Last week I had a chance to read the current Hawkeye written by Matt Fraction. It's pretty awesome.
Pretty smart move for Microsoft.
I think Dustin Curtis said it best on App.net:
That's a great set of puzzle pieces for MSFT's next CEO. Hopefully they go to the same puzzle.
@dcurtis on App.net
A dark pattern is a user interface carefully crafted to trick users into doing things they might not otherwise do, such as buying insurance with their purchase or signing up for recurring bills. Normally when you think of “bad design,” you think of the creator as being sloppy or lazy — but without ill intent. Dark patterns, on the other hand, are not mistakes. They're carefully crafted with a solid understanding of human psychology, and they do not have the user’s interests in mind.
The thing about dark patterns is that you design them from the exact same rulebooks that we use to enhance usability.
Another great example of why we can't have nice things on the Internet because of patent trolls.
This time Apple's FaceTime an Audio and Video communication platform based on open standards (that was device to device instead of systems like Skype which require a middleman (aka a server)) that until this they lost this trial were going to release as an open protocol.
The great failing of this film is the same failing as with Walter Isaacson’s book: something happened during Steve’s NeXT years (which occupy less than a 60 seconds of this 122 minute film) that turned Jobs from a brat into a leader, but they don’t bother to cover that. In his later years Steve still wasn’t an easy guy to know but he was an easier guy to know. His gut for product was still good but his positions were more considered and thought out. He inspired workers without trying so much to dominate or hypnotize them.
To me this was always the more interesting portion of Steve Jobs life.
Mailpile, a secure open source web-mail client, has reached its funding goal of $100,000.