Author Archives: Mike Roselli

U.S. DoJ Says Ruling Approving AT&T-Time Warner Merger Ignored ‘Fundamental Principles of Economics and Common Sense’

Juli Clover, reporting for Mac Rumors:

In the filing, the DoJ says the district court approved the merger after “erroneously ignoring fundamental principles of economics and common sense” and that it used a “deeply flawed assessment of the government’s evidence” to reach its decision…

The original ruling approving the merger, says the DoJ, ignored key documents from AT&T on the competitive harm of vertical mergers, limited expert economic testimony, and refused to close the courtroom to allow for testimony related to confidential business information. Further, the DoJ insists the original ruling ignored the economics of bargaining and did not consider corporate profit maximization.

Aren’t these the things you would review when looking at this merger? If they didn’t review the basic principles of economics, bargaining, or profit maximization, what on earth did they review?

Pineapple Thief – No Man’s Land

ATP 271: Voting With Your Virtual Feet

I was on Accidental Tech Podcast a few weeks ago! I emailed Casey a question for Ask ATP a while back about getting a Jeep Wrangler or another weekend convertible. A little behind on my listening, I was catching up on my podcasts and was surprised to hear my question. It totally made my day. This is Episode 271, and Casey Liss, Marco Arment, and John Siracusa chime in on my question around the 1:15:15 mark.

ATP is a fantastic podcast about Apple and the tech industry, but they typically switch gears and cover cars at the end of each episode. You can support them by ordering merch at their store here.

Ruffwear Palisades Pack Review

This past winter, I invested in some more Ruffwear gear for Kaylee. I had previously bought the Track Jacket as a reflective piece for when I let her off-leash, so I wanted to try a few other items made by Ruffwear on a winter backpacking trip in February. Today I’ll be reviewing the Palisades Pack. Continue reading

Radiostoyevsky: 2018 Eurovision Could’ve Been’s Ft. DJ Mike Roselli

Listen to the best of this year’s regional Eurovision contestants that were (for reasons unknown to Radiostoyevsky) eliminated during their country’s 2018 National Selection competition. Hear from a selection of the best Eurovision runner ups from Romania, Belarus, Hungary, Moldova, Latvia, Poland, and Ukraine along with special commentary from Eurovision rookie, DJ Mike Roselli.

I was in Arlington and DC this past weekend and had the amazing opportunity to join Jaime Cordes in the studio to record the latest broadcast of Radiostoyevsky. I didn’t contribute very much, but had an absolute blast.


Oxford Comma Dispute Is Settled as Maine Drivers Get $5 Million

For those who don’t use the serial comma, consider the matter settled.

Long Live the Wii

I probably haven’t booted the system to play anything in about six years. After I graduated from undergrad, I became too busy with other things like work, my dog, and my home, and it had been too difficult to set aside the time to start a new game. But when I saw the announcement for Super Mario Odyssey, I was intrigued with its potential to be a spiritual successor to Super Mario 64. I then remembered I never played Super Mario Galaxy for Wii.

Galaxy garnered amazing reviews and many believe it to be the best game on the system. I went looking for a copy and realized not much has happened in the world of the Wii since 2013. In fact, nothing at all. The firmware on the system hasn’t been updated and the homebrew tools and community forums were largely abandoned about four years ago. Nintendo has even shut down all the services to the system. Wait, really? Is the system already that dated? Continue reading

Apple’s Face ID Turns Android Makers Away From Under-Screen Fingerprint Recognition

Tim Hardwick, reporting for MacRumors:

With its iPhone X debut and the introduction of Face ID, Apple has now tilted interest in the mobile industry away from under-display fingerprint recognition towards camera-based 3D sensing technologies as the ideal user authentication solution. That’s according to the latest research note from respected KGI securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. […]

According to the new note seen by MacRumors, inquiries by Android smartphone vendors into 3D-sensing technologies have at least tripled since Apple unveiled its TrueDepth camera and Face ID technology, which replaces traditional Touch ID fingerprint recognition in the iPhone X, set to launch in November. […] Kuo went on to say he believes the next two to three years will see shipments of 3D sensor-equipped Android devices to exceed those with under-display fingerprint recognition by a factor of two or three or more.

There’s no way they came up with this in the last year because under-display fingerprint recognition technology was “hard to do”. They’ve had their eye on this for a long time now.

Steve Jobs at Macworld Conference and Expo, January 2007:

There’s an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love. ‘I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.’ And we’ve always tried to do that at Apple. Since the very very beginning. And we always will.

‘Learning Curve’ as Rick Perry Pursues a Job He Initially Misunderstood

Coral Davenport and David E. Sanger, reporting for the New York Times:

Mr. Perry, who once called for the elimination of the Energy Department, will begin the confirmation process Thursday with a hearing before the Senate Energy Committee. If approved by the Senate, he will take over from a secretary, Ernest J. Moniz, who was chairman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology physics department and directed the linear accelerator at M.I.T.’s Laboratory for Nuclear Science. Before Mr. Moniz, the job belonged to Steven Chu, a physicist who won a Nobel Prize.

For Mr. Moniz, the future of nuclear science has been a lifelong obsession; he spent his early years working at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. Mr. Perry studied animal husbandry and led cheers at Texas A&M University.

To say that Mr. Perry’s background and education are insufficient for the duties and responsibilities required would be a gross understatement.

It Could Be Funny: ‘Polished Death Star Bathrooms’

Was extremely fortunate to get special guest Chuck Godfrey to join us for our second episode. An expert in all things Deadpool and Star Wars, you can imagine what we talked about…