This is a smart, dynamic, surprising interview abt zero-carbon energy and 4x efficiency as a goal, and what is owed by US to the developing world. (via @dbiello) A great read. Includes take-down of @SciAm re: how easy it will be to meet the zero-carbon, higher efficiency goal.
A month ago or so, my Kindle dropped from a chair on our clay tiled front porch. Not good. A hairline fracture in the front cover (not screen) turned into a crack. Before rushing out to work this a.m., I went to Amazon’s customer service page and found that I could ask them to call me RIGHT NOW to talk about this. They called and are sending me a new Kindle immediately—I have to send back the old one w/in 30 days to avoid a fee. The crack falls under the warranty, which should have expired a month ago (we think the Kindle is one year old; time flies), but I think they made a friendly interpretation of it. I’m impressed with this customer service.
I mainly read books on Kindle now. I have lost 75 percent of my interest in reading printed books. Mainly due to its convenience. To me, it is the perfect reading hardware.
So once the big fish start metering, why won’t consumers just move over to smartphone app access? Cheaper if you have smartphone already. Maybe even if not. Is new industry ready for migration to mobile? Not just tech-wise but biz-model-wise?
This is one of the more thoughtful and useful pieces I’ve read on the generally panicked coverage of this topic that is driven by non-robust, one-off findings so far. One takeaway here — waiting for and responding to email takes up short-term memory space.