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You're overthinking it - As Cleverones notes, she (and any exec - male or female) would have assistants. Marissa has been high-profile for a long time - she's always seemed to encouraged it from my humble vantage point. If "any" high profile exec/celeb screws the pooch it's going to be picked up and noticed.

1 month ago on Today in are you kidding me?: Quora question asks how Marissa Mayer was “allowed” to oversleep

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Mick Jagger pointed out in an interview (can't recall where) that there was but a brief 25 years where musicians, song writers, etc made money off recorded music - They didn't before and haven't afterwards. The glory days happened but ain't no more.


Even the money one can earn in live performances has gone way down - I played in a band back in the sixties and here in the midwest, there was a ballroom every 35 miles. Add in the high school daces and armory/legion hall gigs and we could play 5 nights a week all summer and hence made a bucket lad of money. There just aren't the venues anymore.


Glad I was a musician back in the glory days - It's a bitch being one now.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on No Spotify for Old Men: Classic musicians rail against the new economics of music

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Love it when people (especially reporters) refer to small remote controlled helicopters/airplanes as drones - a vastly overused term. - No, they're just remote-controlled, model airplanes, nothing more.


I will concede that if they are launched and hover for long periods without a remote operator they may qualify as a "drone".

4 months ago on Facebook refuses to call a drone a drone

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@ajauch - I'm in the design business and it's very similar. Back in Control Data's hey day I did their annual reports. One day I showed up for a big exec meeting wearing a suit and after the meeting the Vice-Chairman told me he never wanted to see me in a suit again. He didn't want me blending in with all the other suits.

That was the last time I ever wore a suit or sport coat to anything but weddings or funerals.

5 months ago on “Look at This F**king Tech Worker.” Why snarking on techies’ appearances is unfair and unproductive

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David, you look too young to know that this is nothing new. Back in the heady dot-com days of 1998-2002 when all the big corps were getting online it was the same thing. Look at the RazorFish guys from back then. Most of the web-dev conferences were loaded up with the far out look. At one of the Flash-Forward conferences I attended there was a well-known, well respected Flash expert, full body tattoos, purple and yellow leopard spotted hair. And, they all had far out titles like yours.

5 months, 1 week ago on “Look at This F**king Tech Worker.” Why snarking on techies’ appearances is unfair and unproductive

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Link Bait headline - It would only be "manipulation" if Ive was studying a list of neuromarketing factors and chose rounded corners because they were on the list. I'm betting he didn't do that, it's just he has an attenuated feel for what pleases him and it just so happens it pleases others also.


Not to say there aren't marketing programs where things like this are actively considered.

Here's and example - The Honeywell logo used to be blue, now it's red - Why? Perception. Passive vs active.

7 months ago on How Apple’s design manipulates us into liking Apple products

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Hmmmmm - 10,000 accounts but only hundreds are paying. Hundreds implies less than 1,000 ( > 1/10). I wish them well, it's a slick service but seems most are just door kickers so far. I wouldn't necessarily say that's a success yet but I do admire startups that at least have a plan to monetize from the start.  

7 months, 3 weeks ago on How did Exposure crack the photosharing code? By charging its users

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There's just a wealth of tech and opportunity in iPads, just need some creative thinkers to harness it all and put it to good use in education. Pair kids up so they can help each other (via video chat or tweets or whatever as an example). What we don't need is more of the same-o same-o from the education establishment.

8 months ago on iHave a Dream: The unanswered questions behind LA’s ed tech fiasco

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I didn't say there wasn't "any" face to face. It probably wouldn't be with the primary preparer of the app/course though. More of an advising/counseling function.

I don't look at iPads, the cloud, etc. as just gee-wiz tech. It's cheaper and very much more personal than the tech of the past. It can offer enumrable variations in learning techniques unlike the one-size-fits-all we currently have. It's also mobile so with the student (and available) 24/7.

Ahhh - the old wealth redistribution angle - Hasn't happened, ain't gonna happen so time to move on.

8 months ago on iHave a Dream: The unanswered questions behind LA’s ed tech fiasco

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Doesn't matter if you like them.

8 months ago on iHave a Dream: The unanswered questions behind LA’s ed tech fiasco

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They need a good education - This one size fits all, industrial system we have now doesn't cut it. Students learn in many different ways, with varied apps taking different approaches to the subject matter a student can maybe find one that works for them. It allows for a more customized, individualized approach rather than the mass production model now employed. So, yes, that's exactly what k-12 students need.

The future of education is probably 50 of the best teachers in any given subject matter creating apps so there is a variety of learning types. Then local advisors, councilors, etc. making sure the students are using the right one for them and steering/guiding.

The current system needs to be totally disrupted and that isn't going to happen from within and doing it the same old way.

8 months ago on iHave a Dream: The unanswered questions behind LA’s ed tech fiasco

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Of course I saw that. 

Schools are a big black hole for money, always have been and always will be. Progress isn't necessarily in brick/mortar and with what's going on with online classes, the future is not necessarily in buildings or hundreds of thousands of individual teachers.

School systems as they exist are for the previous century, the industrial age. Everything needs to change. There will be lots of experimentation and not all will be successful but you never know until you try. LA is not a good example as they totally blew it. It reminds me of the national healthcare exchange failure vs the successful state exchanges.

I do believe that iPads and related apps (from what I've seen) can make a difference because they are up front, always with you (mobile) and personal unlike desktop (or even laptop) computers - The apps available in all areas are far more useful and enlightened than anything I've seen on any other computers over the years.


8 months ago on iHave a Dream: The unanswered questions behind LA’s ed tech fiasco

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I stated in my original comment that it's all in the implementation - That's where LA blew it.

8 months ago on iHave a Dream: The unanswered questions behind LA’s ed tech fiasco

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@explodingtears

I'd beg to differ on the productivity front - Mine is very productive. It's what you make of it, an open slate.

They're cheap considering the alternative has been Windows-based computers with all it's inherent support infrastructure.

I have a relative that teaches in a smaller school district that rolled-out iPads last year and they're working out just fine.

8 months ago on iHave a Dream: The unanswered questions behind LA’s ed tech fiasco

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Conspiracy Theories - Yawn

Yes, LA screwed the pooch with the implementation but otherwise the iPad was/is the tablet with the best quality software and widest selection of vertical market apps. 

8 months ago on iHave a Dream: The unanswered questions behind LA’s ed tech fiasco

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Oh no, another patents are bad and the big bad Apple article.

And, oh ya, it's that black rectangle thingy again.

Defacto-standards became standard because someone innovated. The originator should still reap the rewards.

Patents in other fields - seed hybrids as an example have even more lawsuits (Monsanto sues everyones pants off) and am betting Google would protect their search patents and sue in a nano-second if infringed.

There is no advancement if there are few innovators and only copycats.

8 months, 1 week ago on Tech giants’ patent wars mean a longer wait for smarter phones

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The Samsung stores within a store at Best Buy are more akin to Apple stores within Best Buy that have been around for a long time. Not sure your comparison to JCPenny is even relevent. But, I suppose since Johnson is in the news you had to try to tie the two for page views.

1 year, 3 months ago on Ron Johnson’s brand-oriented boutiques couldn’t save JC Penney. Is Best Buy any different?

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Wow - This has to be one of the most misguided post Pando's published - Bryan, you just hope to be half as lucky as Jobs.

1 year, 7 months ago on Let’s admit it… Steve Jobs was lucky

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 @MichaelTannenbaum You're overestimating the consumer (and nerds/geeks) - They've been putting up with shitty, malware infected android for some time (android's just getting to the point where it matches up) - They've also put up with all kinds of Google betaware including Google Maps. This will all be ancient history in a tech news cycle. 

1 year, 10 months ago on Yeah, It Does Matter That Tim Cook Just Apologized For Apple’s Maps

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Everyone seems to use the antennagate apology as representative of Jobs's responses but in fact he did do an apology in this same style when he apologized for MobileMe.

 

Too a certain degree I think Cook was a little too apologetic. In my view he should have explained in a little more detail how using the app is important to improving it and only steered people to alternatives as a last resort. 

1 year, 10 months ago on Yeah, It Does Matter That Tim Cook Just Apologized For Apple’s Maps

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 @kpkpkp I'm aware of that - But, the main play is payments and that's a non-starter. Apple has other methods - even Walmart is testing them - and if Apple doesn't incorporate NFC it'll suffer the same fate as mobile Flash I'm afraid.

1 year, 10 months ago on Yesterday Marked the Beginning of the End of Apple’s Dominance, Unless…

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 @KyleVail Ahhhhh -- Sorry about that, I was misreading :-(

Still don't agree that streaming is where it's all going even if Apple intros a version. Until unlimited broadband is ubiquitous and cheap it's a non-starter for the majority in my estimation.

1 year, 10 months ago on Shhh… Don’t Tell Apple But iTunes Is Doomed

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"I honestly wonder, what more do people expect from a phone?"

Exactly! The smartphone is 6 years (?) old, it's incremental from here on out. And things like NFC are non-starters (solutions looking for problems).

1 year, 10 months ago on Yesterday Marked the Beginning of the End of Apple’s Dominance, Unless…

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 @KyleVail Also, there's a difference between gross numbers and active/paying accounts. The report was about paying accounts.

1 year, 10 months ago on Shhh… Don’t Tell Apple But iTunes Is Doomed

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 @KyleVail Ya, maybe 13M is wrong but just the research report number was still minuscule comparatively speaking.

Dumb? No, just an opinion at least as good as yours or the authors. Streaming fans have been saying it's the future for almost as long as the linux fans have been saying it's the year of linux on the desktop. 

1 year, 10 months ago on Shhh… Don’t Tell Apple But iTunes Is Doomed

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There's a report out (sorry, misplaced the link) that says there are only 13M accounts on all these streaming services combined - some demand that is - Apple has what, 400M iTunes accounts - The streaming universe is very, very small.

1 year, 10 months ago on Shhh… Don’t Tell Apple But iTunes Is Doomed

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 @stuartdredge 'I do this, therefore x that I don't do any more is doomed' line of argument?' -- You nailed it Stuart - Streaming may become the dominant music source but it definitely won't be because of that reasoning (or lack there of)

Certain folks have been cryin the streaming mantra almost as long as others with linux on the desktop.

1 year, 10 months ago on Shhh… Don’t Tell Apple But iTunes Is Doomed

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 @KenG One more time -- Apple/Samsung - It was not about rectangles & rounded corners - http://bit.ly/PrDzN1 <-- A gross exaggeration swallowed whole by many.

1 year, 11 months ago on The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend: Apple Needs to Take Care of Google Before It Goes After Amazon

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 @KenG Some recent links just for you...

No, Apple DID NOT start these patent wars - http://t.co/N64IW1Yv

Verdict is GOOD for YOU, your KIDS and TECH - http://t.co/cTprCuwN

And finally - Users jumping ship - http://t.co/eOlr5lZO - http://t.co/PnibiAmY

And now, it's bed time.

1 year, 11 months ago on The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend: Apple Needs to Take Care of Google Before It Goes After Amazon

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 @KenG It's just one LITTLE thing that contributes to a whole - Nothing in and of itself - Again - GAD --- Good night!

1 year, 11 months ago on The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend: Apple Needs to Take Care of Google Before It Goes After Amazon

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 @KenG By the way - When it gets down to that "rounded rectangle" oversimplification, I'm out of here - Have a good night.

1 year, 11 months ago on The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend: Apple Needs to Take Care of Google Before It Goes After Amazon

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 @KenG "to reward choosing shapes" - "They didn't invent rounded corners on a rectangle" <-- Sorry but, Oh gad (that's a derisive midwestern expression by the way) - Not that tired old simplification again.

1 year, 11 months ago on The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend: Apple Needs to Take Care of Google Before It Goes After Amazon

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 @KenG  "But I don't think those kinds of design choices should be protected by patents" <-- But that's just a personal opinion -- http://t.co/Ij7e7173

"designed to make people believe it is the original" <-- I would say they were a knockoff as they copied everything down to the packaging, website, and tradeshow booths. Even they're Korean showrooms look very close to Apple stores. No, they did not produce a "replica" but the knowed off as much as they could to the point that one of their own lawyers couldn't identify what was what when the judge held them up side-by-side.

1 year, 11 months ago on The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend: Apple Needs to Take Care of Google Before It Goes After Amazon

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 @abraae  Unfortunately, neither of us were there so we could surmise all day long. No matter the process, Samsung turned whatever was offered down. 

1 year, 11 months ago on The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend: Apple Needs to Take Care of Google Before It Goes After Amazon

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 @KenG Do you happen to be a Samsung employee? ;-)

Apple offered Samsung a license and they turned down the offer, hence the lawsuit. And I'd beg to differ that copying is accepted in "most" industries - It isn't, the law goes after knockoffs, forgeries, etc. in most industries. And plagerists get fired, suspended and called out all the time.

1 year, 11 months ago on The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend: Apple Needs to Take Care of Google Before It Goes After Amazon

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 @KenG "They have created a situation where they have no friends - they are even suing a key supplier (Samsung)" -- Really? They have no friends? They probably have more than Google.

As far as Samsung being a supplier, it's the other way around - why in the world would Samsung step on the toes of their largest customer? Suppliers can be replaced and I wouldn't doubt Apple is working on that. Samsung has lost $12B in market cap since the verdict. Think what they're going to lose if Apple dumps them as a supplier.

And then this - Now Samsung Is Ripping Off Apple’s OS X Dock For Their Windows 8 Machines - http://t.co/8Q1ZaVrY <-- Unbelievable, they just don't get it.

1 year, 11 months ago on The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend: Apple Needs to Take Care of Google Before It Goes After Amazon

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So, where were all you App.net/Dalton fanboys/girls back when Identica started up - Even Scoble, Gillmor and other notables couldn't get ya'll to come and try it so everyone fled back to Twitter.

Will be interesting to see if this gets off the ground - I'm doubtful.

1 year, 11 months ago on App.net Is Like a Cool Glass of Water in a Desert of Ad-Supported Social Networks

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Wow Farhad, you totally drank the koolaid - Personally, I'm still waiting for that flying car they promised me when I was young. -- Averting one's eye will become just as distracting as pulling out a phone, maybe more so.

2 years, 1 month ago on Don’t Laugh at Google Glass: They’re Goofy, but They Will Save Us from Ourselves

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 @remy_brooks "in the journalistic world, writers like to talk about winners and losers" -- Yep, everything has to be a horse race even if one is an old hag or there are no other horses at the gate. Journalist don't seem to know how to write if they can't try to create a controversy.

2 years, 1 month ago on You Don’t Kill Incumbents, You Leapfrog Them or You Lose

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As some famous person said - It's the intersection of technology and liberal arts - Too many techies avoid the latter or don't understand it at all.

2 years, 1 month ago on Startup Delusion and Embracing the Schlep

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Exactly - The "killer" headlines get real tiring.

2 years, 1 month ago on You Don’t Kill Incumbents, You Leapfrog Them or You Lose

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 @vivekpreddy "unbiased view of Google/Apple" - Oh please, there's all kinds of bias in this post. And it's totally unrealistic also. If wishes were horses Trevor, we'd all ride.

2 years, 1 month ago on Going Google: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

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What most people get confused over when discussing the old "Great Artists Steal" meme is that it's talking about ideas, not implementations. Patents (and copyright I'd presume) are implementations of ideas and protected.

2 years, 2 months ago on Stealing Is at the Heart of Creating Anything

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