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Snapdragon 615 Hatred

IFA 2015: Lenovo PHAB Plus might be huge but it fits me like a glove

In the post:

Another concern I have is the Snapdragon 615 chipset, I hate this processor with a passion. It is the single reason why I don’t use the Xiamoi Mi4i and part of the reason my Vivo X5 Pro is sitting at the bottom of a draw (or lake, I don’t remember which).

And then in the Comments:

The processor is bad in the phones I have. I have the Xiaomi Mi4i and the Vivo X5Pro and they both use the 615 and it is junk. The LeTV Le 1 with Mediatek is better, in fact any MT6752 phone is better than a SD615.

This is the first I’ve read of the 615 being, um, sub-optimal.

Here’s a list of phones that use the 615. Among them is the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, which hasn’t gotten terrible reviews. But then there’s the Samsung Galaxy A8, which has.

Perhaps this is why Sony and others have gone with MediaTek chips?

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TV: Kung Fu, The Lessons, Two

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Instant Millionaires: Joseph E. Hrudka

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I re-read that this week.

I was interested to follow-up on Joseph E. Hrudka. He became rich just about by accident and founded a company called Mr. Gasket. He was an example of someone who succeeded despite the common wisdom of the people surrounding him. School bored him, cars excited him. No one thought he’d ever amount to anything. Yet he showed them all.

Anyway, the follow-up was not a pretty picture. No Wikipedia entry, which is odd.

And this:

New Times: Gasket Case — a divorce from Hell
Biography — so brief
Mr. Gasket Inc. History — on a spammy site with a link sure to die
MR. GASKET – The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

And yes, I recommend this book — and others by Max Gunther — very highly.

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Back To School

Presumption of stupitidy

Where companies do things that diverge from what seems smart from the outside, it’s a much better idea to ask why those companies are doing things from the presumption of intelligence and logic rather than the presumption of stupidity. If you don’t ask these questions, you might find yourself making the same decisions, or ending up in the same place with your own set of rationalizations. I see this all the time.

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The New China Syndrome

A Chinese Entrepreneur’s Rude Awakening at a German Manufacturing Fair

I also noticed that many visitors did not trust products made in China. They either showed contempt or were afraid of them. In order to promote our website, we visited all exhibition halls and talked to many customers. Not many people were interested in Chinese companies. They did not pay much attention. Some even said: “We do not do any business with Chinese companies, please stop!”

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#FuckCancer: Humans Are Stupid

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From this YouTube video (which I peeked into but have not yet watched).

I’ll repeat what I’ve said on Twitter. Cancer is not clever. Cancer is not smart. Human beings are stupid and haven’t yet discovered the fundamentals of cancer.

At one time, Nokia was hailed as being the best. Nokia was never the best. Nokia’s competitors were incompetents producing shit. That’s a huge difference.

And I can’t imagine the heartbreak and anguish of that guy, thinking he was being cured — only to have the cancer rage back over eight weeks. It brings to mind this:

“When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, seeking rest but finding none. Then it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds its former home empty, swept, and in order. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before…” — Matthew 12:43-45

Previously here:

#FuckCancer: Fuck Rats
#FuckCancer 3-BP Fundraiser
Why There Have Been So Few Posts Lately And I Must Now Vent So Stand By For Language That Will Make Your Hair Stand On End
#FuckCancer: 60 Minutes
#FuckCancer

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#FuckCancer: Fuck Rats

Deficiency in glutamine but not glucose induces MYC-dependent apoptosis in human cells

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Look, I’m an ignorant layman. I’ve read many cancer research papers since February. But even being an ignorant layman, I questioned very early on in my reading what the fuck mice and rats had to do with curing cancer in humans.

Now someone else has come out and said that too — in a research paper.

No, #FuckCancer is not over. Which is why I’m still considering a triage tablet. All that happened is that I got annoyed with the original #FuckCancer post as a Sticky.

Previously here:

#FuckCancer 3-BP Fundraiser
Why There Have Been So Few Posts Lately And I Must Now Vent So Stand By For Language That Will Make Your Hair Stand On End
#FuckCancer: 60 Minutes
#FuckCancer

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Tiny Houses: No.

Dear People Who Live In Fancy Tiny Houses

Dear People Who Live in Fancy Tiny Houses…

Do you actually love living in a fancy tiny house?

You look so freakin’ happy in that Dwell Magazine article or Buzzfeed post, but c’mon, you can’t tell me that you don’t lie awake at night, your face four inches from the ceiling because the only place your bed fits is above the kitchen sink which also acts as your shower, and think, I’ve made a terrible mistake.

Tiny Houses intrigued me for a while. But as I continued my research, I became more claustrophobic (something I don’t normally suffer from!) when I thought about them and imagined living in one.

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Sam Wyly

Once worth $1 billion, Sam Wyly is bankrupt but still fighting

Wyly founded University Computing Co. in 1963 with $1,000 in the bank and grew it into a multimillion-dollar computer services company. In 1967, Sam and Charles purchased the Bonanza Steakhouse chain and expanded it to 600 stores before selling it in 1989.

In 1982, the Wylys bought controlling interest in Michaels, the craft store chain. It grew from a private company with $10 million in revenue in 1982 to $1.2 billion public company in 2006.

He once worked for IBM. Moved to Honeywell, where he helped get them into computers. He figured if he could do that for Honeywell, he could damn well do it for himself. With just a thousand bucks, he started University Computing Company and began to make his first fortune.

For someone so savvy, why isn’t his book — 1,000 Dollars and an Idea: Entrepreneur to Billionaireavailable as an ebook?

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iOS 9 And PDFs

iOS 9 includes a share action for saving PDFs to iBooks

The option is limited, however, as once the PDF is saved to iBooks, the only export options you have are Email and Print. That said, this is still a definite step in the right direction for iOS. Archiving webpages will be much easier as a result, even if iBooks isn’t the most ideal option for storing PDFs.

Not only will users be able to save webpages to PDFs, but the option shows up in first-party apps like Notes and Photos as well. Being that it is a native sharing activity, it would seem likely that third-party apps would gain access to the feature as well.

That is interesting.

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