Pete Seat, Republican revival: What the states can teach the national party (via msnbc)
Yeah, and all they had to do in Indiana was gut k-12 education, higher-ed, highway funding, bridge repair, emergency services…etc. You know, all the unimportant stuff. Oh, and loose half a billion dollars (that we know about). Sorry, misplace half a billion dollars (so far).
Here’s the thing: at the end of the day, I’d rather have higher taxes and something to show for it than a fundamentally broken state with a balanced fucking budget. And I don’t think I’m alone in that regard. By far.
Wealth Inequality in America (by politizane)
I think what Wu and his brethren believe is not that companies win by being “open”, but that they win by offering choices.
Who is Apple to decide which apps are in the App Store? That no phone will have a hardware keyboard or removable battery? That modern devices are better off without Flash Player and Java?
Where others offer choices, Apple makes decisions. What some of us appreciate is what so rankles the others — that those decisions have so often and consistently been right.
Probably the most relevant 88 words in a 3600+ word piece.
Its the same post we’ve read a thousand times already: somebody who thinks their opinion has value claims to know what they need to do to successfully run a computer company, despite the fact that they do not run a computer company, successful or not. Instead, they rather enjoy manipulating stock prices through arbitrary puff pieces like the one Gruber destroys here that say nothing while claiming to say everything.
And again, I say: if there were another Steve Jobs hiding among the tech industry CEOs, we’d know. If there were another Tim Cook, we’d know.
Perhaps time will produce one. Perhaps if they ever, for the love of all that is holy, evict Ballmer from his position, one will emerge at Microsoft (but I doubt it). Until then, these wild claims from nameless people who don’t matter stating they hold the keys to the castle in terms of profitability and making the Right Choices (or not, depending on which side of that argument you fall) for a tech company are just those, wild claims from nameless people.