4 December 2009

A couple of nuggets of found wisdom

Giles Bowkett is the person Zed Shaw wants to be when he grows up. On Slashdot and similar sites: When you build a system where you get points for the number of people who agree with you, you are building a popularity contest for ideas. However, your popularity contest for ideas will not be dominated by the people with the best ideas, but the people with the most time to spend on your web site. ... Read more

30 November 2009

Cataloging rats

I just went through my Google Reader subscriptions, and removed everyone who hasn’t posted anything in over a year. It seems like the majority of the LiveJournal users I was following have jumped ship. Unfortunately, most of them didn’t post anything saying where they jumped ship to. Some of them are on Facebook, but most aren’t, so I suppose my notional social network just shrank. Shrank, not shrunk. It should have been “Honey, I Shrank The Kids”. ... Read more

24 November 2009

Great quotes from history

A classic from 1994: What we don’t see is that freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do. —Rudolph W. Giuliani. Is it possible to be so wrong that you loop all the way around and become right again? ... Read more

7 November 2009

Downloadable content: a dangerous game?

I’m currently playing Fallout 3. I finished the actual game months ago, but the extra downloadable content packs were released for PS3 recently, so I bought a couple and returned to the post-apocalyptic wasteland. So I’m not inherently against the idea of paid-for add-on downloadable content packs for games. However, I skipped buying any add-on content for LittleBigPlanet. Frankly, I don’t need tons of outfits or in-game stickers, and dozens of little $1. ... Read more

20 October 2009

Will history repeat itself?

Once upon a time, Apple developed an amazing OS with a revolutionary graphical interface. They started selling devices which would run this OS. The devices were practically sealed units, and the OS would only run on Apple’s hardware. If you wanted to develop for the devices, you had to pay money to join a developer program. Some other companies approached Apple and asked if maybe they would license the OS and software to run on third party hardware. ... Read more

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