Google To Destroy Music Industry, World

In the olden days it was a lot easier for newspapers to pass off ridiculous claims as facts because anyone who wanted to verify them would have to go to some serious effort to do so. These days, however, we have teh internets, and fact checking has suddenly become a whole lot easier. So if you’re going to make claims about teh internets, then you’d better be pretty sure that your claimed facts are, you…

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Logic

Curious article here from the normally sane Charles Arthur in The Guardian, which opens with: The invitation to Apple’s event on Wednesday at the Yerba Buena centre in San Francisco shows an acoustic guitar, with a soundhole in the shape of the Apple logo. Seasoned watchers of the company know that this is the time of year when the iPod gets a refresh, yet there’s a shadow over the digital music player that turned Apple…

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Australians Know Their Football

Some more quality fact checking from The Age, today, where I spotted this in their “Complete Guide to South Africa 2010”: I must have missed the announcement that the home nations have now begun competing as a single unified team, under the Union Flag. I hope The Age’s knowledgeable football writers have informed the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Football Associations that they will no longer be required. I guess it does solve that old…

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10 Year Study Unable To Rule Out Link Between Newspapers And Bullshit

Right. So a ten year study into the possible link between mobile phones and brain tumours finds no evidence that phones cause cancer. How do you report that then, newspapers of the word? The Daily Mail: “Long conversations on mobile phones can increase risk of cancer, suggests 10-year study” Daily Express: “CANCER LINK TO HEAVY USE OF MOBILE PHONES” The Daily Telegraph: “Half an hour of mobile use a day ‘increases brain cancer risk’” The…

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Gems From Today’s The Age

Clearly The Age have given up on proof reading altogether… “Gangland daughter Katie Peirce found dead“: Mr Ser, an outreach worker with the Father Bob Maguire Foundation, told The Age in the statement that rumours of the overdose “are yet to be made official”. He said the family were dismayed at the rumours “as it is totally out of character for her to have died from an alleged overdose”. Er. Yeah. I’m pretty sure she’s…

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How The Meeja Works: We’ll Just Print Any Old Rubbish We Get Sent In A Press Release…

I read this story about a teenager getting a cabinet (when she wanted a cab, init–DYSWTDT) in the Metro of the bloke sitting next to me on the tube this morning. It’s also for some reason made it into El Reg (er, technology angle?) who appear to have just copied it out of the Daily Mail. How many ways is this clearly the fabrication of a desperately unfunny PR department at the furniture company? Let…

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