Brandon B. is our brand experience agency’s associate director of software design and development. He’s also this week’s Rewind curator, where one of our people recaps our favorite news from the week before. Brandon has a weird thing for old radios, has watched every episode of Seinfeld at least 20 times and has been playing drums for the majority of his life.
2012 has already been a big year for entrepreneur, inventor and all-around badass Elon Musk after his company SpaceX successfully completed its first mission to the International Space Station. But in the event that sending the first privately constructed spacecraft to the ISS wasn’t enough to impress you, Musk announced this past week that he expects his electric car company Tesla to become profitable by the end of next month, adding another gold star to his resume in 2012.
Without being too Orwellian, it’s frightening to say the least to see the justice department argue that it’s perfectly legal to wirelessly track an individual using their mobile device without a warrant.
Professor and Nobel Prize winner Gary Becker and United States Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner were two gentleman I was completely unaware of until this past week when I was directed to their recent posts examining the current state of the American patent system. Unbeknownst to me, this upstanding duo has been getting quite a bit of press over the last year for their blog tackling some fairly controversial issues. These two articles will bring great pleasure to anyone who thinks the top brass in the software and technology world have become overly litigious: Reforming the Patent System Toward a Minimalist System and Do Patent and Copyright Law Restrict Competition and Creativity Excessively?
As a web and app developer, it should come as no surprise that I enjoy understanding how things work – combustion engines included. This recent article from Jonathan Gitlin posted on Ars Technica examines the inner workings of the combustion engine and some of the technological advancements that have helped increase their efficiency over the last 100 years.