Using Google Web Fonts as his case study, Matthew Butterick makes a great explanation of what is and what isn’t open source.
Archive for January 2012
There is some obvious unfairness in this, in the Microsoft bloke being obviously trained in how to do this, but I don’t think anyone’s saying it’s a scientific experiment, and the Windows Phone looks very impressive doing this.
If I might add one quip about the objective of the challenge, I don’t see why uploading the image would be something that would need to be done instantly. Clearly, the thing must be getting to the camera quickly, and quickly snapping a photo. The uploading (to Twitter, Facebook, or wherever) can take its time, as I see it.
Still, the Windows Phone looks great.
A chilling story of some seemingly very shady business practice from Google’s Kenyan office. (Though, as is pointed out by the article, it doesn’t seem to just be some rogue branch, but a more centralised tactic.)
What strikes me as weird about this is how clearly un-Google-like this is. I can’t vouch for their business practices overall, but getting people – even low-wage employees – to query a database and contacting people seems very different from Google’s philosophy of letting computers handle everything. But what do I know.
(Via Jeremy Keith.)
To think that people who believe staunchly in forbidding marijuana will be persuaded to somehow feel differently is very optimistic; but for people who believe in facts and science, the fact that marijuana is forbidden but cigarettes and alcohol aren’t, starts to seem less and less self-evident.
Opposition to marijuana is a matter of principle, and matters of principle are rarely affected by science.
(Via Tim Bray.)
Sid Lowe on the very fair concession that Messi just might be the best footballer in history – and thus isn’t apt for comparison to anybody.
Keith’s presentation from last year’s Update Conference. As usual, top stuff from Jeremy, about the Web’s unpredictability being its most essential feature.
I still believe there’s a place for native apps (which I believe he does too), but for applications connecting with others, the Web is the way to go.