Bruce Schneier On the Marathon Bomber Manhunt
There is a continuum on a scale that goes from "I have my own rights and I don't care about anyone else" to "What the individual wants isn't important, it's only the common good that matters." Most of us dislike both extremes and find our beliefs somewhere between the two. In this case, most residents thought the emergency and very temporary needs of their community were significantly more important than their own personal convenience and voluntarily complied with a request to stay in for part of a day. Seems eminently reasonable to me, and so I find it curious to be critical of that.
Sprint iPhone pre-sales will be handled online; n
Since I'm probably going to a Sprint store next week to get an upgrade of my not-working-anymore phone, and was dreading the iPhone crowds.
Learning Programming in a Post-BASIC World
Studies show that if consumers have too many choices, they're less likely to take action than if they had fewer options. This may be the issue with beginning programming. When BASIC was one of the only languages available by default to most beginners, that's what they dabbled in. I think there are plenty of fine options available today (can't see how today's scripting languages are so much more limited in what they can do than BASIC was) -- so many, in fact, that kids are less likely to start experimenting on their own because they don't know where to start.
Should I Learn To Program iOS Or Android Devices?
*Some* end users don't care if a system is open or not. Others - especially those who have burned in a previous technology buy by being locked into a system that ended up too proprietary - actually do. The questions to ask:
Does the closed system have enough market share & clout that you'll still get the apps you want?
Is the closed system likely to be around long enough to justify your investment?
Will the closed-system vendor become too tempted by market clout to make unreasonable decisions on pricing and on developers? This is a definite risk for things like overpriced products and planned obsolescence.
Are there benefits to the closed system that make up for the drawbacks? (In the case of the iPhone, fans argue that the software and hardware can work better together because the environment is better controlled than any Android app on any Android device.)
American Airlines To Offer Wi-Fi In Planes
Got a lot done and wasn't distracted by e-mail or Web surfing. I'm sure I'd use WiFi if it were available on long flights, but there's also something to be said for uninterrupted concentration time.
Think Secret Shutting Down
The site's lawyer told Computerworld the deal doesn't allow Apple to get the name of ThinkSecret's sources, as the company had wanted. "The First Amendment has prevailed," said Terry Gross of Gross & Belsky LLP, "and every Internet journalist should feel some strength from what's happened."