Greg Jones writes: Plenty of government-designed "information" flows out of North Korea. At One Free Korea Joshua Stanton reports that the U.S. State Department just announced a new grant program for information technology solutions to punch through the wall that prevents the free flow of information into North Korea.
requerdanos writes: Randall Munroe, The former NASA roboticist and author of the web comic xkcd, spoke with Time magazine after the release of his latest book, "Thing Explainer". Sort of. Time asked questions, and Randall's answers were in the form of seven comics that he drew in response. Obligatory xkcd. No, none have title/mouseover text.
ColdWetDog writes: A coder with the nic Zen Albatross has found a bit of humor in the sad state of affairs of Google's ongoing attempts to keep the NSA out of everyone's electronic panties. Reported in the Blaze, the bit of humor embedded in the comment goes back to a rather un funny slide of how the three letter agency compromised transit between Google servers.
Zothecula writes: Use digital technology long enough and you start to become dependent upon it for such mundane tasks as spell checking. That means when you pick up a garden variety ballpoint pen you’re back in dictionary and “I before E except after C” territory. Like LiveScribe, the creators of the Lernstift digital pen hope to bring handwriting into the 21st century by having the pen vibrate to indicate when the writer makes spelling and grammatical errors or exhibits poor penmanship.
itwbennett writes: "The Sony Tablet will ship on September 16th, and you can pre-order them now from Sony (the 16GB model is $500 and the 32GB is $600). 'But the truly eager early adopter has a chance to get a Tablet S earlier than those who order from Sony, as long as they're willing to pay for the option,' says blogger Peter Smith. 'From where? Why, the Home Shopping Network, of all places. They claim to have the tablet in-stock and shipping now. The catch? A $100 premium on the price. The 16 GB model is $600 (lump sum or four payments of $150 each) via HSN.'"
JustinFreid writes: According to iFixit, Apple has started to ship iPhones with what it calls "pentalobular" screws, a potentially proprietary screw head...at least I don't have one in my bit box. In addition, iPhones that go in for repair have their copacetic Philips replaced with these infernal screws. And I thought not having root access to my phone was bad enough.