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Scott Galloway on Amazon and Whole Foods

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Scott Galloway:

Amazon / Whole Foods will be the fourth-largest grocer in the US, and will likely post growth rates no $10B+ retailer, sans Amazon, has registered. The Seattle firm will apply its operational chops and lower (zero) profit hurdle to the Whole Foods business model and bring prices (way) down. If you wish you could shop at Whole Foods more often, but it’s too expensive, your prayers have been answered. Whole Foods will become the grocery equivalent of a Mercedes for the price of a Toyota. Grocery has stuck their chin out (little innovation), and the entire sector is about to have its jaw shattered.

It’s a great piece. I disagree with him on this though:

Amazon will displace Apple as the top tech hardware innovator, with Alexa cementing itself as the gadget that defines the decade (post iPhone). Grocery / commerce via Alexa will create the utility that Alexa needs to [maintain its lead] over Google and Apple’s home / voice offerings as they try to play catch-up.

Alexa may well maintain its lead in the smart speaker market. It may even grow. Maybe HomePod will be a complete bust. But even if all of that happens, the smartphone will remain the dominant device in people’s lives. Something will eventually replace the phone, but smart speakers aren’t it.

Hardware just isn’t where Amazon is good.

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thepyrate
173 days ago
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Let's not forget that outside the bubble that is the North American continent, Alexa doesn't exist. I don't know anyone who could tell you what it is, let alone know anyone who either has one or is thinking of getting one.
Hobart, Tasmania
wtf
172 days ago
Well, out here in Brazil Amazon sells only books. It is very sad.
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tingham
173 days ago
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Excepting their less than stellar track record at making amazing hardware.
Cary, NC
jhamill
173 days ago
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"Hardware just isn't where Amazon is good." sounds an awful lot like, "PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They're not going to just walk in."
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arnabocean
173 days ago
No, not really. In the "PC guys" case, it wasn't that Apple was a *crap* PC maker; on the contrary, they were known to have a small but extremely loyal base of customers. No, the critique was simply that they couldn't enter a new market. In Amazon's case, it's not that they cannot enter a new market; sure they can. It's that their already in-market offerings have not been good at all.
invinciblegod
173 days ago
Well, this time there is past examples to refer to such as the disastrous Fire Phone.
jhamill
172 days ago
@arnabocean Kindle readers, Fire tablets, Fire TV's, Echo's, Echo Dots, all are really good hardware, both in new and existing markets.
jhamill
172 days ago
@invinciblegod you have to forget about the Fire Phone, one miss does not make a trend.
adamcole
145 days ago
I deal with a lot of Kindles and Fire tablets in my job as a public librarian helping people figure out their hardware, and I don't agree that these are really good pieces of hardware--they're serviceable but they're mediocre at best compared to other hardware I have to help folks figure out.

Link: ‘Fuck Facebook’

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John Gruber has some choice words for Facebook and their desire to wall off posts and force you into their service in order to read it comfortably. It’s actually worse than he knows since he doesn’t use Facebook.

My wife was trying to show me something a friend of hers had posted on Facebook. A cute shiba inu or guinea pigs jumping over CGI pits of fire or some political thing or something. She had seen it earlier in the day and wanted to share it with me and she knows the best way to do that is just show it to me on her phone because, while I do have a Facebook account, I’d rather cut my eyelids off and eat them than log into it.

But she couldn’t find it. She scrolled and scrolled and scrolled but Facebook’s shitty algorithmic timeline just kept showing her crap it wanted her to see instead of what she wanted to see.

So, not only can’t you access Facebook content from outside of Facebook, half the time you can’t access Facebook content from inside Facebook, either.


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thepyrate
195 days ago
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I have had the situation where I've seen some link I want to open but the next thing down looks interesting as well, I scroll down a bit, nah, I'll go back and open that link now, and the post that was literally RIGHT ABOVE the next post I scrolled to has disappeared. It's a mess and gets worse and worse to use as time goes on.
Hobart, Tasmania
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MotherHydra
189 days ago
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I wanna see #fuckfacebook turn into a thing.
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Spuzzy
195 days ago
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True story.

Can we put the 16GB “Pro” myth to rest?

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Obviously, this won’t put anything to rest as everyone’s mileage will vary but it’s an interesting article regardless.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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thepyrate
403 days ago
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I haver a Mac Pro with 32Gb of RAM, and the only time I've ever hit a ceiling (as in, your computer cannot continue to function) was importing a Library XML into FCP 10.3. We're talking a massive library here, 14,000 clips, a hundred sequences, hundreds of compound clips, hundreds of separate audio clips and stills. The first time I tried to import the XML my Mac Pro started paging, hit the 32Gb RAM limit and then a 32Gb paging file limit and then it was all over - had to quit apps to recover useable memory. FCPX was the only app running so I was stuck. Managed to get it to finish eventually, but that's the only time I've ever run out of memory with 32Gb, and that's a crazy outlying scenario. 16Gb doesn't allow for a lot of wiggle room, but chances are in day-to-day use as a pro I'd never even notice it.
Hobart, Tasmania
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Requiem for MagSafe

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If there’s one extra topic I wish David Phelan had asked Phil Schiller about regarding the new MacBook Pros in his aforelinked interview, it’s the absence of MagSafe. I see the advantages of having four universal ports, and I definitely see the advantages of being able to connect to a charger from either side. But man, MagSafe was such a good idea. Apple even made this great ad about it back in the “Get a Mac” campaign.

Why not put MagSafe on the charger, or on the cable somehow? It’s the one thing I truly miss on these new MacBook Pros.

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thepyrate
406 days ago
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Magsafe made sense when a MacBook Pro would last maybe two hours under load. These days who needs a power cord draped across their living room? It's fast becoming a relic. Give me four TB3 any day of the week.
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davelevy
406 days ago
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Seriously. This is the single biggest complaint and Griffin is addressing it, but only for MacBook. How hard would it have been to just do what Griffen did with a traditional mag safe connector to a piece that would go to USB C connector?
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gglockner
406 days ago
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Because Apple had the 'courage' to eliminate MagSafe?
Bellevue, WA

Gizmodo Reviews the Samsung Notebook 7 Spin

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Alex Kranz, writing for Gizmodo, wins the award for most presumptuous sentence of the week:

Apple take note, this is what people are actually looking for in a laptop under a thousand bucks.

It’s fascinating how many times MacBooks are mentioned in this review, and yet it doesn’t even mention that the industrial design is a complete rip of Apple’s. MacBooks are simply the standard all PC laptops are measured against.

My take on this Samsung laptop: it sounds like the thick heavy MacBook Pros from like five years ago. Any laptop thick enough for an Ethernet port is too thick.

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thepyrate
518 days ago
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"it’s also user upgradable. This instantly tags another two years onto the lifespan of the computer."

On what planet is that true? Two years on the life span of a computer if you can access the RAM and hard drive? What a load.

This isn't the laptop Apple should take notes from as the de facto desirable do-all college laptop, because that laptop is the MacBook Air, even with its low res TN display, because that bastard is light and goes all damn day. Also, for the laptop Apple should look up to, it sure seems to take a lot of design cues from older model MacBook Pros...
Hobart, Tasmania
glenn
517 days ago
Also they seem to gloss over that the thing weighs 5 pounds! My favourite was this at the bottom of their review: "It is not attractive unless you think soft touch plastic and fake silver finishes are hot, but hey, appearance isn’t everything you jackass".
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Chris ‘Moot’ Poole Joins Google

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Chris Poole, founder of 4chan:

I can’t wait to contribute my own experience from a dozen years of building online communities, and to begin the next chapter of my career at such an incredible company.

Of course the founder of 4chan wound up at Google.

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thepyrate
646 days ago
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So I'm seeing a lot of responses here from people who have obviously never used 4chan (or even seen the boards I'm guessing). Overmoderation was an actual issue and spawned the spinoff 8chan (infinite chan).
Hobart, Tasmania
wreichard
646 days ago
Goes back to Jobs' comments about Android being for scuzzy people?
thepyrate
646 days ago
But why is Moot scuzzy? Or is it just because he ruined 4chan with overmoderation and then left? Or is this one of this "SJW's say 4chan is evil and therefore it must be the scum of the earth" kind of things?
aranth
646 days ago
It really is as simple as 4chan = evil, google = evil, 4chan = google
sirshannon
646 days ago
Yes. He ruined 4chan with overmoderation. That has to be it!
fxer
646 days ago
The most common complaint I see in the national media about 4chan is "moot ruined it with overmoderation"
wreichard
645 days ago
I think it's just part of Apple's branding. It's always been a happy little iWorld bubble (which I have enjoyed from time to time). Apple stands against messiness and complexity of all kinds. Google is nothing if not messy and complicated, as are the chans. So I think that's the link.
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glenn
646 days ago
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Huh, I thought he would have wound up at Microsoft
Waterloo, Canada
martinbaum
646 days ago
Or wherever Kim Dotcom is hanging his hat these days.
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