Anthony Weiner and his eponymous Twitter “hack”

On May 28, 2011, in General, by Neil Stevens
Friday night Anthony Weiner, Democrat from New York City and Client Number Nine‘s successor in the House (Edit: mixed up my NY Dems, sorry!), had a problem on Twitter. His account, @RepWeiner, had posted on it a rather inappropriate message. It went like so:
RepWeiner @GennetteNicole http://yfrog.com/h25m3luj 22 hours, 18 minutes ago

The Twitter post and the image on YFrog have since been deleted. To attempt to be delicate about it, the linked photo (posted under Weiner’s YFrog account) was of a man in in somewhat tight-fitting underwear, with just that area of his body visible. Big Government has the photo if you want to judge for yourself.

And to be clear, Weiner is married, and the person the photo was directed at is a 21 year old college student in Washington near the Canadian border. So naturally, Weiner needed to explain this fast. About an hour and a half later, Weiner claimed he’d been hacked. That explanation doesn’t hold up. Here’s why.

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Why am I unhappy with Xcode 4 as an IDE?

On May 28, 2011, in General, by Neil Stevens

I was asked today on a forum why I am unhappy with Xcode as an IDE, and how exactly it forces me to do things in a certain way in order to use it. Here was my reply, with minimal editing done.

I’d rather be able to pick and choose what parts of an IDE I’d like to use, and which I’d rather not use. I’m going to use Xcode here as my example since it’s the first IDE I’ve tolerated in years.

What does an IDE do, at core? It integrates different tools. It integrates your core text editor (that if you’re like me you’re going to spend more time in than everything else combined) with your build tool, your debugger, your profiler, your interface designer, your documentation, and even source control.

A good IDE isn’t going to make you use any one particular flavor of any of those tools. The more poorly designed the IDE, the more you’re wedded to one or another.

Xcode 4 just happened to take the one thing I use the most, the text editor, and mandates you use its flavor of that to be able to use any of the other integration. I have to have it bring up things in its text editor to make use of its build logs, and I have to bring up things it its text editor to make use of its debugger, etc, so Xcode 4 has no value to me. Its integration is counterproductive. Ideally I could just close the window… but you can’t close its text editor window even! It’s all one giant, poorly-designed clutter of an interface.

There are other simple but practical reasons this ruins it for me. I like to have many editor windows open. At times I like to have several docs windows open.

So Xcode has been reduced to me to being a way of generating xcodebuild configurations, and a way of uploading iPhone and iPad test builds onto the hardware. I can use nothing else it does without having its single text editor window shoved in my face, with its editor that isn’t the mature, sophisticated one I use for everything else.

So, I blew a lot of my spare development time last week not actually making progress, but rather figuring out how to get by without loading Xcode. I’ve done that now fortunately. For iOS dev I’ve even gotten an xcodebuild + Makefile process going to run things in the simulator. I now only need to load Xcode when I make changes to the build, because Xcode projects are not really written for human readability. [insert rant against XML]

Integration is great when you want to use every single tool that’s integrated together. But just like some people wanted to use MS Windows without MS Internet Explorer, so too do I want to use some of the Xcode tools without its text editor.

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Tech at Night

Have you ever noticed that the Soros-funded left never refers to Sprint Nextel by the firm’s full name? They only talk about Sprint. You know why? If they say Sprint Nextel, it’ll remind everyone that when #3 Sprint and #4 Nextel merged, wireless competition, prices, and service all improved. If you remember that fact, they think you might make the “wrong” predictions about #2 AT&T and #4 T-Mobile merging, creating a better threat to Verizon, improving competition, service, and prices.

But the whole Sprint/George Soros Unholy Alliance is all about deception. Soros-funded groups like Public Knowledge know nothing else. So says Mike Wendy: “they do great damage to the integrity of the review process, which ultimately harms the American consumer.” And so says Seton Motley: “The “public interest” is best served by what the public is interested in. And the public – the consumers, the people – aren’t at all interested in what Free Press, Public Knowledge and Media Access Project have to offer.”

They’re both right on the money. Their interests are not those of the public. they want to socialize the mass media in America. They call it media reform. Remember “health care reform?” Yeah.

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Getting by without Xcode

On May 27, 2011, in General, by Neil Stevens

So I’m back to using a Makefile for everyday development. In a manner of speaking. I’m still using Xcode projects because it’s hard to get around that. But when I don’t have to make any changes to my Xcode project, I don’t have to have my Xcode project open. Instead, I’m using xcodebuild. However Xcodebuild command lines get long, so… yup. I’m using a Makefile to store those commands:

TARGET = KhrisaliusTactics
CONFIGURATION = Debug
SDK = iphonesimulator4.3
DSTROOT = ~/"Library/Application Support/iPhone Simulator/4.3.2"

SIM = "/Developer/Platforms/iPhoneSimulator.platform/Developer/Applications/iPhone Simulator.app"
CMD = xcodebuild -target $(TARGET) -configuration $(CONFIGURATION) -sdk $(SDK)
DSTDIR = $(DSTROOT)/Applications/$(TARGET)
DSTAPP = $(DSTDIR)/$(TARGET).app

all:
	$(CMD)

clean:
	$(CMD) clean

install:
	$(CMD) install DSTROOT=$(DSTROOT)
	mkdir -p $(DSTDIR)
	rm -rf $(DSTAPP)
	mv $(DSTROOT)/Applications/$(TARGET).app $(DSTDIR)

simulator:
	open -a $(SIM)

run:
	$(SIM)"/Contents/MacOS/iPhone Simulator" -SimulateApplication $(DSTAPP)/$(TARGET)

kill:
	killall $(TARGET)

debug:
	`xcodebuild -sdk $(SDK) -find gdb` -waitfor $(TARGET)
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Tech at Night

This week I already called upon Rick Perry to veto the Texas Amazon Tax, and now I’m left to hope that California Democrats will be less stupid than Joe Straus. Sigh.

Meanwhile the posturing around the AT&T/T-Mobile deal continues. We find from a press conference with COMPTEL CEO Jerry James that the Rural Cellular Alliance is joining with radical left, George Soros/OSI-funded group Public Knowledge to favor government intervention. If only they realized Soros will turn on them as soon as they’re no longer needed to pursue their socialist agenda.

The Wall Street Journal has also looked into the unholy alliance against AT&T. The leading members are of course direct competitors: Leap Wireless, MetroPCS, Sprint. Verizon is also mentioned, but the WSJ lists good reasons Verizon really wouldn’t mind either way. I also see one good reason for Verizon to want to see AT&T and T-Mobile win this: Anything that happens to AT&T now can also happen to Verizon, and Verizon becomes public enemy number one if it’s the undisputed leader of the industry. Sprint, meanwhile, doesn’t have to worry about being #1 because Sprint these days literally has to mooch off its competitors with things like the FCC Data Roaming order just to service its customers, so relatively little does it invest in its network anymore.

John Conyers and Edward Markey are also pressing for big government here. Look, even if you’re the biggest T-Mobile fan, the writing is on the wall regarding the fans of government intervention here. Everyone who is opposing this deal is self-interested, socialist, or both.

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Say it ain’t so, Apple: The ruining of Xcode

On May 25, 2011, in General, by Neil Stevens

So despite, or is it because, I’m hopefully releasing a new game in the fall, I upgraded my Xcode today from 3 to 4. I was horrified to find out that this upgrade broke the most basic of features an IDE can provide: editing code. There’s now no way to integrate Vim with Xcode in the new version. This is so terribly disappointing. It’s a major step back, and now Xcode works against me, not with me.

Relatedly, it now takes up at a minimum much more screen real estate, since you can’t make the editor part of the window go away. I only have finite desktop space, so this is even more of a hindrance. It’s to the point where I realistically would be hurt by keeping Xcode running when I’m not making changes to the build process. The rest of the time I’m now basically forced to use xcodebuild from iTerm.

I’ve long been a defender of Xcode, but this is such a basic thing, and it’s just ruined. Say it ain’t so. Say it ain’t so.

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Governor Perry: Veto HB 2403, the Texas Amazon Tax!

On May 24, 2011, in General, by Neil Stevens

I like Texas. The state has many great things going for it, including a friendly tax and business climate. However Texas has to keep working to stay on top, so when South Carolina is backing down from its refusal to work with Amazon, and Tennessee has dropped its Amazon tax bill, it’s disappointing and frustrating to see Texas moving forward with punitive taxation against an innovative business that creates jobs in Texas.

So Governor Perry, do the right thing and veto HB 2403. Make Texas an example and strike down this attempt to use government to reverse the free market’s choice of Amazon as a winner in the marketplace.

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Top story: the great Steven Crowder has a new video on Net Neutrality. With all the hype on Twitter leading up to this release, I was looking forward to Crowder’s video release. It’s funny, accurate, and devastating to the left. As usual for Crowder.

Sometimes a patent troll runs into fire. Lodsys, as you may recall, decided to abandon the strategy of targeting deep pockets and went after small-time and single developers. Well, Apple struck back, demanding that Lodsys withdraw threats to iOS developers, and warning that Apple would defend its own rights as a license holder.

There’s some rough language, but Twitter user oceankidbilly sums it up perfectly. Heh.

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Tech at Night

Ah, Claire McCaskill. Her not particularly active Twitter account said this week that she wants to be careful about regulation of privacy online, lest those regulations cause us all to have “less access to amazing stuff.” True statement I think. Too bad she refused to stick to her guns on the radical left’s key policy, Net Neutrality. On that issue, McCaskill told MyDD government regulation could cause “an open and free exchange of information” and that she would be “happy to wage” the fight to regulate.

Not sure how to reconcile these two positions except that when the radical left tugs on Claire McCaskill’s leash, she jumps, regardless of what’s good for America or for Missouri.

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Tech at Night

I’ve been meaning to write about Sprint and the alliance it’s making with the shady, fringe left. Well, since that alliance is against AT&T, and trying to bring government down on AT&T, they’ve started to do the work for me with their myth busting posts. Part 1 takes down fringe left group Public Knowledge and its testimony to the Senate. AT&T illustrates how absurd it is to criticize the firm for planning to run three networks in parallel: “2G” GSM, “3G” UTMS/HSPA, and “4G” LTE. Guys, this is why we need more spectrum: innovation and growth. But, the radical left would rather we all suffer just to lash out for socialism.

Tech transitions take time. AT&T points out that when the FCC-mandated end of life came for “1G” analog cellular service, there were a million of their customers still using it. Just imagine how many people would be disrupted if the radical left imposed an arbitrary end of life for GSM!

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