App.net will begin paying out $20K monthly to app developers

The system App.net arrived at is a monthly poll e-mailed to App.net members requesting feedback on the apps they used during the previous month. Using basic algorithms and sliders, members indicate their level of satisfaction with apps. Once submitted, the ratings will be used to generate a score for each app, which will be used to determine the level of monthly financial allocation developers receive.

The program is optional, and developers should feel no pressure to participate, Caldwell said. Developers are still welcome to monetize their apps through sales or advertising, he said.

Dalton Caldwell is working really hard to make App.net a great platform for developers to build apps on. I personally can’t wait for Tapbots to bring something like Tweetbot to the network – which I imagine isn’t far off.​

Former Copyright Boss: New Technology Should Be Presumed Illegal Until Congress Says Otherwise

​Mike Masnick, for techdirt:

This is, to put it mildly, crazy talk. He is arguing that anything even remotely disruptive and innovative, must first go through the ridiculous process of convincing Congress that it should be allowed, rather than relying on what the law says and letting the courts sort out any issues. In other words, in cases of disruptive innovation, assume that new technologies are illegal until proven otherwise. That’s a recipe for killing innovation. 

Every time I read copyright news, I do a double take because I think I’m reading The Onion. It’s like these people are preemptively parodying themselves.

New Vinyl Versions of Beatles’ Albums on the Way

Vinyl enthusiasts will get their way on Nov. 13, when the Beatles’ stereo catalog will be reissued both as a series of separate albums – the original LPs, using the original British track sequences, plus a two-disc “Past Masters” set that includes all the singles and other non-LP tracks – and as a box set that also includes a lavishly illustrated, 252-page, LP-size hardbound book by the BBC producer Kevin Howlett. The box will be a limited edition of 50,000 copies, worldwide.

​As if I needed more hipster cred.

Gainfully employed

As of today, I am now employed on a part-time basis by Cal Dining here at UC Berkeley.​ I’ll likely be working on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the days on which I don’t have any classes. 

I didn’t apply for a job because I needed the money, as my family has been very generous in enabling me to attend one of the best universities in the world and live modestly but comfortably. Instead, I applied because I found that I was wasting my free days. Rather than doing homework (or working on this site), I was sitting around catching up on television shows  and movies.​ 

I’m hoping that the monetary incentive of an actual job will keep me motivated to put my time to positive use. Since I also have a (basic) meal plan, I figure that if I work 15-20 hours a week and cook my own meals most of the ​time then I can have positive cash flow every two weeks. For some reason, I feel like seeing the numbers in my accounts go up over time will make me feel like the responsible adult whom I’d like to be, and inspire me to make positive changes to my other work habits as well.

Todd Akin: Constituents Who Want My Attention Should ‘Write Me A Decent Check’

AKIN: I’m in a three-way primary for the US Senate. I’ve gone to people and asked for their support, their help, or their endorsement, and some people say yes. They write me a decent check. I remember that.The people that I thought were friends that tell me to go away because they are supporting someone else, I remember that. You know, I can remember back to 12 years ago. You remember who’s helping you. That’s one way that people get to know congressmen and senators.

I guess it’s refreshing to see a politician be honest about the fact that he’s a scumbag.​

Email forwarding: I’m an idiot for not doing this sooner

Like many Berkeley students, I’ve finally reached the point where I’m sick of CalMail. I could describe how shitty the interface is, or try to convey how often the site freezes and sends out three copies of my emails, but I decided that I could get most of the idea across with a single screenshot. 

​When I upgraded my iPhone 4S to iOS 6 last week, I was reminded that I could create an iCloud email address. I decided that there could be no harm in it, and took the 5 seconds needed to set it up. I then left it untouched until today, when I went to check my Gmail inbox. I had over 500(!) unread emails, and decided enough was enough. It was time to simplify things.

In approximately 3 minutes, I was able to point both of my email addresses to my iCloud address. From there, I upgraded my MacBook Air to Mac OS X 10.8.2, which let me turn on mail syncing within the iCloud settings in Preferences. I then opened the Mail app and deleted​ my Gmail account. Now when I open Mail, I am greeted by this glorious sight:

There’s beauty in simplicity, don’t you think?​