Quote of the Day →

October 02, 2013 |

I shut my eyes in order to see

Paul Gauguin (1848 - 1903), French Post-Impressionist painter.

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El País, serious candidate for 'Jackass of the Year' award →

October 02, 2013 |

Mind-bogglingly bad article about Apple in El País, Spain’s highest circulation newspaper. This is how it starts:

Suddenly, the Apple store resembles a Walmart.

Unsurprisingly, it’s all downhill from there. This has become a shameless trend in El País lately: their Apple-bashing pieces are often filled with false information and downright misleading, nonsensical claims:

They are selling less, they are no longer the ones to start the rumors, they are not in the media spotlight as often, they keep issuing apologies, competitors are cropping up everywhere, response is no longer as quick as it used to be, and Wall Street sharks appear to be toying with Apple shares the way they once toyed with Spain or Italy’s risk premium.

So sad, to think that newspapers like this one were once the guardians of journalistic integrity, and have now been reduced to little more than click-bait whores.

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Judge tosses Apple motion, allows patent troll Lodsys to continue rampage →

October 01, 2013 |


Lodsys became one of the most scorned patent holders in 2011 by making seemingly small cash demands just 0.575 percent of your revenue, please! against small app makers, who it said were infringing its patents that cover in-app purchasing and upgrades. Within months, that brought a legal challenge by Apple, which saw a clear threat to its ecosystem. Apple had already paid to license Lodsys patents when they were in the hands of an earlier owner—Intellectual Ventures. So Apple went to court, arguing that Lodsys cant demand additional payments by threatening iOS developers. Now, after two years of litigation, its back to square one. The East Texas judge overseeing Lodsys systematic patent attack on app developers has refused to even consider Apples motion. Instead, he allowed the patent-holding company to settle all its cases—and then dismissed Apples motion as moot. By doing so, US District Judge Rodney Gilstrap—who has inherited the patent-happy East Texas court that once belonged to patent-troll favorite T. John Ward—has enabled Lodsys to threaten developers for months, and perhaps even years, to come.

Unbelievable. The US patent system is broken beyond repair, and this is a prime example.

EDIT: There’s more. This is just insulting, plain and simple:

Lodsys can be sure it will continue to draw Judge Gilstrap as long as it files its cases in Marshall, Texas. The other judge who considers patent cases filed there is US District Judge Leonard Davis, but since Judge Davis’ son William “Bo” Davis is Lodsys’ lawyer, the company’s cases will all be redirected to Gilstrap.
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Quote of the Day →

September 25, 2013 |

I’m not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information.

Bill Watterson, US cartoonist (1958 - ), Calvin and Hobbes: It’s a Magical World.

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The Myth of Steve Jobs’ Constant Breakthroughs | TIME →

September 25, 2013 |

A very smart take by Harry McCracken on how Steve Jobs is frequently seen, in retrospect, as the man that revolutionized a new industry every two years. The reality though, is that he was as much an advocate of refinement through iteration as Tim Cook is now:

Back to incrementalism. I don’t understand why Cannold — and plenty of others — think that it’s at odds with Steve Jobs’ legacy. For every great leap forward Apple ever made, it accomplished at least as much through small steps that made its products easier, faster, thinner, lighter, more polished and/or more useful. Apple’s most important products may have been the game-changers, but its best products, always, have been those that benefited from smart, evolutionary improvements. And as far as I remember, Jobs never seemed guilty about the profits they brought.

Via Daring Fireball.

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The iPhone 5s Review by AnandTech →

September 19, 2013 |

Anand Lal Shimpi reviews the iPhone 5S in mind-blowing detail, like only he can. Very impressive review.

From a CPU and GPU standpoint, the 5s is probably the most futureproof of any iPhone ever launched. As much as it pains me to use the word futureproof, if you are one of those people who likes to hold onto their device for a while - the 5s is as good a starting point as any.

Who am I kidding, my wallet already feels a few hundred dollars lighter.

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The iPhone 5S and 5C →

September 18, 2013 |

Great insight and very thorough analysis from Gruber, as usual. The whole article is great, absolutely worth reading in spite of its length. However, this bit really takes the cake. Just how fast is the iPhone 5S, really?

To put that in context, the iPhone 5S beats my 2008 15-inch MacBook Pro by a small measure in the Sunspider benchmark (with the MacBook Pro running the latest Safari 6.1 beta). The iPhone 5S is, in some measures, computationally superior to the top-of-the-line MacBook Pro from just five years ago. In your fucking pocket.

In your fucking pocket.

‘Nuff said.

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The Merry Stormtrooper →

September 17, 2013 |

Nishant Kothary, a former Microsoft employee, has an interesting view on they key to success:

The secret, as Mihaly discovered by studying all types of people in the flow state, lies in setting achievable goals that are just a wee bit out of reach. The kind of goals that will require you to stretch yourself and grow in order to achieve them. And when you meet them? Raise the stakes, and repeat. That’s it. This is a profoundly simple concept in theory. But as the saying goes, “In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are different.” And it’s because it’s always easier said than done.

Very sound advice. If you have the time, read it. If you don’t, read it anyway.

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