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I'm going to wait to see it in the wild before judging this one. I think the Google Now integration might be the killer feature, but that all depends upon implementation.
It was interesting reading this back to back with the Wired article. Two very different opinions on the importance of the product. Time will tell.
4 months ago on Google spent $12.5B on Motorola for a pink phone
Huge respect for Olivia's behavior throughout. And still a student? Incredible.Now, out of curiosity- are you still at +5000% traffic? Are you seeing any corresponding increase in subscriptions, etc? If this is what pushes NSFWCorp into profitability... well, you can laugh all the way to the bank, and there would be no better comeuppance for trying to shame a journalist.
4 months, 1 week ago on Weiner’s campaign called one of my writers a “slutbag.” How was your day?
Question- how are we defining the top ten engineering schools, here? Mostly curious, because by reputation I'm surprised by a few of the selections.
5 months ago on Inside LA’s ongoing talent conundrum
If this backfires, I will make sure to say I told you so.This did remind me of a conversation I had recently where a friend told me, "I'm pretty sure a company isn't supposed to be a machine that takes in people and spits out money, at least not proportionally. You're like Katamari, or something."
5 months, 2 weeks ago on WITN: “Can I go on record as saying this is a horrible idea?”
You may be over generalizing here. As an entrepreneur (that's how I pay my tuition) and current student at Harvey Mudd College, I believe that the reason my school tops the list is the emphasis that it puts on the non-technical parts of the education. You can read the mission statement yourself, but the school was founded upon the principle that graduates should not only have technical ability, but also the knowledge to think about how it should be applied in a global and societal context. In many ways, exactly what you have done and described as the ideal.In short, I do not know whether or not these engineers get paid more than your average MBA. I suspect that MBA's likely have a larger standard deviation in pay, but that is neither here nor there. I do however believe strongly that there is a reason those particular schools show up in the top five, and at least in the case of Mudd, it is for some of the very reasons you list as being benefits of a non-technical education.
7 months ago on Do software engineers earn more than MBAs?
This may be my favorite illustration yet.
9 months, 1 week ago on In this corner there’s Sheryl Sandberg. In this corner there’s Anne-Marie Slaughter. And then there’s reality
You ought to harass Musk about the Hyperloop. I believe he said that he would be posting more details on the concept some time ago...
11 months, 1 week ago on Elon Musk’s SolarCity debut follows his pattern: Hard fought, but ended the day up dramatically
@igobyterry Unusual number of spelling/grammar errors as well. Clearly typos, but still. Interesting variation on the hackathon, though. I'd be interested to see that 'textbook.'
12 months ago on Textbook startup Boundless continues blowing up an industry everyone wants out of
I'm going to contest the notion that "no author gets truly great editing out of publishing houses anymore," based on second hand information. I follow a number of authors, mostly in the SFF genre, fairly closely. A significant portion of them seem to have very good relationships with their editors and publishers. Often times, the authors believe their assistance to be invaluable. I cannot make any broad claims that this is true everywhere, but at the very least there are a number of exceptions to the rule.
None the less, quite enjoyed the piece.
1 year ago on All six mega-publishers can merge, and they still won’t win Amazon’s game
The other comments on this article scare me. Either the game is really good, or they were incentivized to post in support of it. Of the two options, I'm not sure which concept is stranger. Of course it's possible that this was all done very well, but it's so much easier to be suspicious. Ah, cynicism.
1 year, 3 months ago on Imovation and 5-hour Energy Partner to Make the Advertception a Reality
Thanks for the follow up, Hamish.
1 year, 3 months ago on So, About Those Free Washing Machines…
Collusion? In China? I have no trouble believing that, though it would be interesting to see if it could be proven. Most interesting is the fact that none of those companies overtly said they would try to undercut Amazon's prices.
I'll need to keep this service in mind, though. I don't quite understand where those additional viewers are coming from, but it would be interesting to see how many of those are fully engaged/desirable viewers. It is all to easy to see the ways this could be done wrong- automated views, the video you need to watch before getting 'free' wifi (@paulcarr), etc.
1 year, 3 months ago on Virool Brings Viral Video Views to the Cash Carrying Masses
Quick typo catch- paragraph 3 (or 4, if we're being strict), the last sentence is repeated.
Why am I not in China right now? @hamishmckenzie, can you get some reports on how this is falling out on the ground? Because it seems to me that anyone who cares to should be getting free appliances. But that isn't possible for any period of time. Someone needs to back down, and soon.
1 year, 3 months ago on It’s War: China’s Ecommerce Giants Draw Swords on Weibo
I like their pricing structure a whole lot better than Amazon's, but they don't offer Windows servers, when the main thing I'd like to use it for at the moment is hosting client Sharepoint instances. The day they begin offering Windows Server for under $300/month per server, I'll move my company over in a heartbeat.
1 year, 3 months ago on Amazon May Own the Skyscrapers of Cloud Hosting, But DigitalOcean Is Looking to Own Main Street
Could we have a list of all applicable mediocre superpowers? Are we including the mediocre superpowers from PandoLists?
1 year, 3 months ago on Making Your Mediocre Super Powers Reality… One Detached Arm at a Time
That is sad. I do think the low views were due to presentation, to a great extent. I have no idea how to do it better, but despite the fact that the info was interesting, I rarely watched/listened to the videos. At best I would glance through all of the text.
As an aside, unlike spezio, I really like that you let us get an inside glimpse of Pando's workings on occasion. It makes me feel almost like part of the team.
1 year, 4 months ago on A Sad Goodbye to the PandoList and Amanda Schwab
One objection- unless I'm misunderstanding the video, it is stating that low atmospheric pressure and low temperature are both contributing factors to the fact that the water on Mars remains frozen. However, if I remember my chemistry, low pressure should decrease the freezing point of water. In fact, for low atmospheric pressure, water would be most likely to exist in a gaseous state.
Hmm... I suppose that at those temperatures/pressures it would actually sublimate rather than melt as pressure decreased. So the video remains factually accurate, but may be misleading in the details. Can't imagine how they would fit an entire chemistry lecture in there though. A phase-state diagram would have been nice, though. Then again, I'm probably just too nerdy.
Still, I enjoyed the video, and am glad that Pando has created this partnership.
1 year, 4 months ago on Pandohouse Rock Vol 2: What Will the $2.5B Mars Rover Actually Do?
I think I need to start listening to the NSFWCorp podcasts just to listen to Paul being hilarious, if he's half as funny on those as he is here.
1 year, 4 months ago on Why Isn’t This News? Nobody Expects The “Persian Jews”! Edition