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Aaand worst analogy of the year goes to "Umfuld".

15 hours, 15 minutes ago on Attackers have breached Tor’s system to reveal the identities of its users

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Great article, but why on earth would they need to ACQUIRE DocuSign, rather than use them or someone else as a service? Just doesn't make sense to me.

2 days, 18 hours ago on Can the Zillow-Trulia merger finally disrupt the home buying process? Brokers should be terrified to find out

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Throw some more buzzwords into that sentence. You can't.

1 month ago on An author claims Byliner ebooks screw authors. Here’s my royalty statement to prove they don’t

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"I certainly had gripes of my own the (then fledgling) company."

Great sentence, editor.

1 month ago on An author claims Byliner ebooks screw authors. Here’s my royalty statement to prove they don’t

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"That loan has a credit-card-like interest rate of 9%." 


That is just an uninformed comment. Do you even finance, bro? Credit card APRs are upwards of 30%; a 9% interest rate is well within "market" for a company that, you know, loses money.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on GoDaddy: The pig in the IPO parade

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Who the f' is Christy Turlington Burns?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on What to expect night one of Southland. (Hint: Awesome)

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Oops! What's that you just dropped, Lacy? Oh, it's a name? #nm #humblebrag

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Warning: There might be a BBQ fist fight at Southland

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Great article, and confirms what I (and many others I'm sure) had assumed. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Bad news for whistleblowers. Secret is far less secret than you think

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How many seconds did it take you to write this "post"?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Startups Anonymous: My biggest beefs with the startup crowd

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Breaking news: Paul Carr is an asshole.

2 months, 1 week ago on Confirmed: Hotel Tonight keeps a secret list of whiny assholes, and I’m on it

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"It’s unlikely that Time Warner’s objective in backing Maker and was to generate purely a financial return" -- holy proofread much?

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Why Hollywood is making it rain on the YouTube ecosystem and why it’s only beginning

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"I have way too much time on my hands to be writing shit like this".

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Startups Anonymous: A list of fears from the CEO of a startup in NYC

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These guys were HEAVILY (and rightfully) criticized in the crypto world for not releasing the source code until pressured, over and over, and over again. Then some more. Check out this Quora thread for more information: http://www.quora.com/Silent-Circle/Will-Silent-Circle-silence-critics-who-demand-they-uphold-their-promise-to-release-their-source-code-If-not-can-they-be-trusted. Make sure to expand the comments on that thread, and read the references to Nadim Kobeissi's "release the source" campaign. They even went so far as to censor out reports of their use of vulnerable libraries.


While I respect Phil Zimmerman, I don't necessarily trust the ex-government team that he has assembled around him. Nor do I trust whomever made the decision to censor comments on their product (see above). Don't get me wrong, I'm sure they're all incredible patriots -- but patriots may be more inclined to side with the government they love so dearly when said government is at odds with their users. They claim "Silent Circle’s service offerings have no government-mandated backdoors." when they really should be saying something akin to "Silent Circle’s service offerings have no backdoors, government-mandated or otherwise."


Frankly, I just don't trust this phone. Nor do I trust the company behind it. What is needed is some EFF sponsored open source company with entirely open source client and server software. The problem is that this is expensive, so private companies will fill the gap. To get people to trust them, however, they really should play by the book that has been long established in this space: disclose, disclose, disclose.

5 months ago on Idealism costs: Silent Circle announces ultra-private, ultra-expensive Blackphone

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@Steve_Schmid7  What on earth are you talking about? You want Facebook to turn itself into a charity? Or you think the government should force it to?


Newsflash: it would NEVER have hired all the people it did, acquired (read: injected wealth into) the companies/founders it did, contributed hugely to the local real estate boon, or provide a huge influx of consumption.


I think Facebook is a has-been company (in terms of mind share, thought leadership, etc.), but it's still got loads of cash. If you start comparing private companies competing in a capitalist economy to governments or charities, you've lost your mind. Without proper incentives, there is no Facebook and the aggregate economy is worse off.


Go take an econ 101 class and come back to the comment board.

5 months, 1 week ago on Follow the photos: The real reason Facebook just paid almost 10% of its market cap for WhatsApp

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"In 2006, Facebook was the only startup that had furniture from Design Within Reach" 


Umm, what? Is this supposed to be a serious statement?

5 months, 1 week ago on Follow the photos: The real reason Facebook just paid almost 10% of its market cap for WhatsApp

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Taxi drivers are still rude, disgruntled pricks (for the most part); that's the #1 reason I prefer to use another service such as Uber or Lyft.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Dear Lyft: I’ve found someone else. I just couldn’t handle surge pricing

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@Erno @eismcsquare  You sound like someone who just read securityfocus.com for the first time. Stating your preferences on Linux distributions and somehow trying to blindly indicate one is superior is no way to go through life. Come present some evidence -- hell, even anecdotes -- and maybe people won't dismiss your nonsense outright.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on I challenged hackers to investigate me and what they found out is chilling

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@David Mayes Did you comment have any purpose other than to point out "look! I too was a senior manager at a big tech company!".

6 months, 1 week ago on The Techtopus: How Silicon Valley’s most celebrated CEOs conspired to drive down 100,000 tech engineers’ wages

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@jiveFyre My god you are annoying -- and very obviously created this account simply to bash aspects of (and players in) this story. 

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Exclusive: Uber driver accused of assault had done prison time for a felony, passed background check anyways

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"post-Internet landscape" ..

.. do you even believe the bullshit you write?

7 months ago on History was erased twice yesterday

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Please read this sentence aloud to yourself -- and then edit it:


"The movie doesn’t focus so much on the ups and downs of the competition itself, however; this is no sports movie."

7 months ago on “Computer Chess” is the year’s best movie about technology

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@DanielVincentKelley @guitarpunkjack Wah, wah, wahhhh. Someone call the wahhhbulance on you, you little twerp. And by you I of course mean @DanielVincentKelley. You are such a whiner. Why don't you start making progress *somewhere* instead of just complaining to whomever will listen?

7 months, 1 week ago on BREAKING: Protesters attack Google bus in West Oakland, smashing window

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@DanielVincentKelley @neoganda @mrjkd Step up, bitch. My tech guru punk ass will slap the shit outta you.

7 months, 1 week ago on BREAKING: Protesters attack Google bus in West Oakland, smashing window

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Nice research. And all I can say after reading it all is FUCK NUANCE.

7 months, 4 weeks ago on A small Chinese startup stood up to patent bullying from the maker of Siri – and won

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@nspyraishn You keep using that word ("dearth") -- I do not think it means what you think it means.

8 months ago on Bitcoin, you have a China problem

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Protip: just say "money" when you mean it. This sophomoric construct does not add to your writing: "a significant waste of resources (read: money)".

8 months, 1 week ago on The worst practice in advertising is far too common (and expensive)

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@lyonlee Take your spam elsewhere, kthxbai.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Why Facebook pages are a bust for brands

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@sophiaandresov Uh huh, suuuree you did. Liar.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Startup snake oil: Scamming early stage entrepreneurs

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Why wasn't Moat awarded legal costs? This seems appropriate given the prejudicial dismissal.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Score one for the little guy: Court dismisses ComScore’s patent lawsuit against Moat

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Whoops, hit submit too soon and my Edit period expired. Here's what I meant to write:

These SpiderLabs guys sound like a bunch of amateurs with all of their mistakes/ill preparation. (I'm half way through the article anyway -- just scrolled down to see comments so far, maybe my opinion will change after finishing?)

If you want to read a more technical description of some analogous techniques, check out these two books (one includes a chapter from Fyodor of nmap fame):

1. http://www.amazon.com/Stealing-Network-How-Own-Box/dp/1931836876

2. http://www.amazon.com/Stealing-Network-How-Own-Continent/dp/1931836051

(There are newer ones in the "Stealing the Network" series but I haven't read them so I can't recommend them -- or not.)

P.S. Sorry about the massive images -- think PD did that automatically? I'd remove if I could without breaking the link ..

9 months ago on I challenged hackers to investigate me and what they found out is chilling

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These guys sound like a bunch of amateurs with all of their mistakes. (I'm half way through the article anyway -- just scrolled down to see comments so far, maybe my opinion will change after finishing?)

9 months ago on I challenged hackers to investigate me and what they found out is chilling

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@juararetardino "Amazon has never made money and shows no prospects of making in in the future." <-- stupidest thing ever written.

Seriously, do you not get that Amazon could, in a moment's notice, flip a switch and be instantly MASSIVELY profitable? They invest almost every dollar that comes back in the door. Take this Apple fanboy's write-up for instance: http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/05/bezos-not-bozos/.


10 months ago on Steve Ballmer: The. Worst. CEO. Ever.

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"The creators filed a whopping 80 patents in the process of building it." 

You say it like that's a good thing. At least try to get a quote from her on how they're for defensive purposes only; she is, after all, the the former president of the EFF so I'm sure she'd be willing to weigh in!

10 months ago on Move slow, make it perfect: The three year development of Spin, Skype’s hot new competitor

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@lenkendall You realize your link goes to the Wikipedia page for "Internet" right?

10 months, 1 week ago on Who knows shareholders’ best interests?

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@Platonic Solids Haha touche! Nicely done.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Calm down, media, before you hurt someone

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@neoganda @PatrickSF Yeah of course they're not selling us throughput that's equal to the physical line/last-mile speed. They wouldn't be able to provide the upstream bandwidth -- or anywhere near it -- so why bother?

11 months ago on The tech industry’s dirty secrets (à la Reddit)

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"Work for a fiber internet “to the home” company…We offer 50gb a second and the fastest 150gb when in reality the company tested a fiber to check bandwidth and couldn’t calculate the speed as the machines weren’t powerful enough, something like 40 terabytes a second before the machines topped out…"

Does this snippet not make sense to anyone else? 

11 months ago on The tech industry’s dirty secrets (à la Reddit)

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@davemholmes @adders Follow-up please!

 @adders : what'd they pay ya? Don't settle for less than $1,000.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Here’s why Path didn’t leak a fake valuation (and you shouldn’t either)

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Bravo!

Glad you were able to listen to (and incorporate in your response) the more thoughtful feedback and tune out the more knee-jerk jealous ones. Hopefully you won't be nearly as excoriated this time around. It's clear to this reader that you mean well, even if you rubbed some overly sensitive folks the wrong way.

I took a look at the site and it looks great -- especially love the unique mobile features that allows readers to scroll left-to-right across large, high res photos (complete with author's name and post date appearing to help seek out the specific "voices" one wishes to hear from). Search is great too, and would be even better if you could excerpt (in real-time a la the various search-aheads) the full text that matches the query.

Also, LOVE LOVE the DMCA policy. Plenty of (legitimate) hurdles that the complainant must jump through and then at the end, a snail mail address. So perfect that I made a point to show it to my girlfriend before the rest of the site.

A couple tips/nitpicks on mobile:

1. If after clicking the list icon in the top right, you try to scroll the categories (e.g., News, Entertainment, etc.) than the underlying page scrolls; assume there's nothing you can do about that but thought I'd point it out. 

2. If you click back instead of "x" on the Search results, you are taken back to the previous site/page you were on -- not to, for example, the home page of Bustle. I know problems with the back button abound HTML5 code bases, but would be great to fix if possible. 

3. Why not profile the editors/authors on the "About" page? Would be great to see a pic and an amusing bio that sheds some light on the "voice" you speak much about.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Take Two

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@JoshuaBolin @JulieFredrickson Well said, sir.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Take Two

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@Monte Gruhlke @PatrickSF Really? You're going to try to throw out my entire post because of one tiny part where I didn't bother to look up the link for the reader? Here is the link in question: http://pandodaily.com/2013/03/25/because-of-asset-seizures-i-am-starting-my-new-company-outside-california/. It was simply pointing out to everyone that Bryan had written extensively about the process of starting his next company -- so he (as Sarah Lacy has pointed out) was WELL within his rights to announce his new company (and their recently closed funding) here.

OK, link provided, now go "tear apart [my] arguments". Your excuse to be lazy has been removed.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on I’ve raised $6.5 million to build and grow my new company: Bustle.com

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Right, because this article is about my company and people are giving me shit and questioning if it'll flop. Or not, and it's about Bryan's company -- and I feel he's being unnecessarily crucified by jealous, spiteful women (and tools like yourself), so I decided to pipe up for him and put you in your place. You know that he'd love to but he'd be further persecuted for doing so.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on I’ve raised $6.5 million to build and grow my new company: Bustle.com

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Maybe so but do you really think this will flop? I'll bet your just-checked-to-see-if-it's-there penis that he personally clears more on this than you'll make in your entire life.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on I’ve raised $6.5 million to build and grow my new company: Bustle.com

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@kmahlonlives @PatrickSF I'm just tired of having my email blow up with bitchy comment after bitchy comment. Perhaps I should just unsubscribe to the thread rather than spend my time responding.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on I’ve raised $6.5 million to build and grow my new company: Bustle.com

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Good ad hominem. Now how bout you respond to any of the substantive points I've carefully laid out for you?

11 months, 2 weeks ago on I’ve raised $6.5 million to build and grow my new company: Bustle.com

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All you women are acting like crabs in a barrel. Pulling and putting each other -- yes, Bryan's company is almost ENTIRELY WOMEN -- down just because you didn't get the funding, or have as audacious of a launch, or state as lofty goals. Honestly, the jealousy seeping into these comments is so thinly veiled; no scratch that, it's blindingly transparent. Do yourself a favor and focus this vitriol and the energy behind it elsewhere; say, maybe into writing content for your Bustle.com competitor and building a successful company? 

Here's a summary of the women (and a few men) I see whining in this post:

1. Those who already have a (now competing) site.

Your jealously -- and fear of a highly successful entrepreneur coming to eat your lunch -- is so transparent that it's making me sick. To the Jezebel woman: really? Bustle threatens you that much that you had to come here and comment and dispute something Bryan said? Didn't you learn the lesson that when you're on the top you don't even mention the new entrants and also-rans by name? Smart move deleting your comment but everyone on the thread already has it in their Inbox.

2. Those who want funding but can't get it.

Maybe you understand women's issues better than Bryan, but guess what? You haven't founded and sold a site for $175mm+. That's why he's getting funding for his site. Not because he's a man. Because he's done it before and investors are voting with their dollars that he can do it again. It's as simple as that, ladies.

3. Those who think him stating lofty goals is somehow "smug" or bitching that he's not different enough.

Which statement do you think his investors prefer him to say? Either "Gee, I hope we get a somewhat respectable audience but I really don't want to make this huge and sell it for a boatload of money; I'd prefer to toil along in mediocrity like most of the other content sites out there." or "We're going to be huge and knock it out of the park! Ten (10) figure exit after years of $100mm+ revenue here we come!". Get off the man's back for trying to do something big.

And as for the editorial content -- again, what do you expect him to make an announcement saying? "Oh we're just like all the other sites out there catering to women's diverse interests! No need to read us if you already read something from other well-funded companies like Sugar Publishing, Glam Media, etc."

4. Those who are hating on Bryan because HE founded the site not a SHE.

Boo-fucking-hoo. A man founded it. Does that make the women behind it (99% or so it seems) any less capable? Or interesting to read? Should you not support them because Bryan owns more stock than they do? Grow up. Yes it would have been preferable to you had a women just raised $6.5mm to launch a site but, as I point out above, he was the one who just made his investors wealthy(er) not you or your sister, your daughter, or your mom.

5. Those complaining he's violating some journalistic standards by posting his fundraising announcement on PandoDaily.

Newflash: as Sarah Lacy just pointed out, Bryan is a PandoDaily contributor. On the regular. Where else do you think he'd announce his new startup that, mind you, he's been writing about for months now? It would have been weird for him to write about moving it out of California, etc. (too lazy to link sorry) and then have this appear elsewhere. It would have seemed if Pando "missed the scoop". The man writes upwards of 100 unpaid articles -- of course Sarah is going to give him a few words to promote himself.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on I’ve raised $6.5 million to build and grow my new company: Bustle.com

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@LoraKolodny @bgoldberg Wow, you must be fun at a party.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on I’ve raised $6.5 million to build and grow my new company: Bustle.com

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@lajetee47 What exactly did your company patent?

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Julie Samuels: Crusading the fight against patent stupidity

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"news and politics right beside fashion tips" -- you really love this juxtaposition eh?

11 months, 3 weeks ago on I’ve raised $6.5 million to build and grow my new company: Bustle.com

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