Daring Fireball: On the Leveling-Off of iPad Sales
"Gassée’s piece spawned an interesting thread on Twitter, in which Benedict Evans argued:

Posit: slow iPad sales are worse news for the PC market: implies phones can take the greater share of PC use cases.

I find that compelling. We might have overestimated the eventual role of tablets and underestimated the role of phones — and the whole argument is further muddled by the industry-wide move toward 5-inch-ish phone displays."
John_Gruber  2014  Benedict_Evans  iPad  smartphones  trends  Jean-Louis_Gassée 
Fitbit Is Now Officially Profiting From Users’ Health Data | Betabeat
"Of course, to hear Fitbit tell it, participating companies could see reduced group insurance pricing, as BP America employees have already done. But once premiums and plans are directly tied to employees’ day to day health, it’s pretty easy to imagine a world where company culture, or even hiring decisions, are driven by individual fitness."
Fitbit  personal_informatics  quantified_self  tracking  fitness  health  insurance  2014  privacy 
2 days ago
Beware the fake patriots' anger on immigration | Nick Cohen | Comment is free | The Observer
Nick Cohen: ‘no one does as much damage to a country as the patriots who profess to love it the most’ —
from twitter
3 days ago
Graphic Novel and Comic Book Creators in New York City - Graphic NYC
“I really admire Apple’s design, and feel that the general idea and driving principle behind it almost since their inception is to make information tactile. They’re finally getting to this point now where one can manipulate information with the hands and the body. As designers, they’re also so sensitive in ways that I don’t think any other computer makers understand, as their chief designer knows it has to do with very measured, combined subtleties of tactility and weight and gesture and materials. In a way, they’re almost a nineteenth century company, more sensitive to the world of nature than to technology, or at least respectful of it. I can certainly see reading comics electronically, with the possibilities for inter-penetrability of story and image, but I think comics will have to develop into something completely different before that happens.”
Chris_Ware  interview  2014  comics  graphic_novels  Apple  design  nature  technology  tactile  Jony_Ive  from iphone
6 days ago
British Pathé - YouTube
British Pathé’s entire archive of 85,000 newsreels now searchable and viewable on YouTube.
from twitter
6 days ago
'Thrilling and prophetic': why film-maker Chris Marker's radical images influenced so many artists | Film | The Guardian
‘’Thrilling and prophetic’: why film-maker Chris Marker’s radical images influenced so many artists’ —
from twitter
7 days ago
Norris series on 'Technology: Our Tireless Servant'
"A set of public talks given by William C. Norris, Chairman and CEO of Control Data Corporation, in 1977-82, addressing employment, education, export policy, and the image of business, as well as urban and rural life."
technology  talks  Norris  20thC 
7 days ago
Why We’re in a New Gilded Age by Paul Krugman | The New York Review of Books
Krugman reviews Piketty’s ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’: ‘magnificent, sweeping meditation on inequality’.
economics  book_reviews  NYRB  2014  inequality  Paul_Krugman 
7 days ago
A tax on innocence (with tweets) · anyapalmer · Storify
This is good: ‘A brief rant by on the occasion of Nigel Evans having to pay his own defence costs’
from twitter
9 days ago
:: Future of the Internet – And how to stop it.
RT : You know who was really on top of it? was in this book. We're living in the world he wrote about.
from twitter
14 days ago
Schneier on Security: Heartbleed
Schneier: ‘real qn is whether … s/o … inserted this bug into OpenSSL & has had 2 yrs of unfettered access to e/t.’
SSL  Bruce_Schneier  web  security  2014  from iphone
14 days ago
Michael Gove, unlike the prime minister, understands the public mood | Media | theguardian.com
Roy Greenslade: ‘Cameron was a poor PR and is proving to be a poor prime minister.’ —
from twitter
14 days ago
Twitter / arusbridger: Not being paranoid, but new ...
Not being paranoid, but new houseboat has moored itself under my office window for the past 24 hours
from twitter_favs
15 days ago
Restoring CC attribution to Flickr, because Yahoo broke it - Boing Boing
By : ‘Restoring CC attribution to Flickr, because Yahoo broke it’ —
from twitter
15 days ago
Tony Blair 'knew all about CIA secret kidnap programme’ - Telegraph
RT @HenryCPorter: Blair and Straw knew about CIA rendition No wonder Straw wanted secrets courts. BTW where the hell is Chilcot report?
Tony_Blair  Telegraph  2014  torture  from iphone
17 days ago
No more NSA spying? Sorry, Mr Obama, but that's not true | Technology | The Observer
"bulk collection of metadata undermines a fundamental principle of any civilised legal system – the presumption of innocence until proved otherwise. Current NSA/GCHQ practice effectively turns every citizen into a suspect to be surveilled, just in case, at some time in the future, the state decides to take an interest in him or her. … what we are now discovering is how flawed the US law-making process relating to warrantless surveillance was. In the UK, the parliamentary process that led to RIPA, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, was also flawed but in a different way. In the US, it was Dick Cheney and the politicians who decided what they wanted the NSA to do and drafted the law accordingly. Over here, the spooks told the politicians what they wanted and the legislators obliged. This is no way to run a democracy."
John_Naughton  NSA  USA  GCHQ  UK  surveillance  democracy  privacy  rights  Observer  2014 
17 days ago
Big data: are we making a big mistake? - FT.com
"Cheerleaders for big data have made four exciting claims, each one reflected in the success of Google Flu Trends: that data analysis produces uncannily accurate results; that every single data point can be captured, making old statistical sampling techniques obsolete; that it is passé to fret about what causes what, because statistical correlation tells us what we need to know; and that scientific or statistical models aren’t needed because, to quote “The End of Theory”, a provocative essay published in Wired in 2008, “with enough data, the numbers speak for themselves”. Unfortunately, these four articles of faith are at best optimistic oversimplifications. At worst, according to David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge university, they can be “complete bollocks. Absolute nonsense.” … big data do not solve the problem that has obsessed statisticians and scientists for centuries: the problem of insight, of inferring what is going on, and figuring out how we might intervene to change a system for the better. Uncanny accuracy is easy to overrate if we simply ignore false positives, as with Target’s pregnancy predictor. The claim that causation has been “knocked off its pedestal” is fine if we are making predictions in a stable environment but not if the world is changing (as with Flu Trends) or if we ourselves hope to change it. The promise that “N = All”, and therefore that sampling bias does not matter, is simply not true in most cases that count. As for the idea that “with enough data, the numbers speak for themselves” – that seems hopelessly naive in data sets where spurious patterns vastly outnumber genuine discoveries.
“Big data” has arrived, but big insights have not. The challenge now is to solve new problems and gain new answers – without making the same old statistical mistakes on a grander scale than ever."
data  big_data  correlation  causation  FT  2014  John_Ioannidis  stats 
17 days ago
Boring Urban Landscapes | SB129
"the spaces of a sort of Ballardian future… banality spatialised"
Matt_Ward  photos  urban  landscapes  2014 
17 days ago
We know little about the effect of diet on health. That’s why so much is written about it
"As far as I can guess, the only sound advice about healthy eating for most people is: don’t eat too much; don’t eat all the same thing. You can’t make much money out of that advice. No doubt that is why you don’t hear it very often."
health  diet  nutrition  science  bad_science  2013  John_Ioannidis 
17 days ago
Don’t Listen to Google and Facebook: The Public-Private Surveillance Partnership Is Still Going Strong - Technology - The Atlantic
"Surveillance is still the business model of the Internet … "Your data is safe from governments, except for the ways we don't know about and the ways we cannot tell you about. And, of course, we still have complete access to it all, and can sell it at will to whomever we want." That’s a lousy marketing pitch, but as long as the NSA is allowed to operate using secret court orders based on secret interpretations of secret law, it'll never be any different."
surveillance  technology  internet  Bruce_Schneier  2014  NSA 
17 days ago
» Tesla Model S Ethernet Network Explored, Possible Jailbreak in the Future? - DragTimes.com Drag Racing, Fast Cars, Muscle Cars Blog
"when and if Telsa’s internal systems will be hacked and jailbroken to allow 3rd party applications to run on the large 17″ touchscreen. Hacking your iPhone is one thing, hacking your car is quite another."
hacking  cars  Tesla  2014  connected_devices  internet_of_things 
17 days ago
JG Ballard: five years on – a celebration | Books | The Guardian
John Gray, Hari Kunzru, Robert Macfarlane, Deborah Levy, James Lever, China Miéville and Michel Faber celebrate JGB
from twitter
18 days ago
Social Change - BKM TECH
"As of today, we have left Flickr (including The Commons). We’ve seen a steady decline in the engagement level at Flickr and it was clear it was time to leave the platform, though we still love it. … We have left iTunesU in favor of sharing content via YouTube and SoundCloud. We just were not seeing the statistics to continue with iTunesU. We found the administration of the account laborious and the statistical reporting onerous. It was clear to us from an administrative standpoint, it was a drain on staff time that simply wasn’t giving back enough as a distribution channel. … If there’s one thing I’d love to do that would be to …..leave Facebook. Interaction on this platform has plummeted and while we don’t feel like we can leave just yet, we are spending our energies elsewhere in places where we are seeing deeper engagement." http://adactio.com/journal/6739/: "Leaving Flickr Commons could have been the perfect opportunity to invest in long-term self-hosting. Instead they’re abandoning the Titanic by hitching a ride on the Hindenberg."
Flickr  iTunesU  Facebook  trends  museums  2014  social_media  Jeremy_Keith  curation  from iphone
18 days ago
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