Watch John Oliver Deliver a Flawless Takedown of the Turmoil in Ferguson

Originally posted on TIME:

In what’s become a weekly occurrence, John Oliver provided a look at a the week’s top story with ample — and appropriate — measures of outrage and humor. The target of last night’s Last Week Tonight episode was the ongoing situation in Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

A few of Oliver’s best barbs:

  • “If the police wanted to distract everyone with a video that had absolutely nothing to do with Michael Brown’s shooting, they should have just released Ghostbusters instead. It’s exactly as relevant to everything that happened afterwards.”
  • “Here’s the thing the [Ferguson] mayor doesn’t understand: As a general rule, no one should ever be allowed to say, ‘There’s no history of racial tension here,’ because that sentence has never been true anywhere on earth.”
  • “If you are white in Ferguson, you’d need to be snorting cocaine…

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Reactions to the Microsoft earnings report

Here are my thoughts on a PC World article listing 5 major revelations hidden in Microsoft’s earnings report.
  1. Yes, there was a Surface Mini …was being the operative word in that sentence. However the device was cancelled, whether that was decided by Microsoft CEO Satya Nacelle or by committee, it was definitely the right choice. Not only have Microsoft partners threatened to mutiny over competing directly with Surface products, but the line between phone, phablet, and small tablet has begun to blur.  This is creating segment wide slow downs in the small tablet market.  
  2. Yes, Microsoft sells more hardware than one would think.  Between Xbox One (who despite struggling sales, did in fact see an increase in sales last quarter, probably due to the uncoupling of the Kinect system from the console) and the fact that the Surface Pro 3′s faster sales rate than previous model, Microsoft also old more phones than Apple last quarter.  Who knew?
  3. The One Windows concept of creating a central version of Windows instead of a Windows 8 product alongside a Windows RT and a Windows Phone is apparently progressing nicely.  It will be crucial to Surface RT/2 users (like myself) to continue to have Microsoft support of our OS once this transition is complete.
  4. The PC Market is still looking pretty bleak.  Yes, Microsoft has had an 11% increase in revenue from Windows last quarter, but at least some of that has to be related to consumers, mostly businesses, finally upgrading from Windows XP.  If that increase is in fact temporary, this segment may continue to decline.
  5. Microsoft Office’s future is looking pretty bright.  Between Office 365 subscriptions and Office for iPad, Microsoft added 1 million Office 365 Home Premium subscribers.  Despite available alternatives, Microsoft has said that the feature rich subscription based Office program has been it’s fastest-growing business ever!  Not too shabby!

Ramesh Ponnuru: Stopping …

Ramesh Ponnuru: Stopping the Next Mentally Ill Killer
By Ramesh Ponnuru | Bloomberg | Bloomberg – Thu May 15 04:15:00 UTC 2014
Representatives Tim Murphy and Ron Barber both have reasons for wanting Congress to address mental-health issues. Murphy, a Pennsylvania Republican, is the only practicing psychologist in Congress. Barber, an Arizona Democrat, was injured in a mass shooting by Jared Lee Loughner, a paranoid schizophrenic. (Barber was working for Representative Gabby Giffords, whose injuries were more severe.) The two have introduced rival bills on the topic — and are now in an increasingly bitter dispute.

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