Microsoft Surface sales well below shipments, says iSuppli

Microsoft Surface sales well below shipments, says iSuppli | Microsoft – CNET News:

“Shipments of the Surface RT device, which debuted last quarter, into the channel were about 1.25 million, but sales out of the channel ‘were significantly lower, maybe on the order of 55 to 60 percent of that figure,’ said Rhoda Alexander, an analyst at iSuppli, citing the market research firm’s estimates. That would put sales in the range of between roughly 680,000 and 750,000 based on those percentages.”

Ouch. This needed to be big for Microsoft, and it just wasn’t. I think people who are predicting that the Surface Pro will be a success are fooling themselves.

Mercedes-Benz CLA Super Bowl ad

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Willem Dafoe was a perfect choice for this ad. Forbes has an article with some of the specs, for the car nerds out there:

I’ll be very interested in driving the turbocharged 2.o-liter in-line four cylinder engine mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and monitoring the transparency of the ECO stop/start function. The engine has 208 horses and 258 foot-pounds of torque to move the estimated 3,264 pounds of curb weight. Top speed is 149 MPH.

Not quite as impressive as my favorite sports sedan, the BMW 335i. But I won’t hold it against Mercedes for $15,000 in savings.

Research In Motion rebrands itself as BlackBerry

Research In Motion rebrands itself as BlackBerry | The Verge:

“At today’s BlackBerry 10 event, CEO Thorsten Heins announced that his company will no longer be known as Research In Motion. As of today, RIM is being rebranded as BlackBerry. ‘We have reinvented the company, and we want to represent this in our brand,’ Heins said. ‘One brand. One promise. Our customers use a BlackBerry, our employees work for BlackBerry, and our shareholders are owners of BlackBerry.'”

 About time. No average person had any idea that Research in Motion was the company that made BlackBerries. I’d be willing to bet that most people already thought the company was called BlackBerry.

Wind energy top source for new generation in 2012

American Wind Energy Association:

“The U.S. wind energy industry had its strongest year ever in 2012, the American Wind Energy Association announced today, installing a record 13,124 megawatts (MW) of electric generating capacity, leveraging $25 billion in private investment,and achieving over 60,000 MW of cumulative wind capacity.  

The milestone of 60,000 MW (60 gigawatts) was reached just five months after AWEA announced last August that the U.S. industry had 50,000 MW installed. Today’s 60,007 MW is enough clean, affordable, American wind power to power the equivalent of almost 15 million homes, or the number in Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, and Ohio combined.”

Nearly one fourth of all wind capacity in one year. One fifth of all wind capacity in the last five months. Definitely a good trend. 

Conservatives upset over GDP fall due to cutting military spending

GDP Report: Spending Falls, Conservatives Upset – Business Insider:

“Conservatives are slamming President Barack Obama for a shock drop in GDP last quarter. But we’ve pointed out that the big reason for a surprise shrink was due to a fall in government spending — particularly a big plunge in military spending associated with war drawdown. That’s not a good thing for GDP growth, but it also means that the shrink isn’t a reflection of weakness in the economy or current economic policy. It’s a reflection of reduced government spending, with more to come in the form of sequestration next month. The Republican argument, as noted by RNC communications director Tim Miller, is that the economy is not in a good spot when government spending cuts combined with running large deficits creates GDP shrinkage. “

You cannot win with these people.

Republicans: “The deficit is too high! We have to cut spending!”

Average person: Okay, so let’s stop spending so much money on killing people overseas.

Republican: “The economy is shrinking because you cut spending while we have large deficits! You don’t care about people or their jobs!”

What the what?

Why is there more gun violence in the United States than in other countries where video games are popular?

GOP senators again target video games – The Maddow Blog:

“For that matter, the United States is not the only country with young people who play a lot of video games, but it is the only country with high rates of gun violence.

Gaming is a huge cultural phenomenon in countries like South Korea, England, Japan, and Canada — and they’re all playing many of the same games Americans enjoy — and yet, none of these countries comes close to the U.S. when it comes to deadly shootings.

And why not? Sociologists can speak to the differences in more detail, but I suspect it has something to do with access to firearms. It may seem tautological, but let’s state it for the record anyway: societies with fewer guns have less gun violence, whether they’re playing ‘Halo’ or not.”

Too bad there are nearly 270,000,000 guns in the United States.