OK, so Bezos is working on a fleet of drones to deliver small packages from an Amazon warehouse in 30 minutes or less. Cool.
It’s cool until you think about how that’s going to affect the real jobs of delivery people. Then it’s appalling to save a buck on delivery by designing technology that deliberately makes a class of workers obsolete. This isn’t an example of problem-solving disruption. This is cost-saving so you don’t have to negotiate with low-paid workers.
Over at The Verge, there is a long thread starting about what could go wrong, from gun nuts shooting them out of the sky, to stealing the packages, to stealing the drones; to car accidents (when a package drops on a crowded freeway) to mutilations (when drones drop on a crowded street).
The American mind is a fascinating thing to watch.
…and so here is the first Star Trek movie:
So in spite of giving birth to the most boring movie maybe ever (and presumably the Borg, though IBM might be close), I think that this is pretty cool.
Hey guys, remember this quip from 1997?
When asked what he’d do with Apple if he were in Jobs’ shoes, Dell said:
“What would I do? I’d shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders.”
Well, today Michael Dell gave the money back to his shareholders:
Dell Shareholders voted today to allow the firm’s founder, Michael Dell, to take the company private with help from private equity firm Silver Lake Partners in a $24.9 billion leveraged buyout.
Case closed. Steve Jobs is laughing somewhere. A really evil laugh. (Business Time)
…the awesome juggernaut that is Blackberry, having sold 7M phones Windows Phone 8 is in third place world wide with a market share of 3%. And this tool says that Apple’s iPhone is next to be eaten alive by MS’s phone.
…and it is a pee-hag:
As I approached the line to the restroom, I took a deep sigh, thinking that I might find some respite from the hundreds of cameras strapped to people’s heads at the conference.
Yet when it was finally my turn to approach the rows of white urinals, my world came screeching to a halt. There they were, a handful of people wearing Google Glass, now standing next to me at their own urinals, peering their head from side to side, blinking or winking, as they relieved themselves.
(NYTimes article on Google Glasses)
On Wednesday, AT&T announced that it was dropping the price of the HTC First smartphone, which comes with Facebook Home built in, from $99 to 99 cents. Think about that: a new smartphone, priced to jump off the shelves at Dollar General. It’s a great deal, but it is also hugely embarrassing for Zuckerberg.
Even worse: More than half of Facebook Home’s 15,000 user reviews give the app just one star. A typical review:
Uninstalled after 1 min
Just takes a nice phone and ruins the interface. Waste of time.
So it was a solution looking for a problem.
The sixth most viewed story on the Mercury News, in the so-called Capital of Silicon Valley, is a 404 error.
The Kenyan has learned to use the Twitter Machine.
Good to know that here in The Capitol of Silicon Valley that the fifth most requested item from the San Jose Mercury News is their elaborate 404-Error.