Techerous

My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

December 5, 2013 10:02 pm
House of Representatives passes widely supported bill to fight patent trolls

From what I am reading this is an important first step.  Basically it makes it so that if you sue somebody for infringement, you better be damn sure you have a case.  However I do think that if we truly want to revive an environment where patents actually encourage innovation it requires an overall of how patents actually work.  Most, if not all, patent law was written years before the internet and other key aspects of the modern environment existed.  The 30 year time period and some types of innovations protected are no longer relevant.

January 23, 2013 12:00 am
"In this sense, the decision to mothball the tech would be a violation of the developers’ ethical principles. But the argument is about more than whether putting the tech back in the hands of the public is the right thing to do. “The biggest issue we saw with all of the commercial election software we used was that it’s only updated every four years,” says Ryan. It was these outdated options that convinced team Obama to build all the campaign tech in-house. If the code OFA built was put on ice at the DNC until 2016, it would become effectively worthless. “None of that will be useful in four years, technology moves too fast,” said Ryan. “But if our work was open and people were forking it and improving it all the time, then it keeps up with changes as we go.”"
December 13, 2012 11:34 pm November 18, 2012 12:57 pm

Just watched a quarter of an episode of the new Silicon Valley reality show on Bravo

Maybe it’s because it’s about a subject I’m somewhat familiar with, but it might be the most appalling thing I’ve seen from reality television.  Hundreds of companies trying to revolutionize hardware, finance, communication and much more but let’s follow 2 companies trying to help people lose weight.

November 11, 2012 11:07 pm October 1, 2012 9:10 pm July 3, 2012 10:40 pm
Technology - Bill Davidow - What Happened to Silicon Values? - The Atlantic

Excellent points, however I think the author misses one major component of the issue, and that is that in a lot of cases consumers aren’t technically customers. Sure Facebook and Google have to keep us happy to an extent, but ultimately the money is being made elsewhere. Unlike the tendency of others commenting on this dilemma I don’t see this as a definite threat, but it certainly creates incentives that could make decisions that are harmful to the single person enticing. It is still wrong for business practices to exploit and abuse the consumer, but what these businesses do has changed and that has played a major role in the shift in mindset.

June 14, 2012 12:09 pm
"The reason people don’t want to be in Silicon Valley is because while it’s awesome for the tech community, (and) is so deep in terms of people thinking about technology, that’s all there is, right? You don’t have the fashion industry, or the media industry, or even finance. Those things make it so you get this variety of experience in New York that’s kind of lacking in Silicon Valley."

Facebook exec tells the truth: New York City bests Silicon Valley (NY Daily News)

As cool an area as silicon valley has seemed to me I have always felt there’s no way it has NY’s diversity

May 24, 2012 1:26 pm
Facebook IPO Post Mortem – Killer – but not for the reasons you think ! « blog maverick

Mark Cuban may be a self-absorbed jerk, but the man certainly understands what he is doing. For me, the key issue he listed was number 4.

Mobile is going to crush Facebook. The logic for Facebook’s price decline is that they have a problem in mobile. They can’t offer all the games they can in a browser. They can’t offer the same ads or branding opportunities. All true.

From the Wall Street Journal : ‘As more people gravitate to smartphones and tablets, they’re increasingly forgoing the desktop to the access the Web. Between 2008 and 2011, the percentage of U.S. adults who accessed the Internet from PCs daily grew to 62% from 54%. In the same period, the percentage of daily mobile Internet users rocketed to 26% from 4%, according to Forrester Research.

‘People see this modality of consumption shifting from the PC to mobile,’ said Matt Murphy, a venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. ‘On top of that, mobile feels like it’s much more the kind of wide open that anybody can win kind of arena.’

All true as well.

However the same is absolutely true for every ad driven internet site. They face limitations in what they can offer on mobile vs what they can offer through a PC brower. Look at the Google search results on mobile. No where near the number of results. Thats fewer click and CPM opportunities and ZERO display ad opportunities. Of course Google has Android, but that still isn’t generating much , if any revenue for them and it isnt currently designed to.

And then lets not forget Youtube. Everyone is supposed to be dumping TV and heading to video right ? Well how can that be if most online consumption is headed to mobile ? With so few mobile users having unlimited data plans, and that number most likely declining, then what is Youtube going to do when users start complaining and going nuts over the fact that they are having to pay for the data they use to watch Youtube mobile ads ? How many youtube ads have you seen on a mobile device lately ?

Which leads to a much broader question. Just what percentage of PC Online usage will mobile displace ? Is it feasible that people will ‘cut the broadband cord’ and live exclusively off of their mobile internet access ? Why not use your mobile as an in home hotspot rather than paying for 2 internet connections ? If you avoid streaming video and downloads its easy to stay within your caps. Do you know anyone that has cut their broadband access to go exclusively mobile internet ?

Bottom line, if you think mobile will displace online usage from PCs then you should immediately short Google and other ad plays and buy TV stations and networks. If you can’t buy an ad effectively on mobile and no one is using a PC to connect to the internet any more, then the only way to reach an audience is going to be via good old tv. And all that over the top video noise, forgettabout it.

I wonder what Netflix thinks about mobile vs pc online consumption ?”

May 20, 2012 12:21 am
Mark Zuckerberg Surprises Party Guests with New Marriage

Whether he “stole” the idea for Facebook might be debatable but come on, Zuck totally ripped off “Parks and Recreation” on this one.