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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

popo DropBox is hopelessly overpriced (275 comments)

It's one thing to blame Amazon and Google for a price war. But DropBox's pricing scheme was always overpriced. (And the same goes for Evernote -- even though theirs is a slightly different offering). What should cost a couple bucks a month is priced multiples higher.

Besides, DropBox has entertained MULTIPLE exit opportunities and rejected them all.

If they disappear now, they will have only themselves to blame for not choosing any one of the multiple exits that were on the table.

The landscape changed rapidly around the early leaders. And yet, those leaders did not change their models rapidly to match the changing landscape. Knowing when to quit, and how best to exit are essential parts of management. While we may applaud unbounded grit and unshakeable tenacity -- those qualities in a CEO are more frequently disastrous than beneficial.

about a week ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

popo Or don't be... (561 comments)

What's the percentage of white male computer-science and technical graduates?

To do anything but hire according to that percentage would be an act of sexism or racism.

about three weeks ago
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Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

popo Here's another idea (203 comments)

The reality is that you can build a decent set top box for casual gaming for under $50.

Do that AND open it up to developers with an App Store and Nintendo will create a whole new category.

about 1 month ago
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The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

popo Re:That has to be the most garbled summary.... (156 comments)

It wasn't the "uber geeks" that ruined this trilogy. Jackson built up an incredible amount of "cred" with LOTR. The speed and decisiveness with which he obliterated his cred with The Hobbit is rivaled only by George Lucas and the disaster of Episodes 1 & 2.

The Hobbit is a silly script, which was mutated into a slapstick adventure-comedy. The characters are 2 dimensional and the plot could only possibly interest a child.

Thank goodness we "uber geeks" have Game of Thrones to distract us while Jackson sh*ts out another Disney-esque turd for his corporate paymasters.

about a month ago
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Airbnb Partners With Cities For Disaster Preparedness

popo Third Amendment Violations, dead ahead (55 comments)

Since the first, second and fourth amendments have already been assaulted and cut-back in the USA, it's probably just a matter of time before the third amendment gets assaulted too.

Most of our already-lost rights seem to have been erased under the banner of "emergency planning", so this would seem like a logical place for the breach on our third amendment rights.

about a month ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

popo Or maybe you're not so good at math (512 comments)

The problem is that in terms of mathematical relativity, the fighting in Gaza is not a terribly important ongoing conflict.

There are an *exponentially* larger number of ongoing casualties in Syria. Where is the outrage?

There are more ongoing casualties in Sudan, Pakistan and other non-reported conflicts as well. Where are the street protests?

Selective outrage is inherently indicative of a motivation *other* than humanitarian concern.

Great stats here: http://notquant.com/the-israel...

We must care about civilian casualties. But we must not care more about some casualties over others.

about a month ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

popo Re:Money (619 comments)

Exactly right. My thoughts exactly.

If one were to conduct the same study but offer $10,000 instead if $6, I am quite sure the percentage of cheaters would rise to include a significant number of those born in the relatively rich West.

about a month ago
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Are Tethers the Answer To the Safety Issues of Follow-Me Drone Technology?

popo Isn't this MORE dangerous? (88 comments)

Sorry, but the logic here escapes me. Aren't the danger of crossed-tethers exponentially greater than the danger of colliding drones?

about 2 months ago
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Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

popo But WHY are they demolishing the room? (299 comments)

I would think the article would explain *why* the building is being demolished (which sounds like an extremely good way to cause radioactive particles to escape into the environment).

Are they building condos? What's the story?

about 2 months ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

popo But people forget what MENSA concluded (561 comments)

Folks, MENSA was a study intended to track the successes of those with high IQ's as they progressed through life.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, the study revealed NO CORRELATION.

Zippo. Nada. None. Zilch.

People with high-IQ's were no more successful in career terms than people with average IQ's. (I have a high IQ, and I wish the correlation had been tighter! :D )

So at the end of the day "success" is a combination of multiple factors and IQ alone is non-determinant. So who cares about IQ anyway?

about 2 months ago
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Cockpit Revealed For Bloodhound Supersonic Car

popo Should it even be called a "car"? (81 comments)

Cars have the capacity to turn. A rocket with wheels on it does not seem to meet even the most minimal requirements for a "car".

about 3 months ago
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The Andromeda Galaxy Just Had a Bright Gamma Ray Event

popo Re:far enough (129 comments)

So I guess SETI won't be looking for life anywhere in the region then. Right? ... unless (as you said) it wouldn't necessarily kill us all.

about 3 months ago
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The Mifos Project Makes Software To 'Accelerate Microfinance' (Video)

popo Re:It's still debt (39 comments)

"Sorta, but not really. Debt is a type of mutual bet made by the investor/banker and the beneficiary that the value of the assets purchased by the debt will exceed the value of the money the debt reflects. And most of the time, it works out, and everybody wins!"

Buzz. Wrong. Actually, that's mostly not how it works. But it's a wonderful fantasy. To say that everybody wins, is a dangerous definition of "everybody".

The problem with debt is that pervasive use of debt actually drives up the price of assets and is disastrous for non-debtors, which in turn forces more and more people into the hands of the banks.

In literally every area of he economy where debt is employed, prices inflate and affordability is reduced.

Take education: it is government "affordability" policies and readily available debt that are responsible for soaring costs. Take housing: without debt it would be affordable.

Of course, you could say that homeowners and bankers have both benefited. (If that's your definition of "everybody"). But the availability of debt has destroyed the buying power of any party not willing to more themselves in debt. The pervasive use of debt is what drives prices to levels of unaffordability.

about 4 months ago
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The Mifos Project Makes Software To 'Accelerate Microfinance' (Video)

popo It's still debt (39 comments)

Micro finance is indeed capable of a lot of good. But it's also still debt, and still carries with if all the personal (and macroeconomic) evils of debt. Non-performing loans in microfinance are still a major issue despite the claims to the opposite. The public-relations positioning of micro finance as "help for the poor" is a bit laughable as it can just as easily be construed as opportunistic bankers eager for new markets. Does it help society overall? That's questionable. All debt appears to help on a macroeconomic level at the beginning if the credit cycle.

On a larger level, debt is still tomorrow's demand, spent today. The notion that debt will always create a "virtuous circle" of ever increasing growth and demand has been proven wrong repeatedly by the credit cycle of booms and busts. A boom creates as many victims as it does beneficiaries, as rising prices burden those who do not participate in the game of debt.

Are there positive stories of individuals who make use of micro finance to build businesses and lift themselves out of poverty? Yes. But there is also debt which enslaves and burdens. Debt is debt. It's net benefits to society are zero sum, for all but the bankers.

about 4 months ago
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The Feds Accidentally Mailed Part of A $350K Drone To Some College Kid

popo Re:US Postal Law (157 comments)

I am smoking US Law.

"Q. Am I obligated to return or pay for merchandise I never ordered?
A. No. If you receive merchandise that you didn’t order, you have a legal right to keep it as a free gift."

Source: Federal Trade Commission Re: Unordered Merchandise
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/a...

about 4 months ago
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London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

popo Who the F gets to live without competition? (417 comments)

What these drivers are asking for is a special privilege to be a superior class of citizen: To be spared any natural competition.

And what they're doing is not protesting. It's throwing a tantrum.

about 4 months ago
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The Feds Accidentally Mailed Part of A $350K Drone To Some College Kid

popo US Postal Law (157 comments)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but if you receive something addressed to you that was sent by accident, you are under no obligation to return it and it legally belongs to you. I'm pretty sure this is US Postal Law.

IANAL so anyone more familiar with this, feel free to chime in. But AFAIK the parts now legally belong to the kid.

about 4 months ago
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New Zero-Day Flash Bug Affects Windows, OS X, and Linux Computers

popo Re:Long story short (178 comments)

Right. And the only reason that the "desktop class" A7 isn't running Flash is because it's a threat to Apple's business model.

about 4 months ago
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New Zero-Day Flash Bug Affects Windows, OS X, and Linux Computers

popo Re:Long story short (178 comments)

Yawn... "another HTML5 is almost there" post. Technology is either here or it's vapor. .. And it's not here.

about 4 months ago

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AIDS cured? Stem-cell treatment appears effective

popo popo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

popo (107611) writes "On the heels of World AIDS Day comes a stunning medical breakthrough: Doctors believe an HIV-positive man who underwent a stem cell transplant has been cured as a result of the procedure.

Timothy Ray Brown, also known as the "Berlin Patient," received the transplant in 2007 as part of a lengthy treatment course for leukemia. His doctors recently published a report in the journal Blood affirming that the results of extensive testing "strongly suggest that cure of HIV infection has been achieved.""

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popo popo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

popo writes "A mysterious hexagon has been spotted on Saturn's North Pole by NASA's Cassini orbiter. The bizarre geometric formation spans the size of two planet Earths and is stationary with clouds spinning around it. Kevin Baines of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said: "This is a very strange feature, lying in a precise geometric fashion with six nearly equally straight sides. ...We've never seen anything like this on any other planet.""
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popo popo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

popo writes "From the "We all knew it would eventually come to this" department, FOX has subpoenaed YouTube for the identity of a user who posted entire episodes of "24" and "The Simpson's". It is not yet known whether YouTube has complied with the request. The "24" episodes in question actually appeared on YouTube prior to their primetime January 14 premiere on the Fox broadcast network, which spread four hourlong episodes of the hit drama over two consecutive nights. Fox became aware the episodes were on YouTube on January 8, according to the subpoena."

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