Not the iPhone 5s, gold. The gold iPhone 5s. 24ct gold, in fact.
Not the iPhone 5s, gold. The gold iPhone 5s. 24ct gold, in fact.
Give it up. Tupac could preach real.
If Siri actually understood you, even just 50% of the time, it would be awesome. As it is, this is mostly fiction.
A rather damning report on “green” energy subsidies:
Since 1973, U.S. government agencies have spent $154.7 billion on “renewable energy”with very little to show for it. Proponents of solar technology claim that their favored technology is on the verge of being competitive with traditional forms of energy, but they have made the same claim since at least the mid-1990s. Billions of dollars in subsidies later, solar still only comprises at most 0.2 percent of U.S. electricity production according to the Energy Information Administration.
That’s about $4 billion a year, every year for the past 40 years.
That certainly could have been put to better use.
This is a real thing, America. And imagine what the Chinese — who are no doubt making this on our behalf — think of us.
The wealthy, well-connected, very gay, very woman Kara Swisher of AllThingsD, slams Twitter, Silicon Valley, and the tech industry in a gleeful screed about just how few women are on Twitter’s board, just how few get funded, just how few are starting up the next disruptive thing.
Any gander at the variety of studies, and even a not-very-scientific look at the subject, will show that fewer women are starting companies, are being promoted at companies, are funded, are funders, are on boards, are being rewarded in the same way. At a high-profile party I attended last night, for example, the small handful of women in attendance all seemed to notice and comment on the massive sea of men, though the men appeared blissfully unaware of the imbalance.
To be fair, if you’re going to be “unaware” then “blissfully” so seems to be the very best of ways.
Once again, however, even the wise and learned Kara utterly misses the point. Perhaps she is blissfully unaware?
To wit: there are (still) almost no women making decisions at Twitter, or Apple. Very, very few at Google and Oracle — and throughout the tech industry.
The tech industry is kicking ass! It’s a rare bright beacon of success — and dollars.
Would Twitter magically get better, earn more money, become more useful, if they added, oh, two women to their board?
Would Apple sell more Apple products?
Kara knows the answer so she doesn’t even dare attempt to justify her demands for more women in the upper reaches of tech.
Whenever I read stories such as this, about interbreeding of “humans” with Neanderthals and Denisovans, I think, fuck, we don’t get to have sex with nearly human humans.
It’s like, they had it better back then.
What if they aren’t worth $15 an hour? What if WalMart decides or is forced to pay every employee a minimum of $20 per hour and offer 40 hours of work per week?
Will the workers earn it?
Wait! I understand you are filled with moral outrage, eager to point it out at all who dare to think and believe and care unlike you.
But what if I am right?
What if the combination of Big Data, machinery, sensors, computers et al make it so that every employee, or just many employees, don’t actually contribute $20 per hour in value?
That’s the scary bit. Save your moral outrage and instead help us figure this out because right now, no one knows what to do.
Alec Baldwin got fired for his homophobic remarks. Martin Bashir, however, resigned. So we know that advocating violence against women is not a way to get fired from the marginally-watched news network.
Great list on the price of iPhone around the world.
The New York Times offers a bit of sanity on the whole global warming concern.
You are about to read something that will upset you. This is because your mind is closed and because you love feeling morally and intellectually superior. I get that. Only, you’re wrong. It’s not about “global warming deniers” but about you. You and the billions like you who simply are not — not — going to give up what you want, what you have, how you wish to live, how you demand to live, nearly all of which comes from…
wait for it…
cheap, abundant and very dirty fossil fuels.
Now that we have that out of our system, onto the Times:
Over the last 30 years, China moved an estimated 680 million people out of poverty by giving them access to modern energy, mostly powered by coal. Yes, this has resulted in terrible air pollution and a huge increase in greenhouse gas emissions. But it is a trade-off many developing countries would gratefully choose. As China becomes wealthier, it will most likely begin to cut its air pollution problem through regulation, just as the rich world did in the 20th century. But, admittedly, cutting carbon-dioxide emissions will be much harder because these emissions are a byproduct of the cheap energy that makes the world go around.
Truly inspiring, wisdom-imparting words from the great Milton Friedman.
Dear every maker of smartphone, app or mobile service. Please never ever ever do that thing where the man or woman is holding out their phone as if they are shoving it in our face.
It was always lame.
And it’s been done millions of time. To repeat only makes you look utterly bereft of all sense of design, creativity and user concern.
I have significant problems with our education infrastructure in the United States. It is controlled by unions and based on a understanding of the world that, if ever valid, was so only during a portion of the 20th century.
Nonetheless, do not believe the latest news about how “Asian” countries are doing so great and the US so poorly.
It’s obvious these “rankings” are meaningless.
To the charts!
Despite my public US education, I know statistics. That Shanghai-China would be tops in reading and math and science is extremely unlikely.
Further, that is a giant city, tens of millions and thus millions of students. Millions of students in one region are simply not outperforming all other nations/regions across all categories.
Made-up, bogus, corrupt and unusable.
UPDATE: Numerous others now parroting what I already told you. Here’s Andrew Sullivan’s round-up.
New Geography strongly suggests that America not look to Silicon Valley for salvation. Or tax revenues.
Perhaps more shocking for many liberal friends of the Valley folks is their attitude toward paying taxes. Here, the tech firms appear to have developed at least as much skill at manipulating the political system as the financial system. The New York Times recently described Apple as “a pioneer in tactics to avoid taxes,” while Facebook paid no taxes last year, despite making a profit of over $1 billion. For its part, Google avoided paying $2 billion by putting its revenue in a shell company in Bermuda.
I wrote about the idea of torturing our robot pets in a post for ReadWrite.
Do these robots deserve legal protection similar to what we now provide pets, for example, or horses? Your initial reaction may be, Of course not. But what if this social robot served as the equivalent of your family dog and someone came along and stole it, abused it and “killed” it? Then posted video on YouTube?
Here’s Kate Darling talking about this — as it’s her life’s work, apparently.
All the big ideas are coming outside of Silicon Valley. Many, like live human being support and this — delivery drones — from Amazon.
While the open minds are “liking” all those posts showing their support for the downtrodden workers at WalMart, know that Amazon treats its workers about the same.
No, not really. They go red. For World AIDS Day.
Because it’s okay to be political for those causes that everyone says, oh you can’t possibly be against this!
I disagree, of course.
Apple’s actions are, at the very least, an overt, social act, and probably political.
Soon, we’ll know where Apple stands on a host of issues, I suspect — and make our buying decisions accordingly.
From the Detroit Free Press:
It had been more than two months since a popular University of Michigan medical student was shot to death, and police seemingly had few leads.
But on Oct. 3 — 45 miles from where student Paul DeWolf was killed in his Ann Arbor fraternity — a man in Detroit attempted to log onto a computer he’d just purchased through Craigslist. The man didn’t know it, but the Mac laptop had been stolen from DeWolf’s next-door neighbor around the time he was killed.
That computer had an app that would lead police directly to it, and to the two suspects now charged in DeWolf’s killing.