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    Nicu 6:51 pm on June 16, 2014 - 1079 days ago

    “It turns out that Apple had all sorts of big surprises up its sleeve, and it kept a very straight face while a series of clowns began issuing their ignorant opinions about what they thought the A7 was.”

    “Apple was laying the foundation for a series of advances in secret while media pundits and financial analysts were collectively agreeing with each other that Apple was “no longer innovating” throughout most of 2013, just because those individuals weren’t aware of what was going on.”

    SOURCE:
    http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/06/16/inside-metal-how-apple-plans-to-unlock-the-secret-graphics-performance-the-a7-chip

     
    • JPWatkins

      JPWatkins 8:08 pm on June 17, 2014 1078 days ago

      I thought that was an interesting article too. A very Apple strategy.

    • JPWatkins

      JPWatkins 6:59 pm on June 20, 2014 1075 days ago

      When I saw the A7 was released, I knew there was more to it than we could all see. Then the WWDC introduced Metal and I knew that was important too, but was slow on the uptake. This article made it click for me. Apple is a company that really understands how to apply strategy and planning to yield advantageous, innovation that’s tough for competitors to match. A great example of how Apple leads the way and others just follow along, a few steps/years behind.

      • Zee

        Zee 7:34 pm on June 20, 2014 1075 days ago

        Re strategy. Like a sports club aiming for the playoffs that makes trades and acquisitions. I see TC with a map and then he plays the role of general manager, coach and quarterback rather than waste a lot of time and money buying up companies.

        Re the A7. You know they hired a guy that was from AMD. But before ending up at Apple the guy spent a month or so at Samsung.

  • Nicu 3:18 pm on June 2, 2014 - 1093 days ago

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    Based on common wisdom that there will be sell on the news later today as there is no new hardware announced (hey, talking heads at financial TV even recommend retail investors going into short term puts play), I am looking to get in on the cheap on short term call side bet. I have an open order for June 06 $650 C @ $1.5 that I will of course cancel at the start of the keynote if not executed.

     
    • Nicu

      Nicu 5:47 am on June 3, 2014 1092 days ago

      So, a non-event from the point of view of the stock. And Apple confirmed they are a just like a clock: not messing around with hardware at WWDC. To paraphrase MDN, this was a developer event, probably a shareholder meeting is as boring for the developers too!

      • Zee

        Zee 6:13 am on June 3, 2014 1092 days ago

        Yes but next Monday is sort of a non meeting shareholder meeting because the stock will be splitting. So that event might unite the interest and curiosity of shareholders and developers.

        During today’s events. Nothing impressed you? Swift?

        • Nicu

          Nicu 7:45 am on June 3, 2014 1092 days ago

          I was out to some friends’ place helping a bit with installing stuff in their new flat, I did not manage to follow the event. Even so, I was intrigued about the new language and I have downloaded the documentation and had an extremely quick look. The following days look so busy (both work and dinners in town etc.) that my input will arrive after the dust settles :(

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    Nicu 7:18 pm on May 30, 2014 - 1096 days ago

    http://www.spacex.com/webcast/

    Is there a cooler thing for a geek on a radius of 10^10 kilometres?

     
    • Zee

      Zee 9:02 pm on May 30, 2014 1096 days ago

      That’s an excellent question.

    • JPWatkins

      JPWatkins 7:47 pm on May 31, 2014 1095 days ago

      I’m partial to 10 million km ;-)

    • JPWatkins

      JPWatkins 8:07 pm on May 31, 2014 1095 days ago

      Wow that’s cool.
      He’s our current Steve Jobs.

    • JPWatkins

      JPWatkins 8:18 pm on May 31, 2014 1095 days ago

      By the way, whatever printed those engines, *that’s* the kind of 3-D printer I want in my shop!

      • Zee

        Zee 10:46 pm on May 31, 2014 1095 days ago

        If you had one. What would you do with it?

        • JPWatkins

          JPWatkins 3:54 am on June 1, 2014 1094 days ago

          Print new parts for my 1997 Saturn SW2, for one thing. Overkill, Iknow, but my AC compressor just died and parts are starting to become hard to find for my faithful beast (217,000 miles so far.)

        • JPWatkins

          JPWatkins 3:56 am on June 1, 2014 1094 days ago

          Printing my own rocket engine would be cool too. ;-)

      • Nicu

        Nicu 10:57 pm on May 31, 2014 1095 days ago

        JP, your shop may fit inside the printer, not the other way around!

        I doubt that the will offer it for sale at any price, let alone in open source … so that everybody could join Lucy (in the Sky with Diamonds)

        • Nicu

          Nicu 10:57 pm on May 31, 2014 1095 days ago

          the -> they

        • JPWatkins

          JPWatkins 5:22 pm on June 1, 2014 1094 days ago

          Nicu, I just like the idea that it can make rocket engines.
          Do you have a link to info on these printers? Just curious to see more on them.

          • Nicu

            Nicu 6:33 pm on June 1, 2014 1094 days ago

            Nothing more than what I have already shared. I wish I knew more but I’m ready to bet we won’t, anytime soon, anyway.

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    Nicu 8:21 pm on May 5, 2014 - 1121 days ago

    Too many great quotes so I won’t try to make a selection. It is a long, excellent article, so make room for it: take you preferred position, beverage, screen and a relaxed mood. Enjoy!

    SOURCE:
    http://www.vanityfair.com/business/2014/06/apple-samsung-smartphone-patent-war.print

     
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    Nicu 2:37 pm on May 2, 2014 - 1124 days ago

    “The jurors deciding the outcome of the second Apple vs Samsung trial haven’t yet returned a verdict, but their options are limited to a few possible outcomes, ranging from a fiery thermonuclear blast to a wintery new Dark Ages.”

    Probably a bit partisan, but I have found it well written.

    SOURCE:
    http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/05/02/jurys-verdict-in-apple-vs-samsung-case-threatens-far-reaching-consequences

     
    • Zee

      Zee 3:38 pm on May 2, 2014 1124 days ago

      I tink it’ll be favourable that’s my guess.

      Why they asked didn’t Jobs sue Google. Tech companies model, make and copy stuff along with share and give the tech away with it not necessarily intended for commercial use. Nor is it illegal to design, make or give away a weapon. What someone does with the weapon is another story. Wasn’t it Schmidt who contacted Samsung and said go easy or chill on the overt copying? Samsung used every form of guile imaginable to increase profits and fight legal blowback. That’s their corporate culture and strategy. No grey area there.

  • Nicu 5:55 am on May 2, 2014 - 1124 days ago

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    • conshmillo

      conshmillo 7:47 am on May 2, 2014 1124 days ago

      Looks like Sumer Kolcak behind it. :-) But yes, people are crazy. We often surround ourselves with intelligent people and start to assume that the whole world is like that. It ain’t.

  • Nicu 9:25 pm on April 22, 2014 - 1134 days ago

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    I have just realised tomorrow is the quarterly report. But I have planned a track day which obviously is more important (I had some Apr $535 calls expire worthless last week, missed several occasions to sell them above $20, even after the disastruous Q1 earnings report – next expire date for me is Jan ’15).

    If we cannot get to the track (long story, but non negligible probability), I will try to guess some numbers with a completely different and uninteresting algorithm (and probably much more accurate ;) ).

     
  • Nicu

    Nicu 2:10 pm on March 13, 2014 - 1174 days ago

    “Before leaving, Son proposed that Jobs put down the exclusivity agreement in writing, but at that point the iPhone project was still a secret. Jobs also reminded Son that he did not yet own a mobile phone carrier in Japan.”

    SOURCE:
    http://www.loopinsight.com/2014/03/13/softbank-ceo-how-i-got-steve-jobs-to-give-me-iphone-exclusivity-for-japan/

     
  • Nicu 2:04 pm on February 28, 2014 - 1187 days ago

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    I wonder where we are today: greed, delusion or new paradigm?

     
    • Nicu

      Nicu 2:04 pm on February 28, 2014 1187 days ago

      • Zee

        Zee 3:01 am on March 1, 2014 1186 days ago

        Thank you for posting that symbolic representation. Let’s consider it as less a chart or map and something else. What. I dunno what would be a good term. Now. Regarding the labels. Because the market is anticipatory, I would move the labels back one step on the red line. Gnoh. For example: where it says bear trap, that should be first sell off. And where it says bear trap, that should be media attention. That’s how I think and what I anticipate and imagine. And due to the incremental aspect of being at any point on the line, I think fractally. Plus. Where it says new paradigm: I think saturation point. Having mentioned map and mapping: I think it’s he ready to have a side margin with a legend showing your symbol code, with plot points marked revealing binary news behaviour because there’s an accumulatively additive process occurring. Why. Because these patterns and behaviours will manifest themselves again and again but w diff stocks. Gnoh. Yep. Me thinks so.

        • Zee

          Zee 3:06 am on March 1, 2014 1186 days ago

          Sp. err. “he ready”=necessary.

      • Zee

        Zee 3:30 am on March 1, 2014 1186 days ago

        Like I said before. I think when in the midst of it that it can be digested in the semiotic sense.

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    Nicu 1:24 pm on January 30, 2014 - 1216 days ago

    I think Vilo will appreciate footnote 2. from an Apple fan[atic] (J. Gruber).

    SOURCE:
    http://daringfireball.net/2014/01/special

     
    • conshmillo

      conshmillo 6:50 pm on January 30, 2014 1216 days ago

      Yup, I group it under one word: retarded. Not that there weren’t examples of skeumorphic design going horribly wrong like Remindes app. But my view is not only aesthetical but also marketing and psychological. iOS devices became extremely popular. That unique skeumorphic design was part of that look and people could immediately recognize who is originator of that look. All of those other metoos we trying to emulate it. People associated that look with Apple and they wanted it. Apple was leader who everyone wanted to be. Now with the new interface Apple willingly became emulator. Follower. Steve had many ideas that were ahead of time. Ive with his superflat design wanted to go back to 2008. Bad move imho. As for psychological, skeumorphic design gave people feeling like they are getting more. Cadillac has mahagony wood interior elements. It could be flat gray plastic. But fake mahagony wood that cost nothing makes you feel like you are in a Rolls Royce.

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