Facebook is Creepy

November 15, 2017

If that wasn’t obvious already, this article drives the point home.

Behind the Facebook profile you’ve built for yourself is another one, a shadow profile, built from the inboxes and smartphones of other Facebook users.


Kiss the Good Times Goodbye

November 14, 2017

The author of this very good article on autonomous vehicles is a former head of Product Development at General Motors, hence the title. I might have renamed the article, “Kiss senseless road deaths goodbye”.

Key paragraph for me:

The tipping point will come when 20 to 30 percent of vehicles are fully autonomous. Countries will look at the accident statistics and figure out that human drivers are causing 99.9 percent of the accidents.

Of course, there will be a transition period. Everyone will have five years to get their car off the road or sell it for scrap or trade it on a module.

h/t to Om Malik’s new link blog.

It Just Works

October 18, 2017

Typed on my awesome Dell XPS…

Fidget This

October 13, 2017

In zero gravity, courtesy of NASA…

Holy Crap. This Never Gets Old

October 11, 2017

SpaceX landed another rocket. Phil Plait, of Bad Astronomy fame, enjoyed it:

Apple Charging

October 11, 2017

Why are Apple products so hard to charge? I’ve had a variety of Android phones and tablets. I’ve used any number of charging cords and bricks. They always work. Why wouldn’t they, it’s not that complicated.

Everyone else in the family has iPhones. We have two iPads. My daughters have the charging quirks down. “Don’t use that cable for the iPad, it only works for my iTouch”. “No, not that one either, that only works for Danny’s phone”. And the devices all recognize that a charger has been plugged in, because you get the ever so helpful “Not Charging” status. We’ve returned multiple iPhones because they wouldn’t charge. Googling “iPhone won’t charge” returns over 13 million hits.

Serious question, can anyone explain this? Charging isn’t hard…


Mars 2024

September 29, 2017

This is long and geeky, Elon Musk’s latest presentation on Making Life Multiplanetary. One of the reasons I enjoy Elon Musk as a CEO is when he’s discussing this stuff you can tell that he really knows it. His throwaway lines amuse me:

It’s 2017, we should have a lunar base by now, what’s going on?

The quick takeaways from the presentation are that SpaceX plans to send two rockets to Mars in 2022 to land cargo and four of them in 2024, two of which will be manned to establish a base.

And in typical SpaceX fashion, it dawned on them that if they get so good at launching and landing rockets such that the cost drops dramatically, there’s no reason you can’t take a rocket from NYC to Shanghai in 39 minutes (jump to the 41 minute mark of the video).