Everyone at hot startups drinks a lot of coffee. But you can’t drink just any coffee. Nobody can drink just any coffee anymore and be taken seriously. (Except for those who proudly and intentionally do so. The key is doing it with intention. But you can’t just saunter up to Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts and get a coffee and actually think it’s good.) And so five times in a row, Stewart stalks past the Starbucks at the corner of Second Street and Folsom. He’s looking for an independent cafe that is supposed to be… right around here… somewhere…

in the majority of Latin languages, ø sorts as an accented variant of o, meaning that most users would expect ø alongside o. However, a few languages, such as Norwegian and Danish, sort ø as a unique element after z. Sorting “Søren” after “Sylt” in a long list, as would be expected in Norwegian or Danish, will cause problems if the user expects ø as a variant of o.

What we have now is an enemy of the state that’s just there, passively feeding off everything, working off the fact that all these data plumes are given off – exhaust that’s just exhaled as a matter of course as people go by their lives.

Dan Hon. You can’t go full-on data plume silent-running without opting out of 21st century social life, but give off too much and you’re feeding parasites. I wonder if there’s a compromise between the two, or if the demands of the former mean the latter isn’t escapable..

The consequence of Apple’s approach is that pretty much everything behaves in predictable ways, but you have a very narrow range of devices at a narrow range of prices (and screen sizes), and that severely restricts the addressable market. More people can afford $50 phones than can afford $600 phones. The consequence of the Android approach is that you have a much wide range of devices and prices, and a much larger market, but anything on the bleeding edge doesn’t work predictably at all.

Android fragmentation and the cloud — Benedict Evans

This is presented from a seller’s perspective (“addressable market”), but the other perspective here is that “Android is fragmented” as a complaint looks interestingly close to “poor people should not be allowed smartphones”.

“Flat”

This is very important to coordinate systems used to map the height of the ground, because the idea
of quantified ‘height’ implies that there is a level surface somewhere below us which has zero height.
Even statements about relative height imply extended level surfaces. When we casually say ‘Point A is
higher than point B’, what we really mean is ‘The level surface passing through point A, if extended,
would pass above point B’ So to accurately quantify the height difference between A and B, we would
need to know the shape of the level surface passing through point A. In fact we choose a general
‘reference level surface’ of zero height covering the whole country to which we can refer all our
measured heights. This reference level surface is not flat!

A guide to coordinate systems in Great Britain

I used to think that geo was Hard. But it turns out to be even worse than that.