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Jon Bois: ‘What Football Will Look Like in the Future’

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I implore you to drop everything and read this now, regardless if you care about or even understand the rules of the game.

Trust me.

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joelowrance
14 days ago
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So. F'ing. Good.
glenn
15 days ago
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Ok this is seriously definitely worth "reading"
Waterloo, Canada
wmorrell
15 days ago
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WTF 45* stays president until 2025 then Tom Cotton becomes 46? And another fucking George Bush in 2045?
peelman
14 days ago
I about lost it when it was Bernie Sanders in 2057 or whatever it was.
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gazuga
2 days ago
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It took multiple other sites linking this for me to cave in and click through. So glad I caved.
Edmonton
quandary
12 days ago
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Awesome
Pgh, PA, USA
MotherHydra
14 days ago
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I had no idea what I was in for, this is what the internet is for.
Space City, USA

Ming-Chi Kuo Says No Touch ID on New OLED iPhone

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Ming-Chi Kuo this morning:

We predict the OLED model won’t support fingerprint recognition, reasons being: (1) the full-screen design doesn’t work with existing capacitive fingerprint recognition, and (2) the scan-through ability of the under-display fingerprint solution still has technical challenges, including: (i) requirement for a more complex panel pixel design; (ii) disappointing scan-through of OLED panel despite it being thinner than LCD panel; and (iii) weakened scan-through performance due to overlayered panel module. As the new OLED iPhone won’t support under-display fingerprint recognition, we now do not expect production ramp-up will be delayed again (we previously projected the ramp-up would be postponed to late October or later).

Mark Gurman, hours later:

For its redesigned iPhone, set to go on sale later this year, Apple is testing an improved security system that allows users to log in, authenticate payments, and launch secure apps by scanning their face, according to people familiar with the product. This is powered by a new 3-D sensor, added the people, who asked not to be identified discussing technology that’s still in development. The company is also testing eye scanning to augment the system, one of the people said.

A few thoughts:

  • No Touch ID would be weird. If it’s true the 3D facial recognition has to be as good or better than Touch ID in every way, in all lighting conditions, or else it will be a severe regression.

  • Gurman is late again. Everything in his report was first reported by Kuo.

  • I don’t believe anything related to the new iPhones is still “in testing”. I’m sure they’re still finalizing the software, but the ship has sailed on which sensors the devices are going to have.

  • If it’s true that Apple is going to release three new iPhones, my bet is that they’re named the iPhone 7S, iPhone 7S Plus, and iPhone Pro. And I hope the iPhone Pro starts at $1500 or higher. I’d like to see what Apple can do in a phone with a higher price.

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joelowrance
18 days ago
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$1500? Says the guy who gets free phones from Apple.
arnabocean
18 days ago
Actually, says the guys who earns >$400k per year. It doesn't matter if he gets free iPhones from Apple. (BTW, he only gets review units for a short period.) However, it's a fun experiment, right? How expensive can Apple make something and still get decent sales? They tried the gold Edition Apple Watches at $10k and it didn't work. $1500-$2000 for a phone with serious next-generation technology would be cool. Most of us wouldn't buy them, but we'd know what to drool for for the next few years. :-)
martinbaum
16 days ago
Also, there's a good chance that the new Mac Pros next year will top out well above $10K. Good point about the $10K Watch, but why not skim that cream off of the top? Those buyers are there.
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jhamill
17 days ago
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Who really cares if Gurman isn't first?
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Man Who Owns Car Company Thinks We Should Build Public Transit System for Cars

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Darrell Etherington, writing for TechCrunch on Elon Musk’s (admittedly cleverly named) Boring Company:

Just what does Elon Musk’s Boring Company want to accomplish? This might be our clearest picture yet — a video shown during Musk’s TEDTalk from Friday morning, which includes a rendering of a future underground transit network where cars travel on crisscrossing layers of tunnels that include sleds shuttling vehicles around on rails at around 130 mph.

This is a stupid idea, and I can’t believe anyone is taking it seriously. Why in the world would any city in the world invest in a public transit system for cars? I’m all for major investments in public transit infrastructure, but public transit is and should be for people, not for fucking cars.

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joelowrance
83 days ago
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You know the great thing about "fucking cars"? They don't smell like piss and you don't have to be on guard and vigilant for your entire journey.
steingart
83 days ago
Honest question: what's the normalized injury/ death toll for passenger cars vs. public transit per person-mile?
wmf
83 days ago
I think "not being injured" is a pretty low bar.
adrianlafond
82 days ago
"have to be on guard and vigilant for your entire journey" ... Haha, not anymore than anywhere else. You need to go outside more often.
paulnewmanseyes
82 days ago
…you realise if you aren't vigilant for your entire journey in a car your car will crash into something when you skip a red light and you will kill someone, yes? When I travel on the London Underground, I'm usually playing Zelda. Currently, no-one has died as a result of that decision. I don't think many drivers can say the same
tewha
82 days ago
I don't really want to step into the cars vs. public transit debate, but I would consider "being vigilant" a minimum for driving a car.
samuel
81 days ago
I take public transit everywhere and your argument about staying vigilant is fear-mongering crap. You are more likely to die in a car than on the bus or train. And frankly, you have to stay much more on guard when driving a car than you do on public transit.
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‘I Thought It Would Be Easier’

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Reuters reporters Stephen J. Adler, Jeff Mason, and Steve Holland:

President Donald Trump on Thursday reflected on his first 100 days in office with a wistful look at his life before the White House.

“I loved my previous life. I had so many things going,” Trump told Reuters in an interview. “This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”

As with his admission two weeks ago that after just 10 minutes with President Xi Jinping of China, he realized he was completely ignorant of the complexity of Chinese-North Korean relations, what’s striking here isn’t that Trump was so ignorant that he thought being president of the United States would be easier than hosting a game show. It’s that he’s so militantly ignorant that he’s not embarrassed to admit this. He’s a laughingstock around the world.

More than five months after his victory and two days shy of the 100-day mark of his presidency, the election is still on Trump’s mind. Midway through a discussion about Chinese President Xi Jinping, the president paused to hand out copies of what he said were the latest figures from the 2016 electoral map.

“Here, you can take that, that’s the final map of the numbers,” the Republican president said from his desk in the Oval Office, handing out maps of the United States with areas he won marked in red. “It’s pretty good, right? The red is obviously us.”

He had copies for each of the three Reuters reporters in the room.

The election is old news to everyone but Trump, because it’s the only thing he can hold onto as any form of success. Again, the fact that he’s still obsessed with it is bad enough, but even worse is that lacks the self-awareness to realize that perseverating on it in an interview with Reuters — with prepared printed material in triplicate — lays his pathological narcissism bare for the world to see.

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joelowrance
84 days ago
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remember when Gruber wrote about tech with the occasional political post and not the other way around?
briandhowell
84 days ago
Perhaps it's time to start another blog, eh John?
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the7roy
83 days ago
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At least it's not baseball
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The Curious State of Apple Product Pricing

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Another good column from Neil Cybart at Above Avalon:

It is very difficult to find a pair of wireless headphones priced lower than AirPods. In the run-up to Apple unveiling AirPods this past September, the wireless headphone market consisted of the following players:

  • Kanoa: $300
  • Bragi Dash: $299
  • Erato Apollo 7: $289
  • Skybuds: $279
  • Earin: $249
  • Motorola VerveOnes+: $249
  • Samsung Gear IconX: $199
  • Bragi Headphone: $149

Given the preceding list, a strong case could have been made for Apple to price its new wireless headphones at $249, or even $299. The fact that Samsung priced its Gear IconX at $199 seemed to suggest a sub-$200 retail price for AirPods was unlikely. Instead, Apple sent shockwaves pulsing through the market by pricing AirPods at only $159. The action instantly removed all available oxygen from the wireless headphone space. The idea of Apple coming out with a new product that would underprice nearly every other competitor was unimaginable ten years ago.

He makes a strong case that Apple Watch is underpriced compared to its competition, too.

AirPods are still showing a delivery estimate of “6 weeks”. Either demands remains unexpectedly strong or production remains unexpectedly difficult (or some combination of both).

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joelowrance
126 days ago
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It is very difficult to find a pair of wireless headphones.... unless you go to amazon where you can get a set of bluetooth headphones for all of $14
kemayo
120 days ago
Those aren't "wireless" in the same sense as the article is talking about, though. It's listing all the ones which are earbuds without any connection between them. The $14 bluetooth headphones I've seen on Amazon have all been connected to each other.
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samuel
126 days ago
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I love my AirPods. I mean dang I didn't think losing the cord was going to be that much of a big deal but I'm now able to listen to music and move about my office with ease.

And now I don't mind having them in my pocket at all times, which is handy when I want to tune out on the bus.
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lukeburrage
126 days ago
I got some BeatsX and I really dig them. The price and easy connectivity and good battery life have combined to make an almost perfect product.
joelowrance
126 days ago
How well do they stay in when you exercise or are active?
lukeburrage
126 days ago
AirPods or BeatsX? I had issues while juggling but sorted them: https://youtu.be/E7wxvpQSOq0
kemayo
120 days ago
It's weird -- I never realized how subtly limiting that faint drag from the headphone cord was. Now I've experienced life without it, I never want to go back.

Republican Senate Leadership Stops Elizabeth Warren From Reading a Letter From Coretta Scott King

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Jason Kottke:

Last night, during the Senate confirmation hearing of Senator Jefferson Beauregard “Jeff” Sessions III for Attorney General, Senator Elizabeth Warren attempted to read a letter that Coretta Scott King had written to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1986 opposing Sessions’ nomination for a federal judgeship (which he did not get).

Watch the video — it’s jarring.

I can’t help but feel this is backfiring on the Republicans. I’m seeing far more coverage of their preventing Warren from reading this letter — a letter from Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow! — than we would have seen if they’d simply allowed her to read it.

Every other Democratic senator should attempt to read King’s letter on Sessions. Make the Republicans own this.

See also: This collection of tweets by James Grimmelmann documenting the pro-slavery origins of Rule 19.

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joelowrance
162 days ago
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Wow, and on the same day she announced a new book. Amazing coincidence.
wmorrell
163 days ago
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Sharing for the "See also" link to a twitter thread describing the origins of Senate gag rule as the Slave Power throwing a tantrum over any talk of abolishing slavery.
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satadru
163 days ago
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The Rule 19 discussion is BS though. More here: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/02/08/elizabeth_warren_rule_19_and_white_supremacist_ben_tillman.html
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