26 septembre

25 septembre

Superliminal (PC) — 8/10

I don’t know if the game’s marketing failed or just my reading comprehension, but I thought it was exclusively about moving objects around to make them bigger, and therefore couldn’t be of much interest. Of course, the obvious solution was that the game is about a lot more than that, and there is a lot of cleverness to be found here.

24 septembre

The Artful Escape (PC) — 9/10

Loved everything about this. Well, except for the platforming, but that’s just there to keep you occupied while you wail.

Filed under “A thousand reasons why I’m reluctant to invest $3,000 again in an Apple laptop.”

It’s wild that M1 Macs can run all the same apps as Intel Macs because Apple burdened everyone with the weight of incompatibility by blocking 32-bit apps in a software update three years ago. And we just… went with it.

Q-Force S1 — 7/10

That was surprisingly decent, considering how… poorly it seems to have been promoted?

@80Level:

Tyler Morgan-Wall @tylermorganwall created a fantastic visualization of the Earth’s underwater fiber optic cable network using RStats and rayrender:

[80.lv]

#rayrender #rstats #rendering #render #3dart

I wish Apple had staggered the release dates. I wanted to see the iPad mini in store today, but there were twenty people in line, and I know I’m not the only fan of that form-factor but I don’t think we’re that many.

@fromwalnutgrove:

J’ai travaillé pour ENGIE pour les citer, et oui si on veut jouer sur les mots il n’y a pas de « coupure » pendant la trêve hivernale mais une réduction des Kilos volt ampère à 1Kva, autrement dit même le ballon d’eau chaude ne fonctionne pas sans faire sauter le compteur [twitter.com]

The Uniqlo near me has added these self-checkout machines and I’m 🤯

Identifying a whole bunch of RFIDs at the same time isn’t a trivial problem, right?

23 septembre

Thought for a moment that iOS 15 had gotten rid of the option to turn a live photo into a long exposure — it’s just hidden behind the “Live” label in the upper left corner. (And thankfully quicker to access, once you know about it. Forget about discoverability, of course.)

@IJasonAlexander:

If only all of life was this clear and this ABSOLUTELY CORRECT!

Ah, être jeune et avoir encore assez de place dans son cerveau pour en faire un souvenir indélébile. (Sauf qu’en vrai je n’arrive pas à me rappeler si j’avais vu le Pont Neuf.)

De loin, c’est joli, mais de près ça fait quand même vraiment les courses Ikea de Noël

Si ça avait été moi, j’aurais choisi de mettre l’Arc de Triomphe emballé n’importe où ailleurs qu’en haut des Champs 🚮

@kevinbparry:

Stop-motion build of the #LEGO Millennium Falcon

Got an SSL certificate expiring today so I figured I’d give Let’s Encrypt another try, and now I have 99 problems and a migraine is one.

Good grief, is there seriously still no way to add a link to Safari’s Reading List from the iOS Share sheet in a third-party app?!

Oh, right, links randomly and silently failing to save, that’s why I had stopped using Instapaper even though it has the least annoying UI.

@wonderofscience:

Watch a pygmy marmoset completely fascinated by an insect in this clip from “Tiny World”.

22 septembre

@LaurenKGurley:

NEW: Amazon’s new AI-powered cameras are penalizing delivery drivers for driving mistakes they didn’t make & drivers are losing income.

It’s the nightmare scenario that AI experts frequently warn about. I talked to drivers about how AI is punishing them:

[vice.com]

@mattsachs:

Companies: In-person work is essential to our culture.

The culture: [twitter.com]

@lapcatsoftware:

Apple built a protection racket with Mac Gatekeeper. It forced Mac developers, who had previously been legally free, to sign a strict contract. And if developers refused, then Macs would refuse to run their software, and raise suspicions about it being malware.

The thermal design looks very lap-unfriendly; not only does it blow hot air on the sides, but if you just rest it on your thighs the exhaust will be trapped between your skin/clothes and the top cornice 😕

I truly resent Apple for losing so much of their UX advantage that I’m here hesitating between buying a Microsoft or Apple laptop. Now the main argument remaining in their favor is platform synergy, and that won’t be enough to justify the new MacBook Pro’s price.

$2,100 for the Surface Laptop Studio with a 3050 Ti and 512GB SSD. I wanna see how that converts to euros, but it’s… tempting.

Really though, both the girdled laptop and the notification hinge give the impression somewhat of designing for product shots rather than actual device experience. Hope I’m wrong, but then I’ll never see either device in real life, so I’ll never know.

I know it’s only for the first run, but having to “authorize” every single shortcut I’ve created myself to access the app actions I’ve defined myself ON EVERY SINGLE DEVICE I OWN is killing me.

Ils vont condamner le souterrain piétons bien pratique pour que les SDF n’y dorment pas cet hiver, je suppose ? Ça m’avait étonné de le voir rouvert plus tôt cette année.

Je m’excuse d’en remettre une couche, mais je vois pas bien l’intérêt artistique — indépendamment du fait que ce soit réalisé sur fonds privés

Est-ce qu’on peut débrancher et déplacer le boîtier fibre soi meme, ou il faut du materiel professionnel ? (Clairement en bas c’est une prise clipsable, mais le fil du haut ?)

Après des années à lire “les substituts de repas équilibrés en poudre, c’est juste du Slim Fast pour nerds,” j’ai trouvé un substitut aux shakes à base d’avoine que je ne peux plus prendre au petit-déj pour cause de réaction allergique, et ce sont… les crèmes minceur Gerlinéa.

Here’s a free suggestion for Apple:

iPad SE; iPad Air 8” or 11”; iPad Pro 11” or 13”.

Weird, annoying choice in watchOS 8: to make room for a fake text field that’s just a bigger button, you now need an extra tap to reach the emoji reaction button — the one I use the most, since it’s so much more convenient for a quick reply

Quite impressed with Live Text on a photo of my very bad whiteboard handwriting, but I can’t get Visual Lookup to trigger for any photo in my library?

Then again, I probably trust iCloud slightly more than the Photos app itself.

I could free over 100 GB on my main Mac if I didn’t insist Photos keep a local copy of all my pictures, but… that would require trusting iCloud 😕

@sdw:

Well, this is easily @austinmann’s most incredible iPhone camera review yet. The images are just breathtaking.

One of my favorite reads of the year is here: [austinmann.com]

@Dr_Inna:

Really interesting research into “the dress” effect:

[jov.arvojournals.org]

Oh no, I shouldn’t have started reading reviews of iPhone 13 Pro photography 😱 Everything is so tempting… and I didn’t even know the telephoto lens is longer than on previous models.

21 septembre

@Freud_is_alive:

Je crois qu’on est homoamoureux avant d’être homosexuel. J’ai compris très tôt que j’étais attiré par les garçons, avant même d’avoir une sexualité.

Donc le discours qui consiste à dire « les militants lgbt n’ont pas à intervenir dans les écoles » ça pue la merde et le sophisme

@stroughtonsmith:

Of course it is amusing that iPad, a device designed around simplicity, has the absolute most-complicated windowing system of any OS, just to avoid recreating a desktop environment

Yay j’ai encore tout plein d’allergies croisées potentielles à déclarer dans les années à venir (si on m’enlève les patates ça va pas le faire)

I also appreciate how Xcode’s Organizer window doesn’t seem to let you select multiple app archives at the same time to clear some fucking space. Gotta go through them one at a time or delete in Finder and hope that doesn’t break anything.

FFS that’s one percent of the total disk space — and only because I splurged on what would still be considered today a big SSD.

Why does my Mac have NINE GIGABYTES of crash logs from every single app I’ve ever run on my phone 🤦🏻‍♂️

Awww look at that tiny widdle DND indicator (#finally)

20 septembre

So… when Apple talks of a new password manager included in macOS Monterey, do they mean something like the corresponding settings pane in iOS 15? Because… that’s not gonna do it. Never mind the lack of folders, you can’t even add arbitrary fields to an entry.

Who designed this and are they trying to prevent people from upgrading?

Someone’s very creatively and painstakingly done this near my blob and now there is social anxiety in my minesweeper 🎉

@MattBruenig:

What happened when McDonalds came to Denmark and decided not to follow the sector agreement of the hotel and restaurant workers union — aka why McDonalds workers in Denmark are paid $22 per hour today.

[mattbruenig.com]

@Rainmaker1973:

Whales have flippers: all cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises) and pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, walruses) have flippers. However, inside those flippers are bones that resemble a human hand, thumb included [read more: [buff.ly]]

I only played AC:Valhalla for a very short time, and I wasn’t planning on liking it, but I think it really lost me when Eivor said “The guards here are vigilant.” That’s such an oddly specific turn of phrase that I’ve so strongly associated with Bayek’s voice, I just couldn’t take anything seriously.

19 septembre

The design of Astro’s Playroom is mostly excellent, with many delightful touches, but damn are the checkpoints needlessly frustrating in the larger open areas.

Il m’était jamais venu à l’idée qu’on pouvait affréter un TGV privé 😍 (mais je ne trouve pas le prix, c’est sur devis)

@clemscherrer:

Une fois n’est pas coutume, ma contribution au débat “pour ou contre l’emballage de l’arc de triomphe” #christojeanneclaude #christo #ArcDeTriomphe

18 septembre

I’m old enough to remember when iTunes was a halo-effect product 😭

I’m just gonna have to bite the bullet, give up on star ratings and go back to managing my music library in folders like in the dark ages (but on my NAS). Apple is never gonna fix Music’s handling of user-managed files; there’s no subscription revenue in that.

Anyone got any experience with Cog? Or another music library app? I know, this is a request from another century 😫 [cog.losno.co] [twitter.com]

Not the Music app regularly failing to import a music file without warning me

@ForeignPolicy:

Bitcoin was supposed to make life in El Salvador easier. It’s been a disaster, writes David Gerard.

[buff.ly]

The problem with Mastodon is that it’s too complicated, and it’s its own closed system. Base it on RSS instead and you already have all the content of the web: every blog and news site available day one.

Can we relaunch RSS as a decentralized competitor to Twitter yet?

Subscribe to a server that gives you a feed of posts, truncated if they’re long, displayed as a familiar timeline. All that’s missing is a standardized protocol for replies (i.e., comments) and messages.

It’s nice that the PS5 has a guest mode that deletes everything when you log off, and doesn’t warn you that putting the console to sleep counts as logging off. No, I do not think that goes without saying.