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“Most Useless Machine” Duels Mankind and Is Metaphor for All Interactions with Technology

Posted on May 13th, 2011 at 19:53 by Paul Jay in category: News


The Most Useless Machine is a box with a switch. You flick the switch, and the box opens, flipping back the switch to close itself. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Over, and over again. That is, until the box flips out.

The back and forth struggle between man and machine is consummated by the machine’s conniption fit. It goes absolutely berserk—rolling around, violently spinning in circles, and then shutting down for good. No more switch flipping. The machine has had enough. The tie has been severed. Man stands alone, without his friend—the friend he hated all along.

This box is giving me a lot to think about.

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  1. Also known as “The Most Beautiful Machine”. It was the brainchild of one of the most talented Americans, whose legacy we all depend on daily… (Well, at least The Daily Irrelevant depends on it) – Claude E Shannon, father of information theory.
    Link 1: http://www.kugelbahn.ch/sesam_e.htm
    Link 2: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_Shannon

Indie Devs Get Hit With Lawsuit Threats Over In-App Purchases

Posted on May 13th, 2011 at 19:37 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


James Thomson of TLA Systems was the first to discuss the threat early Friday morning, as reported by Cult of Mac. Thomson was targeted by the patent holder because of in-app purchases available to users of pCalc, an iOS scientific calculator app. Thomson reports that though he hasn’t been sued yet, the patent holder wants him to license their tech, and gave him 21 days to comply.

Thomson isn’t alone, either. Patrick McCarron, who creates apps for MobileAge, also confirmed receiving the same notice via FedEx early Friday. McCarron’s offending app was a game, so it seems like the company behind this is casting a wide net. Neither Thomson nor McCarron has yet to reveal the name of the company targeting them, though McCarron did assert that it’s not MacroSolve, a company that has been very active recently in enforcing its mobile technology patents.

Apple has been contacted by both devs, and will likely move quickly to respond to these threats in order to prevent widespread concern among the developer community. As of yet, Apple has yet to comment officially on this development. We reached out for comment, but have yet to hear back.

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Jon Stewart Slams Fox News Over “Common” Issue!

Posted on May 13th, 2011 at 18:55 by John Sinteur in category: News

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How Google controls Android

Posted on May 13th, 2011 at 7:23 by John Sinteur in category: Google

This must be some strange definition of the word “Open” I wasn’t previously aware of

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Mounties charged with perjury

Posted on May 13th, 2011 at 3:34 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


The four RCMP officers who Tasered Robert Dziekanski shortly before his death at Vancouver International Airport in 2007 have been officially charged with perjury, the B.C. government announced Thursday.

Intense lobbying from Taser International followed this death, captured on a phone camera by a passer-by. Four years later, the officers are merely being charged with lying under oath.

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Modern plague now worse

Posted on May 13th, 2011 at 3:20 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


The one bright side to having bedbugs — if you wanted to be optimistic about it — has always been that at least the tormenting critters didn’t transmit disease. But now researchers in Vancouver report that they’ve found bedbugs with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.

But now…

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