Its Saturday morning, and that means its time for some longer form reads to keep you busy over the weekend:

Paul Volcker: What the New President Should Consider (NY Review of Books)
Luck and Skill Untangled: Q&A with Michael Mauboussin (Wired)
• The Vine Nerds (Wired)
• Microsoft has failed (Semi Accurate) see also Windows 8 Sales Well Below Projections, Plenty of Blame to Go Around (Thurott)
• The Hazards of Growing Up Painlessly (NYT)
• When Congress Busted Milton Friedman and Libertarianism Was Created By Big Business Lobbyists (NSFW Corp)
• BEST. REVIEW. EVER. As Not Seen on TV Restaurant Review: Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square (NYT) see also Guy Fieri’s Most Disgusting Food is Not Even at His Times Square Restaurant (Gawker)
• Engineers’ Warnings in 2009 Detailed Storm Surge Threat to the Region (NYT)
• Stray penises and politicos (David Simon)
• The Great Campaign Polling Conspiracy (Bloomberg) see also How Conservative Media Lost to the MSM and Failed the Rank and File (The Atlantic)

What are you doing this weekend?

Brett Arends: Why Microsoft Beats Apple

Source: WSJ

Category: Financial Press

Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor implied. If you could repeat previously discredited memes or steer the conversation into irrelevant, off topic discussions, it would be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous.

15 Responses to “10 Weekend Reads”

  1. PeterR says:

    Diners, Drive-ins, and DISS! Great reviews.

    Hubris usually precedes a fall.

    Apple is a buy here, or will the next support around 420 be tested? [see last page at link above]

  2. ilsm says:


    I hope Petraeus, or whoever is awake at CIA had the decency to get theBenghazi insiders to a safe house in Norway before he opened his mouth to the teapublican wicth trial in the senate.

    As I saw a clip of Petraeus telling the Mc Cain-Mc Connel-Ayotte witch trail black robes about him knowing it was a ‘terror attack from the get go’ I recalled a similar CIA debacle trial in congress35 years ago where a regional CIA Human intelligence organization was laid out in congress for the KGB to go and kill.

    Compared to Mc Cain-Mc Connel-Ayotte Joe Mc Carthy was a choir boy.

  3. tradertim says:

    Barry, we all understand you are not a fan of Milton Friedman. But to put forth this “takedown” of him is pretty weak in my opinion. What’s next for the author, a haymaker to the jaw of Alexis de Tocqueville for saying something so crazy 200 years ago as “The American republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”

    We have all learned that every economist has some beliefs we strongly disagree with. You think Friedman is WAY off base with his thoughts on laissez faire and what can happen in terms of regulation. Point well taken. But after watching the Fed for the last 15 years or so and seeing what they have done in terms of jerking around interest rates and money supply, is he so wacked out crazy to have suggested a steady money supply might not be a bad thing?

    I think that our economy has yet to deal with the most devastating effect from the Fed’s lack of restraint. That is the surgical removal of the phrase “business cycle” from our lexicon. Oh, that’s unless all of those economist’s who taught us about that phenomenon were on the take too.

    Have a great weekend!


    BR: Are you questioning the underling facts of this accusation, or just disappointed that your boy was just another corrupt corporate wanker? If its the former, please include a link. If its the latter, sorry your heroes are made of clay . . .

  4. Mike in Nola says:

    Lots of juicy talk about Sinofsky on the best MSFT oriented podcast. It seems he was as well-liked as Forstall, only not as much:

    See also,

    Actually, is pretty agnostic with podcasts on a wide range of tech subjects. You should look around.

    Thurrott is being widely quoted because of his headline by the MSFT haters in a sort of confirmation bias, but he’s always had no trouble criticizing MSFT and this is just another article. He’s one of the more credible MSFT observers. Somehow they don’t quote him when he criticizes Apple products or makes fun of Mossberg’s Jobs-worship. As he says in the podcast, he is actually not saying Win8 is a failure, only pointing out the warts. It’s only been out a month or so. And even the much maligned Vista sold hundreds of millions of copies.

    BTW, where’s the Apple start button.

  5. overanout says:

    The idea that right wing media gets it wrong is not new nor does the fact that Fox News has a heavy bias make the MSM a center for objective reporting and a great source of unbiased news. The run up to the Iraq War and the NYT role in playing up the idea that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction should make anybody that pretends that MSM is unbiased and doesn’t have an agenda reflect on the number of Americans killed and wounded in the conflict along with significant number of Iraq citizens. The general tenor of media coverage today finds terrorism plots behind every rock throwing demonstration beyond our borders and ask few if any questions about who and why drones are killing. Nor has anybody discussed at length the media hype regarding the Tech and housing bubbles that has cost millions of average citizens there life savings and now its all about debt and how the fiscal cliff will destroy our life. Please no more talk about the wonderful and unbiased MSM.


    BR: The irony is that the bias of the NYT during the run up to the Iraq war was Right wing/NeoCon, not Left leaning. As to the impact of MSM in general, that was taken care of here: LOSE THE NEWS.

  6. RW says:

    AAM at notes that the rise in Hurricane Sandy related unemployment appears to be comparable to that caused by Katrina.

    Think I’ll work some of those weekend reading links now.

    PS: de Tocqueville almost certainly did not say, “[T]he American republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money” so no iconoclasm is necessary. Those familiar with de Tocqueville’s philosophy and writing style will smell a rat immediately but a 35-second glance at Wikiquote reveals that the earliest known occurrence of the phrase is an unsourced attribution to Alexander Fraser Tytler in “This is the Hard Core of Freedom” by Elmer T. Peterson in The Daily Oklahoman (9 December 1951). Just another example of an urban legend making its way into the intertubes where it takes on its own pseudolife.

  7. Conan says:

    So Milton Friedman took money to write a paper for a Libertarian review. WOW, how many people take money to do a project? What Professor doesn’t have a sponsor. I’m not saying this to negate Barry’s point, but I would like to say that this happens with many “Heroes” of both the right and the left and the rich have influence to get their message out in many ways.

    Take for example George Soros. Convicted felon of insider trading who’s conviction was upheld by the French Supreme Court. Author of at least 3 books on Finance. Sponsor of many “Charities”, close to our current President.

    However both Friedman and Soros were very success individuals, is there nothing to learn? Or do we just need to impinge their character? Kind of reminds me of our last election, all about attackes and personifies, who can we demonize.

    My advice is read for yourself, test what is being said, forget about personalities and see what works for you. There are two kinds of example, GOOD & BAD, you can learn and prosper from both. Some ideas work under some conditions, some work as a general rule and some just are a theory that doesn’t work in the real world.

    I have read work from both men and learned from it. Do I admire them for their personal habits, NO. but that wasn’t the point of studying what they wrote. Many people who have written thoughts worth readying weren’t saints nor role models of person character. So do we just become Puritanical and throw out anything they say? There is nothing to learn nor debate?

  8. James Cameron says:

    > Brett Arends: Why Microsoft Beats Apple
    > Microsoft has failed

    Personally, I think it’s pure folly to write Microsoft’s obituary . . . these were a dime a dozen a decade ago for Apple . . . I suppose we’ll have to stay tuned . . .

  9. James Cameron says:

    Luckily for Google their primary business isn’t selling phones, because their new LG Nexus 4 phone sold out within hours or even minutes in the US/UK depending on the source, and late comers have been left deeply disappointed ever since:

    Gorgeous, low-cost phone that is part of Google’s “Cheap Mobile Internet Everywhere” strategy:

  10. Jojo says:

    November 16, 2012
    Trying to Keep Your E-Mails Secret When the C.I.A. Chief Couldn’t

    If David H. Petraeus couldn’t keep his affair from prying eyes as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, then how is the average American to keep a secret?
    Beat the FBI: How to Send Anonymous Email Without Getting Caught
    by Ben Weitzenkorn, Staff Writer, Security, TechNewsDaily
    November 16 2012 06:00 AM ET

    Ahhh, the anonymizing effects of the Internet. From where you sit, I’m little more than a byline and a couple of hundred black words on a white field. It’s a fact, or fiction, that gives many Internetusers solace.

    But as some people have recently learned in very real and damaging ways, online anonymity is not a guarantee.

    Just ask Violentacrez, the Reddit moderator who posted and hosted risqué pictures of women taken without their consent, and whose name was exposed as Michael Brutsch.

    Ask CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus and his biographer Paula Broadwell, who used the tried-and-failed technique of leaving communiqués in the draft folders of email accounts.

    Ask the members of the hacktivist movement Anonymous, whose leaders have been outed, arrested and convicted due to their supposedly untraceable online activities.

    If anything, the Internet has made the world a less anonymous place. There are more details about more people available from more places than there have ever been. And we all throw it up there willingly.

    But that doesn’t mean anonymity is impossible. In fact, sometimes it’s necessary.

  11. ilsm says:


    de Tocqueville came to America with an 1831 grant from the French government to study prisons here.

    His alleged quotes are standard fare for libertarians (and freestaters), likely fostered by the efforts which involved Milton Friedman which have been going on since 1946.

    More criticism could be heaped on Friedman for cherry picking data etc.

  12. formerlawyer says:

    Wow. No reason bus just wow.

    Speaking of animations here is a collection. WARNING: This collection includes an animation of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

    There is more than one way to skin a cat… or Facebook.

  13. Bob A says:

    Oh shut up, Mitt! You’re a bad loser and a worse liar

  14. leeward says:

    a brand new Repub take on copyright thinking…here’s a Tech Dirt post summarizing the proposal (you can follow the links for the longer doc)

    This will start a good conversation that is bound to get loud too…