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Re: I go shopping for a compass, then my Sonos decides it needs one too - http://blogs.fluidinfo.com/terry...
"Hi Terry. I've no idea what's going on with your compass, but it's good to see a blog post from you after nearly 12 months. Most of your old posts flew over my head, but I still enjoyed reading them!" - David Semeria
Re: What’s Next - http://avc.com/2014...
"I'll go out on a limb and mention Gestalt, which basically means the whole is worth more than the sum of the parts. I'm talking about how information and services are organized, especially on mobile. A great example is Wikipedia -- the site itself is worth more than the sum of the pages, because the pages are enhanced by their presence on the site (indexing, hyperlinks, etc). I believe we'll see a big change in how stuff is organized on mobile. I see city apps emerging that aggregate many external services that are relevant only to the city you are living in (or visiting). I see personal apps, that aggregate personal information about "me" -- well being, medical records, tax deadlines, etc It's not just about ease of access, it's about the synergies between different services related by context." - David Semeria
Re: Holiday Giving - http://avc.com/2014...
"An elephant?" - David Semeria
Re: Holiday Giving - http://avc.com/2014...
"If it has a plug or takes batteries, I'm happy to receive it too." - David Semeria
Re: The Perfect Board - http://avc.com/2014...
"+1" - David Semeria
Re: Revenue Multiples And Growth - http://avc.com/2014...
"Three letters: PEG" - David Semeria
Re: Homescreen.is - http://avc.com/2014...
"A bit of trivia: Bob Geldof uses an old Nokia 6210 (he calls it the AK-47 of mobile phones). The ringer is broken so if you want to call him you need to text him first and ask him to stare at the screen so he can see the incoming call." - David Semeria
Re: Homescreen.is - http://avc.com/2014...
"I'm very surprised there is no Skype on your community screen." - David Semeria
Re: Free Will (Revisited) - http://continuations.com/post...
"Thanks for the link Albert, I was not aware of Laplace's Demon. I arrived at this conclusion just by thinking about the problem for a few days. For me at least, it's an acceptable rebuttal of the no free will argument." - David Semeria
Re: Free Will (Revisited) - http://continuations.com/post...
"I spent a great deal of time thinking about this subject the last time you wrote about it. My thinking led me to a hypothetical situation where I would ask a person to make a choice and then, before they answered, I would inform them of their choice based on the deterministic state of the universe at that point in time -- a state which also included the communication of the choice. I then wondered what was stopping that person from changing their mind. That is when I ceased worrying about free will." - David Semeria
Re: The Grind vs The Pivot - http://avc.com/2014...
"Arnold is the only adviser to the company. My reasoning was a bit like for programmers: one great one is worth 10 average ones. He provides us with very valuable feedback and guidance on product, marketing and communication. The geographical distance is not really a problem (because Arnold always pops in to see us when he's in Europe). The time difference is more of an issue: it's hard to take someone seriously when they Skype in their PJs :) Arnold is a gem." - David Semeria
Re: The Grind vs The Pivot - http://avc.com/2014...
"...and time Arnold - as you have proved to us once a week, every week, for the past 3 years." - David Semeria
Re: Attention All Software Engineers: Please Volunteer During The Hour Of Code - http://avc.com/2014...
"First point: yes, they're teaching the kids to be users, not programmers. Your second point is very similar to how the mouse will work. One kid will be the mouse and every time the user moves the mouse, the mouse kid will call the OS kid and say "mouse has moved up a bit and left a bit". The OS kid will then call the screen kid (at the blackboard) and say "move the pointer up and to the left" and finally the screen kid will call the pointer kid (with a big pointer on a stick) who will actually move the pointer." - David Semeria
Re: Attention All Software Engineers: Please Volunteer During The Hour Of Code - http://avc.com/2014...
":)" - David Semeria
Re: Attention All Software Engineers: Please Volunteer During The Hour Of Code - http://avc.com/2014...
"It's more a question of explaining the most important principle in computing: abstraction -- ie the fact that a given layer can only communicate with those immediately above and below. I was thinking of explaining this principle using 3 kids with telephones. Kid A can only talk to kid C by asking kid B (who is contact with both) to pass on the message, Except that instead of phones I want to use bananas." - David Semeria
Re: Attention All Software Engineers: Please Volunteer During The Hour Of Code - http://avc.com/2014...
"I think we'll doing it in January. Video will be tricky for privacy reasons and also the fact that it will all be in Italian. Will certainly post some photos if the parents are ok with that." - David Semeria
Re: Attention All Software Engineers: Please Volunteer During The Hour Of Code - http://avc.com/2014...
"Here in Italy my 11 year old son has just started learning about IT at school. I read his text book and became depressed. It's full of things like "How to use in start button in Windows". He has learned that stuff by himself, thorough trial and error. What is missing is any notion of what a computer is and how it works. So I proposed to his teacher that I came in and explained. But not using a blackboard, I wanted to something different which would hold their attention. So we're going to build a computer out of students. Each one will wear a hat defining his or her function (RAM, OS, keyboard, etc) and they will hold colored ropes which will define the communication channels (red for output, green for input). We'll then run a program on our human computer (I was thinking of tic-tac-toe or Connect 4). I don't know if the experiment will work, but at least we'll have some fun." - David Semeria
Re: Immigration in the Rear View Mirror - http://themusingsofthebigredcar.com/immigra...
"Off to bed now. 2 am here. To be continued...." - David Semeria
Re: Immigration in the Rear View Mirror - http://themusingsofthebigredcar.com/immigra...
"So, in a word, yes -- the USA is in war mode. Not in military terms, but in rhetoric. Internal strife only weakens the external facade. The language is of "us" and "them" (fill in as appropriate based on racial or political views). Not much bridge building and mucking in going on. A divided country is not a strong country. True, it's the democratic process in action, but -- as you have pointed out -- other countries have noticed." - David Semeria
Re: Immigration in the Rear View Mirror - http://themusingsofthebigredcar.com/immigra...
"Hi BRC. I don't live in the States so I'm not qualified to comment on what goes on there. But I will say one thing. The Boss is a wartime consigliere. Now, Tom Hagen was a very good consigliere, but not in war. Tom built bridges, he sought consensus; he didn't do anything rash. But when it came to war? Sorry Tom, you're out -- as the quote goes. If I were in a trench -- which thank God I have never been, and hope I never will -- I would like someone like the Boss at my side. Someone with not only a very clear idea of who is right and who is wrong, but, much more importantly, someone who can get me to the end of the battle with my heart still pumping. In other words, the Boss is good in a fight. But this leads me to ask: why wasn't the wartime consigliere the permanent consigliere? Why switch consigliere personality types based on the likelihood of your ass getting popped? Why not stick with the guy with the biggest and brassest of balls regardless of the situation? I don't know the..." - David Semeria
Re: The Emerging Architecture Of Internet Applications - http://avc.com/2014...
"Comparing Diaspora and Facebook's user stats highlights the difference between words and actions. If people were so genuinely concerned about privacy, the subscriber numbers would be inverted. So I don't think there's much upside in promoting the blockchain to the masses on a trust ticket. However, I think the opposite is true when it comes to companies. As Fred once said: Don’t be a Google Bitch, don’t be a Facebook Bitch, and Don’t be a Twitter Bitch. Be your own Bitch. Open API's on top of the blockchain would be everybody's bitch - and therefore no-one's. I believe identity and authentication are the most obvious places to start." - David Semeria
Re: Comments Are Dead, Long Live Comments - http://avc.com/2014...
"Let it go Andy. Drink some Pappy." - David Semeria
Re: Video Of The Week: Hating On People - http://avc.com/2014...
"Peter, irony doesn't really work on the interwebs." - David Semeria
Re: Video Of The Week: Hating On People - http://avc.com/2014...
"Good point Dave. Albert Wenger makes this point often: people rarely seek out information sources which challenge their views." - David Semeria
Re: Video Of The Week: Hating On People - http://avc.com/2014...
"Welcome to the double media post club, Charlie" - David Semeria
Re: Video Of The Week: Hating On People - http://avc.com/2014...
"William please delete this. I don't know why it was posted twice." - David Semeria
Re: Video Of The Week: Hating On People - http://avc.com/2014...
"Along similar lines...." - David Semeria
Re: Video Of The Week: Hating On People - http://avc.com/2014...
"Somebody close to you gave me that info. So I just assumed it was true. Anyway, USV 2004 is in a very exclusive club...." - David Semeria
Re: Video Of The Week: Hating On People - http://avc.com/2014...
"Yup, it takes a real idiot to run the best performing fund in VC history. Can you sprinkle some idiot dust on me too Fred. Please? Pretty please..." - David Semeria
Re: Immigration - http://avc.com/2014...
"Sad but probably true Erik." - David Semeria
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