Captain Indignant's Fortress of Peevishness

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The End of "i"


This is a new category. It’s a hell of a lot more than a watch. I find the name at best lazy, at worst boring. The device itself looks great — worthy of a more inventive name.

I feel similarly about Helvetica as the universal system font, everything moving to gray and straight edges: Minimalism is nice, but at some point it becomes lazy, and an effort not to point the way to the future any more. The name “Walkman” still means something, though we don’t buy them any more. What will “Apple Watch” ever mean?


This looks amazing. Like the X-Men movie we’ve deserved since X2 over a decade ago.

This may be the X-Men movie we’ve *wanted* since X2, but nothing about our behavior since then suggests it’s one we’ve “deserved.”

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Reading a PDF in an iPhone app on an iPad

Making the text huge to read a two-column PDF in a 2x iPhone app on a full-sized iPad.

On private-sector steps to stop firearm abuse

Some of these tactics may be familiar to you. Regardless of tactics, the strategy appears obvious.

1. Some affluent individuals separately (and without collusion) purchase each of the domestic firearms manufacturers, taking them private and installing new management.

  • The domestic firearms industry is on the order of $4 billion/year in revenue.  Any calculation of its enterprise value should recognize significant liabilities and regulatory contingencies. It seems safe to assume some combination of Bloomberg, Buffet, Geffen, Burkle, maybe Laurene Jobs, and a few friends could arrange this.

2. These companies ensure, through long-term compensation awards and non-compete agreements, that the skilled engineers and designers don’t go anywhere.

3. These companies aggressively innovate and patent their advancements in firearms design. They may cross-license these patents to one another, but to no foreign manufacturers or new entrants. They litigate viciously against infringement by new entrants and imports. 

4. The companies choose to sell only to governments. Perhaps they cease sales altogether, and instead license use of their valuable innovations, again, only to governments. 

5. The companies, or unaffiliated nonprofits, make extravagant offers to buy up firearms and ammunition currently in private hands.

6. The companies and their executives donate to political campaigns.

7. The companies are aggressive in defending abuse of their trademarks by sellers of pre-owned firearms on secondary (or other “gray”) markets. 

8. The companies should be prepared to settle lawsuits against the states with a substantial settlement that aligns state governments’ incentives with the industry’s.

What legal (constitutional?) hurdles am I forgetting?

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Hacking Fusion Drive seems to be coming along remarkably well

jollyjinx is all over it.

Before I try it I’d love to know if this is also triggering the smarts that keep the whole OS on the SSD - that would bolster my confidence that the whole of Fusion Drive is being invoked rather than the older volume management code. Also, how the Disk Utility GUI is now behaving.

Gruber on Isaacson "on" Jobs

Seems inconceivable that anyone would follow me who doesn’t also follow John Gruber, but if not, read his review essay of Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs.

Also (indeed, even more) extremely highly recommended are John Siracusa’s Hypercritical episodes on same (part 1, part 2).

Action-forcing rules

Can’t follow on tumblr without being a tumblr oneself.