Category Archives: Internet

The Math Behind Venture Capital, and the Need for Home Runs

Recently, I discussed how venture capital in the tech sectors is weird: every investor is swinging for the fences. Rachel Chalmers describes the financial incentives (boldface mine): Besides being custodians of the fund and therefore honor-bound to seek the best … Continue reading

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The Heartbleed Hack and Misunderstanding the State of Our Tech Infrastructure

The state is bad. Before we get to the Heartbleed security hack, which was exploited by the NSA, it’s worth revisiting our usual plaint regarding the state of science infrastructure: One of the ridiculous things about many depictions of science … Continue reading

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The Internet of Boring Things (How the Current VC Mindset Makes No Sense to Me)

Recently, I had a conversation with a friend at a biotech startup who told me that you don’t actually want to make a modest, consistent profit because that means your company is ‘mature’ and you then won’t be able to … Continue reading

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Why I Oppose the Comcast-TimeWarner Merger

When it comes to the entertainment industry, it’s always worth listening to former TimeWarner executive Howie Klein. Here’s what he has to say (boldface mine): As Ken pointed out, he’s an East Coast victim of TimeWarner Cable; I’m a West … Continue reading

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Want to Know What Privilege Looks Like? The ‘Tell Someone “No”, Get Called a Whore’ Edition

A while ago, I got an email from a science aggregator offering me a chance to crosspost for…free. To paraphrase the wisdom of the philosopher Tone Loc, I get paid to do the blog thing (actually, that’s not the case … Continue reading

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Why I Think Yahoo’s Mayer Is a Bad CEO: The Flickr Edition

It has nothing to with issues of work-life balance or the whole work-from-home controversy. Nope. In a word, Flickr. Flickr, a picture storage and web display site, now owned by Yahoo, used to be a very good product (note: this … Continue reading

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We Didn’t Give Away Our Information–It Was Extorted From Us (The Death of Contracts)

In the discussion surrounding the NSA spying revelations, I’ve seen a few people mention how people have freely given away their personal information. For instance, David Sirota writes: As I noted on CNN, when it comes to civil liberties, the … Continue reading

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Internet Killed the Video (and Radio) Star

In a very interesting interview, Jaron Lanier describes something that annoys me to no end (boldface mine): I’m quite concerned that in the future someone might not know what author they’re reading. You see that with music. You would think … Continue reading

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How to Make Your Browser Run Faster, and How That Will Alter Internet Economics

A while ago, I bemoaned all the crap on webpages that eat up memory and make your browser (or computer) sluggish. I recently came across a add-on that really helps, Ghostery (note: I have no financial ties to Ghostery). It … Continue reading

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I Want This Job

Well, not really, but this Onion send-up of TED talks and social media is really funny:

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