Linked: “Why I Quit Twitter — and Left Behind 35,000 Followers”

via NYTimes:

When I announced Tuesday that I would leave Twitter to the anti-Semites, racists and misogynist “Bernie Bros” who had been threatening female reporters covering Hillary Clinton, something clicked in Twitter headquarters. Almost immediately, I began receiving emailed notices informing me that many of the accounts I had flagged had been suspended. I could not determine what criteria Twitter was using, why @thebadgoy, @annudahshoah and @grandpalampshade were determined to be abusive, yet @CapoReturns, @wolfe_fan (A.K.A. Terminus Est) and @goyimist were just fine.

and

Mr. Goyimist recently bragged, “The best thing about a new #twitter account is getting re-blocked by all the faggots who blocked your old account. *rubs hands together*”

Social Media and being a part of a conversation is about trust, privacy and safety. If you don’t feel any of those things, you go to another network. The fact that I have over 30 Twitter accounts isn’t right and if it is, I should be able to validate why those exist and if my IP address and cookie (which I know Twitter injects in my computer via the browser) is being used by multiple accounts flagged for harassment, all of them should be banned. These tools aren’t difficult to write.

Twitter is to my experience, the best social network I’ve ever used but it also was the worst when measured by the amount of anonymous trolls and hecklers compared to other networks.

Linked: “The 9.7″ iPad Pro Review”

via Anandtech:

The 9.7” iPad Pro is an upgrade from the iPad Air 2 in essentially every respect. What’s interesting is that in some ways it actually represents an upgrade from the 12.9” iPad Pro. While a quick examination of Apple’s launches would lead you to believe that the 9.7” iPad Pro was launched late, it actually looks like it was launched on schedule, while the 12.9” model was the one that was delayed. This explains the significant gap between the displays and cameras of the two iPad Pro models, with the larger of the two having been planned to launch before Apple began moving any of their products to a wider gamut, and well before a 12MP camera debuted on the iPhone 6s. Because of this, Apple is now in a bit of an awkward situation, as there’s no way for someone to actually buy an iPad with the absolute best specs for every component. It’s worth going over where the smaller iPad Pro differs from the larger model, as well as what changes have been made coming from the iPad Air 2.

The iPad Pro 9.7” is better in every way over the Air 2 and better in some ways over the iPad Pro 12.9” but if performance is the #1 factor, the 12.9” is still the top-dawg. 

Technology: Going iPad Pro

I’ve sold my iPad Air 2 and have ordered an iPad Pro. Looking forward to the switch:

iPad Pro 9.7

This is also the first time I’ve bought a tablet on a payment plan. I moved to this method for my iPhone 6S last year and I’m happy with it. It’s interest free and after 2 years, the device is yours. At any time, you can pay Verizon what’s left on the loan. The only disadvantage is a larger monthly set of bills but really that’s it.

I really like the iPad Smart Cover ever since the iPad 2 but i’ve never used a back-case. I’m pretty interested in seeing how the Silicone Case + Smart Cover work in day to day use. It would certainly keep the resale value of the device up higher.

Linked: “Read more blogs”

via Seth Godin:

Here’s the thing: Google doesn’t want you to read blogs. They shut down their RSS reader and they’re dumping many blog subscriptions into the gmail promo folder, where they languish unread.

And Facebook doesn’t want you to read blogs either. They have cut back the organic sharing some blogs benefitted from so that those bloggers will pay to ‘boost’ their traffic to what it used to be.

BUT!

RSS still works. It’s still free. It’s still unfiltered, uncensored and spam-free.

In an age where Facebook, Google and Twitter all think their news feeds you read should be curated and thrown against an algorithm of things you might read based on a ton of AI factors, the blog doesn’t do that. I publish things to an RSS feed which is delivered to you w/o a filter. It’s the best way to consume news, period.