Jobs’ letter talks about how it’s bad for a platform if developers use cross-platform technologies, and more specifically, that Adobe has been slow in adopting new technologies in Mac OS X, with Carbon of course being the prime example.
And yet, without any sense of shame, Apple ships iTunes for Windows. iTunes for Windows is by far one of the worst pieces of (major) Windows software you can possibly think of. It does not integrate with Windows in any way, does not use any of the advanced technologies present since Windows Vista (refined in Windows 7), it’s incredibly slow, it crashes a lot, it still hasn’t been ported to 64-bit (despite consumer 64-bit versions of Windows existing since 2005) and in general, sucks harder than a… No, I’m not going to finish that analogy. […]
Remind you of anything? Yes, iTunes is the Flash of the Windows platform…
If you asked me to pick between a communication device that could get me emergency help, connect me with distant family and resources, and help my business, or indoor plumbing, I’d take the phone.
I’ve dug a latrine before. It isn’t pretty, or that great of an experience to use. But this is an example of good priorities, and the assumptions of the western world. There are passable solutions for a toilet available if you have a shovel and dirt. Telephony changes a lot of things, very quickly. A toilet changes the user experience of eliminating waste.
In many parts of the world, we’re at a point where skipping steps in the version of ‘modern civilisation’ that North America is familiar with, only makes sense. Cell phones before toilets, because the infrastructure is cheaper, and in many cases, potentially more meaningful.
“And it is precisely because Europe, for the first time in history, faces no outside threat to its security that it may fall prey to the narcissism of its internal contradictions. That the European Union’s northern powers aren’t willing to bail Greece out entirely by themselves, but are relying on the International Monetary Fund to kick in up to $20 billion, shows that there are limits to how far they will go toward the dream of a unified supercontinent.”—
That Europe’s problem economies — Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal — are all in the south is no accident. Mediterranean societies, despite their innovations in politics (Athenian democracy and the Roman Republic) were, in the words of the 20th-century French historian Fernand Braudel, defined by “traditionalism and rigidity.”
The relatively poor quality of Mediterranean soils favored large holdings that were, perforce, under the control of the wealthy. This contributed to an inflexible social order, in which middle classes developed much later than in northern Europe, and which led to economic and political pathologies like statism and autocracy.
In that whole region the only large, privately capitalized, industrial cities as Americans and Northern Europeans would traditionally categorize them are Barcelona and Milan, which are each pretty close to the area’s northern edge. It’s now how we normally see the situation from over here, but we need to start.
“david said: The system, and this genre of spam, are brand new. And we just implemented a big new Hadoop cluster to start tracking/catching these. In the meantime, you can help us out tremendously by reporting any funny activity to email@example.com. Thanks!”—
After dozens of times going through airport security all over the world with 120 film and having it hand-checked without issue, the TSA in Bloomington, IL felt it necessary to break the seal on every single roll and unwrap them for swabbing under bright light (against my bitter protest.) It made…
“Goldman has come under fire for helping the Greek government to structure complex derivatives deals early in the decade and “borrow” billions of dollars in exchange rate swaps, which did not officially count as debt under eurozone rules. Critics say such conduct contributed to unsustainable public finances which have destabilised the euro.”—Goldman Sachs faces Fed inquiry over Greek crisis | Business | The Guardian
“I asked him if he would come up with a few options. And he said, “No. I will solve your problem for you. And you will pay me. And you don’t have to use the solution. If you want options, go talk to other people. But I’ll solve your problem for you the best way I know how. And you use it or not. That’s up to you. You’re the client. But you pay me.” And there was a clarity about the relationship that was refreshing.”—