Objectified: Jonathan Ive

A clip from Objectified showing Jonathan Ive discussing industrial design.

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Politics and the English Language, George Orwell, 1946

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.

Q: Does every black hole contain another universe?

A: No.

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Promoted Tweets

Twitter are introducing new advertising functionality that they call "Promoted Tweets":

You will start to see Tweets promoted by our partner advertisers called out at the top of some Twitter.com search results pages. We strongly believe that Promoted Tweets should be useful to you. We'll attempt to measure whether the Tweets resonate with users and stop showing Promoted Tweets that don’t resonate.


I was quite disappointed when I first heard about "Chatroulette". I presumed it had something to do with cats — "roulette" is a French word and "chat" is French for "cat".

I am therefore eternally grateful to KittehRoullete for redressing this balance.

A Dismal Guide to Concurrency

I haven't finished reading this yet, but two paragraphs in and I'm impressed. Some interesting analogies. And the third paragraph starts with the Wide Finder project! Awesome.


Sam Hughes has created a version of Tetris which consistently picks the least useful piece. It is infuriating.

(Via Hacker News)

Laser clock concept

A concept for a clock that combines lasers and mirrors to display the current time. I would seriously consider buying one of these.

Twitter acquires Atebits

Twitter, which has flourished thanks to tools built by outside developers, is taking more of those tools under its own wing. In a move that is sure to rattle its developers, Twitter has agreed to acquire Atebits, the start-up that makes the Tweetie apps for using Twitter on Mac computers and iPhones. The acquisition price was not disclosed

Tweetie 2 for iPhone is easily my favourite Twitter app, so from Twitter's point of view I think this is a good acquisition. While there's a risk that an official Twitter app for mobiles and desktops could threaten other Twitter-client developers it could also mean that Twitter improve their API benefitting everyone.

PlayStation 3 no longer supports Linux

Sony announced last month that the original PlayStation 3 will no longer support the installation of an alternate operating system. As of Firmware v3.21 the option to "Install Other OS" will be disabled.

Now geek.com is reporting that a member of NeoGAF has written to Amazon claiming that his PlayStation 3 does not fit the original description of the product, and under European law have refunded him GBP 84.

I wonder if this will inspire more PS3 users to contact their retailers for a refund, although I don't expect the proportion of PS3 Linux users is high enough for Sony to reverse their decision.