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Wed, Mar 18, 2015 The Flappy-Flappy Edition

A Sucker Is Optimized Every Minute

Virginia Heffernan, New York Times:

Not long ago, our blockbuster business books spoke in unison: Trust your gut. The secret to decision-making lay outside our intellects, across the aisle in our loopy right brains, with their emo melodramas and surges of intuition.

No more. The gut is dead. Long live the data, turned out day and night by our myriad computers and smart devices. Not that we trust the data, as we once trusted our guts. Instead, we “optimize” it. We optimize for it. We optimize with it.

Tim Cook On Apple's Future: Everything Can Change Except Values

Rick Tetzeli and Brent Schlender, Fast Company:

"We change every day. We changed every day when he was here, and we’ve been changing every day since he’s not been here. But the core, the values in the core remain the same as they were in ’98, as they were in ’05, as they were in ’10. I don’t think the values should change. But everything else can change."

"Yes, there will be things where we say something and two years later we’ll feel totally different. Actually, there may be things we say that we may feel totally different about in a week. We’re okay with that. Actually, we think it’s good that we have the courage to admit it."

The Nine Most Infuriating iPhone Games, and Why I Love Them

Eric Johnson, Re/code:

You can play them for 30 seconds or 30 minutes, depending on how patient you are, and they never apologize for what makes them great: An intense 1980s arcade-like difficulty where success is always juuust out of reach.

Hakuna Matata


The updates revolve around fixes for WebKit.


The GNU Manifesto Turns Thirty

Maria Bustillos, New Yorker:

Stallman was one of the first to grasp that, if commercial entities were going to own the methods and technologies that controlled computers, then computer users would inevitably become beholden to those entities. This has come to pass, and in spades. Most computer users have become dependent on proprietary code provided by companies like Apple, Facebook, and Google, the use of which comes with conditions we may not condone or even know about, and can’t control; we have forfeited the freedom to adapt such code according to our needs, preferences, and personal ethics. “With software,” Stallman still frequently observes, “either the users control the program, or the program controls the users.”

The Steve Jobs You Didn't Know: Kind, Patient, and Human

Rick Tetzelt and Brent Schlender, Fast Company

"Steve cared," Cook continues. "He cared deeply about things. Yes, he was very passionate about things, and he wanted things to be perfect. And that was what was great about him. A lot of people mistook that passion for arrogance. He wasn’t a saint. I’m not saying that. None of us are. But it’s emphatically untrue that he wasn’t a great human being, and that is totally not understood.


Parting Words

Thanks for reading.