We Are All Alex Jones

Then I realised this was his performance. The cufflinks were a prop. His suit a costume. When he gets home, he sheds his exoskeleton and eats a bowl of Lucky Charms in his boxers. Lawyers are just actors who can pay the rent. Too bad he couldn’t afford a Mont Blanc though. He would have…

Affiliate Program App Store Updates

Starting on October 1st, 2018, commissions for iOS and Mac apps and in-app content will be removed from the program.

I never reviewed app because of the monetary return, I did it for the fun of it. However I know many sites that this is a huge revenue for them, and the few £ income I made did help.

This is a baffling move by Apple, and one that will upset a lot of people. I have no idea why they would do such a thing, but I guess they think their curation on both app stores is better.

Talk to children about disability – and spare me more painful encounters | Devarshi Lodhia | The Guardian

After a few minutes, the boy – who can’t have been older than six or seven – walked over and started grabbing my left arm. Rather than intervening or saying anything, his mother simply sat there and smiled at me as her son treated my arm like a toy, inspecting it from various angles, prodding it, and moving it around.

I completely understand where Devarshi is coming from. Whilst pushing Lucie around children are constantly looking and appear genuinely confused. But instead of encouraging conversation about disability the children are more often than not lambasted for staring.

It is completely natural for children to be interested in anything outside of the normal but let’s be positive about it. I don’t want to be poked and prodded like the story above but I would much rather children come over and ask questions and meet Lucie than be told not to look as if it is something to be ignored or embarrassed of.

Podcasts Is a Costly Medium Even for Listeners | Amit Gawande

I hate podcasts, because the medium is demanding. It demands so much time from me, demands focused attention to follow along.

And some more:

I have to alter my regular habits to accommodate podcasts in the daily routine. Time that was consumed by music for majority part of my life is taken over by podcasts now. If I have even a minute free, earphones are plugged and I continue what I was listening to. There are times when I question whether the medium actually deserves so much of attention from me.

The real beauty to me is that podcasts fit into my life so easily – but then I don’t consume much music.

Podcasts are pretty easy to pick up and put down at your leisure, some that I listen to are 4-5 hour episodes and there is nothing to say you can’t stop and start. In my opinion it’s much easier to listen to a podcast than read a web article so they fit in anywhere.

Companies, like people, don’t change | Om on Tech

Like people, companies too, are genetically pre-programmed and obey what their DNA tells them. As a result, the culture that a company starts with is virtually hard to overhaul — not matter how much effort is put into trying to change a culture. The DNA of a company permeates its thinking, its business processes and most importantly its revenue models.

I find it hard to believe that companies can’t change, but the ethos of companies is extremely difficult to remove.

I know from experience, trying to sort out failing businesses is almost impossible without a sea change – but not completely. However shifting revenue model for companies like Facebook is pointless, because it’s STILL working. Although some distrust has bled into the mainstream media, it’s not as prevalent as you might think.

Identifying Bias in Yourself and Others | Birchtree

You’re not going to be perfect, but knowing that you are looking at all information through an at least partially biased lens is the first step towards looking at the world in a more levelheaded way.

I learnt a long time ago to question every single one of my thoughts. I came to realise that they are all clouded by previous experience and most of all emotions. Once I did this, I managed to notice this absolutely everywhere.

The key is also to not let these things affect your opinion of the individual – some people may say certain things simply to provoke a reaction or cause an action, but more often than not it is simply their emotions speaking. Bias exists in all places it is what you do with it that matters.

I wish the App Store had a delete button on the Update tab | Loop Insight

The Updates tab works exactly as expected—an app is updated, and you can download it directly to your phone. Great. However, many of the updates that come through are for apps that I haven’t used in a while and would love just to delete them. I wish there were a button right there, along with Update, that allowed me to remove the app.

Interesting concept and something that is surprisingly missing. The problem here is perhaps Apple could be accused of prompting users to remove apps from their phone?

Apple have already made it easier for users to mute notifications, decreasing chance of engagement. This is absolutely the right move to make, but adding in a delete button may seem a little too aggressive. Nothing to stop you exiting the App Store and hitting the jiggling cross though.

The conventional wisdom about not feeding trolls makes online abuse worse | The Verge

Whether you believe what you are saying or not is often immaterial because the impact is the same — and you are responsible for it, regardless of how funny you think it is.

There is so much to take away from this post.

Defenders of trolling insist it’s all just a joke, but if trolling is inherently designed to get a rise out of someone, then that’s what it really is. In many cases, it is designed to look and feel indistinguishable from a genuine attack.

I’ve never really understood trolling, but always understood that I’m not supposed to. To me a joke is only a joke if both parties find it funny. A bit of ‘banter’ is great if everyone takes it that way, and far too much steps over the line.

Whilst there is also far too much victim culture in the world, and no one should be responsible for your hurt feelings. There is a vast difference between making a joke and trolling but often it’s hard to tell the difference.

The dark side of ‘Plane Bae’ and turning strangers into social media content | The Verge

The story’s charm disguises the invasion of privacy at its heart: the way technology is both eroding our personal boundaries and coercing us in deleterious ways. To some, the story from that flight to Dallas already has a happy ending. The mystery man revealed himself on Twitter as former soccer player Euan Holden and gave Blair permission to share his Instagram and reveal his name. He has eagerly taken a liking to his newfound social media fandom and embraced the moniker of “Plane Bae,” even appearing on NBC’s Today to bask in the attention. Surely, this is the ultimate consent and the final proof that people like me are just being buzzkills about a fundamentally innocent story.

This is the larger issue. Many people think public space is fair game. Some people like to wear computers on their face or record everything they do. The person at the centre of the story did well to hide others identity but so many people don’t bother. When wandering the streets or taking a flight I shouldn’t need to worry that I might end up on the internet.

People are the way they are | James Shelley

People are the way they are because it is the way they have adapted to survive in their world. You can accept them or reject them for it, but it makes little sense to try to change it. People are they way they are because it is the way that works for them. The same way you are.

I gave up the idea of being able to change other people a long time ago. As much as you perhaps don’t understand why people are they way they are, it is not your job to.

You can try and help people, make them aware of the negative things they are doing but never try to change.