My hobby: doing things the easy way and then watching in despair as 5x as many people do it over again the hard way.
I think I just understood why Americans are so afraid of a "nanny state." The nannies here are psychotically overprotective.
Come on, it was -40 with windchill in Ottawa last year, and went went to the ice fest, and we liked it! (Okay, we didn't like it all that much, but we went.)
The older I get, the more familiar this story sounds.
Apologies for linking to the Ycombinator post, but it was actually useful. I had no idea the Apple's new iOS security model (iPhone 5S and later) was so amazing.
The court order here is for an iPhone 5C so I guess it's probably technically possible to comply.
"The problem is not that we have a lot of fsync() calls. Quite the reverse.
fsync() is really really rare. So is being careful in general. The number
of applications that do even the minimal safety-net of 'create new file,
rename it atomically over an old one' is basically zero."
– Linus Torvalds, in http://lwn.net/Articles/326505/
The technological singularity:
The dystopian but likely future point when increasing frequency of software updates intersects with the increasing amount of time it takes to "optimize your applications" after a software update. When this happens, progress will, paradoxically, be prevented by progress itself.
Fiber to the Press Release, we still call it. They're awfully good at it though.
"At Apple, 99 percent of everything that was started would ship. Now, with the iPhone it took two and a half versions to finally ship it, but you knew it was going to ship. That’s a very different thing in your culture. If people know it’s going to ship, they invest in it. If you have a culture where you kill stuff all the time, you won’t get the best out of your people, and the best people are going to walk."
– Tony Fadell
That's not what I expected. I assumed they intentionally didn't release tons of stuff over there.