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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
David Semeria
Re: Community Ownership? - http://continuations.com/post...
"I spent time on USV sharing some thoughts on this subject because it overlaps with a subject I've been thinking about a lot. I'm not too sure about the user experience on USV. There's very little feedback. I can see why you as a company would be keen to create a different forum after Fred's blog became more noisy and perhaps started generating less insights. But the advantage of Discuss is that does at least generate interactions. Posting on USV is currently like throwing a stone down a well." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Some Thoughts On Seed Investing - http://avc.com/2015...
"That leaves quite a big gap between $1mm and $3mm. The market is inefficient for rounds which are bigger than seed but less than series A. I'm not speculating; I know this to be the case." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: BIG and BOT Policy Proposals (Transcript) - http://continuations.com/post...
"Even though I think BIC is unworkable, I think your passion for it is inspiring. It's perhaps ironic that a person whose job entails saying no to business ideas on a regular basis decides to promote with such force an economic idea that faces the same obstacles." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Feature Friday: Back Up iPhoto To Dropbox - http://avc.com/2015...
"Very good Jim!" - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Feature Friday: Back Up iPhoto To Dropbox - http://avc.com/2015...
"You're lucky the photos were on your wife's machine and not yours. If lost our kids' photos I'd be on the next plane to South America, wearing a false mustache." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Deep Web Marketplaces - http://avc.com/2015...
"Yes, but the strong highly reputable profile would not link back." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Deep Web Marketplaces - http://avc.com/2015...
"That tells me there will be many marketplaces, because a wise seller would not put all of his reputation in one basket. So no dark Amazon or eBay?" - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Deep Web Marketplaces - http://avc.com/2015...
"I was wondering how a seller's reputation could be maintained across anonymous marketplaces when I noticed someone else had asked the same question on Joel's blog. The answer is ingenious: a seller interlinks his profiles on the various marketplaces. Since a seller would never link to a fake profile, this is a kind of identity validation by action. Fascinating." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: TEDxNewYork: BIG and BOT Policy Proposals - http://continuations.com/post...
"As long as the hub doesn't become self-aware, we should be ok ;-)" - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Topic Mining AVC - http://avc.com/2015...
"Fred, I think you and Burga should point out more strongly his analysis is not based on your manual tags for each post (as was my initial impression) rather it's based on actually mining the text. When this is clear, Burga's analysis of AVC becomes much more interesting...." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: TEDxNewYork: BIG and BOT Policy Proposals - http://continuations.com/post...
"As I have mentioned before Albert, I can see a lot of problems with UBI which I won't rehash here. But I just wanted to say that the way you structured your talk was first rate. You communicate your ideas exceptionally well. One quick point regarding the personal bot: since a bot would interact with an end service API in the same way the "official" client app does, I can see no reason why a bot could not carry out any action which the client app can (the API just sees requests, it doesn't know which software originated them). I see the problem not so much with allowing the bot API access -- because the bot could just obtain an API key by taking the same actions the client app would -- I see the problem in encoding all this API logic (eg the login sequence just mentioned) for every service the bot seeks to emulate." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: Feature Friday: US Dollar Wallet - http://avc.com/2015...
"Rather than a way to "own bitcoin" I would have said "pay in bitcoin" without taking price risk (of owernship)" - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: The Canvas Spindown - http://avc.com/2015...
"I understand your point, but people know beforehand that most startups fail -- that's the difference. Upon further reflection I can see that Canvas was a pretty unique case and that it's not feasible to try and make what they did best practice." - David Semeria
David Semeria
Re: The Canvas Spindown - http://avc.com/2015...
"It's different from a pre-nup because the money would go to charity." - David Semeria
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