Saturday, 28 July 2012

iPhone Fact of the Day

According to this article in Vanity Fair chronicling Microsoft's "Lost Decade":

...today the iPhone brings in more revenue than the entirety of Microsoft.

No, really.

One Apple product, something that didn’t exist five years ago, has higher sales than everything Microsoft has to offer. More than Windows, Office, Xbox, Bing, Windows Phone, and every other product that Microsoft has created since 1975. In the quarter ended March 31, 2012, iPhone had sales of $22.7 billion; Microsoft Corporation, $17.4 billion.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Quote of the Day

From a report on the cost of arms in Syria's almost civil war:

 “We had M-16s but we only had 100 bullets for them,” he said, smiling ruefully. “So the M-16 became useless. We are using it as a stick.”

 

Friday, 13 July 2012

How to Increase Tips

In Konka cafe in Tbilisi, Georgia, the staff wear these t-shirts:

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Even though the cafe already added 10% service charge to the bill, I still felt compelled to tip. I wonder if the cafe has performed tests with and without these t-shirts? I suspect tips are significantly higher with the t-shirts.

 The software mogul in me wants to perform A/B testing to determine the difference.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Sentence of the Day

George R.R. Martin is not your bitch.

That's from Neil Gaiman on Entitlement Issues.

Thermonuclear destruction caused by a baseball

What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light?. An excerpt:

The ball is going so fast that everything else is practically stationary. Even the molecules in the air are stationary. Air molecules vibrate back and forth at a few hundred miles per hour, but the ball is moving through them at 600 million miles per hour. This means that as far as the ball is concerned, they’re just hanging there, frozen.

I learnt a lot. More than I ever did in a lecture when I studied undergraduate physics.