» ‘Apple and Dropbox say they don’t support a key cybersecurity bill’

The Washington Post:

Apple and Dropbox said Tuesday that they do not support a controversial cybersecurity bill that, according to critics, would give the government sweeping new powers to spy on Americans in the name of protecting them from hackers.

Looks like I owe Dropbox another apology. Happy to extend it, though.

(Via The Loop)

» Turning This Car Around #82: Dad Boner

On this episode of America’s most inappropriate dadcast, we talk about movies and legendary dads we knew.

» The Rebound #56: Bondi Blue or GTFO

In this episode we talk about Apple’s new stuff (keyboard, mouse, iMac) and then we lose Dan. But just because of Comcast.

» Computer Show

A tech talk show by Adam Lisagor’s Sandwich Video set in 1983 interviewing founders of 2015. Just… just go already.

» iMac with 4K Retina display

Writing for Macworld, Jason Snell gives it pretty good marks with a caveat:

The base storage configuration of the 4K iMac is a 1TB, 5400rpm hard drive. It’s been a few years since I regularly used a Mac with a spinning disk as its primary hard drive, and man, did it feel slow.


I agree with his suggestion: Don’t settle for a spinning drive anymore. Fusion or GTFO, which means this model starts at $1600. The non-Retina is still available with a speed bump starting at $1099 but with a spinning drive.

I am still rocking my 2007 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo iMac as a media server thanks to having swapped in a hybrid drive. Yeah, it’s still slow, but the hybrid drive gave it another couple of years.

Jason also has reviews of the new Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2 on SixColors.

» ‘Long Hours Backfire for People and for Companies’

Sarah Green Carmichael, writing for The Harvard Business Review:


There’s a large body of research that suggests that regardless of our reasons for working long hours, overwork does not help us. For starters, it doesn’t seem to result in more output.

Back when I toiled away in the SQL mines (amount of gold found = zero), I found the best bosses were the ones who expected long hours approaching project deadlines and then made sure to give you liberal time off during down times. The worst expected you to work like a dog year-round regardless of what was going on.

Based on my experience, I feel like you certainly can be productive with periodic bursts of long hours (I don’t think I would have finished my part of The Visual Guide to Minecraft if not). But expecting long hours on a regular basis with a commute on top of it is simply legalized indentured servitude.

» Maybe not

Charles Arthur says that Google has denied asking for the data Motor Trend said it asked for. So, apologies to Google for the aspersions if it’s not true.

» The new Porsche 911 only has CarPlay

Motor Trend:

So much for “Do No Evil.” There’s no technological reason the 991/2 doesn’t have Android Auto playing through its massively upgraded PCM system. But there is an ethical one. As part of the agreement an automaker would have to enter with Google, certain pieces of data must be collected and mailed back to Mountain View, California. Stuff like vehicle speed, throttle position, coolant and oil temp, engine revs—basically Google wants a complete OBD2 dump whenever someone activates Android Auto. Not kosher, says Porsche. Obviously, this is “off the record,” but Porsche feels info like that is the secret sauce that makes its cars special. Moreover, giving such data to a multi-billion dollar corporation that’s actively building a car, well, that ain’t good, either. Apple, by way of stark contrast, only wants to know if the car is moving while Apple Play is in use. Makes you wonder about all the other OEMs who have agreed to Google’s requests/demands, no?

Well, it would if there were any kind of difference between Apple and Google other than the fact that Apple charges too much and adkjfa;doijadlkadjaj

(Via The Verge)

UPDATE 10/7/2015: Google says not so.

» Turning This Car Around #80: Figurative Hole in the Ground

This week on America’s most equal dadcast we talk about sharing duties and then entertainment and bathrooms.

» Hermès

Benjamin Clymer takes a look at the interesting, almost crazy, history of Hermès in light of its new relationship with Apple. Starting at $1,100, the Watch with the Hermès strap will be one of the cheapest things in their store.

(Via Ryan Bateman)