Maus, the Pixel experience, and more: THE WEEKLY RECAP (2022#04)

I. Need. To. Sleep. Week. Has. Been. Ex. Haus. Ting.

Fox only, no items, final destination

A couple cool pieces on how mainstream video games have become. The one on FT goes along the huge amounts of money the industry has been generating during the last decades, overcoming other forms of cultural content such as films and tv.

On the other hand, you have some of the big problems of the medium. If you want to consider video games as pieces of art or culture, you need some way to store and make those playable for future generations. However, copyright and privative systems that stop working after some years, without the possibility to run your old software and repair your hardware make this conservation extremely difficult.

Why gaming is the new Big Tech battleground, on the Financial Times
Academics want to preserve video games. Copyright laws make it complicated., the Washington Post

Tech going mainstream

I always love when research sneaks into mainstream media. First of all, it makes the general public aware of cool stuff that does not really impress you anymore, and watching their reaction is always kind of cool. Then, sometimes you are lucky and journalists oversell stuff in big ways. Probably you have seen news where it seemed that cancer was cured, we would make black holes, and achieved nuclear fusion. Anyway, this is not the case, and I have to say that the piece is quite well redacted, and it is very conservative with the possible applications of the technology of event cameras. Interested read if you want to delve into how sometimes just measuring dynamic changes is much more useful than getting the absolute amount of photons arriving to your detector.

A new type of camera, on The Economist

Apple standards

Interesting read on connection standards for Apple products. I personally hate «standards», moreover in tech, as they give place to dozens of proprietary solutions which are unique to individual devices, thus killing the idea of having a universal solution. I highly doubt that Apple will bend the knee and start supporting USB connectors, as they seem more interested in pushing wireless tech (both for transmission and charging batteries), but who knows.

How Apple destroys Lightning, on mjtsai

The 1984 treatment

Sad story, as Maus is one of the best historical comics (or graphic novel, if you prefer the term) around. I vividly remember reading it during my undergrad studies, and I still can picture some of the frames in my mind. Seems like society is regressing to darkest times, where books were forbidden not by their content, but for the ideas they could sow in our kids. It is also surprising where they justified the decision based on the language of the work, in a country where you could listen to your president talking about grabbing women by the pussy, or killing people in the middle of the street. Dream of Californication…

Tennessee school board bans Holocaust graphic novel ‘Maus’ , on CNBC

The Pixel experience

Really funny piece on Vice about the lifecycle of Google Pixel phones, and how many people are just realising how crappy the Android ecosystem really is. Don’t get me wrong, Apple is not doing much better, but at least you can use your phone for a solid 5-6 years until they slow it down with some software «upgrades».

Google started advertising Android as an open platform (lol), then saying that each company being able to modify it would improve the quality of the ecosystem (lol), and then, after several years of vendors building crappy devices, they started selling ‘flagships’ to control a bit the Android experience. This kinda worked, but then the support has been a terrible mess. Buy the best Android phone in the market, then trash it after three years. Good job guys!

For millions of years, these metals formed underground, and then, with great ingenuity and exploitation, those metals were mined, transported, and sold as amazing and necessary technology, making Google incredibly rich. And Google has decided it will only put those rocks to use for three measly years before turning those rocks into something even less valuable than rocks. It’s now garbage. 

Aaron Gordon – A really happy Android user
Google Is Forcing Me to Dump a Perfectly Good Phone, on Vice

And thats it for the week. Stay safe!

Featured image from Maus, by Art Spiegelman

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