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Colored clouds…

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If you’re up early enough and near the mid-Atlantic coast,  you can see the colorful result  of NASA  using vapor tracer chemicals,  which produce colors.  NASA will be live-streaming the event  here,  beginning at 3:45 AM.

 

 

 

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June 4, 2017 at 3:30 am

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OneLogin security breach…

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If you use Microsoft Office 365,  Google Analytics,  LinkedIn.  or Slack, your data may have been compromised.   Check it out.   Password managers are useful critters,  but when they are breached,  you are potentially in big trouble.    I do use a password manager,  but not for any site which has to do with financial matters,  a reasonable compromise between convenience and safety I believe.   I still have a little notebook in which all my passwords and usernames and challenge questions are noted, just in case.

 

 

 

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June 3, 2017 at 2:25 pm

Microsoft bullying again…

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Microsoft announced last January that it would begin blocking Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 updates for next-generation Intel,  AMD and Qualcomm processors from system updates on older versions of Windows, but didn’t reveal when support would be cut.

Apparently the process  has now begun.   If I weren’t old and tired and running three households, I’d brush up on my computer skills and kick MS into a deep and dirty ditch somewhere…

 

 

 

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April 14, 2017 at 11:11 pm

Creepy CEO…

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I’m sorry,  but Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos  piloting a  very tall robot which may or may not be able to actually do anything strikes me as rather creepy.   If,  as the article suggests,  this is basically a 13-foot tall puppet,  it is still quite impressive,  but it strikes me as a wildly costly way to show off.

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March 21, 2017 at 2:59 am

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Smart-ass car…

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I don’t want a vehicle which is smarter than I am, and I certainly don’t want one that believes it’s smarter than I am.   Therefore,  Cedric,  Volkwagen’s   driverless pod concept  just unveiled by VW ahead of the Geneva Motor Show,  is not for me.

I don’t particularly like so-called smart phones either, although I was forced to get one after my 14-year old flip-top kissed the floor and broke apart.   Of course,  part of the problem is that my body produces an unusual amount of electricity,  even when I’m calm and comfortable.  Vehicles are not quite so affected,  but the driverless models are more sensitive.  When I actually need a personal robot chauffeur,   I probably will be too mentally foggy to care,  but for now driving myself without assistance is both beneficial and enjoyable,  and I mean to continue the practice for as long as it’s safe.

 

 

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March 9, 2017 at 12:24 am

Atlas upgraded…

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You’ve seen Boston Dynamic’s Atlas humanoid robot before,  but they have now added a new algorithm which stabilizes it  to handle  rough terrain.

 

 

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December 2, 2016 at 11:53 pm

Tour Pompeii…

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I was in Italy many years ago,  but did not get to Pompeii,  a place long on my bucket list.   I don’t suppose I’ll ever actually get there,  but  this 3-D tour of one of the ruined houses is a splendid substitute for having aching feet and coping with hordes of other tourists.

Experts have been documenting the city since 1980,  and Swedish researchers have used the latest digital technology to recreate what the home of one of the richer citizens looked like before Mount Vesuvius destroyed the city.   Welcome to the new science of digital archaeology!

 

 

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October 17, 2016 at 10:07 am