Kara Swisher

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R.I.P. Roy Scheider

Until the writers’ strike in Hollywood is over–and it will finally be officially over this week–BoomTown has been offering suggestions about stuff to watch.

While this has nothing to do with the Yahoo-Microsoft merger, the death of actor Roy Scheider reminded me that there is no question that the movie “Jaws”–in which he uttered the immortal line, “We’re gonna need a bigger boat”–was one of the most important in terms of moving technological special effects forward.

It was a mechanical shark, but it was a scary mechanical shark!

In that spirit, here is a very funny mash-up featuring Scheider:


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik