Dwayne Phillips ' Day Book

Items I happen to view each day. Science, Techonology, Management, Culture, and of course Writing

This is my day book for this week. I have modeled this after science fiction and computer writer Jerry Pournelle's view, or as he calls it, his Day Book. I encourage you to see Jerry Pournelle's site and subscribe to his services.

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This week: 7-13 August, 2017

Summary of this week:

Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday - Saturday - Sunday

Monday August 7, 2017

The bullying of self-driving cars is already in full swing. Alter street signs to send them in circles.

Nice job if you can get it, resters, versters, coaster $1million a year and don't work in Silicon Valley. If nothing, it illustrates how an essential person can just stay home and the team continues to function fine.

White hat hackers and how our governments prevent them from helping us.

Foxconn to open second US facility. This one is R&D for self-driving cars in Michigan. The upper midwest gets two new job centers.

Continuing to change the status quo, our President creates a Real News channel on Facebook. The old media continues to die.

The Radio Shack TRS-80 computer is 40 years old this week. Derided as the "trash80," it exceeded all sales expectations. CPM.

The Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship was held this last weekend. Sigh. Computing. Business.

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Tuesday August 8, 2017

Google fires the guy who dared to act like an adult. They say he violated their Code of Conduct. Any excuse is as good as any other.

Data shows Google isn't alone in diversity failures and programs to correct everything.

European governments are working to keep American companies from ruling the tech markets there. Good for them. Protect your own industries and jobs. I see little wrong in that sentiment. The implementation deatils, well, we haven't seen those yet.

News flash (not): spreaders of fake news are using software to do the work instead of people. Who would have thought of that? (everyone)

Beating casino slot machines with brainpower. Of course it is legal. And of course American casinos will bar you from playing as is their right.

Apple and others in technology influence regulators in their favor. This is neither news nor fake news.

Amazon becomes Sears by selling its own products under generic brand names. The retailer knows what the shopper wants. Fair?

T-Mobile offers unlimited data plan if you are over 55! Something for me.

In case you haven't heard, we will have a solar eclipse this month.

Former government employee admits that all the password practices stemming from him are bad.

Coming real soon now from Intel—1 Petabyte SSD in a "ruler" form factor. 1,000 Terabytes

Apple's new building and open seating isn't popular with employees. Notice Google and take care how you criticize.

Elon Musk has built his empire on tax payers' money. It is all legal and pretty smart, too.

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Wednesday August 9, 2017

And the Google saga continues and drifts into legal matters with the National Labor Relations Board.

The government of India blocks access to the Internet Archive. Censorship on the sub-continent.

Disney will cut ties with Netflix and start its own streaming service in a year or two. Has Netflix taught everyone else how to do this?

IBM shows software that distributes deep learning across machines to dramatically speed all the work.

The Internet has spawned hateful divisiveness OR freedom of speech flourishes. The trouble with freedom of speech is that many of us are all for it as long as you speak the way I want you to.

We inch towards a self-driving, ride-hailing world where no one owns a vehicle. See my story about this.

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Thursday August 10, 2017

Facebook officially takes on "TV."

Facebook claims to be banning deceptive ads.

And the Google thought police etc. story continues. A company wide meeting is to be held. The essay writer holds interviewers with the "wrong" media outlets. And "most" Google employees think firing they guy was wrong.

The folks who study these things have made a small correction in the history of the magnetic poles of our moon: a 1Billion-year correction. And some people wonder why some people wonder about the science of climate change.

Disney may be watching our kids as they play online Disney games.

Intel pushes further into self-driving cars and will build 100 of its own this year.

Mozilla Information Trust Initiative (MITI): they have nice goals, but wander dangerously close to simple censorship.

This is being touted as some sort of breakthrough or design genius or something. The next iPhone will have a virtual home button, i.e., an icon on the screen instead of a physical button. That's nice, but that's all it is folks. This isn't a new idea or a "design" breakthrough or anything. Why all the sound and fury about this simple thing?

Got $2,000? Buy the Intel i9 processor with 18 cores, 36 threads, and all sorts of stuff you should get at that price.

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Friday August 11, 2017

Curtailed Internet viewing today.

The travails of Google, its Echo Chamber of correct ideas, etc. continues as they cancel their big company-wide gathering.

Big companies join to form the Automotive Edge Computing Consortium (AECC)—big data for self-driving cars.

More details on the nonsense that became "strong passwords."

A closer look at AMD's Threadripper processor for the desktop. "Better than Intel in everyway."

Nvidia, like everyone else, is reaping big profits from cloud computing. Not so good everywhere else.

Microsoft shows Windows 10 Pro for Workstations.  Got a upper tier PC? Get this (or get Linux).

The guys who hacked HBO are leaking emails from the ransom negotiations. Of course HBO was going to pay some money for the return of their intellectual property.

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Saturday August 12, 2017

Abbreviated Internet viewing again today.

And the saga of Google, the echo chamber, diversity, and all that continues. Mr. Damore also gets a article in the Wall Street Journal. Those who research these things—sex and ability—don't agree on it all. The studies are impossible and inhumane to conduct. In my humble 40 years of experience, I find that women don't like STEM because they just don't like what happens in STEM environments. Personal preference.

And now we can put software into strands of DNA. I guess this is an advance in some way or other.

The state-of-the-art in computing tablets for the summer of 2017.

Robert Kirkman moves from AMC to Amazon for any new projects. The Walking Dead stays where it is for now.

Apple spends about $1Billion a month on R&D.

The solar eclipse is coming to North American real soon now. It is not a license to freak out, though many have always treated it that way.

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Sunday August 13, 2017

There are some sort of morons in Charlotsville, Va. making a mess of things in the name of the "alt-right." I think the left-wing press is blaming this on the right. Why not? That is as simple as it is wrong. I guess the headline "Morons Marching" doesn't sell as many ads as "Alt-Right Emboldened by President."

At one time, music recordings were on disks that spun at 78rpm. Listen to them online.

Want to build your own computer? The 2017 version of this task.

Someone makes this, so perhaps someone wanted it: a camera hidden in a screw.

Journal writing to influence yourself and then others around you.

One engineer lays out his path to writing better.

Excellent advice about writing. Write a word or two. Write a good sentence. Move. Write.

This posts is all lists, but these are good lists to read and research for writers.

Some practical tips about writing while you are in a plane, car, or whatever. Write with pencil and paper.

Just a few of the reasons why a writer should have a journal.

The practice of positive journalling and how it can help with creative writing.

Different ways to journal. Of course you could use all five methods and change them from time to time.

I like this post regarding what a writer's website should have.

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