And, lastly, there’s the explosive growth in demand, which has led to many people doing it who aren’t any good at it. Code is merely a means to an end. Programming is an art and code is merely its medium. Pointing a camera at a subject does not make one a proper photographer. There are a lot of self-described coders out there who couldn’t program their way out of a paper bag.
— Read on daringfireball.net/2020/04/cobol_programming_coding

Daring Fireball: 2020 iPad Models Now Feature Hardware Microphone Disconnect:

This is the kind of attention to detail around privacy that defines using Apple hardware, and can only come from the deep integrations and control of design they have.

Zoom’s misleading encryption claims are just the latest problem for the popular service – Six Colors:

What Zoom is offering is, at best, “end-to-middle-to-¯\_(ツ)_/¯-to-middle-to-end” encryption.

The Prodigal Techbro | The Conversationalist:

Ex-Google lobbyist Ross Lajeunesse left the company in 2019 over its censored search engine for China and also because of homophobic, sexist and racist work practices. He’s now running for a Democratic senate nomination, and recently wrote a classic of the ‘scales have fallen from my eyes’ genre, called “I Was Google’s Head of International Relations. Here’s Why I Left.” Its lede is “The company’s motto used to be “Don’t be evil.” Things have changed.”

Really? Has Google really changed? Lajeunesse joined in 2008, years into Google’s multi-billion dollar tax avoidance, sexist labor practices and privacy hostility and continued to work there through the years of antitrust fines, misuse of personal health data, wage fixing, and financially pressuring think tanks. Google didn’t change. It just started treating some of its insiders like it already treated outsiders. That only looks like radical change if you’ve never thought too hard about what you are doing and to whom.

Via: https://www.jwz.org/blog/2020/03/the-prodigal-techbro/

Daring Fireball: ‘Who Would Have Thought an iPad Cursor Could Be So Much Fun?’
— Read on daringfireball.net/linked/2020/03/24/mod-ipad-pointer

See also:

https://sixcolors.com/post/2020/03/in-praise-of-the-ipados-134-cursor/

Further evidence of what I had posted earlier… The new iPad OS pointer is Apple redefining the utility of one of the fundamental interfaces of our time, giving it context and intelligence nobody would expect on the desktop.

Daring Fireball: Convergence on the Laptop Form Factor:

I think Heer gets this right. It’s not about iPad moving closer to Surface conceptually; it’s about moving closer to the laptop ideal. For certain tasks nothing beats the laptop form factor, and quite possibly never will. All computing platforms that are used for such tasks inevitably take on that form. What’s new this decade is the detachable 2-in-1 form — one device that serves as both a laptop with keyboard and trackpad and as a handheld tablet. Microsoft got there from one direction, Apple from another.

I think it’s more than just a direction, but a destination. The iPad was released as an ideal, and for certain things it was perfect on Day One… But for other things, it wasn’t as well suited by itself, and so each release is steering the ship, adding things to make it a little better for edge cases while trying not to lose the spirit…

For Microsoft, the PC was their original ideal, and they’re trying to make it as broad a platform as they can, while truly satisfying nobody.

The fact that today’s iPad OS update is happening on the 19th anniversary of the original GA release of Mac OS X suggests to me that this might be a moon-shot release of sorts.

Daring Fireball: New Android Malware Can Steal Google Authenticator 2FA Codes
— Read on daringfireball.net/linked/2020/02/27/android-malware-google-authenticator