The truly funny thing about this color scheme is that all the other Windows 3.1 color schemes are surprisingly rational, totally reasonable color schemes. And then you get to “Hot Dog Stand”. Which is utterly insane.
It’s all business in the front: you have your blog that looks like any other blog, although usually prettier. And then the real party is in the back, through the social interaction on the dashboard.
AT&T is charging customers once for a data plan, and then charging them a second time to actually use their data.
Right now AT&T charges $30 per month for 3 GB of data. That’s data you bought. With your money. Just like you buy candy or books or video games or gasoline.
But unlike when you buy candy or books or video games or gasoline, AT&T thinks it can tell you how to use your data. If I buy a gallon of gasoline, ExxonMobil doesn’t charge me later for using it a different way. That’s because it’s my gasoline. I can use it to run my car or my motorcycle or my boat. Light it on fire. Whatever.
It AT&T allowed customers pay extra for FaceTime, and then didn’t count that data usage against their normal data plan, that would be a great feature that lots of people would pay for. But unfortunately, they’re double-charging all of their customers.
The court essentially said that it shouldn’t matter how a copy of work is delivered — whether it is bought in a store, ordered through the mail or downloaded digitally, the same copyright rules should apply. [...]
It doesn’t make sense to distinguish between two methods of selling the same work, the court said.
Amazon’s grand strategy has been to set up distribution centers in faraway, low-cost states and then ship stuff to people in more populous, high-cost states. When I order stuff from Amazon, for instance, it gets shipped to California from one of the company’s massive warehouses in Kentucky or Nevada.
But now Amazon has a new game. Now that it has agreed to collect sales taxes, the company can legally set up warehouses right inside some of the largest metropolitan areas in the nation. Why would it want to do that? Because Amazon’s new goal is to get stuff to you immediately—as soon as a few hours after you hit Buy.
Wireless network SSIDs in residential areas are typically left on default router names like “Belkin” or “LinkSys,” but some people use them as a subtle way to broadcast a message. Sometimes it’s simple like “DontStealMyInternet” or “Big Bob’s playhouse.” Others use their SSIDs to make a political statement. With that in mind, James Robinson, a developer for OpenSignalMaps, wondered if political allegiance could be inferred from assigning sentiment to SSIDs.
In 2005, two years before the iPhone:
You don’t keep your music in the file system, that would be crazy. You keep it in this app that knows about music and knows how to find things in lots of different ways. Same with photos: we’ve got an app that knows all about photos. And these apps manage their own file storage. […]
And eventually, the file system management is just gonna be an app for pros, and consumers aren’t gonna need to use it.
Critics of the iPhone complain that iOS doesn’t offer a way to directly access the file system, but Steve Jobs was right. Managing files and folders is something that only geeks care about. Part of the iPad’s popularity comes from the fact that non-technical users feel like they can’t “mess anything up.” There is no learning curve. Go to Photos to view your photos; go to Music to listen to music.
The interesting thing is that Jobs never said the file system would totally go away. I could imagine a future version of iOS introducing a Files app giving geeks this access. But most users would never use it — they’d use Photos, Music, Videos, and other apps exactly like they do now.
Mastered for iTunes unofficially began last year, when producer Rick Rubin was frustrated with his inability to make the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ I’m With You sound as dynamic in the AAC format as it did on a CD. Working with Apple, he tinkered with the master recording, landing on a higher-than-usual bit rate – so when he sent it to iTunes for encoding, it sounded considerably better than a typical compressed audio file.
A great example of realizing digital is the future and embracing the change.
An ICE spokesman tells me that the two screens will “come up after the previews, once you hit the main movie/play button on the DVD. At which point the movie rating comes up, followed by the IPR Center screen shot for 10 secs and then the FBI/HSI anti-piracy warning for 10 secs as well. Neither can be skipped/fast forwarded through.”
So to encourage people not to engage in piracy, they’re going to force everyone to watch yet another annoying, time-wasting, gratification-delaying warning screen that can only be avoided by engaging in piracy. They’re purposefully making the movie-playing experience worse for honest paying customers.