Conrad Quilty-Harper is a writer for Engadget, which, according to Technorati, was the most-linked to site on the internet over the past six months. He posts several stories a day, and works under contract to AOL, which is itself one of the biggest companies around.
Despite this, Conrad has been turned down for membership of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) on the grounds that he’s not eligible for full membership as he’s also still studying, but not eligible for student membership as he’s not studying a journalism-related course.
Let’s just run that through again: someone writing daily for one of the most-read sites on the net, who has a readership which probably rivals (or even beats) that of national newspapers, isn’t classed by the NUJ as a journalist?
This is the kind of silliness which is likely to mean that NUJ membership goes through a slow but gentlemanly decline over the next few years. Conrad is quite clearly a journalist, by any objective standard – except the silly ones the NUJ is applying here.
Technovia: FUD, nonsense and Rob Enderle:
“Why does this matter? First, it means that another release of OS X – Leopard, probably to be known as 10.5 – will hit the shelves a little before Vista does, allowing Apple to regain the ground that it otherwise might have lost. But more importantly, it means that around a year after Vista’s release, there will be another release of OS X that pushes it further ahead. And 18 months later, another release. And so on.”
Hidden amidst a long and rather comprehensive demolition of one of Rob Enderle’s more ludicrous posts was this prediction. Sadly, I was wrong, but I still reckon that Apple’s method of development – frequent, 0.1 updates – is better than the longer-term, monolithic release cycle which Microsoft favours.
Apple, Mac, Mac OS X, Rob Enderle
Based on a source in Asus, Crave certainly thinks so:
"All this begs the question: Can Apple turn the Tablet PC into a success when previous attempts have failed? The short answer is ‘yes’. Any company that can make a mobile phone with no buttons, no picture messaging, slow Web access and no video capture into the most desirable phone on the planet can easily make tablets popular."
They have a point!
Russell Beattie sums up what’s wrong with the N95:
The summary for the entire device can be summed up like this: "Holy crap! Look at all this cool ass stuff N95 does. It’s amazing! But look how well Nokia has completely obscured or hidden all that functionality. It’s insane!"
The thing that Apple has done right with the iPhone is to expose the features so that they’re easy to get to. That’s why it feels like a powerful phone, despite having a feature list which would have shamed last year’s mainstream models: you can actually get to all the features quickly and easily.
Harry Erwin talking about the difference between secular and religious views, in View From England:
Perhaps that might be the case, but the underlying issue is something left unsaid–there is a basic conflict between the secular state and the religious perspective about the value of human life. Religion believes that the value of an individual life is infinite, while the secular state claims it knows the value in pounds or dollars. This shows up in the conflict between the NHS, which is concerned with curing those diseases that are inexpensively curable, and the Church, which seeks to heal illness, whether curable or not.
I think Harry is fundamentally correct when he talks about the difference between secularism and religion as being about the finite versus the infinite. However, the flip side of the view that he proposes is that religion – or at least the big monotheistic ones – view human life itself as infinite, in the form of the immortal soul. This reduces the value of corporeal life, and in its most extreme form leads down the path to suicide bombing and "martyrdom".
Most religions are, though, fully aware of the need to avoid falling into the trap of only valuing the soul, so they have developed multiple layers of injunction against causing harm to yourself and others. Yet still, at its heart, the belief in an immortal soul leads to a devaluing of real life. Religion, in this sense, is a like a form of virtual reality which the person has become so wrapped up in that it dominates their real lives too.
Dave Winer: I’m not happy with Leopard (Scripting News).
The user interface is quirky. The new networking interface is a big step backward. The firewall moved and lost features! That’s simply never done, you don’t charge customers to remove features, esp security features.
I’m not actually sure what features Apple has removed from the firewall (other than it simply not being on by default), but it has certainly removed features from products before. It’s certainly following an interesting product strategy.
For the record, I like Leopard, and the only bug that I’ve come across is the weird one in Mail which shows multiple instances of the "On your Mac" hierarchy.
Sharp-eyed license readers have found that Leopard Server now allows you to run multiple copies on the same Apple machine via virtualisation. Why is this important? Because virtualisation has been shown to significantly improve certain areas of server performance, reduce costs, and have security benefits. The fact that Leopard can be virtualised will give hardware like Xserve a boost – and provide a good reason for sysadmins to upgrade (previous OS X Server licenses have not allowed it, so if you want virtual Mac servers, you need to buy Leopard.)
TidBITS Safe Computing: Leopard Firewall Takes One Step Forward, Three Steps Back.
Rich Mogul writing for TidBits explains why the new Firewall in Leopard isn’t as good as the old one, even though it adds application-level support for control over outgoing traffic. This is also a good explanation of why keeping the source of a security product closed (as Apple has done with its new firewall) isn’t a good idea.