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David Semeria
Re: The Blockchain Market Map - http://avc.com/2015...
"In Europe we're told American's are encouraged to vent -- like a pressure valve, the steam is released; equilibriums are restored. It's now big over here, too. Did I miss a memo? Should I stop venting? After years of non- venting (British upbringing) I was getting to like it. I'm confused now (that's not a vent)" - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: A Note On Anonymous, Pseudonymous, Guest, and Regular Commenters - http://avc.com/2015...
"Hmm, this comment thread gives a whole new meaning to Rick Rolling..." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Video Of The Week: Alexis Ohanian Visits WattPad - http://avc.com/2015...
"I must say posting on AVC is not what is used to be. I suppose it's unreasonable of me to expect things not to change." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Video Of The Week: Alexis Ohanian Visits WattPad - http://avc.com/2015...
"That was a very slickly produced video -- which makes the 24 minutes so much easier to bear.. Not too sure about the free for always model. I really thought Aime St were on to something before they got bought: start off free, but the cost rises in line with the aggregate consumption. The real cost (at least for me) in consuming content is wasting time on rubbish -- which basically boils down to the cost of discovery. People don't talk so much about discovery these days, but it fits in well with USV's thesis regarding the impact of software on labor. Let people with more time on their hands discover content and then allow busy people to repay them for this work. For example: allow wattpad readers to invest $1000 virtual dollars a year in writers they like. Then allow them a share of the (real) dollars which would flow from an Aime St model." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: FCC Votes to Keep Internet Access Open for Innovation - http://continuations.com/post...
"The road is long, with many a winding turn..." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: How Much is Enough by Robert and Edward Sidelsky (Book Review) - http://continuations.com/post...
"It wouldn't be worth putting it up. Unfortunately none of the financial companies in London I contacted at the time would agree to meet with me. Fortunately, the examiners didn't hold that against me." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: How Much is Enough by Robert and Edward Sidelsky (Book Review) - http://continuations.com/post...
"Well that's a coincidence. I wrote my Master's thesis (in 1989) on the role of electronic systems in the crash of 87." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Is This A Good Startup Idea? - http://avc.com/2015...
"I was in the process of writing a world-changing comment when I got distracted by this video of an orchestra playing The Can Can -- with a TODDLER on drums. I suppose world changing will have to wait 'till tomorrow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?..." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Building A Diverse Culture And Team - http://avc.com/2015...
"Why?" - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Building A Diverse Culture And Team - http://avc.com/2015...
"Yup, team photo = vanity diversity" - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Reblog: VC Cliché of the Week - http://avc.com/2015...
"ISIS don't have nukes, Putin does." - David Semeria
David Semeria
"I still think there is a lot of win in the idea." - David Semeria
David Semeria
"Wow this reminds me of @terrycojones' Fluid Info - a publicly writable datastore controlled by nobody. Terry was definitely ahead of his time!" - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Video Of The Week: The Obama Re/Code Interview - http://avc.com/2015...
"Such a thoughtful man. You can see him trying to give as straight as possible answers, within the confines of what he can reveal. Not your average president or politician." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Machine Intelligence Progress is Accelerating - http://continuations.com/post...
"I knew it! Germans DO do humour after all." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Machine Intelligence Progress is Accelerating - http://continuations.com/post...
"Cracking share Carl. I loved the sardonic reception given by the QI crew to the future..." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Startups Matter In DC - http://avc.com/2015...
"The focus of the ISP's argument is that bandwidth is limited and must therefore be rationed. This is simply not true. There was loads of interconnecting "dark fiber" laid during the millennium boom which has yet to be lit, and network boxes ( ie the fiber to copper interface) can easily handle current traffic with modern kit. Where you're wrong is when you talk about paid prioritization (I assume you mean peering). It's true that it's been around for a long time, but it's false to imply it's relevant to the NN debate. NN is all about allocating a scarce resource (bandwidth) whereas peering is the equivalent of economic bartering -- scarcity of resources does not come into it. For the same reasons, when you say "the majority of factors related to speed and cost occur outside of the last mile" I cannot agree. Like a chain, the speed of any network depends on its weakest link. The weakest link is almost always the network box, which is the relevant extremity of the last mile. Bottom..." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Startups Matter In DC - http://avc.com/2015...
"Neatly sidestepping the thrust of my comment...." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Startups Matter In DC - http://avc.com/2015...
"Most of what you wrote above is wrong Kid, but you're right when you say it's not about the last mile. The whole NN argument revolves around shared resources: the more you get, the less I get. The key point about the last mile is that it's not a shared resource - it's a dedicated line (usually in copper) that goes from the network box to your home. That line only has so much capacity, but if you go over nobody else suffers - only you. The ISP's want us to believe that it's the network boxes that can't handle all the capacity and so it must be rationed. This is bullshit. From the network box onward it's all fiber. Fiber can easily route a couple of hundred copper connections. If it can't it's because the routers are too old. So why don't the ISPs upgrade the kit in their network boxes? Because they run local monopolies -- without competition they have no incentive. Much better to charge companies extra for high speed access to (whose?) clients." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Startups Matter In DC - http://avc.com/2015...
"Philip Sugar's water analogy works for me: they sell you bits of data without knowing or caring what they are. What you do with that data is up to you." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Startups Matter In DC - http://avc.com/2015...
"Meetup, Etsy, Kickstarter, and Tumblr... it looks like the President was not the only one doing some prodding :-)" - David Semeria
David Semeria
"Well played JLM" - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Utility vs Information Service - http://avc.com/2015...
"TV is a good analogy. Most transmission masts have a range of around 50 miles. Since it doesn't make sense to build masts close to each other, each has a a de-facto monopoly within a 50 mile radius, give or take. Now, imagine the owner of a mast decided to offer better reception to different channels based on how much they were willing to pay. You sit down to watch your favorite program and the screen is all fuzzy. Is there something wrong with your TV? Nope. Your aerial? Nope. Perhaps the broadcaster has a problem? Nope again. Your crappy viewing experience is simply due to the broadcaster being unwilling or unable to agree to be shaken down by the mast owner. Thais is what happens when monopolies, even local ones, abuse their market position. And that's why they should be regulated." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Utility vs Information Service - http://avc.com/2015...
"All the more so considering 75% of households in the US only have one possible broadband supplier." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Fun Friday: Comedy Hour - http://avc.com/2015...
"Out of all the amazing Peter Seller's choices (eg. Gentleman please! No fighting in the war room) I chose this one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?..." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Fun Friday: Comedy Hour - http://avc.com/2015...
"Brilliant Carl. Though I doubt my people will understand from this clip just how smart JV actually is." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Fun Friday: Comedy Hour - http://avc.com/2015...
"Man on the moon was one of the most underrated films ever." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Fun Friday: Comedy Hour - http://avc.com/2015...
"Superb" - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Fun Friday: Comedy Hour - http://avc.com/2015...
"Most excellent!" - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Secrets: Do We Really Need Them? - http://continuations.com/post...
"Regarding your suggestion that transparency only works if it's universal, I made a similar point on USV." - David Semeria
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