These are the things I've written that are tagged "philosophy"

Schneier on Security: Our Newfound Fear of Risk

Bruce Schneier: We’re afraid of risk. It’s a normal part of life, but we’re increasingly unwilling to accept it at any level. So we turn to technology to protect us. The problem is that technological security measures aren’t free. They cost money, of course, but they cost other things as well. They often don’t provide […]

Kickstarter’s Spam Problem

Garrett Murray on a troubling trend in Kickstarter projects: At least once a week I receive an unsolicited request to fund a project. These messages are rarely offensive in and of themselves–they’re usually just information about the project and a paragraph or two of generic “please help us out” text–but they’re still spam. They’re usually […]

Right versus pragmatic

Marco Arment, as he often does, speaks wisdom: The pragmatic approach is to address the demand. File this one under things to always remember in business.

A Tale of Two Developers (and the Mac App Store)

The Mac App Store, not even 48 hours old, has already set off small ripples and large waves of change across the Mac OS X development space. From Thursday every single new Mac user knows the Mac App Store as the primary place to purchase software. Even long-time users such as myself will slowly adapt. […]

The 3 Types of Knowledge

There’s the shit you know, the shit you know you don’t know, and the shit you don’t know you don’t know. I’ve long said that one of the primary factors for being considered an “expert” on a given subject, is knowing how long shit takes, which is a split between shit you know and shit you know you […]

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