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Old 05-02-2016, 08:44 AM   #1
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Silicon Valley - Season 3 - Potential Spoilers

Happy to see Silicon Valley back.

This year's storyline parallels my best friend's situation very closely. He's a technically brilliant guy on his 2nd start-up. He got his new company funded and rolling (data compression & storage, oddly enough ). They compete with a couple household name giants in their space, but seem to have found a technical niche that provides some differentiation.

The board brought in a CEO - a very dynamic, high-powered alpha dog kinda guy. This new guy has big vision for this company, but on a track very much different than my friend had envisioned.

They made my friend CTO and actually almost managed to push him out of his own company last year. He did stay on in his technical role, but does admit this CEO has actually grown and positioned the company very well and they are prospering.

Silicon Valley - as fun to watch as Seasons 1 & 2. Anyone else watching?

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Old 05-02-2016, 09:56 AM   #2
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It is satire and very funny but it is frustrating that no one could see a middle ground. Sell them product to Netflix. To MLB.tv. To Amazon. To Hulu. To vudu.

And also go to individuals.

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Old 05-02-2016, 10:12 AM   #3
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I love Silicon Valley. The second episode of this new season did not provide as many laughs as the first one, but it was still pretty good.

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Old 05-02-2016, 11:04 AM   #4
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I loved the part where Erlich Bachman is explaining to the guy he is kicking out why kicking people out is almost impossible.

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Old 05-02-2016, 11:34 AM   #5
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I loved the part where Erlich Bachman is explaining to the guy he is kicking out why kicking people out is almost impossible.
Yeah, who didn't see that coming a mile away.

I loved it when "Action" Jack explained to Richard that the product is the company's stock. That's so true of most companies, especially in the tech sector. They don't care if the engineers can build something that would be better down the road, they only care about what will move the needle TODAY.

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Jan here, they call me Jan the Man...

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Old 05-02-2016, 11:52 AM   #7
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RIGBY was great. Its the simple things in this show that I appreciate.

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Love this: "Is that a VCR? Why does it have the Pied Piper logo on it?"

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I'm a little confused about the rack server idea that Richard threw out as a bad example and the sales guys turned into the new focus of the company. If enterprise customers are so concerned about putting their data in the cloud, then what's stopping them from hosting their own servers already? And if Pied Piper's compression algorithm is so revolutionary, what is it about an on-site self-hosted server that is so interesting? If the algorithm works, then shouldn't it be usable anywhere? Why would the PP sales team want to get into the rack-mounted server business?

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I'm a little confused about the rack server idea that Richard threw out as a bad example and the sales guys turned into the new focus of the company. If enterprise customers are so concerned about putting their data in the cloud, then what's stopping them from hosting their own servers already? And if Pied Piper's compression algorithm is so revolutionary, what is it about an on-site self-hosted server that is so interesting? If the algorithm works, then shouldn't it be usable anywhere? Why would the PP sales team want to get into the rack-mounted server business?
The neural net cannot work effectively if all its data is siloed within each enterprise install.

Sales people want to sell to enterprise on what PP does now. Richard wants to sell what PP does over time. Think of it like Google's Knowledge Graph: if search was siloed away within each enterprise data set it would never reach its potential.

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I had a totally different interpretation. The rack server is a completely stupid idea but which can be marketed as if it were something interesting. I don't think it actually has anything to do with their compression software - or their software at all. Wasn't it basically an air-gapped rack server?

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This is probably a good indicator of my maturity level, but I was rolling during the meeting at the veterinarian.

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Yes, I was not expecting to see that much horse penis right before bed. Definitely one of the funnier parts of the episode.

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Also, how funny that the fired Nucleus team suddenly solved the middle-out issue with the compression algorithm, and the thing that triggered the discovery was the masturbation hand motion from the NordicTrak, calling back to the Season 1 finale.

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Yes, I was not expecting to see that much horse penis right before bed. Definitely one of the funnier parts of the episode.
Sorry to hear that?

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I don't think it actually has anything to do with their compression software - or their software at all. Wasn't it basically an air-gapped rack server?
I thought it had everything to do with compression, were they pitching it has super high density on prem storage?

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I still don't get how Big Head got such a big buyout. His contract was "only" $600k/year, but he got $20 million to leave?

Hopefully, it will be explained in future episodes.

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Yes, I was not expecting to see that much horse penis right before bed. Definitely one of the funnier parts of the episode.
I think I can say with a decent amount of certainty that this is the first time that sentence has ever been used in the history of mankind. At least I hope it is.

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Old 05-03-2016, 05:09 AM   #19
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I think I can say with a decent amount of certainty that this is the first time that sentence has ever been used in the history of mankind. At least I hope it is.
Wow, are you naïve! Has Catherine the Great taught you NOTHING?!?

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Every episode should open with a visit to the doctor. Comedy GOLD.

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That guy reminds me of Dr. Spaceman from 30 Rock.

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That guy reminds me of Dr. Spaceman from 30 Rock.
Yes! I was typing that same thought.

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I thought it had everything to do with compression, were they pitching it has super high density on prem storage?
When he jokingly proposed it, didn't he talk about a box with no connections? Then the promo kept talking about privacy and how no one has access to your data.

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I still don't get how Big Head got such a big buyout. His contract was "only" $600k/year, but he got $20 million to leave?

Hopefully, it will be explained in future episodes.
C'mon Big Head constantly failing up hasvbeen the long running gag. The $20 milion is a cherry on top.
Now we can wait for Big Head's non-conpete period to end ans other companies get into an insane bidding war to hire him.

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If someone comes across a printable Conjoined Triangles of Success diagram please let me know. I so want that for my cube at work.

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If someone comes across a printable Conjoined Triangles of Success diagram please let me know. I so want that for my cube at work.
Hooli search to the rescue:

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Hooli search to the rescue:

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Every episode should open with a visit to the doctor. Comedy GOLD.
Was the doctor guy really short, or is Richard really tall? The height difference between the two of them was massive.

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Was the doctor guy really short, or is Richard really tall? The height difference between the two of them was massive.
Must have just been the perspective. Thomas Middleditch is 5'11" according to IMDb, and Andy Daly is 5'8" according to taddlr.com.

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Was the doctor guy really short, or is Richard really tall? The height difference between the two of them was massive.
Richard was standing on the little step at the foot of the table.

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