Daily Archives: December 2, 2015

Blood On The Ground, Crazy In The Heart

At post time, reports of as many as twenty people shot in San Bernardino, California. No other details of how many shooters, although CNN reports twelve dead. So far.

I hate having to repeat this fucking post on Twitter several times a year.

It’s time now to pop it to this post:

Do You Have This Wicked Urge To Go Shoot Many People? I Have Some Advice For You.

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Amazon Out-Apples Apple

Amazon Fire Tablets Get Expanded Parental Controls, Plus A “Blue Shade” Feature For Better Nighttime Reading

According to Amazon, the update to its Fire OS mobile operating system, Fire OS 5 (code-named “Bellini”), will introduce a “Blue Shade” feature that uses specialized filters to limit users’ exposure to blue light, which has been shown to not only prolong the time it takes to fall asleep, but also delay REM sleep and reduce our levels of alertness the following day.

With “Blue Shade” enabled, the tablet will instead offer warm color filters and the ability to lower the display brightness to an “ultra-low” level for comfortable nighttime reading, Amazon says, even in a dark room.

You’ll also be able to further fine-tune the color settings to your personal preferences, while the device continues to adjust the color filtering as you do so to limit the blue wavelength light. The feature will be available to switch on or off with just a tap from a new quick setting after the Fire OS update is installed.

Meanwhile, in Apple Land: Apple shuts down iPhone and iPad screen brightness adjusting app Flux

f.lux cannot ship an iOS App using the Documented APIs, because the APIs we use are not there. In the last 5 years, we have had numerous conversations with Apple about our product and what would be required to make it work with iOS.

Hey, Apple, get with it. Bluelight filtering is important. I’ve seen this for myself: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0: Bluelight Filter Test.

My advice? Think of this as an ADA issue and get to work on the needed APIs and issue them to developers ASAP. Make people happy.

Previously here:

Very Un-Apple Like

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Very Un-Apple Like

The Semiotics of Apple Watch Glancing

From a fashion standpoint, I can’t imagine the Apple Watch being more than a one-season hot ticket that lands in a dead jewelry drawer once the user gets frustrated with the upkeep. The Apple Watch requires an awful lot of fiddling and tweaking to get its functionality tuned just so. The initial set-up process is time consuming and not well defined enough to show progress. Those giving the Apple Watch as a Christmas gift would be well served to open the package and set things up in advance in the way they might assemble a bicycle the night before. Installing apps is a hit or miss proposition with some apps installing automatically after an update to the corresponding iOS version and some not, regardless of the setting on your watch.

Apple used to be famous for its attention to detail. To the “microscopic” level of pixels, never mind just the “macroscopic” level of UI/UX.

So many goddammed things are wrong in the Apple Universe these days, that I’m beginning to think the passing of Steve Jobs really has doomed that company. Oh, it won’t be a fast fall. But something will happen.

Apple now occupies the Nokia Position — they’re not the best, it’s just that all their competitors are worse.

I’d like to see Apple be the best again, dammit, because that’s what the brand used to mean. Why Jobs wanted it to exist.

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Rotten To The Core

This is absolutely sickening. An abuse of power that, in China, would lead to a swift trial and bullet to the brain after conviction. A practice that’s needed in this instance!

Leaked Documents Reveal Dothan Police Department Planted Drugs on Young Black Men For Years, District Attorney Doug Valeska Complicit

Several long term Dothan law enforcement officers, all part of an original group that initiated the investigation, believe the public has a right to know that the Dothan Police Department, and District Attorney Doug Valeska, targeted young black men by planting drugs and weapons on them over a decade. Most of the young men were prosecuted, many sentenced to prison, and some are still in prison. Many of the officers involved were subsequently promoted and are in leadership positions in law enforcement. They hope the mood of the country is one that demands action and that the US Department of Justice will intervene.

The police are supposed to help the helpless. Not oppress the helpless.

If you can’t imagine the injustice of having someone in a position of trust routinely violating that trust and framing you, destroying your entire future (for that’s what any conviction — voided or not — will do), then you lack empathy and are part of the ongoing problem.

Every single thing that African Americans said about their oppression — all that was disbelieved because it seemed unbelievable — is now being borne out as being true.

God help this nation.

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Supergirl: Episode Six

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No, don’t ask me what the hell happened to episode four. I just don’t know. I go by the experts who supply these things.

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