It dawned on me during breakfast. Coaster sets come in various containers and as I stared at this particular empty holder, I realized it could be used to hold my iPhone. It props your phone up a bit, and there's a convenient opening to channel your recharging cable.
And what of the coasters it once held? Without a home, they are coasting around the dining table.
Q: When is optimization sub-optimal? A: When it creates an Android bug that crashes your phone during a call to 911. Details of the bug can be found in Ars Technica , but I want to focus on the integer overflow/underflow that caused the crash: return account1.hashCode() - account2.hashCode(); Nevermind the variable names and the invocation of hashCode() . The problem is subtracting without looking, and returning a number that might be too large or too negative for the program to handle. Google corrected the code by using the Java compare() method: return Integer.compare(account1.hashCode(), account2.hashCode()); which limits the return values to -1, 0, or 1, indicating account1 is less than, equal to, or greater than account2, respectively. This raises two questions: "Why did the original code use subtraction?" and "Wasn't this tested?" Addressing the first question, I've seen overflows and underflows before, and even wrote about them in Space, Time, and I
Steve Wozniak continues to support Apple in unexpected ways. His book, iWoz , raises my iMac 27" 5K Retina Display computer to a comfortable eye level. Long time users of the iMac will recognize this setup, as the stand is not height adjustable. I confess I have not read Wozniak's book, and no, I did not buy the book simply to adjust the height of my display. Rather, I purchased this book for my son in 2006, who needed a subject for a grade school book report. Wozniak's goal was to share the thrill of engineering with young minds, and he succeeded. His hardcover book serving as a monitor accessory was a bonus. When Apple recently announced the Apple Studio Display with a height adjustable stand, my Apple Watch betrayed my heart rate. It was everything I wanted for my next computer: display separate from the CPU 27" 5K Retina Display with native 2x resolution beautiful construction a height adjustable stand At $1600 I wouldn't hesitate. But add $400 for the he
Based on YouTube ads, Google classifies me as an overweight young adult who likes video games but struggles with arthritis. Clearly, Google has me confused with someone else, which is both amusing and a relief. Back in November 2020, I ran a little experiment where I enabled ad personalization for a period of 3 months. I was feeling a little... um... Grouchy about privacy, and wanted to see if targeted ads hit or miss their Marx . Ads that pegged me as a college student or young adult included Grammarly , Dr. Squatch Soap , and video games. Admittedly, I watched most of the video game ads in their entirety, and by doing so, I likely misled the algorithm to my alleged youthfulness. But then there were ads I found intellectually insulting and wished I could block. They were from Prager U and The Epoch Times, and they would present news and commentary on politics, family, and climate change in a facile and seductive manner, rather than in a thoughtful and sincere way. Even when I ski