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@marksbirch @Johnswilson1 Definitely! I was being sarcastic.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Nas and his manager have invested in 40 startups, and they’re just getting started
@marksbirch What's up with it is that they want to on one hand give Nas credit for entering a high risk, knowledge-driven business; but on the other remind folks of his background and, possibly, scare as many investors aware as possible.
@sprockethawk2013 @max_roi Then attack Greenwald's reporting with facts and point out inaccuracies. The government, and anyone else for that matter, has yet to refute any of the NSA abuses reported. In fact, the opposite has happened. The government has been somewhat forthcoming, acknowledging abuses and promising reforms. So it's highly questionable why this piece was needed, or why folks are all of a sudden questioning Greenwald's motives.
9 months ago on Keeping Secrets: Pierre Omidyar, Glenn Greenwald and the privatization of Snowden’s leaks
Weird and problematic rant that ignores reality. Almost every organization that has led on NSA reporting is for profit. The other major writers, including Gellman, folks at NYT, Der Speigel, and others, are doing so for profit. And there's nothing wrong with one being paid for their journalism. Attack Greenwald and others on reporting inaccuracies, not that they choose to advance their careers. Pando should be ashamed to publish such muck.
@sjaudey @YankeesUniverse27 @swededawg52 Maybe in your zeal to spew racist trash you didn't notice that the financial advisor was well-respected and came highly recommended. Find something better to do besides trolling.
10 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/60-million-lawsuit-points-to-100-million-scam.html
@ayoyo You're assuming a whole lot. Who said anything about entrusting money with scumbags? This person was recommended by Rosenhaus, a superstar agent. Those players had no way of knowing he would recommend a person they shouldn't trust. Shame on you for calling them greedy just for trusting a well-known and highly successful agent.
@drewnusser @Johnswilson1 That's zero portability. Eventually these schools will want kids doing homework and (in school) work on these tablets. Full sized laptops lack portability. They also aren't fun for most kids to use. The new e-textbooks that are coming out are amazing on a tablet and really shine on that device. And what's Asus' repair and warranty capability? Do they have stores or third parties that could handle the volume? I highly doubt it. Additionally the only tablet Asus is selling in any type of real volume is the Nexus. Other than that it's likely they won't even be making tablets in 3 yrs.
10 months, 1 week ago on Uh oh, Los Angeles School District’s $30 million iPad program falls flat
@LuminousSpecter @Johnswilson1 I read that already. But it doesn't mean much when it doesn't specify the number of Chromebooks in schools. Additionally if schools wanted to go the netbook route they would have years ago. The reality is kids want tablets and schools want to use tools that kids are excited about. iPads bring that as well a ton of education apps, long battery life (which is important bc most of these classrooms aren't outfitted with 20-30 electrical outlets), and a great warranty and repair program.
@Makapav @Johnswilson1 Maybe, maybe not. But you want schools to award Android tablet manufacturers $30 million contracts then *hope* a flood of developers decide to push out apps? That's not how it works.
@Makapav And hardly any tablet apps for it. Not sure why folks are trying to make it seem as though Nexus has as much app support, particularly in education. There's no comparison whatsoever.
@drewnusser How does a Chromebook compare to an iPad? Worse battery life, and less digital textbook selection. And the Nexus 7 is a 7 inch device. The majority of these districts are buying full sized iPads, not iPad minis.
Sorry, no one is asking for a handout. And suggesting such is not only disingenuous but also weakens your position tremendously. The myth continues to be that there aren't enough qualified women in which to choose from. And when folks credibly question that nonsense, the common refrain is the one you've written - namely, the folks who made it followed the rules and if you can't hack it, oh well.
But the best part is that things eventually will change, but certainly not due to the folks such as yourself who continue to parrot tired excuses. Instead it'll be women -- and men, for that matter -- who truly do value a meritocracy and are no longer willing to believe there should be a gender or ethnicity tax in the Valley.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Twitter’s female “problem” — This is why mobs don’t appoint public company boards
Lol. Hey, you're just writing about it it's not like you came up with the idea. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when they decided to go with Staples.
11 months, 1 week ago on Staples Connect offers consumers a taste of their connected futures
Right, Staples is the first place I think of when internet-connected devices comes to mind.
So this is basically thousands of words spent on a high level Clinton associate who made poor decisions and focused more on short term money than long term loyalty? Dime a dozen.
11 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114790/how-doug-band-drove-wedge-through-clinton-dynasty
@AdamGering @nathanielmott I don't see a gamer necessarily buying a Surface just for Smartglass.
1 year, 10 months ago on Is the Surface the next Xbox?
@kjtocool Google's problem is that they're overly diverse when it comes to investments in other areas -- some of which you mentioned -- yet singularly focused on how they actually make money: search. So why not get rid of the fluff that isn't really going anywhere? Why not focus in better on what could be profitable 1-3 years from now, 4-7 years, and getting rid of everything else?
1 year, 10 months ago on Now Google must face its own moment of crisis
Whoa. With this kind of writing, I need to come back more often. Kudos.
1 year, 10 months ago on Anyone saying he can run two companies is lying to you or himself
@ak47 The next thing they could do is have Passbook integration and the theater could just scan that. That would prove you were there with that particular phone just as much as a check-in would.
1 year, 11 months ago on In Attempt To Get Bums Back on Seats, MoviePass Launches an “Offline Netflix”
@matt_pierson My fault. Someone mentioned they four but they meant they would have to see that many to break even not that there was a limit.
But I still think people aren't likely to give their phones to friends for hours at a time to go watch movies. Plus the limit is one movie per day. So in theory these guys just don't want you going over 30 movies in a month, whether your friends or you are watching.
@matt_pierson @Sbliemaster Sure you could give the phone to a friend, but then you wouldn't be getting the benefit of the service and you'd also be impacting your limit of four movies in one month. It doesn't matter to them who is going - you or your friend - all that matters is that the four movie limit is enforced and you're paying the monthly bill.
@charbax @brettnordquist I think you're forgetting something. 1) Google isn't the only company using web ads. 2) This discussion wasn't about Google's web ad business, which is actually quite good, it's about their mobile ad business and revenue and income derived from Android handsets; 3) Apple will never have to compete with $50 crap phones in China because Apple doesn't do low margin business. Never have, never will. 4) That the iPhone makes up 50% of revenues isn't new or catastrophic. The iPod, the iPhone's precursor, also made up a disproportionate share of Apple revenues and profits. But guess what? They got stronger. They still control 80% of the music player market, and their experience there helped them launch the iPhone. So, no, your argument maybe getting wordier but it's not getting any better.
1 year, 11 months ago on Mapgate Is Over. Apple Won. Customers Won. Google, Not So Much.
@charbax @brettnordquist So...now you're saying just by virtue of my being on the internet Google is making money off of me? No matter what web services I use? I think you can make a far better argument than this. Or at least I hope so.
@charbax @brettnordquist So now you're including in that mix people who don't even have Android phones? And then assuming that by having an Android phone consumers definitely use Google services more? You're taking a lot of logical leaps you don't need to take. Start with mobile ad revenue from Android and go from there.
@charbax @brettnordquist Really? And where are you getting this figure from? That's what, $40 per device? I've never seen any figures showing that. On the contrary, numbers I've seen through court documents that were released show a figure closer to what Manjoo stated, which is around $2-3 per Android device.
@Juan Jimenez @FarhadManjoo @Oletros That doesn't mean much. Android tablets also account for abut 30% of tablets sold yet make up about 2-5% of tablet web traffic. So clearly sales don't correlate to web usage or therefore web-based ad revenue.
@nikolay @Estel77 Actually people weren't just fine w/ Google Maps before. That's an absurd assertion. 1) It was rarely updated; 2) it didn't even support landscape mode; 3) it lacked turn by turn and voice guidance. So really the only thing it did well was transit, and that's done very well by a myriad of apps in the App Store. So the fascination with Google Maps really comes back to Android users (who have a full-featured version of Google Maps and love it for good reason) or people who solely used Google Maps for transit. And yes, I know Apple pretty much controlled the Google Maps for iOS. I'm not assigning blame for how bad it was. I'm more so pointing out it was far from perfect.
@lucian_armasu And how many iOS users were using Google Maps? I don't have a percentage but the New York Times reported 12 mil daily users. That's a drop in the bucket compared to the active number of iOS devices. And on Android it's even lower, around 6 mil. So Manjoo is exactly right that Google benefits more from iOS users than they're own. And with a standalone app, Google would be able to sell ads to iOS users as well.
@JoeSC Gotcha. That's fair.
2 years, 2 months ago on You Don’t Kill Incumbents, You Leapfrog Them or You Lose
@JoeSC I disagree. I use my iPad for the far majority of things. I really only pick up my Air for sites that haven't been optimized for Chrome and require Firefox or Explorer, or when I'm doing long-form writing, or when I prefer to read on a bigger screen. All of those instances are the minority. And I love my AIr. I wish there was a need for me to be on it more.
I see where you're going with this and somewhat agree on the premise. But your specific example leaves much to be desired. I highly doubt folks bolted from iOS over notifications. And majority of people who buy phones know they'll probably be stuck with it for two years until contract is satisfied. Yes, they could always sell and get something else on Craigslist or whatever. But most people don't do that. With that being said, a lot goes into which phone to buy, what features are very valuable, and what they can live with. (After all nothing is perfect.) As for the Surface, the keyboard isn't a killer functionality because it's pretty much being replicated by third party vendors on iOS already. Seriously. Look at what Logitech has done. I like the MagSafe type connector they're using and hope Apple unifies the use of MagSafe throughout their line. The biggest challenge for the Surface RT and Pro will be 1) price - will consumers be willing to pay a $200 premium over, say, the iPad 3 which will be discounted (in all likelihood) to $399 come next March; 2) value for performance - if surface pro is $999 like The Next Web is reporting then it'll be in Air category. Consumers will have to decide if that's worth it.
@WordTipping Yeah, I think your main point was definitely a good one.
2 years, 2 months ago on Microsoft Is Doing What Google Should Have Been Doing All Along
@WordTipping I agree with that first part. Second part, not so much. When Apple contracts with Foxxconn it does under the impression that they won't be competing with Foxxconn products. Microsoft won't be doing the same with the Surface bc they'll be licensing Windows with the express purpose of competing against tablet OEMs.
@WordTipping That's semantics. Apple contracting with Foxxconn to make iPads isn't the same as Microsoft working with HTC, Samsung, Dell and others. Foxxconn doesn't sell at retail and probably never will.
@bernardmoon Why do people assume Google never intended to make money? Because they said so? You do realize they're a for-profit company that has to answer to shareholders? Android was never charity. Instead it was a backdoor into creating lucrative revenue through mobile advertising.
@artgug So true. Not much to add. Also, why would anyone want to pay $15 for each of their favorite channels? I have at least 6 channels I watch regularly. That would cost a lot more than what I'm paying now. And I'm not alone. Families -- unlike the single males who frequent sites like these and clamor for a la carte -- watch a variety of channels too. Kids are into Nickelodeon and Disney, dad wants HBO, ESPN, and AMC (maybe), and mom is into another 2-3 channels. That's the reality. And until it changes, we'll have the same or similar system we've had for a couple of generations.
2 years, 2 months ago on HBO’s Future is in Standalone Streaming, It Just Doesn’t Know It Yet
Interesting idea. Too many of these apps are more complicated than they need to be, however. Also, I feel like a store should be able to do this better because they're the ones that actually know what you purchase on a regular basis. If a Target or Kroger woke up and implemented similar tech, along with your purchase history, in a an easy to use way I don't see how they wouldn't kill competition.
2 years, 3 months ago on Updates to Grocery iQ App Keep Coupons.com Atop the Mobile Couponing Mountain
@kontrary True, but what percentage of folks are letting the IRS know that they are renting out rooms or their house? People tend to report when they know for certain that it's tax advantageous. If it isn't, they tend to keep it to themselves. Same with eBay sales. Those are underreported consistently.
2 years, 4 months ago on Airbnb Faces Off Against 40-Year Old San Francisco Hotel Laws