The Bible says, beware of false prophets. And there are people out there spreading, you know, noise about how much can get done…. We got groups here in town, members of the House and Senate here in town, who whip people into a frenzy believing they can accomplish things they know – they know! – are never going to happen.
– Speaker of the House (for a little bit longer) John Boehner (R-OH), on the unrealistic legislative demands being made by some of his fellow Republicans
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) ★★★☆☆
Apple TV does not have a mouse that allows users to directly select and interact with an app. Nor are users able to use gestures and touch to interact with an app. Instead, users use the new Siri Remote or a game controller to move around the screen.
On top of new controls, the overall user experience is drastically different. Macs and iOS devices are generally a single-person experience. A user may interact with others through your app, but that user is still the only person using the device. With the new Apple TV, the user experience becomes much more social. Several people can be sitting on the couch and interacting with your app and each other. Designing apps to take advantage of these changes is crucial to designing a great app.
– Apple’s App Programming Guide for tvOS: The New Apple TV
Thomas Edsall caps a short survey of our attempts at campaign finance reform with a recommendation to return parties to the center of the political money universe:
Reinvigorating political parties by lifting all restrictions on the contributions they receive and on the way they spend their money — with maximum transparency — is the best option to encourage politicians to respond more to the public will and less to special interests.
[The iPhone] 6 Plus should never have shipped with just 1 gigabyte [of memory]. What’s more, the whole thing makes me more skeptical than ever of Apple’s decision not publicize their mobile devices’ memory specifications. The implication is that users shouldn’t have to worry about counting RAM anymore, and while that may be closer to being true than it ever was before, it’s still not quite realistic. The amount of RAM that Apple shipped with the iPhone 6 Plus last year was just enough memory to get by in 2015; what they should have shipped was twice that… in order to really get away with deprecating this particular specification, Apple should be shipping more than enough, rather than just enough.
This but also for the iPhone 6. A user can (begrudgingly) learn to manage their way around 16 GB of storage, but 1 GB of memory is something that can only ever be at best tolerated and then still the limit will regularly and perhaps very frequently be annoying.
What college gives you hinges almost entirely on what you give it.
– Frank Bruni, How to Measure a College’s Value
There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.
Joshua Topolsky on the role of design in Apple’s product innovations:
In the age of digital, execution is staggeringly important, and there isn’t a single company in existence that can pull off polish and simplicity like Apple. While other companies struggle just to get all of their devices and services talking to one another, Tim Cook and friends are worrying over the details that actually make consumers pay attention. The products don’t just work the way they should; they feel the way they should. Reducing friction, even a single click, can change the way a user perceives an entire product.
Kim Davis has, in effect, claimed that she is a legislature of 1. Her supporters seem to think that’s just fine. But it’s not. Her actions constitute the pure elevation of individual will over democratic practices. Accepting her decision as legitimate means fundamentally rejecting the notion of government of, for and by the people.
Davis’ supporters seem to claim she’s just exercising her rights in failing to do her job. But she’s not. She’s conflating the law making and the law implementing functions and making her own ego the center of all politics.
That’s not democracy. That’s fascism.
– Lane Crothers on Rowan County (Kentucky) Clerk Kim Davis who opted to go to jail instead of issuing marriage certificates to gay couples based on her own religious objections
Jean-Louis Gassée who in praising solo programmers singles out the excellent Gus Mueller who as Flying Meat Software is the maker of the mighty Acorn:
There is bloat, and there is hope.
I’ve been buying software from Gus and Flying Meat for over a decade. He makes great stuff.
I’m also convinced that Arrow’s Theorem (plus maybe a bit of principle-agent theory) helps explain why all the best apps are made by solo programmers or very, very, small teams.