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3 Years In, a "B" For Tim Cook's Performance at Apple

ffejie Re:Stock is at a record high (90 comments)

Apple the corporation exists to enhance shareholder value. All corporations do.

Apple doesn't design attractive platforms for developers for entertainment, or because they love changing the world. They do it to increase shareholder value. Being perceived, by its customers, as qualitatively superior to Android and Windows, is a means to the end of increasing shareholder value.

about three weeks ago

3 Years In, a "B" For Tim Cook's Performance at Apple

ffejie Re:Stock is at a record high (90 comments)

Mod parent up. There is quite simply no other relevant measure of a CEO for a publicly traded company. These people are hired by the board, who have a responsibility to the shareholders, who want exactly one thing: long term appreciation of their assets.

AAPL is at a record high, up 99% since he took over. NASDAQ is up 93%, S&P500 up 77%. He's beating the market with the world's largest market cap. This is extraordinarily difficult.

I'll give him an A-, because GOOG is beating AAPL, up 137% in the same time period - and while there is a lot of difference between the two businesses, they seem to be the closest competitor. He's beating Samsung (83%), MSFT (87%), and HPQ (56%).

about three weeks ago

Facebook Is a Plague That'll Burn Out In a Few Years, Says Study

ffejie Re:Facebook vs. MySpace (338 comments)

Running a contest, information on products, where to buy - grant the premise, man!

about 8 months ago

Facebook Is a Plague That'll Burn Out In a Few Years, Says Study

ffejie Facebook vs. MySpace (338 comments)

The summary alludes to this, but Facebook has done a much better job integrating into society than MySpace ever did at it's peak. At best, MySpace was a good place to go see about a new band. Facebook has built alliances (either officially, or just by use) with almost every major brand, and every company in the western world. This kind of branding will be held on to by corporations big and small, as they know it's a good way to reach users.

What we could see happen is that users abandon the service to connect to real people, and only use it to connect to brands, because the brands are demanding it. Over time (several more years) the brands will likely deprioritize their presence on the network, because people don't engage with them the way they used to. Go watch a commercial break on TV right now, I bet that one of the ads uses as their website address. How insane is that? Snickers uses instead of! Why would you do this? Facebook limits the opportunities that brands have to engage, and yet brands have played right into it, because the network is so powerful.

I do believe Facebook will live on as a way to authenticate and connect with other websites. It's a useful way to verify someone's real name, their social connections, and that they are a "good actor." See: many dating websites.

about 8 months ago

Team of Dentists Create "The Six-Second Toothbrush"

ffejie Re:Health, convenience, and scale (98 comments)

Sometimes being two minutes late for work means missing the train, meaning you're 30 minutes for work, meaning you get seen as a not-hard worker, meaning you get fired and have all the time in the world to brush your teeth! Problem solved!

about a year ago

Microsoft Slashes Prices On Surface

ffejie Re:Better idea - inform the consumer (330 comments)

iPad and iPhone ads are actually pretty good about showing you in succinct ways what you can do with the product.

They were solely focused on use cases, until these series of ads came out. Our signature. I find these ads ridiculously pretentious. Apple has earned that right to be pretentious, but I do wish they went back to their old style of showing the product doing something cool.

about a year ago

Microsoft Slashes Prices On Surface

ffejie Re:Better idea - inform the consumer (330 comments)

These ads seem to be everywhere for me. Isn't this what you're advocating for? Less talking.

I think the ads are quite effective, but I still don't know anyone who has a Surface.

about a year ago

The Dark Side of Amazon's New Pilots

ffejie Credibility, Lost (312 comments)

You lost your credibility in the second line:

Perhaps the decade long dearth of any good television is nearing its end!

In chronological order, an abbreviated list:

  • Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000)
  • The Shield (2002)
  • The Wire (2002)
  • Arrested Development (2003)
  • Deadwood (2004)
  • Battlestar Galactica (2004)
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005)
  • Lost (2006)
  • 30 Rock (2006)
  • Friday Night Lights (2006)
  • Dexter (2006)
  • Big Love (2006)
  • Mad Men (2007)
  • Breaking Bad (2008)
  • Parks and Recreation (2009)
  • Party Down (2009)
  • Community (2009)
  • Louie (2010)
  • Downton Abbey (2010)
  • Homeland (2011)

Yeah, it's been a pretty crappy decade. (Any show listed before 2003 had a significant number of episodes in 2003 and beyond.) There are a lot of people out there that feel that this is the new golden age of television.

about a year ago

New Jersey Legalizes Online Gambling

ffejie Re:remember sim city? (62 comments)

New Jersey has been running out of money for at least a decade and at least as long as Corzine (the guy before Christie) proved he couldn't manage a budget. If this is a way to raise revenue, why not?

about a year and a half ago

30 Days Is Too Long: Animated Rant About Windows 8

ffejie Re:He Didn't Try Hard Enough (1110 comments)

Nevermind. Spoiler: at the end he says he spent THIRTY MINUTES with the OS. Give me a break. He brags about learning Linux when Slackware was the most user friendly OS. You think he learned that in 30 minutes? You really need to be able to sit down for a few hours to give an OS a fair shake, potentially much longer. Is this ideal for Mom and Pop, who get their new machine? Absolutely not, and some tweaks are necessary to make this OS a bit easier for those making the transition. But there is no way this guy should be taken seriously until he spends a couple of days with the OS and learns the ins and outs.

about a year and a half ago

30 Days Is Too Long: Animated Rant About Windows 8

ffejie He Didn't Try Hard Enough (1110 comments)

He brings up a lot of good points. To be fair, there are a lot of UI changes in the new OS, and many are not "Conveyed" well (to use his language). However, I feel like he really didn't give the OS a chance. He openly admits he didn't figure out how to do certain things. He says he doesn't know how to close apps in the Metro UI. He says he couldn't figure out how to easily open up Control Panel. Um, hit start, start typing "control panel" and it pops right up.

Come on. It's different, but it's not impossible to use, not by a long stretch.

about a year and a half ago

The Fastest ISPs In the US

ffejie Re:Wireless (168 comments)

And I hit 85/35 on my FiOS every time I've ever tested it. This is an average. You've got basically the best LTE connection in the country "regularly" and you're comparing it against an average.

about 2 years ago

The Text Message Typo That Landed a Man In Jail

ffejie Re:Hrm (547 comments)

I am guessing he was using BBM, and set a broadcast message or a status message. Alternatively, he might have had a Swim Team group, which could have been next to his adult friend's name, and he could have hit the wrong group. The summary obscures this "all of his contacts" might have better read "all of his BBM contacts" but I don't expect the mainstream press to get into technical details like this.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Is There a Professional Geek Dress Code?

ffejie Re:Better learn to dress well because..... (432 comments)

My advice for you is to look at how your bosses dress and emulate it. Yes, he might be a male, but it'll give you an idea of what he/she expects. Is she in a suit every day? Is it because she's always visiting clients? Does she expect you to visit clients? What about days when she's not visiting clients? If your boss is male, just do the female equivalent. If he's in a suit and tie, you should probably wear blouses and pants (not jeans) or a skirt/conservative dress. If he's in jeans and a polo, you can be in jeans. If he's in a t-shirt and cargo shorts, you can wear whatever the hell you want.

Sure, you might be overdressed some days, but more likely than not, you'll always feel appropriate.

more than 2 years ago

US Viewers Using Proxies To Watch BBC Olympic Coverage

ffejie Re:Expect networks to run to Congress (373 comments)

Overseas subscription isn't an option because the BBC does not have the legal right to broadcast outside of the UK. In fact, NBC/Comcast would probably petition the US Federal Government (via the FCC), internet service providers, and the IOC to shut down the BBC's online broadcast if they didn't put the IP restrictions in place, or worse, offered it for sale to US residents.

more than 2 years ago

Global Broadband Speeds Dropped At the End of 2011

ffejie Re:People are VPN'ing into the office (118 comments)

Jersey City has a large number of banks and investment houses that got displaced by 9/11. It is about 1 mile from WTC Ground Zero.

Secaucus has a large number of data centers, although not necessarily more than New York City.

NASDAQ has it's high frequency trading facility in Carteret NJ.

I don't think any of these actually add to the broadband rates in NJ, as the study is measuring mostly consumer rates. That said, there is a large amount of IT investment in New Jersey.

more than 2 years ago

Global Broadband Speeds Dropped At the End of 2011

ffejie Re:Why is it strange that NJ dominates the USA cit (118 comments)

So you looked at the most dense parts of California and compared them to the entire state of NJ (less National Parks)? That's not really a good comparison. Consider:

Hudson County (next to New York City): 13,495 people per square mile
Essex County (Newark): 6,211 people per square mile
Union County (Elizabeth): 5,216 people per square mile
Bergen County (NYC Suburbs): 3,884 people per square mile
Passaic (NYC Suburbs): 2,715 people per square mile
Middlesex County (Edison): 2,612 people per square mile
Camden County (next to Philly): 2,309 people per square mile

This list encompassed 4.6M people in NJ, or just over half of the state. Your list includes less than half of Californians. It's hard to figure out how anyone could make the claim that California is more dense than New Jersey, if they were slicing the data in anything resembling a fair comparison. I guess the one claim you could make would be: "San Francisco is more dense than Hudson County."

Other comparisons:

10% of Californians live in a population density of 4,556, (combine SF and Orange Counties). For NJ, 16% live in 8,226 (Hudson and Essex)
To get down to that density for NJ, you'll cover 38% of the state. At 38% of California, you're at 2,785 density.
To get down to that density for NJ, you'll cover 68% of the state (the top 10 counties). At 68% of California, you're at 1,402 density.
1,402 density covers 95% of NJ, which is all but the 4 least dense counties.

By the way, those 4 least dense counties have a population density greater than all but 17 of California's counties. Basically, the least dense part of NJ is still denser than a big chunk (22%) of California.

If I look at it by land size, combining SF and Orange Counties, I get 837 sq miles at a density of 4,556. This compares about equally to NJ which has a density of 4,851 for its top 692 sq miles. (It's tough to compare directly to the 837 - adding one more county goes to 1000+ sq miles.) In summary, if you took Hudson, Essex, Union, Bergen, and Passaic counties and put them on top of San Francisco and LA, you'd have roughly the same population density and roughly the same land covered.

more than 2 years ago



McCain to support $300M prize for electric car

ffejie ffejie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ffejie (779512) writes "McCain is expected to announce a $300M prize for a electric car that can "leapfrog commercially available hybrids or electric cars." McCain has specifically targeted this effort because it keys into energy, which is understandably hot due to oil prices. This is a significant step forward for engineering in general. "From now on, we will encourage heroic efforts in engineering, and we will reward the greatest success," said McCain. This is in stark contrast to Obama's policy, which is to close the loophole which allows oil speculators to inflate the price of oil."

Document Sharing at Work?

ffejie ffejie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ffejie (779512) writes "I'm part of a team of about 6 engineers all working on the same project. We're part of a larger team of 10 engineers and of a larger team of 25 engineers and 15 business types all who work on related, but fundamentally different projects. Because we're a customer facing team, we do a lot of information sharing with our (one very large) customer. Unfortunately, due to the distributed nature of our work, we are not very good at information sharing among the local team. Email is the sharing tool of choice, which leads to a glut of unread information. We've been trying to set up collaboration tools (wiki pages, public file shares, etc.) but none have really stuck. The fundamental problem is that no one uses the tools we try, because no one else is using them. This creates a chicken and an egg scenario. What tools have you used to share information and how did you get them to be adopted as a new way of doing business?"

ffejie ffejie writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ffejie (779512) writes "Verizon has announced that it will be spinning off rural assets to FairPoint Communications. The deal will close sometime in 2007 and is worth $2.7 Billion. 1.6 Million phone lines, 234,000 high speed (DSL) subscribers and 600,000 long distance customers will be moved to FairPoint in an effort for Verizon to shed it's low margin lines in rural areas. The sale has been rumored since at least the summer. With Verizon offering high speed FiOS (FTTP) to only it's local service areas, what will happen to the consumers stuck with a smaller telco like those moving to FairPoint? In the future, will there become an even deeper digital divide between the rural users and the high revenue areas?"


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