[It’s] an audiovisual interactive format for music that can’t be pirated and will bring back album artwork in the most powerful way, where you can play with the lyrics and get behind the songs when you’re sitting on the subway with your iPad or on these big flat screens,” Bono says. “You can see photography like you’ve never seen it before.

No, U2’s new secret Apple music format won’t “save music” | PandoDaily

"[It’s]…a format for music that can’t be pirated"

"…that can’t be pirated…"

Way to give 100,000 bored hackers a shiny new project, Bono. I mean, that worked out so well for Blu-Ray

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I fail to see the difference between the “Humans don’t cause Climate Change” crowd and the anti-vaccine crowd - both are dangerously wrong.

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Because it’s tiny. Both Symbian and Blackberry have more users than Windows Phone.

Markus “Notch” Persson, founder of Minecraft, speaking to Reuters last June about why they weren’t focused on creating the game for Microsoft’s mobile platform. We’ll see if $2.5 billion changes that. My hunch? Um, yes. (via parislemon)

Notch is outspoken and will no longer be involved post-acquisition. He made Minecraft incredible with broad, often clumsy strokes, it got too large and unwieldy to appeal to him, and he went back to experimenting and being opinionated on twitter.

Microsoft might create Minecraft for Windows Phone, but I think it will be an afterthought, a consequence of what they do with Mojang. I’d watch the Minecraft Launcher, that little screen that comes up before you actually start Minecraft. A little tinkering here and there, and you’ve got yourself a version of Steam that’s baked right into Windows, geared more toward kids and casual gamers.

I like Steam, but there’s a lot wrong with it, and it’s a huge target. If you could make downloading, playing, and buying/renting a game a seamless experience on Windows, you’ll win over PC gamers.

Mojang gives you 54 million users right off the bat. That’s pretty incredible. This acquisition is not about changing a video game or porting it to some (admittedly still obscure) platform. This is about access to 54 million gamers.

(via bookoisseur)

(Bold Emphasis mine.)

This is gonna be a bit of a tangent, but here’s why Microsoft buying Mojang and building a Steam competitor is a very, very good thing:

As much goodwill as Valve has as a gaming company and the purveyor of a very well-liked digital distribution platform, Steam has gotten large enough to where Valve is either unwilling or unable to actually handle the customer experience aspect of a multi-million person sales platform. Sure, Steam Sales gobble up cash like gangbusters, but genuine customer complaints or issues take weeks or even months to get a response - most of which simply come down to a better-worded variation of “not our problem.” The answer is the same whether it’s “the game didn’t work when it should,” “the debs blatantly lies about the game you approved for your platform” (see WarZ for just one example), or “my Steam account has been hacked and they’re racking up charges on my card” - not our problem.

And speaking of credit cards, even the threat of asking your credit card company to get involved in processing a chargeback will result in the complete ban of your Steam account (they refer to chargebacks as “payment fraud”), blocking all access to every game you’ve ever purchased. Yes, even if you’re legally in the right, doing anything at all to assert that by asking your financial partner to get involved is, to Valve, the same as “payment fraud” and their “zero tolerance” policy will get you punitively blocked from every purchase you’ve ever made on Steam.

In summary, do I like Steam? 99% of the time, yes. But underneath the slick purchase process and addictive sales, there’s a very poorly managed marketplace with zero customer support and some really fucking shady policies.

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Katie Nolan, your (and my) new hero.

Fair enough.

If I can watch this on my shitty internet, then so can you.

And you should. I think.

I couldn’t hit subscribe fast enough.

Also, don’t forget about the CFL! It exists! And it’s not the NCAA!

I’ve been a Katie Nolan fan for a while. She does not disappoint, and now is no exception. Watch this. Even if you don’t like football, this is an important  voice weighing in on an important conversation.

Katie Nolan shows more courage and honesty than 99% of the “reporters” covering the Ray Rice/NFL story. I’ve been a fan since before she worked at FOX Sports and I’ll gladly support the stand she’s taking. 

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I generally find slam poetry mediocre at best - but every so often, there’s that one that breaks though and it’s not just good, and not even just great, but fucking transcendent.

This is one of the single most affecting pieces of spoken word I’ve ever heard, and you’re doing yourself a disservice not to watch it.

Neil Hilborn - “OCD”

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The reactions over the past week to Anita Sarkeesian, Zoe Quinn, and the celebrity device/cloud hacking are disturbingly similar. All end with the conclusion “don’t be a woman; but if you are, we’ll consider your life, livelihood, and sexuality fair game for public consumption, discussion, and judgment.”

It’s the criminalization of a specific sex - truly the criminalization of existence - where the genuine response is “if they didn’t want this, then they shouldn’t have acted like a human being with opinions, desires, and goals.”

I used to think that we were making progress with regards to gender equality (certainly not that we’d achieved or even approached it - but at least that we were moving haltingly in the right direction) but the past week has made me sincerely doubt if anything at all has changed in my lifetime.

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…throw roses into the abyss and say: ‘here is my thanks to the monster who didn’t succeed in swallowing me alive.’

Friedrich Nietzsche (via waywardcherry)


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I’ve often thought that certain careers and passions require you to pay a penance to the darkness. 

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Scientists Create Transparent Solar Concentrator



by Lisa Winter, IFLScience

One of the biggest complaints about solar energy is that the setups aren’t very attractive. A team of material engineers at Michigan State University have developed solar concentrators that are completely transparent, which means they can be used on windows without disturbing the view or even on smartphone screens. The research was led by Richard Lunt and the paper was featured on the cover of the journal Advanced Optical Materials.

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The future is won by people who build and not destroy.

Barack Obama  (via joshuanguyen)

"These are not mutually exclusive actions." — Barrett Garese

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here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?

I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me. - The Washington Post

This is an actual op-ed from a current LAPD officer. These are his own words, which read “If you use words I don’t like, I’ll freely respond with physical violence or outright murder.”

What. The. Fuck.

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