Interesting topic, but way too many of the comments focus on salaries. However, I think that’s mostly because of a comment about $300K/yr being a bad salary cap that set off a bunch of replies (and for good reason). Let’s just say I’m very happy to be in Iowa City.
Anyway, just a reminder to myself to focus on deeper knowledge rather than a breadth of knowledge, etc.
While I don’t agree with all the points, I can definitely agree that our incarnation of capitalism optimizes for growth, leaving everything else behind. That can be a problem for the environment, the poor, and any other economic element that doesn’t have a voice in a growth-centric economy. Is capitalism evil? That depends on your definition. Human nature notwithstanding, I would say that its incentive structure promotes some problems.
Is it nice that in 2014 we all have lots of affordable gadgets? In some ways. Does it make us better people? The author, Umair Haque, would seem to argue a flat “no”. From my perspective, the truth has more shades of gray to it.
My big question at the end of the article: if capitalism (or “growthism”) is broken, can it be fixed? If it’s not broken, but just needs some adjustments, what should come next?
Like Jason O’Grady, I have a list of iOS features on my wishlist that could keep me on the platform past iOS 7.1.
Apple made changes in iOS 7 which addressed my earlier criticisms, namely:
“Today” view in Notification Center
Better multitasking UI
A refreshed UI
Maybe iOS 8 will address some of my concerns with iOS as well. I’ve divided my list into categories:
Better data sharing experience, rather than a few promoted services like Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter.
Allow me to completely disable Game Center. I have stopped using many casual games because they pop up Game Center every time I open them.
Default apps. I should be able to make Chrome my default browser and Gmail my default email client if I want to.
Make FaceTime audio automatic, like iMessage.
More intelligent weather notices via notifications.
Landscape springboard on the iPhone. I was sure this was coming after using it on an iPad, but it’s been absent for years.
Better background APIs (e.g. so Dropbox can backup my photos without a location-checking hack)
Multiple user accounts. Many apps allow multiple accounts, but if I want to switch my iPhone to “work mode” during the day, it’s a pain compared to Android.
Someplace to keep installed apps other than the home screen. Android solves this with an “app drawer”.
Allow 3rd party browsers like Chrome and Firefox in the App Store. (Chrome for iOS is just a skin on Safari.)
Allow applications to be installed from outside of the App Store if a setting is changed, like OSX and Android.
An service to move my paid iTunes purchases to another service such as Google Play or Amazon. Right now, my purchased DRM-locked media from iTunes is only playable on an Apple device. A cross-platform “iTunes Video” app would be another option.
A less app-centric iCloud. Until I can combine files for a single project in a folder like Dropbox or Google Drive, iCloud seems fairly useless for me. I currently only use it for backup and “find my device”.
Unfortunately, most of my wishlist is unlikely to be addressed in iOS 8. Although I’ve been invested in iOS since 2008 (back at version 2), my impression is that the only way to get what’s on my wishlist would be to switch to another platform. I’m curious to see what iOS 8 brings in June.
I was shocked how little comprehensive information was out there on rate limiting and velocity checking for software developers, because they are your first and most important line of defense against a broad spectrum of possible attacks. It’s amazing how many attacks you can mitigate or even defeat by instituting basic rate limiting.
Take a long, hard look your own website — how would it deal with a roving band of bored, morally ambiguous schoolkids?
Not sure if I’d ever switch from Gmail, but if I did, FastMail seems like a good (though paid) solution. Although it’s still unlikely that Gmail would drop IMAP support (and thus any way of exporting email), this would be a service to consider as an alternative if a decision to drop IMAP should happen. Since Google is dropping XMPP support for their chat service and already killed their RSS reader, who knows where the next 4 years might take us…
At this point, it’s tough to see a path back to relevance for Final Fantasy, if the caretakers of the series are spending their creative cycles thinking about the particulars of breast physics. That’s not why the Final Fantasy brand still carries the cachet that it does, and the modern games are at this point living entirely off an inherited reputation.
Sad. I know I bought Chaos Rings for the iPhone based on the inherited reputation that Square Enix had with me… but Chaos Rings was much more repetitive than it should have been. After my save data got reset, it was hard to want to go through any of it again.
I’m still a fan of the SNES and PlayStation era games (roughly VI through IX; FFI is tough to enjoy unless playing a remake). I have to wonder whether Square Enix is making any money on anything but remakes at this point…
I recently inherited an old machine with a 150 MHz AMD K6-2 CPU and 32 MB RAM. That’s a really meager machine, even for the time it was built (circa 1999).
I was planning to just donate it to Goodwill Reboot… but before I did, I wondered what I could possibly do with it. My first computer was a 133 MHz Pentium with maybe 32 or 64 MB of RAM, so there was a certain sentimentality for a machine like it. It had Windows 98 installed, which was interesting but only in passing. (I sold the install CD on Amazon for $20 surprisingly). Win98 was depressingly slow. I tried a semi-modern, lightweight Linux (a 2005 release of Damn Small Linux), and it wasn’t much better.
As I’ve mentioned before, I was a fan of the BeOS back in the day. It had a great ability to squeeze an amazing amount of power out of meager hardware. Scot Hacker definitely nailed it when he wrote that “anyone who has spent time with BeOS is forever spoiled, their expectations for OS technology permanently affected.” (Although I mostly use Ubuntu now, I also landed on Mac OS X after BeOS like Scot. In comparison to BeOS, OSX is incredibly resource hungry, albeit providing plenty of charm.)
So I had to try BeOS on the machine too. It was surprisingly easy to get the free version of BeOS R5 installed. That was especially meaningful to me, since I’ve never gotten BeOS working in VirtualBox; apparently there are some rarely used features of the x86 architecture that BeOS depends on. After getting the OS installed, it really wasn’t much more work to get SoundPlay — an MP3/Vorbis player — up and running. It runs incredibly fast for 150MHz/32MB. I could play music and even write a little Ruby in Vim at the same time.
So for now, the box is reborn as a BeOS-powered jukebox down in the basement. An appropriate use, given the place that music and this particular OS have had in my life. Is it woefully outdated? Yes. But this was really more of a sentimental journey than anything, and it can actually do something useful.
I was pretty happy until I realized that SoundPlay would stop working in 30 days.
I figured it must have been given away for free by this point. And my intuition was correct:
I’m no longer accepting SoundPlay registrations, but you can download a free keyfile here. Copy to /boot/home/config/settings, then restart SoundPlay.