This Whole Apple Thing

John Gruber of Daring Fireball is just killing it with his coverage of the FBI’s case with Apple. He is not doing any first hand reporting (though he does add insightful commentary), but what he is doing is culling all sources for the very best reporting on the subject. So rather than just call out each of his posts individually, I’ll create a list here:



Only a Woman

“[Whitney Wolfe’s] pitch was pretty genius. She would go to chapters of her sorority, do her presentation, and have all the girls* at the meetings install the app. Then she’d go to the corresponding brother fraternity—they’d open the app and see all these cute girls they knew.” Tinder had fewer than 5,000 users before Wolfe made her trip, Munoz says; when she returned, there were some 15,000. “At that point, I thought the avalanche had started,”
– Bloomberg Businessweek

What galls me most about the sexism in this case is that only a woman could have done that. Only a woman could have gotten Tinder off the ground. And yet it’s the woman that gets pushed out of her position as a co-founder and later it forced out of the company.

Stupid misogynist assholes are stupid misogynist assholes.

* “Girls”? What, were they like 12 years old or something? Can we call them young women instead of girls?

Google Babysitter

It [Android Wear] takes advantage of Google Now to give you relevant contextual information as you’re traveling through your day—restaurant reservations, transit schedules, plane tickets—all displayed on your wrist.
– Wired

Where does this end, does it tell you who to date and when to take a shit. How much hand-holding do we want? When do you get to live, you know, on your own as an adult human?

No Words

I have no words for how appalling The Verge’s Back to School 2013: The Verge buying guide is. If this isn’t paid product placement… I have no other explanation.

This article is total flim-flam which is not only a disservice to their readers, but so base that it’s offensive. All gloss, no content. This embodies all that The Verge isn’t.

Dear Verge,

If you value your readers or your own dignity, next time you want to highlight three types of students and profile what technologies they are using, please use actual students with real budgets and needs. Preferably third and fourth year students who have lived through school and have experience.

Thoughtful Thinking

Damn it, this is so simple is makes me feel profoundly dumb:

“The military looked at the bombers that had returned from enemy territory. They recorded where those planes had taken the most damage. Over and over again, they saw the bullet holes tended to accumulate along the wings, around the tail gunner, and down the center of the body. Wings. Body. Tail gunner. Considering this information, where would you put the extra armor? Naturally, the commanders wanted to put the thicker protection where they could clearly see the most damage, where the holes clustered. But Wald said no, that would be precisely the wrong decision. Putting the armor there wouldn’t improve their chances at all.”

Survivorship Bias
– David McRaney