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parislemon:

All of the reasons Marco Arment lists as to why Apple won’t build an actual television are good ones. But they’re also all good reasons why the market badly needs to be disrupted — and is ripe for it.

The argument that televisions are “an extremely competitive, commoditized market with very slim margins and most purchasing decisions going to whoever has the most features” sounds exactly like the PC market 15 years ago.

Remember, Apple was going to fail at computers because price is all that matters. A decade later, Apple was going to fail at phones because price is all that matters. 

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On Apple’s Must-See TV

parislemon:

All of the reasons Marco Arment lists as to why Apple won’t build an actual television are good ones. But they’re also all good reasons why the market badly needs to be disrupted — and is ripe for it.

The argument that televisions are “an extremely competitive, commoditized market with very slim margins and most purchasing decisions going to whoever has the most features” sounds exactly like the PC market 15 years ago.

Remember, Apple was going to fail at computers because price is all that matters. A decade later, Apple was going to fail at phones because price is all that matters. 

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notch:

I’ve received a few emails about Bill S.978, a new bill proposed in the USA, which would make it illegal under certain circumstances to share videos of copyrighted materials over the internet. The problem is that it appears to also make it illegal to upload videos of games, such as let’s plays and…

garysick:

Every few months we hear rumors and seemingly informed speculation that Israel is about to attack Iran. The most senior Israeli security experts say such an attack would not only be foolish but would backfire badly and leave Israel worse off than it was before the attack. But that doesn’t stop the pundits and arm chair generals — including, one must add, a number of high level Israeli officials.

Tony Karon, a Time Magazine correspondent, has written an article suggesting that this constant drumfire of threats (which never materialize) is an Israeli strategy to pressure Iran, i.e. it is one element of a deterrence strategy.

It must be said that the strategy has seemed to have no visible effect on Iran or its longer term strategy to build a nuclear program. Its nuclear enrichment has been proceeding steadily for more than a decade, in the face of the most severe Israeli and Western threats.

In reality, these Israeli threats are actually more useful to pressure the US and its Western allies to take drastic steps to institute sanctions, possible sabotage, and other actions against Iran in order to forestall the (hypothetical) Israeli “threat” of a unilateral attack. In other words, the deterrence actually seems to be aimed more at Israel’s Western allies, rather than Iran.

Karon’s analysis is a useful antidote to some of the more lurid speculations in the Western media.

latimes:

X Games’ safety a question as tricks get more dangerous:  When the culture of X Games encourages athletes to push the envelope on tricks, the result can be mistakes that risk serious injury. Proper oversight is required, says a performance psychologist.
Photo: Jake Brown misses his landing in the Skateboard Big Air final on Friday during X Games 17 competition. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

latimes:

X Games’ safety a question as tricks get more dangerous: When the culture of X Games encourages athletes to push the envelope on tricks, the result can be mistakes that risk serious injury. Proper oversight is required, says a performance psychologist.

Photo: Jake Brown misses his landing in the Skateboard Big Air final on Friday during X Games 17 competition. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

garysick:

Seymour Hersh has written a clear-eyed and non-sensationalized analysis of Iran’s nuclear program in the latest issue of The New Yorker that came out today. A summary is pasted below. For the full text, click on the link above. In view of all the hype and fear-mongering, this is a factual breath of fresh air.

Summary: Is Iran actively trying to develop nuclear weapons? Members of the Obama Administration often talk as if this were a foregone conclusion, as did their predecessors under George W. Bush. There’s a large body of evidence, however, including some of America’s most highly classified intelligence assessments, suggesting that the U.S. could be in danger of repeating a mistake similar to the one made with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq eight years ago—allowing anxieties about the policies of a tyrannical regime to distort our estimates of the state’s military capacities and intentions. The two most recent National Intelligence Estimates (N.I.E.s) on Iranian nuclear progress have stated that there is no conclusive evidence that Iran has made any effort to build the bomb since 2003. Yet Iran is heavily invested in nuclear technology. In the past four years, it has tripled the number of centrifuges in operation at its main enrichment facility at Natanz, which is buried deep underground. International Atomic Energy Agency (I.A.E.A.) inspectors have expressed frustration with Iran’s level of coöperation, but have been unable to find any evidence suggesting that enriched uranium has been diverted to an illicit weapons program. In mid-February, Lieutenant General James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, provided the House and Senate intelligence committees with an updated N.I.E. on the Iranian nuclear-weapons program. A previous assessment, issued in 2007, created consternation and anger inside the Bush Administration and in Congress by concluding, “with high confidence,” that Iran had halted its nascent nuclear-weapons program in 2003. Mentions the Defense Intelligence Agency (D.I.A.), W. Patrick Lang, and Lieutenant General Ronald L. Burgess, Jr. Thomas E. Donilon, Obama’s national-security adviser, said in a speech on May 12th that the U.S. would continue its aggressive sanction policy until Iran proves that its enrichment intentions are peaceful and meets all its obligations under the nonproliferation treaty. Obama has been prudent in his public warnings about the consequences of an Iranian bomb, but he and others in his Administration have often overstated the available intelligence about Iranian intentions. Mentions Robert Einhorn. Israel views Iran as an existential threat. Nevertheless, most Israeli experts on nonproliferation agree that Iran does not now have a nuclear weapon. A round of negotiations five months ago between Iran and the West, first in Geneva and then in Istanbul, yielded little progress. Mentions Benjamin Netanyahu. The unending political stress between Washington and Tehran has promoted some unconventional thinking. One approach, championed by retired ambassador Thomas Pickering and others, is to accept Iran’s nuclear-power program, but to try to internationalize it, and offer Iran various incentives. Pickering and his associates are convinced that the solution to the nuclear impasse is to turn Iran’s nuclear-enrichment programs into a multinational effort. Mentions a 2008 essay Pickering, Jim Walsh, and William Luers published in The New York Review of Books. Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient who is now a candidate for the Presidency of Egypt, spent twelve years as the director-general of the I.A.E.A., retiring two years ago. In his recent interview, he said, “I don’t believe Iran is a clear and present danger. All I see is the hype about the threat posed by Iran.”



thechangelog:

Kenneth and Wynn caught up with Glyph Lefkowitz from Twisted to talk about the project and evented programming in Python.

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izs:

By now, if you haven’t heard the outrage at the TSA’s “enhanced” pat-down procedures, then you don’t use the internet, and you’re not reading this blog.

They grope children. They touch your junk. The procedures are ludicrously ineffective and harmful from a security point of view. And the…

thecodingmonkeys:

With WWDC approaching we thought we’d write a short summary of best practices on how to use SubEthaEdit to collaboratively take notes at conferences together. So, what to do when you are sitting in a session eager to write down what has been said?

First open up SubEthaEdit and press ⌘K to see…