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Palm, Is That You?

A trip to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office revealed something.

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CUBE & Onda Pile On Xiaomi

Really, this is extraordinary!

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The accompanying illustration (click through for it) shows a support person getting an earful over a product that turns out just to be earbuds!

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Terror In Sydney, Australia

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Live News 7 video stream

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Live News 9 video stream

Good luck, Australia. I hope your sniper gets a clear shot.

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China 12/12 Sales

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I don’t know if this is an official holiday in China or a manufactured sales day just for tablets. But all of the tablet vendors are pimping a double-12 sale that takes place tomorrow. Such discounted prices are never passed on to users outside of China who order through middlemen, however.

The above graphic is from Teclast’s pimping of the sales day.

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Colonel Sanders

Was He Even Really A Colonel? The Secret Life Of Colonel Sanders

In the 1970s, I was reading a bunch of books about entrepreneurs (this was before they became fashionable and few people even knew of the damn term).

One of them — and I no longer remember the title, dammit! — mentioned the Colonel in passing but it was revelatory. He was a kick-ass kind of guy who took no shit. No relation to that elderly and smiling and waving corporate brand the TV spots turned him into. It also turned out he hated Kentucky Fried Chicken. After he sold it, he said they ruined his recipe and the food they served was basically garbage! How can you not love a guy like that?

So go read the above article. It’s wonderful. That’s the real Colonel.

And don’t miss the link to the free PDF of his autobiography! (Since it’s issued by the corporation, it might have been sanitized, bit still.) So you don’t miss it, here’s the direct link.

Colonel Sanders had one of those lives that really is inspirational. No matter how much you’ve fucked-up in life, you can still win in the end. Don’t quit!

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China State Propagandist Hobnobs With Silicon Valley Bigwigs

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Modern NASA

Today’s Orion test flight.

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Mission Control is a hell of a lot smaller than the 1960s.

But then this wasn’t a manned flight.

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Teclast: November 25 Unveiling

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I have no idea. But this is what I mean by the Nokia N1 being dead in the water by the time February 2015 comes around. Teclast, Onda, Chuwi, et al, will have announced a bunch of new ones by then. Some might even have the same CPU in the same iPad Mini dress.

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#OnlyOnTwitter: 1

Previously: Only On Twitter

I’ve been coming across these weird pairings in my stream more and more. So I’ve begun tweeting them under that hashtag. And I figure I should do at least one post to show the idea originated with me.

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Intel And China Subsidies, Again

Earlier: Weird Weibo Rumor About Intel

Yesterday: After losing Apple’s iPad business, Intel has bled $7 billion while heavily subsidizing cheap x86 Atom Android tablets

It’s written by Daniel Eran Dilger, a Apple adherent.

And there’s no quote from Intel itself in there.

It’s Morgan Stanley analyst Joseph Moore, not Intel, who says:

“While we do expect that [Intel] phasing out tablet subsidies over the course of 2015 will cause modest reduction in losses, it could also blunt the company’s momentum in tablets significantly,” Moore wrote. “Eliminating these losses would require either massive revenue gains, or massive expense cuts, and we don’t see a clear scenario for either of them.”

But no one passing this piece around seems to be able to comprehend or parse what they’ve read.

There’s been absolutely no word from Intel itself that China subsidies will end in 2015.

If it’s true Intel has bled seven billion dollars in this quest, will they cut and run or double-down?

Maybe Intel should have focused more on how China tablet makers treat their customers before sinking money into them.

Personally, I’d really like to know what the sales figures are for China tablets — of any CPU. Xiaomi sold about twenty-thousand of the MiPad during 11/11, making it the top seller over all others. That’s just not an impressive figure. How much worse are other tablet makers doing?

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