» Terror threat against Anita Sarkeesian

The Standard Examiner:

Utah State University confirmed some staff received an anonymous email terror threat on Tuesday from someone claiming to be a student proposing “the deadliest school shooting in American history” if it didn’t cancel a Wednesday event featuring a prominent Canadian-American author, blogger and feminist.

I seriously don’t even know what to do with people anymore.

The point is, of course, to silence women. Because women having opinions about video games is apparently the worst thing that has happened ever.

UPDATE: Sarkeesian has canceled her appearance because over concerns about insufficient security.

» So long, Macworld, and thanks for all the hangovers

Macworld/iWorld Expo and Fan Fest-o-rama and carnival rides and late nights wondering why we bothered to stop at the Pied Piper with that creepy mural when the bartenders clearly hated us if not all humanity, why didn’t we just go straight to House of Shields? What, are we stupid? Anyway, IDG has announced that thing is “on hiatus”.

Meaning it’s over.

My first Macworld was 2007 when Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone. I asked Glenn Fleishman “Are they all like this?” No, of course, they weren’t, but they were a great way to get together with people who shared an interest in the same thing. I’d list all the people I met there but it was practically everyone I know in the Apple community. I even touched Ron Johnson there. Just walked up to him and… touch. Then I walked away. He didn’t even look at me.

Well, we’ll always have WWDC.

» Gamergate primer

If you’re trying to catch up on Gamergate, Jay Hathaway provides a great summary.

Gamergaters demand to be seen simultaneously as a 70-million-strong market force, too big for the industry to ignore, and as a persecuted minority. They warn advertisers it’s “racist” and “sexist” when a gaming site dares to point out that most angry gamers are young, white, and male. At the same time, they argue that angry, young, white males are those sites’ “target audience,” and writers offend them at their own risk.

Jay and I have had beers on several occasions in case you want to add this to the web of conspiracy behind the failure of ethics in game journalism.

» Way Too Long

This episode of The Rebound is interrupted by BREAKING NEWS! News that Apple’s having an event next week. Anyway, we talk about that, bugs in iOS 8, Phil Schiller’s presentation skills and set-top boxes.

» Nope

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella being completely and profoundly wrong:

“It’s not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raise,” Nadella told a confounded (and predominantly female) audience at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing on Thursday.

Have faith in the system! The one that’s already failing you!

Added: That was quick. He’s already walking it back (via David Chartier).

» ‘Piegate’

I was on episode 57 of the Clockwise podcast along with Dan Moren, Jason Snell and Georgia Dow to talk about the iOS 8 adoption rate, Google’s responsibility to eighty-six illegally gained images and the upcoming Apple event.

» ‘It’s been way too long’

That’s the what the invitation to the Apple event now set for October 16th says.

It’s been two years since the Mac mini’s been updated but I really doubt it’s in reference to that. Apple TV? Maybe a tongue-in-cheek reference to having just had an event? Please tell me there isn’t a U2 song by that name.

» ‘Trouble at the Koolaid Point’

Kathy Sierra’s horrible story about how she was driven to leave the Internet contains a comparison that might make it more understandable to readers of this site.

But here’s the key: it turned out he wasn’t outraged about my work. His rage was because, in his mind, my work didn’t deserve the attention. Spoiler alert: “deserve” and “attention” are at the heart.

A year later, I wrote a light-hearted article about “haters” (the quotes matter) and something I called The Koolaid Point. It wasn’t about harassment, abuse, or threats against people but about the kind of brand “trolls” you find in, say, Apple discussion forums. My wildly non-scientific theory was this: the most vocal trolling and “hate” for a brand kicks in HARD once a critical mass of brand fans/users are thought to have “drunk the Koolaid”. In other words, the hate wasn’t so much about the product/brand but that other people were falling for it.

She’s disturbingly right about the use of Twitter as a platform for harassment.


» ‘Why the Apple iPhone lost China’

MarketWatch headline back in early September. It’s funny because it’s not true.

» The Samsung slump

The Guardian’s Charles Arthur details the bind that Samsung is in.

“It appears that Samsung has been cutting prices in order to maintain market share but has lost market share anyway,” [Radio Free Mobile consultancy's Richard] Windsor said. “This increasingly looks like beginnings of the vicious cycle which ended the dominance of Ericsson, HTC, Motorola, BlackBerry and Nokia.”

Wait, you mean that cutting prices and racing to the bottom isn’t a winning strategy? That has to be a typo, right?