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Waveflyer…

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Jet skis are fun to ride,  although I’ve never been partial to riding pillion on them.  Now there’s a  new type  that rides above the water on a hydrofoil propulsion system.   I am not a great fan of lithium-ion batteries anywhere,  but I imagine the ride would be smoother and more efficient,  and the automatic stabilization would be a godsend to the unathletic.

 

 

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August 8, 2019 at 2:53 pm

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Not Spot…

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That is to say  this isn’t  Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot,  but a very large competitor model from HyQReal which just pulled a three-ton airplane over thirty feet.   Be nice to your robots  — someday they may be smarter than you are.

 

 

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May 26, 2019 at 2:52 pm

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Golden Spike anniversary…

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Did you know that the transcontinental railroad  is 150 years  old?   I learned about the effort in grade school,  then promptly began taking it for granted.   The achievement was amazing,  involving rich people, hardworking Chinese laborers, and a few crooks.

 

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May 19, 2019 at 3:22 pm

Anti-spam tech…

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…moves  closer to reality,  and  it can not come soon enough to suit me.  No phone number is safe from spammers these days.   My cell phone company correctly identifies and blocks most spam calls.  I still have a landline because it is unaffected by all the trees and bad weather, and it offers no such protections.  My mantra for it is if the caller ID says  “unknown”  the call goes unanswered.   Sometimes I answer a call I suspect is spam and entertain myself by keeping them on the line forever and a day.   12 minutes seems to be the length of time allotted for boiler room employees to waste before they give up.   It takes less than 2  minutes if i ask them to stay on the line for just another 30 seconds so that my computer can complete the call trace so that the court papers can be filed electronically to ensure they are served next week.  If you get bombarded with these nuisance calls develop your own ways to have fun — try saying you’re with the police department and you demand to know what relationship the caller has with the deceased.  I’ve been using that one this week and the hang-up is nearly instantaneous!

 

 

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March 29, 2019 at 2:55 pm

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Hotel fires robots!

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You probably knew  a hotel in Japan had stocked up on robot employees, but it has now fired half of them for poor job performance.  Read their sad tale of interactive  failure here.   Apparently even a poor hotel employee beats out a robotic one…

 

 

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January 22, 2019 at 6:08 pm

Spot dancing …

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No, it’s not the name of a new style of dancing,  but  here’s a video  of Boston Dynamics robot dog Spot dancing to Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk.”

I am not a fan of Bruno Mars,  but I definitely dig this impressive robot, and hope to make friends with one of the 100 they’re constructing so I’ll have capable assistance when the zombie apocalypse arrives.

 

 

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October 17, 2018 at 2:15 pm

Driverless weapons…

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It appears to just now be occurring to folks that driverless cars could be turned into  weapons.   I can’t imagine why it has taken so long for the FBI to consider this,  as it was just about the first thing I thought of when driverless vehicular technology popped up on my radar some years ago. Even cars which still require human drivers are so stuffed with technology that they are ripe for hacking.

I have been shopping for a new car to replace my nearly 15 year old vehicle, and I hate everything I have driven.  My body produces extra electricity,  so the more electronics,  the worse my experience.  Modern cars are not made for people who simply drive.  They want to connect you to the internet,  your cell phone, movies  — you name it.   I don’t want any of it.  I just want reliable transportation from point A to point B.   Don’t get me wrong –  I love and employ technology,  I just don’t want it trying to take over my entire life.

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October 10, 2018 at 2:19 pm