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@PFourDigital And now saying it ISN'T dying is shock & awe.
Tech blogging is probably like what weather forecasting was before radar and science.
3 months, 1 week ago on Teens may not think Facebook is “cool,” but that hasn’t stopped them from using it all the time
By that definition, all digitally published works that don't have comment sections (or some sort of agency for public dissent) should be considered propaganda. I would be a hypocrite for not agreeing with your take having felt the same way about FoxNews.com
Vox is still new so I'm interested in seeing how they evolve on the issue. To be fair, their site is a technological masterpiece compared to Pando Daily 1.0 (MVP).
4 months, 1 week ago on “Everything you need to know about X.” Why explaining the news is harder than it looks
This Roger Myers letter was brought to you by: Rackspace! The open cloud company. And: The letter 'P'!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Here’s Pando’s formal legal response to Marty “Mad Dog” Singer’s attempt to shut down our reporting
I think maybe someone masturbated while while writing this a little.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on After Pando’s reporting, Steven Tyler’s daughter ends quest to shut down Bay Area band
Vox is my new drug of choice.
I mean news... news of choice.
5 months, 1 week ago on “Everything you need to know about X.” Why explaining the news is harder than it looks
Omg it's even a Q&A interview...
5 months, 2 weeks ago on San Francisco magazine hopes to win public service Pulitzer for publicly servicing Marc Benioff
1) That skinny chick on the left looks familiar....
2) There are 6 other people demanding the return of WITN?
3) There might be a lot of value for $250 but it's more than I need, particularly because I don't see myself going to any events. I would appreciate a Subscriber option closer to the NSFWcorp offering.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on We’re launching Pando Memberships in beta. 500 discounted places available NOW (499… 498…)
What a cunt.
6 months, 1 week ago on Busted! How we unmasked the man behind the Internet’s cruelest celebrity death hoaxes
@worstall @MatthewMountford Tim, you need to separate the philosophy and theory of the scenario from what actually happened. Yes, theoretically lower salaries would reduce incentives for people to become engineers, but we know damn well that the actual number isn't "unknown," it's ZERO because engineering salaries are at record highs despite the collusion. Tech news is full of non-stop stories about fashion executives being poached by Apple, Google offering $150k salaries to college graduates, and unsatisfied bankers leaving Wall Street for Silicon Valley startups. Everyone seems to be in agreement that the tech industry isn't a bubble, but it sure as hell is ballooning at a rapid pace.
A just law has obviously been broken, but I'm not entirely convinced that means an injustice was done to tech workers.
6 months, 1 week ago on The actions of the Techtopus would have had Karl Marx choking on his cornflakes
"The failure of wages to rise means that fewer people with the requisite skills end up doing tech engineering: they’re stuck being quants on Wall Street perhaps. And fewer people will respond to those price incentives and acquire those requisite tech skills."
I don't really want to quibble over anything in this article because I agree with the main point, but you KNOW this statement is false. The wage collusion only kept wages from skyrocketing through the roof, not from raising at all much less at break-neck speeds. You can analyze the effects the collusion has on the employees just as much as you can speculate on the executives trying to protect their corporate profits, but it is disingenuous not to acknowledge that the competition reached the point of being a dysfunctional market abnormality.
At a certain point there is an alignment of interests where high employee turn-over rates are just as damaging to the employees as it is to the company. No?
Welcome to Pando Fucking Daily. You must be new here...
6 months, 2 weeks ago on The New York Times loses its mind over Tesla
@worstall @MatthewMountford "Consumption inequality." I like that... Definitely seems more important to focus on.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Will technological progress lead to greater wealth inequality?
@worstall @MatthewMountford Well, it does mean that not everyone needs to work though. While I'm not an expert, my understanding is that Marxism is a theology created on necessity, not utopian ideology. It says that productivity will perpetually increase from technology and create massive income inequality between those who profit from the system and those that get left out. Meanwhile, there is theoretically plenty for everyone.
It's been said that Capitalism does a great job of generating wealth but not a great job of distributing it.
In the Marxist society, the wealthy bourgeoisie cope with the inequality by blaming the poor for their own problems while advocating anarchy and systems that liberate their own freedoms to generate more money.
We see this in the Tea Party today.
But, the greater the lower class gets the greater the resentment grows for a system being rigged against them. When that class gets big enough and angry enough, they revolt and overthrow the plutocracy.
That's why it's important to keep balance, which America does by being a Welfare State. The problem with Socialism as a solution to a society created by technological productivity, it is a system that does not foster innovation and thus it collapses on itself. So on one extreme you have a society that collapses on inequality and another that collapses on too much equality.
The solution, in theory, is either welfare programs or a citizens' wage where everyone is guaranteed a living income regardless of working. This deals with the percent of society that aren't needed for productivity while keeping the economy in tact and forcing it to adapt to create wage incentives people will work for.
This is against the virtues of humanity (particularly in America) that puts value on people who work, but perhaps that's something that should be overcome. I believe Marxism says this is freedom and what we should have been striving for as a society...
@worstall @MatthewMountford No, post-scarcity means that everything we have is here, not that everyone has access to it. The problem is economics; you still have to buy products. This part is hard to word: products are available but their development does not create enough employment to pay people to create them and thus it does not create enough people who can afford it.
I don't buy this...
You seem to make the point that decreasing costs because of productivity means income inequality will decrease, but that isn't true. It only means that the standard of living for the poor will rise.
We are already seeing this today with poor people in their 20s. Yes, unemployment is high and income is low, but staying home and playing video games or watching Netflix for $7/month on a big screen tv instead of going out makes living pretty cheap and pretty awesome.
But this scenario is still rife with inequality between the consumers and producers.
You're making the same argument that people make for WalMart; walmart employees make less but there is also cheaper goods available to them at walmart. Same for McDonalds employees who get paid low wages, but at least they can order from a $1 menu.
Inequality is just as ripe in these examples, but what's worse is that McDonalds employees can't actually afford to eat at McDonalds nor can WalMart employees afford to shop at WalMart without food stamps and massive government welfare benefits.
The problem with technological productivity is that it reduces the leverage employees have over wage compensation. What happens when McDonalds finds it cheaper to go fully automated instead of paying a real living wage and health benefits?
I think your story is lacking a lot of evidence, perhaps because there isn't actually much out there, and I find your "examples" to be specious at best. It seems much more plausible that we are entering a post-scarcity society that simply doesn't have enough work for everyone to do to sustain its needs.
When I was in college, I went on a trip to New York with the "Magazine Club" and visited about 10 magazines ranging from Harpers Bazaar to Good Housekeeping. Every single editor we talked to said they did AT LEAST one unpaid six month internship to get into the business. Even though I was top of my class, that shot the dream of working for a big magazine in New York right out of my mind.
Only people with wealthy parents supporting them can afford to live in one of the most expensive cities in the world for six months without earning a dime. And that seems more than ironic for an industry mostly interested in expressing upper-class views.
7 months, 1 week ago on Revealed: Gawker’s sworn affidavits explaining why its greedy interns didn’t deserve to be paid
@mkeenly Seriously, if that guy's hair was white and a little bit shorter he would look exactly like Einstein. What a joke. GET A HAIR CUT HIPPY!
7 months, 1 week ago on “Look at This F**king Tech Worker.” Why snarking on techies’ appearances is unfair and unproductive
What's the first thing you ask somebody when you meet them at a party?
"What do you do for a living?"
Career paths and choices are considered integral to the American individual's identity, so to say that it is irrelevant and not worthy of some of the internet's unlimited space for written dialogue is glib.
And what did that question already follow?
"What are you wearing?"
Of course that isn't literally asked, it's a judgement mostly subconsciously made within the first six seconds of meeting someone. Because like the ability to define yourself by your career choice, you have an even more uninebriated ability to express who you are through clothes.
If this is the case, then watching the newest "avant-garde" career titles is just as relevant as watching the newest collection debut on a fashion week runway. They are a saturated example of where we are headed because unlike economics, they do trickle down into normalcy in a few years.
Of course by your logic, we can't have any more fashion shows until apparel works stop being squished to death in fabric mills in Bangledesh.
Quit being such a hippy!
Well said, Jesus.
But to actually take it to the religious wing of this issue: I don't understand how the Republican Party has managed to brand itself as the Christian Party while spending the entire year cutting benefits for poor people through the persuasion of shame tactics you describe here. Jesus literally spent his ENTIRE life hanging out with poor people and advocating for compassion and charity on their behalf in the Bible, and yet conservative 'Christian' Republicans have spent decades drumming up "Welfare Queens in Cadillacs" and a "society of takers." Liberals have failed by not saying, "we support unemployment and food stamps because we're Christian and that's what Jesus would have wanted," if not at the very least to mock the Republicans.
A party for fiscal responsibility is definitely needed to offset a progressive social agenda, but you'd have a hard time persuading Jesus that the most prosperous nation in the history of mankind couldn't afford to take care of its poor if he was here today.
Nathan, since you've gone there, I'd be interested in a piece on "Socialism." On one hand the word is used by poor-shamers to the equivalency of calling someone "racist." And on the other hand, Socialism was predicted to be the product of technology and hyper-productivity in a post-scarcity society. It's kind of a good problem to have even though the theorized utopian models and attempted socialist systems aren't what we actually want (they eliminate the mechanism that produces the technological innovation that made it possible in the first place).
Are the tech companies that Pando reports on creating a world where it isn't necessary for everyone to work?
If so, Republicans sure can't handle it as evidenced by their recent anger that Obamacare will cause 2.5 million people to voluntarily drop out of the work force.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Poverty and the “Just World hypothesis”
And then he buried them...
7 months, 2 weeks ago on How PBS is becoming the Plutocratic Broadcasting Service
ALL OF THIS HYPE TALK EXCITES ME GREATLY
Super glad to hear the site is going to get a redesign. I said I thought it looked bad when it was first launched. Sarah told me it was probably just the "newness" that I needed to get used to, so almost exactly one year later I went and commented again saying it still sucks...
But please don't make it look like NSFWcorp or make the print issue look like NSFWcorps newspaper! It looked so old and british and like a high school created it. I worked for a yearbook publishing company so I'm not saying that as an exaggerated analogy...
The Huffington Post is the kink of headlines. It really feels like reading a daily newspaper and I appreciate that the headline design changes with content. Please go in that direction, but with the slickness of alternet.
BEST OF LUCK!
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Interesting Times: The future of Pando
But seriously, I can't believe how cheap it is to buy 1k fake twitter followers on that site. I emailed them and asked if it was possible to pay the same amount to have the followers removed a year later. So, have a fake following while you're building a real following but then remove the fake following once that's accomplished.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Money can’t buy you love, but on Facebook it can buy you likes for anything
This is what the actual signs in London looked like
8 months ago on Guardian publishes video of GCHQ harddrive destruction, and an amazingly racist quote from Edward Snowden
@Steveweiser I saw the video of the guy walking around with the hatchet after... fucking crazy. He wasn't being hostile and wanted to talk to the cameraman. Rambled the normal islamic extremism chants against the west if I remember right.
@RichardSchroeder @MatthewMountford @NotJustAPrettyFace I wrote a comment admitting that I am an ass because I didn't truly know enough about Ames' past to substantiate my opinion, but then I found this and feel unbelievably vindicated: "co-editor Jake Rudnitsky summarized the eXile's editorial policy to The Independent: 'We shit on everybody equally.'"
I stated that Ames' work "has a scent to it," and they identify that scent as "taking a shit on everybody." I was an early supporter and subscriber of NSFWcorp but cancelled my subscription because their printed publication looked like my high school produced it and because when I investigated things they "shitted on," I did not come to the same conclusions. The third time it happened, I decided I didn't trust the perspective of the publication and that it was time to cancel.
You could make the argument that Journalists are supposed to shit all over everything that already kind of stinks or "find problems to the world's solutions" (as I often call it). But if there was a boy who 'cried wolf,' there is a journalist who excessively defecated.
Yes, Ames took a glorious and justified shit on the beautiful pot of roses we believed to be our righteous tech industry, but only because Momma Lacy is good at potty training.
8 months ago on The Techtopus: How Silicon Valley’s most celebrated CEOs conspired to drive down 100,000 tech engineers’ wages
8 months ago on No second chance for Stephen Glass: The long, strange downfall of a journalistic wunderkind
@NotJustAPrettyFace @MatthewMountford I'm not "resorting" to anything because I don't take issue with the facts.
That's what this means: "I think this is a great piece with a perspective unquestionably in alignment with the court proceedings."
I'm saying maybe Ames has spent his life writing alternative conspiracy pieces incapable of being taken seriously by a broad readership and that this piece likely succeeds only under Sarah Lacy's balanced moderation. I'm saying maybe that's why NSFWcorp didn't succeed as its own entity, and while this piece may be proof that the acquisition created a winning hand, I can still smell the old crazy. Just a little. And just enough to bother pointing out.
8 months, 1 week ago on The Techtopus: How Silicon Valley’s most celebrated CEOs conspired to drive down 100,000 tech engineers’ wages
Mark, I'm going to start calling you "Loose Ames" because your stories always have a subtle scent of the internet's signature conspiracy theory docket.
Don't get me wrong - I think this is a great piece with a perspective unquestionably in alignment with the court proceedings - but I recognized it was your work halfway through, not having read the byline or having read any of your work since NSFWcorp.
@Nunyabiz Not being invited to your 300-member Facebook group because my college-launched magazine only has 1,400 fans (10k print readers) really has me crying...
When I "grow up" and am ready to join the "big boys and gils," do I just email you at Nunyabiz@gmail.com or tweet you @Nunyabiz?
PS this fashion blog might be more of your flavor:
8 months, 1 week ago on Bay Area anti-eviction protestors turn on Berkeley-based Google employee
@Nunyabiz You're an idiot... This extremist group of LIBERALS (not Democrats) pale in comparison - both in extremism and influence - to their right wing Tea Party nut job counterparts. The only "D" in this ongoing story has been Mayor Lee who responded by charging the tech companies just enough to cover the costs of using the bus stations. There's nothing to change political party over...
Go back to Valleywag you troll.
@sarahcuda @MatthewMountford 13 months. Still don't like it.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Welcome to the new, more reader and device aware PandoDaily!
@JonathanFianu If I had a dime for every time I've been called Mumford since that band came out, I could afford a son.
10 months, 1 week ago on PandoDaily acquires NSFWCORP to double down on investigative reporting
@cedichou You're kind of being an asshole. I don't think any entrepreneur has been as transparent about their company's struggles as @paulcarr has, between the posts on PD, the WITN episodes, his "shameless" radio marathon begging for money from his fans and the post-shut-down interview he just shared with you. If he's "saving face" anywhere it's only in this one article on this site, and it isn't by very much. He can have it.
@Nevin Dan @MatthewMountford When I was having dinner tonight I was thinking about a comment I once posted on PandoDaily. As it so happens, that comment was on the very article you share here.
@saracuda is indeed hypocritical on the "soft landing" stance.
As I commented on that article:
"Sarah, I have a lot of respect for you. In fact, I REALLY wish I could be a writer at Pando Daily just to bask in that intellectual sass that we get to see for an hour between Paul Carr and yourself in WITN.
But, there's a distinct air of snobbery in a lot of your opinion pieces. You've obviously climbed to the top of the social pyramid in tech and deserve to be there, but now you look down upon all of the people who are at where you once were. You see them as wantrapreneurs who's greatest potential is to be acqui-hired, and you jeer at their attempts as degrading a system that should be filled with nothing but the purest and highest of talent.
In describing my overall impression of the editorial voice of Pando Daily, I feel that this is a site with a Darwinian and almost Republican view of the tech ecosystem. Pando is "old fashioned tech values" with roots that really only spread to the elite at the surface of the soil and ignore the emerging startups deep beneath. Startups that TechCrunch built it's readership upon spotlighting when no one else would. I hear lovelessness and a lack of mercy.
But then, I also hear the standards that one should rise to and be a better entrepreneur. So I guess cheers to that."
Mercy of course always extends to your best friend...
(In the next episode of Why Isn't This News, Sarah described being an Entrepreneur as being "constantly punched in the face out of nowhere." I wondered if my comment contributed to that statement, but then thought "NAAAAHHHH.")
Who's the guy in the photo staring into my soul?
10 months, 1 week ago on Will the real Scopely please stand up? Behind the scenes of four consecutive No. 1 iOS game launches
@Nevin Dan They're keeping NSFWCORP's print subscription so it definitely is an acquisition as opposed to a acquihire. Probably only or mostly stock, but still an acquisition.
I cancelled my subscription to NSFWcorp a few months ago because I lost trust in the "perspective" of the publication. I'm most skeptical of Ames, but I constantly found the publication blew things way out of perspective in general. I also thought the printed publication looked like absolute shit. It could have been created by a high school or college team. But, maybe it's gotten better since then....
But I trust Pando so I would resubscribe to a PandoDaily version of it in a heartbeat. AND I HOPE 'WHY ISN'T THIS NEWS IS RETURNING!' I fell in love with Pando watching those shows way back in the early days.
Best of luck on the transition.
I have yet to really use Snapchat, but I'm actually looking forward to using it when more of my friends get on. I had always thought of it as a sexting app, but a friend explained it to me differently: "Snapchat is an easy and informal way of sharing photos. On Instagram and Facebook you have to publish a photo to your whole following or friends list. If you text it, the person will expect to have to reply in some way. But not on Snapchat. With snapchat you can share an image or moment informally with a targeted group of friends or people."
I think that's something we need and it's more like a new form of communication rivaling texting than a product rivaling existing social networks. It also deserves to stand alone.
10 months, 1 week ago on Why Snapchat is screwed
@JulijaBaranovska HTML as a basics, but CSS is the main thing that changes the theme. PHP is what creates the widgets, and the map on this page suggests Ruby on Rails and Python for advanced stuff with servers.
11 months, 1 week ago on Flowchart: Should journalists learn to code?
YESSS!!!!! I was just googling this yesterday. I was so lost all I could do was pose a question "What code do I need to learn to do wordpress?"
This helped a lot. Thanks!
I don't think he wanted to do this interview.... It's like he's a politician and was looking for the least provocative word choices possible. Most of the people that have been interviewed on Pando Monthly have an agenda or story that they want to tell or promote but Chris seemed to just kind of downplay everything and shy away from making statements.
1 year ago on PandoMonthly New York with the New Republic’s Chris Hughes, the full interview
The more truth a joke holds the funnier it is, right up until the point where it is completely true...
"Sure, you legally can't tell the ...citizens... if we had installed a backdoor that allowed us to grab the fingerprint of anyone who purchases the iPhone 5s."
This statement got me for a minute but it isn't actually possible. The NSA only has the power to gag companies when they demand access to information the companies already have. In the case of the fingerprint technology, the NSA can't force Apple to hand over information that they don't already have nor can they force apple to change its architecture to acquire that information.
1 year ago on An imagined letter from the NSA to Tim Cook
>alpha as fuck
>still sucks thumb
>just want to shop for shoes all day
>no way out
>have to keep bossing
>ipo and things get harder
>accidentally release a million users' private data
>coo sandberg grounds me
>finally get nap time and juice
>she's the real boss
1 year, 2 months ago on For men, “leaning out” just isn’t an option
I'll pay $5 a comment to watch you two get into an argument in the comment section here. I need to see this, it sounds too fucking awesome.
1 year, 2 months ago on How to survive co-founding a company with a friend
So this is basically a multimedia Pinterest clone with a business model right?
1 year, 2 months ago on How a failed book led to the creation of a new blogging platform
Well this just sounds fucking bonkers to me. The only reason the government is getting bigger is because it has to recover capitalism's failures. If the banks and the auto industry and the and the health care industry could fix their shit on their own the government wouldn't have to grow and take care of it. People in every government system all over the world demand that of their government. Only in America is there a powerful voice for those who profit from the failures, and they mask their greed with "freedom."
1 year, 2 months ago on Is it time for a new American revolution?
Well it sounds like the headline was certainly 100% false.
1 year, 3 months ago on An update on our Beachmint story
If I was stranded on an island and had a computer connection that could only access one stream of content, I would choose the Pando Monthly videos.
Well no, I would probably choose imgur. But if I was starting a business and only had access to one stream of information, then I would DEFINITELY choose the Pando Monthly interviews. You guys deserve many more awards.
1 year, 3 months ago on PandoMonthly San Francisco with GitHub CEO Tom Preston-Werner, the full interview
Is the sound quality bad because of your microphone or their service?
1 year, 3 months ago on Listen to the first-ever PandoWeekly radio show, an interview with Kik’s Ted Livingston