I saw the Marco blog post moments after it was published. I also saw it spreading like wildfire today: a lot of press coverage. I knew Marco wouldn’t be pleased with how it turned out. And he indeed wrote up another post to reflect on this. I was going to see what he said on Twitter but didn’t follow through the search. Twitter is too much for me nowadays.
My opinion is this.
Maybe he did use words too harsh, but overall he was correct. He spoke my mind. I immediately shared that post. I have also been complaining about it with friends for at least a year. I talked about this with people around me already a number of times. Not just me, other people chimed in too. Even Macdailynews posted an open letter about this (although it felt like they were riding on Marco’s back but I am sure they also completely agreed). The only problem was, Marco was too famous already. So the “Apple is doomed” sensationalism naturally built on top of it. If he is less famous it would have just stayed within the Apple enthusiastic circle.
But the positive thing is, after all these media attention, even though Marco doesn’t want to be associated with it, I think maybe Apple and Cook will finally pay attention to this big problem.
It is no secrete that Asians are having a bamboo ceiling in the US. It starts early and persist into their careers. Elite schools in the US, aside from those in California (due to state law that banned consideration of race for college admission), seem to have artificially limited their Asian enrollment to about 15%. Recently, Harvard and U. North Carolina were sued for discriminating against Asians.
From this chart, it looks like even though Jewish Americans, also considered outperforming, are not really experiencing the same thing as Asians are experiencing. But historically, Jewish American were discriminated against. Asians may need to fight for their rights as Jewish Americans did. Jewish Americans are powerful force in the US academia. Perhaps that’s why nobody dare to say they need to limit them during admission. And most Jewish Americans are considered white. So perhaps it is the non-Jewish white Americans paying a price, or being less excellent. I don’t know what it is.
Daring Fireball: One Star Reviews Flood ‘Monument Valley’ Following Paid Expansion Release http://daringfireball.net/linked/2014/11/12/monument-valley
I don’t understand this mentality. I see this often: app developers complain that people don’t pay up. But what gives them the privilege to complain about this?
There are a lot of people doing great work & have family to support & they don’t get paid enough. There is no such thing as app developer privilege that allows app developers to be exempt from almost everybody’s desire to pay less for things, and not to get their money suckled.
People don’t pay for music. They pirate and stream. They go to YouTube. Musicians and workers in the music industry have families too. They do real work too. We scientists work more than most regular jobs, and we have families and ourselves to feed. Our work is more significant to humanity than these game developers. We don’t bitch nearly enough. Nor do we feel like we have such privilege that people must pay up!
18k金的Apple Watch，他猜测$4999，乃至$10,000都有可能。我觉得如果真的是实心的18k金外壳的话，那么肯定至少是$2000。如果真的是$5000的话，感觉苹果一年能卖出十万部就很了不起了。这是5亿美元的销售额。如果真的是$5000的话，我之前也想过，也许核心是可以升级的。否则用户怎么justify买一个手臂上的电脑，过两年就彻底失去前沿性？Gruber也猜测，如果不可以升级，那么苹果可能会给trade-in。花了这个价钱，那么用户肯定是期望很高的客服的，所以提供定制计算机部分升级，也不为过。本来也是设计的“computer on a chip”然后封装得很好。但是说实话如果销量跟不上的话，专门做这个定制升级模块，成本也是很高。可能卖$5000，升级内核部件需要$500以上：比买新的sport还贵，但是得提供贵宾式服务。
Yes I am fed up with the social networks of our time. Facebook continues to experiment on us, while collecting our behavior data for its own benefit: to maximize the time we spend on their; to show us things that it thinks we want to see; to hide things that it thinks we don’t want to see. Their ultimate goal is to make money. And there is a conflict of interest there. We are Facebook and Google’s product: they sell us to the advertisers. They have no moral baseline. If they are not-for-profit, the current scheme of things may be different. But I am optimistic that new things will arise. Tent.io is a good idea but I don’t think it is ready yet. I hope in the future this blog and things can be integrated with tent, or something like that. In fact we can each afford to host our own site, and these sites can be connected with each other. We don’t have to sell ourselves to a single or a couple of companies.
WordPress is indeed much better than I first started using it. But my posts have gradually decreased over time. I do post often on Facebook and sometimes Twitter as well. But I never felt that I own my content. Facebook don’t even allow me to search my old posts. This annoys me greatly. Maybe they will bring this feature, but still, they own me on Facebook. I am going to strive to reduce my dependence on Facebook. If I want to talk about something, post something for my friends to see, I will try to post them here, and link on Facebook, until there is a better way for us to ping each other.
This reminds me of talking about how Apple could have changed social network with their iMessage platform. We know each other already, we have each other’s phone number. We can be automatically connected. Things can be shared. There does NOT need to be ads. No one need to collect our behavior in order to show us promotional materials. I would love to have that social network.
Now that media, mainstream or independent, move to blogging; and individuals move to sharing on Facebook and Twitter and Weibo: Nobody writes blog any more!
I always wanted to post more to this blog, but in the end I didn’t. For these reasons:
– less audience; still have to link to Facebook to share.
– less convenient. Despite WordPress being open, the usability is not on par with other products.
– the gallery option is not powerful enough: Gallery3 integration, or NextGEN gallery are usable but not great.
So I am not sure the fate of this blog. I will try to post more…