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Executions Should Be by Firing Squad, Federal Appeals Court Judge Says
24 Jul 2014 8:34pm GMT The LA Times: “Using drugs meant for individuals with medical needs to carry out executions is a misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions by making them look serene and beautiful — like something any one of us might experience in our final moments,” U.S. 9th Circuit Court Chief Judge Alex Kozinski wrote in a dissent in the Arizona death penalty case of Joseph Rudolph Wood III. “But executions are, in fact, brutal, savage events, and nothing the state...

Josh Topolsky Leaving The Verge for Bloomberg
24 Jul 2014 3:23pm GMT A lot of musical chairs being played in tech journalism lately.  ★ 

‘But Even the Home Screen Is Confusing’
24 Jul 2014 4:31am GMT David Pierce, reviewing the Amazon Fire Phone for The Verge: You can’t even see the time without tilting your phone just so. An errant buzz is your only indication that you have a notification, prompting you to cock your wrist or swipe down from the top bezel to open the notification windowshade. None of this is explained, none of it is intuitive. Dynamic Perspective makes everything look cleaner, but makes actually using your phone a lot harder. I don’t need my phone to be...

Farhad Manjoo on Amazon’s Fire Phone
24 Jul 2014 3:57am GMT Farhad Manjoo: Other instances of Dynamic Perspective are downright annoying. Take Auto Scroll, which moves the text on your screen as you tilt the phone back and forth. Because Auto Scroll calibrates its scrolling speed according to how you’re holding the device when you first load up an article, your brain will struggle to find a set rule about how much to tilt to get the right speed. Often I’d scroll too fast or too slow. Worse, if you put your phone down on a table while...

More Amazing Xiaomi/Apple Design Coincidences
23 Jul 2014 11:31pm GMT Posit: Xioami (a.k.a. “Mi”) poses a serious threat to Samsung because: Xiaomi is more shameless, more willing to blatantly copy Apple down to as many details as they’re able. They’re better at it. Xiaomi copies with some degree of taste; Samsung has no taste. Xiaomi operates only in countries with weak IP culture and laws, further enabling and protecting them re: points 1 and 2. (This third point was first brought to my attention by Ben Thompson, when he was my guest...

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