It is fun to see experimentation in new web browsers and what they include by default. Brave for example chooses to block trackers and ads by default. I like the idea of dimming tabs not in use (although I practice good tab hygiene). This browser also deals with low bandwidth situations directly. In some ways this reminds me of a modern day lynx browser, which I’m shocked to see is still in development.
Monday, October 9, 2017
Sunday, October 8, 2017
This newsletter from Azeem Azhar is a real treat every week. This is one that I usually save and sit down with a good bit of time and my iPad to learn all sorts of new things. Subscribing recommended! 👍🏻
Wait, what? Currently Apple ships more microprocessors than Intel. I guess that makes sense when you consider all the iPhones walking the world but still that statement is striking. Nobody things of Apple as a semiconductor company. 🤔
Thorough background and introduction to blockchain technology along with a number of great examples beyond cryptocurrencies.
This is a great example of the power of Workflow. I have a number of workflows like this and they are surprisingly easy to do on iOS, and really not easy to do on any other platform. I have several workflows that increase my efficiency significantly. I find inspiration in seeing what other people do with this powerful tool.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Aaron Parecki released the iOS app that he uses to record his location and use on his website. If you love location tracking but what to own your data this is a cool option. This is only the client though, you have to have a server to send the events to. It would be perfectly paired with a cloud-based serverless API to receive these events, record them and serve them up to other services. Someone want to make that?
We got some of these for my brother-in-law for Christmas and I was checking out his full collection yesterday. Perfect gift for the geek you know. Wish they would make some Game of Thrones ones. 👍
'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia | Technology | The Guardian
Read this article! I’ve had discussions close to many of the topic in this article with many of my most tech focused friends. There is something to take note of when the most aggressive adopters of new and interesting tech (for no reason than the tech itself) start abandoning an entire type of application. Is it a canary warning everyone? I think it is.
Friday, October 6, 2017
Enlightening post from the former Chief Privacy Officer of Equifax, Anna Slomovic, on the Equifax data breach.
Equifax’s sputtering response did not surprise me, and neither did the reactions in the press, the Congress, or the consumer protection agencies. Unfortunately, most of the proposed solutions do not address the fundamental issue: to credit reporting agencies, consumers are not a product, they are a cost. To understand this, you need to know something about credit reporting.
How many places hold your data and do not think of you as their customer? This is why we need regulation and laws for this data.
This is worth reading just for the graphs.
Though it is unclear whether men or women are more accurate, many people are obviously ignorant about the reality of their partners’ lives. And even if men are open to doing more at home so their wives can do more at work, the necessity may not occur to them. Gender equality could be boosted by some frank kitchen-table conversations.
I agree with Jason Snell on his read of the Apple Watch Series 3. I’ve had mine for a week now and it’s completely transformed how I think about the device. It feels like the iPhone did after the first couple of iterations.
Looking at these test shots the iPhone 8 one looks better to me in every case. Will be curious to see more of these. The race for best phone camera is driving an incredible amount of innovation. 📷
If you are curious to learn more about Stoicism this is a good, simple primer.
Stoicism is more a meditative practice that allows us to take the negative feelings we experience, and turn them into thoughts that give us peacefulness and perspective on life.
I’m intrigued by stoicism and I’m also surprised at how many people I’ve talked to recently that are also reading about it. I think there is something here that is a counter-balance to the intensity of social media that we’ve surrounded ourselves with.
Google News picked up completely fake content and promoted it shortly after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. The answer suggested is further tuning of algorithms. I’ve worked in the news industry in the past and the answer is even easier — hire some editors! Also covered in NY Times and The Atlantic.
Thursday, October 5, 2017
This seems like a really good idea. ProPublica is leveraging it’s brand and financial strength to put more into local newsrooms. Local newsrooms are failing all over as their revenue has collapsed but they remain a critical place for news gathering.
Three things amazing about this link. First, Goldman Sachs putting public facing messaging around blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Two, insightful content that is very approachable. And third, it’s a very cool web experience.
List: Things More Heavily Regulated Than Buying a Gun in the United States - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
One of McSweeney’s better takes. 🙄
‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens - The Onion - America's Finest News Source
After the largest mass shooting in US history the Onion hits it right on the head. 😧
I do a terrible job at having a deliberate beginning to my day. Before I get up I’m caught up on email and have usually also checked in on RSS feeds and such. I find a lot of the thinking on how to structure a morning routine interesting, but I haven’t successfully adopted it yet. I think it’s important to answer “for what goal?” in this process.
In general I find the research that people can do on Wikipedia to be amazing and this article is no exception. This is worth looking at just for the great graphs.
We have managed to detect dynamical patterns in terms of events and collective memories in Wikipedia using the combination of the hyperlinks graph and the visitor activity on the website.
There is a lot of focus on using machine learning and algorithms to filter news for events and those algorithms have been easily tricked and manipulated. I wonder if something closer to what researches have been doing with Wikipedia data may be a better solution to that problem.
Nice, simple writeup on some of the highlights that make Kubernetes a compelling platform. This was helpful for me to help see the differences between Kubernetes and some of the other platforms like Mesos.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Whew — we now have pretty good proof that we are not living inside of a giant simulation inside some computer.
If the complexity grew linearly with the number of particles being simulated, then doubling the number of partices would mean doubling the computing power required. If, however, the complexity grows on an exponential scale – where the amount of computing power has to double every time a single particle is added – then the task quickly becomes impossible.
We are not in the Matrix
Yahoo said a major security breach in 2013 compromised all three billion accounts the company maintained, a three-fold increase over the estimate it disclosed previously.
This has to be the largest breach in history. Wow.