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Akshay Sharma
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It's not that they are biased, it's not that they are paid Apple shills...... They've just turned into Snarky Hipsters...... Been with you guys since the Engadget Mobile days but don't need these "bitchy' reviews you guys are churning out. Maybe there are some people at the "Intersection of Culture and Technology" who find this interesting but I am definitely not hip enough.
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INDONESIAN EXECUTIONS: OUTRAGE IS OVERPLAYED

In my adult life I have been, and continue to be, a vocal opponent of the death penalty as legalised murder, and a vocal supporter for drug law liberalisation.

These positions notwithstanding, it seems to me that the Australian government and media are overplaying their outrage about the executions of convicted drug smugglers.

Let's put this in perspective.

It was the US, supported by Britain and Australia, among others, that began an almost pathologically irrational campaign against recreational drugs in the 1950s. It was forceful diplomacy emanating from the West that forced developing nations to go along with this attitude, and to impose harsh penalties for drug production, distribution, and use.

It is precisely the harshness of the penalties involved that makes production and distribution highly profitable.

In other words, Australia is historically directly responsible for the Indonesian death penalty attached to drug smuggling. To ignore that fact now is dishonest and silly. Fatuous in the way I have come to expect from the Feds since 2007.

Let's also remind ourselves that you cannot really enter Indonesia by air without being made aware in blunt and inelegant fashion that drug smuggling carries the death penalty.

It is the height of arrogance to suppose that a sovereign nation will vary its laws on the basis of the passports carried by people it regards as heinous criminals. Would we do that here? Just let an American drug smuggler walk because he's American? Maybe we would, but we definitely shouldn't.

To now criticize the Indonesian government for enforcing its stated and transparent laws cannot but be seen as patronising colonial arrogance by our government. And while our news media can and should express a variety of views on the matter, my sense is that the coverage has been somewhat ill informed and one-sided.

Where, for example, has been the detailed analysis of the Indonesian legal system, and the precise details of the court proceedings that found the Bali Nine guilty in the context of that legal system?

Where has been the analysis of why President Jokowi would not or could not intervene with clemency? My contacts tell me he would have liked to have been able to do so, but felt his hands were tied as soon as the Australian government went public with ill-considered standover tactics on this matter, which were all about PR rather than any sincere effort to see the Australians spared. A sincere effort would have been conducted largely behind the scenes, with public statements limited to support for Indonesia in enforcing its laws free from external interference.

Is that not precisely what we, in Australia, would demand for ourselves? The absolute right to enforce our laws free from an external, patronising influence?

I cannot say that I am pleased with the outcome. I am not. But I can say with certainty that the government has harmed our diplomatic standing in Indonesia with its crude, immature approach, and that as an individual I think Indonesia should change its laws, but not by external coercion.

What should happen next is that we lead by example and reform our own antiquated drug laws.

Let's not send our children to gaol for smoking joints or dropping extasy. Let's instead focus on reducing the profitability of the really dangerous drugs, like heroin, MDMA, and methamphetamines. Let's intervene to stop the psycho-traumatic effects of sustained use of the latter two categories. And most of all, let's not create a class of criminals where the only crime is actually created by drug laws rather than through theft, violence, murder, tax evasion, and the full gamut of pre-existing crimes as defined under criminal codes.

Only when we have our own house in order on these issues can we afford to lobby our neighbours to follow suit.
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LG Watch Urbane review by +The Verge 
Mentions of "*LG*" in the article = 3 (one of which is the title)
Mentions of "*Apple*" in the article = 9

YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG!

+The Verge has been on the top of my news feeds from the time I was tinkering with my HP iPaq. I was there in the Engadget Days with +Joshua Topolsky  to share the excitement of the Moto Atrix Laptop Dock... I laughed with +Chris Ziegler at the forecasted 720p screens and joined in his sarcastic question whether we would then need to have 1080p screens! I bought the HP Touchpad because +Dieter Bohn swore by WebOS (and I got it for cheap :)) and +Nilay Patel ... Desi Tech Dude...nuff said.

But, I think either I have become too old and boring or  +The Verge has outgrown me. The "Hipster Snark" has become the staple of all the coverage, lest it be about Apple. Those guys shit turds of Gold! 

It was a good run, but alas, all good things....

PS: Will keep an eye out for you guys and hopefully I get to enjoy your coverage again.
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