It's risky to bet against a behemoth like Apple, but it's increasingly looking like they might ultimately lose the battle over their App Store. If they do, I expect it'll come as a shock to a company that's used to having everything its own way.
As a small-time stock market investor, I've been following the WallStreetBet/GameStop/RobinHood story with interest. This is just my summary of it. If you're not interested in investing just skip this post.
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) defends the funding of ransomware criminals.
A young physicist and his supervisor have worked out a way time travel might work without creating any of the paradoxes normally associated with it.
Multiverses are still a bit controversial but a couple of scientists have figured out how we might detect them if they do exist.
Commenting on hospitals, nurses, ports and Brexit.
Just some things a learnt whilst developing my own static site generator (SSG) software. For what it's worth, I don't recommend writing your own. There are already plenty good options out there. Techy-techy stuff, this.
Facebook has taken out full-page advertisements in a number of US newspapers to complain about Apple's upcoming privacy change.
Do not seek refuge in shopping malls or pubs, say statisticians.
Parallax measurements from the European Space Agency's Gaia spacecraft confirm the universe is expanding faster than astronomers thought.
The EU is setting the scene for encryption backdoors via a wishy-washy resolution that goes to great lengths not to mention backdoors at all. That's what they really mean, though.
I've clearly gone mad because I'm defending Facebook here. Perhaps I haven't woken up yet and this is all just a bizarre dream.
After an irritatingly long wait, I've finally received my M1-powered MacBook Air (13 inch, with 16GB memory). I review it here and also compare it to a top of the range 15-inch MacBook Pro from 2013. It's entry-level 2020 vs high-spec 2013.
I've been getting an irritating message from my server for a while now. It didn't seem to cause any other problems but I finally got around to investigating it. It's the 'systemd-logind: Failed to remove runtime directory /run/user/0: Device or resource busy' message.
Scientists look for a message from God in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). They didn't find one, but I did.
I have a go at the idiots who start celebrating Christmas way to early and ruin it for the sane people.
I've been watching a few of the sci-fi series' available on Netflix over the last few weeks and I've just finished the first two series' of Star Trek: Discovery and am currently on the third. I realise I'm three years behind the curve reviewing this now, but I haven't done a film or TV review for a while and thought this series was worth one.
Don't lose sleep over it, but the solar system might not be here in 100 billion years or so unless Bruce Willis intervenes.
Conspiracy theories used to be a laugh, but now, it seems, many people really do believe them. How can conspiracy theorists learn from the scientific process?
I find the feud between Tim Cook of Apple and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook interesting. I've quoted much of it here and added some of my opinions at the end, for what they're worth.
If the aim of the government's plan for managing coronavirus at Christmas and beyond is to confuse people, they have succeeded. Why bother?
I find Ocado's van colours confusing, specifically that the 'cabbage' van is purple rather than green.
It was always going to happen. The combination of owning an obsolete (2013) MacBook Pro, the availability of the first M1-powered MacBooks and the release macOS Big Sur has forced my hand.
I have a pop at Netflix and other streaming platforms, unable to resist a jibe at the BBC along the way. It turned into a bit of a ramble about TV-related things. Apologies for that.
There are an awful lot of planets in the Milky Way galaxy, so which ones should SETI look at to stand the best chance of finding a signal from alien life?
There is a rumour that No Time To Die might be released on Apple TV or Netflix as coronavirus keeps cinemas shut.
The UK is put to shame by countries that manage coronavirus well. The lesson is to lock down early and implement track and trace.
Sometimes people do things just because they can. I cannot imagine many people are actually going to read the mathematical proof I mention in this article, but it’s a good example of extreme determination.
Wired reviews Tim Hwang's book, which is called Subprime Attention Crisis. It draws parallels between online advertising the subprime mortgage crisis of the mid-late 2000s.
The dreaded idli sparks a Twitter argument.
The Internet of Things is being used lock away mens’ penises and testicles.
An article on ArsTechnica about the real time operating systems they run inspire.
Physicists theorise that a pattern may exist in the distortions of the energy blips from some pulsars. Could a cosmic string be responsible?
The battle heats up between Epic and Apple over Apple's app store. Users meanwhile might have to wait until July 2021 to find out whether they can play Fortnight on iOS.
Cambridge recently created a new roundabout that operates in the Dutch style. It's supposed to be safer but the jury's still out on that.
NetNewsWire is a free, open source feed reader app for macOS, iOS and iPadOS. Version 5.1 brought Feedly to the macOS version and this was my cue to start using it. This is my review of NetNewsWire.
Hacking is fairly rampant these days. Should CEOs be responsible if someone dies due to hacking? Could state-sponsored hacking be considered an act of war?
Facebook are desperately trying to cling on to their mass data scraping activities after a couple of recent edicts threaten their ability to do so.
BA refuses to believe its site didn't give customers the option of a refund and that they requested voucher instead.
Tinkering with BEM notation and SCSS because I'm a geek and I have no life.
Just some thoughts about the titles I'm prepared to accept when Her Majesty gets around to dealing with me.
NuScale gets US safety approval for its small nuclear reactor. It is however not as small as I first thought.
Facebook says it might be pointless to try and track advert performance when Apple's iOS 14 starts asking users for permission to do so.
A bit of a whinge about the font sizes insane product manufacturers use when writing instructions.
Apple are feeling the heat lately. They're already undergoing antitrust hearings in the US and the EU and now Epic games are taking them to court over their app store policies.
Virgin Galactic have made an aeroplane that will travel at three times the speed of sound. About time too.
How is it that it's legal to pay off hackers and thereby fund their continuing exploits? I've read of a number of instances of this in recent months and I'm sure there are others we don't hear about.
Sports that are either pointless or aren't policed correctly.
Just a follow-up to some problems I had with Ulysses/iCloud syncing back in 2018.
Do pop-ups work? I presume they must but they're just a scourge and I can't imagine why we still allow them. Who actively wants to be interrupted in this manner?
Why the law remains an ass and why banks still stink.
Apple have made my early 2013 MacBook Pro obsolete, so I need to consider upgrading if I want to remain in the macOS ecosystem.
A BBC article about the man who's looking out for asteroids and comets that may be heading our way and threatening all life on Earth.
Recent battery problems with my iPad.
The latest news from SETI is that there are 36 intelligent civilisations in the galaxy. Possibly. It’s all a bit limited by the sample size we’re using.
In an article on Quanta Magazine, four physicists mull over how naughty gravity can be and why we need a new theory to describe it.
I'm hoping to be able to replace a number of my organisational apps with Agenda, which I review here. I should be able to roll notes, to-do lists, journals and project management all into one.
Twitter applies a few warnings to Trump's posts and Trump blows his top in response. Facebook keeps its head down.
An article in the New York Times features the views of Dr Ben Shneiderman and he suggests fully automated AI is a bad thing.
Apparently we still view gains in a different way to losses and Prospect Theory still holds.
Zuckerberg says Facebook will prevent electoral interference but is less like to prevent coronavirus misinformation.
Not the psychiatrist problem Basil Fawlty endured. One of my own that’s not nearly as funny.
When constant doesn't necessarily mean constant.
Humans rarely make rational decisions about things and usually just find ways to confirm their preexisting biases. Can we improve our thinking?
Where science and science fiction meet. Maybe warp drives have a future if we can overcome the seemingly insurmountable practical considerations.
An astonishing amount of training goes into this sort of thing.
I'm not convinced about the idea of restarting the Premier League in June. There are 750 million reasons why they might want to do so, but is it appropriate at the moment?
I watched Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) during the week and wasn't particularly enamoured with it, although it's not a complete loss.
The violation of one of nature's symmetries is the reason the universe didn't just destroy itself at the very start. I've tried to explain how that works in relatively plain English here.
Ryanair speaks out against the government's social distancing plans for planes.
Why is the support provided by big companies — and particularly big tech companies — so bad?
Why are we plagued by intrusive tracking and advertising without our informed consent?
ICANN has received many complaints about the sale of the .org domain to Ethos Capital.
Apple always know how to charge money but the cost of Mac Pro wheels is expensive even for them.
How will the UK's coronavirus app work, and will it be safe?
Google are planning to charge for the use of its reCAPTCHA, anti-bot testing facilities. This leads me to have a rant about the constant interruptions that stand between us and website's content these days.
Who are the useful people in society?
As a result of some feedback I've had, I decided to write an article describing the exercises you can perform with the Ironmaster IM2000 self-spotting machine.
How getting rid of the law of the excluded middle in maths might help quantum theory and relativity find common ground.
Tekashi 6ix9ine gets released from jail but can still punish us.
Why did Uri Geller cause so much friction over the years? Well, from my personal point of view, he didn't save Newcastle United from relegation like he promised, but he irritated a lot of people over the years, particularly James Randi.
Fixing a strange problem where macOS Safari doesn't allow you to tick extensions to enable them via preferences.
Hardly an illuminating error message from TSB bank.
There is some argument about whether the sterile neutrino is the source of the unidentified x-ray line and thus a candidate for dark matter.
There really should not be an egg shortage. I blame lazy chickens.
An article on Wired summarises the vaccines currently being developed to fight coronavirus.
A really irritating aspect of Microsoft's Code editor.
Apple's new 2020 iPad comes with a LiDAR scanner, but what is that and what could it be used for?
Personally I think economists talk a load of poppycock.
Printers are hardly thrilling items but I decided to review my HP OfficeJet 6950 colour inkjet printer. The bottom line is it's okay as far as these things go.
Everyone's having their say on the current coronavirus situation and I'm no exception.
If you use Google Search Console you might encounter coverage problems from time-to-time. Such problems might stop your site from being indexed properly. In this article I explain how you might correct some of those problems.
Idiots deprive sensible people of goods, showing a selfish streak and a single digit IQ.
I'm going to try and help people determine how much space is needed for a home gym. It's not as straightforward as measuring the dimensions of the rack because there are a few other considerations you need to take into account.
Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to sue a company that created a robotic Terminator effigy of him.
Filemaker uses a strange definition of the term global in my opinion. Global database fields are not global if they're shared between Filemaker Pro and Filemaker Go, which each get their own copy of these fields. There is a workaround, though.
A pointless gadget that impresses me much.
Creating a problem by curing a problem.
Baboons dislike the idea of getting the snip.
What do we know about Apple AirTags? Not much is the answer, although it seems iOS is being positioned to cope with such things. I repeat many of the rumours about AirTags in this article.
I was motivated to write this review because I’m fed up of being spammed by Wescot Credit Services Ltd. I don’t owe them or anyone they represent a penny. In fact I’ve never heard of the person they claim to be after, yet they continue to spam call me.
I was motivated to post this following a recent report about the excessive charges some ISPs levy if you move away from them but want to retain your email address.
Taking screenshots instead of shutting down my iPad.
Barclays Bank's Big Brother monitoring system is booted back after a backlash from bemoaning employees.
The double-slit experiment was useful to help prove that light can be both a particle and a wave depending on how you observe it. I describe this quantum strangeness in this article.
BT's new 'flexible' TV package still requires a 24 month commitment, which doesn't sound all that flexible to me.
Musings on the plan to build a bridge from Scotland to Northern Ireland.
I've sorted out the problems with Universal Credit in a few paragraphs. I wonder why the government finds this so difficult?
I'm not in general all that excited about dark modes but creating one for my website seemed like an interesting learning experience. I've documented how I went about doing that in this article.
Why the hell do televisions need to be licenced? They're not dangerous. Also, was an MP banged over a wheelie bin?
Just some instruction about how to access Working Copy repositories from iA Writer.
The iPad has turned ten and that has led to a number of articles both criticising and praising it. I think some of the criticism has been harsh even if I can see where it's coming from. Here's my take on it.
Ring doorbell passes data from its app to a host of third-parties without any opt-in from users.
Why does Google show subscription sites in its search listings? I find this really annoying. I also moan about light switches.
I’ve tried quite a few Markdown editors but, until now, hadn’t properly investigated iA Writer. However, it now fits nicely into my workflow and in this article I explain how it does so and I present my review of iA Writer.
How is it that companies who chose to jump the gun and develop age-verification software for porn sites can claim £3m in 'damages'?
The Universe Splitter app allows you to make quantum decisions, spawning new universes in the process. Some quantum background to this and a brief review of the app can be found herein.
Sonos recently announced they're dropping support for their older kit, which has caused quite a stir.