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Tim Cook on why he met Donald Trump and the future of desktop Macs | Technology | The Guardian
With so many things that we’ve done, we don’t do it because there’s an return on investment. We don’t do it because we know exactly how we’re going to use it. We do it because it’s clear it’s interesting and it might lead somewhere. A lot of the time it doesn’t, but many times it leads us somewhere where we had no idea in the beginning
timcook  apple  researchanddevelopment  returnoninvestment 
december 2016 by benandi
Signal Process | OracleProfit Magazine
Oracle experts continues to investigate the revenue potential of beacons, particularly in retail. John Yopp, senior manager Retail Global Business Unit at Oracle, runs a research lab focused on future use cases for shoppers. Yopp contends that one big appeal of beacons is that they are easy to integrate with and inexpensive
thoughtleadership  johnyopp  researchanddevelopment  retail  pos  ibeacon  from delicious
september 2014 by oracleretail
Kickstarter talks to us about product 'pre-orders,' won't force refunds when creators flake
Kickstarter has proven an incredibly effective venue for connecting project creators with monetary support -- inventors pitch directly to consumers, indie filmmakers meet indie producers and food trucks get the financial push necessary to take their restaurants to the road. With the latter two, backers don't necessarily expect goods in return, save for an overvalued t-shirt, bumper sticker or film credit. When it comes to electronics, however, funders are often promised a first-off-the-line gadget -- one that may never arrive at their door.
One oft-overlooked, yet critical detail should help curb expectations, while also serving to filter out pledges that are motivated by the pre-order promise, from those that offer financial support without a guaranteed return. Like it or not, all transactions fall into that second category. Pre-order offers may go unfulfilled, and some pledges may be reduced to donations, if a project creator ends up unable to deliver an item as intended. And such situations may not prompt a refund, souring the experience for an increasing number of hopeful device owners. Join us past the break for an explanation from the Kickstarter team, and a closer look at some recent examples.
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may 2012 by jamesbrown
US military pondered love not war - more on the US Government's attempts to find a compound to make enemy soldiers shag one another
It occurs to me that the Ancient Greeks thought that almost romantic friendships made soldier more, not less, effective. Perhaps after the initial shock and traumatic discussions with parents, this might make an enemy army stronger!
military  researchanddevelopment  rnd  r&d  america  science  sexuality  homosexuality  chemicalwarfare 
january 2005 by tomcoates

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