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Dear Mark Zuckerberg, Please give me anywhere between the value of Kanye West's debt ($53m) and the amount he asked you for ($1bn) just to spite him. You may ask what I would do with it. I would certainly buy a new VR rig with at least one VR headset (you know which one) to go with it, and spend my time making hopefully awesome VR content. I used to spend a lot of time on personal projects such as https://youtu.be/l714RhwpA28, but since starting full-time work I have a lot less time for things like this. I hope you can agree that we would all rather see more VR content than more of Kanye's anything. Please consider my semi-serious request. Many thanks for reading, Simon White/ shwhjw.
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Dear Master of ‘A Master Key,’ ‘I don’t have sympathy for terrorists,’ either. I don’t have sympathy for those who wish to instil fear and unlawful intimidation in pursuit of a justified aim. I don’t have sympathy. I don’t have sympathy for those who have destroyed another’s right to live a peaceful life. Too many have already lost. But to you, great master of a master key, I don’t have sympathy for you the most. To protect and secure is one matter, but such power must come with its own restraint. How far different are you than the attacker? Taking what is already not yours, and striking until you reach your own. And in the moments when you are offered information at the expense of my own, you’re welcome. And...
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A Message to Our Customers The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand. This moment calls for public discussion, and we want our customers and people around the country to understand what is at stake. The Need for Encryption Smartphones, led by iPhone, have become an essential part of our lives. People use them to store an incredible amount of personal information, from our private conversations to our photos, our music, our notes, our calendars and contacts, our financial information and health data, even where we have been and where we are going. All that information needs to be protected from hackers and criminals...
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Dear Adobe: As president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) I represent more than 70,000 Photoshop users around the world. However as I’m writing this open letter to you today, I would say that most of our 70,000 members have no idea about the upgrade policy changes you just announced, or about how these changes will affect them. From the information I’ve gathered, it appears to me that this new upgrade policy for the next version of Adobe Photoshop and the Creative Suite (presumably called CS6) will leave a significant number of your customers with no affordable upgrade path to Photoshop CS6 or the Creative Suite. It’s my understanding that when the next version of Photoshop and the Creative Suite is released, if you do not already own Photoshop...
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Dear Chip and System-level Designers, Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Françoise von Trapp, and I am known in the semiconductor industry as “The Queen of 3D”. This is because I have held a deep interest in 3D integration technologies, and have devoted the past 7+ years to following the development of the processes involved from proof of concept through to manufacturability, and reporting on this progress here on 3D InCites. (If this is your first visit to the site, I encourage you to have a look around.) It has come to my attention that while many of you are seeking new ways to deal with the increasing complexity of SoC designs, you may not have thought about 3D integration as a possible solution. Consider this: breaking up an SOC design into specific functions such as...
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An Open Letter to EV Charger Manufacturers Doubling EV Infrastructure – with a software upgrade and extra plug As electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles are appealing to the mass market and becoming more pervasive, the EV charging infrastructure, after a brief surge in 2010-2013, has grown at a snail’s pace. Drivers are becoming frustrated with the lack of available chargers. We have all passed by EV stations taken up by vehicles that have since been topped off, yet they remain, blocking others from using those electrons. On the other hand, when I park and plug in, I should not have to stop my work day, shopping or lunch and move the car the moment it is charged. EVs are about convenience; they should not be about playing musical chairs. EV manufactures and...
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GITEX on Friday the 9th turned out to be a nightmare for me...
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As a relative late-comer to the Call of Duty franchise I must say I particularly enjoyed their earlier world war games and initial Black Ops games. In fact it even reached a point where I developed a group of purely online friends who I met whilst gaming and we would routinely meet up 'online', chat and play games together. You hear a lot of people talking about gaming as a childish pursuit and it is usually followed with a quote along the lines of "get into the real world!" or "go outside and do something!". But more and more online gaming has become a new environment for social interaction and for people to make friends. All you have to do is look to the money in the industry now and the rise of professional gamers! Now if you have a kid who is good at gaming then you genuinely...
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Dear Smart Phone Enthusiasts, I have a 21 month year old daughter named Alexa. Everyone calls her Alex. We also call her Pie. And Pie Crust. And Alexster Pie Crust when feeling fancy. The other day I had my phone, of course a smart phone with all the internet apps, available in my hand and Alex looked at me and said, “Mommy, Phone!” She didn’t just point at it, but demanded that I hand it to her. Of course my curiosity ate at me so I handed her the phone. Lo and behold, this child swipes the screen, starts hitting the center button, and once a keyboard arrived, get out of town, this girl is off to the races! At first, as a first time parent, I didn’t know what to think, is my child a genius?! Thankfully I was blessed with a brain and realized, no, my child is not a genius,...
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Dear NASA, ESA, CNSA, Elon Musk / SpaceX, Boeing, Richard Branson / Virgin Galactic, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Steven Hawking, Brian Cox, Dara O Briain, Bill Nye (The Science Guy) and any others it may concern. This is an open letter to your agencies and companies with regard to the monumental task of tackling manned space exploration at a reduced cost to a single party and another giant leap for mankind. As we all know it is more economically viable to spread costs between parties in order to lessen the financial burden upon one body. Space has been an open frontier for many decades to mankind, one that is unimaginably vast. My fascination started with none other than Star Wars, I was born into an average family and grew up with said films. A fire they started was a romanticism with...
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