Glass user, are volunteering to be a foot soldier in Google's asshole army. (In fact you're paying for the privilege.) You are saying that anyone who comes into your line of sight must agree to be possibly filmed, photographed, or otherwise data-mined, not just for your own convenience but to further Google's quest for total world domination. Wearing Google Glass automatically means that all social interaction you have must be not just on yours, but Google's terms.

March 07, 2013

The new SIM CITY is so bad Amazon is refusing to sell it

The new Sim City has been lusted after by millions, for years now. It's been a long time since a decent Sim City was on the market. Fans were worried about the "always online" requirement, which Electronic Arts implements to prevent piracy, and they should have been. The falcon can no longer hear the falconer, the servers can not hold. Despite being the biggest game company in the world, and despite your average user dropping sixty large on the game, no one has been able to play it. The servers collapsed under the weight of all the connections. The PA Report - Amazon pulls SimCity, EA removes features from the game, everything else is fine, how are you?
Amazon has since removed the game from its service, citing issues with the game’s performance. “Many customers are having issues connecting to the ‘SimCity’ servers. EA is actively working to resolve these issues, but at this time we do not know when the issue will be fixed,” Amazon’s listing for the game states. That’s bad enough, but EA has actively removed features from the game in order to get things operational. “We are continuing to do everything we can to address the server issues. In the meantime, so that we can give you as good an experience as possible, we are in the process of deploying a hotfix to all servers,” a post on the official forum stated. “This includes various improvements and also disables a few non-critical gameplay features (leaderboards, achievements and region filters). Disabling these features will in no way affect your core gameplay experience.” There is no information given for when these features will be restored. More servers are being added, but gamers are continually having problems connecting to games, Amazon no longer feels comfortable selling SimCity at all, and there’s no good information for when players who paid for the game will be able to play and enjoy the product in a problem-free environment.

March 05, 2013

New Thing to Worry About: Giant Robo-Dog What Throws the Cinder Blocks!

Unofficial Poor Mojo's Military Correspondent (and Constant Mojoketeer) Milt draws...