- A BA is just an entry to employment, not to wage growth. Unsurprisingly, businesses are turning toward engineering and sciences for management rather than to humanists. ”Salary Gap Widens as Top Workers in Specialized Fields Reap Rewards”, NYT 2015-07-24.
- The European Central Bank isn’t like other central banks, in case you were wondering. ”Mario Draghi: The ECB Has No Mandate To Ensure Checks Clear Or Credit Cards Work”, Naked Capitalism
- Coke and sugary beverage manufactures take inspiration from the Tobacco industry. ”Coke Tries to Sugarcoat the Truth on Calories” NYT.
- The NYT confirms what we already knew about Amazon’s corporate culture: ”Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace”.
- A meta-analysis of the story and reactions to it: ”Disruption or human lives? Amazon story shows we'll soon have to pick a side”.
The Ghost of Internet Explorer 4 Haunts Safari 8
- A web developer’s blog post highlighting his gripes about Safari; it gets picked up by Ars Technica and causes much head nodding and hand wringing.
- The original post: “Safari Is the New IE”; and a follow up to correct inaccuracies in the first one: Safari Is the New IE 2: Revenge of the Linkbait.
- Others ride the linkbait wave to highlight why the mobile web needs to be better: ”The Mobile Web Sucks”, The Verge.
- Apple’s defenders hit back: Safari Isn’t the New IE: It’s the User-Centric Web.
- From the author of the HTML5 compatibility testing website: ”Safari and IE”.
- Episode 69 of the Debug podcast probably has the best discussion of the issue, though it’s tilted heavily in Apple’s favor and reminds us that Google and Apple have, rather unsurprisingly, different business objectives and therefore distinct visions for the web-based apps: iTunes page for Debug as episode 69 is not on their website yet.
- Ex-Chancellor Wise hid and possible destroyed emails about university affairs, including around the Salaita case. ”Revelations in Phyllis Wise’s emails”.
- Apparently contracts are important: ”Wise throws down the gauntlet, consults with lawyers over her legal ‘options’ against UIUC”.
Software Sucks Series
I stumbled on the following articles about how bad software is, which is a link-baiting way of reminding us that software architecture is still relatively new, especially compared to the architecture of actual buildings. Let’s not forget that buildings also need continual maintenance to remain standing and that many a compromise is made in their construction. Software isn’t much different in that respect.
- ”Why the Great Glitch of July 8th Should Scare You”, Medium July 8, 2015.
- “Everything Is Broken”, Medium May 20, 2014.