What Makes Software Good? — Medium ““Indifference towards people and the reality in which they live is actually the one and only cardinal sin in design.” This implies, for one, that good documentation does not excuse bad design. You can ask people to RTFM, but it is folly to assume they have read everything and memorized every detail. The clarity of examples, and the software’s decipherability and debuggability in the real world, are likely far more important. Form must communicate function.” tags: weekly education apply facdev software Chinese father hires virtual hitman to ‘kill’ son in online games – so he will get a job | Daily Mail Online “A Chinese man concerned about his unemployed son’s gaming addiction hired online hitmen to ‘kill’ his avatar. “ tags: weekly The New Aesthetic — There’s Something Fishy About The Other Nefertiti… ” Perhaps the file was obtained from someone involved in printing the reproduction, or it was a scan made of the reproduction? Indeed, the common belief in online 3D Printing community chatter is that the Kinect “story” is a fabrication to hide the fact that the model was actually stolen data from a commercial high quality scan. If the artists were behind a server hack, the legal ramifications for them are much more serious than scanning the object, which has […]
Disillusioned by Technology | MIT Technology Review The Triumph of Human Empire: Verne, Morris, and Stevenson at the End of the World “I think this shows two coexisting visions of history,” she says. “One is history as progress, but there is also this other vision of history as rolling apocalypse. A lot of us are living with that ambiguity today.” Such changes, she adds, are of our own making; we may speak of “technology” and “globalization” as autonomous, inevitable forces, but they result from human choices and actions. The danger, she says, “is in attributing everything to technology rather than asking: Who are the people at work here?” “ tags: technology empire progression change weekly Outrageous HSBC Settlement Proves the Drug War is a Joke | | Rolling Stone “So there is absolutely no reason they couldn’t all face criminal penalties. That they are not being prosecuted is cowardice and pure corruption, nothing else. And by approving this settlement, Breuer removed the government’s moral authority to prosecute anyone for any other drug offense. Not that most people didn’t already know that the drug war is a joke, but this makes it official. “ tags: settlement drugs weekly money banking How the “internet of things” will replace the web – Quartz “An invisible button is simply an area in spaaaaaace that […]
Falcons imprison live birds to keep them fresh for a later meal | New Scientist tags: falcons birds meal biology weekly Your Speech Is Packed With Misunderstood, Unconscious Messages – Facts So Romantic – Nautilus “designers of synthesized voice systems have begun experimenting with the insertion of naturalistic disfluencies into artificial speech.” tags: future human weekly How to Design A Modern Office Space for Optimism “When you look around an office, nine times out of 10 you can tell if it was designed for fear. How does fear manifest in space? High walls. No windows. Closed spaces. By extracting management from the doers and makers of the company, there’s plausible deniability. When conversation is inhibited by high-walled cubicles, information is controlled. And to effectively instill fear in office culture, you have to control information. You have to make sure teams are segmented into departments, information is transmitted linearly and power is centralized.” tags: spaces learning office design weekly Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.