I reflexively installed 11.2 as soon as I saw it was available. What could go wrong. It’s not like they also rushed that update overnight, to fix a bug that was putting thousands of phones in a reboot loop.
I was once told it would have to be a real damn emergency to release an iOS version on a weekend, so, here we are… 😂 iOS 11.2! 🎉
With iOS 11 and the iPhone X there are so many crazy-making inconsistencies across devices it’s a real hindrance to friction-free work.
The most frequently used gesture (swipe up) does three different things depending on the device . Total muscle memory fail.
Fuck. It just dawned on me that my four-year-old MacBook Pro has been swelling over the last few weeks. (Or much longer if my issues with the trackpad’s button were the first symptom.) It’s awesome because I’m kinda broke right now.
2016: Should have bought some Bitcoin
2017: Should have bought some Kittens
One of my favorite samples from the Progressive GANs paper is this one from the “cat” category. Apparently some of the cat training photos were memes with text. The GAN doesn’t know what text is so it has made up new text-like imagery in the right place for a meme caption.
It’s bad enough that iTunes’ entire album view flashes distractingly every time the track changes — but why on earth does it flash twice.
En vrai je vais pas m’autoquoter, mais il faut cesser de dire « GAFA », ça amène à une confusion qui confine a l’absurde et biaise les analyses : croire que 4 entreprises font la même chose et ont les mêmes intérêts commerciaux.
En très gros :
Google : vend de la pub et des données.
Apple : vend ses produits cher.
Facebook : vend de la pub et des données sur d’autres canaux.
Amazon : vend les produits des autres.
(i.e. an 8-hour MacBook [Pro] starts looking a lot less attractive beside a Windows-on-ARM device with a 24-hour battery & LTE)
I’m trialling a new experimental laptop from Apple. The return of USB-A and SD Card slot is genius. Touch screen and pencil support is surprisingly useful. Touch bar is gone but I won’t miss it. Face ID is 👌
The new logo on the back is an odd step but I could get used to it.
Via @heatherrivers, an anonymous Microsoft quote about the fuckery of stack ranking
Check out the crazy origami Ethernet port on this new Fujitsu laptop (yeah they’re back making laptops now)
It’s funny how we were all a little worried about High Sierra’s switch to APFS and it seems to be the only thing they didn’t screw up. (Talking general OS reliability, not mis-attributed UI fields in Disk Utility.)
If you weren’t enough of a risk-taker to buy bitcoin at $30, you also aren’t enough of a risk-taker to not have sold it the minute you had multiplied your holdings ten-fold, so don’t beat yourself up over hypotheticals
There’s an app for that, they said. And users eagerly forgot about websites, so that if you didn’t have a presence on the App Store you might as well not exist.
OK Waze this is impressive as hell
According to CPU DasherX (free on the App Store) the 6 Plus I’m using runs at 840MHz, while the 6 whose battery I replaced in February goes a full 1.4GHz 😨
I can’t find lightning headphones this morning so I’m walking to work playing music on my old 6S. I’ve been forced to invent the iPod. This is the dumbest thing that has ever happened to me
How does a bitcoin crash work if the slightest activity on the market already means transactions take hours to process?
1. Encouraging tweetstorms is bad
2. But hiding them behind a “read more” link is great
3. But god knows what will happen in third-party clients
4. It’s y’all’s fault in perpetuity for rejecting the 10,000-word attachment idea
I would not be surprised to find that some iMac Pro owners sell their space black accessories for a tidy profit on eBay.
Second time I change an iPhone 6’s battery and those adhesive strips are still assholes but INSTAGRAM IS SCROLLING SMOOTHLY AGAIN. (Ish. Feels like they preload images a bit late? But scrolling used to overwhelm the proc so much it would misjudge swipes and skip entire screens.)
With this hidden throttling bullshit I’m kinda feeling disgust at the idea of ever giving Apple money again. So that’s awesome.
I keep scrolling in Tweetbot for Mac and thinking “oh my god it’s so smooth” for a second before remembering it’s the iPhone that used to stutter.
You don’t have to buy a new iMac Pro to improve Swift compile times, you can just switch back to Objective-C. There, saved you $15,000.
when people say “The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads” it’s important to remind them that, tbh, those are really not the best minds
This is wonderfully clever and well done.
Looks like it’s also happening for iPhone 7 with 11.2.0. No one’s ever going to install an iOS update again.
I still have trouble with the idea of a global conspiracy because, how could they hope to get away with it? but maybe they just think the iPhone’s so popular nothing can hurt its sales.
I’m amazed that Twitter (or at least one of my timelines) rediscovered ROT-13 for The Last Jedi. I guess I am following the right people.
“[The paperclip maximizer AI] scenario sounds absurd to most people, yet there are a surprising number of technologists who think it illustrates a real danger. Why? Perhaps it’s because they’re already accustomed to entities that operate this way: Silicon Valley tech companies.” [twitter.com]
And screw security, am I right.
“Smooth out the peaks”
Go ahead and explain to me how come the throttling happens even when the phone is plugged into a charger.
Apple ships batteries that can’t support an iPhone’s normal operation for even 18 months. I think we should all consider this a defect.
Papering over it with software is dishonest.
As you read all the “move along, nothing to see here” tech-blog posts on Apple slowing down old iPhones, keep in mind that the company’s PR strategy involves cultivating friendly reporters and freezing out those who criticize it.
“Just pay $79 to replace it”
Apple Stores are not allowed to bring a phone in for battery replacement unless there’s a failure. Mobile Genius software blocks you from doing it.
The problem with that is that the majority of people coming in w battery issues have software or usability problems, not a hardware problem. It would also cause repair times to balloon when they’d like repairs done within 30-60 mins
I would always have picked better performance over better battery life, because a portable battery pack is an easy thing to tote — and it would have been obvious that a new battery was needed; you can’t work around an artificially strangled CPU — you have to buy a new device
Happy Christmas weekend! The only thing I plan to do to celebrate is turn off motion smoothing on every TV in every house I go to
Twitter doesn’t fight harassment or hate speech. They support it.
@jack et al. are likely of a common tech-male neo-Libertarian mindset (with not-subtle undertones of misogyny and racism) to let anyone say anything, disregarding the human costs, as long as their metrics go up. [twitter.com]
Being included in a Twitter moment – and this has happened a few times now – always ends with trolls and bots filling my mentions.
Twitter Moments feel like a punishment for the tweet’s author, not a reward. Toxic feature for a toxic platform.
It’s amazing how many people have told me “Bitcoin wasn’t invented to facilitate payments”. Has anyone even read the first page of the Nakamoto paper?