Oct 21, 2014
Nowhere is it written that recorded music should generate as much revenue as it did in the past, nowhere is it written that you should be able to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars making an album, nowhere is it written that you’re entitled to make music at all!
The Spotify Payments Fracas - Lefsetz Letter
Oct 10, 2014
To put it another way, AIG owed these banks a bunch of money, but if it had to pay the banks, it would go bust. But if it didn’t pay the banks, the banks would lose money. The banks were willing to lose a little bit of money, but Geithner said no no, you don’t have to lose any money in the deal at all. The accusation is that Geithner and co. shot AIG in the head, and then let other banks feast on its rotting carcass (liberally spiced with government money). Paulson has actually confirmed this was the goal. Big bank shareholders got bailed out, while AIG shareholders only got partially bailed out, both of course by the public. It was an utterly selective political judgment to choose one set of actors over another set of actors.
Wait. So THAT’S what the bailouts were about? — Medium
Oct 6, 2014
Unfortunately true picture of how the world sees Ebola

(via imgur)

Unfortunately true picture of how the world sees Ebola

(via imgur)

Sep 22, 2014
parislemon:

What could go wrong?

parislemon:

What could go wrong?

(Source: brucesterling)

Sep 19, 2014
Star Wars Parenting Done Right

(via Neatorama)

Star Wars Parenting Done Right

(via Neatorama)

Sep 17, 2014
(via The Joy of Tech comic… Worst. Thing. Ever.)

Yep. Waaah. Free thing. Waaah. 

Also, check out whoisu2.com, it’s a real site.

(via The Joy of Tech comic… Worst. Thing. Ever.)

Yep. Waaah. Free thing. Waaah.

Also, check out whoisu2.com, it’s a real site.

Sep 16, 2014

He said he had also checked overnight with the head of the GCSB Ian Fletcher and former head of the GCSB Bruce Ferguson and both had told him there were no NSA bases in New Zealand.

The Five Eyes parties had an agreement not to spy on each other.

Mr Key said NSA staff were sometimes in New Zealand on secondments, but there were no actual bases.

(via NZ Herald)

So, not actually a denial at all. It’s just semantic word-play.

1. He’s now “been told” there are no bases, so he can always blame others when he’s caught out on this.

3. There’s an “agreement not to spy on each other”, that doesn’t mean they aren’t here spying for us, or on others from our nation.

3. “no actual bases” does not mean no established locations, which is what the public thinks of as bases, it just means whatever he wants it to. The word “actual” allows for all sorts of prevarication and semantic word play.

All John Key has been doing for the past week or so is attempting to redefine the terms of reference for various words and phrases so that he can plausibly deny the truth.

Sep 16, 2014

JPMorgan Chase’s chief financial officer, Marianne Lake, took the stage at a financial conference on Tuesday under strict orders not to mention her company’s involvement in Apple’s new payment system.

But when Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, at a news conference in California at the same time, finally brought up Apple Pay, one of Ms. Lake’s deputies in New York took a green apple out of her bag and put it on a table on the stage, signaling that Ms. Lake was free to discuss the service.

The power to control another entire industry.

(via Banks Did It Apple’s Way - NY Times)

Sep 16, 2014
parislemon:

iheartapple2:

iPhone 6 Bound for the US

I see mine!

parislemon:

iheartapple2:

iPhone 6 Bound for the US

I see mine!

(Source: usa.chinadaily.com.cn)

Sep 16, 2014

whoisu2:

Sep 10, 2014

"Excellent at something else..."

parislemon:

John Gruber on the fine-we’ll-call-it-iWatch-for-now:

And whatever it is, I think it will be controversial. Perhaps it will be expensive. Perhaps it will have far, far fewer features than do Android Wear devices. Perhaps it will appear under-powered at first.

But there will be something, or several somethings, that will cause it to be misunderstood by those who are only able to frame new creations in the context of what came before them. Apple’s watch won’t fit in an existing mold. It won’t be a phone on your wrist. It won’t be a watch as we know it. We already have excellent phones. We already have excellent watches. For the Apple watch to be worth creating, it must be excellent at something else.

And people will scoff. And in hindsight, they’ll probably look foolish.

I’ve long made it clear that I believe the “watch” moniker is misleading at best. What ever this thing is, it will be no more a watch than the iPhone is a phone. And again, that will lead people to scoff because they won’t understand.

"That is the most expensive phone in the world! And it doesn’t appeal to business customers because it doesn’t have a keyboard."

Absolutely. I was saying to a friend the other day that the “iWatch” will not be a traditional watch at all. It will probably be worn on the wrist and it will have the ability to tell the wearer the time, but that’s as far as “watch” goes. Providing a device that is worn and can tell the time does compel it to be confined by the current notion of a watch.

Apple will do what it always does, and will either re-define the category, or it will define a whole new category.

Sep 8, 2014
wilwheaton:

For my brother-in-law, who is Cowboys Super Fan Number One. (via reddit)

wilwheaton:

For my brother-in-law, who is Cowboys Super Fan Number One. (via reddit)

Sep 8, 2014
Seems counter-intuitive to me

Seems counter-intuitive to me

Sep 3, 2014
Sep 1, 2014

Roger Federer - world’s best.

(Source: youtube.com)

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