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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The developer raises up the great sword of technology and brings it down upon the plinth of culture—and the sword shatters. But never mind; we can go back to the forge to make a bigger, better sword for retina displays. And as we craft it we whisper that eternal prayer for the comfort of list-makers: […]

At the end of 1386, Jogaila returned to Vilnius to [..] convert the Grand Duchy to Catholicism. [..] New converts were baptized en masse, with little teaching, and were awarded wool shirts. “People will do anything for a free t-shirt”, historical perspective edition. From “Union of Krewo” on Wikipedia. Source: Wikipedia

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 […]

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 […]