December 9, 2013

Edward Snowden voted Guardian person of the year

“He gave his future for the sake of democratic values, transparency, and freedom,” said Miriam Bergholz. Colin Walker wrote: “We need people like him to have the courage to forget about their own life in the cause of other people’s freedom. Let’s face it, his life is over as even if he goes back to the US he will face decades in prison and the personal sacrifice he has made is immense.” One commenter, identifying themselves as “irememberamerica”, said he voted for Snowden “for his extraordinary and exemplary courage, and the historic value of his daring act. At every step, he has displayed an astonishing integrity and presence of mind. He is a great American and international patriot.”

Well deserved Snowden. I salute you.

Icelanders Overthrow Government and Rewrite Constitution After Banking-Fraud – No Word from US Media

Besides CNN Europe’s own coverage of the scandal, the events in Iceland were widely covered by international media and are easily verified by a simple search on Google which leads to a variety of reputable international news sources that ran numerous stories on the Icelandic revolution.

Wow, I didn’t know or even hear an ounce of this revolution. It’s amazing how distorted the US media can be. What is the US Government so scared of??…

Here is the full documentary of the change called “Pots, Pans and Other Solutions”. Very inspiriting. The Western world needs this.

Samsung tells customer to shut up about Galaxy S4 fire

Samsung saw the video and instead of rushing to rectify the situation and let it blow over, as everything on the Internet does, the company sent the user a letter. In this letter, Samsung reportedly stated that it would swap out the man’s charred and now useless Galaxy S4 — which was still under warranty, mind you — only if he removed his video discussing the matter from YouTube.

More rubbish from Samsung. Go figure.

The Sad Story of the Battery Breakthrough that Proved too Good to be True

[B]y spring 2013, it started to become clear that Envia could not replicate the 400 wh/kg technology and turn it into a product. Samsung, LG and Asahi Kasei declined to buy the company because it found problems with the technology, according to the court documents … When the technology was not recreated for GM by summer 2013, GM eventually cancelled the deal.

This is rather unfortunate for everyone because batteries seem like the technology that isn’t progressing exponentially.