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  • Article by: John Olson
  • Updated: April 1, 2009 - 6:15 PM

I just bought an Amazon Kindle. It’s the slim electronic reader that puts the unabridged diary of our species in the palm of your hand. In a device about the size of one copy of “The Wasteland,” you can store the equivalent of 200 copies of “Ulysses” (plus have it read to you, although not explained). Forget about every other marvel of our age; the Kindle alone should have us running into the streets, scanning the skies for the flaming chariots of the Rapture.

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hridgewoodApr. 1, 09 8:58 PM

"Horse manure" pretty well sums it up. If Mr. Olson had taken the trouble to explain what "defective by design" means or why the outrage against Facebook was not some sort of cybersocialist snit about making money, his commentary would have risen above the level of equine feces. In the first case, the complaints are about Kindle's digital rights management and closed platform. In the latter case, the complaints were about user privacy and post hoc changes to the Facebook terms of service. Furthermore, Facebook has been more about surreptitious changes to the detriment of users, not public vetting of changes before they are implemented. Citing a Twitter uprising as evidence of Facebook's trust in the wisdom of crowds is beyond nonsense. "There are a million hands on the wheel, and somehow we’re staying within the guardrails." Well, when we leave the steering to Congress, banks, and the traditional media, we quickly find ourselves with two wheels off the road and hanging over a cliff. While I'm reviewing Strib products, what possessed them to implement a comment system that doesn't allow paragraphs? FAIL.

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rhaupertApr. 2, 0912:46 PM

Anyone knows you don't read one-star reviews. They are put up by haters and their spelling and grammar shows how uneducated they usually are. You read the two and three star reviews to get some enlightenment.

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bighuskyfanApr. 2, 09 6:56 PM

You go to an impartial third party/site to find an unbiased review of the product. Think cnet.com

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