March 30, 2015

Tim Cook stands against “religious freedom” laws

Apple CEO Tim Cook, in an opinion piece for The Washington Post:

America’s business community recognized a long time ago that discrimination, in all its forms, is bad for business. At Apple, we are in business to empower and enrich our customers’ lives. We strive to do business in a way that is just and fair. That’s why, on behalf of Apple, I’m standing up to oppose this new wave of legislation — wherever it emerges. I’m writing in the hopes that many more will join this movement. From North Carolina to Nevada, these bills under consideration truly will hurt jobs, growth and the economic vibrancy of parts of the country where a 21st-century economy was once welcomed with open arms.

Tim Cook has really hit his stride as CEO of Apple and as a leader of the community. It’s truly inspiring to see how he’s using his platform to advance society while running the most successful company in history.

Power from the water pipes

Lucid Energy, a Portland, Oregon based company, has implemented an ingenious way to harvest electricity from the city’s drinking water pipes with hydro-electric generators that were installed with no cost to the city.

KGW, a local news outlet, reports that the generators aren’t only making power, they’re also making money for the city to keep water costs in check. And if that wasn’t good enough, the system is friendlier to the environment than existing dam-based hydro-electric plants. Impressive.

March 26, 2015

March 25, 2015

Peak Cable

Cable has been one of my most expensive and least valued utilities for years, yet I still subscribe. If it weren’t for content that is best viewed in real-time, mostly sports, I’d be long gone.

Horace Dediu explores the cable business on Asymco:

Disruption theory suggests that once a product over-serves on meaningful bases of value creation (and underserves on value) it opens the door to disruption. Which leads me to ask not whether cable is past its prime but rather why it’s still around?