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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work