Daily Archives: September 11, 2013

Tomorrow: Ramos + Intel


1Pad speculates there will be a Teclast P89 Mini-like tablet from Ramos [Google English].

Let’s see if there’s a leak of that like there was for the Ramos K2 tablet.


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Intel-Inside Tablets For US$100 This Year

At the Intel Developers Conference yesterday, a bit of a bomb was dropped that got lost in all of the coverage about Apple.

Intel said there will be tablets with Intel CPUs available this year for US$100.

I thought I first saw this claim in Chippy’s coverage, but a re-reading today didn’t find it. It’s reported in China, though [Google English].

It’s likely these will be Android tablets, which Intel was pimping outside their venue:


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Have The Food Riots Begun?

Note: This is an autopost that was scheduled a year in advance. Usual disclaimer: Unless I add an update to it, I am probably not alive on publication date.

September 10, 2012: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say

Pretty simple. Black dots are the food prices, red lines are the riots. In other words, whenever the UN’s food price index, which measures the monthly change in the price of a basket of food commodities, climbs above 210, the conditions ripen for social unrest around the world. CSI doesn’t claim that any breach of 210 immediately leads to riots, obviously; just that the probability that riots will erupt grows much greater. For billions of people around the world, food comprises up to 80% of routine expenses (for rich-world people like you and I, it’s like 15%). When prices jump, people can’t afford anything else; or even food itself. And if you can’t eat—or worse, your family can’t eat—you fight.

Since 2008, I have seen food prices at least triple.

A lot of this increase has been hidden by careful sales. Yet the fact that packaging has shrunk dramatically for the “same price” is obvious to anyone who pays any damned attention in the supermarket. How the hell do they expect people to be able to eat?

September 11, 2013: 9/11 on TV prevented me from updating this post before it was published. No food riots yet. But prices continue to go up and packages continue to shrink. How long can this madness continue?

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