If none of what you’re going through is your fault, you’re powerless. But if everything is your fault, you’ll never be powerful enough and it’s hopeless. (via Schlock Mercenary – Archives – Monday May 12, 2014)

At every step in the development of the public internet the NSA systematically lobbied for weaker security, to enhance their own information-gathering capabilities. The trouble is, the success of the internet protocols created a networking monoculture that the NSA themselves came to rely on for their internal infrastructure. The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative – Charlie’s […]

Before yesterday, The Oculus Rift was technofetish gear. It ceased to be so in an instant. [..] I used the shitty, old Rift, and I thought I was underwater. Think of every corner they had to cut because they were trying to make this thing in the finite realm of men. Now imagine the corners […]

“Spite-driven development,” declares Nicholas, the other two nodding immediately. I ask them to explain, and Daniel gives me an example. Let’s say he wants rabbits in the game – as the programmer it’s not really within his powers to make this happen. So, he says, he’ll use his poor artistic skills to draw something like […]

Different locales also return different versions of the same symbol. The US locale (en_US) returns a full-width ¥ symbol, where as the Japan locale (ja_JP) returns a regular ¥ symbol. Similarly, the French locale (fr_FR) will return a non-breaking space between the digits and the symbol, where as the French Canadian locale (fr_CA) which formats […]

If you use an app that creates files in a proprietary format, as soon as a new version comes out you should update all of your documents to the new format. It’s not fun to do this, but there will probably never be an easier time. And it may be a lossy process, so you […]

The Swiss will sell you a comprehensive, intimate knowledge of their country’s topography for an eighth of a million dollars. If nothing else, this shows how confident they are in their borders. Going Into Detail | edgeca.se Source: edgeca.se