Mozilla's choice for CEO is a sad step backward. Mozilla has always embraced a spirit of social progress. Given the increasing evidence of elitism and monoculturalism in the tech industry, this move seems shockingly dismissive and ignorant. Tech companies need to do all they can to increase diversity and tolerance in the industry. And as a public face and vision-setter, each tech CEO plays a pivotal role in that.
We >hackers are very interested in what bitcoin, as a platform, has to offer for the future of our e-conomy. The interview from Vice (linked) is a great introduction to what the current state of the crypto-currency is and what types of disruptions it can cause.
Huge tech companies are unimaginative and clueless when it comes to being good community citizens. One would expect, at the least, their marketing departments to recognize the importance of maintaining a positive image for the neighborhoods wherein their employees reside. But then again, Apple has proven short-sighted in their brand development, on the one hand assuming a creative, individualistic brand while on the other aggressively sheltering profits from taxes and putting punishing demands on factory workers. It seems these companies will continue to ignore the dignity of outside individuals. It's up to them to be unignorable. But it would be great if these companies seized this critical moment, acknowledged that their operations displace people, and earnestly forged respectful problem-solving relationship with them.
Government spies on people through mobile apps? There's blame to go around but the buck stops at the app developers. They might point the finger at the third-party ad providers (who were directly responsible for leaking the data) but they themselves were the ones to integrate with those shoddy/shady ad tech companies.
Design is the result of creativity motivated by empathy for the pain of others. Design is good. We like design.
Fixing sexism in tech requires a personal approach.
We’ve seen an increased focus and willingness to acknowledge and address this issue throughout the tech community, but many still deny that it exists. Much has been said of the inertia of male privilege and the meritocratic ideals of the tech industry, both of which are invariably characterized sociologically, as some metaphysical Force that operates on a level separate of the individual. At the same time, the sociological/sys
The >americans point to a great movement taking shape. It calls into question why it took so long for it to emerge in the first place. For all the intracommunity goodwill we've fostered through egalitarian movements like open source and copyleft, are we only now developing our broader social role from either service provider for enterprise or land-grabbing entrepreneurs, toward a conscience with its own motive force? We must continue to use our skills charitably to improve the quality of life for others, as those in all advanced fields must.
All that's left to learn about the new iPhone is the MSRP. And unless it's markedly low, we (and Jobs' ghost) will be pretty disappointed.
UX expert Josh Seiden recently posted his affirmative thoughts about the question "Should designers code?"
If you’re “web-designing” solely as an artistic, self-directed endeavor, then “no” (but then we might prefer the term web art as opposed to web design). If you’re web-designing as part of anything larger, and you want to respect the development process and environmentalists, then “as much as possible, yes.”
Talk about cheap commodity hardware! $35 700MHz Arm processor with 256MB memory. We'd love to build a Hadoop cluster out of a ton of those bad boys!
We're annoyed that people are placing blame on the Ruby on Rails team for Github's irresponsible use of their framework. (E.g. http://venturebe