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Four short links: 20 May 2013

National Automobile Dealers, personal conversations, venture capital investments, classic Star Trek

Tesla Rides High, But Faces Formidable Foe: Car Dealers : NPR -- And though the nature of the nation's economy has changed dramatically (why can't consumers buy cars online like everything else, Tesla asks), the dealers are holding tight to a structure as American as apple pie and essential to the health of communities. Tesla's effort to change a state statute that prohibits manufacturers of new motor vehicles from operating a dealership, he says, is just the latest.

The Future Of Mobile-Social Could Spell The End For Social Networks | TechCrun ... -- Google announced at its I/O event that Hangouts was to be launched as a separate app from Google Plus, taking personal conversations out from the G+ app and putting them into their own space. Figures released this week imply more than 41 billion messages a day are now being delivered via various Over the Top (OTT) messaging apps. Smartphones are especially good at being social, integrating text, voice, video and images in an endless number of apps that can serve a users needs, and all without the need for a web-based social network. This is a little like the era of Windows before Outlook when apps tended to do only one thing and users used many apps. And there is plenty of time for the mobile messaging apps to respond by offering a broader range of social features.

What Nikola Tesla vs. VCs video says about the state of Silicon Valley Tech N ... -- Think of it this way: Had Vinod Khosla not backed Pradeep Sindhu to work on Juniper, we would all be living in Ciscos vision of the internet future and using its hardware, which it would have made and sold at its own pace and at its own prices. I dont necessarily think that this kind of rational thinking is bad for the investors, but when it comes to fundamental innovation, it points to a a real challenge ahead. And forget what Wall Street thinks, isnt venture capital really risk capital? And it is thinking about more than just us. I know all those quiet funders, people who do fund great companies.

The Myth of Nazi Efficiency | Coffee Cup History -- The planning for the Four-Year Plan also reveals another hindrance to German recovery. In order to give this new organisation teeth, Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, ordered the integration of the municipal police forces the Kriminalpolizei, the Ordnungspolizei, and the Sicherheitspolizei into the SD. This also put the SD and SS in competition with both the infamous Gestapo (Geheime Staatspolizei, or Secret State Police), whose brief it was to also operate as a domestic security police force with a purview over criminal intelligence, and the Abwehr, or German military intelligence, which resented the encroachment on the Partys paramilitary wing on its turf. Party paraphernalia became de facto symbols of the German state itself; The German state had already possessed institutions the foreign ministry, the treasury, and so on but upon seizing power, Hitler clearly felt that the state had become irrelevant. Of those who were well-educated and well placed to enter the state bureaucracy, the fact that competing bureaucracies were being set up within the Party better paid positions with significantly more prestige lured them away from working for ministries in favour of Nazi divisions and departments. there had been a not inconsiderable number of Jewish German civil servants when Hitler came to power, but they were quickly removed. At the same time, however, the Party manoeuvred to create its own apparatus that could supersede the states role in statecraft, meaning that, for much of the 1930s, Germany became heavily and confusingly bureaucratised, with an unclear sense of direction and a near-complete lack of efficiency that alienated the very people who were needed to make the National Socialist socioeconomic policies a success. The National Socialist German Workers Party did not come to power in 1933 as just another legitimate political movement. Its success at the polls for it did, indeed, become a party with a reasonable measure of public support was conditional, based largely on divisive rhetoric, and this rhetoric became the driving force behind the attempts to modernise the economy. Indeed, Hitlers immediate economic measures approving an increase of rearmament spending to some ten percent of Germanys total gross domestic product (GDP), proportionately three times higher than the armament spending levels of any of the western democracies demonstrate the belligerent nature of German recovery. This would never be agreed to by those powers, and so could only be achieved through force of arms hence the massive programme of German rearmament. The cornerstones of his economic recovery policies revolved almost totally around preparing Germany for war, either in terms of providing for itself, or in order to smash its opponents. The once-powerful German civil service was treated as a bastard child of the Party administration, though the Party could not afford to totally dissolve it. Both the German and Soviet armed forces were dependent on horses until the end of the war;

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