“I eventually realized that the more blogs I read, the more blogs I subscribed to. Each day I’d add a dozen new feeds to FeedDemon. It was a vicious circle. My feed reading began taking up larger chunks of my day.”—My Life As An RSS Junkie | Medialoper
In a 2004 interview, Jourgensen explained that when he played demos (presumably those which became Apathy) for Wax Trax! co-owner Jim Nash, Nash replied, “No one’s gonna play this, it’s gonna take a thousand homo DJs to play this for anyone to buy it.”
“On the domestic front, electrification transformed housework without actually reducing it. In every decade from the 1910s through the 1960s, “women’s work” has steadily remained between 51 and 56 hours, despite the introduction of electric irons, vacuum cleaners and other paraphernia. These “labor saving” devices mainly resulted in raising the standard of cleanliness expected — an illuminating case study for analyzing the benefit of any technology.”—Review: The Big Switch
“Say you have a terabyte of data, on a disk with 10ms seek time and 100MB/s max throughput. You want to update 1% of the records. If you do it with random-access seeks, it takes 35 days to finish. On the other hand, if you scan the entire database sequentially and write it back out again, it takes 5.6 hours.”—Disk is the New Tape - Digital Digressions by Stuart Sierra
“To be fair, Sun is in good company. Microsoft punishes its open source ecosystem the same way, Apple’s communication structure is the antithesis of open. All three are busy fighting open development, which they consider subversive to their business goal, or just the way they like to do things around here.”—Labnotes » Open Development and the Flow of Spice
“As an engineer, nothing infuriates me more than hearing a designer talk about something as “an engineering problem”. You absolute bastard. Why are you designing something that you aren’t even sure will work?”—Big Contrarian → Divide.
“We’re now at the stage where (at least some) the RMS conception of “free” is clear enough so that even “free beer” is “free as in free speech” such that a price running with the free beer seems (again, to a select set no doubt) perfectly natural.”—How much RMS has won (Lessig Blog)
“Hadoop was birthed to the world by Doug Cutting, the man who gave us the Lucene search library and the Nutch web crawler. It’s a little known fact that Cutting only sleeps three hours per night, and not because he is tired, but rather as an act of mercy for his keyboard.”—Hadoop: When grownups do open source | The Register
“I’ve long disagreed with those who say that copyright kills creativity, for I do believe that there is no scarcity of inspiration. But I now understand their position better. I also have learned that when creations are restricted it is the creator who suffers more because his creation won’t find its full and true public, its spark finds no kindling, and the fire dies. The creative class, copyright, mass media, and curmudgeonly critics stop what should be a continuing process of creation; like reverse alchemists, they turn abundance into scarcity, gold into lead.”—BuzzMachine » Blog Archive » The myth of the creative class
“Man, rating things on Amazon is so great, I should let people rate my posts!” You have six visitors, and at least one of them is your mom. She’s gonna love everything you do and fuck up the average.”—Big Contrarian → Debris.
“This is a list of Fantasy names, falsifiers are using to print Fantasy Passports. It is not prohibited to possess a Fantasy Passport, but it is forbidden to use this “Document” as a proof of identity.”—verification database
“She reaches out her hand and gushes to him, “Hello Moishe, Lisa Steinberg, it’s great to meet you!!” You can tell she’s being extra sacchariney sweet to overcompensate for the fact that he’s a chassid. She wishes she could say “Ohmygod, just so you know, I TOTALLY love you because I have NOTHING against inbred goliaths who dress like they’re in 18th century Lithuania. In fact, it totally works for you, just like, stylistically, and I also totally admire your steadfastness and aversion to bathing.”—Blognigger: Gotta admit the guy has some set ‘a matzaballs.