2 septembre

I’m curious to see how they negotiate next week’s keynote. And annoyed that the scandal will overshadow product launches. But it’s deserved.

I’m reminded of a comment I saw on Reddit yesterday: not only can Apple be maddeningly slow at fixing security vulnerabilities after they’ve been reported, but it also doesn’t offer bounties for reporting them. You know, just the kind of thing that might motivate a hacker to contact Apple instead of downloading a copy of Jennifer Lawrence’s iCloud backup. (Or, more likely, just after downloading it, but that would still be progress.) I’m not so good at business, but I kinda feel that Apple could afford it. And, evidently, so do all the hackers who prefer to exploit a vulnerability rather than be, at best, graciously credited in the patch notes by one of the richest companies on Earth.

You can’t be lazy or complacent when it comes to security; you can’t be stingy, either.

Is John Simm trying to put on an American accent in Intruders? I’m French and I can tell it’s ridiculous.

“Tiens, et si je googlais ce mec de ma classe, je me demande ce qu’il est deven… ah, non, il est dans mes contacts Facebook.” #socialite

RT @BenedictEvans: Load your bank & transit card into your phone. Go to a bar. Run out of power. Now you have no money, no way to get home, can’t call anyone.

“Common iOS App Rejections”

As MacStories points out, what this page really says is “we’re fucking inconsistent.”

1 septembre

Vulnerability in Find My Phone service and weak passwords may explain alleged celebrity photo leaks

As vulnerabilities go, it’s not the worst. But this is exactly what I was tweeting about last night: anyone at Apple whose work remotely affects the filesystem or drives should have it drilled into their heads that user data is sacrosanct, and anyone whose code touches iCloud that security is paramount. It needs to be integral to the corporate culture, rather than something a few of the engineers care deeply about.

Watched Defiance’s season finale because a review had made me curious. Damn, it was silly. I’m sorry I ever watched an episode of this.

Rather than choosing my podcast client for its audio filters, how about I just buy Instacast and unsubscribe from poorly produced podcasts.

If Apple gets in trouble over this, maybe they will finally begin to care about the security of our data?

Ah, iCloud Photo Stream — never working when you want it to, but good for making celeberities’ nude selfies available to hackers.

Oh, barf. Moffat is gonna leave the show sooner or later, and he will have thoroughly wasted the opportunity of Capaldi as a Doctor.

The technology behind Instagram’s Hyperlapse app

When I first read about the app and tried it, I thought they were being clever and accelerating the video by dropping the frames that got the farthest out of an ideal, stable camera movement. (Which is why I was surprised that the app offered to save the video with no acceleration at all.) Turns out their stabilization algorithm runs separately from the acceleration itself — and is in fact the same that’s used in the main app. I couldn’t have known, I’ve used Instagram for video.

RT @Brizzio49: À une époque je lisais des livres en rêvant qu’on les adapte au ciné. Désormais je lis des livres en priant qu’on ne les adapte pas au ciné.

31 août

RT @TimOfLegend: Feature idea for Twitter or Facebook: “WARNING: Before posting that, would you like to read the Snopes article about it?”

The latest rumors of multiple price points make me wonder if Apple’s wearables will be a complete from simple Fitbit bracelet to proper watch.

Fais confiance à ton instinct quand il te dit de ne pas aller à la Scream un soir où il faut payer pour le privilège d’entrer.

30 août

RT @tonyarnold: The lack of attention to detail in Yosemite: if Apple doesn’t care, there’s no use in the rest of us getting upset! [switches to Comic Sans]

10/10, would dream that dream again.

29 août

I have poor eyesight so I wouldn’t know, but is anyone really bothered by the pixels on an iPhone’s anti-aliased graphics?

RT @jamesthomson: Interesting… UIImage on iOS 8b5 will load a @3x image in preference to an @2x one, even on a @2x device. Not so on iOS 7. Bug, but also hmm…

I’m listening to a podcast of people playing a D&D campaign and I totally wanna do it, too.

28 août

RT @reneritchie: Reminder: This is when Apple’s graphic design department breaks open the adult beverages and laughs silly over invite tea-leaf reading.

27 août

Ahh, apparently Twitter Analytics doesn’t count impressions in third-party clients. Fine for brands, not so much for geeky users. (Also not great for end users: Analytics doesn’t give a fuck about the stuff you retweet.)

RT @foresmac: Wow—all those sweet photos in the IKEA catalog are just rendered 3D scenes. [cgsociety.org]

26 août

I can’t quite decide whether I had already watched the assembly cut of Alien 3. Either way, I still love that movie, dodgy CG and all.

25 août

Sidenote: I was annoyed last week by the way The Leftovers turned *** into a cackling villain, but this episode actually managed to justify it pretty well.

Does HBO donate to suicide hotlines in order to offset The Leftovers’ depression footprint?

I’m not saying it will be missed when it’s inevitably cancelled, but Extant is not nearly as bad as you’d assume from the clichéd premise.

24 août

Pour une fois que j’avais une idée de jeu iOS dont je pouvais faire les règles, les graphismes, et l’app… je ne sais pas faire le serveur.

D’un côté, le nouveau “jardin” des Halles est complètement déprimant. De l’autre, on peut le traverser à une heure du matin. Choices.

Je rentre chez moi avec mon écharpe et ma bronchite, devinez où j’ai passé mes vacances d’août. Hint : je n’ai pas fait de ski.

23 août

I wasn’t thrilled with this season of Korra, but that was a great finale. (I’ve tweeted the same thing every year, haven’t I?)
A discussion on Twitter clarified why: I enjoyed spending time with The Last Airbender’s major characters, even when there was no action, whereas the entirety of Korra’s cast is annoying, so the show is only fun when big story moments happen. Jinora is pretty much the only exception, but she is more of a plot device than a developed character.

RT @Izual_: Sinon, Dishonored à 3,74€ sur Steam et gratos ce week-end, si vous ne l’essayez pas je vous tabasse. Bien cordialement.

I feel like at this time last year I had grown much more accepting of iOS 7’s design than I have today of Yosemite’s. Am I misremembering?

22 août

Didn’t think the Walking Dead comic could still pull of an “oh shit” moment at this stage. Wonder where it is going from here.

21 août

RT @Jaimes: Finally, see through solar panels. Now windows can be energy sources. [sciencedaily.com][pic.twitter.com]

I’m not sure anymore whether The Leftovers is about cults or werewolves. But, hey, it’s fun. (Well, not “fun” fun, clearly.)

You’re Jon Snow in TV’s Game of Thrones. Hollywood is yours for the taking. You choose… a fucking gladiator movie by Paul W.S. Anderson.

20 août

J’ai dû manger presque équilibré ces temps-ci, les m&m’s crispy sont complètement écoeurants. Alors je me force à finir pour me réhabituer.

RT @monkbent: All of my wife’s friends switched from iPhone to Android for the bigger screens. Every single one intends on buying the iPhone 6.

Google Photo Sphere is really impressive. I’m not gonna post a picture of my bedroom on Google Maps, so why don’t you try it for yourself instead.

Brazilian judge tells Apple and Google to pull Secret from people’s devices Oops, I don’t think anyone envisioned that when they both announced that their App Stores had remote kill-switches.

I have a vague recollection that my main gripe with Mailbox was its lack of a desktop counterpart, making it useless since I do almost none of my email handling on iOS.

It’s ironic that the Mac version is coming out now that I’ve switched my main e-mail away from Gmail. Damnit.

Matthew Weiner is on this week’s Nerdist. He’s really smart and really funny and I shouldn’t be surprised at all, but I always assume the worst about people.

Paul Rudd… is a superhero now?! I know there will eventually exist more Marvel franchises than recognizable actors, but still.

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