Equally interesting is what [Siri] portents for Apple. Just like the App Store began the intermediation and exclusion of Google by offering users a better experience interacting with data in apps than via a web search, Siri continues it by theoretically making it easier and more enjoyable to engage in query/response with Siri than with Google. In typical fashion, Apple isn’t building a search engine to compete with Google, they’re building something to obsolete the current conception of search engines. And they’re not doing it by becoming a walled garden — there’s no profit in that. They’re doing it by becoming a walled gate with a multi-directional toll system.
It is an interesting article for those not familiar with the legal basis created by the Right of First Sale or the Betamax case (though the application is not literally true in the case of Netflix. Netflix revenue shares, and has used similar deals to bargain with in early streaming contracts).
But, despite those good points, here is why this article is actually pretty terrible…
Received this yesterday:
So I’m thinking of starting a new web project and was wondering if I could seek your advice. My tendency is to use PHP since that’s what I know and have used most in the past. Though, after talking to a lot of folks (namely Googlers…go figure), I’ve been encouraged to instead choose Python. Seeing as you’re my favorite PHP Terrorist I was wondering if you have any specific thoughts on the subject.
I still need to write another article on Python, but the short answer is I think if it’s web, PHP is probably the better choice.
“PHP is the shortest point between two distances on the web.” —Me, tongue-tied at a talk
However there are some mitigating factors to consider: Python vs. PHP for web after the jump
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Third place in the U.S.—really?
Depending on the metric, you might make a case for it being #4, but to displace Tagged? Really? Not to mention, completely pissing on the hard work I did there. Besides this slight isn’t exactly going to make me jump ship from my new job back to my old one—just with a different color scheme.
I read a while ago that the LIFE photography archive was on Google, but I didn’t really think about it until I stumbled across it while checking out the new version of CoolIris, which I’ve mentioned before.
On a whim, I tried looking for the famous cover photo of the LIFE article on the Lindy Hop.
The name “Lindy Hop” came because a news article on Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 flight of the Atlantic. It is said that the newspaper headline of the day read “Lindy Hops the Atlantic.”
Speaking of which, I wondered if they had a photo of the man who introduced aerials to dancing: Frankie Manning.
I met Frankie Manning once in 1998. I used to take photos and video of my friends dancing, so I asked him, on a whim, to give an intro to the website on camera. He looked into the videocam and said:
Welcome to the UIUC Swing Society web site. Those hep cats are really swinging!
Haha. I should dig up that video. Good times.