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I'm staying out of this one, but I have to say that bringing on the NSFW team has definitely made this site far more entertaining. Too bad it has people that would normally be politically aligned arguing over side issues that suck up attention that should be focused on the bigger issue of government spying.
6 days, 7 hours ago on The Privatization of Snowden’s Secrets: Glenn Greenwald responds
Blodget called you out because he's jealous. You are a far better writer than him, or anyone on his staff.
Of course, they don't actually set the bar all that high. Which is why they are entertainers, not journalists, who will use whatever props will get views.
1 week, 3 days ago on Henry Blodget told me slideshows are “native digital storytelling.” Here’s what I think of that
They may be stupid for turning down $3 billion, but only a little more stupid than the guy who offered them $3 billion. OF course, he's playing with other people's money now, so maybe it doesn't really matter that much if he wastes $3 billion in stock for something that turns out to be a fleeting fad.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on For SnapChat, the line between brilliance and stupidity comes down to the fickleness of teens
Amazon isn't going after Netflix, they (And Netflix) are going after HBO and the rest of the studios. I think both AMZN and NFLX would prefer to just be a retailer of video content, but the studios are not very cooperative or realistic. They have given both companies little choice but to create their own content.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Amazon is going all out for its first full-length series
Anyone who takes investing advice from Blodget deserves their losses. They should read what he did in the 90s as an analyst who pushed stocks he privately thought to be worthless, and that he may not even be allowed to work in the securities industry.
LinkedIn is not a valid comparison for twitter; they don't have a 140 character limitation for hosting worthless ads, as twitter does. And people use it as a recruiting/job hunting tool, so it's not as dependent on noise-related ads.
But if you're buying shares of twitter with a valuation of $16 billion because you think they might be worth $32 or $48 billion soon, they're going to have make profits in the several billions of dollars per year range. And they don't even have revenue of a billion dollars a year, let alone profit.
1 month ago on Twitter isn’t profitable. And neither are these other huge public companies
@noonespecial89 If you can use the BT intfc on the phone to unlock another device when the phone is password-locked, it's a security hole. If your phone does not need to be unlocked with a pass code (when you have enabled that function), and it's then used to unlock your computer, then leaving your phone next to your computer is like leaving them both unlocked. I guess you can say don't leave your phone lying next to your computer, but people do that all the time.
1 month ago on Dear world: Catering to hipsters will not help your app
But first you have to enter your pass code on your phone (I'm assuming if you have a password on your laptop, you have one on your phone). Which is not as easy as, and more subject to errors than, typing your password on the full size keyboard on your laptop.
Both articles were great, and very informative.
I have a question about using the wi-fi to gain access to bank and e-mail accounts. Don't those two-factor systems use the device, and not the IP address, to determine if it's a trusted user? I thought they put a cookie on your PC. If they use an IP address, most of those change regularly. Or did you spoof the MAC address of Charlotte's computer?
1 month, 1 week ago on A reporter asked us to hack him, and here’s how we did it
"Apple isn’t trying to get its products into the hands of as many people as possible. It’s not going to sacrifice profit margins for market share. It’s simply going to continue selling products with the lowest-but-most-profitable price possible from as many stores as possible."
It's amazing these words have come not from an industry analyst, nor a seasoned business writer, but from a relatively young tech blogger. Almost like the Emperor's New Clothes of technology business.
1 month, 1 week ago on The trouble with investors’ “Jack & the Beanstalk” approach to Apple’s growth
" If you had to choose between Bill Keller and Glenn Greenwald as your arbiter of all the news that’s fit to squabble over, whom would you pick?"
It's the Internet, I don't have to choose between those two, there are so many more to choose from.
"But there is news, and there is analysis. A strong voice serves the public well in the latter but distracts in the former. One should not be confused for the other, nor should the two be conflated. "
Exactly. They don't have to be conflated, and again, along with the Internet, we have HD displays that can have news in one column and analysis right next to it in another column. News should be and can be easily separated from opinion or the interpretation and analysis of that news. In reality, this is hardly done, and if Keller thinks the news stories in his paper are opinion-free, he isn't reading them very carefully.
1 month, 1 week ago on Is Glenn Greenwald the future of news? Yes. And no.
Icahn is only interested in one thing - the share price of Apple stock. He doesn't care about Apple's employees or customers, he only wants to see the stock rise. So maybe the price would increase if Apple bought shares, or maybe not, but it's irrelevant to the company, it's management, and its customers, because they don't want to do that. Icahn thinks he's right, but he doesn't have history on his side, and furthermore, if Apple were to buy $150 billion worth of its shares, it would most likely take on a huge amount of debt, especially relative to what cash they had left. At that point, the slightest hiccup in sales would crash the stock.
Yes, Apple might be undervalued, which makes it a target for vultures that wish to exploit the market's miscalculations by extracting as much value as possible, without consideration of what is left of the company they eviscerate. Icahn is a parasite; he wants to extract more wealth from the economy without adding any value. He wants to realize large capital gains (taxed at a low rate) by convincing managers to trade cash for debt, which will benefit nobody but speculators. He represents all that is wrong with our economic system - the drive to make money by doing nothing, or worse, weakening or destroying the ability of a company to thrive, especially when you don't even need any more money.
Fortunately for Apple employees and customers, Cook and the Apple board are not as stupid or short-sighted as Icahn hopes they would be.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Carl Icahn gives Silicon Valley a 2 for 1 special, picking fights around Apple and Netflix this week
@kevin Yes, and other connected devices, like a wi-fi scale, another cloud-based security camera that competes with Dropcam (but obviously doesn't have the contacts at PD to rate a mention here), fitness devices, and a bunch of other things that take up little space and don't compete with anything Apple does.
I've ranted several times here and on other sites about DropCam's user-unfriendly business model, so I'll limit this complaint to the apparent favoritism PD demonstrates for DropCam. It isn't the "original smart surveillance camera" as the writer claims, only maybe the first "smart" surveillance company that has somehow convinced PD to talk it up.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Apple could be the hub seller of the connected home, starting today by stocking Dropcam in stores
I think the best metric is customer satisfaction, and maybe more important, customer loyalty, where Apple tops the charts. Most of their customers love them, and tolerate their bugs far more than they do of their competitors.
It's not reasonable to say time spent by managers on following up with detractors is lost productivity; that is part of their job - keeping customers happy. They are being productive when they talk to unhappy customers, not doing so would be irresponsible from a customer perspective.
Recently, I had two vastly different experiences with customer support organizations, with totally different outcomes and it really will impact my future business with both companies. Recently, I had an appointment scheduled with my cable/internet provider to upgrade equipment and service in my home. The tech never showed up or called, and I was livid. As part of their customer satisfaction process, they asked me to take a survey, in which I told them how annoyed I was, and a manager followed up with a phone call (no, I didn't threaten them with bad reviews on the web). They re-scheduled, and sent over two techs who showed up on time and knew what they were doing. I was very happy. I will be sending them a bigger check every month now.
More than a month earlier, a printer that was less than a year old stopped working. I contacted their service department, and for about five weeks now, I have only received the run-around. Their service has been pathetic. No matter how much I protested in emails or phone calls, no manager got involved, and this morning, I ordered a new printer from a competitor, and will not buy anything again from this company (and I will post a negative review on-line that I am sure will cost them more sales than even the ones I forego from them). Their lousy service, and apparent lack of interest in my experience, will definitely cost them more than 15 minutes of a manager's time.
Is a manager spending 10 or 15 minutes talking with an unhappy customer worth the time? It is when you are selling $600 phones, $1200-2000 computers, and all of the other things Apple sells, especially when people upgrade every two or three years.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Apple bends over backwards to make customers happy. But is it a waste of time and money?
I like creating solutions that solve problems, and I will start a company if that's what I have to do to solve a problem that I believe needs fixing. I will devote a lot of time, energy, and money to improving something I feel is important, and get a rush when it happens, but my real passion is passion. I really love that stuff.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on How Silicon Valley limits your thinking
@langadorf The scenarios are not meaningless, they are used to demonstrate that not every area can be a "Silicon _____". Sure, it would be greta if they could, but one of the big ingredients for any area that wants to be a tech/science hub is an educated population. The lower the percentage of people who are capable of working for tech firms, the less likely the area can succeed.
Manufacturing companies do typically employ more workers than an engineering office; back in the day, engineering was a subset of a manufacturing plant- there were probably ten non-engineers for every engineer that worked at a plant that employed both types of workers (I started my engineering career in a mini-computer factory in the late 70s, and this was typical until they all went out of business).
This isn't to say areas like Detroit cannot attract and build technology-based businesses, just that they shouldn't invest with the expectation of being the next Silicon Valley.
In any case, Francisco's last paragraph is right - the mayor should try for both kinds of companies. What they shouldn't do is encourage the creation of minimum wage jobs or any that pay only below the poverty level. Those jobs do not add value to a community, but rather only extract value, as those workers need assistance just to survive, and the local and state governments essentially subsidize those jobs.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Is tech really the right bet for Anytown USA?
You're far too trusting, especially of a group of people who have demonstrated they can't be trusted. They will do the same thing again, only with worse consequences. They are a small minority, and giving in to them will only embolden them. Further, they will use it against Obama in the future, telling people the shutdown could have been avoided had Obama not been unwilling to compromise. It would be a disaster to cave now, especially to a group of people who are so incredibly wrong about everything.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115133/government-shutdown-obama-should-give
They want your home to be part of their walled garden. Every action you want to control through that camera, will go through their servers. If you're unnerved by your email being accessed by the NSA, just think what will happen when they give Dropcam a national security letter than demands access to your home cameras and home network. They would be able to monitor (and control) everything.
Oh sure, they would NEVER do anything like that. But they don't need to have all that access to your home to provide this service. It could easily be implemented in the local hardware, but then they could justify their monthly fee, nor could they make your home network accessible to anyone with the alleged legal authority (or unlawful intent and technological expertise). This is not a good thing for consumers, it is a wolf dressed as sheep food.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Dropcam strives for world domination, starting with the connected home
So they delay it for six weeks, and don't come to an agreement. They can delay it again for another six weeks, or shut the government down over the holidays. Voters will be more likely to remember that, no matter the outcome.
Or maybe they will come up with a budget that they can agree to. There is always going to be a deadline, even if they come up with a budget, it will have an expiration date. Let them move the deadline out six weeks, it's not a concession.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115068/short-term-debt-limit-increase-disaster-white-house
@beihai He said the sticker would also certify that the people building it also made more than the poverty wage.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115003/living-wage-walmart-can-solve-inequality-problem
@davepaz He's not living off the fees.
btw, I'm guessing not many people play the video, as there is no sound (at least there was none on the two computers I tried to play it on).
2 months ago on Andreessen to whiny VCs: “I feel terrible! How will they afford their third vineyard?”