Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Privacy Wave Is Coming..Get Ready For A VPB Virtual Private Browser

ISPs, domains and even your own device track you while you surf. This EU Proposal is a good start but there are much better ways coming to maintain privacy online.

Combine the cloud (isolate your device) with a "disposable browser", and then you have complete privacy ans security online.

You've hear of a VP, a virtual private network which has 3 major drawbacks (1. cookies, viruses, trackers still are used/exposed to users, 2 a VPN leaves history on your device 3. encryption slows down your surfing.

The solution will be a VPB..a virtual private browser.

EU privacy proposal could dent Facebook, Gmail ad revenue.

 web companies would have to guarantee the confidentiality of their customers' conversations and get their consent before tracking them online to target them with personalized advertisements

email services such as Gmail and Hotmail will not be able to scan customers' emails to serve them with targeted advertisements without getting their explicit agreement

The proposal will also require web browsers to ask users upon installation whether they want to allow websites to place cookies on their browsers to deliver personalized advertisements.


Sunday, January 01, 2017

Data And Goliath..A Great Read

Bruce Schneier's Data and Goliath is a great read for anyone that is interested on the many ways your behavior (online and offline) is being monitored and being used for and and against you.

The days of "I want off the gird" are coming soon. The ability to have "privacy on a public network" is a very big idea.

Data and Goliath The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

Saturday, December 31, 2016

How To Fix Twitter..Free Speech Can Be Very Costly

  Take away anonymity and bullies lose their courage.

Blogger got it right. Facebook got it right, Twitter never did and still doesn't.

Blogs let owners decide whether comments would be posted.

Facebook gives users the ability to opt-in the people they want to comment/share info with. There is some control, some permission.

Twitter gives anyone the ability to deliver "drive by" trolling. There is no control and no consequences for doing so. Their new troll controls don't go far enough to prevent this.

There's a reason Twitter is toast and isn't even worth $10,  who wants to promote hate?

Twitter could be a very valuable platform, but right now it just enables incestuous hate without repercussions. Twitter gives anonymous people, cowards, a microphone to spew their hate.

How do you fix Twitter?

For starters..make people pay for it. Either per post or per hashtag, or just to have an account. Create different levels for different functions. this would go a long way to deterring this. 

Second, force users to publicly attach another form of ID to their Twitter account. Take away the anonymity. The payment method would do this as well.

Finally, some creative law firm should start soliciting troll targets. Go after these cretins with the threat of legal action. Getting threatened with legal action has a great way of deterring bad behavior.

If Twitter won't reveal the user, then go after Twitter for enabling the behavior.

Maybe it's time to set some kind of legal precedent for this online behavior.

Why Apple Is Overvalued And Destined For Hard Times

Yes, we love Apple and their products...but they are still thinking "local" and it is going to cost them dearly.

From the ability to carry around all of our music IN the iPod to the neat way of running applications ON our phone, Apple has clearly nailed this strategy...

However, this is their downfall.

Content and computing are shifting from being ON the device to IN the cloud and when your business depends on selling high end consumer devices, that is going to be a very big problem going forward.

Adding a camera was a pretty big step for the mobile phone. Then the creation of the app store and all of the wonderful things you could now do with a phone, was a boom for many people/industries.

Where are we going?

It is called cloud computing because the computing is done on the cloud, not the device. The applications and content will be accessed and run in the cloud and not on the device.

So when you're selling a phone for $800, when YOUR COST is $200, but the true cost of just the hardware is $25, that's a very problem for your business.

Apple, and others, should look very closely at Google and their Chromebook to see where the future is headed. The number one selling laptop isn't a laptop at all, it's simply a connection to the cloud.

Indeed Microsoft sees the future and thinks it can give the Chromebook a run for its money with the recently announced partnership with Qualcomm

The next "must have" mobile phone will be a "cloud phone", or something very similar to Chromebook capability in a mobile phone size. A simple device, costing under $100 that just accesses the cloud for your content and applications. You drop it or it gets stolen, no big deal. The battery life will be days now that unnecessary applications dont need to be running constantly. The bandwidth used will shrink (telecoms will love).

I can have access to IBM's Watson and high powered graphics, there is NO point in keeping the computing on the device any more.

The days of different app stores will be a thing of the past and Apple's iTunes gold mine will end fast. Why do I need to download the Facebook app from several stores for different devices? App stores are just glorified browsers and who pays for those?

In 2007 I discussed how Apple could introduce an iTunes browser and become an ecommerce powerhouse, Amazon beat them to it.

In 2010, I stated how Apple could turn their iTunes into the "killer platform" and be a cloud pioneer, but they sacrificed future for device revenue.

The shift from websites to apps that run websites fragmented many industries..that all changes. One app that runs on all devices. Period.

Kodak didn't see the shift from analog to digital. Apple isn't seeing the shift from local to the cloud.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Say Goodbye To The Old Polls...The Next Generation Polls Are Already Here

How could the polls be so wrong? The "old" polls got it wrong because they used outdated technology. Do you really think it's wise to listen to an industry that is on its last legs to predict the future? The mainstream media is rapidly losing eyeballs but they still claim to be the experts on prediction results.

They are still trying to explain how they got it all wrong.

The "new polls" knew who would win this election but they chose not to share their data (or were never asked).

 It's human nature to read or listen only to news or stories that confirm your opinions.  It is called "Selective Exposure". It  refers to individuals' tendency to favor information which reinforces their pre-existing views while avoiding contradictory information.

The new "polls" are Google, Facebook and your Internet Provider.

Between Google and Facebook, what candidate you were rooting was very easily known. They read your email, they know what sites you visited, comments you made on FB, and in some cases which campaign you donated to.

I'm sure they have algorithms that check for the phrase "already voted" or "voted early" and matched it up with your online activity. If you ever typed that in an email, FB comment, text message, Whatsapp, Snapchat was recorded. Your early voting location is data and your phone was tracked to that location. Bingo.

Your Internet Provider has even more info on you. They see everything. They know what TV shows you recorded and watched. They are a real time Nielsen Rating. They also see your text messages. They see every search you make. They see your email. Clear your cookies and cache all you want but they will still see it ALL.

A metric (that the mainstream media NEVER reported) was the traffic on the candidate's own Youtube videos. The traffic comparison was not even close. So all of these people watched videos of the candidate they were against? Don't think so.

Google's revenue is dependent on delivering relevant ads to search queries and sites visited. They are pros at measuring eyeballs and clicks. So do you honestly think they didn't know who you voted for and when?

On Election Day, Google greeted with a "Find your Voting Location".  That location is data. If you ever used FB or Google on your phone, they tracked you to that location.

Somehow I imagine the folks at Google and Facebook were all laughing at the TV networks on Election Night.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Who Knows More About You Than FaceBook and Google?

Your cable box is the ultimate in "big brother" and yet the cable companies have yet to capitalize on it. It is at the top of the data food chain. It knows more about you than FaceBook and Google.

The FCC has a plan that would allow you to get rid of your cable box and make it easier to watch your favorite programs. Apps will soon replace the cable box.

Cable companies have been laggards in how to truly monetize the various opportunities they have from the "pipe"  into your home.

Don't feel bad for the cable companies that will lose out on all of that income renting you those boxes though. They have one thing that is a lot more valuable than that.

You think FaceBook and Google know a thing or two about you, try your Internet provider.

They know what web searches you made, sites you visited, your downloads, your emails. They know what you liked on Facebook. They know what texts/pics you shared on your apps.

They know what TV shows you recorded, when and where you watched them. They know what you were doing with your other devices while you were watching TV.

Sure you can clear your cookies and history on your web browser, but that doesn't stop the cable company from following your online activity because they control the pipe. They can even monitor you when you surf on another provider. * There is only one way I know you can hide your Internet traffic from your provider.

Why the cable companies haven't capitalized on this goldmine is beyond me.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Apple Kills Headphone Jack But Fails To See Real Trend

Hey Apple,

The future of audio may be wireless, but the future of computing is on the cloud, not the device.

Apple's decision to remove the headphone jack, "diminutive legacy port", in new iPhone is definitely a  step ahead of the crowd and will force even more sales to another new consumer Apple product (Lightning Ear Pods and adapter).

Apple is arguing that the future of audio is wireless, that the world’s current assumptions about mobile audio are not only antiquated, but worthy of immediate abandonment.

But right now that future comes with a price: You’ve got to leave behind the perfectly good headphones you own and you’ve got to purchase the new wireless ones as an iPhone accessory.

Don't get me wrong, Apple makes great products but they are behind the curve when it comes to the future of computing. The rapid sales growth of the Chromebook is showing us, the cloud computing shift is already taking place.
When the functions on the device (Siri, pinch zoom, camera etc) can be used with the computing power (and content) from the cloud, your disruption takes place. The operating system will be the cloud, not on the what will the new iPhone or Samsung Note really be?..just some metal and glass. I dont think you will see many consumers paying $700 for some metal and plastic.

I dont see consumers paying $700 for that.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Your Online Privacy Is Now In Jeopardy

A big court defeat for the FTC this week is putting the agency's power to protect your online privacy in jeopardy, analysts say. The ruling could wind up giving Google and Facebook, not to mention other companies in the internet ecosystem, the ability to escape all privacy oversight from the FTC, and possibly from the rest of government, too, critics claim, unless Congress intervenes.

Unless regulators can persuade the courts to overturn Monday's decision, the result will be "a fatal blow" to consumer protection, said Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy.

 "The decision will enable a company like Google … to engage in unfair marketing and data-gathering practices without having to worry about possible FTC consequences," he said.


Tuesday, September 06, 2016

WhatsApp Sells Out Their User's Privacy

That didn't take long. It can only stay "free" for so long.

Two years later, "Free" service WhatsApp,  will soon begin to share some member information with Facebook. That move that is rankling some of the company’s more than one billion users.

WhatsApp said on Thursday that it would start disclosing the phone numbers and analytics data of its users to Facebook. It will be the first time the messaging service has connected users’ accounts to the social network to share data, as Facebook tries to coordinate information across its collection of businesses.

Remember, when you're not the consumer, you're the product. 

Monday, September 05, 2016

Amazon Cuts Out The Middleman, Could Kill Fedex?

Why pay a service to deliver goods bought from your store when you can do it yourself?

Amazon is leasing 20 Boeing 767s from Air Transport Services Cargo and negotiated to buy 20% of the company. They can now ensure one and two-day delivery. 

How long before Amazon is considered a monopoly?

What other companies do you see that will adopt the same strategy?

Why Google Should Be Worried

Smartphone applications now account for half the time that U.S. users spend online, up from 41 percent back in July 2014, according to a new report from comScore. And when you add tablet applications into the mix, that figure rises to nearly 60 percent. (Source)

Doesn't it seem archaic that one application must be created for every operating system and device?

Imagine if that would have been the case for URLs.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Microsoft's Continuum...Very Disruptive

 Simply put..Microsoft's Continuum turns Windows 10 phones into desktops.

Could a Windows 10 phone be the "mobile Chromebook"? One device that connects to the Cloud and delivers content to any display. Could those Chromebooks and other "dumb clients' get even dumber?

Using a Win 10 phone your iPad, laptop, PC, TV becomes just a display.

In contrast to Apple’s “Continuity,” which aims to make moving between phone, tablet and desktop seamless, Microsoft’s Continuum instead has the phone you’re using adapt its interface depending on the context you’re using it.

Dubbed Continuum for Phones, it’s designed to take advantage of new universal apps that run across Windows 10 on phones, PCs, tablets, and the Xbox One. If you’re running a mobile version of Excel on your phone it will magically resize and transform into a keyboard- and mouse-friendly version for use on a bigger screen. It feels like the future.

In an on-stage demo, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore connected a phone to a monitor, keyboard and mouse, and instantly the UI he was using adapted to the new inputs and outputs. While the operating system interface we saw on screen didn’t look exactly like Windows 10 on a laptop or desktop computer, the applications shown (especially PowerPoint) did. Instead of making minor adjustments to a presentation using a 5-inch screen, you can simply connect to an HDMI-compatible monitor and have all the space and tools you would on a full PC.
 the feature really shines when apps have been built to scale across form factors,(source)

lets Windows 10 devices use a single device for mobile, tablet, and desktop interfaces. For example, a Windows 10 Phone can be converted into a full-sized desktop after being plugged into a larger screen. In the near future, consumers might only need a single all-in-one mobile device instead of a phone, tablet, notebook, and desktop

Ideally, all those users would be tethered to Microsoft's cloud-based productivity apps like Office 365 and OneDrive, while user data would be synced to Azure, its growing cloud computing platform. (source)

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Microsoft's Nadella..One Smart Fella

Last October Business Insider said Nadella and Azure could be a serious threat to Google and Amazon.

What he is doing is changing the perception of Microsoft from Windows to Azure and that should concern both Google and Amazon.

Realizing that Microsoft's revenue will shifting dramatically from selling the razor (hardware/Windows OS) to selling/renting blades (Azure), Satya Nadella realizes that the easiest way to keep existing customers and get new ones, is to give away the latest version of Windows 10...a free retrofit.

In the cloud world, companies only pay (Rent) for the actual resources they use, like minutes of computing time, bytes of storage, usage of add-on apps and services, and so on.

Customers love this and are ditching traditional software and computers at a rapid rate so they can rent their tech via cloud computing.

 So when you already have millions of devices running one form of your operating system in the market, why make these users pay for a new device. I guess that would be a lot cheaper and easier to get market penetration than selling Chromebooks at cost.

Google can continue creating the lowest cost Chromebook possible to try to get adoption (at least in the schools). Microsoft, with the help of Sphere 3D's Glassware 2.0 proprietary container technology, can just turn those low cost razors back into Windows 10 devices (blades) and take away Google's recurring revenue by offering Windows applications.

Back to the Cloud Conference.

Microsoft Corp. expects a billion people to be using its Windows 10 operating system in the software’s first two to three years.

The big picture is NOT selling new devices with Windows 10 on them, it is converting EXISTING devices to Windows 10.

What about those Windows XP users (and all of their legacy apps) that will soon be off support?

Not a problem. Microsoft will provide organizations with the tools to make cloud migration of Windows based end-user computing applications from physical infrastructure to Azure simple and rapid using Sphere 3D's Glassware 2.0.

Glassware 2.0 utilizes proprietary technology to achieve application virtualization without the requirement to virtualize the desktop.

Microsoft released a bunch of a free software development tools that make it easy for programmers to take their existing Android, iOS, Linux and Web apps and turn them into Windows 10 apps.

William Ziebell, founder of Big Wood Software who is working on a private social network app being built on Microsoft's cloud Azure, is excited that Microsoft is bringing Macs and Linux into its development fold.

He called this "huge, da bomb. Cross platform support is the Holy Grail," he told us. (source)

 Who has a bigger Cloud service?

Now here's why Amazon should be concerned.

Yesterday Microsoft announced  Azure SQL Data Warehouse and previewed Data Lake.

The new Azure SQL Data Warehouse will be able to store companies’ valuable relational data in the cloud, while unstructured data can go in the new Azure Data Lake for the purpose of doing big-data analytics.
Microsoft calls this new feature “elastic databases.”

 Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise group said "we believe it's the first elastic cloud data warehouse that's able to grow and shrink dynamically".

The new service would be a good match for applications with many sources sending in little bits of data all at once — like analytics for the use of sensor-laden Internet-connected devices, for example.

John Rymer, analyst at Forrester Research said, Microsoft’s new partnership with Dell was what really stood out. The new "hybrid computing" platform allows the enterprise to move applications back and forth between its private data centers and Microsoft’s cloud, and that could be what really sets apart Azure from its main competitors like Amazon and Google, Rymer said. 

Nadella, came from the cloud world and appears to be the right person at the right time, to transform Microsoft and offer the Next Cloud.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Google's Project Fi

The cloud comes to mobile number to any device, anywhere in the world.

Microsoft, what are you going to do with Skype and Windows 10?  Microsoft is sitting on what I think could be the next Iridium..will they unleash this?
 20150421Google Project Fi Logo

Google is removing the notion that a mobile phone number has to be tied to a single device. “With Project Fi, your phone number lives in the cloud, so you can talk and text with your number on just about any phone, tablet or laptop.

Your call will seamlessly transition from Wi-Fi to cell networks so your conversation doesn’t skip a beat...yes there was a company called Calypso Wireless that patented this technology years ago

How it works.

Project Fi aims to put you on the best network wherever you go. As you move around, the best network for you might be a Wi-Fi hotspot or a specific 4G LTE network. We developed new technology that gives you better coverage by intelligently connecting you to the fastest available network at your location whether it's Wi-Fi or one of our two partner LTE networks.(Source)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Microsoft's New "Chromebook Killer"...What I Would Do

For a couple years the world's largest software company was pointing out faults in its rival Google’s policies with a campaign called Scroogled.

When Nadella starting running this campaign. Apparently the guys at Google know where the future is heading which might be why Microsoft changes their motto from "be what's next" (huh?) to "mobile first- cloud first".

Google's Chromebook, which was once considered a joke because it only worked if there was an Internet connection, is now becoming a serious contender in the low end cloud computing device, especially with the next generation of computing users (kids) are being raised on them.

So we learn that Microsoft has introduced a product to compete with Google, excuse me, kill the Chromebook called the ASUS X205. Yes that's right there will be people lined up outside Best Buy the buy the new ASUS X205.

If Microsoft really wants to penetrate and ultimately dominate the low end market, they need to give this device a name. It all starts with branding, and brand names sell, not SKUs. When you're selling a very high end item you can get away with just the brand (Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolex etc) but when you're selling a low end item you better find a way to make yours different.

Here's my idea. These devices are all dependent on the cloud for computing right? What is the quickest connection from the cloud to the ground?..a lightning bolt.

Microsoft could brand it the LiteNing Book, FlashBook or the BoltBook...or they could just keep the name ASUS X205.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Oh Great ANOTHER App Store..Why Not One App Store For EVERY Device?

 Today Facebook announced the new Messenger platform, which will allow the service’s 600 million users to use a whole host of third-party apps and tools.

Instead of wrapping itself around your apps, it’s taking them over from the inside. By turning Messenger into a platform, Facebook is using its 600 million active users as a carrot to attract influential third-party developers, who will in turn create exciting apps that will keep those users inside the Facebook.

The problem? Each device and each service is requiring a user to go to different "stores" to get it.
Imagine if you had to download a certain browser to access a specific site. The Internet created disintermediation..and we are bringing it back?

Why should Amazon pay Apple a cut of their sales just because the traffic HAD to come from the Amazon app in iTunes?

A universal, one-stop app shop solves this problem. One website/service that lets a user download an app that will work on EVERY device (TV, iPad, Droid, car etc)..

This service will be able to virtualize EVERY app so that it can run on EVERY computing device.

Why create different versions of a program when you can create it once so that it runs on EVERY device, regardless of the OS.

There is an ideal solution Glassware 2.0

Any software application written in the last [30] years can be run via Glassware on any modern server and delivered to any device including chromebooks, tablets, phones, PCs and Macs.

The question is? Which player (Microsoft, Google, Apple, Amazon etc) sees the potential of this multi-billion dollar opportunity first?

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

When Did This Lack Of Respect For Police Start?

When you blame others, you give up your power to change...Robert Anthony

As I read the stories about deaths because of a confrontation with a police officer, I am astonished at how the media and masses fail to see the "cause and effect" relationship here. Who REALLY should be held accountable for these events?

So when did society lose respect for the police?

Shooting at, or assaulting a cop or trying to steal his gun seem foreign to me but it happens every day now. Everyone is fixated on the "effect" but not the "cause" in EVERY one of these situations. What triggered (cause) the incident (effect)? When you look at the cause, the effect makes more sense.

As as child I grew up respecting ANY police officer. They were always intimidating to me. As a cop walked by, or entered a room, I would always be aware of my actions.

This talk about police officers needing to be trained how to deal with people is nonsense. Try walking in his shoes for a day. He is approaching you not knowing if you're on drugs, just committed a crime, if you have a weapon..and when you don't do as you're told, this only raises his anxiety.

When you reach into your pocket, or act in a threatening manner, YOU are escalating the situation. YOU are creating the "cause".

When a police officer flashes his lights, pull over. When he tells you to spread your legs while he frisks you, do it.

Accountability...EVERYONE should be held accountable for their actions.

The irony here is that perhaps if more "victims" really did put their hands up, we wouldn't be having these issues.

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Stories I Found Of Interest (weekly)

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Stories I Found Of Interest (weekly)

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Stories I Found Of Interest (weekly)

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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Stories I Found Of Interest (weekly)

    • Microsoft is believed to be working on a desktop-as-a-service product, titled Mohoro, that could be released around the middle of 2014. It isn't clear how this will influence Microsoft and Citrix's traditionally close working relationship
    • strengthened by research from Endeavour Partners in the US, which found that one-third of American consumers who have owned a wearable product stopped using it within six months. What's more, while one in 10 American adults own some form of activity tracker, half of them no longer use it.
    • What does that presage for wearables? It may be that they are presently so primitive that it's no surprise that people give them up: they're too big, haven't discovered the killer app that we want out of them, and have battery life that is too limited.
    • The era of the on-premise server is clearly behind us, with the cusp of change literally on our calendars.


      In just the past week, we’ve seen significant server-shedding events and announcements from GoogleBox and Amazon Web Services. Even Microsoft finally seems to get it: enabling people to work from anywhere is more important than keeping them leashed to a platform going nowhere.

    • This shift will ultimately steady itself, but in the meantime – you better start out-human-ing the machines. You need to create a platform. You need to serve others in the way computers can’t. You need to use the leverage being created by these computers.
    • “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” —Max Lucado
    • Thanks to the high hopes and deep pockets of tech investors, a host of high-profile tech firms are now offering incredible business and consumer services at impossibly low prices. The trend is playing out across a range of industries, including business I.T. services, communications, media, payments, local delivery and e-commerce. And because these start-ups are exerting pricing pressure on established market players, even customers who don’t use their services might benefit from their rise.
    • So as long as you don’t make the mistake of investing in dubious tech dreams, you may be able to ride out the bubble to some pretty great swag
    • the IRS Bitcoin ruling is that for a currency--or any payment system--to work, its units must be completely fungible.  One reason dollars work really well as a currency is that one $20 bill is entirely fungible with another $20 bill.  This means that when I pay, I don't have to make a decision about which $20 bill to use
    • The IRS ruled that Bitcoin and other virtual currencies are property, not currency.  This means that they are subject to capital gains taxation.  And that means that Bitcoins are not fungible.  The price at which a particular Bitcoin was acquired (and this is traceable) determines the capital gains on that particular Bitcoin when spent.
    • If I spend Bitcoin A, which I bought at $10, but is now worth $400, I’ve got a very different tax treatment than if I spend Bitcoin B, which I bought at $390.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Stories I Found Of Interest (weekly)

    • Russian government officials have swapped their iPads for Samsung tablets to ensure tighter security, the telecoms minister told news agencies on Wednesday.
    • American special services... will significantly increase the volume of information they intercept (which) of course causes serious concern to many governmental clients."
    • While 82 percent of respondents disapprove of Congress — with both parties "universally despised," according to Democratic pollster Celinda Lake — 73 percent support medical marijuana in their states, 53 percent back decriminalizing pot, and most importantly, 68 percent said they are more likely to go to the polls if marijuana is on the ballot.
    • For the first time in American history, non-whites will make up half or more of the next generation, likely pushing Washington toward a bigger government
    • Their tendency is more liberal, their tendency is bigger government,” he said of so-called “millennials” born between 1979 and 1995. They will likely set the trend for the still-unnamed next generation.


      “This is a generation that is 41 percent non-white; the generation behind it is likely to be close to 50 if not more than 50 percent non-white, and the anti-government kind of tone is one that really doesn’t resonate with that non-white sector in particular,

    • At this point, our economy has stabilized at a much lower level than it was at before.  For example, 32 million Americans were on food stamps when Barack Obama took office, and subsequently that number shot up to about 47 million.  Fortunately, that number has been relatively stable for the last couple of years, but there has been no recovery.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Stories I Found Of Interest (weekly)

    • The link is graphite, a vital component in batteries used in Tesla’s Model S, Toyota’s plug-in Prius and other electric cars, as well as in electronic gadgets including iPhones. It’s mostly mined and processed in China where graphite pollution has fouled air and water, damaged crops and raised health concerns. Now, in response, Chinese authorities are closing dozens of graphite mines and processors in a bid for cleaner air even as global demand for the commodity is surging.


      “There’s little question that the Chinese are between a rock and a hard place environmentally,” said Josh Landess, an advanced transportation analyst with Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “There’s an obvious irony that the disruption it’s causing is within the clean vehicle and transportation industry.”


      The graphite outcry is the latest among environmental flashpoints in China that have ranged from lead poisoning to acid spills and “unbearable smog” in big cities. And while the clampdown may help improve the quality of China’s environment, it could also affect as much as a third of worldwide production

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Saturday, March 01, 2014

Stories I Found Of Interest (weekly)

    • I think America’s more fucked up now than it’s ever been. People are angry that in the game of musical chairs that is the U.S. economy, there are less seats at the table when the music stops. And at every recession, the music is stopping.
    • what has happened in the arena of patent policy since then and announced new initiatives going forward—including one to "crowdsource" the review of patents
    • The Innovation Act, which includes fee-shifting and customer protection measures for patent lawsuits, has passed the House and is being debated in the Senate.
    • by valuing the number of users above revenue, Facebook is inflating another dot-com bubble.
    • In WhatsApp, Facebook sees not a trove of patents or a lucrative advertising model but the future of communications — mobile, cross-platform, cheap and international. I

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Stories I Found Of Interest (weekly)

    • It is a fool's errand to try to raise the living standards of the bottom 60% through higher income taxes on the top 1% or 0.1%.
    • The shift in incomes in favor of the wealthy has been due to several large forces, including a world-wide boom in asset prices, the rise of global markets, and technological innovation that has increased the earning power of the well educated.
    • At a time of slow economic growth, mounting government debt, a stalemated politics and the impending retirement of the "baby boomers," the attacks on the "one percent" look more and more like a diversion from the nation's real problems.
    • Using an array of sensors and eight video cameras around the terminal, the light fixtures are part of a new wireless network that collects and feeds data into software that can spot long lines, recognize license plates and even identify suspicious activity, sending alerts to the appropriate staff.
    • The light fixtures are outfitted with special chips and connect to sensors, cameras and one another over a wireless network. Data that is collected — say, a particular car pulling up to the terminal — can then be mined and analyzed for a broad range of applications
    • The newspaper has also learned that Apple is heavily exploring medical devices, specifically sensor technology that can help predict heart attacks. Led by Tomlinson Holman, a renowned audio engineer who invented THX and 10.2 surround sound, Apple is exploring ways to predict heart attacks by studying the sound blood makes at it flows through arteries.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Stories I Found Of Interest (weekly)

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Saturday, February 08, 2014

Stories I Found Of Interest (weekly)

    • every time AAII bullish sentiment has dipped below 25% during this bull market, the S&P 500 Index went on to rally over the next six months
    • February is the second-worst month for the Dow
    • However, it's essentially a flat month, which is followed by two of the most consistently profitable months of the year.
    • Bitcoin is an excellent technology, with many very good use cases. But for the average end user—be it an individual wanting to pay for goods or a merchant wanting to accept payments—the new reality of those risks will be more than they can swallow
    • Bitcoin gives us, for the first time, a way for one Internet user to transfer a unique piece of digital property to another Internet user, such that the transfer is guaranteed to be safe and secure, everyone knows that the transfer has taken place, and nobody can challenge the legitimacy of the transfer. The consequences of this breakthrough are hard to overstate.


        What kinds of digital property might be transferred in this way? Think about digital signatures, digital contracts, digital keys (to physical locks, or to online lockers), digital ownership of physical assets such as cars and houses, digital stocks and bonds … and digital money.

    • In addition, merchants are highly attracted to Bitcoin because it eliminates the risk of credit card fraud. This is the form of fraud that motivates so many criminals to put so much work into stealing personal customer information and credit card numbers
    • Bitcoin is a monumental technical achievement in its simplicity and effectiveness. But just as the dot-com era overestimated the impact of the Web in the short term by several orders of magnitude (a hype-filled time during which Mr. Andreessen made his initial fortune selling a piece of free software to AOL, only to see it fall from grace and never monetize) so too do investors risk once again pouring billions into the currency equivalents of Web Van and, failing to analyze all the dynamics of the market in which it competes
    • And dealing in currency requires protection of government and consumer interests—neither of which Bitcoin is well suited to
    • The co-evolution of hardware and software is going to define a lot of what’s going to happen..Everything is going to be connected to cloud and data…All of this will be mediated by software.”
    • Obamacare will push the equivalent of about 2 million workers out of the labor market by 2017 as employees decide either to work fewer hours or drop out altogether, according to the latest estimates Tuesday from the Congressional Budget Office.
    • the health care law’s incentives are driving businesses and people to choose government-sponsored benefits rather than work
    • the current recovery has been driven almost entirely by the upper crust,
    • the head of Microsoft’s cloud division, Satya Nadella, looks set to be its next CEO
    • Microsoft has struggled with a good response to the dual iOS/Android device and marketplace strength
    • The telecom gear business has not been touched by the crushing economics of software delivered via cloud computing, the kind of low-price, high-versatility product that has caused so many problems for companies making business software, and for many traditional high-cost computer hardware makers.
    • The report found that the most vulnerable workers were those that followed well-defined procedures that were executed on a repeated basis. Jobs such as factory and warehouse workers, paralegals, payroll administrators, office assistants, and retail salespeople are but a few of the repetitive jobs that developers can write code for.
    • While eliminating repetitive middle-class jobs through software automation seems to be inevitable, a dire future also lies in wait for many upper middle-class jobs requiring higher cognitive skills. An increasing commoditization of their skillset will occur through cloud-based technologies.
    • Right now there is approximately a billion square feet of vacant retail space in the United States.
    • While Barack Obama has been in the White House, the average duration of unemployment in the United States has risen from 19.8 weeks to 37.1 weeks.
    • According to the most recent numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, an all-time record 49.2 percent of all Americans are receiving benefits from at least one government program each month.

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Saturday, February 01, 2014

Stories I Found Of Interest (weekly)

    • leading companies are changing silo unified communications and collaboration, mobile device management and desktop computing to more efficiently deliver and foster employee engagement and innovation
    • the desktop category — now under fire as more users make their tablets or smart phones their primary device — isn’t going away any time soon. “They are the devices of yesterday and today, phones are the devices of today and tomorrow and machines and sensors are the devices of tomorrow,
    • “It’s a good time to be in enterprise mobility,”
    • MDM gives companies a way to set protocols and secure their employees’ smartphones.  The space has undergone consolidation for several years.
    • VMWare’s purchase will put pressure on remaining independent competitors to sell within the next 12 months.
    • Buyers, like IBM, are placing the “economy” of the Bring Your Own Device(BYOD)  to work phenomenon through M&A, said Christopher Clark, president of Fiberlink. “They’re building a mobile IT stack” through serial acquisition-making that allows for “collaboration, sequencing, securing and implementing apps” on employees’ mobile devices.


      The AirWatch-VMWare deal “validates how big and strategic” MDM is

    • Gartner, the analyst firm created by and for technology professionals, has been predicting that IT departments will be dissolved and dispersed into the business units they serve
    • Love others. Drop the greed because it will blind you to opportunities for more ice cream around you. When you harness this mindset for a long enough amount of time, you will see the abundance of possibilities and
    • "The moment you stop caring about money is the moment you start making money
    • Guests at these properties will receive a message on a Starwood app containing a virtual key, which will unlock the door with a tap or twist of their phone through the use of Bluetooth technology. The company says the iPhone 4s or newer models and the Android phones running 4.3 or newer will be compatible
    • Unable to claim credit for creating actual products, union apologists will fall back on the assertion they “built the middle class.” The UAW example shows this too is a dubiously sourced accomplishment
    • From here forward, middle class jobs will come from smart decisions made by the leaders of American free enterprise - entrepreneurs and executives at companies large and small. Exploitation of workers is most likely to happen when Big Labor bosses cash in the dues money and go to Disney World

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Stories I Found Of Interest (weekly)

    • Mr. Zhang is a client of Turnstyle Solutions Inc., a year-old local company that has placed sensors in about 200 businesses within a 0.7 mile radius in downtown Toronto to track shoppers as they move in the city
    • The sensors, each about the size of a deck of cards, follow signals emitted from Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones. That allows them to create portraits of roughly 2 million people's habits as they have gone about their daily lives, traveling from yoga studios to restaurants, to coffee shops, sports stadiums, hotels, and nightclubs.
    • The company's dense network of sensors can track any phone that has Wi-Fi turned on, enabling the company to build profiles of consumers lifestyles.
    • The prosperity unleashed by the digital revolution has gone overwhelmingly to the owners of capital and the highest-skilled workers.
    • From driverless cars to clever household gadgets (see article), innovations that already exist could destroy swathes of jobs that have hitherto been untouched. The public sector is one obvious target: it has proved singularly resistant to tech-driven reinvention. But the step change in what computers can do will have a powerful effect on middle-class jobs in the private sector too.
    • Until now the jobs most vulnerable to machines were those that involved routine, repetitive tasks. But thanks to the exponential rise in processing power and the ubiquity of digitised information (“big data”), computers are increasingly able to perform complicated tasks more cheaply and effectively than people.
    • People would learn soon enough why nongovernment money works badly.


      Deflation is an obvious issue. Price declines are inevitable when a finite supply of Bitcoin money, a feature of the software, meets an expanding supply of purchased goods and services. That would be uncomfortable. Consumers might delay purchases as they wait for prices to fall, workers might chafe at regular annual wage cuts, and creditors would be even worse off

    • the popular interest in Bitcoin can be interpreted as a sign of ignorance of economic history. More realistically, it is a sad statement of a loss of faith in a monetary system that has not worked as well as promised. Unfortunately, Bitcoin is no more than a high-tech version of an even worse system
    • A huge 70% of occupations could become automated over next 30 years
    • I believe we are the inflection point where robotics are going to change everything you know and do,
    • What technology am I talking about? Personal computers in 1975, the Internet in 1993, and – I believe – Bitcoin in 2014.
    • Bitcoin is the first practical solution to a longstanding problem in computer science called the Byzantine Generals Problem
    • Bitcoin gives us, for the first time, a way for one Internet user to transfer a unique piece of digital property to another Internet user, such that the transfer is guaranteed to be safe and secure, everyone knows that the transfer has taken place, and nobody can challenge the legitimacy of the transfer. The consequences of this breakthrough are hard to overstate.
    • What kinds of digital property might be transferred in this way? Think about digital signatures, digital contracts, digital keys (to physical locks, or to online lockers), digital ownership of physical assets such as cars and houses, digital stocks and bonds … and digital money
    • All these are exchanged through a distributed network of trust that does not require or rely upon a central intermediary like a bank or broker. And all in a way where only the owner of an asset can send it, only the intended recipient can receive it, the asset can only exist in one place at a time, and everyone can validate transactions and ownership of all assets anytime they want.
    • (including converting dollars from your account into Bitcoin, if you did not own any Bitcoin
    • of The Wireless Registry, a company trying to build the equivalent of a domain name server for the itnernet of things
    • The world of smart devices is dazzling, the potential is there but what’s holding us back isn’t technology but our ability to know what to do with it.
    • The “Internet of Things” and open source hardware and software is surely going to turn up some ingenius uses of smart devices – and these are going to arise from the next crop of entrepreneurs and niche start-ups.
    • the demand for apps to control the plethora of sensors increases.
    • there are three cloud layers. At the base there is infrastructure — provided by the aforementioned AWS, VCHS, Microsoft Windows Azure clouds. Then there’s a middle layer, like the one described above, that lets the customer aggregate base services needed from the infrastructure providers. Then atop that there’s a business application layer that will likewise aggregate Software-as-a-Service applications from many providers — say for CRM;
    • Kay believes’s increase in sales thanks to Bitcoin is the result of more than just hype. Sure, Bitcoin fans are rushing out to support a site that takes their preferred form of payment, but he also argues privacy and confidentiality are “paramount” for the majority of users joining an adult service.
    • Most porn is available for free, but premium services require forking over some dough, almost always accompanied by personal information like your full name and address. Bitcoin circumvents all that, although it doesn’t support recurring payments, which makes it impractical for renewable subscriptions.

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