You can’t make this stuff up… A German court has agreed to end the bribery trial of Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone in exchange for a $100,000,000 payment from him. (via NY Times)

“The future of media on mobile devices isn’t with applications but with the Web.”
Why Publishers Don’t Like Apps by MIT Technology Review on why they switched to native web and RSS.

Marissa Mayer On the Last Two Years

Playboy: Maybe we should pause and get your definition of what a computer is. How do they work?

Jobs: Computers are actually pretty simple. We’re sitting here on a bench in this café [for this part of the Interview]. Let’s assume that you understood only the most rudimentary of directions and you asked how to find the rest room. I would have to describe it to you in very specific and precise instructions. I might say, “Scoot sideways two meters off the bench. Stand erect. Lift left foot. Bend left knee until it is horizontal. Extend left foot and shift weight 300 centimeters forward…” and on and on. If you could interpret all those instructions 100 times faster than any other person in this café, you would appear to be a magician: You could run over and grab a milk shake and bring it back and set it on the table and snap your fingers, and I’d think you made the milk shake appear, because it was so fast relative to my perception. That’s exactly what a computer does. It takes these very, very simple-minded instructions—“Go fetch a number, add it to this number, put the result there, perceive if it’s greater than this other number”—but executes them at a rate of, let’s say, 1,000,000 per second. At 1,000,000 per second, the results appear to be magic.

Scott Jenson (Google Physical Web Project) Interview

I’m not a look-alike! is a project which is to photograph couples of look-alikes (doubles, doppelgängers). More.

“In 2011, Dr. Pawan Sinha, a professor of vision and computational neuroscience at M.I.T., published his answer to an almost-four-hundred-year-old philosophical problem. The philosopher William Molyneux, whose wife was blind, had proposed a thought experiment in the seventeenth century about a person, blind from birth, who could tell apart a cube and a sphere by touch: If his vision were restored and he was presented with the same cube and sphere, would he be able to tell which was which by sight alone?”

Vienmēr esmu brīnījies, ka tik daudz cilvēku rindā pirms manis pērk divlitrīgos aliņus un 3-in-1 kafijas paciņas pa vienai vai trim. Aliņš tādā tilpumā laikam ir labs, jo ir daudz un lēts (taču ātri atšālējas), bet kafija, savukārt, ir salda un krūzē nepaliek biezumi.

“On why you don’t need the Start Menu in Windows…. 90% of the time, you shouldn’t have to enter the start menu anyway to launch a program. Your main programs should be pinned to your task bar for faster access. We did a lot of research on usage patterns for users. Well over 90% of the time, users use less than 10 core programs in their day to day tasks. Searching should only be used in that rare <10% time where something isn’t in your core group of programs.”
“A few weeks ago, and way late to the game, I started listening to podcasts. Of the several I’ve heard so far, the ones I enjoyed have included Horace Dediu’s “The Critical Path“, Benedict Evans’s “Cubed“, Gabe Weatherhead and Erik Hess’s “Technical Difficulties” and Shawn Blanc’s “The Weekly Briefly“. The ones I’ve disliked have included John Gruber’s “The Talk Show” and Marco Arment’s “Accidental Tech“.”

Rasmus Lerdorf on the history of PHP.

“People love me. Why? Because I’m fun. I’m the life of the party. I bring levity to any situation. Need to soften the blow of a harsh message about restroom etiquette? SLAM. There I am.”