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: May 23-29, 2016

Summary of this week:

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


Monday May 23, 2016

An old idea brought back—the sleeper car on a bus. $50 LA to SF overnight. Some regulator will kill this.

It took a few decades, but Microsoft has one core operating system running across all systems. Was this a good idea?

An EU court rules that its right to be forgotten applies outside the EU. In our world, we seem to have a lot of countries claiming jurisdiction over everyone else in the world.

Apple trails Google and others in AI research and development. Does that matter?

The Angry Birds movie continues do well at the box office.

Some technical insights into how Google beat Yahoo a decade ago.

A new technique of judging code quality without reading the code: monitor the stress level of the programmer.

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Tuesday May 24, 2016

Rumor of the day: Apple will put a small, second screen on the next MacBook Pro. It will replace the function keys.

There has been a quiet, steady improvement in battery capability from dilligent work by scientists and engineers.

Facebook continues to wiggle and squirm about its Trending News bias.

Regarding news bias: the Washington Post begins a series on the effectiveness of Internet censorship in China.

Coming soon to America: order at Burger King online. Minimum wage increases, employment decreases.

Now in Asia: a robot takes orders at Pizza Hut: Minimum wage increases, employment decreases.

Deep learning and prediction's ugly side: they often point to things we wish to deny.

Facebook's Live video removes time constraints. Broadcast live all day long if you wish.

Marissa Mayer joins the ranks of CEO's who need million$ spent on personal protection.

"Energy Storage" by pushing a train up a hill and letting it roll back down. I tend to think of these and similar water-based schemes as scams on the taxpayer.

A study of studies shows that breakfast isn't all that important after all.  Breakfast studies funded by breakfast-food makers.

Facebook has finished the transition to its own language translation technology.

Cray's newest supercomputer line is running Open Stack software and other open standards previously unused.

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Wednesday May 25, 2016

No Internet viewing as I had a minor (me, not you) medical procedure.

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Thursday May 26, 2016

Perhaps it is best to forget the past and think about the present and future a bit more.

Semi-Autonomous cars (SAMs) allow the disabled to drive—this car at 150+ mph.

Surveys show that we aren't yet ready to have driverless cars on the road with us.

Slack now has 3million users. The definition of success has changed.

Crude oil is back at $50/barrel. Bad for gas prices, better for world stability.

Foxconn ha replaced 60,000 job with robots. Good for iPhone prices, bad for world stability.

oops, Walgreens jumped into its partnership with Theranos without due diligence.

Despite proclamations from our President, our Federal government is still decades behind in IT.

Amazon Web Services scores a big contract with Salesforce.

Paris police raid Google offices. Let's see, American company in Europe. I wonder how this will end (not).

Apple is following Google following Amazon with a talking home assistant.

Yet another government report shows how Hillary Clinton broke all the email rules. Don't worry, she won't be prosecuted or anything like that.

State Department IT staff were told to keep quiet about Clinton's email server. Obama, open government?

For the first time, Reddit accepts image uploads.

Google brings Android to the Raspberry Pi.

Fast food folks admit it, raise the minimum wage and here come the robots.

CentOS Linux 6.8 is released.

HP updates it line of Omen gaming computers.

HP has a worse-than-predicted financial quarter. Again, we punish HP but don't punish the predictors who got it all wrong.

Chrome 51 is released.

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Friday May 27, 2016

Altera and Xilinx are FPGA players and are profitable, but not so much as the cloud computing guys. Are they doomed?

Google wins a major patent lawsuit against Oracle.

The National Spelling Bee ends in a tie for the third straight year.

There is more to Computer Science than pop computing; that is lost on American schools.

Microsoft and Facebook are financing a new Atlantic undersea cable (to carry Netflix movies).

Intel buys a computer vision company Itseez so that Intel can have self-driving cars.

Here is a Top Ten List of where our government employees waste our money on old IT. Read and weep.

A good article that explains the mechanics of undersea cables and data movement.

Another NASA flop as the inflatable space module doesn't inflate.

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Saturday May 28, 2016

Envious of the Mac Pro cylinder case? Here is a case so you can build your own PC. Good stuff.

Shadow IT, executive privilege, and Hillary Clinton. She isn't unique, but she is running for President and asking for trust.

Take care how you find and report security holes as our FBI may knock down your door.

An Oracle attorney argues against the recent Google win and predicts the death of GPL.

SpaceX launches another satellite and has another successful barge landing.

Go to Echosim.io and talk to Amazon's Echo in your browser (free I think).

Donald Trump doesn't believe in man-made climate change, and that scares the true believers.

This could be big: an electric-powered airplane that flies 3 hours on a 30-minute charge.

Toyota is buying Google's Boston Dynamics robotics company.

Research shows that Americans are finding their news on social media, not the CBS Evening News.

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Sunday May 29, 2016

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