Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world’s most talented engineers.
Capitalism is based on the idea that people buy shit they don’t need
Chris McDougall, Chris McDougall: I Never Meant To Start A Barefoot-Running Fad, Fittish.
[I]f we are to test the truth of officials’ claims, we must first give them an opportunity to make those claims.
Edward Snowden, Vladimir Putin must be called to account on surveillance just like Obama, The Guardian.
A large fraction of the flaws in software development are due to programmers not fully understanding all the possible states their code may execute in. In a multithreaded environment, the lack of understanding and the resulting problems are greatly amplified, almost to the point of panic if you are paying attention. Programming in a functional style makes the state presented to your code explicit, which makes it much easier to reason about, and, in a completely pure system, makes thread race conditions impossible.
Challenging the conventional wisdom, the most expensive fares typically appear when purchased far in advance of a flight.
David Yanofsky, Here’s the Best Time to Buy an International Flight to Each Continent, The Wire.
Google has worked to make Android functionally unforkable, with no practical way to simultaneously fork the platform and take advantage of its related strengths: abundant developers, and abundant applications.
Peter Bright, Neither Microsoft, Nokia, nor anyone else should fork Android. It’s unforkable, Ars Technica.
Source: Ars Technica
The only thing more absurd than how poorly the full-body scanners performed was the incredible amount of time the machines wasted for everyone.
We allowed the most important invention for publishing since the printing press brought literacy to the masses to become a glossy lifestyle magazine that spies on its readers.
Christian Heilmann, Why “just use Adblock” should never be a professional answer.
Most Americans are simply not ideologically consistent enough that ideological labels such as “conservative,” “liberal” or “moderate” accurately describe them.
David Broockman, The real extremists are American voters, not politicians, The Washington Post.
Source: Washington Post
The biggest lesson so far is that code is very dense. A half hour presentation is just enough time to present maybe a dozen meaty lines of code and one main idea.