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Explaining the iBooks Lawsuit

TidBITS has a great explanation that makes everything pretty clear.

Apple isn't evil, and the industry may have gone this route in the end, but how they got there wasn't without fault or blame.

Siri in iOS 7 – Still Can’t Spell My Own Damn Name Properly

Siri takes initiative to learn how to pronounce names in iOS 7.

Great. Big freakin' deal.

Siri still can't spell the word "Erik" any way other than "Eric," on my phone or the phones of my friends, and there's no way to teach it to do so.

If your name is Michele with one "l"? Tough beans. You're out of luck and perpetually doomed to have your phone, who knows you are the contact and who can pronounce your name just fine, constantly misspelling your name.

The Moment of Impact – An Inside Look at Titleist Golf Ball R&D


The part at about 2:00 is particularly… something.

World War II in Europe – Every Day

Fascinating to watch.

How Discs Fly – A Beginner’s Guide to Disc Golf

A good video (albeit SUPER corny) for beginners:

Read Receipts

Ars writer Casey Johnston on Why I hate read receipts:

The cases above are real, but it's safe to say that most messages are written to be responded to. Therefore, when someone doesn't respond to your message, it can be a blow to your ego. What was wrong with what you said? Too flip? Too harsh? Too dumb? Too boring? Has the conversation been boring the entire time and you didn't notice? Have you been bored this entire time but just didn't have the wherewithal to end the conversation first? Curse that other person for being braver than you and cutting ties first! You are now the hanger-on, just slightly more desperate than before.

A commenter adds:

The fact that I know if someone got my message to pick-up something important while they're in town is far, far more valuable to me than the potential for some BS social awkwardness as the author suggests.

Lavabits – Snowden’s Email Provider – Closes

Lavabit, email service Snowden reportedly used, abruptly shuts down - Boing Boing.

Repeat Smartphone Buyers


"Previous smartphone owners buy Apple iPhones much more than first-time owners," according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. "Almost 50 percent of previous owners buy an iPhone, while under one-third of first-time owners buy an iPhone."

In other words, as more and more people become "previous smartphone owners," things are looking up. 🙂

Getting By on Minimum Wage

Executive version: you can't.

The minimum wage in this country is reprehensible. If the minimum wage had kept up with inflation it would be over $10 an hour. If it had kept up with productivity? It would be $21.72.

Seriously… wow.

Famous Guns

How many can you name without looking at the names of the characters or movies?

Famous Guns

Washington D.C. vs. Apple

Apple's lone-wolf strategy backfires. Gruber adds:

In other words, word on the street in Washington is that it's a shakedown, pure and simple. The smart move for Apple would be to just pay up, but that's sad.

Science in Schools

Science education vs. high-profile ignorance | Ars Technica

In what passes for political discourse in the US these days, state school board hearings provided citizens with the opportunity to accuse the new standards of being simultaneously fascism and socialism. The Courier-Journal quotes a Baptist minister as saying, "Outsiders are telling public school families that we must follow the rich man's elitist religion of evolution, that we no longer have what the Kentucky Constitution says is the right to worship almighty God. Instead, this fascist method teaches that our children are the property of the state."

Meanwhile, another person suggested they could be a platform for socialist genocide: "The way socialism works is it takes anybody that doesn't fit the mold and discards them… we are even talking genocide and murder here, folks."

Chartbuilder and Gneisschart

Two useful tools for quickly building charts that are usable within a CMS.

Reporting iMessage Spam

It's a KBase article, and I like it. I also like that you'll be able to BLOCK people in iOS 7.