From 9To5 Mac:
Police and other law enforcement agencies requesting Ring video surveillance footage to help solve crimes will now need to make those requests in public. Previously, they had the ability to email Ring users to request copies of video that might show crimes in progress, or otherwise help to bring criminals to justice.
Sunlight is the best disinfectant.
From June 2:
“Beginning today, shareholders can sign up to receive special offers and investor updates by registering at amctheatres.com/stockholders. Investors who sign up starting today and in the coming weeks will be awarded with an initial free large popcorn usable this summer when attending a movie at an AMC theatre in the United States. The offer will be made available in their AMC Stubs rewards account.”
Yeah. I have no notes, that’s perfect. “If you buy AMC stock it comes with popcorn” is the greatest capital-markets innovation of the century so far. I used to work in investment banking, building equity derivatives and equity-linked securities to help companies raise money and optimize their capital structures, and in hindsight we were idiots. “What if we used the contingent payment debt instrument regulations to increase the tax deductibility of non-cash interest paid on a 30-year-non-call-5 convertible bond,” we thought, like fools, when the actual way to optimize equity capital raising is by throwing in a large popcorn.
Find Matt Levine at Bloomberg.
From Geregly Orosz:
I’ve worked on many projects throughout my career as a software engineer. However, Helix – Uber’s Rider app rewrite in 2016 introducing Swift and RIBs – stands as the craziest project by a margin.
The whole thing is a fascinating read about the horrors of a poorly thought out software development project.
It turns out that the operating system on the new iPad Pro limits all third-party apps to a maximum of ~5 GB RAM each.
Such an odd limit, and perhaps one that will be removed at WWDC in under two week’s time.
The iPad is primarily intended as a single app workspace, considering how complicated and undiscoverable the multitasking features are. Why restrict that single app you have open from consuming more than 5GB of RAM?
Unless there’s some surprise multitask features in the cards for WWDC?
From May 25:
Fine, yes, in 2021 the main fact about Bitcoin is that Elon Musk decides whether its price goes up or down. Does that “take away the legitimacy of the asset class”? Man, look around; “legitimacy” is a weird thing to be worried about. I would say that it’s interesting to have a trillion-dollar asset class that is like “one guy will think of a number and your asset will be worth that number.” That really is a novel experiment in finance! I feel like we should give it some more time and see how it goes.
Find Matt Levine at Bloomberg.
From Wil Wheaton back in 2018:
I see this in the online space all the time now: mobs of people, acting in bad faith, can make people they don’t know and will likely never meet miserable, or even try to ruin their lives and careers (look at what they did to James Gunn). And those mobs’ bad behaviors are continually rewarded, because it’s honestly easier to just give them what they want. We are ceding the social space to bad people, because they have the most time, the least morals and ethics, and are skilled at relentlessly attacking and harassing their targets. It only takes few seconds for one person to type “fuck off” and hit send. That person probably doesn’t care and doesn’t think about how their one grain of sand quickly becomes a dune, with another person buried beneath it.