Archive for May 16, 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

Larry and Steve’s Plans to Save Apple

Larry Ellison (via Ole Begemann):

“My idea was simple, buy Apple, and immediately make Steve CEO. Apple wasn’t worth much back then, about $5 billion dollars. We both had really good credit and I had already arranged to borrow all of the money. All Steve had to do was say yes.

“Steve proposed a somewhat more circuitous approach. First, persuade Apple to buy NeXT computer, then Steve would join Apple’s board and over time the board would recognize that Steve was the right guy to lead the company.

Restoring Google Chrome Tabs

The best way is to go to the settings and change “On startup” to “Continue where you left off.” However, if you haven’t done this before you relaunch Chrome and want your tabs back, you can press Command-Shift-T. This corresponds to the “Reopen Closed Tab” command in the File menu, which sounds like it will just bring back the last tab that you closed, but it will actually restore all the tabs in the window. It is not as good as Safari’s “Reopen All Windows From Last Session,” which will restore all your windows.

Spotting Fake Amazon Reviews

Lauren Dragan:

Have you ever seen some random product for sale that’s from some brand you’ve never heard of, and the company has no website—yet its widget has somehow garnered 15,000 five-star reviews since … last week? We sure have. This situation is likely the result of a compensated-review program. Such compensated reviews—orchestrated by businesses that cater to companies that want more public positive feedback—violate Amazon’s terms of use but are difficult to police.


You have a few ways to suss out what may be a fake review. The easiest way is to use Fakespot. This site allows you to paste the link to any Amazon product and receive a score regarding the likelihood of fake reviews.

Previously: Amazon Sues Fake Review Site.

Texting Siri

Rene Ritchie:

No matter how enabling and useful Siri is, though, there will be times when it’s simply not possible or socially acceptable to talk out loud to our phones or tablets. In those situations, being able to type “Cupertino weather” or even “Text Georgia I’ll be late” would be incredibly useful.

Via Joe Cieplinski:

What makes the Echo or Siri useful is not the voice activation. It’s the (somewhat) intelligent response.


A Spotlight text field should be able to do whatever Siri does. Don’t get caught up in the trend of talking to our devices; concentrate on expanding how Siri, Alexa, etc. interpret our prompts, spoken or otherwise.

Announcing SyntaxNet

Slav Petrov (Hacker News):

At Google, we spend a lot of time thinking about how computer systems can read and understand human language in order to process it in intelligent ways. Today, we are excited to share the fruits of our research with the broader community by releasing SyntaxNet, an open-source neural network framework implemented in TensorFlow that provides a foundation for Natural Language Understanding (NLU) systems. Our release includes all the code needed to train new SyntaxNet models on your own data, as well as Parsey McParseface, an English parser that we have trained for you and that you can use to analyze English text.