Posts By: Max Smolev

Review: Max Gladstone: Three Parts Dead – 4 stars

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Max Gladstone: Three Parts Dead There is that time of the year when you get a book hiatus. All the favorite authors are busy re-charging or typing feverishly new masterpieces and you have absolutely nothing to read. No new werewolf stories. No spunky witches hunting evil interlanders. Sookie Stackhouse not getting into trouble with fey. […]

Can this be? Google Fiber in Austin!

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So, local news station KVUE has confirmed that Austin will be picked for next Google Fiber deployment. Can this be? My wish back from 2010 is finally coming true? I certainly hope so. Every additional city where Google expands to will show that it’s possible to provide reasonably priced internet access without lying about per-byte-billing […]

T-Mobile: Un-carrier with somewhat better prices

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Looks like T-Mobile’s new “uncarrier” plans are now live. And it’s a good thing. Kinda. First, the good part: – no more contract. If you want a “discounted” phone, you have to just finance it, and add to monthly payments. This was always the worst possible aspect of US cell phone service — you used […]

Review: Psycho-Pass/サイコパス anime (4 stars)

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Psycho-Pass/サイコパス It doesn’t happen that often, but every once in a while I run into nice new anime. Lately there’s been a lull, but finally I stumbled on Psycho-Pass. Futuristic story about the society, where artificial intelligence system Sybil is providing, essentially, all guidance for everyone — where you should study, what job you should […]

Ingress invite received. Now what?

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Ah, the sweet scent of exclusivity… Do you remember when Google was giving away invites to GMail? How about Google Wave? Now it’s Ingress, the New Hot Game that everyone wants. Of course I wanted an invite too, given how everyone was excited about hacking the portals, establishing the fields, capturing minds (or freeing people’s […]