Racism is the bogeyman — Medium
America is not a young land: it is old and dirty and evil before the settlers, before the Indians. The evil is there wai…
Humanity  politics 
8 days ago
My Father, Woody Allen, and the Danger of Questions Unasked (Guest Column)
Despite Dylan Farrow's damning allegations of sexual abuse, the director of Cannes' opening film today remains beloved by stars, paid by Amazon and rarely interrogated by media as his son, Ronan Farrow, writes about the culture of acquiescence surrounding his father.
12 days ago
Guy Who Didn't Invent Email Sues Gawker For Pointing Out He Didn't Invent Email | Techdirt
Oh boy. Remember Shiva Ayyadurai? The guy who has gone to great lengths to claim that he "invented email," when the reality is that he appears to have (likely independently) written an early implementation of email long after others had...
legal 
12 days ago
Adventures in the Trump Twittersphere
Donald Trump’s rise shows just how powerless media gatekeepers are.
7 weeks ago
Laughter Doesn’t Scale — Track Changes — Medium
It’s April Fools’ Day on the Internet! Once, years ago, this was a fun day when people made stupid, nerdy jokes. Take, f…
7 weeks ago
Sketch App 3.7 Symbols [Link]
Sketch App 3.7 Symbols [Link]

Wow, this new Sketch version looks like it will be dyn-o-mite. The symbols will save so much time prototyping apps and websites.
blog  Mac  Link 
7 weeks ago
Killing Pinboard and IFTTT Integration
Killing Pinboard and IFTTT Integration

I'm probably done with IFTTT. I've waited for a business model and instead I get crazy service integrations I've never heard of. Now it looks like IFTTT integration with Pinboard will end in the near future and it's ending for bad reasons. Browse through the amusing Twitter feed of @pinboard and you'll see tweets like this:

Tweet Link

I am invited to join their private Developer Platform and feast on the rich analytics therein, which isn’t really my cup of tea

Tweet Link

Final word from IFTTT: do a bunch of unpaid custom API work on your site, or we will break our site for your users. A chilling threat indeed

So I'm moving my Feedbin integration to Zapier. I only integrate my Feedbin favorites and Macdrifter posts into Pinboard. Both of those can be accomplished by Zapier based on RSS feeds. None of it needs to be real-time or even frequent.

Is it better? Probably not. Does it have a business model that's obvious? Yes.
blog  Pinboard 
8 weeks ago
Interesting Lottery Terminal Hack
It was a manipulation of the terminals.

The 5 Card Cash game was suspended in November after Connecticut Lottery and state Department of Consumer Protection officials noticed there were more winning tickets than the game's parameters should have allowed. The game remains suspended.

An investigation determined that some lottery retailers were manipulating lottery machines to print more instant winner tickets and fewer losers....

[...]

An investigator for the Connecticut Lottery determined that terminal operators could slow down their lottery machines by requesting a number of database reports or by entering several requests for lottery game tickets. While those reports were being processed, the operator could enter sales for 5 Card Cash tickets. Before the tickets would print, however, the operator could see on a screen if the tickets were instant winners. If tickets were not winners, the operator could cancel the sale before the tickets printed.
Starred 
8 weeks ago
Disney Infinity Compatibility | 1.0 / 2.0 & 3.0 Covered
Answers to all of your Disney Infinity Compatibility questions regarding Disney Infinity 1.0, Disney Infinity 2.0 & Disney Infinity 3.0 compatibility.
8 weeks ago
Oregon collects $3.48 million in revenue from first month of taxed recreational marijuana sales
Oregon's dispensaries sold at least $14 million worth of recreational cannabis in January alone. That figure doesn't take into account medical marijuana sales, which remain untaxed.
8 weeks ago
ProtonMail Encrypted eMail
ProtonMail Encrypted eMail

ProtonMail is a secure email service and app with end-to-end message encryption. I'm not using it but I think security is rapidly becoming a business model. I expect to see the government versus citizen arms race to generate a lot of new commercial options.

Even if you're not important or scummy secure messages are valuable.1 I'm always frustrated when dealing with attorneys or accountants. They rarely have a secure file transfer service. Even when they do, it's not something I have much control over. Services like ProtonMail could be a nice, simple alternative.

ProtonMail says that their HQ is in Geneva Switzerland and that they have "zero access to user data."

By way of App Advice

Journalists aren't necessarily either of those things and hopefully know they need secure email. ↩
blog  Security 
9 weeks ago
The FBI's Alternative Method [Link]
The FBI's Alternative Method [Link]

I found this article to be a good summary of what's going on with the FBI and their inept bungling. If true, it'd be pretty funny that Issa was more technically savy than the FBI.

But even with all of this, it's still dependent on human frailty:

More importantly, this technique wouldn’t work at all had Farook used a complex alphanumeric passcode. The weak link in all of this has been Farook and his poor choice of security.
blog  Security  iOS  Apple 
9 weeks ago
Calca for iOS Now with Graphing and Patronage
Calca for iOS Now with Graphing and Patronage

Calca is one of my favorite calculators for iOS, Mac, and Windows. Calca for iOS just updated with function graphing. Just like the desktop versions (see this link for more info), the graphs on iOS are pretty and functional. Calca is like the Markdown of math. I just type notes, numbers and equations. Calca does the hard stuff.

The iOS version is currently free but has a new patronage option through in-app purchase. I think it's totally worth another purchase. I keep calculation templates and financial summaries in Calca. If I ever need to convert U.S. dollars to Oku Yen, Calca is where I go. Just try that as a Google or Wolfram Alpha query.
blog  iOS 
9 weeks ago
The NRA Gave These Senators Millions To Block Gun Laws
How can our GOP-run congress remain so cruelly indifferent to our grief and outrage? The NRA has a lot to do with it.
9 weeks ago
Valeant Implodes | In the Pipeline
Couldn't happen to more deserving people ::: Valeant Implodes
gstar 
9 weeks ago
AI and Food Poisoning [Link]
AI and Food Poisoning [Link]

Finally, A.I. is doing some real work.

Computer science researchers from the University of Rochester have developed an app for health departments that uses natural language processing and artificial intelligence to identify food poisoning-related tweets, connect them to restaurants using geotagging and identify likely hot spots.

A secondary benefit is that you'll also know exactly where a Chipotle is without opening Yelp or Foursquare. In all seriousness, I'd love to see either of those services adopt this sort of metric. It might provide a better metric than randos writing reviews.
blog  Link  iOS 
9 weeks ago
Twitter
Grateful for the volunteer who grabbed this tweet before deleted it. Sad Trump is this desperate.
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10 weeks ago
Donald Trump’s Presidential Run Began in an Effort to Gain Stature
Donald J. Trump’s campaign is driven in part by a deep yearning sometimes obscured by his bluster and bragging: a desire to be taken seriously.
politics 
10 weeks ago
The macabre truth of gun control in the US is that toddlers kill more people than terrorists do | Lindy West
Last week, a Florida gun rights activist was shot in the back by her four-year-old son. How much longer will we keep participating in the collective lie that deadly weapons keep us safe?
10 weeks ago
An Apple Pencil Drawn Review of the Apple Pencil [Link]
An Apple Pencil Drawn Review of the Apple Pencil [Link]

From Serenity Caldwell, comes this beautifully drawn review of the Apple Pencil.

We have an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil. In my opinion, the best thing about the iPad Pro is the Pencil. It's a wonderful device for creating art. I love to doodle and fiddle with the Pencil. It's also where my daughter prefers to practice spelling. Maybe it's the novelty, but I'm all for any device that makes homework more fun.

It's fine if you like the iPad Pro. I've used it long enough to know it's a bit like an umbrella-hat. Once in a while it's super convenient but most days it's just awkward.
blog  iOS  Link 
11 weeks ago
Depletion Ego [Link]
Depletion Ego [Link]

Slate has an interesting, if somewhat overly dramatic, take on recent psychology studies about Ego Depletion:

But that story is about to change. A paper now in press, and due to publish next month in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science, describes a massive effort to reproduce the main effect that underlies this work. Comprising more than 2,000 subjects tested at two-dozen different labs on several continents, the study found exactly nothing. A zero-effect for ego depletion: No sign that the human will works as it’s been described, or that these hundreds of studies amount to very much at all.

It's a good read with a lot of quotes and interesting counter points. I've never really liked the idea of ego depletion but I only know enough to sound uninformed. I've heard (and read) plenty of anecdotes from places like the You Are Not So Smart podcast but usually they end with a couple of unsatisfying open questions. Why would there be evolutionary pressure to evolve this way? Why would the brain ever not have enough glucose to function normally?

It's good to see science is still working though.
blog  Link  Science 
11 weeks ago
Fly Air Gini [Link]
Fly Air Gini [Link]

Kieran Healy created a really interesting analogy to the wealth gap in the US:

So, what if the space on the plane was allocated in proportion to the share of total income earned by each class? With a bit of help from the Census Bureau, Emmanuel Saez, and the Federal Aviation Authority, Air Gini is proud to bring you the future of air travel
blog  Link  Economics  Politics 
11 weeks ago
The debilitating economic disaster Louisiana’s governor left behind
Government payrolls and services have been cut, but the budget gap grows.
11 weeks ago
Fastmail Adds New Settings and More Advanced Rules [Link]
Fastmail Adds New Settings and More Advanced Rules [Link]

As I balance the black-plague of subscription services I pay for each year, a few things are never a contention. Fastmail is one of the darlings of my subscription services. It's a solid email provider and it's constantly being improved.

Today Fastmail greatly improved the mail rules for advanced customers. Previously, creating a custom Sieve rule meant permanently abandoning the convenient rule wizard. Now Sieve scripts can sit alongside basic rules.

Even the basic rules received an improvement. Rules can now evaluate against "any", "all", or "none" modifiers to create more complex evaluation criteria.

The Fastmail blog post describes the improvements in more detail.
blog  Link 
11 weeks ago
Synology DSM 6 Release Candidate [Link]
Synology DSM 6 Release Candidate [Link]

Synology's DSM 6 has reached "RC" status. Now's probably an OK time to consider it. Try at your own risk, but I'm envious if you do.
blog  Synology  Backup  Link 
11 weeks ago
Why Donald Trump’s Tax Returns May Prove He’s Not That Rich
The GOP frontrunner appears to have mixed up income and revenue.
11 weeks ago
Alfred 3 Sneak Peek [Link]
Alfred 3 Sneak Peek [Link]

The next version of Alfred for Mac will expand the options for custom filters and improve the clipboard and snippet manager. Sounds great to me.
blog  Mac  Link 
11 weeks ago
Daily Logging [Link]
Daily Logging [Link]

A nice little blog by a nice little guy:

Soon, I was also adding brief summaries of my days. Then I was capturing ideas and even, perish the thought, writing about my feelings. Without noticing it, I had finally picked up journaling.

That describes so many of my habits, including this blog. Start small and build step by step. Don't make it life commitment, just make it a small habit.
blog  Link  Productivity 
12 weeks ago
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