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Wolfram Language Demo Impresses

saunderscc Re: sparse is good, but (216 comments)

Hey, I have a first edition New Kind of Science! Don't know if there was ever a second, though...

about 7 months ago

Did Apple Make a Mistake By Releasing Two New iPhones?

saunderscc 5C is basically a 5 on a less expensive chassis (348 comments)

In the past, outgoing iPhone models stayed around as a less expensive alternative for people. With all of the R&D and other expenses amortized over many, many units, margins were still attractive at lower ASP's for outgoing models. This time around the 5 is no longer available in it's current form. It stays around as a "new" iPhone model on a less expensive chassis--compare the 5 and 5C and you will see the main difference being the housing. The "new" iPhone 5S has the new gee-whiz features, and the 5S will be built on the current, more expensive 5 chassis.

about a year ago

EMI Only Selling CDs To Mega-Chains From Now On

saunderscc Re:What the hell? (334 comments)

EMI is no longer publicly traded. Private equity firm Terra Firma now owns EMI.

more than 5 years ago

Best Easter Eggs and Other Software Surprises

saunderscc Adventure Created by Warren Robinett (233 comments)

Invisible "black" dot. 8-bit graphics. Stickin' it to "the man" for much deserved credit. A classic from the Atari age.

more than 5 years ago

Apple Awarded Patent For iPhone Interface

saunderscc Re:Waiting.. (449 comments)

The example of the 100-mpg car that was patented isn't realistic, but it illustrates the problem with the patent-kept-another-invention/innovation-from-happening argument. First, you wouldn't patent a car, per se. You would patent the systems, processes, etc. that enabled the astonishing mpg. Second, if someone did have a patent for a 100-mpg car, it would pay (in the most ginormous way) to license your technology to other enterprises with the capital to do something about it. Just saying...

more than 5 years ago

Apple Awarded Patent For iPhone Interface

saunderscc Re:Waiting.. (449 comments)

More likely Google, and others, would have developed. Once "search" companies became successful, a lawsuit would have forced (in the event of a legal setback/settlement) payment of royalties by the viable companies. Better than venture capital if you own the patent and a bankroll to defend...

more than 5 years ago

New Head of EMI Says 'Embrace Digital Music or Die'

saunderscc Terra Firma (176 comments)

As an investor in Terra Firma's last 2 funds, I can tell you that Guy Hands and his team are smart cookies. TF often invests where others fear to tread--industries in desperate need of change. More often than not, they've been successful in their turnaround efforts. While that doesn't guarantee success with EMI, the music biz certainly seems broken. This "memo" made news this weekend, but it is similar to what we've been hearing for some time. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how this one plays out--fingers crossed here. To read more about Terra Firma and it's previous investments see Slashdotters might be interested in TF's renewable energy business, Infinis, which was created out of a landfill business, Waste Recycling Group, and now accounts for something like 10-11% of the renewable energy in the UK.

more than 6 years ago


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