Louis CK. 100,000 Tickets. $4.5M. 45 hours. →
Louis is leveraging the internet and his massive following in ways that are paving the way for other entertainers to do the same. I look forward to the days when this is the norm, instead of the middle-man-filled cesspool things are currently.
Facebook's Incoming Fully Native iOS App →
parislemon: Nick Bilton: One of the Facebook engineers said the new application has been built primarily using Objective-C, the programming language used to build applications for iOS. Many of the components of the current version of the Facebook app are built using HTML5, a Web-based programming language. The current version of the app is essentially an Objective-C shell with a Web browser...
iCloud should manage podcast subscriptions →
This does seem to be a large shortcoming of the Podcasts app for iOS, but I don’t think we’ll see it until we see iTunes broken apart into more dedicated apps. This is a perfect example of the enhanced functionality that would come from such a move, but would only add even more bloat to iTunes.
BBC Reports When was the last time anybody was happy about a change Facebook made? When has that lack of happiness ever actually caused the world to explode? When has that lack of happiness ever actually affected Facebook at large? Why is this always such a BFD? Why are there titles like “interactive marketing analyst” and why does it matter to the public or the investment...
The Xbox [Next]
Preface I felt the need to write up something short on the leaked Xbox document. I meant to do it last week, but time got away from me. Oh, and I refuse to use the Xbox 720 pseudonym until there is something more public. The Leak I didn’t get to read the leaked document, but based on Ars’ coverage I can say that I’m stoked. Full backwards compatibility with the 360,...
The Oatmeal: How movie theaters should be laid out →
And the hits just keep on coming.
“Inspired” by Apple: The bit that PC manufacturers... →
inspiredbyapple: Farhad Manjoo, writing for PandoDaily: I know what you’re going to say: You’ve got a Windows laptop and your trackpad works perfectly. The Zenbook is an exception. Other PC laptops aren’t so bad. I don’t believe you. He’s absolutely right. It is an endless source of fascination to me ( Going back as far as the aluminum PowerBooks, Apple has been mopping the competition...
Microsoft’s developer problem →
marco: What can Microsoft do to encourage developers to create great Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps? Release a WinPhone 8 development kit for OS X? I can think of more than a few iOS devs who would write a Windows Phone app if they didn’t have to use Windows to do it. To borrow cliche, Microsoft is always going one step forward and two steps back with their thinking lately. ...
kottke.org: A look back at the tech brainstorm for... →
parislemon: jkottke: Back in 1999, as he prepared to make a movie called The Minority Report, Steven Spielberg gathered top science and technology types to an “idea summit” where they would share thoughts on what things might look like in 50 years. To mark the ten year anniversary of the movie’s release, Wired asked Oh to be in that room — they were quite literally dreaming up the future.
Even if Apple’s growth soon slows, Apple already reaps a massive share of the...– This is Gruber at his best.
Tumblita is an iOS client for Tumblr. After this morning’s epic fail I stumbled across this gem. The best praise I can think to give it is to ask Tumblr to hire this guy. This is a fantastic app, and worlds better than the nightmare that was the 2.0 Tumblr iOS client. Everything is well thought out, the app has an awesome workflow, and it has so many little touches that make it even more...
Fuck you, Tumblr iOS app
The new rewrite cannot get here fast enough. Just lost a huge post due to this versions very fucked up editor.
What exactly is Obamacare and what did it change? →
wilwheaton: Here are just a few of the things the Koch Brothers and their Tea Party Rubes are trying to get the Supreme Court to take away from Americans, by striking down the Affordable Care Act: Already in effect: It allows the Food and Drug Administration to approve more generic drugs (making for more competition in the market to drive down prices) It increases the rebates on drugs...
Doug Masson: Roads Cost Money →
One problem seems to be that the gas tax used to maintain roads has stayed flat at 18 cents per gallon while vehicles have become more fuel efficient — in other words, drivers have been taxed less per mile driven. It’s good to encourage fuel efficiency, but at the same time, you have to pay for this stuff. Yep. One of the biggest problems I think with our current climate is that people are...
In the You Have Got To Be Shitting Me Category
Mitch Daniels may be the next Purdue president. I feel for my comrades who remain there, and I’m super-glad I GTFO while I could 2 years ago. Apparently he has appointed 8 of the 10 current members of the Board of Trustees, a fact I can’t confirm from memory, but can easily believe.
Surface == Enterprise Tablet
Gruber Justin Watt: Enterprise employees can be inspiring, but that depends on said enterprise that they work for. A place that fosters creativity, thinking outside the box, and new ideas leads to happy workers who are open to change if it means making their day to day routine more enjoyable. Let’s just say that having 30,000+ workers doesn’t make for an accommodating work...
You can’t encourage people to violate my trademark and violate my twitter name...– Funnyjunk’s Lawyer Charles Carreon Just Keeps Digging: Promises He’ll Find Some Law To Go After Oatmeal’s Matt Inman Yep. Carreon doesn’t need anyone to associate his name with incompetence and douchebaggery… he’s doing a fantastic job of that all by himself. (via wilwheaton) LOLz
In fact, almost everyone following the situation now realizes that Germany’s...– Paul Krugman, We Don’t Need No Education (via lorim)
NewsandTrade: In Your Face! →
okayfirstofall: Okayfirstofall There is growing misconceptions about government spending that concerns me and then there is also a general concensus that such spending is why the economy is slow to recover. There are policies that irk me and require budget reform, and for the most part,…
Doug Masson on Tim Durham's Douchebaggery →
It’s in the course of selecting a trial that the potential juror said, “He took money from people’s pensions and spent it on fun things.” And yet its the government’s fault the economy is in the shitter. And regardless, there is nothing that can be done to set it right. He could liquidate everything he owns and only pay back a fraction of what he practically stole. If he’s...
Billionaire who gave millions to Newt Gingrich's... →
Follow up: Cooper Zeon RS3-A's
So this is a follow up to my previous post about the new shoes I put on my Mazda 3. I’ve put about 1200 miles on the tires so far. One longish road trip, several trips to Indianapolis, a trip to Cincinnati, and some errand running around Seymour and Columbus. Overall, I like them a lot. They have a little more give when cornering than the Michelin’s did, like the sidewalls...
Glenn Beck signs five-year, $100 million radio... →
This is the one depressing side effect of people living longer, and proof that collectively, we are dumber than soup.
Justice Department Probing Cable Companies Over... →
parislemon: Let’s hope this is the start of a real inquiry into the regional monopolies that the cable companies have enjoyed for far too long. I can’t believe it has taken this long. I thought that the likes of Netflix, Hulu, and Apple would have been applying more pressure for action before now.
Paul Krugman: More Firemen, More Policemen, More... →
That’s your public sector.
Two neat volume tricks in OS X
Discovered one of these via macosxhints.com. The other I figured out myself from that seeing what other modifier combinations could do. Shift-Volume-[Up|Down] Adjust volume without the noisy quacky sound Alt-Shift-Volume-[Up|Down] Adjust volume in quarter-step increments There is apparently a similar hint for Brightness control.
Squashed: On Being Special →
squashed: If you’ve spent a decade living up to your end of the societal bargain and society’s dropped the ball because a bunch of older people got a bit greedy and aren’t willing to make the sacrifices necessary to fix their mess, you have a reason to be upset. It’s not that you’ve been told you’re a special flower and you have an unreasonable sense of your own important. It’s that you...
Twitter's new logo in CSS →
What Does It Say About America That We Jail Teens... →
wilwheaton: Last week, the country was riveted by the story of young Diane Tran, a high school junior age 17, who was tossed in jail for a night because she was missing too much school. The reason her case attracted so much attention? Tran missed those days of school—or arrived late—due to exhaustion. She worked two jobs to help support her siblings. Her parents had split and moved out of town....
Halo 4 →
So with E3 going on, we’re seeing a lot of comings and goings about the next year of gaming. The thing I’m most excited about (beyond some of the new Lego games coming out) is Halo 4. I was worried that given the franchise, things might get a bit overhyped and the game would be underwhelming, but based on the information released so far, I don’t think that’s the case. ...
Basically, the Republican strategy for the past three years has been this: 1....– Kevin Drum (via wilwheaton) Yep.
Paul Krugman: 1937 →
Doing it all over again.
rentzsch.tumblr.com: Mac App Store vs Buying... →
rentzsch: Since the launch of the Mac App Store, a common question potential customers ask developers is “Should I buy your app directly or through the Mac App Store?” Developers have been remarkably cagey, mostly replying with the non-answer “choose whichever is better for you”. Great post from Wolf, but I think he’s underestimating what Apple will do to expand the capabilities of the...
Chris Foresman: Apple may be hiring engineers to... →
Apple is currently looking for a new ‘connector design engineer’ to work at its Cupertino headquarters. Why does anyone care? The job postings lend credence to recent rumors that the next iPhone may include a revised, smaller connector to replace the ubiquitous 30-pin dock connector which first made its debut on the third-generation iPod in 2003. The dock connector has been...
Justin Williams: More Affordable International... →
Before I boarded my flight to Australia, I pulled the SIM out of my iPhone 4S so that AT&T couldn’t even consider saying I was using international data. My 4S is locked to its carrier so I had little hope that I could buy a prepaid plan when I arrived in the country. My plan, instead, was to just use my iPhone in WiFi mode whenever I could find a hotspot, and just survive without ubiquitous...