- Cano to Mariners for $240 Million Over Ten Years→
Thank God for baseball season again. Dave Cameron:
It could also be a total disaster, though. If the other moves don’t come together, or simply aren’t enough to turn a bad team into a good team, the Mariners could easily have the best second baseman in baseball surrounded by a supporting cast that still doesn’t leave them with a better than .500 club. And this team is very vulnerable to injuries, especially to either Cano or Hernandez, who represent a huge chunk of the team’s chances of contention. A prolonged DL stint by either one probably sinks their season.
I hate long contracts. Five years seems like far too long for baseball. (But salary and contract lengths have gotten crazy.) I hope this works out, but then again, Mariners.
Go Ms?❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- ‘NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show’→
Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani:
The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals — and map their relationships — in ways that would have been previously unimaginable.
Here’s the fun part:
NSA Director Keith Alexander disclosed in Senate testimony in October that the NSA had run a pilot project in 2010 and 2011 to collect “samples” of U.S. cellphone location data. The data collected were never available for intelligence analysis purposes, and the project was discontinued because it had no “operational value,” he said.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- The Information Launches→
$39 a month, or $399 a year.
Good luck with that.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- ‘Australian Spy Agency Offered to Share Data About Ordinary Citizens’→
Ewen MacAskill, James Ball and Katharine Murphy:
Australia’s surveillance agency offered to share information collected about ordinary Australian citizens with its major intelligence partners, according to a secret 2008 document leaked by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The document shows the partners discussing whether or not to share “medical, legal or religious information”, and increases concern that the agency could be operating outside its legal mandate, according to the human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC.
See, it’s not just the United States acting all shady.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- ‘That Viral “Poverty Thoughts” Essay Is Totally Ridiculous’→
What Linda is doing here is infuriating. There are people donating to her that don’t realize she’s full of shit. People who have good intentions and big hearts and are attempting to make a difference in the life of a person who, by the sound of it, is living in some pretty dire surroundings. But folks, these are made-up dire surroundings. Stop giving her money.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- ‘Apple’s iOS brings developers 5x more revenue per download than Android’→
For every $1.00 in app download revenue earned by iOS developers, their Android counterparts earn just $0.19, according to data compiled by Business Insider. The gap for up-front and in-app purchases is slightly narrower, with Android bringing in $0.43 for every $1.00 on iOS, while advertising revenue is the closest at $0.77 on the dollar.
The source is, erm, questionable — but that’s a huge disparity even if the data is only close.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- ‘Christmas Special: Mail Plugins Bundle’→
Some solid plugins here, recommended by David Sparks no less. Just started using these and now I’m happy to snag them in a bundle.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- The Blame Apple Game
The whole post is dumb. It blames the Newsstand icon and design on faltering sales. Perceived lack of attention from Apple, and lack of icon badging (I assume, because it is never explicitly said) were other ‘excuses’ mentioned.
I have a lot of respect for people making a go of digital publishing like this, and for Fleishman specifically. BUT, it seems to me that if subscribers are dwindling and people are “forgetting” about your publication, then your problem is rather straightforward: content.
Publish things people want to read and they will read. Sorry to be Field of Dreams-y there, but it’s applicable here.
I stopped subscribing to all Newsstand publications quite a while ago because not a single one had content that interested me enough — that includes the high and mighty New Yorker. I suspect this is also why people stop subscribing to my site. It’s not a mystery to me why I don’t have more subscribers, it’s because I don’t have good enough content to justify the price in many non-subscribers eyes — especially in comparison to my “competitors”. (Just look at what The Sweet Setup is bringing to the table.)
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- I say seemingly because who knows what context those quotes were given in.↩
- ‘Why You’re More Likely To Buy Something When Shopping On Your iPad’→
In the iPad condition, the endowment effect thrived. On average, test participants using the tablet wanted to sell their item for significantly more than those using the laptop (roughly $213 to $154). Pressing a finger against a digital image on a fake website in a laboratory–that’s all it took to make people feel like they owned an item, and to value it more as a result.
So, perhaps, the smartest way to save money this “Black Friday” is to not use an iPad. I’m screwed.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- ‘Apple Has Twice The Global “Ad Impression Share” Of Android’→
Unless the sample of impressions that Adfonic is seeing globally is somehow distorted or not reflective of the broader market, it’s very hard to explain why Apple is so dominant. I’d love to hear any theories.
It seems rather obvious to me: iOS users use their devices more.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- ‘The best recipe manager for iPhone, iPad, and Mac’→
I’ve never actually used a recipe manager. Ok, truthfully I have rarely ever used a recipe to begin with, but Paprika is pretty sweet. I just bought the apps so that I force myself to cook a wider variety of things, so be sure to read Steven Owens’ nice review of recipe managers over at The Sweet Setup.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- ‘Here Comes Boreas: The Weather Channel Brands Winter Storms’→
What you call the looming storm threatening the East Coast this Thanksgiving week depends on where you get your weather news. If it comes from the several platforms of the Weather Channel, then you know that the storm has a name, Boreas (the Greek god of the cold north wind), and so are most likely referring to it accordingly. If you get your forecasts elsewhere, then you are probably using some variant of “that shitty storm” as you nervously eye your holiday travel plans.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- ‘End the N.S.A. Dragnet, Now’→
Senators Ron Wyden of Oregon, Mark Udall of Colorado and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico:
Our first priority is to keep Americans safe from the threat of terrorism. If government agencies identify a suspected terrorist, they should absolutely go to the relevant phone companies to get that person’s phone records. But this can be done without collecting the records of millions of law-abiding Americans. We recall Benjamin Franklin’s famous admonition that those who would give up essential liberty in the pursuit of temporary safety will lose both and deserve neither.❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- Bitcoin Survival Guide→
Sounds cool, I hadn’t really kept track of it until now. I think I need to add it as a payment method here though…❘ ❙ ❚ ❙ ❘
- ‘How Hacker News Ranking Really Works: Scoring, Controversy, and Penalties’→
Some submissions get automatically penalized based on the title, and others get penalized based on the domain. It appears that any article with NSA in the title gets an automatic penalty of .4. I looked for other words causing automatic penalties, such as awesome, bitcoin, and bubble but they do not seem to get penalized.
I observed that many websites appear to automatically get a penalty of .25 to .8: arstechnica.com, businessinsider.com, easypost.com, github.com, imgur.com, medium.com, quora.com, qz.com, reddit.com, rt.com, stackexchange.com, theguardian.com, theregister.com, theverge.com, torrentfreak.com, youtube.com. I’m sure the actual list is longer. (This is separate from “banned” sites, which were listed at one point.
The problems that HN is trying to avoid by doing this is understandable, but I do think it has been gone about in the wrong way. 1
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- Not that it matters, as HN is largely an Android-VC-HackerNews circle-jerk anyways.↩