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Compare the Front Pages of Yesterday’s Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times

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Remember a few weeks ago when The Chicago Sun-Times fired its entire photography staff and claimed they could replace them with reporters armed with iPhones? Here’s the result.

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yyota
2675 days ago
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Pathetic...
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dzar34
2675 days ago
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Yuck, Sun-times. Good decision, though...
Milwaukee
rikishiama
2676 days ago
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well, the difference is stark enough, but it has to be said that the Tribune's photo is not a great photo either.
jhamill
2675 days ago
Definitely. They choose a bad photo and didn't edit it to fit their layout. That's the issue, not the type of camera that took the photo.
2672 days ago
The Tribune's photo is cropped in the picture. The top half is cut off.
emdot
2676 days ago
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Read it and weep, Sun-Times.
San Luis Obispo, CA
satadru
2676 days ago
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Shocked, shocked...
New York, NY
jamesdurand
2676 days ago
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Well that's just embarrassing.
BN
2676 days ago
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Doing less with less...

The Pace of Modern Life

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'Unfortunately, the notion of marriage which prevails ... at the present time ... regards the institution as simply a convenient arrangement or formal contract ... This disregard of the sanctity of marriage and contempt for its restrictions is one of the most alarming tendencies of the present age.' --John Harvey Kellogg, Ladies' guide in health and disease (1883)
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yyota
2684 days ago
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Where will it stop?
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chrisamico
2671 days ago
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All of this has happened before, and all of it will happen again.
Boston, MA
oliverzip
2674 days ago
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Has twitter wrecked modern communcation?
Sydney, Balmain, Hornsby.
izogi
2683 days ago
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Fortunately, as I'm informed, it had all calmed down again by the time of my parents' generation.
antgiant
2683 days ago
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"Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things." -- Douglas Adams
Oviedo, Florida
bloodvayne
2682 days ago
Society will be society, what's interesting is how inherently the "nostalgia fallacy" is simply society's self-preservation against seemingly "hostile" undercurrent. Reminds me of this article from Art of Manliness, also a very thorugh read http://www.artofmanliness.com/2012/07/12/the-generations-of-men-how-the-cycles-of-history-have-shaped-your-values-your-place-in-the-world-and-your-idea-of-manhood/
stsquad
2683 days ago
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Nice commentary on modern commentary.
Cambridge, UK
bscherrer
2684 days ago
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@mahea50 Word.
San Diego, California
iridesce
2684 days ago
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now let's make one for "damn kids are spoiled and have no respect for their elders these days"
DC
iridesce
2684 days ago
whoops, nevermind, i see you 1906.
rgsunico
2684 days ago
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Brilliant.
Quezon City
marcrichter
2683 days ago
tl;dnr :P
redson
2684 days ago
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The Golden Age Fallacy in action.
claysmith
2684 days ago
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“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” — Ecclesiastes 1:9
Escondido, CA
dcwarwick
2684 days ago
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And on it goes.
Edmonton, AB, Canada
taddevries
2684 days ago
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Get off my internet lawn you free loaders.
mscholes
2684 days ago
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The summary is beautiful ;-)
benmurray
2684 days ago
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Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things. -- Douglas Adams
adamgurri
2684 days ago
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the public comments on this comic seem to imply everyone swallows the premise of the letters...I had though Munroe's point was more that we keep hearing the same arguments over and over again in each age.
New York, NY
btomhave
2684 days ago
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Those who fail to learn from history... yada yada yada...
Michdevilish
2684 days ago
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Definitive proof that human faculties have been dwindling since at least 1871, and show no signs of abating in their sad dwindleMent...
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the7roy
2684 days ago
1871? Try ~360 BCE when Plato wrote, "they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves. The specific which you have discovered is an aid not to memory, but to reminiscence, and you give your disciples not truth, but only the semblance of truth; they will be hearers of many things and will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing; they will be tiresome company, having the show of wisdom without the reality."
tfrab
2684 days ago
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O tempora, o mores
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pdp68
2684 days ago
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Nostalgia isn't as good as it used to be.
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internetionals
2684 days ago
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Nice to see it spelled out to people that "nostalgia" is of all times. And the that troubles of today were often already there earlier, but people just remember them differently.
Netherlands
Ludwig
2684 days ago
Consider the possibility that the authors of these quotes were correct (well, except the divorce and nudity one,) like that Aristotle quote where he bitches about “kids these days,” instead of resigning it to “ah, it was ever thus.”

Nexus 7, One Year In

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Dustin Earley:

I can’t find one person who has been using the Nexus 7 for an extended period of time, and hasn’t seen a massive downgrade in performance. Just what kind of downgrade are we talking here? I cannot pick up my Nexus 7 without experiencing problems like a lag of ten seconds, or more, just to rotate the display; touches refusing to acknowledged; stuttering notification panel actions; and unresponsive apps.

I tried the basics at first, like a factory reset. I then moved onto drastic measures, like rooting and installing CyanogenMod 10.1 (which I thought would surely fix everything, since I’ve used faster devices with lesser hardware, and performance problems were merely a lack of software optimization). And nothing seems to work.

My first-generation iPad from 2010 works just as well as the day I bought it. Actually, even better, because iOS has gotten better.

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yyota
2685 days ago
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Ouch
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lywyn
2684 days ago
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"My nexus has got slower with each os upgrade. My iPad is still fast". Interesting people have both devices. Well I have had a nexus for over year and a half now and it's as fast as the day I got it so maybe its the apps installed on it that slows other peoples down? Can't believe Gruber has got to the level he has to blog about one persons view of how they think their android tablet has gotten slower. Has Apple got nothing new to blog about? Seriously is this what he blogs about now? Boring. And a blog with out comments section is just a soap box
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jdguitard
2679 days ago
I have to say I agree with Gruber on this one. 3 years ago I bought a Droid Incredible and an iPad. I don't have the Incredible anymore but friends do and I have noticed how LAGGY the device has become especially since the Gingerbread update. So freaking slow I would rather break the phone in a million pieces than actually use this garbage. How can people be ok with such bad performance is beyond me. BTW my iPad first gen still runs like a charm.
lywyn
2678 days ago
I had an iPhone 3g and iPhone 4 for a while and noticed they slowed with each upgrade. Should I say that this was an Apple plan to force me to upgrade? I have had 3 iMacs over the years and each new OS release the systems got slower so again should I accuse Apple? No. In most cases a factory reset and installing the apps I use (rather than the all the apps I had accumulated). Gruber is a joke to blogging (don't even call it journalism) for quoting "my mate had a x and it went really slows after an upgrade". Report facts or opinions but not "what he said". Anyone backing this is up just joining the mob mentality of "yeah it must be true" he said!
Svart
2685 days ago
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I'm no Android fan and gave up my Nexus 7 in 2 weeks after purchase. But Gruber is stretching it a bit, saying his iPAD 1 is working better with iOS 5. Mine became slow as a dog particularly Safari also many games. And would crash all the time.
London
adamturoff
2685 days ago
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N7 seems to get slower with every OS update.
stefanetal
2685 days ago
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What did my mother-in-law get?
Northern Virginia
cjhubbs
2685 days ago
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Gruber may be an Apple fanboy, but on this one he's right. My wife's Nexus 7 has gotten unbearably slow over the past year. My first-gen iPad is still awesome.
Iowa
davebriggs
2685 days ago
+1 - mine is soooo slow. Very annoying!
chengjih
2685 days ago
Hmm, mine is about the same as the day I got it. There's some lagginess when it's doing app updates, but it's obviously doing app updates, so there's no mystery on why it's slow at that point.
mcormier
2685 days ago
Except for maybe safari which crashes frequently in the original iPad, because it runs out of memory trying to render the page.
cjhubbs
2685 days ago
I suppose it's possible that my wife's N7 *seems* slower because I'm now subconsciously comparing it to my iPhone 5, but still, geez, it's slow. Next tablet she gets is an iPad mini.
yyota
2685 days ago
My 1st gen iPad is much slower than when I bought it. It lacks ram and the iOS 5 update uses much more than iOS 4 :-(
cjhubbs
2685 days ago
My biggest frustration with my iPad 1 is that it doesn't support iOS6 and the multitude of apps that require it.
samuel
2685 days ago
I test the NewsBlur Android app on a Nexus 7 and it's always been a dog. Which is good, I guess, because it means I am forced to figure out a faster means of sync and feed fetching.
ericdano
2685 days ago
Except that the newsblur client doesn't work well on an iPad 1 and Sam has no intention on supporting it anymore
samuel
2685 days ago
I'm also removing iOS 5 support from the next iOS app with offline support. Too much of a burden and not enough users use iOS 5. Hell more are on iOS 7 than iOS 5 right now.
ericdano
2685 days ago
Stupid. Removing iPad 1 support is stupid. I don't think a lot of us want offline reading support. I'd rather have something that works with an ipad1 But what do I know. I'm just a paid user
leonick
2685 days ago
It isnt stupid, Samuel gave you a perfectly sensible reason, there are ore users on iOS 7 than on iOS 5. I'll say this though, the original iPad got a far to short life span, by apple standards anyway, it has gotten great support by Android standards, the problem is that someone screwed up when deciding on the techincal specs and it only got 256mb of ram even if the iPhone introduced later the same year ended up having double that.
lukeman
2685 days ago
I still think it's a shame that the first-gen iPad was hamstrung by a tiny amount of RAM (256MB which is the same amount as the 3GS but with ~5x the pixels to push). Had they bumped that up to 512MB it would be running iOS 6 and as viable as the 3GS still is today. Even when it shipped with iOS 3.2 and no multitasking, Safari would often need to reload tabs when switching as memory was such a limited resource. Gruber's review of the original iPad limited the RAM talk mostly to Safari, but within a few months those same pain points applied system-wide from iOS 4+. Given that and the uptake of newer devices, you can't blame developers for dropping support for the OG iPad.
trekkie
2685 days ago
THey work great as 3 year old kid netflix viewing devices though, my daughter loves my original model 16gb for that. If she breaks it, I don't care. Then again she's used it since she was 2 and hasn't broken it.
islandzero
2685 days ago
It's just the reality of the technology in the iPad 1 and the new APIs in the ios7, it's just not going to be able to handle things like spriteKit appropriately. Those complaining about slow iPad 1s are you actually complaining about games and other content that wern't intended to be run on the iPad 1's slower processor and video hardware? My iPad 1 is still snappy enough when using mail and moderate browsing, but it certainly can't handle many recent games.
JamesDiGioia
2684 days ago
I'm actually in the opposite situation - I have a first gen iPad that is pretty much unusably slow, while my girlfriend has a Nexus 7 she uses regularly and loves.
nmmds69
2684 days ago
Is that the 16GB N7 with less than 3GB free gotcha? Apparently the 8GB and 32GB models are normally OK. Cheapo eMMC I guess, mine was really slow at times...
lukeman
2684 days ago
@islandzero: iPad 1 couldn't even handle switching tabs in Safari without needing to reload. Also, no one said anything about it getting iOS 7 as iOS 6 dropped support for the iPad a year ago. The processor and GPU in the iPad 1 weren't terrible—I tested lots of apps (traditional and games I worked on using Cocos2d, a spiritual precursor to SpriteKit) on my iPad and it wasn't a slouch. It simply didn't have enough RAM given the larger screen size (which means more assets that need to be stored in RAM no matter if it's a game or a UITableView). I still love my OG iPad, but comparing a product that Apple no longer supports itself to the N7 which is still being sold as a flagship device is silly even if the thing runs a little like poo. It _is_ Android after all. ;)
pyrho
2684 days ago
I've managed to restore my Nexus 7's performance by disabling Google currents background sync + clearing the cache (in settings>Storage)...

Feedly is listening: the roadmap you helped us shape

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Our focus over the last 60 days has been to add new hardware and release weekly incremental updates to make the transition from Google Reader to feedly as seamless as possible.

That effort is paying off: Our community is growing. 68% of the users who try feedly end up converting into weekly active users. Active users have been doubling the amount of time they spend reading their feedly. And thanks to a great partnership with Buffer, we have seen a 10 fold increase in the amount of content feedly users share on Google+, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

But we still have a long way to go. We have been turning to the community to finalize the roadmap for the rest of this year – thanks for the 3,500+ ideas and the tens of thousands of votes you casted on uservoice. This is what it looks like:

1) Speed. This is the most important aspect of the feedly experience. We recently hired some great people on both the dev and ops sides and we look forward to sharing with you the result of their work.

2) Search within my feedly (link to uservoice).

3) Pure web access (see uservoice).

4) Windows Phone and Windows 8 (link to uservoice)

5) Improved group sharing (see survey result)

6) Bug fixes (login, utm_source, loading…, missing feedly mini, adding feeds)

One more thing:

We are also hearing from users that saving their feeds is not enough: One of the key features of Google Reader was that they had an ecosystem of apps – apps that people love and depend upon.

We have been working behind the curtains with the developers of Reeder,Press,Nextgen Reader,Newsify andgReader as design partners for our Normandy project[1]. Today we are excited to announce that you will be able to access your feedly from all these apps before Google Reader retires and that the access to feedly API will be free. More details soon.

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June is going to be another crazy, awesome month.

Please continue to send your suggestions to @feedly or feedly.uservoice.com. If you are a blogger or publisher, check out our new publisher tools page and start building your feedly network by adding a feedly button to your site.

[1] When we announced the Normandy project, we received more than 100 developer requests. We apologize to all the developers who did not get into the first batch of invites. We are working hard on the second batch. If you are a developer, interested in the feedly API, please fill the developer form, to help us prioritize your request.

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2699 days ago
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Boom... feedly is back in the race with reeder :-)
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The Curious Case of Google Hangouts History

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Do you remember the post about the updated Gmail chat logs? The new interface is only displayed for Google Hangouts conversations, while the old interface is still used for Google Talk/Chat conversations.

The updated interface no longer treats chat logs like regular Gmail messages, so many features like reply, forward, label, "move to inbox" are gone. You can no longer disable chat history from Gmail's settings, but you can click "delete Hangout history" to "permanently delete all messages" in a Hangout.

Google Hangouts logs are loaded dynamically, as you can see in this screenshot. This suggests that the logs aren't really stored like standard Gmail messages.


I clicked the "print" icon next to one of my Hangouts and I was surprised to notice that the print preview page only included a few messages, not the entire conversation.

In fact, Google Hangouts logs are only displayed in the regular desktop Gmail interface. They're nowhere to be found in the "basic HTML" interface or in the mobile Gmail sites/apps, not even when you use the search feature.

I disabled the conversation view in Gmail's settings to see how this affects Hangouts logs. Each reply was displayed in its own separate message, so a Hangout generated tens of message. Google Hangouts logs are unusable if you disable conservation view.

A very basic feature that worked well ever since Google Talk was launched is now broken: buggy, more limited and less useful.

{ Thanks, Katty. Katie. }
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yyota
2701 days ago
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Sad to lose such nice features, one less reason to stick with google.
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TheRomit
2700 days ago
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Another case of an "upgrade" that comes with loss of key functionality.
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