“To follow the Buddhist path to enlightenment there is no need to change our external lifestyle. We do not need to abandon our family, friends, or enjoyments, and retire to a mountain cave. All we need to do is change the object of our cherishing.”—Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness” (via dancingdakini)
America’s National Security Agency gathers unfathomable mountains of Internet communications from fiber optic taps and other means, but it says it only retains and searches the communications of “targeted” individuals who’ve done something suspicious. Guess what? If you read Boing Boing, you’ve been targeted. Cory Doctorow digs into Xkeyscore and the NSA’s deep packet inspection rules.
“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.”—Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged (via observando)
I’m hopeful that Apple making per-app battery usage visible to the end user in iOS 8 will be the push that developers need to start paying closer attention to how their apps consume power, and when. There’s too much folklore out there about how users can extend the life of their devices (turning off geo services, background app refreshing, push notifications, etc.), when really this should be the responsibility of the developer.
100% agree. Are smartphone batteries perfect? No. Are smartphone OSes perfect with regard to battery life? Certainly not. But poorly developed apps are often to blame for many battery woes and now we’re going to see which are the worst. And we shall shame them into doing better.
“Living with Walmart is complex—sort of like living with an assertive, charismatic, and powerful family member.”—Amy Merrick on why Portland has become the first major U.S. city to formally divest from the retailer: http://nyr.kr/1pyaZvZ (via newyorker)