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The NYS insurance exchange is good

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The NYS insurance exchange is good:

Here’s a screen shot of the criteria you can use to filter out policies. I played with it quite a bit and learned a lot about insurance that I didn’t know before. I didn’t make a decision right now, I want to read some more, and think. But I was overall quite pleased with the process. Now maybe there are still more glitches to come, so I’ll have to let you know.

But one thing’s for sure — it’s been a long time since the insurance industry thought I was a useful customer. They control the health care market in this country, and health care is important. The experience here, though it had its glitches, made me feel welcome. If this is what it took to straighten things out, then I’m all for it.

[Progress. I wonder how much better this all could have been if the Feds had built an API instead of site and let the rest of the universe build sites....]

Source: Scripting News

Written by Daniel

November 5, 2013 at 11:04 am

Posted in news, tech

Intel Is Under New Management – And It Shows

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Intel Is Under New Management – And It Shows:

That Otellini found the inner calm to publicly admit his mistake — in an article that would be published on his last day as CEO, no less — is a testament to his character. More important, Otellini’s admission unburdened his successor, Brian Krzanich, freeing him to steer the company in a new direction.

And Krzanich is doing just that.

[In business that's one earmark of leadership.]

Source: Monday Note

Written by Daniel

November 4, 2013 at 8:39 am

Posted in news, tech

J.D. Power’s suddenly Samsung-friendly tablet numbers

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→ J.D. Power’s suddenly Samsung-friendly tablet numbers:

The more likely story is that J.D. Power tweaked the survey’s scope to get the result they wanted to publish. By restricting the survey to certain models, price ranges, and survey respondents, and then denying that their published comparison chart has any mathematical relation to the scores, they can justify almost any manufacturer “winning”.

Why might they want to say that Samsung’s tablets are better than Apple’s?

Samsung spends a ton of money on marketing — far more than Apple — and frequently employs unethical marketing techniques. Apple isn’t known to play ball very well with the enterprise analyst or market-research rackets, which often implicitly require companies to pay for their high-end services in order for them to recommend the companies’ products. And publishing a conclusion like this gets J.D. Power a lot of attention in a market that the internet is constantly making less relevant.

With even their apparently arbitrary chart denying their conclusion and the numbers not making much sense, it’s at best a desperate stretch. They’re not even good at this game.

[And more yuck, from the "who can you trust?" dept.]

Source: Marco.org

Written by Daniel

November 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Posted in news, tech

More on the “War”

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★ Rockstar, Patent-Holding Firm Partially Owned by Apple and Microsoft, Sues Google and Android Handset Makers:

If you want to argue that the whole patent system stinks, and that all of these tech giants are abusing it, I agree. But if you want to argue that Apple and Microsoft are in the wrong, and poor Google and their Android partners are victims of one-sided abuse, I’m going to have to disagree. If there’s a difference between Apple/Microsoft and Google in this war, it’s not over nobility, but rather over how well each side has played the game. It’s looking more and more like Google made a strategic blunder, underbidding for the Nortel patents and then subsequently overpaying for Motorola Mobility.

[Snip -ed]

The difference between Lodsys and Rockstar is that Lodsys is a bully, suing small (and in some cases, downright tiny) companies that lack the financial wherewithal to fight back. And in fact, when Lodsys’s targets do fight back, Lodsys runs away — settling for nothing in order to avoid a trial. Rockstar may be a patent troll, but they’re a patent troll that at least is picking on someone its own size.

[It is an incredible mess. So is it fighting fire with fire? Or worse? Or better?]

Source: Daring Fireball

Written by Daniel

November 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Posted in news, tech

Thermonuclear War

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Thermonuclear War:

I’ve said this multiple times in the past, and I’ll say it again: I don’t like this game. Rockstar looks, smells, and now acts like countless NPE’s that have done more harm than good — namely Lodsys, which has been aggressively harassing Apple’s own ecosystem. It’s extremely disappointing to see Apple facilitate this kind of behavior. At the same time, the missed Nortel auction and dubious Motorola purchase look as awful a strategic blunder as ever for Google. They kept their head in the sand for too long.

[Agreed.]

Source: Apple Outsider

Written by Daniel

November 1, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Posted in news, tech

Doesn’t know “quit”.

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Where Jeter and Yanks Go From Here:

I don’t think you think about the end of anything. Our job is to be ready to play; it’s always been that way.

[Nor should he. I know it's a mess for the Yankees, but they'll figure out. They're not sentimental and they'll do what they need to. But Jeter's perspective is right on. There's no quit in him.]

Written by Daniel

September 12, 2013 at 9:05 am

Posted in advocacy, news

The Red Lantern

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The Red Lantern:

Natural talent is rewarded early and often. As Malcolm Gladwell has pointed out, most of the players in the NHL have birthdays in a three month window, because when you’re 8 years old, being six months older is a huge advantage. Those kids, the skaters with good astrological signs, or possibly those performers with the genetic singing advantage–those are the kids that get the coaching and the applause and the playing time. Unearned advantages, multiplied.

If we’re serious about building the habits of success, tracking is precisely the wrong approach. Talent (born with or born without) is not your fault, is not a choice, is not something we ought to give you much credit or blame for.

How do we celebrate the Red Lantern winners instead?

[It seems like the Red Lantern of the Iditarod is sourced from the Lanterne rouge of the Tour de France, which in turn borrowed it from the rail system where the last car was marked with a red lantern so that the conductors could ensure that the train was complete. That said, Seth is right on. ]

Source: Seth’s Blog

Written by Daniel

September 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Posted in education, news

What the next CEO of MS might say

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What the next CEO of MS might say:

Here’s the deal. As a company, we’re in a bit of a pickle. Because of policies and decisions that made sense in 1995 being clung to as though we were carved in stone, we are now thought of as a company that hasn’t innovated, or really, done a damned thing right since the Xbox, and I have to say, the people saying that aren’t wrong. However, that’s our fault, not the naysayers. Yes, I know, haters gonna hate, but when that many people are saying something’s kinda screwy, you don’t have to slavishly do what they say, but you should allow for the fact they’re at least not completely wrong.

[If only...]

Source: bynkii.com

Written by Daniel

August 29, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Posted in news, tech

ē If Steve Ballmer Ran Apple

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ē If Steve Ballmer Ran Apple:

See, if Steve Ballmer were the CEO, Apple would make more money, but they would slowly but surely become irrelevant. Just like Microsoft.

[Fascinating analysis.]

Source: Feed: stratēchery by Ben Thompson

Written by Daniel

August 26, 2013 at 8:13 am

Posted in news

Slow Bicycle Movement Wins Fans

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Slow Bicycle Movement Wins Fans – WSJ.com:

In 2011, she launched the Slow Bicycle Society on the Eastern Shore, an Alabama club with 100 members and a mission statement: “No Spandex needed!” In Tennessee, the Murfreesboro Slow Ride Cyclists, which formed two months ago, calls itself “a never-get-left-behind fun bicycling group” with “baskets encouraged.”

“We’re mostly focused on ringing our bells and waving at kids and just cruising around and chatting with the person closest to you in line,” says Sarah Murray, a 40-year-old manager for the city of Chicago who founded the Slow Bicycle Society in Chicago in 2009 and has watched membership grow to 300 from 15 people. She rides a three-speed upright.

[I never understand the issue that surrounds spandex. Why the hatred? No one forces anyone to wear it and why care if someone else does? Also, why do you have to be either/or? Sometimes I like to ride slowly and be social, other times I like to ride as hard and fast as I can. Why does society always as me to choose? I refuse.]

via Dave

Written by Daniel

August 26, 2013 at 7:48 am

Posted in commentary, cycling, news

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