indefensible: john gruber

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I don't think Cringely's being nuts there! Even if Jobs is showing pictures of full server rooms, it's not like he's shown pictures of the entire interior of the facility, and it's completely possible that it's not that densely populated.

mh, Thursday, 30 June 2011 15:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah but thats not some weird conspiracy designed to intimidate rivals, its just building out future capacity

ice cr?m, Thursday, 30 June 2011 15:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

p sure this dood killed caylee

ice cr?m, Thursday, 7 July 2011 03:51 (3 years ago) Permalink


"congratulations to the tories"

joe, Friday, 8 July 2011 20:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

wish someone would put this asshole in a room w/paul thurrott and then they can mutually annihilate each other

Once Were Moderators (DG), Friday, 8 July 2011 20:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

You are trying to view American McCarver on a shitty browser. Won't work.

maybe i've just been developing for legacy browsers too long at this point, but this kills me. laziest shit ever - you run a SPORTS BLOG ffs

unique housing opportunity (swanbed.gif) (govern yourself accordingly), Friday, 8 July 2011 20:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

actually i think i hate sub-gruber wannabe sycophant ux doods even worse than gruber proper - so much hot air about making software "empathetic," so much whining about not getting paid to be a thought leader, so much referring to "marco" by the mononym...

unique housing opportunity (swanbed.gif) (govern yourself accordingly), Friday, 8 July 2011 20:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

laughing stalk (diamonddave85), Friday, 8 July 2011 22:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

Read a blog post about grids. Saw a movie about Helvetica. Short. Terse. Sentences.

laughing stalk (diamonddave85), Friday, 8 July 2011 22:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

TS: john gruber vs lieutenant gruber from 'allo 'allo

Once Were Moderators (DG), Friday, 8 July 2011 22:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

Note that the UI screenshots are even set in Helvetica, not Arial. Some of the best evidence of good taste at Google I can ever recall.


laughing stalk (diamonddave85), Friday, 8 July 2011 22:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

oops already posted X:

laughing stalk (diamonddave85), Friday, 8 July 2011 22:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

it cannot be mocked too often. the star was a nice touch.

joe, Friday, 8 July 2011 22:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

I listened to some of his most recent podcasts during the week and was astounded by his and Dan Benjamin's claim that it gets 800,000 downloads an episode.

Err, what? Maybe it was some kind of belated rip on The Daily's iPad app but I think they were being serious. There's no way it's true, though.

James Mitchell, Saturday, 9 July 2011 08:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

i think it's more like 400,000, but i could be wrong

800,000 was either the WWDC or post-WWDC download count iirc, but again, i could be wrong

markers, Saturday, 9 July 2011 08:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's like his amazing high trafficked and revolutionary new sports website, which is actually a fucking tumble blog about baseball where you click on the notes to find less than half a dozen people 'liked' each post and fuck-all anybody reblogged anything, because why the fuck would you.

I'd rather read David Beckham's views on fonts an touch interfaces.

James Mitchell, Saturday, 9 July 2011 08:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

are you kidding i'd TOTALLY read david beckham's views on fonts and touch interfaces

unique housing opportunity (swanbed.gif) (govern yourself accordingly), Saturday, 9 July 2011 14:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

Dean Martin’s recipe for hamburgers. Sounds perfect.

nice commentary.

laughing stalk (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 12 July 2011 02:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

Sounds like... salted meat and a glass of bourbon

mh, Tuesday, 12 July 2011 02:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

I give it a C-. Not up to the high standards of open source assholery established by the likes of Linus Torvalds. Canonical example

T.S. Eliot-themed roach fetish porn (silby), Tuesday, 19 July 2011 03:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yes, in August, Apple is going to start selling Lion on USB sticks. But I think most of us really will be able to get by without them. That’s why the USB stick installers are going to cost $69, a $40 markup over the App Store download. Apple wants us to go download-only.

James Mitchell, Thursday, 21 July 2011 08:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

Rather than try to one-up their selections I’m going to one-down them. Herewith, then, are the Top Ten Worst Westerns. Observations inside.

You can tell he’s right on most of these, from the posters alone.

god what a bore.

caek, Thursday, 21 July 2011 11:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

dude is like a demigod of suburban consumerism, yelling so loudly about inane bullshit from atop a mountain of 'slightly used' apple products. good links sometimes tho.

shaane, Thursday, 21 July 2011 16:24 (3 years ago) Permalink



ILX Point Never (diamonddave85), Thursday, 21 July 2011 16:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

not to mention scroll reverser has been around since day 1 of the lion betas

ILX Point Never (diamonddave85), Thursday, 21 July 2011 16:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

does it set yr scrollbars in helvetica

markers, Thursday, 21 July 2011 17:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

Marco Arment is way worse; he's like distilled Gruber shit.

stet, Thursday, 21 July 2011 17:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

lol i like both of them

markers, Thursday, 21 July 2011 17:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's a beautiful, simple and clean way of moving your fat fingers along the edge of the touchpad.

James Mitchell, Thursday, 21 July 2011 17:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Elegant" is the term I hate most from the doucherati.

stet, Thursday, 21 July 2011 17:57 (3 years ago) Permalink


ILX Point Never (diamonddave85), Thursday, 21 July 2011 18:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

One of my friends followed Marco on Ping for some reason. Marco's musical tastes are something to behold.

Your Favorite Album in the Cutout Bin, Thursday, 21 July 2011 18:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

Lotta Phish, I guess.

stet, Thursday, 21 July 2011 18:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

john gruber, newspaper pundit:

Just look at how uncluttered the print edition of The Times is, and how it’s designed to emphasize what is important.

so uncluttered.

joe, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

It would be much more simpler and eleganter if they made an app to display one story at a time and enabled users to three-finger swipe between pages, and they should hand over all their ad revenue to Apple for enabling such simpleness and eleganticity.

James Mitchell, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

I am trying to find a way to explain how the print version isn't really cluttered, but it's really the textbook definition of clutter

mh, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

When you get paid to say things, it's hard to stop saying things.

T.S. Eliot-themed roach fetish porn (silby), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 22:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

typeset nytimes in helvetica

ILX Point Never (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 22:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

the essence of good taste

ice cr?m, Thursday, 28 July 2011 01:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

I dig the nytimes chrome app

flop's son (dayo), Thursday, 28 July 2011 01:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

the one thing that the chrome app and the ipad app do that the website does not is give me a one or two sentence blurb on what the article is about. no need to decipher what an article called 'Skin Deep: Someone Just Like Me Said, ‘Buy It’' is about

flop's son (dayo), Thursday, 28 July 2011 01:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

found it p janky when i tried it a while ago

ice cr?m, Thursday, 28 July 2011 02:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

maybe they dejanked it

flop's son (dayo), Thursday, 28 July 2011 02:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

ok yeah its def p diff than before, but w/e not enough linx per page, needs more clutter

ice cr?m, Thursday, 28 July 2011 02:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

thats cool all the diff views it gives you tho

ice cr?m, Thursday, 28 July 2011 02:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

lol @ their names

ice cr?m, Thursday, 28 July 2011 02:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

i prefer 'doric'

ice cr?m, Thursday, 28 July 2011 02:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

youre a doric

ice cr?m, Thursday, 28 July 2011 02:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

i think ur a doric

flop's son (dayo), Thursday, 28 July 2011 02:37 (3 years ago) Permalink


BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 21 October 2014 15:54 (1 week ago) Permalink

I do actually enjoy Grubes' callouts of that "finally" tic.

Spirit of Match Game '76 (silby), Tuesday, 21 October 2014 16:25 (1 week ago) Permalink

(The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are so nearly identical in Geekbench results that I simply averaged the two together under “iPhones 6”.)

phil phish (diamonddave85), Thursday, 23 October 2014 03:56 (1 week ago) Permalink

Look at how long the title is for his iPad Air 2 review. Couldn't he have called his iPhone review "iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" instead?

markers, Thursday, 23 October 2014 04:04 (1 week ago) Permalink

That’s how much the banks like Apple Pay. They’re giving you money just to try it.

Allen (etaeoe), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 13:12 (2 days ago) Permalink

First, the headline. I think it’s clear that Apple Pay is siding with the credit companies and banks — but they’re not pitted against consumers, they’re pitted against retailers. It’s retailers who want to reduce the use of credit cards (and the resulting fees). Not consumers. Any consumer who doesn’t want to use a credit card can simply not use a credit card. (They can still use Apple Pay with debit cards.) Apple Pay is only allowing us to more easily and securely use the credit/debit cards we already have. For consumers, nothing is worse post-Apple Pay (transaction fees are not higher — the banks pay Apple’s 0.15 percent cut), and much is better (security, privacy, and convenience).

I understand the argument that the 2-3 percent processing fees that retailers pay for credit cards are ultimately passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices, but for consumers that can be offset by cash back and reward programs from their card providers.

I don’t understand how this article amounts to anything more than “Apple should have used magic” hand-waving. What could Apple have done differently that would have actually worked, without involving credit card processors? Remember, Apple Pay doesn’t require retailers to install Apple Pay-specific POS terminal hardware. It famously works with the standard NFC hardware that’s been out for years. Building atop the existing credit card infrastructure is fundamental to people’s willingness to try Apple Pay and to retailers’ ability to accept it. Pressman is implicitly arguing that Apple should have somehow reinvented the entire retail electronic payments industry, without the help of the banks or credit card companies, and presumably with the cooperation of retailers. But we see with CurrentC/MCX the sort of things the retailers would have demanded of Apple in such a hypothetical systems.

Eagerly awaiting Felix Salmon, et al. to smack Gruber down re: interchange.

Re: “Apple should have used magic." Apple can't, but the Fed can (and is):

Allen (etaeoe), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 22:15 (Yesterday) Permalink

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