Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Love is Selfish


For any given parent-child relationship, there's probably some alternative parent who would be a better parent on any objective scale your care to measure, and even on the subjective ones.

There's a potential parent who is richer, more emotionally stable, more in love with the idea of a child and willing to have that love applied to the actual child, with a better sense of ethics and morality, and a greater ability to raise a child with those positive traits, all while teaching the child to avoid negative aspects of life, after consciously weighing them, and while not judging others who weigh things differently.

Despite this, just about any parent who was confronted with the opportunity to hand their child over permanently to someone who fit that description would balk at the suggestion, and violence might even ensue, depending on how serious the suggestion was when it was made.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Android Finance

I sent this as feedback to Google, because the flaws in the Android Finance app were annoying me:

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Hi,

It feels like you guys haven't bothered improving this in a while.

Could you please review how to make it better rather than letting it stagnate?

High res screens like the Galaxy S4 show the graphs as tiny, as the graphs seem to be a fixed size in pixels.

Adding a stock always results in an error message, but on refreshing, it's been added correctly.

There seems to be no way to drag and drop the order of items, so their stock in the order they were added.

You add stocks to a "portfolio", but it's just a list of tickers without the ability to even log stocks that you own, let alone integrate in with actual portfolio management tools.

I know that a stock tool seems like it doesn't *need* to do much, but there are lots of opportunities to do things that will blow people away, especially considering it's a default app, so loss of people use it.

Regards,

David Crafti
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I sent the email by clicking the link within the app. Here is the feedback I got:

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Hello [my email address],

We're writing to let you know that the group you tried to contact (android-finance-feedback) may not exist, or you may not have permission to post messages to the group. A few more details on why you weren't able to post:

 * You might have spelled or formatted the group name incorrectly.
 * The owner of the group may have removed this group.
 * You may need to join the group before receiving permission to post.
 * This group may not be open to posting.

If you have questions related to this or any other Google Group, visit the Help Center at http://support.google.com/a/google.com/bin/topic.py?topic=25838.

Thanks,

google.com admins

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Well, now I know why the app appears to be so neglected.

To the Android Finance developers... In memoriam.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Jawbone Etiquette

My workplace bought each of us a Jawbone Up for end of year presents, and we promptly added each other to our "teams".

This means we can all see, after the fact, when each other have been sleeping or walking (I assume the NSA can also see it).

Among the sleeping data is a  categorisation of awake, light sleep or deep sleep. This metadata can potentially be very revealing about a person, so I was wondering what the etiquette of sharing our discussing this data might be. Particularly in the context of workmates, management and  peer pressure.

For example, is it ok to ask about a long walk that a person took? How about a long sleep? Napping during the day? What about waking up in the middle of the night, or taking a long time to get to sleep? Can you say to a person who seems a little grumpy that they need more deep sleep?

It's obvious that it is possible to stray into the creepy zone, so what rules should exist and how can they be articulated?

How do you feel about this?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Australia's 2013 Election is a Prisoner's Dilemma

Tl;dr: Either Tony Abbott reneges on his plan to give preferences to the Australian Labor Party ahead of the Australian Greens, or Labor wins the election easily.


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Internode Id Increment Security Vulnerability

I was looking at the tracking information for a new phone I've ordered and I noticed that the id in the URL was relatively short, and that the site requires no authentication. That combination is always a red flag.