iPhone 4 battery life

I recently fixed up an old iPhone 4 for fun and to try out iOS. Turns out it’s limited to iOS7 which means most of the apps I try to install don’t work. Damn you apple, damn you.

I stuck it in airplane mode to fast charge, then plugged it out and forgot about it. A few days later I came back and found it at 100% battery life. Turns out the iPhone 4 has incredible battery life if you put it in airplane mode and do nothing with it.


6 Days, 17 hours, 85% and counting

The War On Ads, continued

Peter-Paul Koch over on quirksmode.org has mirrored my own thoughts on ads far more eloquently than I could ever manage:

Ad-funded free content providers have a strong vested interest in pretending the web is in danger from ad blockers. They need to protect their revenue stream — and if they can generate some clicks along the way, so much the better.

But the web is a lot larger than just news sites with problematic business models. E-commerce sites, brochure sites, government sites, personal homepages, web interfaces for various services, none of them are inconvenienced in the slightest by ad blockers.

Read the rest here – http://www.quirksmode.org/blog/archives/2016/03/the_webs_origin.html

The War On Ads

I spotted on techcrunch this morning that my favourite browser, Opera, has just added a built in adblocker which it claims speeds up page loads by up to 90% in some cases. This is sure to fuel the current tension surrounding ads and adblocking. 

I stand firmly on the side of blocking ads. I’ve heard the arguments for ads, for white-listing a site so it can continue to profit etc. I’ve even complied a few times just to test out the experience, and I quickly relented. 

I’m not going to go into a big anti-ad rant just now. I don’t have time. I’ll just say this: I hate ads. I hate them on TV, billboards, junk mail, spam, web page popups, inlines, sponsor messages, or in apps – especially in apps, and I know you do too. Everyone does, and the narrative that we need them in order to keep things the way they are is just more marketing on top of marketing.

I never have, and never will, put ads on any of my websites, or in any of my apps.


There was a news story linked on Hacker News this morning about how a yacht belonging to Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen damaged a coral reef in the Cayman islands. It’s not really much of a story, but it led me down a wikipedia rabbit-hole of mega-yachts.

This is a picture of the yacht in question, the MV Tatoosh, 92m long


Tatoosh’s features include:
• Five decks;
• a master suite, a saloon and other rooms on the top deck;
• a saloon with a French limestone fireplace, a dining area, staterooms and a ladies’ powder room on the main deck;
• a shaded 6 feet (1.8 m) deep swimming pool with adjustable floor in depth, located aft on the main deck beneath a full overhang;[9]
• a movie theater;
• facilities to transport two helicopters on the top two decks;
• custom 40 feet (12 m) power and sailboats

A limestone fireplace! That’s not even the biggest yacht Allen owns. Here’s the “Octopus”, 127m long


Some of Octopus main features are:
• an owner-exclusive deck (includes walk-in closet, study, outside bar with whirlpool)
• a glass bottom swimming pool
• a cinema
• a music recording studio
• a hangar for two helicopters
• a 10-person submarine

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octopus_(yacht)

But here’s the thing. Octopus is not even in the top 15 biggest private yachts in the world. Keep clicking around wikipedia and you’ll eventually find a list of motor yachts by length – most of the biggest owned by middle eastern leaders / royalty.

If you ever wanted a quick visual of how filthy rich the richest people on earth are, there it is.

The Danger of Answers

(WARNING: this article contains spoilers for Bladerunner. If you haven’t seen it then oh my god what the hell are you doing reading a blog? Go and watch Bladerunner!)

Patrick Rothfuss wrote a very interesting review of Rama II (and subsequent blog post) in which he discussed “the danger of sequels”. In short, he felt that Rama II, though itself not a bad book, was so different stylistically and thematically from the first that he did not enjoy it. Worse, in the introduction it mentioned that Clarke had always intended Rendezvous with Rama to be a standalone novel. This retroactively ruined the first book for Pat. That, in a nutshell was his problem with sequels.

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