Daily Archives: March 11, 2015

Ignorance And Hubris In Silicon Valley

How Silicon Valley Shapes Our Future

In such a worldview, politics and policymakers are the great enemy because they slow down progress. “Rules are made to cement existing structures,” Thrun says. “We are trying to circumvent them.”

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

He’s absolutely ignorant of social history and doesn’t even realize it.

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire

Their findings led to thirty-eight new laws regulating labor in New York state, and gave each of them a reputation as leading progressive reformers working on behalf of the working class. In the process, they changed Tammany’s reputation from mere corruption to progressive endeavors to help the workers. New York City’s Fire Chief John Kenlon told the investigators that his department had identified more than 200 factories where conditions made a fire like that at the Triangle Factory possible. The State Commissions’s reports helped modernize the state’s labor laws, making New York State “one of the most progressive states in terms of labor reform.” New laws mandated better building access and egress, fireproofing requirements, the availability of fire extinguishers, the installation of alarm systems and automatic sprinklers, better eating and toilet facilities for workers, and limited the number of hours that women and children could work. In the years from 1911 to 1913, sixty of the sixty-four new laws recommended by the Commission were legislated with the support of Governor William Sulzer.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

The overarching “existing structure” of everything is human beings. If you don’t understand that, you shouldn’t have the power to do anything.

Previously here:

More Reasons To Despise The Techies
The Silicants
Sellouts, Shills, Con Men, And Egress Pushers

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New Rich City

Why I got out of New York City

So Times Square got cleaned up. For what? Now it’s a demented cross between Tokyo and Disneyland.

Previously here:

The Corporate Abyss
Pottersville, New York
Welcome To Blade Runner World

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Whatever Happened To Apple’s “For The Rest Of Us…”?

“Nobody will pay $10,000 for an Apple Watch!” & other reasons you can’t sell shit

Unless you’ve done research, every opinion you have about what people will or won’t buy comes straight from your butt.

You say you won’t buy an Apple Watch. Fine, I believe you. (Although… perhaps you said the same thing about iPods, iPhones and iPads.)

It doesn’t matter, though, whether you buy or not. Lots and lots of other people will.

Let me repeat: You are not your customer. There’s only one of you. You won’t be paying yourself.

Emphasis in the original.

Harumph:

The Lisa was first introduced on January 19, 1983 and cost US$9,995 (approximately $23,700 in today’s dollars.) It was the very first personal computer system with a graphical user interface (GUI) to be sold commercially. It used a Motorola 68000 CPU clocked at 5 MHz and had 1 MB RAM.

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Are China Core-M Tablets Now A Bargain?

The new Core-M MacBook starts at a whopping US$1299.

Does that make China Core-M tablets at half the price a bargain?

My head is too filled with cancer thoughts to concentrate on a detailed comparison, but CUBE has jumped on the opportunity to compare its i7 Core-M tablet to certain aspects of the new MacBook in press material published at both IMP3Net [Google Translate] and ZOL [Google Translate].

How long until someone buys a China Core-M tablet and hacks OS X onto it? Imagine OS X with a touchscreen and as a tablet. The ability to be turned into a Hackintosh drove sales of the old MSI Wind netbook. Will such hacking drive international sales of China Core-M tablets?

Paging Steven Troughton-Smith

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#FuckCancer

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A family member has been afflicted.

I’ve spent the past month between hospitals.

This is in addition to the IRL Complications that have prevented me from updating this blog regularly.

Updating of this blog will continue to be irregular and with fewer updates until the entire situation improves.

By the way, I lightly used the Nexus 9 again yesterday. I still like it. It also had the keyboard cover. US$129 for that keyboard case is highway robbery. And I couldn’t get it to work with the tablet. But I could type on it, which surprised me.

Previously here:

IRL Complications

Note: This post was published on March 11th. It will remain a sticky until circumstances change one way or the other.

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