Archive for January 2017

Discord

Discord is always completely free to use with no gotchas. This means you can make as many servers as you want with no slot limitations. Wondering how we’ll make money? In the future there will be optional cosmetics like themes, sticker packs, and sound packs available for purchase. We’ll never charge for Discord’s core functionality.

Source: Discord – Features

An Inferno on the Head of a Pin

  • 1000 watts on a specialized server
  • 100 watts on desktops
  • 30 watts on laptops
  • 5 watts on tablets
  • 1 or 2 watts on a phone
  • 100 milliwatts on an embedded system

That’s three four orders of magnitude. Modern CPU design is the delicate art of placing an inferno on the head of a pin.

Source: An Inferno on the Head of a Pin

The Sound of Silence – Jessica Livingston

Not surprisingly, the juiciest targets for this sort of willful misinterpretation are organizations and people who are successful. They have power, and power makes them both interesting and envied; I teach founders they all have to be prepared for this as their startups grow.

In my blog post, “Subtle Mid-Stage Startup Pitfalls” I said:

You can’t prevent yourself from being a target. It’s an automatic consequence of being successful. So the best you can do is react in the right way when people attack you. To some extent you have to resign yourself to letting people lie about you.

The problem with this is, the most successful people in an industry tend to have some of the most valuable insights about it. So you lose a lot when they are silenced.  And also, if they keep those insights to themselves, it makes the powerful more powerful. It means useful information remains amongst insiders, like me, for example.

Source: The Sound of Silence – Jessica Livingston

Restoring Sanity to the Office

I think there’s actually an epidemic of over-collaboration and over-communication. Collaboration is something managers seem to look at and think is particularly good. Because they see activity. They see people working. They see people moving. They hear buzz. Stuff’s happening.

But real creative work, especially, is usually done quietly, solitary sort of work, where people are in a flow or in a focus mode where they’re able to just focus on the stuff and not be distracted and interrupted. It’s very hard to do really good work when you’re constantly being interrupted every 15 minutes, every 5 minutes, every 20 minutes, every 30 minutes.

Source: Restoring Sanity to the Office

Early Apple AirPods Sales Are Huge Despite Supply Constraints

Between Dec. 13 and Dec. 31, 2016, Apple AirPods accounted for 26 percent of wireless headphone e-commerce revenue, which was more than any competitor. More impressively, the day Apple AirPods were released, Dec. 13, was the largest single day for online headphone spending for all of 2016.

Source: Early Apple AirPods Sales Are Huge Despite Supply Constraints

Also interesting is the boost that Bose and Sony got, being the leaders in the high end, but how much of that bump is iPhone7?

There is no “my” in open source

We don’t have the right language to express when “my” indicates possession versus association. When we say: “that’s my bike” or “those are my shoes”, we mean that we own them. We have the final say in decisions about our bike. But when we say “that’s my father” or “my sister”, what we mean is we are associated with them. We obviously don’t possess them.

In open source, you can only have “my” in the associative sense. There is no possessive “my” in open source.”

Source: There is no “my” in open source – Medium

Synfig Studio

Synfig Studio is a free and opensource animation software available for Windows, Linux and OSX.

Source: Synfig Studio

Microsoft’s OS supremacy over Apple to end in 2017

Apple will steal a march on Microsoft this year when for the first time this century shipments of devices powered by its operating systems outnumber those running Windows, research firm Gartner said today.

In 2017, Apple’s combination of iOS and macOS — the former on iPhones and iPads, the latter on Macs — will take second place from Windows on the devices shipped during the year. The gap between the two will widen in 2018 and 2019, with Apple ahead of Microsoft both years.

Source: Microsoft’s OS supremacy over Apple to end in 2017 | Computerworld

 

Device count is only a small metric to consider… profit being the bigger one for sure.

12 Remote Code Execution flaws patched in Flash!

The Flash Player update fixes 13 vulnerabilities, 12 that can lead to remote code execution and one that allows attackers to bypass a security restriction and disclose information. Adobe is not aware of any exploit for these flaws existing in the wild.

seriously… retire it, block it, get rid of it

Source: Adobe Security Bulletin

Eyes-on with Hulu’s new live TV service

Similarly, when Apple mixed together on-demand music streaming with downloads in Apple Music, it stepped into a minefield. It eventually rolled back the UI to better separate the two things the app does. Will the same thing happen to Hulu? There’s a good chance — especially since there’s no traditional channel guide for live TV — but that’s not its biggest worry.

The thing Hulu should be worried about is brand identity. In trying to reinvent itself as a live TV service, it risks diluting its biggest differentiator — robust on-demand content. Yes, its competition does a lot of on-demand, too, but Hulu basically invented it. There are several TV series on the service, a feature that serves as a key part of its overall appeal.

Source: Eyes-on with Hulu’s new live TV service