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Scoble said recently that people at Google aren't wearing Glass much anymore because they don't want to be identified as Google employees. The Google bus in SF and Oakland has been blocked and had windows smashed.
People are tiring of overly entitled children who think they are magnificent because they built an iPhone app or work for a tech company. As for job creation, I know plumbing contractors who have created more jobs than any number of Valley startups and who, wait for it, aren't enormously impressed by themselves.
When people believe their own hype, it generally does end up blowing up in their faces,
2 months ago on Techbrats Goldberg, Shih, and Gopman do not represent the tech industry
The title of the article is great link bait. However, there's no investigation here from the investigation editor. A "expert in grotesque arrogance" accuses someone else of being the same without explaining why their grotesqueness gives them such discernment, or why, in the case of Snowden, being a dick (if he is one) invalidates his actions,
But makes for great link bait.
2 months ago on Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blowhard
Sheriff Paul Babeu in Arizona last year showed how to handle a media crisis perfectly.
He was running for re-election when rumors surfaced that a male Mexican ex-lover said Babeu was trying to deport him. The media exploded in speculation. Could this hard-ass, right-wing sheriff be gay?
Within about a day Babeu called a press conference and flanked by his top brass walked out and his first words were "I am gay" followed by a strong defense of gay marriage and gays in the military. He then said the charges against him were baseless and ended the press conference.
He was easily re-elected. People appreciated he was completely upfront and honest about it.
So, when faced by a media firestorm, get in front of the story fast. Stop the speculations. Be the news, don't follow it, and of course, be honest and real.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Sean Parker is right
Parker said he has media handlers. They should have been out there calling people, doing interviews, refuting stories when the story first broke.
Having said that, what pretends to be journalism now is too often hit-and-run wolf packs savaging the target. What happened to Parker is what is happening to Paula Deen and Zimmerman trial witness Rachel Jeantel. Slime and move on.
This kind of justification happens with monotonous regularity in politics. People excuse behavior when their side does it that they attack the other side for doing. When challenged on this, they generally get defensive or say you must be working for the other side.
9 months, 1 week ago on Stop making excuses for people
I don't much care if Target knows what food I buy with their 5% discount ATM card. But them I'm not alcoholic or a binge eater. As for medical apps that share data, no way my wife or I will use them, the potential for abuse it too great and there appears to be no way to get erroneous data out of the system..
In a related vein, I know several people who are in professions where they really do not want to be ID'ed when out shopping. Facial recognition software already exists. It's only a matter of time until devices like Glass have them.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on You are your data: The scary future of the quantified self movement
Follow the money. Major US banks have been caught laundering drug money and received slap on the wrist fines and no criminal prosecutions. If that happened in Mexico, we'd call it corruption, wouldn't we?
10 months, 1 week ago on Access denied | FP Passport
Great profile. Thanks. The Catholic Church almost always re-assigns priests after a few years in an area. They tried to do so with Boyle and met with so much protest that they rescinded. Good.
11 months, 1 week ago on A lot of companies claim to change the world. Homeboy Industries actually does
@bgoldberg @polizeros Utah already is getting some of the pie. Plus, some Salt Lake City areas have been high tech for years, and there's a reason the beehive is the state symbol.
Cedar City where we were, is 30,000, has a university, a 50 year old Shakespeare Festival, lots of other festivals, and actively seeks and encourages businesses to move there. Any prospective business could easily talk to the mayor directly.
My wife's job took us back to California. There's a lot about Utah that we liked."SiliconSlopes.com provides resources and a free database for technology companies, people, investors and organizations associated with Utah, that anyone can add to or edit. "http://www.siliconslopes.com/
1 year ago on Screw you, California — I ate foie gras last night. At a restaurant
I lived in Utah recently. You can start an LLC online in Utah in literally 10 minutes and be registered in 24 hours for $30. California doesn't have online registration, you have to pay by check, it takes months and costs $800. Why? There is no value-added here for Cali over Utah LLCs.
Utah wants you to start a business. They make it easy. taxes are low and the state is solvent. California is broken. Another thing, two years ago Utah decided their public pensions would be in trouble in a few years if they didn't do something. The Utah legislature fixed it in one year with no squabbling.
The guy who drove me to SFO on the Super Shuttle recently says his state licenses and permits cost him over $1,000 a year and he can't afford health insurance.
@Todd Dunning @polizeros Thanks for so deftly proving my point. But I said nothing about socialism, you lept to that assumption then used it as a straw man. And the numerous countries of Europe that are at least nominally socialist will be startled to discover they are bastions of misery.
Here's a talk that was banned at TED. Someone had the effontery to say "Rich People Don't Create Jobs." Oh, the head TED sniffed that the talk wasn't banned but was not chosen. But of course that amounts to the same thing and is evasion of their part. So, rather clearly, TED isn't interested in politically upsetting topics.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKCvf8E7V1gVia Business Insider: "As the war over income inequality wages on, super-rich Seattle entrepreneur Nick Hanauer has been raising the hackles of his fellow 1-percenters, espousing the contrarian argument that rich people don't actually create jobs. The position is controversial — so much so that TED is refusing to post a talk that Hanauer gave on the subject. National Journal reports today that TED officials decided not to put Hanauer's March 1 speech up online after deeming his remarks "too politically controversial" for the site...".
1 year ago on The cult of ideas
Ted has also more than once killed talks that seriously criticized capitalism. Their intellectual open-mindedness does indeed does have boundaries.
It's not just in startups. It's in rock and roll, Hollywood, and anywhere there's big fame and money. "Don't compare your insides to someone else's outsides" I've been clean and sober a long time and know of someone who at the peak of his major fame locked himself in his mansion doing drugs and lived like a paranoid hermit. He said, "On the outside I had it made, on the inside I was a train wreck."
I do know if you work 24/7 on something you lose perspective and it becomes your sole focus with everything fading into insignificance. That's not even remotely healthy.
1 year, 1 month ago on Do we need to talk about suicide?
@JenniferSiegler @polizeros Hey, nice straw man. Because that's not what I said. Zero Hedge and other financial blogs have exposed the sleazy dealings of HFT and hedge funds and in some cases have forced even our bought and paid for Congress to stop the most worst of the abuses.
Let's see Wells Fargo, HBSC and other banks have been found guilty of laundering hundreds of billions of drug money and the feds, when they can stay awake long enough, are moving up the food chain to SAC Capital after putting several openly corrupt hedge fund people in prison, so yeah, I think the system is gamed and openly corrupt. How corrupt? This corrupt.
"Drug money saved banks in global crisis, claims UN advisor
Drugs and crime chief says $352bn in criminal proceeds was effectively laundered by financial institutions
Drugs money worth billions of dollars kept the financial system afloat at the height of the global crisis, the United Nations' drugs and crime tsar has told the Observer."
1 year, 1 month ago on It’s time to throw in the towel on Apple
@bgoldberg @polizeros I did read it! But too quickly, apparently.
But I still think Wall Street is gamed. However, as always "the stock is not the company."
Or your article could have been clever satire. Hmmm
The stock market is so gamed and driven by high frequency trading that it's no longer much of an indicator of anything substantive. But yeah, the bloom is off the Apple rose.
Two or three words chained together with a capital letter and special character are difficult to crack, like "dogCatbird*" but easy to remember.
1 year, 1 month ago on Think you’re safe at a coffee shop? Think again
@nathanielmott @polizeros I think your article was quite fair!But that never stops the zealots...
1 year, 1 month ago on Apple is the ghost of technology’s present, Google is its future
Hoo boy, the Apple fan boys are gonna be coming at you, I predict.