Is this what the future of computing looks like? / Christopher Bechtold
The Baffler,  March 24, 2016

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Is this what the future of computing looks like? / Christopher Bechtold
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• Today in billionaires: one Silicon Valley plutocrat has taken to the courts to assert his ownership of some land in California’s San Mateo County in order to prevent public beach access. The odd thing about his claim is that the land in question is at the bottom of the ocean. Judges have been as skeptical as we are of “the notion that [Vinod] Khosla owns acres of land beneath the Pacific Ocean,” essentially ruling the venture capitalist an epic spoilsport.

• While Apple breathlessly hails its new iPhone, and keeps trying to hawk the pricey Apple Watch, our friends over at Pacific Standard take a look at C.H.I.P., a $9 computer which could potentially expand computer access to those living below the poverty line.

• When a surgeon removes the wrong organ, is he obligated to apologize to the patient? If his conscience does get the better of him, can his apology be used against him in court? “I’m sorry” laws in many states try to sort out the sticky situation, reports Pittsburgh’s WTAE.

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