Friday, February 21, 2014

Some gems from a long and very interesting interview with Nick Denton (url NSFW?):

Do you remember the website Fucked Company? It was big in about 2000, 2001. I was CEO of Moreover Technologies at the time. A saleswoman put in an anonymous report to the site about my having paid for the eye operation of a young male executive I had the hots for. The story, like many stories, was roughly half true. Yes, there was a young male executive. Yes, he did have an eye operation. No, it wasn't paid for by me. It was paid for by the company's health insurance according to normal procedure. And no, I didn't fancy him; I detested him. 
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There was a moment when I thought some sex pictures of me were about to land. Someone claimed to have some and to be marketing them. I even thought I knew where they'd come from—I'd lost a phone. But it turned out to be a hoax.

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I think a good strategy in life is to wait until you have a good solution. Wind power, hybrid fuel trains—these are partial solutions. No one thinks they're viable. No one thinks they're going to solve the problem. They're basically token approaches. Now, sometimes a token approach can get people thinking, and maybe it starts to develop a technology that will ultimately be economically viable, but usually not. Usually it's better to say, "Okay, this is a problem and it needs to be monitored. But we don't have an answer for it right now, so let's come back to it in five, 10 or 15 years, when we might have a better answer." I don't think that's necessarily irresponsible. 
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My grandmother's husband died in a labor camp, and she survived by having lovers.