“People…go through their lives in a sort of coarse comfort, like petted animals, without ever realizing that they are probably thinking other people’s thoughts, living by other people’s standards, wearing practically what one may call other people’s second-hand clothes, and never being themselves for a single moment.
…Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation”—ascribed to Oskar Wilde
“Redshirt is a slang term for a minor stock character of an adventure drama who dies violently soon after being introduced in order to dramatize the dangerous situation experienced by the main characters. The term originated with fans of the science fiction television series Star Trek, from the red shirts worn by Starfleet security officers and engineers, who frequently meet their demise during the episodes.”—The Mer Project - just a bunch of redshirts?
“We live in a culture characterized by what Benjamin DeMott called “junk politics.” Junk politics does not demand justice or the reparation of rights. It always personalizes issues rather than clarifying them. It eschews real debate for manufactured scandals, celebrity gossip and spectacles. It trumpets eternal optimism, endlessly praises our moral strength and character, and communicates in a feel-your-pain language. The result of junk politics is that nothing changes, meaning “zero interruption in the processes and practices that strengthen existing interlocking systems of socioeconomic advantage.”—Chris Hedges (via azspot) (via jhnbrssndn) (via ziatroyano) (via ayse)
“The unfortunate fact of technological progress is that companies are gleefully plunging ahead with technologies that they can’t possibly understand or fully control. They hope they understand them, of course, but only a few people in the whole company are even competent to decide if that understanding is adequate for the task at hand.”—James Bach’s Blog - Advice to Lawyers Suing Toyota (via ashalynd)
“Secrecy is the keystone to all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy and censorship. When any government or church for that matter, undertakes to say to it’s subjects, “This you may not read, this you must not know,” the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man who has been hoodwinked in this fashion; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, whose mind is free. No, not the rack nor the atomic bomb, not anything. You can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.”—Robert A. Heinlein
“There is a quote passed around in British journalism, which has a more robust tradition. Every interviewer is instructed to ask themselves, when facing a politician, “why is this bastard lying to me?” Jeremy Paxman, a BBC interrogator, once asked a very senior member of the government a question 14 times (video here, skip to about 3.30) simply because he evaded it.”—Ravi Somaiya @ Fawning Political Interviews Have Ruined American Politics
“Thus, Adobe (actually, at the time, Macromedia) got their 98% install base. And with that, they began to become complacent. Any suggestion of a competitor was immediately shrugged off; how could anyone possibly compete with Adobe, given their install base? It’d be insane, nobody would be able to do it. They committed the cardinal sin of software development: believing that a competitor being better is excusable. At x264, if we find a competitor that does something better, we immediately look into trying to put ourselves back on top. This is why x264 is the best video encoder in the world. But at Adobe, this attitude clearly faded after they became the monopoly. This is the true danger of monopolies: they stymie development because the monopolist has no incentive to improve their product.”—Flash, Google, VP8, and the future of internet video
“there is ancient Chinese proverb “before you take off into flight choose the height from which you will fell off”… Google flies already very high, and gets higher and higher… wonder what will be *fell off*”—me
Recent battlefield is flash on Apple devices because technical/business reasons related to mobile CPU processing and electrical power usage.