The perfect rant on The Sad State of Web Development. "The web has created some of the most complicated, convoluted, over engineered tools ever conceived." Totally agree. And this is a big part of those 10MB+ page loads I hate so much.
Yay! UberX can now pick you up at LAX. Well it's about time. And now the hotel shuttles can go back to shuttling hotel guests, instead of ferrying Uber passengers off-airport.
This was interesting: Silicon Valley kingpins commit $1B to create artificial intelligence without profit motive. I cannot see how this can possibly work. The only way to drive such a project is with capitalism. And these people of all should now that.
Scott ("Dilbert") Adams, flushed with success from his Trump-master-persuader series, solves the gun problem with an app. "The idea is to give legal gun owners – the kind who don't mind being known to the government – a way to see which public places NEED them to carry." I'm not sure this is actually a good idea, but it is certainly innovative thinking.
No idea what to make of this: Caltech researchers have found evidence of "planet nine", a giant planet tracing a bizarre highly elongated orbit around the sun. Hmmm... stay tuned on this one, right? (And queue the Darth Vadar theme song.)
News you maybe could use: Space Gardening 101. "In a weightless environment, there is no up and down, so roots grow in all directions. Water and soil, the materials used to anchor these plants and allow for root growth tend to float away." Hey, you never know; you might find yourself in space, heading for the Kuiper Belt :)
Well of course: Exploding Kittens is now a multiplayer IOS app. It was just a year ago those kittens exploded onto the scene, with the biggest Kickstarter ever.
Brian Hall says there is no diversity crisis in tech. And indeed there isn't. From the viewpoint of SJWs there's bias, but it is actually a sign of meritocracy. Not sure how this is going to play out; probably companies will continue pretending they're actively promoting "diversity", while not much will change.