As with so many patent troll cases, the troll is asking for money despite having contributed nothing to the industry. By its own admission, Personal Audio tried and failed at its attempt to make an audio player. Having failed at actually making something, it became a shell company that does nothing but sue on its patents. And now it wants a handout from those who worked hard to create popular podcasts.
Lets donate a bit to help the EFF squash these bugs.
Saw this across my facebook feed this morning: Patrick Stewart’s Touching Response To A Fan’s Question:
While at Comicpalooza, a girl asked Sir Patrick Stewart a question about what the most important thing he’d ever done besides acting was. His answer was his work with campaigns against violence toward women, which led to this impassioned answer and wonderful gesture.
Continuing the Windows 8 vision with Windows 8.1 over from the Windows blogs tells all (most) about the Windows 8.1 “Blue” update.
Woe is Linux writes John C. Dvorak in PCMag, proclaiming the death of Linux (well, at least on the desktop) and running through what the community did and didn’t do to make Linux the success it turned out to be (for good or bad).
It boils down to the marketing. The Open Source community, as a whole, doesn’t believe in the idea that sales and marketing is actually important. All that ever passed for marketing with that bunch was the gimmicky but cute “Tux” the Linux penguin.
He concludes with:
With Linux never catching on and the rise of the cloud-centric operating systems alongside the weak phone/tablet OS taking over, everyone is back where they started: pre-1975. Centralized control wins out. I guess that is what the public wanted all along and the “personal” computer movement was actually a fad. Who knew?
I can’t say I disagree. I believe that linux is a better OS at it’s core than Windows and somewhat (due to toolkit availability) Mac (which is Unix at the core already). However, it really depends on what you define as “better”. A 1000% better OS that doesn’t have the apps I use (Lightroom, Photoshop) isn’t actually better. A 1000% better OS that is super secure and super stable but only has a command line interface (like DOS?) may not actually be better.
I’ve always thought that the success and failure with Linux has been with the community. Not only the supportive community, but the community that will proclaim they’ve “never even touched a Mac” while proclaiming that Mac’s suck. Or the community which values choice (a good thing), but uses it to create 18 half baked audio players instead of one or two that are full featured (a bad thing, in my opinion).
Will this article have any effect on the community? Nope. No investors are there to pull out (well, in theory) and the coders who slave day and night to produce code will most likely continue on as before. Same with the users. If you use Linux as your desktop, or go to the trouble of finding a linux laptop for sale, you’ll continue on just fine.
The Wall Street Journal with the hard hitting news today that Grumpy Cat Has an Agent, and Now a Movie Deal:
Some celebrities simply cannot be pleased. Just ask Ben Lashes, a talent manager in Los Angeles. This week, he landed a major motion-picture deal for a client who nine months ago was an unknown living in Morristown, Ariz., population 227.
When he told his client that she was heading to Hollywood, she looked bored. “She hates movies,” says Mr. Lashes of his client, Grumpy Cat, a cat with a mouth puckered into a frown whose viral photos have ricocheted around the Internet.
I’m not sure if this is terrible, awesome, or both.
A new inbox that puts you back in control and looks pretty nice. Really more a UI tweak on the existing priority inbox combined with the auto-tagging technology. Will be rolling out over the next few weeks.
Still no hotlinked usernames from the timeline though :( It’s a nice update, but not sure if it’s enough to get me off tweetbot.
I had no idea that Big ice cubes were a thing now…
I’m not sure when the current fetish for huge ice cubes started, but I’ve been noticing it for a few years now. And when I say I’ve “noticed” it, I mean I’ve seen people touting huge ice cubes on the internet—in real life, the ice cubes I come across are the same size they’ve always been. Perhaps my circle of friends is hopelessly old fashioned.
One anonymous Apple employee gave a lot of detail as to how Apple keeps everything so secret:
Links over to a discussion on Quora, with lots of interesting stuff.
I haven’t watched Parks and Recreation at all, but after hearing (and seeing) the 7 minute Animated Version Of Patton Oswalt’s ‘Star Wars’ Filibuster I think I may have to.
Last month a clip from the hit show Parks and Recreation was released, in which Patton Oswalt attempts a filibuster to prevent a city council vote. Producers of the show told the actor to ramble on about something, and so Oswalt decided to ad-lib his way through his character’s vision for the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII.
Apostrophes and when to use them over on Slate says that they arent needed anymore.
One hundred and eighteen miles north of London, in the town of Boston, England, there lives a retired newspaperman named John Richards who is experiencing an unusually rotten spring. Richards is the founder and chairman of something called the Apostrophe Protection Society. His world, at least as related to the tiny mark that denotes possessives and the omission of letters from certain words, appears to be crashing down around him.
A big X.Org Security Advisory yesterday:
Ilja van Sprundel, a security researcher with IOActive, has discovered a large number of issues in the way various X client libraries handle the responses they receive from servers, and has worked with X.Org’s security team to analyze, confirm, and fix these issues.
Fixes are underway already, and it sounds like (to someone not hugely versed in deep x.org code) the issues aren’t going to affect the normal linux user running behind a firewall, but if you run unchecked code from untrusted sources locally (or allow other users to connect to the X.org port remotely), be careful. Keep up to date with updates and make sure your system is patched over the next week or two.
Remember the coming apocalypse? No, not the 2012 thing, the even worse one, with Google Reader being phased out? Good to see that Digg’s Google Reader replacement to launch as beta in June according to The Verge.
Personally I’m still holding out hope that Google will come to their senses and not kill Google Reader :(
Just a quick plug for my buddy John who just launched his Wonderful Colorful House iPad app.
The trip started about 15 years ago when I made up a bed-time story for my daughter, Gabrielle. It was about a kid in the great white North, Tullik, who hated cold and hated white, and who was looking for a better — more wonderful — home. She loved the story, and asked me for it repeatedly, and suggested that I write it down.
Launching an app is hard, and huge kudos go to him for the launch!
Of course, he never reads ufies and eshews it as a source of news and breaking stories, so realistically, he’ll never see this :P
From my buddy @jtstrocel comes this amazing story on Gizmodo of an Incredible Full Scale Lego X-Wing Is the Largest Model In History.
Seriously, how cool is this.
Getting ready for the new season? Check out the Arrested Development ubercut: 18 running gags.
I’d read this but I’ve only had one and a half cups since I got into the office an hour ago.
(I really wish I was just joking about that)
Really happy to see this morning that Evernote Reminders Are Here on Mac, iOS and Web, fixing one of the biggest missing bits from my ability to use Evernote for everything I do all the time. The reminders UI isn’t bad, in my opinion of a user, but still might need some tweaking.
Still, the ability to hit a button on a new or existing note and set a date to be reminded by push notification is pretty damn cool. Congrats to the Evernote team on a nice update and I can’t wait to use this more!
There’s a tutorial on reminders as well as the video linked in the main article.
Are you a Whovian? Or even a fan of Doctor Who? You’ll want to make sure you watch the recap and prep trailer, featuring all your favorite Doctors.
Speaking of awesome people, check out Chris Hadfield’s Post-landing Interview With NASA.
Via Break.com: People Aren’t the Only Awesome People Video. A great spoof on the ‘People are Awesome’ Videos.
The biggest oddities for me are that it’s not going to be backwards compatible with XBox 360 games, and the DRM will prevent used games (as the game serial # is now tied to your account).
The latter I see as a natural evolution to the similar system as Apple has for tying iOS apps to your user account. It makes sense, but the side effect of killing the used game market (if it’s true) is a bad one, especially when you’re talking about $60 games instead of $1.99 apps.
The former I honestly don’t believe it’s true. MS is the king of backwards compatibility, and making it so that a hardcore games (no doubt considerable) library of XBox360 games is useless (unless they now have two XBoxes hooked up at all times) just seems ridiculous. I know the new XBox One is more than just gaming, but really, I don’t believe that’ll happen. Guess we’ll see on launch day (no idea other than “later this year”) when you can buy it (no idea for how much).
Looks very pinterest-y, with a look similar to google+ and the “masonary” photo layout. Looks good so far, hopefully it’s more than a coat of paint and they’re going to really drive Flickr to be a great site.
In today’s version of “completely pointless but epically awesome hacking news”: Google Devs Install Ubuntu on Google Glass | OMG! Ubuntu!
In a session at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, cheekily titled “Voiding your warranty”, developers shared how to root Google Glass and install an alternative operating system on it. OS of choice for the demo being Ubuntu.
That’s pretty damn cool :)
Celebrating the fact that the new Star Trek movie is out this weekend, here’s a list of Star Trek Science mistakes from Slate.com.
The problem is distance. Unless Delta Vega were a moon of Vulcan (and in the original series Spock says his planet has no moon), the planet would be way, way too far away to see as anything but a point of light in the sky. And that’s if it’s in the same star system; from another star, even Vulcan’s star might be too far away to see (also, Delta Vega is established in the original series as a remote planet, the location of a dilithium mining station).
I think I just nerd-gasm’d again.
In their quest to be an app on every possible platform out there, Evernote today announced Evernote for Google Glass, allowing you to send notes to your Google Glass.
Jim pointed me to the Full-Length Trailer For ‘Riddick’ Now Online!
I think I just had a geek-gasm.
Possibly the coolest page you’ll read today: 3-D Scans Reveal Caterpillars Turning Into Butterflies.
Here’s the live stream for Google I/O 2013 if you want to watch as things go along.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Trailer 1 makes me think that maybe I’ll be checking out some new shows this fall…
Half-Life 2 Games Available For Linux (Steam) via Web Upd8:
Like the other two titles Valve has made available for Linux last week: Left 4 Dead 2 and Portal, the Half-Life 2 games are in beta for now and they don’t show up in the Linux section on Steam but if you didn’t purchase them already, you can simply search for them in the All Items section and they should install on Linux. Or you can click the links below[…]
Very true, but all I can think of is that the Ubuntu blatant copying of the Mac OS interface has reached an all time high. This is basically a copy of the “Launchpad” app that came with Lion (and no mac user I know uses Launchpad anyway).
I missed that Yahoo! acquired Astrid, a popular cross platform todo list manager.
Of course, as things like this go, they’re sunsetting it. No more premium subscriptions, and the team is joining the Yahoo mobile team to work on their apps.
If you’re not happy about this, you can also check out the Wunderlist Astrid import to pull your todos into the Wunderlist app.
Not as bleeding edge anymore, the first RC for Ruby on Rails 4.0 is now available.
Why would you need a map of the Internet? The Internet is not like the Grand Canyon. It is not a destination in a voyage that requires so many right turns and so many left turns. The Internet, as the name suggests and many of you already know, is nothing but the sum of decentralized connections between various interconnected computers that are speaking roughly the same language. To map out those connections and visualize the place where I spend so much of my time may not have any clear use, but it intrigues the pants off me.
Google announced that for storage space, 15 GB is now shared between Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos.
Life gets a bit easier when your Google products work well together—whether that’s inserting a Drive file into an email or sharing a photo from Drive on Google+. As this experience becomes more seamless, separate storage doesn’t make as much sense anymore. So instead of having 10 GB for Gmail and another 5 GB for Drive and Google+ Photos, you’ll now get 15 GB of unified storage for free to use as you like between Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos.
I’m sure there are some downsides and people are going to complain about something, but this isn’t bad for a free service :)
I’m back! Seems appropriate the first post from me after a week away is not only from a Canadian, but something “global”. This is Commander Chris Hadfield’s “Space Oddity” cover from the ISS:
@cmdr_hadfield is scheduled to leave the international space station today after a long time of service and an amazingly human look at life aboard the ISS.
Here’s a storify link with the full details.
Sir we thank you for your service!
Catch the rest of the podcasts as well if you are into photography.
A post by Trey Radcliff
Ready to pay Adobe $29.99 a month for the rest of your life? hehe… Or wait, how about $49.99 a month for the complete package?
I think it’s pretty crazy… I like the good old days of buying software and owning it forever. For example, let’s say that I drop my Creative Cloud membership and I want to go back in a few months later and, say, CROP AN IMAGE using Photoshop, then I can’t without paying Adobe again? It just seems crazy!
Anyway, we’ll discuss this on the live show soon - see https://plus.google.com/events/c647hgj11keapdsnva92m5d6uao — we’ll bring this up almost straight away with +Thomas Hawk +Frederick Van Johnson and more!
To me, it seems like Adobe seems more interested in having predictable revenue than making customers happy. This tends to happen in organizations with a lot of bloat where eventually decisions are made by bean-counters and committees. Am I wrong? I don’t think so…
Fancy is the new Sharper Image, things you never imagined and have no need for but buy anyway.
Why do I feel like singing the rubber duckie song?
A Nice story to make Alan Squee….
Need to add a Science category.
To The Apocalypse In Daddy’s Sidecar - Abney Park Enjoy a fun Music video.
I have a wide and varied taste in music so enjoy
Android tablets overtake Apple for the first time.
Here is your Anti-Apple post Alan (:
Time travel in movies, a spoilerific chart for all permutations of time travel in movies.
Instacast for Mac is now available for download. Instacast began it’s life as an iPhone podcast management system, and a damn good one (if you don’t want/need to sync back to iTunes). A Mac companion app sounds like the logical next step. Looking forward to checking it out.
This will be nice for people (unlike myself) who can’t stand iTunes and want to get rid of every little bit of it.
Just a quick note to welcome my friend Cthulhu who will be keeping things up to date here on the site while I’m away for a week for a work trip. Make him feel welcome and ignore his anti-iPhone rants (which will no doubt be posted as soon as I leave :)