Archive for March, 2010

Plants vs Zombies Music Video

Ok, sometimes I’m late finding things on the web (especially on Youtube), but this music is so fun I have to share. The Plant vs Zombies game is really a great game as well, for those of you with iPhones/iPod Touches (I’ve never played the computer version).

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Now, far be it for me to try to tell big corporation what to do.  I’m just a blogger.

Yet, it just make so much sense it’s ridiculous.  Palm is down to $4 per share, and a current market cap of 600 million.  It sports a powerful patent portfolio as the first mover on portable touchscreen technology, such that Apple has yet to challenge, even though Apple seems to be willing to go after (relative) smartphone newcomer and probably patent starved HTC.

Palm tried to hack the iTunes syncing, boldly including pinch-and-zoom and Apple did some saber rattling but didn’t file the lawsuit.  Apple’s action, or lack thereof, proves to me that Palm’s patent portfolio is rather imposing.  The truth in the technology world is that true all out patent wars are dangerous to both companies involved.  There is invariably patents that are overly broad and open to interpretation, and the patents are far more valuable as they are rather, threats, rather than if they become concretely interpreted in a courtroom.   So why is a $200 BILLION dollar company like Apple afraid of a 0.6 billion dollar company?  Because Apple has made so much money off of touchscreen technology that a judgment not in their favor can literally mean billions of dollars in fines, as well as court orders that can cripple many billions of dollars of possible future revenue.  It is just not worth it.

So what about Google?  Well that armor of old patents, will allow Google to innovate freely and add features to Android without fear of lawsuit, like the reluctance to pinch-and-zoom that has gone for far too long.  There are also so real smart engineers over Palm that can probably help improve on the platform.  WebOS will die, but will live on in another version.  The ideas are innovative, and the OS is probably still the best out there, it just needs real muscle behind it.

BTW, it makes a lot of sense for Apple to buy Palm as well.  Unfortunately I’m a little more scared of Apple trying to kill all innovative competitors with lawsuits, just like they have started to do with HTC.

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I’m honestly finding television harder and harder to watch.  Still, even on CNN nobody bothers to argue over the claim that Americans have “overwhelmingly rejected” the bill.  It seems that unsubstantiated claims are just the norm.

In the later phase of the health care debate, the argument most often heard from Republicans has been this: The American people have rejected this bill; we are only their messengers.The verb “rejected” is often amplified with words such as “overwhelmingly” or “resoundingly” or “again and again.”How can President Obama and his Democratic Congress possibly move a piece of social change legislation comparable to Social Security or Medicare without the support of the American people?

via Just How Unpopular Is The Health Care Bill? – Watching Washington Blog : NPR.

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Sometimes you get an article that is simply refreshing.  The problem with most political economic debate is that it is being done by amateurs to an audience that has no idea what is being discussed.  It is far easier to simply give the mantra “private competition is better!” without actually looking to see if that’s true.

Newsweek published an article by Clayton Christensen, Professor at HBS, which actually lays out some of these misconceptions.  (BTW, Newsweek website actually stinks at finding articles, I found it much easier to find the article, after getting an excerpt forwarded to me by email, by using Google News.  kinda sad).

Those who debate insurance reform in Washington and pit public against privately funded care are framing the problem incorrectly. Here’s a better way to think about it: Economists are wrong in asserting that competition controls costs. Most often innovation and competition drive prices up, not down, because bringing better, higher-priced products to market is more profitable. Hospital-vs.-hospital competition causes providers to expand their scope and offer more premium-priced services. Equipment suppliers boost the capability and cost of their machines and devices. Drugmakers develop products that bring the highest prices. It’s because we have such competition, not because we lack it, that health costs are rising by 10% a year.

The type of competition that brings prices down is disruptive innovation. Disruption in health care entails moving the simplest procedures now performed in expensive hospitals to outpatient clinics, retail clinics, and patients’ homes. Costs will drop as more of the tasks performed only by doctors shift to nurses and physicians’ assistants. Hoping that our hospitals and doctors will become cheap won’t make health care more affordable and accessible, but a move toward lower-cost venues and lower-cost caregivers will.

via Health Care: The Simple Solution – BusinessWeek.

Complete article copied, in link below, in case it gets deleted or paywalled:


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