Month: December 2013



  • ‘No Contest: Edward Snowden is Person of the Year’

    John Cassidy: > According to Time, its award, which will be bestowed on Wednesday, goes to the person who, in the opinion of the magazine’s editors, had the most influence on the news. By this metric, it’s no contest. In downloading thousands of files from the computers of the electronic spying agency and handing them…

  • Punishment vs. Rewards: App Store Reviews

    [John Gruber, voicing a frustration about the “rate this app” nag screens that are the scourge of iOS users][1]: > I’ve long considered a public campaign against this particular practice, wherein I’d encourage Daring Fireball readers, whenever they encounter these “Please rate this app” prompts, to go ahead and take the time to do it…

  • ‘Fine Art Gliclée Prints’

    John Carey is now selling prints of his images and I now cannot decide which one(s) to buy.

  • Quote of the Day: John Gruber

    “I’ve been saying for years that page view-based advertising is a corrupting force.” – John Gruber

  • ‘NSA uses Google cookies to pinpoint targets for hacking’

    Ashkan Soltani, Andrea Peterson, and Barton Gellman: > Apps transmit their locations to Google and other Internet companies because ads tied to a precise physical location can be more lucrative than generic ads. But in the process, they appear to tip off the NSA to a mobile device’s precise physical location. That makes it easier…

  • A Note About Old Pictures

    In March of 2012 I switched cloud providers for hosting images on TBR. I moved from the ubiquitous Amazon S3 to [Rackspace Cloud Files][1]. I made the move for two reasons: 1. I couldn’t easily upload an image to S3, set it public, and grab the URL from my iPad. I could do that from…

  • The Goruck GR1 Pictures

    After I added pictures to the GR1 field pocket post I literally had halve-dozens of emails asking for GR1 pictures. Here you are.

  • Reform Government Surveillance

    It seems to me a more effective solution than an open letter for tech giants would be one, or all, of the following: + Refuse to give any money to any political candidate. + Refuse to sell your products to any governmental agency. Including SaaS products. (Never going to happen, but would be great.) +…

  • ‘Meet Jack. Or, What The Government Could Do With All That Location Data’

    Great look at the practical downside of automated government spying. (via Keith H.)

  • Let It Full-Bleed

    MG Siegler: > Think about how ridiculous that is for a second. A web browser needs a feature to make it easier to actually read on the web.

  • ‘NSA morale down after Edward Snowden revelations, former U.S. officials say’

    Ellen Nakashima: > Morale has taken a hit at the National Security Agency in the wake of controversy over the agency’s surveillance activities, according to former officials who say they are dismayed that President Obama has not visited the agency to show his support. Maybe if their PowerPoint slides weren’t so fucking bad President Obama…

  • The Brooks Review December Membership Special

    For this month only, you can get the yearly membership option on this site for $30 a year. That’s a $10 savings right to your wallet. *(Also, you are welcomed to upgrade from monthly membership to yearly and get the $30 price. Just cancel your membership, stay logged in and go to the join page.…

  • ‘Cellphone data spying: It’s not just the NSA’

    [John Kelly]( > Armed with new technologies, including mobile devices that tap into cellphone data in real time, dozens of local and state police agencies are capturing information about thousands of cellphone users at a time, whether they are targets of an investigation or not, according to public records obtained by USA TODAY and Gannett…

  • Quote of the Day: Wil Wheaton

    “Consider this, about having perspective on criticism: If you enjoyed making a thing, and you’re proud of the thing you made, that’s enough.” — Wil Wheaton

  • ‘Your iPhone Will Talk to Stores While You Shop’

    Lex Berko: > What Apple has said with certainty is that it will not be storing the Beacon-collected data for itself. But in an age where data is among the most coveted of possessions, it’s not a huge escalation to imagine that someone will in the very near future. I think this is the real…

  • ‘Someone’s Been Siphoning Data Through a Huge Security Hole in the Internet’

    Kim Zetter: > Earlier this year, researchers say, someone mysteriously hijacked internet traffic headed to government agencies, corporate offices and other recipients in the U.S. and elsewhere and redirected it to Belarus and Iceland, before sending it on its way to its legitimate destinations. They did so repeatedly over several months. But luckily someone did…

  • ‘The simple fix that could heal the patent system.’

    James Bessen: > But this ignores a peculiar feature of U.S. patent law: The Patent Office cannot actually reject any patent application. Oh, a patent examiner can issue a “rejection” letter, but the applicant can keep an application alive simply by filing a response. In turn, the patent examiner can then issue a “final rejection.”…

  • Update to Goruck GR1 Field Pocket Post

    A sharp-eyed reader reminded me that I have gotten lazy about adding photos to my post. I just updated the Field Pocket post with some photos. Apologies.

  • ‘Apple’s Star Chamber’

    WSJ: > The arrangement is flatly unconstitutional. *Popcorn.* (via DF)

  • 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…