Don’t Be A Free User (Pinboard Blog)

I love free software and could not have built my site without it. But free web services are not like free software. If your free software project suddenly gets popular, you gain resources: testers, developers and people willing to pitch in. If your free website takes off, you lose resources. Your time is spent firefighting and your money all goes to the nice people at Linode.

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A Modest Proposal For Immigration: The $100,000 Green Card | TechCrunch

Permanent residence in the USA is a valuable asset that is enjoyed by most of you reading this article. Many potential immigrants from around the world want to acquire that asset and become valuable members of American society alongside us. Why don’t we let more of them join us?

Source: A Modest Proposal For Immigration: The $100,000 Green Card | TechCrunch

special report on video games – The Economist

Video games will be the fastest-growing and most exciting form of mass media over the coming decade, says Tim Cross

All the world’s a game


Consoles are no longer the only game in town

Thinking out of the box: The business of gaming


Virtual goods are worth real money—and cause real dilemmas

Paying for pixels


Sport by other means

Gentlemen, start your computers: E-sports


The moral panic about video games is subsiding

No killer app: Violence and addiction


What video-game technology can do in the real world

The play’s the thing: Alternative uses


Why video games will be an enduring success

Homo ludens: The importance of fun