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The Internet is a surveillance state

17 Mar 2013 -

Bruce Schneier on surveillance online:

All of us being watched, all the time, and that data being stored forever. This is what a surveillance state looks like, and it’s efficient beyond the wildest dreams of George Orwell.

The Trouble with Social News

17 Mar 2013 -

In social news, the front page is king. Most users never go beyond the first or second page of top stories. […]

The effect of this is that we’re looking at a fast-flowing river of information through a pinhole.

Leopardize your internet

21 Mar 2012 -

Small Safari extension I wrote inspired by this XKCD that “improves” the internet by replacing all occurrences of keyboard with leopard.

You Are Not Ruthless Enough

25 Feb 2012 -

In the next release a new feature will be impossible to implement because class A has intimate, incestuous, biblical knowledge about class B. It seemed to work but the child of this relationship is going to cause you problems for the rest of its life even if you manage to separate the star-crossed classes and send them back to their families.

Here’s the thing: you are not ruthless enough.

Do it right the first time or you’ll have a “Giger-esque state-driven nightmare”.

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

7 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

6 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

5 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

5 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.