Author Archives: davinodwyer

The King of the World, at the Bottom of the Sea

VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA Exploring strange, alien frontiers is nothing new to James Cameron – from Aliens to Avatar, he has made billions creating adventures in exotic environments for eager cinema audiences. But last weekend, Cameron went on an adventure all of his own when he brought his cameras to the Challenger Deep,…

The Agony of Lying, the Ecstasy of Getting Caught

For those of us interested in technology (particularly Apple), non-fiction storytelling (particularly on This American Life), and journalism (wherever it might occur), the Mike Daisey saga has been an absorbing case study. Daisey is the monologuist who has become one of the fiercest critics of Apple’s manufacturing process, going so far as to visit the…

Hardware innovation’s glass ceiling

HARDWARE INNOVATION HAS COME UP AGAINST A GLASS CEILING From The Irish Times, March 19th, 2012 When apple chief executive Tim Cook launched the new iPad in early March, it was the most eagerly anticipated hardware announcement in months, inspiring huge amounts of speculation ahead of its unveiling – the infamous Apple rumour mill was…

Hinging on stupid design

I could never understand what all the hullabaloo was about when details of the Microsoft Courier tablet (above) leaked back in late 2009. It seemed so obviously an exercise in FUD-inspired vapourware directed against the imminent iPad – which was to be revealed in January of 2010. Courier’s debut was just a leaked series of mocked…

The historical opportunity of Julian Assange

In researching this article on the Lulzsec case, I had a great chat with journalist Misha Glenny, who is very familiar with the world of hackers after years researching the terrific non-fiction thriller DarkMarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You (which I had the pleasure of reviewing for The Irish Times last year). While discussing the hacktivism of Anonymous…

The Hacking Game

THE HACKING GAME From The Irish Times, Saturday March 10th, 2012 “It looked like a fairly innocuous tweet, sent a few nights before New Year’s Eve: “@anonymouSabu – will you be releasing technical infodox about how the #Stratfor ownage went down? I sure hope so . . .” To the uninitiated, the words have little…

Innovation talks: The new means of production

My first Irish Times Innovation Talks column was in the paper today – it’s due to be a monthly column, there or thereabouts, on various aspects of tech innovation. The first column, on how critical programming is to the future of innovation, is below. “GIVING THE WORLD ACCESS TO THE NEW MEANS OF PRODUCTION” From The…

All apologies, but no shame in the game

So Fianna Fáil says sorry for overseeing the Irish property bubble, destroying the economy and signing away our economic sovereignty. About time, but it’s hard not to be cynical about Micheál Martin’s apology. Most of the people responsible for this calamitous period of misrule have faced only a hiding at the polls as punishment, but otherwise are…

The Digital Republic of Letters

“WHERE DID all the intellectuals go? In an era when heated arguments on current affairs TV shows pass for reasoned debate and condensed newspaper opinion pieces try to convey complex theories, the era of the prominent public intellectual seems a mirage. Yet back in the 17th and 18th centuries there was such a vibrant tradition…

The Santorum Conundrum

Yesterday, Maureen Dowd gave Rick Santorum the public evisceration that was coming to him as soon as his presidential campaign transitioned from “comedic” to “plausible” (a journey taken by all the Republican primary candidates at some point, except for Mitt Romney, whose campaign has gone in the opposite direction). It’s good to see Santorum’s fundamentalism be…