Google Chairman on WhatsApp: $19 Bn For 50 People? Good For Them!
Tech startups don't create the kinds of jobs that the 99% actually need. Oh, sure, many of them will eventually hire one secretary, and will pay into their building's contract for one part-time janitor.
That is demonstrably untrue. Both the US Census and the IRS publish income data; so it's not too hard to find where the 1% actually starts. Granted, the data is subject to interpretation. But even with the lower estimates, the bulk of workers fall soundly into the 99%.
According to whatsmypercent.com, the 1% starts at an annual income of $506,553. The New York Times shows the 1% starting at "just" $383,001. (The latter is nationwide aggregate. The NY Times tool actually lets you select via state, or even metro area. The the Bay Area, for example, you'd have to clear $558,046 before leaving the bottom 99%.)
The handful who win the IPO jackpot notwithstanding; I'm pretty sure your average tech worker is not cleating half a million a year, even in the Bay Area.
Tim Cook: If You Don't Like Our Energy Policies, Don't Buy Apple Stock
To elaborate a bit, since you mentioned the Golden Gate Bridge:
As far as I can find on Google, it's thought that 46 people committed suicide via the Golden Gate in 2013. That number is probably low, because the combination of the fog and swift outgoing currents make it quite possible to do so unseen. That's ONE method of suicide in a city with a population of about 800,000.
What a lot of people don't get is the sheer scale of Foxconn's factories. According to Cnet, their Shenzhen factory alone employs 500,000 workers. Obviously, that's more than half of San Francisco's population. But to add a little more perspective: Take your pick of Atlanta, Miami, Oakland, Cleveland, or Pittsburgh. That ONE factory employs more people than *live* in any of those (considered fairly major) cities. And that is just one of Foxconn's factories.
Sure, they have other issues. But by the standards of any city... and let's not kid ourselves, Foxconn operates entire cities... their suicide rate is fantastically low.
Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass
One good "Internet Tough Guy" deserves another. Or have you not seen any of the threats to assault Google Glass wearers that have been posted on various forums?
Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass
Personally, I'm going to take a fair bit of delight once Glass or it's successor is built into prescription frames & lenses, some Luddite ogre of a bar manager kicks someone wearing them out, and the patron's vision turns out to have been bad enough to bring the ADA into play.
Maybe after that happens a few times, the anti-technology brigade will get the clue that "nerds get out" just doesn't fly anymore.
Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation
You are confusing (probably deliberately) the difference between the baker (a person) and the bakery (a business). Even if the baker is the owner or operator of the bakery, they are two different legal entities, and for good reason. As a society, we routinely hold businesses to different, sometimes higher and sometimes lower, standards than we do individuals.
The bakery, as a business, is for example almost certainly required to hold to standards of cleanliness and sanitation, and subject to inspections to verify same, that the baker is free to ignore at home. Do health codes and inspections infringe on the baker's personal right to be a slob if he wants? Of course not. They regulate a separate entity: the bakery... the business.
'The Color Run' Violates Agreement With College Photographer, Then Sues Him
I've been told by a lawyer (not getting legal advice, just chatting with a friend a couple of weeks before a Super Bowl one year) that if those sorts of shenanigans ever went through a trial all the way to a judgement that they wouldn't hold up. And according to the actual letter of the law, Joe Schmoe grocer could legally go ahead and sell beer and chips to you for your Super Bowl party instead of echoing the "big game day party" nonsense.
The problem is that there are very few companies that have the resources to see a conflict with the NFL, NBA, IOC, or whoever, all the way through a trial to judgement. Joe Schmoe is not one of those and would just be crushed under the sheer weight of the lawyers that would be brought to bear against him.
Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him In the UK
Rotting for a year or two in jail before being packed off to be tortured and murdered by the CIA is still a year or two when he's not being tortured and murdered by the CIA.
A lot can happen in a year or two. Administrations can change on either side of the pond. Rendition could be ended for reasons of scandal or people in general finding their moral compass. Public opinion could swing in his favor after more government malfeasance is exposed. He could die peacefully and painlessly of natural causes. The horse, as the story goes, may even learn to sing.
Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him In the UK
Proving malfeasance after the fact is all well and good. But it doesn't solve the fundamental problem: Even "just" an arrest still results in the loss of your freedom. The fact that you're being held at the police station or jail instead of prison makes no difference. If he did not, in fact, rape those women, and they are trying to frame him for a crime he did not commit; he still faces a loss of freedom, and the actions being taken against him are an abuse of governmental power of the highest and most intolerable order. The problem is, that those sorts of people are tolerated. Have you ever heard of an officer or prosecutor who falsely arrested or charged someone being prosecuted themselves; or even fired as unfit to serve the public?
Why would or should he cooperate, in any way whatsoever, with corrupt government officials who have broken their trust with the public in the worst way possible, and are trying to frame and imprison him for a crime that he didn't commit? Why would anyone? Would you happily take that fall? I wouldn't.
And, on the other hand, he did, in fact, rape a bunch of women; then he is a scumbag of scumbags; and why would it surprise you that he's doing everything he can to get out of it?
Either way, from his perspective, it doesn't make a lick of sense for him to help them out.
Is the World Ready For Facial Recognition On Google Glass?
Do you confront anyone who sits across from you on the subway and has the back of his phone pointed in your general direction while he surfs the web or plays Angry Birds? How about the people who are engrossed in texting as they walk down the street and wind up point their phones at you briefly? The people at the gym using their iPhone to listen to watch a movie while they work out and wind up with the camera waving about as they walk from machine to machine? Do you think that every iPhone suction-cupped on someone's car window to is actually recording you and not just there for GPS?
No? Congratulations. You understand that an iPhone is not a recording device; it's a general-purpose device that happens to have the ability to record. Now, why is it so hard to understand the same about Google Glass?
No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service — and No Google Glass, Either
As others have mentioned... eliminating the camera eliminates any possible augmented-reality applications. That is very far from ideal.
What I think Google needs to do, is quit being coy with the invites and the "why I want to be allowed to buy Glass" nonsense; and get the technology into as many regular prescription frames as they can as quickly as possible. Then what are the anti-Glass types going to do, have a contact-lens only policy? Forbid anyone from entering who's wearing any kind of glasses? It simply won't be tenable. And if they try, eventually they'll do it to someone whose eyesight is bad enough that their antics will bring the ADA into play. That will result in a massive and well-deserved lawsuit that the businesses *will* lose.
And no, I don't want to follow strangers around and surreptitiously record and upload them. I barely think to pull out my iPhone and record the interesting bits of my own life; and I've no interest in yours. I want the augmented-reality aspects. And the sooner the luddite brigade is slapped down, the sooner I can get my frikkin-terminator-vision.
With Burning Teslas In the News Ford Recalls Almost 140,000 Escapes
When institutions no less esteemed than the BBC and the New York Times have done "reviews" of Tesla that were somewhere between contrived and falsified (Depending on how polite you care to be.) to make the cars look as bad as possible, I think one can forgive Musk for getting a bit defensive and even coming out swinging when under attack.
Yes, they *are* out to get him (Or at least TSLA.).
Driver Arrested In Ohio For Secret Car Compartment Full of Nothing
> Given this is the first arrest, you have to wonder how
> the courts might view a law making it a felony to alter
> a person's own property for reasons that have
> nothing to do with actual public safety.
Some fairly massive parts of the vehicle and traffic codes have nothing at all to do with public safety; and are often even counterproductive to public safety and even the environment (Window tint laws, for example.). They're just there to give the cops a way to raise revenue by writing tickets or as an excuse to pull you over if they decide they don't like the looks of you.
Italy Investigates Apple For Alleged Tax Fraud
You're missing the fact that the tech industry does not have the political clout in Washington that outfits like Wall Street and the UAW do. It shoulders its own risk and doesn't get bailouts like the more bribery-aware industries do. If it did, we'd still be ordering our pet food online from a sock puppet.
Are We Socially Ready For Wearable Computing?
> with a camera sitting there pointing at everyone,
> drawing suspicion about what is being recorded
I still find it insane that people think that surreptitious picture taking is the primary selling point of Google Glass. When I heard about the thing, my thought was not: "Ah ha, I can use this to secretly record people without their permission.". It was more like: "Cool... Frikkn' Terminator vision!!!"
Granted, the camera is a necessary part in generating the sort of informational overlays that I'm imagining. But the ability to record is completely tangental to how I'd want to use the thing.
BlackBerry Founders May Try To Take Over the Company
> With heavy encryption, plugins for blocking all data
> harvesters and no NSA eaves dropping. Since it is a
> non-US based company, it should be possible.
RIM has already caved on that score and built in backdoors to let India eavesdrop on Blackberry users' communications. If they'll do it for India, do you really think they wouldn't do so for any first-world nation that asks? Do you really think the NSA hasn't already asked? I wouldn't trust any of those assumptions to be true any farther than I could spit a rat.
German NSA Critic Denied Entry To the US
Yeah... During the last administration, dubya's critics and political opponents (Up to and including Ted Kennedy, for example.) just happened to mysteriously and "accidentally" find themselves accused of being terrorists and placed on the no-fly list.
Yup. No abuse of power or civil liberties there. Nosirrre bob.
DEA Argues Oregonians Have No Protected Privacy Interest In Prescription Records
> That's one thing that has them upset with the attempts by several states to legalize
> marijuana. Since it can be grown and consumed locally, the Interstate Clause doesn't
> necessarily apply.
Oh, they'll find a way to make interstate commerce apply to just about anything.
See Wickard v. Filburn for an example.
If you don't care to google, the short version is that some congressman had driven through the notion that there should be a minimum price for his constituents' grains. So congress imposed a quota on how much grain a farmer could grow. Filburn (another farmer) was growing grain (wheat, IIRC) in excess of his quota... for his family's personal and private consumption. In other words, this grain was never destined for commerce, interstate or otherwise.
He was fined and ordered to destroy his crops, fought it all the way to the SCOTUS, and lost. Their reasoning was that by growing his own grain he was not buying it on the open market, which could potentially include grain grown in other states. Therefore he was taking part in "interstate commerce" and could be regulated.
California Becomes First State In Nation To Regulate Ride-Sharing
I don't know about Lyft; but Uber is actually more expensive than a taxi.
I use Uber instead of taxis because the service is vastly better. Uber cars actually show up when they're summoned and on they show up on the schedule promised in the app. They will actually come and pick you up when and where you want them, even if you're not at a hotel and going to SFO. They will take you out to the avenues without protest. The drivers are in general all-around more pleasant. And they don't stink of smoke, pee, or vomit (the cars OR the drivers).
Granted, all of the above is supposed to be true of medallioned taxis. But it's not... not by a long shot. That left a niche for Uber to come in as a premium service, for which they charge a premium. And it's a premium I'm happy to pay. The service really is just that much better.
Why iTunes Radio Could Take Down Pandora
1) There are enough it's-Apple-therefore-I-hate-it types out there that there will always be a market for an iTunes Radio alternative. Those people have existed ever since there WAS an Apple, they're not going away, and they listen to music too.
2) Spotify is fine for accessing music I already know about and like. But I have most of that in my iTunes library already. So I wound up canceling my premium account. Where Pandora really shines is in introducing me to new artists/songs/albums that I'll probably like based on my tastes. So Pandora is still one of my most-used.apps. I've no idea if iRadio will replace it. But it definitely fills a void that Spotify doesn't. So, no threat there.
Angry Customer Buys Promoted Tweets To Bash British Airways
I suspect that not being able to get a hotel room was more due to the "has no money" part. I think I was 16 the first time I ever booked a hotel room here in the US. This *was* long before 9/11 though. So I guess it is possible that there's some rule that's changed. But rules or no rules, "has no money" is going to be a major stumbling block.
Also, yes... United is just awful.