The PC is dead. Rising numbers of mobile, lightweight, cloud-centric devices don’t merely represent a change in form factor. Rather, we’re seeing an unprecedented shift of power from end users and software developers on the one hand, to operating system vendors on the other—and even those who keep their PCs are being swept along. This is a little for the better, and much for the worse.
—Jonathan Zittrain: The personal computer is dead
How much computing freedom and personal privacy are we willing to give up for convenience? I’m less and less comfortable with the balance being struck.
Anyway, my point is that the Big Six’s pig-headed insistence on DRM on ebooks is handing Amazon a stick with which to beat them harder.
—Charlie Stross: Cutting their own throats
With D’Angelo, the four songs I’m not drumming on are the songs I’m jealous of. Bill Withers’ former drummer, James Gadson — 71-year-old cat — is playing this rhythm and the final result was just, I’ve never been so jealous at not being part of the creative process.
—Questlove in an interview with Mother Jones’ Aaron Ross
In the pages of this sketchbook, which hardly anyone but Kare has seen before now, she created the casual prototypes of a new, radically user-friendly face of computing — each square of graph paper representing a pixel on the screen.
—The Sketchbook of Susan Kare, the Artist Who Gave Computing a Human Face
We have a name for the kind of person who collects a detailed, permanent dossier on everyone they interact with, with the intent of using it to manipulate others for personal advantage — we call that person a sociopath.
—Maciej Ceglowski: The Social Graph is Neither
If humanity could capture one tenth of one percent of the solar energy striking the earth – one part in one thousand – we would have access to six times as much energy as we consume in all forms today, with almost no greenhouse gas emissions.
—Smaller, cheaper, faster: Does Moore’s law apply to solar cells?
…humble, behind-the-scenes “process innovations” will continue to increase the efficiency and drive down the costs of manufacturing the technologies we already know work.
—The Coolest New Solar Manufacturing Technology You’ve Never Heard Of
My sense is that these are people who can’t accept that some markets, especially financial ones, are disasters when completely unregulated – and thus find any far-fetched excuse to blame the government.
—Bloomberg’s Awful Comment: What Can We Say for Certain Regarding the GSEs?