Please don't miss Part 2 of our look at the year in social change. This episode focuses on that of notables and can very much apply to what we see in the comment-sphere snapshot below. Listen now at www.ldcoleman.com/radio
A yacht commissioned by the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has been impounded because of a payment dispute with the notable designer Philippe Starck. Starck had the boat impounded by debt collectors for having being paid only 6 million out of the 9 million euro commission. The price to build the yacht has been estimated at more than 100 million euros. Mr. Jobs died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer before the boat was reportedly finished. Let's see what Apple fan-boys and others have to say!
Steve Jobs, son of a Syrian, never cared about his ... family being butchered in Syria. Steve Jobs ... focused on getting rich ... He could have helped thousands of people who are getting killed in Syria ... if he spent his money on helping them instead of buying yachts ... Now his heirs, who have inherited his low-class morality, are fighting over it as they should. Pathetic.
Bear in mind ... you cant actually see anything of the true shape due to the angle ... i think its an interesting design and feel that this is another chance for the Robotic Androids to have yet another pop at a dead man and customers of the apple brand. So many comments saying it's ugly but no critique from a design perspective ...
Never has one bird had so much mention in such a short a time span. But what's really going on here (besides childhood sentiment)? Could it be said that this bird is taking on larger symbolism for all those who feel a bit awkward and vulnerable who then become targets of the system? Perhaps. But what is most interesting is how the yellow icon is used to actually create a cascade of conversation around larger issues from which the original stems. One thing is certain, foreign countries must be looking at the Big Bird references and wondering what the whole fuss is about? Let's see what icons, if any, surface during the VP debates.....
The puppets and people making up Sesame Street disagree with the use of Big Bird in recent anti-Romney ads made by the Obama campaign. The owners of Sesame Street said they never granted permission to use the character and they have asked those responsible to pull all further usage of the beloved yellow bird from political advertisements. The ad was a response to a statement Romney said during the recent presidential debate. The republican candidate stated he would cut federal spending to PBS, deeming it unnecessary because of the economic state the country is in, although he admitted to liking Big Bird. Democrats behind the ad believe the retort was necessary in order to prove that Mitt's primary choice to cut federal spending to PBS is a ridiculous decision and position to have. On the other hand, conservatives find this a childish and desperate attempt to distract voters from what the real issues are under the Obama administration.
Race and language surrounding it in this country is surely cause for discussion. Language with racial overtones still seems to be used frequently and seems to be much more likely than ever to get negative attention. In a interesting ethnographic study, sociologist Amanda Lewis examined the dynamics of race in a predominantly white community. While many in the community subscribe to a color-blind ideology, in which people are seen “as individuals, not as races,” Lewis found that racial formations continue to be very present in social interactions. It's concluded that discussions involving/pertaining to race need to finally move beyond the concept where whiteness is neutral and blackness is other - metaphors or not. What may be interesting to note is that the divide is what is being picked up on by most commenters, whether for or against. This is a trend to continue to watch. But how did Russell Simmons become the spokesperson for all Black sentiment on this Biden issue, by the way? Don't believe the hype, Kidz.
ice President Joe Biden said in a speech in Danville, Va., that Mitt Romney’s policies regarding deregulating Wall Street will “put y’all back in chains.” After Republicans called the remarks outrageous, Biden said he misspoke and wanted to use the word “unshackle.” Congressmen and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan has used “unshackle” before in a speech about the economy and GOP proposals. Biden said he was using the Republicans’ own words. Lots o' talk on this one.
If a Republican said something like that can you imagine what the media would do with it. Biden is a racist prick ... The Democratic party is about nothing more than dividing the country with hate and fear .... They will cause a civil war in order to be re-elected and blame it on white people.
Biden’s remark is fair, even if dramatically metaphorical. The consumer debt explosion in housing is what got us here ... Many homeowners are still underwater and quite literally chained to those homes …
We've only just begun to see the tip of the iceberg in Tablet entrants, but one thing is sure - the tech-minded make no bones about which companies and systems they are behind. Only time will tell if consumers will really be checking for Surface. Funny that the same week Microsoft makes this announcement, a study is released that says that consumers want more ad-supported Tablet apps (so that they don't have to pay for them). In the era of bottom up, rather than top down, how will companies manage to stay on top of consumer needs when consumers are actually outpacing the ad agencies, etc. that actually used to dictate to them? Interesting to watch!
Microsoft is joining the tablet game. Just announced this week: Surface. The devices are based on Windows 8 and are designed for work and play. It's 9.3 millimeters thick, and it weighs 1.49 pds. Its display is 10.6-inch widescreen HD. The big difference between that and other tablets? Surface is sold with a keyboard. In a way, it looks like mini-mini laptop. But do techies think the market is ripe for Surface? Let's see.
Microsoft has a much larger user base to support than Apple. Apple can safely remove legacy support but if Microsoft does it, they'll get lots of big business complaining because their ancient specialist software no longer works. Microsoft did kill of 16-Bit support in Windows x64, which means the majority of DOS and all Windows 3.1 apps don't work....
What I don't get is why they came up with 2 versions. Its like they were conflicted in the direction of tablets, and so bet on 2 designs. Pick one. Either tablets are fully functional notebook replacements...or they're a new class of computing device with a separate mobile OS. Personally, I would be happy with a mobile OS that is a portal to a Windows 8 computer.
Microsoft's new tablet... could change how CIOs think about tablets. Mobile devices are so intrinsically personal that CIOs have almost been forced to allow employees to dictate which mobile devices they’ll use for work purposes....But CIOs secretly wishing for a Windows device attractive enough to entice consumers that also includes features businesses need, like support for legacy applications, should rejoice in Surface.
Specialists say that the closing price means Facebook is "worth" about $105 billion, more than Amazon.com, McDonalds and Cisco. In a world where everything is changing, wow do we and will we define "worth". And in an era where news is now entertainment and most all is trivialized, are we sure that, conversely, some things are unduly built up. Many seemed to be disappointed that there wasn't a higher climb on Wall Street, and, take our word for it; finding anything other than negative comments was pretty difficult. But what we really wanna know is, will L'il Z finally spend some of this tech cash on some better gear?
Facebook drives the market and media into a frenzy with their IPO which settled at $38 per share. Many billionaires were made overnight. Techies, business gurus and general Joes definitely have an opinion.
..they are hitting the wall for growth. They have a poor revenue model, especially compared to Google. They have one product which is a horrible advertising platform. Therefore, it’s not a $100 billion company. It’s only $100 billion today because of today’s IPO hype. Let’s see where that valuation is in a month or a year.