What will it take for Apple to disentangle itself from China?

The tech giant increasingly finds itself beholden to America’s biggest geopolitical rival. But is diversification even possible?

This is a fascinating article on making iphones in China. Basically the whole infrastructure exists on such a big scale that no other country is in the same league as China.

“Look at the smartphone manufacturing hubs that China has created,” he says. “I don’t know where that can be replicated.”

Chan, the Foxconn labour researcher, predicts that as media attention dies down Apple will quietly increase its investments in the country. “China has so many advantages,” she says. “From the moderately educated and skilled workers to the really high level engineers and PhDs — those providing expertise in cutting-edge knowledge.”

Chan adds: “Apple would have too many difficulties to find the human resources and infrastructure that is parallel — or even close — to the scale provided in China.”

From the Financial Times Article

Learning to Code

Give a computer program to a person to frustrate him for a day. Teach computer programming to a person and frustrate her for a lifetime.–some Computer Science Professor

A vast majority of people who try to learn to code will get frustrated and give up.

I sure did. I got frustrated and gave up. Several times.

But like other people who eventually succeeded, I kept coming back after a few days, and tried again. —Quincy Larson from How to Learn to Code & Get a Developer Job in 2023 [Full Book]


Given diminishing returns or cycle… what price BTC?

Given diminishing returns or cycle what level of return might we look forward to in the next cycle once BTC bottoms?

Video recording date: December 19, 2022

Prior Unity

Celebrating Light in the dark of Winter

It is very much a traditional European and American idea to associate this celebratory time of year with winter and the seasonal “darkest time of year”. However, dark and light contrasted has a kind of fundamental meaning for all people, universally. Dark versus light; light versus dark–the idea of celebrating light rather than darkness is a way of universalizing a celebration at this time of year, when many traditions have a principal celebration otherwise.

–The World-Friend Adi Da, from The Danavira Mela Book page 9

Light means something holy, something Divine. The notion and the sense of the holiness (or, at any rate, the profoundity) of Light–and especially the Divine characteristic of Light–is a universal feeling-idea. It is part of all religions. It is part of secular life, too. Light is fundamental in human experience and aspiration and meaning. Because of this, it is suitable to be associated with a universal celebration every year.

–The World-Friend Adi Da, from The Danavira Mela Book page 9

Bhagavan Adi Da as a child, and Bhagavan Adi Da in Hermitage
Images from The Danavira Mela Book

Bhagavan Adi Da Samraj envisions the holiday season as a time when people of all faiths and places can celebrate the “Light-in-Everybody” —a season, as He explained, that is “essentially about Light, and about that Light in everybody. It is about acknowledging the characteristic of Light in everybody you know and meet, rather than darkness. It is about love rather than its opposite.”


The Ethereum Killers Are All Zombies Now

The Merge made it starkly visible to the world, but blockchain insiders have known for years that Ethereum’s assassins have fired their shots and missed.

If the best technology doesn’t seem to win, what separates long-term winners out in these standards battles? I hypothesize that there are two answers. First, developer ecosystem maturity and, second, management team.

[Ethereum has both ecosystem & management maturity.]

What does this mean for Ethereum’s well-funded would-be assassins such as Solana, Terra, Avalanche and others? I think it means they are zombies, technically still alive but running on borrowed time. How much time? It could be quite a few years. Competitors to the PC kept on going for more than a decade after Windows became the dominant platform. It won’t surprise me if some Ethereum killers are still trucking along with ever-diminished market share and crowds of online influencers shilling them in 2030.