I have a ton of playlists I assembled and created at Spotify, using the free service.
If free is going away, are they going to just erase all that work?
The music labels are a bunch of greedy parasite bastards. Doing away with free Spotify will only send everyone back to piracy.
Filed under Music, Stupid
Biased? Please. If scourging crap like the Trio tablet is being “biased,” then I’m all for it.
Instead of kissing-up to the lamestream — and mostly corrupt — tech media, Lin, why not try to replicate what Xiaomi accomplished in China by going directly to users and to those who have shown an interest in your products?
But if you expect me or anyone else to give Xiaomi a free pass on the Balmuda design theft, you better think twice!
I went to the SonyStyle Store in NYC yesterday.
I’m very curious about the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra that Best Buy is selling for US$249 (note that the website price of US$299 is incorrect).
But all they have are dummy units. I really wanted to experience that TriLuminous screen.
So, to their store.
It was a miserable experience.
Why I Won’t Go on Any More Tech-Job Interviews
I’m not a trained seal any more. I won’t go to any more demeaning, dehumanizing, pompous-nonsense interviews. Lunch? Sure. Phone interview? Yeah, of course. Tests? Maybe. I can see where an employer might want to verify, with a practicum, that I know skills applicable to the specific job at hand. Fair enough.
But sit me down in a room with some wise ass asking me how I’d determine the number of window panes in New York City, or some shit like that? F*ck the hell off. Just get the hell out.
Before that kind of bullshit, recruiters would want you to come in so they could “look you over.” As if you were a fucking car they were deciding to buy based on its appearance. I told them to shove that up their ass years ago.
I don’t play well with other people?
I don’t play well with fucking spoiled brats and morons. Life is too fucking short for that shit.
I console myself in the firm knowledge that everyone who dishes out that kind of shit is going to be on the receiving end of even worse one day.
Filed under Friction, Stupid
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.
More Reasons To Despise The Techies
Sellouts, Shills, Con Men, And Egress Pushers
“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.
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.
Because they promote ignorance. And ignorance leads to all other evils and ills.
Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul
When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people’s ideas.
Residents say the extremists smashed the locks that had protected the biggest repository of learning in the northern Iraq town, and loaded around 2,000 books — including children’s stories, poetry, philosophy and tomes on sports, health, culture and science — into six pickup trucks. They left only Islamic texts.
“These books promote infidelity and call for disobeying Allah. So they will be burned,” a bearded militant in traditional Afghani two-piece clothing told residents, according to one man living nearby who spoke to The Associated Press.
We need a worldwide program to digitize every damn library.