Marco Arment has an excellent post on Twitter’s “Innovator’s Patent Agreement”. The gist: excellent PR move, but doesn’t change anything legally. Sounds right to me. But what caught my attention was a footnote: Many Instapaper ideas might have been patentable […] I didn’t patent the older inventions because I couldn’t afford to. I probably could have patented some of the newer ones,...
Jonah Lehrer, Charlatan
Allow me to take a break from the regularly scheduled programming to tell you why Jonah Lehrer is a moron. Lehrer, if you didn’t know, is a charlatan who sells neuropseudosciencebabble to the unsuspecting public. Recently, Lehrer wrote an article about Kobe Bryant for Grantland: By nearly every metric, Kobe Bryant is having his best season in years. Not only is he leading the league in...
Randomly checked out the Svbtle roster again. The network has really grown! (Even the Cheezberger guy is on there.) I applied, because I totally want in on the party! Kind of wish there were an RSS feed of the entire network.
Prescriptivism enthusiast John Gruber: Nit-picky discussion on the use and placement of commas? Yes, please. Oh Gruber, you’re just goading me! Read more Language Log and stop this nonsense!
Pong von Trier
Pippin Barr has 36 experiments with pong that approaches Lars-von-Trier-circa-Five-Obstructions-level of pretention. Love it. [via waxy.org]
Max Jacobson theorizes about the new iPhone. “If I’m right, then I’m a genius.” If Apple gets rid of the physical home button though, will Gruber have to claim chowder himself?
Now that Gruber has somewhat endorsed the 4-inch iPhone screen rumors, we can soon look forward to a new round of pseudoscientific posts claiming that 4-inch screens are perfect for human hands, right?
Dr. Drang (via Max Jacobson): Do you mind if I make a suggestion? I think it’d be good for you to cut back on some of the Apple-centric sites you subscribe to or visit regularly. I mean, how many stories about the new iPad and Mike Daisey do you really need to read? Can’t most of them be summarized as new iPad: good; Mike Daisey: bad? I’m not saying you should stop reading about Apple or the...
Reader Mail, Edition #7
From a reader who I’ll call “Dustin”: I think this comes back to a familiar problem. Apple people don’t realize that Apple products are specialist products. Specialist review sites (I’m thinking of places like silentpcreview) are all well aware that they’re catering to a specialist audience. But Apple reviewers seem to think that the Apple way is the right way for everybody,...
Progress is More Options for More People
Marco Arment has a post on the complexity he found with Chase’s app check-deposit process and the relative simplicity he found with the traditional ATM check-deposit process. In the end, he concludes: Sometimes, new technology is not progress. I don’t doubt Arment’s experience, but I think the conclusion is still not warranted. One reason that Arment found the traditional...
That'd Never Happen
Will Kujawa: Oh I get it, Apple says jump and suppliers say how high. It’s that easy. Totally. Apple telling a supplier to build a brand new factory that only makes Apple products in a country far far away from China? The supplier saying yes to such outlandish request? In fact, the supplier builds not just one, but five of these new factories? That’d never happen.
Dustin Curtis calls StockTouch his favorite iOS app. It looks really pretty. It also looks really useless. Curtis says: This is an incredibly powerful data visualization; it gives an at-a-glance view of the entire market’s health. It also facilitates quick exploration. I can see that this app is great if you want a at-a-glance view of the entire market’s health. I just...
Some Jim Dalrymple Stupid
Jim Dalrymple: The problems in the U.S. economy are not for Apple to resolve. They pay taxes — I’m sure they pay a lot of taxes — and they employ tens of thousands of Americans in high paying jobs. Apple is not a charity, nor should it make business decisions based on a country’s needs or wants. Apple has one financial responsibility — to make money for its shareholders. Instead of giving...
Teach Kids to Code!
Will Kujawa: My generation is when computer science should have started to be taught in schools. Why it’s not already a part of the core curriculium boggles the mind. I was taught how to type in elemetary school, but never taught to do anything useful with it but write. We shouldn’t still be making that mistake. Agreed. I think this has an important implication for the use of iPad in schools....