12 september

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  • Serieuze verbeteringen aan de iPhone-camera (altijd welkom).
  • Nieuwe Apple Watch met mogelijks een dunner (rond?) design, want de mijne is stilaan aan vervanging toe. En misschien de SIM-versie in ons land?
  • Apple Pay in België.
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The world is a terrible place right now, and that’s largely because it is what we make it.

Wil Wheaton (ja, die van TV):

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. That’s a huge problem that seems to be baked into social media.

Solving All the Wrong Problems

Allison Arieff in The New York Times:

We are overloaded daily with new discoveries, patents and inventions all promising a better life, but that better life has not been forthcoming for most. In fact, the bulk of the above list targets a very specific (and tiny!) slice of the population. As one colleague in tech explained it to me recently, for most people working on such projects, the goal is basically to provide for themselves everything that their mothers no longer do.

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Good riddance, Twitter

Thomas Fuchs:

Fuck you Jack Dorsey. Fuck you, all you douchebros and douchesisters running Twitter.

You’re abusers. You ceaselessly optimize Twitter for the most possible abuse of its users to drive “engagement” and keep those eyes on the timelines with a never ending barrage of abusive crap.

I feel this more and more every day. It’s hard to leave behind a place where you’ve been for the past decade, but that moment is looming.

Scientists Warn the UN of Capitalism’s Imminent Demise

Motherboard:

Rather, these crises are part of the same fundamental transition to a new era characterized by inefficient fossil fuel production and the escalating costs of climate change. Conventional capitalist economic thinking can no longer explain, predict, or solve the workings of the global economy in this new age, the paper says.

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