I'm only 2 paragraphs into the article and I can already see that Tim is low balling it. There's so much more in there that wasn't even covered. But I guess you can't spend pages and pages ripping it apart...
Impressive troll is impressive. MacArthur really hits all the "high" points from neutral search to Google not having any cost to likening Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt to Hearst.
While I do think that using HIV is not in the best taste, I do think the analogy with STDs is a good one. Your shitty password on Facebook makes it more likely that scammers will gain access to more of my private information. That puts me in more danger and, in turn, makes it more likely that I will be scammed.
Then again, the analogy only makes sense if everyone is having sex with everyone else.
As a Bayesian, I have to point out that not only does our mind have a problem with probability but it's also not trivial to even define what one means by a statement like "Obama has a 85% chance of winning". For spinning coins, we can define the probability of heads by the frequency of heads in an ever-increasing number of coin spins. But the 2012 presidential is a non-repeatable event and all that breaks down.
The very title of the article already shows a lack of understanding about some of the issues with genetic information. Your genome is not just your genome. It also makes up a large part of the genome of your parents and your siblings and your children. You might be ok with doing whatever with your own genome today but your brother or your children and their children are going to have different considerations.
"People like me used to be auteurs... Now I'm supposed to beg for attention. It's completely counterintuitive to why I became a musician in the first place and the personality of someone like me."
I'm sorry Billy Corgan, I totally didn't hear you there. I was too busy watching stuff on Hulu, listening to music at Spotify, planning my next gathering at MeetUp, reading interesting articles on PLoS, posting on Facebook, and learning things at the Khan Academy. Please whine at me more about having to beg for attention, these headphone are just so I can hear you better.
I was at a Richard Stallman (of GNU and FSF fame) talk and someone asked him about possible legal issues with 3D printing technology. He completely blew off the question as not being relevant any time soon. I was disappointed to see his lack of vision into the very near future.
It could be viewed as Google showing its hardware vendors that it has some skin in the game. I'm sure Google/Motorola will be a prime target for patent attacks. Thus Google will be in the trenches fighting patent attacks shoulder-to-shoulder with its vendors.