A couple of unrelated technology things.
First Item: the iPhone vs. “non-Apple smartphone” contrast just got a little more interesting, with Tim Bray joining Google with his main job being to promote Android. He has an inaugural essay here which is very much wroth a read.
The most interesting thing about the essay that is overt is the comparison between the iPhone platform and the Android platform with respect to “freedom.” The most interesting thing that is not overt or obvious is that Tim Bray’s name does not appear anywhere on the page. That is a style and formatting goof, but a very funny one.
Second item: A follow up comment on my highly contentious post on Basic. It was suggested by a commenter that Phython is the new basic. Fine. So, I want to do numerical calculations. I have a choice between two languages: Some primitive form of Basic and Python 2.x. Which do I chose?
Basic. Why? Because Basic can fucking do division, dudes. Like 2/3. Python can’t. Well, you can imort a library module that will do division. IANI. Basic wins.
Third Item: Here’s a study on how students use Wikipedia.
Fourth item: The funniest thing I saw on the intertubes today.