Possibly the Best Tweet Ever

November 28, 2017


Without Comment

November 21, 2017


Data Plans Without Net Neutrality

November 21, 2017

Now that the US doesn’t have Net Neutrality someone forwarded a post on data plan options in Portugal, which doesn’t have Net Neutrality (not clear how that could be in the EU, post says there are loopholes).

Really into messaging? Then pay €4.99 ($5.86 or £4.43) a month and get more data for apps like WhatsApp, Skype, and FaceTime. Prefer social networks like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Messenger, and so on? That’ll be another €4.99 a month.

Video apps like Netflix and YouTube are available as another add-on, while music (Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Play Music, etc.) is another, as is email and cloud (Gmail, Yahoo Mail, iCloud, etc.).

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ISPs just like cable companies. Yeah,  that’s an improvement…


Yelling Upstairs

November 21, 2017

Seth Godin has a short smart blog post every single day.  That by itself is impressive. Despite living in a single floor apartment, today’s post hit home with me:

When you’re cooking breakfast and the school bus is coming in just a few minutes, it’s tempting (and apparently efficient) to yell up the stairs. If a recalcitrant teenager is hesitating before heading off to school (I know, sometimes it happens), go ahead and yell.

Good luck with that.

The alternative is to turn off the stove and walk up the stairs. Catch your breath, then have a quiet conversation.

Not efficient, but effective.

This is an almost universal metaphor. We keep finding ways to rationalize various versions of yelling upstairs instead of doing the difficult work of engaging instead.


Facebook is Creepy

November 15, 2017

If that wasn’t obvious already, this article drives the point home.

Behind the Facebook profile you’ve built for yourself is another one, a shadow profile, built from the inboxes and smartphones of other Facebook users.


Kiss the Good Times Goodbye

November 14, 2017

The author of this very good article on autonomous vehicles is a former head of Product Development at General Motors, hence the title. I might have renamed the article, “Kiss senseless road deaths goodbye”.

Key paragraph for me:

The tipping point will come when 20 to 30 percent of vehicles are fully autonomous. Countries will look at the accident statistics and figure out that human drivers are causing 99.9 percent of the accidents.

Of course, there will be a transition period. Everyone will have five years to get their car off the road or sell it for scrap or trade it on a module.

h/t to Om Malik’s new link blog.


Steve’s Bike Shop

November 2, 2017

If you don’t understand this tweet, Google it…

I’m thinking NBA players will demand to be hired as contractors very soon…