Engadget for the iPhone: download the app now
AOL Tech

jccalhoun

Member since: May 22nd, 2006

jccalhoun's Latest Comments

Blog Activity
Blog# of Comments
Joystiq17 Comments
TUAW.com2 Comments
Engadget19 Comments
AOL TV11 Comments
Download Squad29 Comments
The Jason Calacanis Weblog3 Comments
Massively1 Comment
Big Download1 Comment

Recent Comments:

Gawker hack leads to Twitter acai spam (Download Squad)

Dec 13th 2010 3:48PM definitely a good time to look into lastpass or something...

Digg now has a staff-picked Breaking News section (Download Squad)

Nov 11th 2010 5:25PM So now its like the Calicanis version of netscape.com?

Protip: Don't release your game the same week as Pokemon in Japan (Joystiq)

Sep 24th 2010 12:55PM This has little or nothing to do with Pokemon and everything to do with Japan not caring about the X-Box or FPS games or Western games in general. I was at the Tokyo Game Show the year Halo 3 came out and that was the only time while I was at the show that I saw 3 non-Japanese people playing a game at the same time.

Steve Jobs speaks candidly about Adobe, Google, the iPhone, iPad and more! (Download Squad)

Jun 2nd 2010 10:37AM Nice of jobs to take credit for khtml's work...

Tynt Blocker Chrome extension stops Tynt from adding junk to your clipboard (Download Squad)

May 31st 2010 1:09PM If you are confused like I was, it looks like Techcrunch has stopped using it because I tried copying whole chunks of their site with ie and firefox and neither of them ended up with the extra stuff. The New Yorker does still look to be using it.

However, the noscript extension seems to prevent it from working. Yet another reason why everyone should use it

Air New Zealand 'revolutionizes' coach cabins: power, USB, iPod support and Skycouches (Engadget)

Jan 26th 2010 11:52AM So if you are tall and single you are still screwed. Yay!

Textbook publishers dream of the tablet (TUAW.com)

Jan 5th 2010 12:05PM College textbook publishers are dying for ebooks. They can charge 75% as much with not expenses for actually printing the book or shipping it or giving the bookstore a cut and to top it off students can't sell an ebook so there's no used books for students to buy any more.

Why RMT won't go away (Massively)

Nov 20th 2009 12:20PM And "RMT" would be...? After looking it up I found it meant "real money trading" but it would be nice to define the terms when you use them...

LGJ: Revenge of the Regulators (Joystiq)

Oct 25th 2009 11:22AM The paper is based on a flawed premise. She writes, "The dominance of media influence on children is recognized by scholars across many disciplines including child development, communication theory, psychology, sociology, and the medical profession.1 Numerous studies demonstrate potential harm to
children from exposure to mass media and marketing sources.2"

If you look at the footnotes who does she cite as "evidence" of these claims? Craig Anderson and his pals Doug Gentile, Karen Dill who he has coauthored papers with and the AAP's "Joint Statement on the IMpact of Entertainment Violence on Children" which isn't a scientific paper and whose final paragraph states, "We in no way mean to imply that entertainment violence is the sole, or even necessarily the most important factor contributing to youth aggression, anti-social attitudes, and violence." http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/jstmtevc.htm Most of her subsequent citations of studies are from Gentile.

Her overview of the First Amendment is pretty good as she covers how other media are treated under the law but she omits what I see as the most legally similar medium: film. The media she does review are either those which are carried over the public airwaves such as broadcast television or are situations involving government funding such as public libraries and internet filtering. She also has a nice list of failed recent vidoegame violence laws.

Her argument is that violent media should be treated in a manner similar to toxic materials. Which is interesting but is based on that flawed premise that violent media has a negative effect on children.

Iowa State study links gaming to -- over there, check it out! (Joystiq)

Oct 16th 2009 9:39AM I hadn't read the study Anderson participated in on music. He copublishes so many things I don't have time to read them all.
However, I still say that the statement where the article says that these things aren't aggression and then mentions aggressive thoughts is contradictory. Regardless, it is still poorly written because it still does not define aggression.


Regarding "causes" vs. "linked." I have taken statistics. Perhaps my use of "caused" was sloppy. However, in my defense, one of the sentences I quoted states, "Existing experimental studies demonstrate that playing a violent video game causes an immediate increase in aggressive behavior, aggressive thoughts, and aggressive emotions.” In addition Anderson has stated that aggressive videogames are indeed a causal risk factor in aggression as he does in this video starting at around 47 minutes in: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1AXm2BYcsc