• The Sundar Pichai Hearing Was a Major Missed Opportunity

    Issie Lapowsky, Wired:

    Later, Rep. Ted Lieu, also of California, carried all the weight for Pichai with a stunt that compared search results for Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) to results for Rep. King. He found that the results for Scalise mostly turned up stories about his book, while results for King mostly called him a bigot. “If you want positive search results, do positive things,” Lieu warned his colleagues, reserving almost no scrutiny for the man actually seated in the witness chair.

  • CocoaHeads Boston will meet this Thursday. @mitch will present “Adding MDM Configuration Support to iOS Apps”.

    Time and location details

  • I did not think I would like Mojave’s Dark Mode, but after trying it for a few months I find Light Mode absolutely garish.

    • Saturday: Call plumber because heat stopped working.
    • Monday: Call plumber because water heater stopped working.
    • Later Monday: Call National Grid because water heater repair created a gas leak.

    Current status: no hot water.

    Does anyone want to buy my house?

  • That feeling when you have to call a plumber to fix your gas water heater two days after you had a plumber at your house to fix your gas furnace.

  • I enabled cross-posting from Micro.blog to Mastodon.

  • I could not make it to this evening’s protests, but I am grateful for everyone who did show up to protest for the protection of the special counsel’s investigation.

  • There will be a nation-wide rapid response protest at 5:00 PM local time today.

    The Boston event will be on the Boston Common.

  • Rapid response protests are happening across the country at 5pm local time Thursday.


  • Well, that (relatively) good feeling didn’t last long. Trump fired Jeff Sessions.

    According to this Trump Is Not above the Law page, this is “one step short of the break glass moment” that would trigger a rapid response protest.

  • I released Unread and Feed Hawk updates to support the 2018 iPad Pro.

    The Unread update required some design tweaks. The traditional layout would have put the title label right under the home indicator, and the iPhone X layout would have looked silly on such a wide device.

  • CNN reports that Stacey Abrams is not conceding yet. It’s a long shot, but the numbers are close and Kemp pulled numerous stunts in an effort to suppress votes. She is right to make sure all the votes are counted.

  • Not a perfect election night, but we got a House of Representatives interested in fulfilling its duty to hold the executive branch accountable.

  • Happy to see Elizabeth Warren win by a huge margin. She was running against Geoff Diehl, who was Trump’s Massachusetts campaign co-chair in 2016.

    Bad news: ABC is calling it for Cruz.

  • NBC News is already calling it for Elizabeth Warren, but the Boston Globe has no results yet.

  • Good morning. Let’s do this, America.

  • Spending the day reloading fivethirtyeight.com will help, right?

  • CocoaHeads Boston will meet this Thursday evening. The agenda includes Stefan Reitshamer discussing his release of Arq Cloud Backup.

    There is room on the agenda for additional presentations, so get in touch if you would like to present something to the group.

  • Tuesday’s Election

    Barack Obama:

    You’ve got to vote. When you vote, you’ve got the power to make it easier to afford college, and harder to shoot up a school. When you vote, you’ve got the power to make sure a family keeps its health insurance; you could save somebody’s life. When you vote, you’ve got the power to make sure white nationalists don’t feel emboldened to march with their hoods off or their hoods on in Charlottesville in the middle of the day.

    Tuesday is election day. If you are eligible to vote in the United States and have not already done so, please vote on Tuesday.

  • It’s a good thing I’m not a gambler. I’d have bet good money against both a new MacBook Air and a new Mac mini.

    In all seriousness, the new hardware looks fantastic. I am concerned about the new MacBook Air inheriting the keyboard problems of the MacBook Pro.

  • Boston 2002, after the Patriots win the Superbowl: announcement that there will be a parade 2 days later. Who knew champion cities got parades??

    Boston 2018: So, the parade will be Tuesday?

  • World Series champions.

  • OK Red Sox, let’s do this.

  • No score in the fifth inning. Tonight’s game could be another long one.

    Random trivia: the longest professional baseball game was a 33 inning game played by the Pawtucket Red Sox at McCoy Stadium in 1981.

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