The Royal Canadian Mint will end production of the penny this fall thanks to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s austerity budget, and he told reporters Friday that the coins are a “nuisance.” “The penny is a currency without…
Nice to see some sanity up north. Hopefully this can trickle south and we can ditch both the penny and the paper single dollar bill.
Paul Steckler and David Raskino recently spoke at Sup’Internet, a web design and engineering school in Paris, about So.cl and Fuse Labs. The school put together a video with some highlights and an interview, enjoy!
Tooting my own horn a bit, but I like this video. Thanks Yannick for making it.
Om Malik says Google is planning to launch Google Drive next month (maybe as soon as next week). Yes, finally.
He touches upon some of the illustrious history of the Google Drive rumors throughout the years, but they haven’t actually been rumors. Google had a project several years ago that they were widely using internally, but they killed it. The project started up again last year and again, Google started widely testing it internally, which they’ve been doing for months now to make sure it’s just right.
This time they will launch it.
There was a time a few years back when I would have looked forward to Google Drive. But in all the intervening years other people stepped into the void. Dropbox serves very nicely and is integrated with most of my devices. SkyDrive is really coming along, getting almost all of the things I need and with 25GB of storage it really is pretty nice as a backup solution for documents. Box.net with 50GB storage is solid even if the UI is a touch odd. And all my music is backed up to Amazon for the price of buying an album last year.
So Google Drive…. better be something great, something game-changing. And I don’t know what that is but once upon a time Gmail made us all stand up and reassess email. I just suspect this will be a “meh” moment. Let’s see if I eat my words and by how much.
This is a clever idea and to my knowledge novel. Complaining about the weather is a Northwest specialty, why not show that yes in fact yesterday was better/worse.
To assist here is the forecast I snapped from yesterday; this is an easy app in these parts:-) http://flpbd.it/oWKoi
Interesting read from a guy who left Google (disclaimer: I don’t know him,
no idea what he is doing at Microsoft). The interesting quote is a
paragraph towards the end (italics and highlighting are mine):
*As it turned out, sharing was not broken. Sharing was working fine and
dandy, Google just wasn’t part of it. People were sharing all around us and
seemed quite happy. A user exodus from Facebook never materialized. I
couldn’t even get my own teenage daughter to look at Google+ twice, “social
isn’t a product,” she told me after I gave her a demo, “social
is people and the people are on Facebook.” Google was the rich kid who,
after having discovered he wasn’t invited to the party, built his own party
in retaliation. The fact that no one came to Google’s party became the
elephant in the room.*
I use that same line in speeches I give. My analogy is that social is like
the internet was 20 years ago. We had the same discussions, we had the same
people adding “the Internet” to their product packaging and features. But
it was deeper than that, the net was going to be the fabric intertwined
with just about everything we do. And social is heading that direction too,
it’s just early days.
It’s unclear whether Rush Limbaugh’s apology will be enough to keep his advertisers. The conservative radio host has now lost seven advertisers, with flower company ProFlowers being the latest. Two mattress companies, …
Still no real apology from Rush Limbaugh. A real apology in a case like this would be actually doing something different such as testifying before Congress or using his considerable audience to discuss this issue fairly and openly.
Hi Sharper, of course I noticed the difference between the wp and wm curves. The post is about the fact that wp phones hardware are lagging behind. I just think it's sad that there aren't any wp vendors out there that push the spec limits a little more. I think it's important for them in order to reach the next step in the graph. Which is the hockey stick part that both android and iOS have managed to trail. But I think its a little lazy to just assume I was lazy. All the best // Johan
Fair enough in some senses, the text of the post calls out the lack of broad-spectrum hardware. My point though is really that the headline could just as easily have been “WP is on pace with Android” or even “Big inflection point for WP needed”.
Calling this lazy reporting is a concern I have when an article omits calling out a key piece of information that would otherwise balance this, ie *why* this is a time of possible inflection.
I certainly don’t mean disrespect or calling you lazy; your publication rate alone suggests energy and I enjoy your feed.
It would be nice to see more CEOs act this way. Yes, Limbaugh apologized. But does anyone, anyone at all, think he means it? He is surely sorry the money is being pulled, but Limbaugh has a history of awful misogynistic comments, this is a pattern, not an incident.
“I’m sorry” should only work if you one is in fact sorry. And is going to change. When we see Limbaugh testifying before Congress about the need for responsible healthcare legislation, including birth control, we’ll talk.
Swallowing a line almost wholesale. If G+ were simply an exercise in
getting biographical data they would add that to Gmail or any other
service sign up. Easy. No huge cost.
But the writer here swallows that line. No critical question like”hey,
can’t you infer that data anyway?” or “isn’t the location data more
important?” Sure, Google can target better with more biographical data
but it’s a drop in the bucket.
At the very end is a blurb noting that bio data is already too little,
fighting the last battle.
IF YOU have ever flown with young children, you may well have wished for an extra set of hands to help with feeding, entertaining and generally managing the little tykes. This is the gap in the market that Nanny in the Clouds is trying…
The way to make this service scale is to make it about other classes who need help. Elderly care or injured people traveling need the same service. Disabled folks often need assistance with baggage and such.
Riff n. A short rhythmic phrase, especially one that is repeated in improvisation.
Often we see a post in So.cl that grabs our attention and we want to add to it. More than just comment we want to give the concept our own spin or take the conversation to a new place. We want to add to the…
I feel pretty good about this feature and not just because I did some of the work on it… it’s fun. The same behavior happens at times on Facebook or Twitter or Tumblr where someone posts and others create a fun meme out of it. On So.cl though we’re making this behavior explicit. The results are already interesting, the community is having fun.
Of course the first hurdle was explaining to non-English speakers what the word “riff” means. New lessons in this experiment all the time.
But the point is right, we’re all blending things in avery interesting way and “social” is threading through it all.
When I give talks I stress the analogy to how the Internet was in the early 1990’s; we are only starting this experiment and in five years we’ll look back and marvel at how. Aiv we were, how wrong we were.
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Users of social networks are getting tired of sharing — but that doesn’t mean sharing is on the decline. A new study analyzes sharing behaviors on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and makes predictions for the future of sharing.
Seems like a few obvious observations from a small sample.
Frictionless sharing will go up? Well yes, more apps are adding to opengraph and few understand that ramification.
After launching So.cl we were pleasantly surprised to see how well it resonated with non-English native speakers. In the short time since, the site has received attention from users all over the world, adding to the richness and diversity of the So.cl content stream.
To support our…
I’m a little proud of this one as I had a hand in the specification and design. One of the most fun things about So.cl right now is the international community.
Under a new deal between the two companies, Netflix users won’t just have to wait 56 days to rent Warner Bros. movies on DVD. They’ll have to wait 28 days to add the movies to their queues.
Creating a 28-day window between DVD release and rental period was ridiculous. When that didn’t work, doubling the window to 56 days was bullshit. But now creating a 28-day window before you can even add a movie to your Netflix queue is the dumbest fucking thing I’ve ever heard.
I’ve vastly underestimated just how fucktarded Hollywood is.
If I’m adding a movie to my Netflix queue, I’ve already decided not to buy the DVD. I’m adding it because it looks mildly interesting and I’d like to watch it sometime. If I can’t add it to Netflix, I’ll just forget about it and probably never see it.
I hope we all realize where this eventually leads: the banning of movie rentals entirely.
Um yes… making me wait for a movie I really don’t want to see anyway and will live without seems just fine. Hollywood markets the film and then stops me from consuming it. Nice work guys, hope that works out for you.
Recently some colleagues and I talked about using Facebook messaging
vs. Twitter vs. text vs. email. My opinion was that for communicating
widely email still was better. Why? Simply put it’s ubiquitous. Even
my mom has email and can manage to use it.
But I am willing to learn. And nothing lasts forever, there was a time
when many people didn’t use email. So I tried using FB messaging and
chat over the lat day or so. The results so far are spotty. I was
using the iPad Facebook app and chatted with two people. Neither were
in fact on Facebook at the time although the app assured me they were.
Neither received a notification either so basically I through a
message into the ether and was hopeful. Email would have done the same
thing except I could have sent photos and such too.
I was prepared to get a and result with FB messaging, but I see that
my mom received her FB message as email and she replied back.
Basically FB has taken the trouble to make this seamless as email for
her which is nice but also begs the question; why was this any better
than just sending an email in the first place?
The odds of me converting enough people to Twitter is zero, that will
be an experiment for another time. I am experimenting with NoEmail
(hey, if the NoSQL guys can do it…) simply to see what else works as
well and is there anything that avoids some of the pitfalls and issues
p.s. ironically this Tumblr post is being written as email. Tumblr has
no iPad experience and the browser experience is quirky at best, awful
GMail has a ridiculous default of archiving messages from mobile devices rather than putting them in the trash. First of all there is a setting on the iPhone that says “Archive vs. Delete”. Turns out Google ignores that.
Finally they added this feature in, check out the link.
THE NEW Pew poll finding that 66% of Americans perceive a “strong” or “very strong” conflict between the rich and poor doesn’t seem like such a big deal to me. As Ezra Klein notes, it’s up 19% since 2009. That’s the strongest finding. And it…
The real headline is 34% of Americans have their heads somewhere other than their shoulders, to put it nicely.
66% believe there is a conflict between rich and poor. And that’s up 19% since 2008. Okay, fine. But for those other 34% what in the world do they think all the protests are about?
Bob has this one right. I got a Spotify playlist from Flipboard the other
day. There were some artists I had heard of. But I listened and now I’m a
The artist won’t realize any real money from my streaming… But you can
bet the next time I see them coming to town I’ll be tempted and see a show
and heck maybe buy MP3 at some point, I still do that for music I want to
own (40GB of music somewhere on a disc says it still works).
I pay for music in all sorts of ways (don’t even want to know how much I
spent on Glee karaoke last year) but I want music when I want it. I even
pay for Spotify.
There’s no money in the damn record anyway. So why was Van Halen’s “Tattoo”
pulled from Spotify in the U.S. (and not in the U.K?)
I’m sick and tired of these acts putting money first. Refusing to be on the
bleeding edge but insisting on pulling up the rear, screaming, kicking and
crying all the way that they just can’t make the kind of money they used
to. Meanwhile, they kick us in the balls by charging in excess of a hundred
dollars for a concert ticket, have you seen the Van Halen ticket prices?
$162 bucks a ticket? Hell, you already did the reunion show, isn’t this one
supposed to be for the fans?
Everyone complains they can’t get rich. Black Keys are not on Spotify, nor
is Adele. Because they need to get all that cash. If these acts were in a
burning building they wouldn’t turn around and save their coworkers, they’d
rush out, putting chairs under doors so no one could impede their descent.
Just because you’re old doesn’t mean you’ve got to be antiquated, doesn’t
mean you can’t enter the future. You make these damn records on computer,
maybe we should make you go back to a studio with tape and an analog board
and have you spend hundreds of thousands of dollars. NO RECORDING AT HOME
And magnetic tape is in short supply because the future arrived. But not in
business. Buy that damn disc. Oh, now they want you to buy the MP3, even
though they kicked and screamed about downloads for almost a decade.
And now everybody’s against streaming services. Which pay seventy percent
of their revenues plus to rights holders anyway. And it’s the future, just
like you can now find Led Zeppelin and the Beatles on iTunes, it won’t be
long before everybody’s on Spotify.
And stop complaining about money. Shit, without your fans you’re NOTHING!
And if you think these fans aren’t stealing and streaming on YouTube where
you don’t get paid at all…
You’re so damn stupid. Finally, someone gets ahead of the public, which
we’ve been waiting for for a decade, and you want to pull them back into
the past. If your bank was robbed in the old west you’d have gotten a giant
megaphone and yelled for them to bring the cash back, instead of doing what
they do in every western, form a posse AND CUT THEM OFF AT THE PASS!
That’s what Spotify does.
And it’s not only Spotify, that’s the winning service so far, but pick MOG
or Rdio or Rhapsody, I don’t care. They’re the future.
As for ownership… You might be able to play your vinyl records today, but
if you think you’ll be able to play MP3s even a decade from now, you
haven’t tried to open up a Windows 3.0 file in XP, never mind Vista or
Windows 7. Instant obsolescence baby, which is why it’s all about access
instead of ownership.
What kind of messed up, screwed up country do we live in where the acts,
who are supposed to lead, are far behind? That’s what blew up music decades
ago, the acts led. Now everybody’s whored out to the corporation and
bitching and moaning that they just can’t get paid, that they just can’t
The longer you insist on people buying tracks, the longer you leave even
more money on the table. Recordings have lost half of their income, the way
out is to get everybody to subscribe to a streaming service, which they
will do, just like they bought mobile phones, because they’re so damn
great. Push people into the future, where they pay, don’t try to pull them
back into the past.
If kids were running the music business it would look completely different.
But the oldsters on their iPads and iPhones are writing checks and are
afraid of the Internet.
P.S. If everything’s on Spotify that’s where everybody goes! It makes
finding and listening to music that much easier, and isn’t that what it’s
all about, connecting with the fan? But no, you’d rather hide behind
samples on iTunes, not knowing that people can listen for free on YouTube
AND MOST PEOPLE JUST DON’T CARE! Most people have got no idea your record
came out, but if everybody’s got a streaming service, they’re tuned in,
they keep checking for new stuff, IT’S GOOD FOR ALL OF US!
If we were rational about the new world of work, we would accept the idea that people should work less, since productivity has climbed so much in the past few decades. But will that be accepted doctrine of Western countries? Can we shift to a 20 hour work week?
A thinktank, the New Economics Foundation (NEF), which has organised the [recent London] event with the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics, argues that if everyone worked fewer hours – say, 20 or so a week – there would be more jobs to go round, employees could spend more time with their families and energy-hungry excess consumption would be curbed. Anna Coote, of NEF, said: “There’s a great disequilibrium between people who have got too much paid work, and those who have got too little or none.”
She argued that we need to think again about what constitutes economic success, and whether aiming to boost Britain’s GDP growth rate should be the government’s first priority: “Are we just living to work, and working to earn, and earning to consume? There’s no evidence that if you have shorter working hours as the norm, you have a less successful economy: quite the reverse.” She cited Germany and the Netherlands.
Robert Skidelsky, the Keynesian economist, who has written a forthcoming book with his son, Edward, entitled How Much Is Enough?, argued that rapid technological change means that even when the downturn is over there will be fewer jobs to go around in the years ahead. “The civilised answer should be work-sharing. The government should legislate a maximum working week.”
People would be able to spend more time in community activities and growing their own food, for example.
However, the inherently Calvinist mindset that animates much of the policy discussion around unemployment and the inequitable distribution of income will likely block productive course of action around new work models. The answer will lie in more people dropping out, adopting a freelance lifestyle, and dialing down their consumption: a bottom-up adoption of slow, no-growth lifestyle.
On the surface this sounds absurd. While officially people work 40 hours per week reality is far different; most people I know put in a lot of time beyond that.
But then I paused… I suspect 5 days per week sounded ridiculous when the unions and such pushed this norm through a hundred years ago.
When you tweet it’s stored in an internal system called T-bird, which is built on top of Gizzard. Secondary indexes are stored in a separate system called T-flock, which is also Gizzard based.
Unique IDs for each tweet are generated …
Interesting… The beginning of the NoNoSQL movement?
For years we’ve heard that SQL doesn’t scale and yet now we read that Facebook also runs on MySQL in a very customized form.