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The Brooks

September 29, 2015

Ben Brooks:

Is it ethical? […] I’ll look at a shitty, innocent, picture of a product on your site, but in no universe does me reading your story give you the right to follow me around for the rest of the day.

I could not agree more, I don’t mind the ads, the problem is, as I have said many times, the tracking, and I will block every single ad network that don’t go public to tell the world that they don’t track.

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The Deck & Tracking

September 29, 2015

Short version. We don’t track our readers in any way or allow any other behind-the-scenes shenanigans. We just serve useful, relevant ads in a simple, unobtrusive way to support independent publishers. Please white-list The Deck when using ad blocking software. Thanks.

I don’t block The Deck, they are one of the good guys; maybe the only good ones.

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Tip

September 29, 2015

Isn’t it funny how you can use an operating system, day in, day out, for a year or more and not notice certain features?

The other day I had to rename a bunch of screenshots; in the past that would have sent me to a tool like Name Mangler or A Better Finder Rename, but I didn’t happen to have either of these tools installed on the Mac I was using at the time.

I have used many utilities and shell scripts over the years to do this, and I would not even have tried to use Finder for it.

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16GB is a Bad User Experience – David Smith

September 28, 2015

While I am typically in the ‘friends don’t let friends buy 16GB’ club, for the last year my wife has used a 16GB iPhone 6+ as her primary phone. I had initially purchased the phone as a testing device that would spend most of its life in a drawer on my desk so didn’t opt for any extra storage. Soon after it arrived she decided she wanted to try out the bigger screen size and quite liked it. So while I’d usually not have bought one, this situation allows me to see what a 16GB device is like in typical use.

I try to talk everyone I know, that are in the market for a new iPhone out of the 16GB model. Go for 64GB, most people don’t need to manage anything related to storage with that size.

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How Ayn Rand Helped Turn the U.S. Into a Selfish, Greedy Nation | Alternet

September 28, 2015

Only rarely in U.S. history do writers transform us to become a more caring or less caring nation. In the 1850s, Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was a strong force in making the United States a more humane nation, one that would abolish slavery of African Americans. A century later, Ayn Rand (1905-1982) helped make the United States into one of the most uncaring nations in the industrialized world, a neo-Dickensian society where healthcare is only for those who can afford it, and where young people are coerced into huge student-loan debt that cannot be discharged in bankruptcy.

I hate Ayn Rand as a Philosopher, as a intellectual, and most of all as a human being; my hate for her, the person, and her, the ideas she stood for can’t be described with words. I expect I’m just as annoyed when I read or hear “Ayn Rand” as a biologists are when they hear about Creationism.

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The Brooks Review

September 27, 2015

Native Advertising can without doubt be a problem, and become a bigger one, but I don’t think it is a problem as long as it is clear what is ads and what is not.

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512Pixels

September 26, 2015

Stephen Hackett:

Like many of you, I pre-ordered a phone a couple of weeks ago, and today it came: a 64GB Space Gray iPhone 6S Plus. There’s a lot I haven’t done with this new phone yet, but I’ll be taking notes for a review. Here are some initial impressions until then:

Great post, I have almost made up my mind to go for the 6S Plus, when I upgrade later this year.

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Backblaze B2

September 26, 2015

I love Backblaze, their online backup is fantastic, and I would consider B2 as a fantastic alternative to S3 for your app; their support are probably way better than Amazon.

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