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: 16-22 January, 2017

Summary of this week:

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


Monday January 16, 2017

Today is the King national holiday. Friday is the Trump inauguration. In between is nothing much. Hence, the is an unoffical week off for all government and school. Everyone else simply has to tolerate this.

AT&T's DirecTV Now was released before it was ready. I simply isn't working.

Cartapping: our Federal government has been eavesdropping on passengers of connected cars for 15 years.

The circus is dead: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to close in a few months after 146 years.

Amazon will be testing some new type of wireless service in rural Washington.

Bribery charges are loomng for a Samsung vice chairman in South Korea. I guess America's government is not the only job killer in the world.

Facebook moves some of its fake news checkers to Germany. So who will check the checkers and the checker checkers?

Yet another language enters the programming glut: Lux—it is supposed to be something like Lisp.

An interesting watch this year: Apple and President Trump.

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Tuesday January 17, 2017

A look inside the Google Daydream VR project.

A closer look at the updated Nvidia Shield TV.

Intel shows its Responsive Retail Platform (RRP)—the Internet of Things platform for retail locations.

The Raspberry Pi Compute Module is upgraded with 10x performance.

President Obama reveals that he was surprised that anyone in Washington would disagree with him.

Airbus is testing self-flying "cars" to move people to the airport.

Censorship lives on in China with app stores being required to "register" with the government.

ISIS is using little drones to drop explosives. There is no end to the creative ways to kill ourselves.

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Wednesday January 18, 2017

The French government creates a special four-year tech visa to attract talent. Good idea.

Outgoing President Obama commutes the sentence of Chelsea Manning. Is the Snowden pardon coming in the next 48 hours.

HPE buys SimpliVity—a data center expertise company.

The last person to walk on the moon dies, and our NASA can't even put a person into orbit.

More NASA waste: they can't put anyone into space, but they can play with robots.

It's official: get your Baby Canyon NUC PC from Intel. Bigger computer in a small box.

Flying with AirPods—the sound is ok, the convenience is great.

Our FAA fines a company for flying drones that help urban planners and creates space and jobs.

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Thursday January 19, 2017

How does Zuckerburg have such good Facebook posts? Easy. He has a staff that does it for him.

80 civil rights groups accuse Facebook of biased censorship.

In medical technology, tiny robots are vastly improving eye surgery.

Our Department of Labor sues Oracle for disciminatory hiring and pay practices.

Mozilla shows a new logo, brand, and all that stuff.

Netflix added seven million subscribers in the last quarter alone.

Plutocrats rejoice! Robots will start delivering food to you in Silicon Valley and Washington DC.

Race to the bottom: American Airlines joins United in banning carry on bags for economy fare.  I guess these guys have too many customers.

Google keeps Google+ going.

It's official: 2016 is the hottest year in the history of the planet. Hence, we are the toughest people in history. Aren't we grand?

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Friday January 20, 2017

In less than an hour, Donald Trump will be the President of our United States.

Facebook and Apple are building data centers in Denmark.

LinkedIn, now owned by Microsoft, is rolling out a new-look website. I haven't seen it yet.

IBM has a better-than-expected quarter; they lost money, but not so much.

Our government clears Tesla of any fault in last year's fatal autopilot crash. Autopilot has reduced accidents 40%.

Our Army chooses Sig Sauer to build its Modular Handgun System. Baretta is out after 30 years.

A review of NASA in the last eight years. Lots of stunts, but we still can't put a person into space.

3D TV is officially dead. I'm not sure why it was ever alive.

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Saturday January 21, 2017

Scholarly article on how the Chinese government uses social media to distract its subjects from real issues.

Amazon starts using virutal "Dash" buttons so we can buy more stuff easier and faster and right now.

Mark Zuckerburg is unofficially running for President. Actions speak louder than words.

Uber hires a former Google insider as senior vice president of engineering.

Apple and Qualcomm go to court with a billion dollars at stake.

Guess what? New President, new priorities. Who could have predicted this (duh).

I love Seth Godin's post on looking up the answers and how we can all do that today. Now, let's begin.

NASA begins yet another study of putting people in a small room to simulate the long trip to Mars.

Not a Happy New Year to 700 Microsoft employees who lose their jobs next week.

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Sunday January 22, 2017

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