indefensible: john gruber

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Given that one of the levels involves catching suicide-jumping Foxconn factory workers, it’s more surprising that the game got into the App Store in the first place than that it was removed.

James Mitchell, Wednesday, 14 September 2011 04:43 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...

geez step off that soapbox, marco.

Please withdraw the free-update offer. We will not hold you to it.

Really. Please. [...] Please let us give you more money.

jeff tWEEDy (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:04 (eight years ago) link

Koch Brothers Flout Law With Secret Iran Sales ★
Deep report by Asjylyn Loder and David Evans for Bloomberg on Koch Industries:

A Bloomberg Markets investigation has found that Koch Industries — in addition to being involved in improper payments to win business in Africa, India and the Middle East — has sold millions of dollars of petrochemical equipment to Iran, a country the U.S. identifies as a sponsor of global terrorism.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Great investigative reporting.

damn what sort of inside infos u got on koch, better watch yr back grubes baby

ice cr?m, Monday, 3 October 2011 15:06 (eight years ago) link

Scaling at Instagram

Mike Krieger, Instagram co-founder, on their engineering blog:

With more than 25 photos and 90 likes every second, we store a lot of data here at Instagram.

25 photos per second is more than the 24 frames per second of a motion picture.

good eye gruber!!

jeff tWEEDy (diamonddave85), Monday, 3 October 2011 16:51 (eight years ago) link

maybe instagram is... MAKING A MOVIE

ice cr?m, Monday, 3 October 2011 16:52 (eight years ago) link

Yeah that was just mind-bogglingly inane

ilx user 'silby' (silby), Monday, 3 October 2011 16:56 (eight years ago) link

Uh-oh: Gruber reads ILX -

James Mitchell, Monday, 3 October 2011 17:52 (eight years ago) link

the essence of good taste

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caek, Monday, 3 October 2011 18:03 (eight years ago) link

metafilter's own

stet, Monday, 3 October 2011 18:11 (eight years ago) link


ilx user 'silby' (silby), Monday, 3 October 2011 20:08 (eight years ago) link

Gruber's structurally valid Jobs obit:

After the WWDC keynote four months ago, I saw Steve, up close.

He looked old. Not old in a way that could be measured in years or even decades, but impossibly old. Not tired, but weary; not ill or unwell, but rather, somehow, ancient. But not his eyes. His eyes were young and bright, their weapons-grade intensity intact. His sweater was well-worn, his jeans frayed at the cuffs.

But the thing that struck me were his shoes, those famous gray New Balance 991s. They too were well-worn. But also this: fresh bright green grass stains all over the heels.

Those grass stains filled my mind with questions. How did he get them? When? They looked fresh, two, three days old, at the most. Apple keynote preparation is notoriously and unsurprisingly intense. But not so intense, those stains suggested, as to consume the entirety of Jobs’s days. There is no grass in Moscone West.

Surely, my mind raced, surely he has more than one pair of those shoes. He could afford to buy the factory that made them. Why wear this grass-stained pair for the keynote, a rare and immeasurably high-profile public appearance? My guess: he didn’t notice, didn’t care. One of Jobs’s many gifts was that he knew what to give a shit about. He knew how to focus and prioritize his time and attention. Grass stains on his sneakers didn’t make the cut.


Late last night, long hours after the news broke that he was gone, my thoughts returned to those grass stains on his shoes back in June. I realize only now why they caught my eye. Those grass stained sneakers were the product of limited time, well spent. And so the story I’ve told myself is this:

I like to think that in the run-up to his final keynote, Steve made time for a long, peaceful walk. Somewhere beautiful, where there are no footpaths and the grass grows thick. Hand-in-hand with his wife and family, the sun warm on their backs, smiles on their faces, love in their hearts, at peace with their fate.

James Mitchell, Thursday, 6 October 2011 14:17 (eight years ago) link

His enduring, long-lasting legacy: that Gruber no longer has to pay for an SMS plan.

James Mitchell, Thursday, 6 October 2011 14:18 (eight years ago) link

this blog is a diff color rite now

ice cr?m, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 22:47 (eight years ago) link

did he go to dark gray in mourning

ice cr?m, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 22:48 (eight years ago) link

hard to read bro

ice cr?m, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 22:48 (eight years ago) link

really on a roll with the glib, breathtakingly thick, arrogant posts at the moment! go john!

caek, Thursday, 13 October 2011 14:59 (eight years ago) link

Most revealing line of his 4S review:

I asked for and received a Sprint model from Apple for testing, so that I could compare it against AT&T and Verizon.
Wasn't aware he got his stuff for free, especially when past blog posts lead you to believe he's been paying for upgrades and new phones.

James Mitchell, Thursday, 13 October 2011 15:19 (eight years ago) link

I'd assume (hope) that he returned it when done?

avant-garde heterosexuals (mh), Thursday, 13 October 2011 15:20 (eight years ago) link

I love how Baig, Pogue, and Mossberg get review units before everyone else, and race to publish their reviews. Where by “love” I of course mean “hate”.

James Mitchell, Thursday, 13 October 2011 15:20 (eight years ago) link

I’m not sure why this has erupted into such a little blog publishing world scandal. It’s certainly wrong for someone to accept one of these machines and then write about it without disclosing that it was a gift (or a review unit, or whatever you want to call it), but I don’t get why some people are so up in arms about Microsoft giving them out in the first place.

James Mitchell, Thursday, 13 October 2011 15:23 (eight years ago) link

tbf i think 'Where by “love” I of course mean “hate”.' is a horribly formed joke about jealousy, rather than him thinking it is wrong in principle to review stuff you haven't bought.

don't get me wrong though, he's still a terrible person.

caek, Thursday, 13 October 2011 15:24 (eight years ago) link

Grubes has stated multiple times that he always returns his review units.

Your Favorite Album in the Cutout Bin, Thursday, 13 October 2011 15:25 (eight years ago) link

James Mitchell, Monday, 24 October 2011 08:33 (eight years ago) link


ice cr?m, Monday, 24 October 2011 15:34 (eight years ago) link

oh man

Millsner, Tuesday, 25 October 2011 03:44 (eight years ago) link

indefensible or not, the more he descends into (unintentional) self-parody, the more entertaining I find him

Millsner, Tuesday, 25 October 2011 03:45 (eight years ago) link

October 20th:

The fields aren’t new, but their usefulness for Siri is.

October 24th:

Yeah, seems like a nice idea to use these fields to aid Siri, but it’s not what they’re there for.

James Mitchell, Tuesday, 25 October 2011 04:47 (eight years ago) link

damning, just damning

the jazz zinger (s1ocki), Tuesday, 25 October 2011 04:51 (eight years ago) link

this post i feel like is top level gruber self regard

ice cr?m, Wednesday, 26 October 2011 18:28 (eight years ago) link


i dont even

caek, Wednesday, 26 October 2011 18:30 (eight years ago) link

wait, who actually believes that humans are rational thinking machines...?

dayo, Wednesday, 26 October 2011 18:34 (eight years ago) link

1. economists
2. other people
3. jon gruber (himself only, not the other humans)

ice cr?m, Wednesday, 26 October 2011 18:36 (eight years ago) link

Daniel Kahneman is p interesting, was just looking to see if he was on twitter before i found that gruber post

ice cr?m, Wednesday, 26 October 2011 18:36 (eight years ago) link

Think this is a good thread for these guys:

Enjoy your $100 per issue magazine subscriptions, everyone.

James Mitchell, Friday, 28 October 2011 15:32 (eight years ago) link


the jazz zinger (s1ocki), Friday, 28 October 2011 16:00 (eight years ago) link


markers, Thursday, 10 November 2011 15:12 (eight years ago) link

yeah grubbie's on a roll with this flash news

sk8 bush (diamonddave85), Thursday, 10 November 2011 16:56 (eight years ago) link

Nothing further to say on the matter.

James Mitchell, Thursday, 10 November 2011 17:54 (eight years ago) link

to be fair, they don't really use quicktime for non-video content anymore!

mh, Thursday, 10 November 2011 17:55 (eight years ago) link


markers, Sunday, 13 November 2011 20:35 (eight years ago) link

. . .

markers, Sunday, 13 November 2011 20:35 (eight years ago) link


markers, Sunday, 13 November 2011 20:35 (eight years ago) link

he doesn't know what the word "disinterested" means

caek, Tuesday, 15 November 2011 19:05 (eight years ago) link

btw i love john siracusa

markers, Tuesday, 15 November 2011 19:16 (eight years ago) link


caek, Tuesday, 15 November 2011 19:23 (eight years ago) link

people who do apple podcasts really don't know how to speak, eh

the jazz zinger (s1ocki), Tuesday, 15 November 2011 20:10 (eight years ago) link

which podcasts are you referring to yo

markers, Wednesday, 16 November 2011 00:24 (eight years ago) link

James Mitchell, Wednesday, 16 November 2011 13:48 (eight years ago) link

loved that episode and he totally knows how to speak tbh!!!

markers, Wednesday, 16 November 2011 14:21 (eight years ago) link

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