A Blog by Jonathan Low


Mar 26, 2017

Intel's Plan To Reinvent Memory

The biggest question may be whether Intel still enjoys the respect - and has the clout - to shift the market to its new products. JL

Cade Metz reports in Wired:

The internet’s biggest companies need faster and cheaper ways of storing ever-larger amounts of data. As Google, Amazon, and Microsoft expand their cloud computing businesses, these internet giants will account for more and more of the worldwide hardware market. The new tech serves as a way for Intel to shift multiple markets in its favor.

Why Driverless Cars Won't Look Like Cars

Form follows function. JL

Dyani Sabin reports in Inverse:

Entertainment and connectivity seem to be the emphasis. They’re going to be trying to personalize the space: more exotic lighting patterns, the implementation of information from all your electronic sources, physical features like changing seating positions, since you’re not sitting in a vehicle that’s entirely about forward motion and speed. "I don’t think people are ever going to get out of cars until they’re given something they like more."

How Amazon and Reddit Are Challenging Twitter For Cred and Market Share

In the digital era, there is no such thing as sustainable competitive advantage. JL

Casey Newton reports in The Verge:
Twitter gather(ed) a set of valuable services. It became a place to share news, photos, private messages, and broadcasts meant for large audiences. That bundle provided the backbone against which Twitter sells advertising. The two most resilient aspects of Twitter have been its real-time, public broadcasts, and the network of celebrities, politicians, athletes, and journalists who use it as their primary tool for public discussions. Well funded companies are coming after those aspects of the service — and they may succeed.

Scraping By on $500,000 A Year

Cry me a river. JL

The Financial Samurai reports:

People who consistently earn $500,000+ annually should not have any financial problems. If they do, they aren’t getting sympathy since they’re making roughly 10X the median household income. A simple solution to growing rich is to simply track your finances online like how you’d track your weight by stepping on a scale at least once a week. But money can be intoxicatingly evil once the big bucks start rolling in.

China Sees A Bright Manufacturing Future - In the US

Yep, the US is increasingly looking like a pretty attractive low-cost manufacturing platform to a lot of enterprises, especially those in China.

Which says a lot about the declining state of wages, workplace protections, regulation and intellectual property - in the US. JL

Andrew Browne reports in the Wall Street Journal:

In China, wages are shooting up 15% each year. Taxes are high. Shipping is exorbitant, and slow. Although U.S. wages are still higher than those in China, the gap is narrowing. Industrial land in the U.S. is cheaper than in Chinese coastal cities. The shale-gas revolution has dramatically lowered U.S. energy costs. (And) technology is leveling the field. (US) job creating investment from China is booming . Last year, it tripled to $45.6 billion. 

Does Amazon's Alexa Have Free Speech Rights? Should It?

Amazon is trying to protect the rights to which it believes it is entitled by manufacturing and selling the Alexa system. The real issue for consumers is what rights they have - and what they are worth. JL 

Toni Massaro and colleagues report in Slate:

Alexa does not “think” or speak on her own; her actions are traceable to her programmers’ choices. So Amazon claims Alexa’s response to users is actually Amazon’s protected speech. For a human right, free speech is inattentive to the humanness of speakers. Alexa  might push courts to stop using the First Amendment to deregulate, and spend more time determining what harms are worth preventing and when human listeners have rights, too.

This Is Why People Leave Your Employ

Primarily because they don't think you give a damn. And by the time you're aware of the problem it may already be too late. JL

Josh Cincinnati reports in Quartz:

Employees will follow up with recruiters and other job offers if they’re even slightly angry, bored or dissatisfied. When employees leave because of their boss, it rarely comes from personality mismatches; it stems from a lack of confidence in marketability or leadership. Make sure your hiring process incorporates and heavily weighs cultural fit. If you're making a counteroffer, you've already lost.