As Max states, we will be launching personalization features to improve the overall experience on the platform. We do not have a launch date, but we will be testing some ideas very soon. It's a feature I've used on an alpha iOS app we tested last year, and it was quite good. » 1/12/15 2:32pm 1/12/15 2:32pm

Some Gawker Media Stories I Liked in 2014

Below you'll find a handful of Gawker Media stories from 2014 that I enjoyed for one reason or another. This is only a sampling, not a comprehensive roundup, and I'm putting it here partly as a way of telegraphing my tastes to the many staffers who know me only as the editor of an often impenetrably abstruse … » 1/07/15 4:50pm 1/07/15 4:50pm

Leaked: The Nightmare Email Drama Behind Sony's Steve Jobs Disaster

The permanently upcoming Steve Jobs biopic has been hotly anticipated since it was first reported nearly three years ago. We're still waiting. And according to newly leaked emails out of Sony Pictures, trying to get it off the ground was a total clusterfuck: name-calling, Angelina Jolie-trashing, lying, and begging. » 12/11/14 4:31pm 12/11/14 4:31pm

The most amazing and inspiring vision of the future I've ever seen

I have seen countless science fiction movies and documentaries about the future of humanity. None of them were as inspiring, beautiful, and realistic as this extraordinary short film by Erik Wernquist, narrated by Carl Sagan. Watch it and get ready for goosebumps. » 11/30/14 3:10am 11/30/14 3:10am

Five weeks of turnover

On October 22, we changed the format of one of our platform-wide cookies. The conversion process is pretty simple: we check for the old cookie, use it to create the new one, and delete the old. This happens exactly once for every user on their first visit since Oct. 22 to any Kinja site. The graph below shows the rate… » 12/01/14 11:47am 12/01/14 11:47am

What Absolutely Everyone Needs To Know About Isaac Asimov's Foundation

Soon, Isaac Asimov's legendary Foundation trilogy will be coming to HBO. But what do you need to know about this series, which explores questions of fate versus determinism and the cyclical nature of history? Here's our complete primer on this enduring science-fiction classic. » 11/21/14 1:29pm 11/21/14 1:29pm

Moving tables with millions of rows between databases without any…

As some of you may already know, we are on the way of transforming our architecture to SOA (not the TV show). We already have a few not-that-micro services, but they still live in the same repository as sbt subprojects in order to make the transition smoother: direct function calls between services could be left as… » 10/09/14 1:00pm 10/09/14 1:00pm