If Your Product is Dependent on a 3rd Party Platform
You do not have a product.
62 posts • joined 3 Jan 2018
Boeing's problem is that they got taken over by McDonnell (ignore the Douglas) with Boeing's money, thanks to pressure from the Clinton Administration.
Boeing was a company where engineers built planes, and kind of muddled through on the business part.
McDonnell was a hedge fund trying to fake that it cared about building aircraft. (Literally only one [sort of] civilian project in its entire history)
So after a few years of Harry Stonesphincter, they no longer knew how to do anything but make stock buybacks.
You don't have a business.
The fact that Chrome is pretty much it for browsers (I use Firefox, and have written an extension for same) means that if you are writing extensions for it, and it is your livelihood, you are going to get screwed, maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of your life. (I don't code for a living, as my coding is ugly enough to give Tardigraves cancer)
Low cost for the day, early 1990s, of about $500.
The toner cartridge was just a toner cartridge, and the developer had a bin for spent toner that you could crack open and empty out, getting about 10x the life.
Eventually, I could no longer get toner cartridges though.
Desktops and laptops are largely production systems, while phones, and to a slightly lesser degree tablets, are consumption systems.
These different functions SHOULD drive different systems, but Microflaccid and it's delusional designers keep trying to unify two very different tools.
This will be way worse.
See, "Judge Richard Posner visited Second Life to give a lecture on civil liberties in the post-9/11 era in a Greek amphitheater, ended up befriending a furry, and was attacked by a fireball." (https://twitter.com/slhamlet/status/1428502160241688577)
Still, that is WAY cooler than Zuck's vision.
Not even close to the best headline of the year. The best headline of the year comes from the New York Times, of all places, in an article about marine life hunting on shore:
When an Eel Climbs a Ramp to Eat Squid From a Clamp, That's a Moray.
The competition is now for second place.
Seriously, the brazenness of Musk's lawbreaking boggles the mind.
From PayPal (acting as a bank while ignoring bank regulations), to Tesla (selling non existent product and overselling capabilities + stock manipulation + labor law violations), to Solar City (Securities fraud, etc), to the Boring Company (promising capabilities are simply not possible), it appears his super-power is, "Regulatory Arbitrage" (i.e. crime).
And it should not be white collar prison, it should be "Federal PMITA Prison," to acronym the movie Office Space.
Everyone in those email chains is guilty of criminal conspiracy, even if they were objecting, if they did not go to the authorities. Charge them, and get them to roll on higher ups.
And my complaints with it relate to the organization:
First, it saw Chrome's success and decided to imitate Chrome, even though Chrome's success was driven by Google's leveraging its search monopoly, so they have made changes which sucked.
Second, it has not been developing Firefox as aggressively as it should, instead trying to push things like its VPN service.
Third, upper management has been increasing their own salaries even as its financial situation became even more precarious. (https://calpaterson.com/mozilla.html)
As to Brave, I won't touch it, it's CEO Brendan Eich donated to the H8 amendment in California, and its business model (BAT, etc. screams crypto currency scam. https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/01/brave-ico-35-million-30-seconds-brendan-eich/
I recall reading complaints from developers back in the day that once they opened up the App Store, they systematically removed features (like return from an app) over the years.
Apple's business model for the iPod/iPhone/iPad has always been hostile to interoperability.
I had an idea for "Britcoin" a while back, and here is how it would work:
It's pre-decimalization, so All transactions must be done in pounds, shillings and pence, so So 5.898958333 BitQuid must be represented as £5 17s 11-3/4 d (5 ₤, 17 shillings, 11 pennies, 1 hapenny, 1 farthing)
It would be pegged to the USD on that day about $2.40 USD to £1 Sterling.
The currency can be subdivided no further than a Farthing.
You would have the BitGuinea/BitYellowboy, BitPound/BitQuid, BitCrown, BitHalf crown, BitFlorin, BitShilling/BitBob, BitSixpence, BitThreepence, BitPenny, BitHalfpenny/BitHa'penny, and BitFarthing.
I could never make up my mind on the BitGroat and the BitQuarterFarthing.
How is judge Jockstrap ^h^h^h Gilstrap still doing this?
The Supreme Court has explicitly ruled that forum shopping patent cases into his court is against the law.
This guy is a public nightmare, and a patent troll's dream, presiding over something like 1/3 of all patent cases at the peak of his BS.
He was asked how they wired their entire government spending only $100 million, and replied, "If you don’t use Accenture or McKinsey, you’d be amazed at what you can get done."
Privatizing governmental IT infrastructure never saves money over the long term.
Come to think of it, it never does over the short term either.
It's not my favored solution, I would favor auctioning off applications (and doling them out on a monthly basis, so smaller companies can apply when they know they need someone), but it appears to be relatively well thought out and effective.
A stopped clock, is right twice a day, I guess.
ISP = Specific impulse, not internet service provider.
It's a measure or rocket fuel economy.
For example the Dawn probe, which rendezvoused with Ceres and Vesta asteroids, had thrusters with a specific impulse of 3,100 s and produce a thrust of 90 mN.
Without ISP numbers, it's just a press release.
The issue is not the financial benefit of ICANN, but that ICANN may be operating for the financial benefit of organizational insiders, such as current and former board members or their relatives.
This could be illegal, look at the case of the severance payments to the head of SADD.
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