Yes, we could end up with everything in our homes interlinked and networked. Or with multiple incompatible devices that won’t work well together.
•Tying both together, we have a hacker who got into a homeowner’s wifi by hacking the teakettle.
•Slacktivist reminds us that Elkader, Iowa, is named for a Arab Muslim warrior who defended Christians.
•A playwright casts a white guy as Martin Luther King on the grounds King transcended race.
•Right-wingers are screaming that the Oregon campus shooting wouldn’t have happened if more people had guns. Except the campus allows guns, and it still didn’t help (as detailed at the link, it rarely does).
•Consumerist explains why Comcast’s “use more data pay more money” theory of data caps is not as logical as it sounds.
•Another Consumerist post, on the risk of feeding antibiotics to farm animals.
•A massive merger in the beer industry is a world of win according to the beer companies involved.
•Would you believe there’s a black market for stolen chicken wings?
•So Abigail Fisher, a white student, applied to the University of Texas and didn’t meet their standards. But since some underperforming nonwhite students got in, she’s suing to overturn affirmative action, even though she wouldn’t qualify under a race-neutral policy. However the case has reached the Supreme Court and Justice Scalia thinks overturning affirmative action is a good thing, because stupid black people won’t be thrown into a college environment they can’t keep up with.
First response: affirmative action students don’t do that much worse than anyone else, on average (or so I’ve read). Second: where is all the concern for the underperformers who get in as legacy admissions (George W. Bush, for instance) or the students who get a bonus on their admissions because they’re in-state. Etc,etc. More at the link.