25 October 2014

On countries lost

“I think that what happens to people is that if you are out of the country long enough, your native country ceases to exist. When things change sufficiently, the country that you are truly a native of is gone.” — William Gibson

24 October 2014

GamerGate’s origin story

As the list of people supporting #GamerGate gets shorter and shorter, some are still suggesting that it was a legitimate movement for ethics in journalism that only got corrupted by misogyny later on. I’m sure that there are people who genuinely believe this. Unfortunately, it’s not true. GamerGate started out as slut-shaming and revenge, so here’s the history with dates and links to the sources. ⁂ On 2014-08-12, Eron Gjoni posted The Zoe Post on WordPress. ... Read more

22 October 2014

Apple news

Bose launches patent lawsuit against Beats Audio. Apple buys Beats Audio. Bose and Apple settle patent dispute. Not good enough! Apple removes all Bose products from stores. Fitbit says it has no plans for iOS HealthKit integration. Apple plans to stop selling Fitbit in stores. I don’t remember Apple acting like a petulant child before Jobs returned to the company. Am I forgetting previous examples?

20 October 2014

OS X Yosemite upgrade FileVault problem

When I upgraded to Yosemite, the installer offered to painlessly switch my hard drive to use FileVault 2 full disk encryption. I said yes. Unfortunately, the OS didn’t generate the recovery key that it was supposed to. I was left with an encrypted disk, and no recovery key I could file away in case I forgot my password. After some investigation, I discovered that you can ask OS X to create a new recovery key for you from the command line. ... Read more

6 October 2014

In which I try Soylent

So, I ordered a batch of Soylent, and it finally shipped to me. Before I talk about my experiences, though, I feel like I should head off a few common criticisms. “Why do you hate food?” I don’t hate food. I love food in almost all its varieties. I love salads, curries of all nations from India to Thailand, pizza, pasta, stir fry, tacos, bread, omelets, flatbreads, hummus, all kinds of foods. ... Read more

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