Category: Computers/The Web


My Comics Portal column and reviews as well as my weekly Wayne’s Comics podcast are now available at MajorSpoilers.Com! I also write a weekly Wayne’s Worlds preview column at FirstComicsNews.Com, too! As time permits, I’m hoping to be participating in a comics podcast at WordOfTheNerdOnline.Com as well, so I’m a busy guy!

Regarding this blog, I’m going to make another effort to try and post as frequently as possible, but it will depend on when I feel I have something to say or a story I particularly want to share!

See you soon!

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If you’re looking for new installments of my Wayne’s Comics podcast as well as my two weekly columns, Comics Portal and DC Comics And Beyond, you can find them at wordofthenerdonline.com, a great site focusing on all things comics and comics-related! Be sure to check them out!

I’m considering how to move forward on my blog, so stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!

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Well, it’s time for me to get back to blogging!

It’s been an interesting couple of months since I posted last, with corneal transplant surgery in my right eye and a change in my work status! But I hope to post as often as I can as I enter a new phase of my life.

I thought I’d start with the following story about a law passed to regular the Internet, something I oppose. The article can be found at infowars.com:

>>The state legislature of Arizona has passed a bill that vastly broadens telephone harassment laws and applies them to the Internet and other means of electronic communication.

The law, which is being pushed under the guise of an anti-bullying campaign, would mean that anything communicated or published online that was deemed to be “offensive” by the state, including editorials, illustrations, and even satire could be criminally punished.

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Remember that I’m sitting at a computer while bringing this article from breitbart.com to your attention!

>>Users of tablet computers should place their device on the table and tilt its screen, rather than have it flat on their lap, to avoid potentially painful hunching of the neck, a study suggested Wednesday.

“Tablet users may be at high risk to develop neck discomfort based on current behaviours and tablet designs,” it warned.

A team led by environmental health researcher Jack Dennerlein of the Harvard School of Public Health asked seven men and eight women who were experienced tablet users to carry out tasks on an iPad2 and a Motorola Xoom.

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One of the great things about the World Wide Web has been that it has been largely unregulated. Anyone can pretty much do anything out here, which is why it has thrived so strongly over the past few decades.

Well, there are parts of it that folks don’t like, including piracy, which is understandable, but a new attempt to impose rules on the Internet has met with a lot of opposition. Here’s the AP’s article on the latest developments:

>>WASHINGTON (AP) — Yielding to strong opposition from the high tech community, Senate and House leaders said Friday they will put off further action on legislation to combat online piracy.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he was postponing a test vote set for Tuesday “in light of recent events.” Those events included a petition drive by Google that attracted more than 7 million participants and a one-day blackout by the online encyclopedia Wikipedia.

House Judiciary Committee chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, quickly followed suit, saying consideration of a similar House bill would be postponed “until there is wider agreement on a solution.”

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Since I work for a newspaper, I’m always interested in when technology replaces something non-technical.

Here’s the story of textbooks likely being replaced by electronic devices like the iBooks, iPad and Kindle. It’s from the International Business Times website:

>>Apple announced it would update its iBooks platform to include textbook capabilities. It also added a new platform called iBooks Author, which lets anyone easily create and publish their own e-books. Apple’s late co-founder and chairman Steve Jobs had hoped to bring relief to the higher education masses in the late 80s and early 90s, but 20 years later, Jobs’s legacy lives on in Apple, which hopes to make yet another dent in the education industry.

In NYC on Thursday, Apple revolutionized the education industry with its new iBooks 2 app for marking up digital textbooks, its new iBooks Author app for quick and easy e-book publishing, and the iTunes U platform for teachers to better communicate and share materials with students.

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Social networking on the Internet is fast replacing social interaction in real life.

Here’s a story that exemplifies this from nbcbayarea.com:

>>Think you like Facebook? Think again.

An Israeli couple likes Facebook so much that they named their newborn daughter ”Like.” You know as in the like icon on the popular Palo Alto-based social-networking site.

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I’m a really big fan of the Facebook website, so I thought it would be quite appropriate to spend my 200th post on the subject.

I’ve used the site to re-connect with many friends I had lost touch with, from high school and college classmates to fellow employees at the places I’ve worked at previously.

Of course, with every good thing comes its bad side. Here’s the story about that from the Guardian website:

>>Facebook a top cause of relationship trouble, say US lawyers

Social networking site becoming primary source of evidence in divorce proceedings and custody battles, lawyers say

When Facebook gets involved, relationships can quickly fall apart – as Hosni Mubarak and Muammar Gaddafi have discovered. But dictatorships are not the only ties being dissolved by social networkingsites: now Facebook is increasingly being blamed for undermining American marriages.

Even though the rate of divorce in the US has remained largely stable in recent years, American divorce lawyers and academics have joined Middle East analysts in picking out Facebook as a leading cause of relationship trouble, with American lawyers now demanding to see their clients’ Facebook pages as a matter of course before the start of proceedings.

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It’s an old sci-fi staple that computers would one day be better than humans at everyday tasks.

Well, the syndicated show Jeopardy found that computers were better than humans when it comes to playing that game.

Here’s the story from myway.com:

>>Final score on ‘Jeopardy!’: Computer 1, humans 0
By FRAZIER MOORE

NEW YORK (AP) – Note to self: Never play “Jeopardy!” with a supercomputer.

That’s a useful lesson for me or any mortal who has followed the Man vs. Machine faceoff this week on the popular trivia game show, where on Wednesday the second of two exhibition matches sealed the deal: Watson, the IBM-created megabrain, officially buried his flesh-and-blood opponents, veteran “Jeopardy!” champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.

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When I saw Up in the theater, I left with a headache. However, recently Tron: Legacy didn’t do that to me, so I’m hopeful things will get better in the future. But I wasn’t certain if this was unique to me or not.

Turns out I’m not alone. Here’s the story from myway.com:

>>3-D means headaches to many, yet companies push on

Jan 20, 6:08 AM (ET)

By PETER SVENSSON

NEW YORK (AP) – From Hollywood studios to Japanese TV makers, powerful business interests are betting 3-D will be the future of entertainment, despite a major drawback: It makes millions of people uncomfortable or sick.

Optometrists say as many as one in four viewers have problems watching 3-D movies and TV, either because 3-D causes tiresome eyestrain or because the viewer has problems perceiving depth in real life. In the worst cases, 3-D makes people queasy, leaves them dizzy or gives them headaches.

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