Multi-User iPads 

9to5Mac reports that iOS 9.3 will introduce a multi-user option for iPads used in classrooms.

Presumably, multi-user support will come to all iPads eventually since it seems like their usage patterns more closely resembles the shareable Mac model and not the highly personal iPhone.

I’ll root for anything which might improve the fortunes of iPad sales.

It Doesn’t Matter Whether Steven Avery Did It 

Without question, what happened to Teresa Halbach was horrifying. Without question, Halbach and her family deserve justice. But the entire premise behind the presumption of innocence is that, on balance, a society that punishes someone without sufficient proof is worse than a society that lets a murderer, let alone an innocent man, go free. So while the idea of a killer on the loose is scary, the idea of a system that can rob people of their freedom whenever and wherever it wants — that cases like these don’t just happen in Manitowoc County, and don’t just happen to Steven Avery — is scarier still. That’s what we ought to be obsessing over.

– Alison Herman on Netflix’s Making a Murder


Dean Strang, Defense attorney and hero of Netflix’s documentary Making a Murderer, on his former client, Steven Avery:

I remain really haunted by deep doubts that he’s guilty… I really do fear that here is an innocent man in prison wrongly the second time. I wasn’t there, I don’t know that he’s innocent. I can’t claim that. I just know that I’ve never been convinced by anything close to removing a reasonable doubt that he’s guilty.

Uber fail: Why the start-up giant stumbled in Europe — and how it could happen in the U.S.  

While market forces do have a logic and power of their own, they are neither irrefutable nor divine. They can be tamed; they can be thwarted. Other values, like fairness or social cohesion, are sometimes more important.

Neoliberalism is not destiny, in other words. It can be made to bend to the will of the people — no matter what Uber’s friends in Silicon Valley, on Wall Street, and in the halls of government want you to believe.

Halfway through and the biggest revelation from Netflix’s Making a Murderer is its criminally slow pacing.

Shamefully Silent 

Charles Pierce on the Bundy Family Oregon Standoff:

There is a constituency for armed rebellion in this country that is larger than any of our respectable political and social institutions want to admit. It is fueled by reckless, ambitious people who engage in reckless, ambitious rhetoric.

At a gaming party1 over the weekend, I met a woman who ordered-up a car from Lyft.

I asked why she hadn’t used Uber and she explained several policies (particularly the ability to tip drivers) which made her feel that Lyft was more humane in its treatment of drivers.

I have no idea if Lyft is better (or worse) than Uber, but it strikes me as interesting that we might be able to signal – or self-identify – by choosing one gig economy platform over another.

It seems entirely sensible that returns to scale for a platform might be diminished by ideology or the demands of self-expression.

  1. King of Tokyo is in fact as fun as they say. 

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