Coding Horror I’m Loyal to Nothing Except the Dream

There is much I take for granted in my life, and the normal functioning of American government is one of those things. In my 46 years, I remember presidents roughly beginning with Carter; I’ve lived under nine different presidents. I’ve voted in every presidential election since 1992, but I do not consider myself a Democrat, or a Republican. I vote based on leadership – above all, leadership – and issues.

In my 14 years of blogging, I’ve never written a political blog post. I haven’t needed to.

Until now.

It is quite clear something has become deeply unglued in the state of American politics.

As of 2017, the United States, through a sequence of highly improbable events, managed to elect an extremely controversial president.

A president with historically low approval ratings, elected on a platform many considered too extreme to even be taken literally:

Asked about Trump’s statements proposing the construction of a wall on the US-Mexico border and a ban on all Muslims entering the country, Thiel suggested that Trump supporters do not actually endorse those policies.

“I don’t support a religious test. I certainly don’t support the specific language that Trump has used in every instance,” he said. “But I think one thing that should be distinguished here is that the media is always taking Trump literally. It never takes him seriously, but it always takes him literally.”

The billionaire went on to define how he believes the average Trump supporter interprets the candidate’s statements. “I think a lot of voters who vote for Trump take Trump seriously but not literally, so when they hear things like the Muslim comment or the wall comment their question is not, ‘Are you going to build a wall like the Great Wall of China?’ or, you know, ‘How exactly are you going to enforce these tests?’ What they hear is we’re going to have a saner, more sensible immigration policy.”

A little over a week into the new presidency, it is quite clear that Trump meant every word of what he said. He will build a US-Mexico wall. And he signed an executive order that literally, not figuratively, banned Muslims from entering the US — even if they held valid green hards.

As I said, I vote on policies, and as an American, I reject these two policies. Our Mexican neighbors are not an evil to be kept out with a wall, but an ally to be cherished. One of my favorite people is a Mexican immigrant. Mexican culture is ingrained deeply into America and we are all better for it. The history of America is the history of immigrants seeking religious freedom from persecution, finding a new life in the land of opportunity. Imagine what it feels like to leave everything you know behind, your relatives, your home, your whole life as you know it, to take your entire family on a five thousand mile journey to another country on nothing more than the promise of a dream. I’ve never done that, though my great-great grandparents did. Muslim immigrants are more American than I will ever be, and I am incredibly proud to have them here, as fellow Americans.

Help Keep Your School All American!

Trump is the first president in 40 years to refuse to release his tax returns in office. He has also refused to divest himself from his dizzying array of businesses across the globe, which present financial conflicts of interest. All of this, plus the hasty way he is ramrodding his campaign plans through on execurive order, with little or no forethought to how it would work – or if it would work at all – speaks to how negligent and dangerous Trump is as the leader of the free world. I want to reiterate that I don’t care about party; I’d be absolutely over the moon with President Romney or President McCain, or any other rational form of leadership at this point.

It is unclear to me how we got where we are today. But echoes of this appeal to nationalism in Poland, and in Venezula, offer clues. We brought fact checkers to a culture war … and we lost. During the election campaign, I was strongly reminded of Frank Miller’s 1986 Nuke story arc, which I read in Daredevil as a teenager — the seductive appeal of unbridled nationalism bleeding across the page in stark primary colors.

Daredevil 233 page excerpt

Nuke is a self-destructive form of America First nationalism that, for whatever reasons, won the presidency through dark subvocalized whispers, and is now playing out in horrifying policy form. But we are not now a different country, we remain the very same country that elected Reagan and Obama. We lead the free world. And we do it by taking the higher moral ground, doing what is right before doing what is expedient.

I exercised my rights as a American citizen and I voted, yes. But I mostly ignored government beyond voting. I assumed that the wheels of American government would turn, and reasonable decisions would be made by reasonable people. Some I would agree with, others I would not agree with, but I could generally trust that the arc of American history inexorably turns toward justice, towards freedom, toward equality. Towards the things that make up the underlying American dream that this country is based on.

This is no longer the case.

I truly believe we are at an unprecedented time in American history, in uncharted territory. I have benefited from democracy passively, without trying at all, for 46 years. Now I understand that the next four years is perhaps the most important time to be an activist in the United States since the civil rights movement. I am ready to do the work.

  • I have never once in my life called my representatives in congress or the house. That will change. I will be calling and writing my representatives regularly, using tools like 5 Calls to do so.

  • I will strongly support, advocate for, and advertise any technical tools on web or smartphone that help Americans have their voices heard by their representatives, even if it takes faxing to do so. Build these tools. Make them amazing.

  • I am subscribing to support essential investigative journalism such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post.

  • I have set up large monthly donations to the ACLU which is doing critical work in fighting governmental abuse under the current regime.

  • I have set up monthly donations to independent journalism such as ProPublica and NPR.

  • I have set up monthly donations to agencies that fight for vulnerable groups, such as Planned Parenthood, Center for Reproductive Rights, Refugee Rights, NAACP, MALDEF, the Trevor Project, and so on.

  • I wish to see the formation of a third political party in the United States, led by those who are willing to speak truth to power like Evan McMullen. It is shameful how many elected representatives will not speak out. Those who do: trust me, we’re watching and taking notes. And we will be bringing all our friends and audiences to bear to help you win.

  • I will be watching closely to see which representatives rubber-stamp harmful policies and appointees, and I will vote against them across the ticket, on every single ticket I can vote on.

  • I will actively support all efforts to make the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact happen, to reform the electoral college.

  • To the extent that my schedule allows, I will participate in protests to combat policies that I believe are harmful to Americans.

  • I am not quite at a place in my life where I’d consider running for office, but I will be, eventually. To the extent that any Stack Overflow user can be elected a moderator, I could be elected into office, locally, in the house, even congress. Has anyone asked Joel Spolsky if he’d be willing to run for office? Because I’d be hard pressed to come up with someone I trust more than my old business partner Joel to do the right thing. I would vote for him so hard I’d break the damn voting machine.

I want to pay back this great country for everything it has done for me in my life, and carry the dream forward, not just selfishly for myself and my children, but for everyone’s children, and our children’s children. I do not mean the hollow promises of American nationalism …

We would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

Is not nationalism—that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary so fierce it engenders mass murder—one of the great evils of our time, along with racism, along with religious hatred?

These ways of thinking—cultivated, nurtured, indoctrinated from childhood on— have been useful to those in power, and deadly for those out of power.

… but the enduring values of freedom, justice, and equality that this nation was founded on. I pledge my allegiance to the American dream, and the American people – not the nation, never the nation.

Daredevil 233 page excerpt

I apologize that it’s taken me 46 years to wake up and realize that some things, like the American dream, aren’t guaranteed. There will come a time where you have to stand up and fight for them, for democracy to work. I will.

Will you?

[advertisement] At Stack Overflow, we help developers learn, share, and grow. Whether you’re looking for your next dream job or looking to build out your team, we’ve got your back.


http://blog.codinghorror.com/im-loyal-to-nothing-except-the-dream/
http://blog.codinghorror.com/

LG Watch Style leak offers clear images of the Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch

Google_Android_Lawn_Statues (13)

The LG G6 has been leaking quite a lot lately, but it’s not the only major new device that LG is cooking up. Rumors say that the company is also prepping a couple of new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches with Google, and now some clear images of one watch have leaked out.

The device you’re looking at below is the LG Watch Style. The images, which come to us from Evan Blass, so a round-faced Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch with a digital crown on the side of the case. This crown can be used to navigate through the Watch Style’s software.

LG Watch Style, in silver (top) and rose gold (bottom) pic.twitter.com/JlHaq35bZ0

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 28, 2017

Rumored specs for the LG Watch Style include a 1.2-inch 360×360 display, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, IP67 water resistance, and a 240mAh battery. Android Wear 2.0 is expected to be running on the LG Watch Style, along with the Google Assistant.

If you’re not quite feeling the LG Watch Style, remember that Google and LG are also said to be cooking up a larger device called the LG Watch Sport. This higher-end model is rumored to include a 1.38-inch 480×480 touchscreen, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, IP68 water and dust resistance, a 430mAh battery, LTE connectivity, GPS, and NFC for Android Pay.

Both watches are expected to be officially announced on February 9 and then launch in the US on February 10.


http://androidandme.com/2017/01/news/lg-watch-style-leak-clear-images-of-the-android-wear-2-0-smartwatch/
http://androidandme.com/category/news/

LG Watch Style leak offers clear images of the Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch

Google_Android_Lawn_Statues (13)

The LG G6 has been leaking quite a lot lately, but it’s not the only major new device that LG is cooking up. Rumors say that the company is also prepping a couple of new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches with Google, and now some clear images of one watch have leaked out.

The device you’re looking at below is the LG Watch Style. The images, which come to us from Evan Blass, so a round-faced Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch with a digital crown on the side of the case. This crown can be used to navigate through the Watch Style’s software.

LG Watch Style, in silver (top) and rose gold (bottom) pic.twitter.com/JlHaq35bZ0

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 28, 2017

Rumored specs for the LG Watch Style include a 1.2-inch 360×360 display, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, IP67 water resistance, and a 240mAh battery. Android Wear 2.0 is expected to be running on the LG Watch Style, along with the Google Assistant.

If you’re not quite feeling the LG Watch Style, remember that Google and LG are also said to be cooking up a larger device called the LG Watch Sport. This higher-end model is rumored to include a 1.38-inch 480×480 touchscreen, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, IP68 water and dust resistance, a 430mAh battery, LTE connectivity, GPS, and NFC for Android Pay.

Both watches are expected to be officially announced on February 9 and then launch in the US on February 10.


http://androidandme.com/2017/01/news/lg-watch-style-leak-clear-images-of-the-android-wear-2-0-smartwatch/
http://androidandme.com/category/news/

Sprint rolls out limited time $50 unlimited plan

Sprint logo

Sprint is one of the carriers that offers an unlimited plan, and now it’s hoping to draw in new customers with a limited time promotion.

Sprint has announced that it is currently offering its standard unlimited plan for $50 per month for the first line, which is down from the normal $60 per month the carrier usually charges. The plan includes unlimited talk and text and unlimited optimized data access. That means you’ll be able to stream an unlimited amount of video at up to 480p resolution, streaming games up to 2Mbps, and streaming music up to 500Kbps.

Sprint says customers can get two unlimited plans for $90 per month with the deal, too, while each additional line after that will be $30 per month. It’s also worth noting that customers that sign up for this plan will only get the $50 price through March 31, 2018. After that, the monthly price will go back to the regular $60.

This deal will only be available for the next four days, so if this sounds like something you’d like to take advantage of, be aware of the timeframe.


http://androidandme.com/2017/01/news/sprint-rolls-out-limited-time-50-unlimited-plan/
http://androidandme.com/category/news/

You can wash the Kyocera rafre with foaming soap

Kyocer Rafre

In a world where most of our smartphones look generally similar, unique features stand out. And if you’ve ever had the desire to wash your phone with foaming soap, Kyocera finally has you covered.

Kyocera’s new “rafre” smartphone is a device that will come in three colors: pink, blue, and silver. It has a 5-inch HD display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot to expand that storage, a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and it will launch on the Japanese carrier KDDI in March of this year.

Kyocera rafre colors

With the basics out of the way, here are the real bullet points for the upcoming rafre.

First, it’s a phone that you can wash if it gets dirty. And not just with water, either. Kyocera says you can clean up the rafre with foaming soap, too, to really get out those smudges. That includes both hand soap and body soap. The touchscreen can be used when it’s wet, so getting caught out in the rain isn’t something to worry about.

Kyocera rafre cooking app

There is also a cooking app pre-installed on the device which is designed to let folks in the kitchen check out a recipe without actually touching their phone. Despite the fact you can clean it with soap, if you prefer to keep your handset clean while you cook, the app will let users utilize gestures to turn pages, set timers, and even answer calls.

One of the other interesting aspects of the handset is the “Smart Sonic Receiver” technology Kyocera is implementing in the rafre. The handset doesn’t have a traditional earpiece at the top of the handset, so water and dirt can’t slip in. Instead, Kyocera uses the Smart Sonic Receiver tech to send vibrations through the phone’s display to the user’s eardrum to pass sound along.

No word on pricing just yet, but if you’re in Japan and this phone catches your attention, those details should be available through KDDI soon.

What do you think of the Kyocera rafre?


http://androidandme.com/2017/01/news/you-can-wash-the-kyocera-rafre-with-foaming-soap/
http://androidandme.com/category/news/

You can wash the Kyocera rafre with foaming soap

Kyocer Rafre

In a world where most of our smartphones look generally similar, unique features stand out. And if you’ve ever had the desire to wash your phone with foaming soap, Kyocera finally has you covered.

Kyocera’s new “rafre” smartphone is a device that will come in three colors: pink, blue, and silver. It has a 5-inch HD display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot to expand that storage, a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and it will launch on the Japanese carrier KDDI in March of this year.

Kyocera rafre colors

With the basics out of the way, here are the real bullet points for the upcoming rafre.

First, it’s a phone that you can wash if it gets dirty. And not just with water, either. Kyocera says you can clean up the rafre with foaming soap, too, to really get out those smudges. That includes both hand soap and body soap. The touchscreen can be used when it’s wet, so getting caught out in the rain isn’t something to worry about.

Kyocera rafre cooking app

There is also a cooking app pre-installed on the device which is designed to let folks in the kitchen check out a recipe without actually touching their phone. Despite the fact you can clean it with soap, if you prefer to keep your handset clean while you cook, the app will let users utilize gestures to turn pages, set timers, and even answer calls.

One of the other interesting aspects of the handset is the “Smart Sonic Receiver” technology Kyocera is implementing in the rafre. The handset doesn’t have a traditional earpiece at the top of the handset, so water and dirt can’t slip in. Instead, Kyocera uses the Smart Sonic Receiver tech to send vibrations through the phone’s display to the user’s eardrum to pass sound along.

No word on pricing just yet, but if you’re in Japan and this phone catches your attention, those details should be available through KDDI soon.

What do you think of the Kyocera rafre?


http://androidandme.com/2017/01/news/you-can-wash-the-kyocera-rafre-with-foaming-soap/
http://androidandme.com/category/news/

Samsung Galaxy S8 revealed in new photo

Samsung Galaxy S8 live leak

Samsung hasn’t made the Galaxy S8 official just yet, but the rumor mill has worked pretty hard to reveal just about everything it can regarding the next flagship, leading up to a new photo revealing the handset out in the wild.

VentureBeat has published a photo that allegedly shows both the front and back of the upcoming Galaxy S8, along with plenty of supplemental information. As previously rumored, the new handsets will feature larger displays than previous Galaxy S-branded devices, and there won’t be the familiar navigation buttons on the front of the handset, either.

According to the report, there will be two variants of the Galaxy S8, one with a 5.8-inch QHD Super AMOLED display and one with a 6.2-inch QHD Super AMOLED panel, both of which cover 83% of the front panel. They are both “edge” displays, which will curve over the edge of the handset like we’ve seen in previous models.

The report indicates that Samsung will take a familiar route with the processor decision, opting to use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor in some units while going with a Samsung Exynos in other regions. They will both be outfitted with a USB Type-C port.

The handsets will boast 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage, with the microSD card slot supporting cards up to 256GB. The battery in the 5.8-inch model is said to be 3000mAh, while the battery equipped in the larger 6.2-inch variant is said to be 3500mAh. The Galaxy S8 will apparently have stereo speakers at the bottom, and there will indeed be a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The report indicates that the Galaxy S8 variants will have a 12-megapixel camera on the back, and an 8-megapixel shooter on the front. That front-facing camera will feature iris-scanning capabilities, like the Galaxy Note 7, and there is a fingerprint reader on the back of the handset (next to the camera, not beneath it). That rear camera will also be able to help with visual searches, too, with icons to help the owner choose what type of search they want to run (from a shopping site, Google, or other apps).

The report notes that Samsung’s onboard artificial intelligence, Bixby, will indeed be present, and that, as previously rumored, there will be an HDMI-equipped dock called DeX, which will allow owners to plug the Galaxy S8 into it and use it like a computer, with keyboard and mouse support.

Finally, if the information gathered by the publication pans out, Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S8 at its own Unpacked event on March 29.

Are you looking forward to the Galaxy S8?


http://androidandme.com/2017/01/news/samsung-galaxy-s8-revealed-in-new-photo/
http://androidandme.com/category/news/

Japan Display announces flexible 5.5-inch full HD display

japandisplayflexiblescreenaam

Flexible displays have been shown off in consumer products before, but to a very limited extent. Both Samsung and LG have dabbled in devices that featured curved glass with flexible displays inside, but we haven’t gotten any flexible devices so far.

Japan Display has announced its own flexible display. The Full Active Flex display is a 5.5-inch panel with a full HD resolution. It features a plastic substrate on both sides with a liquid crystal layer inside, which makes it both flexible and resistant to cracking.

The display can be run at a regular 60hz and scaled down to 15hz for power savings. It’ll start production in 2018 and hopefully we’ll see some unique devices launch that use a flexible display in creative ways.


http://androidandme.com/2017/01/news/japan-display-announces-flexible-5-5-inch-full-hd-display/
http://androidandme.com/category/news/

LG G6 leaks continue as new image surfaces

lgg6leak2orig

Today’s been a big day for unannounced flagship smartphone leaks, with both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 leaking out. Now the G6 is back for round two.

A new photo of the LG G6 has leaked out, giving us another look at the top half of the device. Once again, we’re treated to a view of the top half of the LG G6, but this time we’re looking at the other side, which is home to what looks to be the SIM card slot.

This leaked image shows off the G6’s metal frame and front-facing camera, as well as its display that features rounded corners.

The LG G6 is rumored to ditch the modularity of the G5 as well as its removable battery. In exchange for those features, though, the G6 will allegedly offer water resistance and Google Assistant. Also rumored to be included is a Snapdragon 821 processor, which LG reportedly chose because if it had wanted the Snapdragon 835, it would’ve had to push the G6’s launch back to April.

LG is holding an event on February 26, and it’s expected that we’ll officially meet the G6 there.


http://androidandme.com/2017/01/news/lg-g6-leaks-continue-new-image/
http://androidandme.com/category/news/

LG G6 rumored to have sealed battery, Google Assistant over Amazon Alexa

lg-g6-leak

The LG G6 is looking to be a big departure from the previous models, though this can be seen as both a good thing and a bad thing. The latest rumor claims that not only will the G6 not be modular like the G5, but that it will have a non-removable battery in exchange for water resistance

LG’s usage of removable batteries was a huge plus to many people, but that will likely be gone with the G6. It’s very unfortunate because it’s getting harder and harder to find a flagship device with a removable battery these days.

Other details are that LG will be going with Google Assistant over Amazon Alexa, though the latter could be added to other LG phones. The G6 will be the first non-Pixel device to feature Assistant.

The device will also feature an older Snapdragon 821 over the 835, which Samsung is said to be using for its next devices. While folks will be upset about this, it will allow LG to release the G6 earlier than its competition.

What do you think about the latest G6 rumors? Is the non-removable battery a deal breaker, or is water resistance worth the tradeoff? What about the older processor? Leave a comment!


http://androidandme.com/2017/01/news/lg-g6-rumored-to-have-sealed-battery-google-assistant-over-amazon-alexa/
http://androidandme.com/category/news/