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 18-24, 2015

Summary of this week:

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


Monday May 18, 2015

We see the first trailer of the latest Steve Jobs movie.  Will this one show him ilegally conspiring to hold down wages of engineers?

Why does the university survive? Because it is a country club. It is the fun, stupid.

Will the auto industry learn from IBM's failure in the 1980s?

NASA approves the SpaceX Falcon booster for use in medium-risk payload launches. That is sort of like the IRS approving TurboTax.

Google and Univ of Washington create method of mining photos from the  Internet and creating time-lapse sequences.

Seth Godin provides a simple bureaucracy test.

"Tools don’t solve problems any more, they have become the problem."

Wary of hacking, the PLA (China's Army) bans smartwatches in the ranks.

Netflix's stock hits a record high. Where are those DVD mailers?

This must be important because it is all over the Internet all weekend and continuing today: the UK gives its intel officers immunity from prosecution.

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Tuesday May 19, 2015

dot com wasn't good enough. Here comes .pizza and other Internet silliness.

Apple buys a company with GPS expertise.

Our Navy has fouled up its data cloud project so badly that it is moving to another part of the bureaucracy.

Not having much to do these days, our President gets a Twitter account.

The Light Phone: designed to be used as little as possible. You make and receive phone calls. The end.

Hillary Clinton has made million$ by speaking in $ilicon Valley.

Google lowers the prices on its Cloud Computing services.

A very short video preview of the new Doom.

Microsoft's Solitaire game is now 25 years old.

It seems that Apple was working on a TV, but after ten years of experiementing dropped the idea.

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Wednesday May 20, 2015

Apple upgrades the MacBook Pro and the iMac. More performance at the same price.

The computer industry urges our President to disapprove of back doors in encryption. The tempation is too much.

The Internet of Things big question: which things should a business connect to the Internet?

Now we are getting some place with these flat-screen TVs. LG has a 55" OLED flatscreen so thin, so light it attaches to the wall with a magnet.

In Germany, KFC has a paper-thin bluetooth keyboard on your serving tray. Lucky Germans.

The newspapers of the 1800s were much like Reddit and others of today—publishing already published materials.

Starbucks partners with Spotify to bring music to its locations and sell it.

Four big cancer charities are charged with fraud. They took in million$ in donations, but spent the money on themselves.

Our President, with not much to do, sets a record for a million Twitter followers.

Uber raids Carnegie Mellon's robotics lab to build its own self-driving car.

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Thursday May 21, 2015

Praising the Go programming language over Python.

A look at WordSmith—software that writes news stories.

Another prediction of how self-driving cars will make the future—200-mile commutes to work.

We are slowly and surely advancing in brain-powered prosthetics. Now as long as some jerk won't twist this into a weapon.

More on technology replacing human jobs. It is happening; sorry about that.

Forward to the past of the psychology of computer programming. Organizations are still killing their programmers.

I am dismayed by stories like this that grab headlines. Who cares if the font will change on the iMac? That is not engineering or technical design. It is merely glitz and sparkle.

ooops, another health care hack—this one in the Washington D.C. area. I'm so glad that the big health care web site is secure (not).

User interface problems with the new MacBook—bad keyboard and mousepad. It is still all about the input/output.

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Friday May 22, 2015

Be careful what you do when you discover a security hole in someone's system. Often, the discoverer is punished.

US Court tells FBI that there is no "two-minute rule."

Is your ISP throttling your Internet speed? Use the Internet Health Test.

Are journalists doomed in the future by robots?

The Java programming language is 20 years old—declared "easy to read."

Hackers flock to ATMs to steal credit card information—that is where the money is.

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Saturday May 23, 2015

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Sunday May 24, 2015

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