The political parties now raising money for the fall campaign could do the nation a service by aiming their fundraising appeals in the next several weeks at helping with recovery from Hurricane Gustav, assuming it’s as bad as we now fear it could be.
And make a contest out of it.
Wired News: Despite Airlines’ Promises, Customers Find a Way to Make VOIP Calls on Flights. Just days after American Airlines made the big-deal announcement that it had rolled out in-flight internet on certain routes, hackers have found a way to use the service for voice-over-internet protocol calls, despite promises from the airline that its air-to-ground system, developed by Aircell, would block voice calls.
I have a simple fix for noisy mobile callers. I listen carefully to their conversations — making clear that I’m listening. If that doesn’t work, I start taking notes.
You would be amazed (or maybe not) how quickly this technique works to get people to hang up and shut up, or at least talk so quietly that it’s no longer a bother.
I’m honored to be speaking at the upcoming Kosmopolis 2008 in Barcelona, Spain. The biennial gathering, held this year in late October, brings together an amazing group of people involved in literature and the arts. I’ll be part of a program on the future of journalism.
NY TImes: Home Sales Increase, and So Do Inventories. Home sales perked up in July, a respite for the housing slump, as falling prices appeared to lure more buyers into the market. Skip to next paragraph Related National Association of Realtors News Release But the number of homes for sale increased significantly as well, which could push prices down even further. While lower prices could spur sales, they also cut into homeowners’ equity and household worth.
We haven’t seen the bottom in prices, not by a long shot, in most places. I’d still be very, very cautious about buying in any of these markets.
Here’s Volume 01, which contains interviews with several friends and colleagues including Joi Ito, Ethan Zuckerman and Henry Jenkins. Take a look.
Macworld reports the confirmation that Apple’s iPhone has a ‘kill switch’ that can remotely disable anything on the phone the company deems unworthy. This is utterly, absolutely outrageous — and the Apple fanboys will defend it to the hilt, no doubt.
Can you imagine the reaction if Microsoft put something like this into Windows? It would be ferocious, and the anger would be justified.
Apple’s arrogance just grows and grows.
Meanwhile, I trust someone in the open-source community will give those of us who’ve jailbroken our phones a way to prevent Jobs and his minions from playing games with the devices we — not they — own.