Posted July 16th, 2014 @ 10:05am by Erik J. Barzeski
Avoiding “Sagan Syndrome.” Why Astronomers and Journalists should pay heed to Biologists about ET.
But perhaps some perspective shifts will allow us to restore the Copernican Principle to its rightful place. Recall from my previous post how we have three wildly disparate time scales in play: millions, billions and trillions. Rounding to the nearest 20, we have:
1. Time for intelligent life to fill a galaxy: super short 20 million years
2. Time for intelligent life to evolve in a galaxy: moderate 20 billion years
3. Time of universe to keep having stars: super long 20 trillion years
The first perspective shift is to step back in time, and realize the universe is very young. With 20 trillion years of star generation ahead, the universe has only covered 13.7 billion years or roughly .07% of its life span. Compare this to a person who expects to live 70 years, and you’d get .07% * 70 years = roughly 18 days. So in human terms the universe is a three week old baby. No wonder there’s not too much life out there yet.
Posted July 15th, 2014 @ 09:44am by Erik J. Barzeski
I used to make fun of those huge phones I'd see people carrying from Samsung or whomever.
I sincerely hope that Apple doesn't make the mistake of putting "The Good Stuff™" in just the largest phone, because I don't know that I'll want a huge freakin' iPhone. 4.7" seems plenty large enough, and I don't particularly mind 4".
Posted July 14th, 2014 @ 11:31am by Erik J. Barzeski
A hue angle of 270 degrees, a saturation of 50% and a lightness of 40%
Eric Meyer is an expert on the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) system used to control the appearance of web documents. He's the author of multiple books on CSS, and the "chaperone" of the css-discuss mailing list. His daughter, Rebecca, passed away, and her family asked that those attending memorial services wear purple, her favorite color. Dominique Hazaël-Massieux requested that a purple be added to the CSS color list be named "Becca Purple" in her memory. Eric suggested that it be named rebeccapurple because his daughter wanted everyone to call her Rebecca after she turned six, and she was six for almost twelve hours. Today, a co-chair of the CSS Working Group announced approval of the change. From now on, rebeccapurple means #663399.
Posted July 13th, 2014 @ 11:32pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted July 12th, 2014 @ 11:23pm by Erik J. Barzeski
To be clear, iOS 8 will expose just about every manual camera control possible. This means that ISO, shutter speed, focus, white balance, and exposure bias can be manually set within a custom camera application. Outside of these manual controls, Apple has also added gray card functionality to bypass the auto white balance mechanism and both EV bracketing and shutter speed/ISO bracketing.
Posted July 11th, 2014 @ 11:18pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted July 10th, 2014 @ 11:14pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted July 9th, 2014 @ 10:52pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Michael Tsai - Blog - The SSD Endurance Experiment
The takeaway: they all lasted longer than stated.
Posted July 8th, 2014 @ 10:44pm by Erik J. Barzeski
I still have no idea what BitCoin is or how it works, but this doesn't sound good either: It's Time For a Hard Bitcoin Fork.
Posted July 7th, 2014 @ 10:35pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Daring Fireball: Only Apple
The takeaway, IMO:
Tim Cook is improving Apple’s internal operational efficiency.
Posted July 6th, 2014 @ 10:34pm by Erik J. Barzeski
The Power of iOS 8 – Ole Begemann
- Go back to the home screen and launch 1Password.
- Enter your 1Password master password.
- Locate the web siteʼs credentials in the 1Password database. I have several hundred logins stored in 1Password, so this can require quite a bit of manual browsing or using the built-in search, which is tedious on a mobile device.
- Copy your password to the pasteboard. And while youʼre at it, if the web site requires you to enter a user name (as opposed to your email address), make sure to remember it now or you will have to switch back and forth twice between Safari and 1Password. The pasteboard only accepts one item at a time.
- Go back to Safari.
- Manually enter your user name/email address and paste your password.
Posted July 5th, 2014 @ 10:27pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Michael Tsai - Blog - iOS 8 MAC Address Randomization
I'm pretty sure my friend Aaron Linville had a bit to do with that in an earlier version of Mac OS X…
Also, "While Using" is quite cool. I'll be enabling that for almost everything except perhaps To Dos (the geofenced variety will need to know when I've arrived home, at work, etc.).
Posted July 4th, 2014 @ 10:15pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Suck it, England.
(Filler post, heh heh heh.)
Posted July 3rd, 2014 @ 10:11pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted July 2nd, 2014 @ 10:10pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Aaron Hillegass says that iOS Developers Need to Know Objective-C… and I agree.