30 October 2014

Microloans 2: Electric Boogaloo

Back in 2005, Kiva was launched. It was the first microloan organization to get mass publicity, and many people signed up and participated ­— including me. Unfortunately, in 2009 it emerged that Kiva was being dishonest — while they encouraged lenders to browse the site, pick businesses and allocate funds, none of that made any difference at all. All the lending was already carried out before the businesses in question ever appeared on the site. ... Read more

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

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