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Medium’s Dickbar Gets the Clap

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Whether you think this feature is a good idea or not, why the fuck would they put this button on top of the text of the article you’re trying to read?

I’m starting to think Medium is just fucking with me at this point.

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mcormier
69 days ago
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I thought the title meant that the dickbar was sick as in it got Gonorrhea and was being killed off. Nope.
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jhamill
69 days ago
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I truly hope Medium is fucking with Gruber on purpose now.
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martinbaum
69 days ago
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Every Ahab needs a white whale, and this is becoming Gruber's. He has a good point, but heh.
MotherHydra
66 days ago
Beautifully analogized.

Seth Weintraub: ‘10 Reasons Why Google Should Buy the Remains of RadioShack’

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Seth Weintraub:

In one swift move, Google could immediately have a bigger retail presence than Apple with almost 5,000 US stores, a rejuvenated workforce (at least to start with) and a somewhat lucrative business model selling carrier Android devices and accessories.

Over the first year, Google could manage continuing losses while training up current and new staff on Google products, redesigning the stores to be more inviting, and switching product lines to become more valuable. Apple and Tesla have both proven that high tech companies can prosper in retail. Microsoft and Amazon are both making efforts to get into retail as well.

It’s an interesting thought experiment, and the price — $50 million — is truly pocket change for a company like Google. But I don’t see how any company could go from 0 to 4,000 retail stores in the snap of a finger. Has any company new to retail ever successfully pulled off something like that?

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mcormier
987 days ago
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Target bought Zellers in Canada and have lost over 2 Billion and are now pulling out. Starting from zero to a large number of retail outlets is not the best idea.
lomifeh
987 days ago
Not only that. Google has no idea how to run a retail business. Target which does had problems. For Google it would be a nightmare.
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Reminder: Apple Has Never Led the Smartphone Industry in Market Share

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Dawn Chmielewski, writing for Recode:

Apple, which years ago ceded the top spot in the global smartphone market to rival Samsung, appears to have pulled into a dead heat.

It’s true that Samsung passed Apple in smartphone market share years ago, but “the crown” was never Apple’s to cede. In the years prior to Samsung’s rise in 2010, Nokia led the industry, by far, in smartphone market share. RIM, too, was ahead of Apple until 2010.

From the DF archive: “Ceding the Crown”, back in March 2013.

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mcormier
992 days ago
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The traditional media publishing cycle had a fact checking department, then the internet arrived and everything should have been released yesterday, and we dubbed it the Information Age. But please, don't confuse me with the facts.
summerofjay
990 days ago
Chmielewski's source is the IDC - http://appleinsider.com/articles/11/08/04/idc_confirms_apple_as_worlds_top_smartphone_vendor_in_q2_2011
mcormier
979 days ago
Just seeing this reply. Thanks. I redact my snarkiness.
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iTunes Connect Bug Logs Developers in to Other Developers’ Accounts at Random

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Andrew Cunningham, reporting for Ars Technica:

This morning, a number of developers signed in to Apple’s iTunes Connect service only to be greeted by a list of apps that didn’t belong to them. TechCrunch has a good roundup of tweets from affected developers — it seems that whenever developers signed in with their credentials, they were being granted access to other developers’ accounts at random.

As of about noon Eastern today, Apple took the service down to resolve the problem.

Looks like iTunes Connect is back up now. If you’re a developer, I suggest logging in and making sure nobody monkeyed around with your apps while this was going on.

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mcormier
994 days ago
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Some serious egg on face here.
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Can You Hear Above 16-bit/44.1kHz?

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Dave Hamilton, writing at The Mac Observer:

This difference between 16-bit/44.1kHz audio and anything greater than that has been tested (a lotin double-blind tests) and we have yet to find any human that can reliably notice that difference. Bit depths greater than 16 bits and sample rates above 44.1kHz simply don’t matter as long as the data is converted properly (and our ability to do that conversion has improved substantially since those very first CDs were released at the dawn of the digital music era).

Sounds like snake oil.

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mcormier
1000 days ago
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Now please do me a favour and convince Neil Young and the Pono he road in on.
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Google Now Is Not Google Voice Search

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I had no idea. I had been under the impression for years that “Google Now” was the catch-all name for all of Android’s “talk to your phone” stuff, much like how “Siri” encompasses things like dictation.

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mcormier
1008 days ago
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This confirms it. Google is officially the new Microsoft. They have to put their brand name in front of everything, which makes it hard to remember what anything is. It's the Google X service! I'm sorry you lost me at Google.
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sulrich
1007 days ago
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well at least he admitted his ignorance. but seriously ...
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