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Facebook is gaslighting the web

21 Nov 2011 -

Anil Dash:

Facebook has moved from merely being a walled garden into openly attacking its users’ ability and willingness to navigate the rest of the web. The evidence that this is true even for sites which embrace Facebook technologies is overwhelming, and the net result is that Facebook is gaslighting users into believing that visiting the web is dangerous or threatening.

In this post I intend to not only document the practices which enable this attack, but to also propose a remedy.

Blue Dot

17 Nov 2011 -

For the past 5 months, I’ve been busy building the technical infrastructure for the British startup BlueDot. With BlueDot, you get “dots” for donating and volunteering and then spend your dots on exclusive content.

Today, BlueDot launched a partnership with BBCs Children in Need, offering exclusive backstage performances by brilliant artists such as Coldplay, Snow Patrol and Elbow if you donate £5 or more!

Needless to say, I’m immensely proud to be part of BlueDot :)

Credit Rating

07 Aug 2011 -

Paul Krugman on the S&P rating downgrade:

It’s hard to think of anyone less qualified to pass judgment on America than the rating agencies. The people who rated subprime-backed securities are now declaring that they are the judges of fiscal policy? Really?

Stanley Kubrick interview

06 Aug 2011 -

Stanley Kubrick interview in Playboy, 1968:

The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death – however mutable man may be able to make them – our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.

Patently Absurd

05 Aug 2011 -

I’ve borrowed the title from John Gruber, who has covered the recent absurd statements from Google, claiming that Apple, Microsoft and others are attacking Android with their patents. Paul Thurott joins the critics.

Jason Kottke then linked to an excellent episode of This American Life on the state of patents in the US:

In polls, as many as 80 percent of software engineers say the patent system actually hinders innovation. In other words, it does exactly the opposite of what it’s supposed to do. It doesn’t encourage them to come up with new ideas and create new products, it actually gets in their way.

How anyone can believe software patents in Europe is a good idea is beyond me.

The One Rule

05 Aug 2011 -

Michael Lopp on context switches, creativity and OS X Lion:

Let’s talk about the Zone […]. This is that magical place where you’ve managed to fit the entire context of your current project in your head. With all this content in there, you can perform superhuman acts of productivity and creativity because you have the complete problem space at your mental disposal.

The Zone is a sacred place. Staying or even getting there is difficult and OS X Lion really does help.

Shell accepts responsibility for Nigeria Oil Spills

04 Aug 2011 -

Niger delta oil spills will take +25 years to clean! Good news is that Shell has accepted some responsibility

Patent Fears

17 Jul 2011 -

The Guardian reports that several independent European software developers are removing their apps from sale in the US for fear of being sued.

[Simon Maddox] told the Guardian that it’s “far too dangerous to do business” in the US because of the risk of software patent lawsuits.

But for US-based developers, the problems remain. Craig Hockenberry of Iconfactory, developer of Twitterrific, remarked that “Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse, they do and tweeted that “I became an independent developer to control my own destiny. I no longer do”. Iconfactory is among those being targeted by Lodsys, but earlier this week was granted a 30-day extension to reply to Lodsys’s claim.

Even if you are not against software patents in general, it is becoming increasingly clear that the current system does not work as originally intended and might actually stifle innovation rather that help it.

A Cure for Diabetes?

28 Jun 2011 -

Type 2 diabetes is rapidly becoming a huge and world wide health problem. The Guardian reports that, according to a new study, more than 350 million people are now affected:

“[Diabetes] is set to become the single largest burden on world health care systems,” one of the study’s main authors, Professor Majid Ezzati, of Imperial College London, told the Observer. "Many nations are going to find it very difficult to cope with the consequences."

The article mentions another study, claiming that type 2 diabetes can be reversed in newly diagnosed. If true, it may help millions of people and save billions in health costs.

It turns out to be a study by Roy Taylor from Newcastle University. BBC covered the study.

While the study only includes 11 people, the results so far are remarkable as they hint at a possible diet-based cure. Roy Taylor:

This is a radical change in understanding Type 2 diabetes. It will change how we can explain it to people newly diagnosed with the condition. While it has long been believed that someone with Type 2 diabetes will always have the disease, and that it will steadily get worse, we have shown that we can reverse the condition.

Rethinking Growth

03 May 2011 -

Herman Daly interviewed for Seed magazine:

What we tax mostly now is income from the input of labor and capital, what economists called “value added.”

Value added to what? To the resources extracted from nature, which are treated as zero. So, the idea is to shift our tax base away from value added and toward the resources themselves. If we want to increase efficiency, then we have to begin by making things more expensive. We’re careful how we use gold. We’re not so careful how we use aluminum.