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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
53 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
53 days ago
Honest question: what's the normalized injury/ death toll for passenger cars vs. public transit per person-mile?
wmf
53 days ago
I think "not being injured" is a pretty low bar.
adrianlafond
53 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
53 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
52 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
51 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
54 days ago
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remember when Gruber wrote about tech with the occasional political post and not the other way around?
briandhowell
54 days ago
Perhaps it's time to start another blog, eh John?
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the7roy
53 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
96 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
90 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
96 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
96 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
96 days ago
How well do they stay in when you exercise or are active?
lukeburrage
96 days ago
AirPods or BeatsX? I had issues while juggling but sorted them: https://youtu.be/E7wxvpQSOq0
kemayo
90 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
132 days ago
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Wow, and on the same day she announced a new book. Amazing coincidence.
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satadru
133 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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wmorrell
133 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.

Ev Williams Announces Layoffs at Medium

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Ev Williams, announcing that Medium is laying off a third of its employees and somehow changing its approach to making money:

Upon further reflection, it’s clear that the broken system is ad-driven media on the internet. It simply doesn’t serve people. In fact, it’s not designed to. The vast majority of articles, videos, and other “content” we all consume on a daily basis is paid for — directly or indirectly — by corporations who are funding it in order to advance their goals. And it is measured, amplified, and rewarded based on its ability to do that. Period. As a result, we get…well, what we get. And it’s getting worse.

That’s a big part of why we are making this change today.

We decided we needed to take a different — and bolder — approach to this problem. We believe people who write and share ideas should be rewarded on their ability to enlighten and inform, not simply their ability to attract a few seconds of attention. We believe there are millions of thinking people who want to deepen their understanding of the world and are dissatisfied with what they get from traditional news and their social feeds. We believe that a better system — one that serves people — is possible. In fact, it’s imperative.

Sounds good, but with no details as to what this “different — and bolder — approach” is, it’s hard to judge.

I also don’t think the problem is “ad-driven media on the internet” in general, but rather, the specific ways most ad-driven media on the internet work — and have worked, ever since the first banner ad in 1994. Measuring clicks and page views inevitably leads to clickbait. Instead, measure attention. There’s no way to cheat that other than by producing content that is worthy of attention.

Sidenote: Does anyone actually like those “highlights from other users” on Medium? I find them distracting and gross, and the more popular an article is, the more of them I see (and the more nonsensical some of them are).

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joelowrance
168 days ago
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Medium: Neither rare nor well done.
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Photoshop Experts Revisit Photoshop 1.0

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I remember all of this. Even the ancient convention of putting the app’s version number in its file name. Great nostalgia. (Via Faruk Ateş.)

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