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Saturday, September 28, 2002

Mindjack Mugs On Sale
I wasn't informed of this but it looks like Mindjack Coffee Mugs are now on sale. These feature a great original illustration by Matt "Scrubbles" Hinrichs of robots having coffee. Also, Mindjack t-shirts are always available at the already low price of $15US (shipping included!). Help us spread the word about this little corner of independent publishing on the web.
posted by Donald Melanson @ 1:44 PM

Thursday, September 26, 2002

Asian women use distance learning for liberation
"[W]omen in Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka,and Bangladesh" are turning to distance education for personal growth and empowerment. According to a recent study from Commonwealth of Learning, these learners are able to use computer-mediated learning to outflank cultural barriers.
posted by Bryan Alexander @ 3:30 PM

Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Nintendo Cuts Ties With Rare, Microsoft Scoops Them Up
One of the most successful partnerships in the video game industry has ended as Nintendo announced it has sold it's 49% stake in Rare Ltd, the U.K.-based game developer responsible for many of Nintendo's most highly acclaimed games including Donkey Kong Country, Goldeneye and Perfect Dark. The company wasn't idle for long, however, as Microsoft just announced it has acquired Rare in a $375 million transaction. Rare will now create titles exclusively for Microsoft's Xbox game system, including the highly anticipated sequel to Perfect Dark.
posted by Donald Melanson @ 5:40 PM

Monday, September 23, 2002

Google News Revamped
The new Google News has launched, although it's still labeled as being beta. The stories are grouped on the front page according to popularity and relevance using a magic google algorithm (googlerithm?) that's beyond my understanding but seems to work remarkably well.
posted by Donald Melanson @ 1:36 PM

Saturday, September 21, 2002

Smart Mobs Website/Weblog Launches
SmartMobs.com, the companion website and weblog to Howard Rheingold's new book launched today. Look for a review of Smart Mobs in Mindjack around the time of its release.
posted by Donald Melanson @ 7:26 PM

Thursday, September 19, 2002

Nokia Condemns Warchalkers As Thieves
Mobile phone maker Nokia has some strong criticism for warchalkers, people who identify open wireless networks by writing chalk symbols on walls. ""This is theft, plain and simple", Nokia wrote in a statement. via BBC NEWS

Since starting earlier this year as a grassroots movement, warchalking has rapidly become a common practice among wireless enthusiats, with univerally recogonizable symbols. It has also become widely misrepresented by some mainstream publications.

posted by Donald Melanson @ 1:23 PM

digital divide in schools between students, teachers widens
Recent Pew Trust studies show a deep division in internet usage between students and teachers in American schools. High school students tend to use the net to communciate, research, and socialize. Their teachers on average admit some usage, when they don't fear or shun the digital world outright. The college world is similar, with students being digerati, and their instructors happy to use email, or, at best, course management tools.
posted by Bryan Alexander @ 10:33 AM

Tuesday, September 17, 2002

We're Back!
Well, we're back from our summer hiatus -- rested and full of big ideas. Despite appearances from the website, we did manage to get some substational work done on Mindjack over the summer. We're brought on some new writers, who you'll be seeing shortly, and we've got a redesign in the works, which will launch in the next few weeks.

Of course none of this is easy, and we could really use your support. One easy way you can contribute is to buy a t-shirt. They're only 15 bucks and you'll be helping us spread the Mindjack name around the world. Being a walking billboard never looked so good.

We also always welcome your feedback. If there's something you think we should cover that we're not, let us know. And if you've got a passion for digital culture and would like to write for Mindjack, or even just contribute to our weblog, drop me an email.

posted by Donald Melanson @ 10:44 PM

One step closer to future sports?
Penny Arcade on the new Bombing Run mode in the Unreal Tournament 2003 demo. Unlike the multitude of capture-the-hill, king-of-the-flag network game modes already out there, Bombing Run has a single ball-like object - the bomb - and two team goals, into which you can hurl the bomb for a certain amount of points, or run it for more. BR also offers automatic lock-on to your teammates for passing. Sound familiar? While other gameplay modes offer a barrage of simultaneous action-hero stories, Bombing Run's single point of focus and similarity to a certain popular American pastime may help make online gaming the spectator sport it is in places like Korea.
posted by Mike Sugarbaker @ 5:33 PM

Monday, September 09, 2002

Where to go after the bubble pops
It's not on par with "Whatever happened to Webster?" but in the where-are-they-now genre comes this article on where the folks from the internet bubble have landed.

From farming apples to awaiting extradition, their fates have certainly been varied.

posted by Douglas Roberts @ 1:31 PM

Wednesday, September 04, 2002

Verizon duels with RIAA: DMCA subpoena
The story so far: the Recoding Industry Association of America (RIAA) asked Verizon, an internet service provider (ISP), to reveal the name and contact information of a Verizon subscriber, whom the RIAA considers to be a major peer-to-peer file-trading copyright pirate, citing an extraordinary provision of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). Citing the "safe harbor" provisions of the same law, Verizon refused. The RIAA asked a federal judge to make Verizon comply. The ISP filed a brief, explaining its position, and was joined by numerous groups in a collective, supporting amicus brief.

There are several consequences of this RIAA-Verizon battle:

  1. Verizon may emerge as a leading opponent of "thick" copyright IP regime.
  2. Since the US Department of Justice is ready to prosecute copyright violators, look for renewed attention to the DMCA's ISP safe harbor provisions.
  3. Since the US Congress is considering legislation targeting p2p, look for more such lawmaking and policy tweaking.

(Thanks to Politech, CNet)

posted by Bryan Alexander @ 10:21 AM

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