No Formats, no Format Wars.

Computer users are forever being misled, successfully lied to, sold “old wine in new bottles,” bamboozled in a myriad ways large and small.  Why?  Simply because we are, to use the technical term, suckers.  Not always as individuals, but certainly collectively.  The defining attribute of the sucker is, of course, an [...]

On the Insanity of Computer (in)-Security.

Forget for a moment about the security of your computer.  Instead ask yourself: how secure is your body?
Don’t ask a computer security “professional.”  Instead, ask an anatomist.  Or better yet, a trauma surgeon.  Or a prison medic.  A weapon no deadlier than a pencil, driven through soft flesh into your abdominal [...]

Posted in: Hot Air, ModestProposal, Philosophy by Stanislav 10 Comments

Inverting the Golden Cage, or a Gift to the Barbarian Hordes at Apple’s Gates.

Note: this post is obsolete.
The now-infamous iPhone / iPad SDK Section 3.3.1 reads:

“3.3.1 — Applications may only use Documented APIs in the manner prescribed by Apple and must not use or call any private APIs. Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS [...]

Posted in: Hot Air, ModestProposal, NonLoper by Stanislav 15 Comments

The Hardware Culture, or: What They Build, Works! Can We Say the Same?

Yossi Kreinin throws down the gauntlet to all those who believe that a CPU ought to be designed specifically around the needs of high-level languages:
Do you think high-level languages would run fast if the stock hardware weren’t “brain-damaged”/”built to run C”/”a von Neumann machine (instead of some other wonderful thing)”? You do think so? I [...]