Ian Betteridge


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: Apple's 27 per cent tithe 9to5Mac: Apple has also confirmed that it will charge a commission on purchases made through …

: Finally, A Grocery Cart That Can Save Me From The Horror Of An Ad-Free Moment Of Existence Finally, A Grocery Cart That Can Save Me From The Horror Of An Ad-Free Moment Of Existence | …

: Pluralistic “If buying isn’t owning, piracy isn’t stealing” Pluralistic: “If buying isn’t owning, piracy isn’t stealing” (08 Dec 2023) – Pluralistic: Daily …

: The MacBook Pro The MacBook Pro 16in which was effectively replaced by my MacBook Air M2 has been sitting in a …

: Open extensions on Firefox for Android debut December 14 (but you can get a sneak peek today) | Mozilla Add-ons Community Blog Open extensions on Firefox for Android debut December 14 (but you can get a sneak peek today): …

: John G on Monica Chin's review of the Surface Laptop Go 3 Daring Fireball: Monica Chin on the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3: ‘Why Does This …

: On Steven Sinofsky's post on regulating AI Regulating AI by Executive Order is the Real AI Risk: The President’s Executive Order on Artificial …

: Importing Apple Notes into Obsidian is now easy Obsidian’s Importer Plugin Lets You Move Your Apple Notes to Any Note-Taking App That Supports …

: Who would have thought Amazon would behave like this? Amazon deliberately deleted messages to hide dodgy business practices: The FTC also alleges that …

: DOJ probing Tesla’s EV range cheating DOJ probing Tesla’s EV range after reports of exaggerated numbers - The Verge: The US Department of …

: China launches investigation into iPhone maker Foxconn, says state media China launches investigation into iPhone maker Foxconn, says state media: China has launched an …

: The new Apple Pencil Apple has released a new Pencil for iPad and it’s weird. It looks like the Second Generation …

: Marc Andreessen's manifesto It would take a far, far longer post than I’m prepared to spend my time writing to go through Marc …

: Publishers need to wake up to the truth about Google traffic Google-Extended does not stop Google Search Generative Experience from using your site’s …

: GitHub Copilot costs more per user than it charges Big Tech Struggles to Turn AI Hype Into Profits - WSJ: Individuals pay $10 a month for the AI …

: The good use of ChatGPT for factual writing I’m not a huge fan of using ChatGPT for writing, because even leaving aside issues of …

: Microsoft 365 Copilot shows you ads. Or does it? Ask Microsoft 365 Copilot in Windows if it shows you ads, and it gives you a pretty confused answer: …

: In this week’s Weeknote, I’m doing some writing, walking around Sheppey, and being angry …

: One of these days I am going to write something about the prophetic nature of Cronenberg’s …

: Properties in Obsidian are a game changer I have been an on-again/off-again user of Obsidian for a couple of years and have lately been …

: No, the UK government did not back down on its plans to spy on encrypted messages Many places reported that the British government had seen sense and backed down from its plans to …

: Elon Musk deliberately sabotaged a Ukrainian attack New Musk biography offers fresh details about the billionaire's Ukraine dilemma | CNN Politics: Elon …

: Brexit making Windows worse in the UK Tom Warren, for The Verge: Microsoft will finally stop forcing Windows 11 users in Europe into Edge …

: The anti-capitalist book of fashion Finished reading: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion by TANSY E. HOSKINS 📚 I’m not exactly …

: Do Interesting Finished reading: Do Interesting by Russell Davies 📚 I absolutely breezed through this, and enjoyed …

: It's long past time for Apple to stop advertising on Twitter Mashable: Over the past 24 hours, the hashtag “BanTheADL” has been trending on X, the …

: Keanu just can’t be human. No human being can be this nice. twitter.com/LAPublicL…

: Goddamit I’m listening to The Kitchen Cabinet and they are talking about cheese and now all I …

: On the read later experience in Pocket and Readwise Om Malik on how the experience in Pocket has declined and his thoughts on Readwise Reader: To me, …

: Apple explains why it abandoned iPhone CSAM detection Apple explains why it abandoned iPhone CSAM detection: “Scanning every user’s privately …

: Ha ha ha ha nope X, Formerly Twitter, Plans to Collect User Biometric Data, Job, Education - Bloomberg: “Based on …

: The Real Story of Elon Musk’s Twitter Takeover The Real Story of Elon Musk’s Twitter Takeover - WSJ: The way that Musk blustered into buying …

: Microsoft seems really determined to give more people more reasons to avoid Windows like the plague. …

: BTW, if you notice that I’m posting a bunch of little links, it’s because I’m going through the …

: A rare Betteridge’s Law-breaking headline. Yes. Yes he was. (Because of the nature of the content, …

: This is great: a bunch of primary sources about the early Macintosh. Much reading! …

: I see Captain Dickhead is at it again www.cnbc.com/2023/08/3…

: It is always worth remembering that Steve Jobs could be a nasty piece of work when he wanted to be. …

: Sad to hear about the death of John Warnock, who was a truly great computer scientist. His early …

: This weather is almost exactly the kind that makes me want to go for a long snooze, all day.

: Unraveling the Digital Markets Act I absolutely loved this post on Unraveling the Digital Markets Act: by the team from iA, who also …

: This book sounds right up my street shkspr.mobi/blog/2023…

: Printer makers are evil, part 3422 Judge denies HP's request to dismiss printer lockdown suiit • The Register: HP all-in-one printer …

: The Centauri Device Finished reading: The Centauri Device by M. John Harrison 📚 I first read this when I was about ten …

: Downloading all of the music I have bought from iTunes and I am left with some deeply disturbing …

: Am I the only Mac user who really doesn’t like Magsafe? It constantly gets small particles of …

: Goddammit people don’t make me buy Baldur’s Gate 3

: Suspect charged in hate-motivated stabbing in Canada university gender issues class Suspect charged in hate-motivated stabbing in Canada university gender issues class | Canada | The …

: Opinionated record shops w/e 2023-08-06 (Phil Gyford’s website): My only specific memory of shopping in Revolver was going in …

: Billionaire investor threatens to pull out of UK amid global outcry at new oil rush Billionaire investor threatens to pull out of UK amid global outcry at new oil rush: “I am a major …

: Gnome windowing becoming more like Apple's Stage Manager? The Gnome foundation, which makes arguably the most popular desktop environment for Linux, is …

: Why do cryptrobros always have such a lack of imagination about what they spend the money they …

: If ever anyone wants to buy me a fancy birthday present, this will do. …

: Glenn Greenwald is, and always has been, a know-nothing blowhard who overstates everything he comes …

: Apple and repair I largely agree with Nick Heer’s take on Apple’s policies on repair – and the criticisms …

: In today’s episode of “Brexit meets reality”… …

: I am very pleased to find that The Stinky Meat Project, one of the greatest sites of all time, is …

: Looks like Amazon video has reached the stage of enshittification where, having enticed businesses …

: Hmm, can anyone think of the 1001 ways this can go wrong? www.axios.com/2023/07/3…

: This is a really good summary of why iCloud Drive is really good, until it’s not, at which …

: Latenote, Monday 31st July 2023 This week, I mostly gave myself a week off which meant I hit level 60 on my character in the new …

: Hot. Dog.

: I’m thinking of moving my blog from Wordpress on to something else, and Micro.blog ticks a lot …

: God Alexia Putellas is good. Really good close control and vision.

: There is a player for Costa Rica called Pricila Chinchilla which may be the greatest name in …

: The Sky Glass advert is basically “here’s all the features Apple has in Apple TV but we …

: It’s genuinely shocking how Musk has managed to completely destroy his reputation as a …

: Honestly Musk would have been better off just making Twitter 100% subscription from the day he …

: Fox on the left, potential fox snack on the right

: Well that was a pretty frustrating performance from England. Lots of chances – Alessia Russo should …

: The new piece in the Turner Contemporary looked really rather nice at the weekend.

: Currently reading: Yes! No! But Wait…! by Tim Lott 📚

: Today I learned that Dave Winer has created another outliner, and now I feel like it’s 2000 …

: Tired.

: Weeknote, Sunday 4th June 2023 I’ve been feeling somewhat melancholy this week. I suspect the cause of that is mostly physical: I …

: The time of seclusion and loss I think it’s only now, with the benefit of two years of processing, that I’m really able to think …

: Weeknote, Sunday 28th May 2023 Bank holiday! Another one! Yay! On Friday we went over to Margate to see The Chimera Function, a …

: Weeknote, Sunday 21st May 2023 There’s been a lot of London this week. I’m doing a stint of training sessions for various teams …

: Weeknote, Sunday 14th May 2023 This week was mostly about training at work. Not me doing training: me training other people, and …

: Weeknote, Monday 8th May I hate being ill, so I have hated this week. After having a tickly throat on Tuesday, Wednesday …

: Mastodon, BlueSky, and Highlander Syndrome I am total agreement with Jamie Zawinski here. There is no way I will trust anything that Jack …

: Currently reading: Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World by Jason Hickel 📚

: I’m late to the party with “Our Flag Means Death” but it’s really good.