“Research In Motion (RIM) is extremely excited about the opportunities available with the new BlackBerry® Tablet OS and its corresponding application platform. Building on the incredible power of the QNX operating system that’s uniquely suited for mobile, the BlackBerry Tablet OS will lay the foundation for the future while preserving the key investments that have made the BlackBerry platform so successful.”—
It’s like The Onion wrote an article satirizing corporate-speak, except RIM is serious.
The Valley used to be a place run by scientists and engineers, people like Robert Noyce, the Ph.D. physicist who helped invent the integrated circuit and cofounded Intel. The Valley, in those days, was focused on hard science and making things. At first there were semiconductors, which is how Silicon Valley got its name; then came computers and software. But now the Valley has become a casino, a place where smart kids arrive hoping to make an easy fortune building companies that seem, if not pointless, at least not as serious as, say, old-guard companies like HP, Intel, Cisco, and Apple.
The overall premise of this article is worth thinking about, but I find the notion that Facebook and Twitter offer no lasting value incredibly short-sighted and sour grapes-y. (And, honestly, I would expect a little better from Daniel Lyons.) Facebook’s worth, frankly, is debatable as it gradually transforms from social network to ad network — Zuckerberg’s motivations seem pretty transparent at this point — but while the motivations may be questionable, the innovations of all three of the companies mentioned here (Zynga being the third) are far from “silly.”
(Just noticed this is also on Hacker News and — amazingly — the comments there are worth reading, too.)
I find it ironic that they interviewed Nathan Myhrvold for this piece, considering that the guy is a huge patent troll and is actively sucking the innovation out of Silicon Valley.
“Anyone who told me that there is an invisible space wizard controlling the entire universe, and that this was self-evident, would be an idiot. I would dismiss this person’s opinions without listening to another word that person said. As those opinions are based on the Axiom of being fucking retarded.”—rasputine comments
“We must be the better person. We must be bigger than our problems. Bigger than the times in which we live. Burning the Koran is like burning the flag or the Bible. You can do it, but whose heart will you change by doing it? You will only harden the hearts of those who could be moved. None of those who are thinking about killing us will be affected, but our good Muslim friends and neighbors will be saddened. It makes the battle that they face inside their own communities even harder.”—
That quote does sound pretty good, but you left out this quote from earlier in the post.
It’s just like the Ground Zero mosque plan.
Right, Glen. Because an act designed to incense religious fundamentalists in countries that we are currently at war with is “just like” building a YMMA (YMCA, but with a mosque) next to a titty bar and a McDonalds.
I don’t know if any of you are going to be here, but if you are: I just walked in on Stephanie feeding herself homemade potato salad with a huge wooden spoon, doing pelvic thrusts and saying things like, “OH YEAH!”, while bits of potato fell out of her mouth.
You may choose to avoid it, but let me tell you one thing: it was pretty fucking good potato salad.