25 September 2014

No, I am not interested in joining your proprietary social network

I don’t care whether it’s ello or sgrouples or FriendFace or app.net or whatever, I am not joining another walled-in social network owned by a single organization. I already have enough of those. I don’t care if it has a strong privacy policy, I don’t care if it has good security, I don’t care if it has no advertising, I don’t care if it will let you remain pseudonymous, I don’t care if the people who own it are really cool. ... Read more

17 September 2014

iPhone design trends

« All of these rumors about the iPhone 5c being a failure are flawed for one simple reason: They misunderstand the purpose of the 5c. […] the point of introducing two new iPhones was not to improve Apple’s market share in developing markets. Instead Apple appears to be using the older iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S handsets — and even used phones it is collecting through trade-in programs — to bring in new lower-income customers. ... Read more

10 September 2014

About mobile phones as wallets

So, congratulations iPhone users, you’ll soon have the kind of mobile phone wallet functionality I’ve had for a couple of years now. Actually, to be fair, Apple have done one thing better than Google: Apple are promising to stay out of your business and not record where you shop and what you buy; whereas Google suck up all your purchase data and store it so they can target ads at you. ... Read more

9 September 2014

Colorado part 2: Boulder and mountains

We got a good deal on a rental car, and planned to drive to Boulder and up into the mountains. The car was from Hertz, and came with their GPS system “NeverLost”. Its software is terrible, mostly because the system doesn’t respond quickly enough to anything. For example, if you miss a turn into a side street, it will recalculate — and then tell you to take the next suitable street, which we had invariably passed by the time it finished working out what to do next. ... Read more

9 September 2014

The Limits to Growth

Having read about the Club of Rome and The Limits to Growth, and seen articles claiming that it turned out to be hopelessly wrong, I’ve decided to check for myself. Not that I’m paranoid, but the people who claim LtG was wrong tend to be the same people who claim anthropogenic climate change is a myth — that is, people who are often prepared to be economical with the truth. ... Read more

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