INTERESTING: What3Words digital addresses

Thursday, February 9, 2017

https://www.cnet.com/news/what3words-digital-addresses-tonga-sint-maarten-island/#ftag=CAD590a51e

What3Words digital addresses spread to island nations
For countries with missing or broken postal address systems, assigning three-word labels to every geographic spot on the planet can be useful.
Tech Industry
by Stephen Shankland
February 3, 2017 2:51 PM PST 

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But it’s not perfect: You need a phone or computer to translate the three words into a physical location, there’s no What3Words support in popular navigation tools like Google Maps, and adjacent patches have totally unrelated names so you can’t tell what country a three-word label is in, much less what neighborhood.

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There’s no doubt to any reader here that I LOVE this idea.

All that’s needed it that (1) Google get behind it; (2) the adjoining “words” be know on the map; and (3) the Gooferments of the world get behind it.

Amazon, Walmart, and most post offices could save time, money, and confusion with it.

FROM “dinner.sizes.chat”, see you soon.

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INTERESTING: NFL suggestions

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
NFL suggestions —
  • Depoliticize
  • Eliminate the psuedo patriotism
  • Lower the prices
  • Shorten the games
  • Start night games earlier (I have a bedtime)
  • Innovate the challenge system (Need them to get the calls right.)
  • Not every stoppage in play is not a time for 2 minutes of commericals
  • Prohibit “repetitious” commercials. (Same product or service ok; just need a different commercial for it. Repetition leads to “tune out”)
  • Less talking heads; more action.
  • Less pre-game and post-game
  • Fewer meaning less games
  • A “mercy rule” for the fans — down 40-3 in the last quarter; games over. (maybe first to 50 points)
  • Overtime needs to go until there’s a win. (Ties are like kissing your sister.)
  • Stop demeaning women by giving them meaningless on air on field “interviews”. 
Argh!

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A New Playbook 
The NFL is searching for new ways to tighten its grip on the public’s attention. Ahead of Sunday’s championship matchup between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday plans to use his annual state-of-the-game press conference to stress that the league is serious about making changes amid steep ratings declines and other problems. The NFL has begun experimenting with shuffling the way ads appear in game broadcasts, and is considering making the weekly lineup of games easier to find on television as well as tweaking the pace of the sport itself. The move to shake things up comes after a season in which average viewership per game fell 8% overall and some teams played before ugly patches of empty seats in stadiums as sold tickets went unused.
 
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INTERESTING: Were those Samsung smartphone batteries UL certified?

Monday, January 30, 2017

from the Wall Street Journal

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A Sorry Mess 
Samsung is on an apology tour for the blunder that led to the costly and embarrassing recall of 2.5 million smartphones. After four months of testing more than 200,000 phones, Samsung concluded that its flagship Galaxy Note 7 caught fire because of bad batteries—two separate sets of bad batteries made by two different companies, in fact, a conclusion also reached by independent certification firm UL. Our technology columnists, Geoffrey A. Fowler and Joanna Stern, compare it to “a meteor striking your house—twice.” Samsung said it would implement new safety measures, including an eight-step battery-safety check, for future devices. Fowler and Stern give Samsung’s response thus far a C grade, stating that it is still unclear whether the new tests raise the bar on safety or merely match what other premium smartphone makers are doing.

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Were those batteries UL certified?

That’s my only question since UL certification is the “gold standard” of safety.

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INTERESTING: Am I being to “Law & Order” paranoid?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

An interesting thing happened to me the other day when I was driving up to The Free State of New Hampshire https://freestateproject.org/ from the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee!

I stopped for dinner at a local diner along the way. After parking, this driver starts choking the horn at me. WTH. So I walk over, and this old biddie is yelling “Directions. I need directions.” and starts to ask me local geography questions — what road is this, where is deerfield, is this route something or other. I thought I was on Jeopardy finally but she was no Alex Trebeck.

So, I said “OK. First calm down. Close your door. Lock it. And roll down the window.”

It took her at least two minutes to do that. I said: “OK, I’ll help you but never open your door around strangers. What is the problem?”  

She was still agitated. But I got the story she was lost, she got off at the wrong exit, and didn’t know how to get home. 

Wow, that’s easy. 

I told her to wait in her car while I got my phone. Which I did. I had the WAZE app up like I always do for traffic and police alerts. 

So, I asked her address. She gave it to me and it was about two miles away.

I showed her the map, and then I went over the turn by turn. She was still confused. 

I could see that this was not going to end well if I just sent her off into the night. So I said, “OK, just follow me. I’ll lead you home.”

Got in my car, turned around, and led her home.

10 minutes away. (She obviously turned the wrong way off I91 and got confused.)

Led her to her house. Without getting out of my car — window to window — confirmed she knew where she lived. Waited while she pulled in and went into the house.

Went back to the diner and had some very dry “bad” meatloaf. And thought about the incident.

LESSONS LEARNED (Maybe I watch to much Law & Order)

  • She trusted fate. I could have been a “bad guy”.
  • I trusted fate. She could have been a “bad guy”. (Pretty random chance.)
  • There could have been Unintended Consequences of my good deed.

NEXT TIME

  • Alert one of my “shadows” that I am deviating from plan.
  • Photo and share her plate number.
  • Notify the police about what’s happening. Have them schedule a “welfare check”. I probably need to give them my plate number if I knew it.
  • Confirm with my “shadows” that I am back on plan. 

Does that sound reasonable or am I being to “Law & Order” paranoid?

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INTERESTING: A forest is an internet of trees?

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

https://www.care2.com/greenliving/what-tree-communication-means-for-forest-conservation.html

Trees Do Communicate and Why It Matters for Forest Conservation
By: The Nature Conservancy of Canada
December 26, 2016

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“Forests aren’t simply collections of trees, they’re complex systems with hubs and networks that overlap and connect trees and allow them to communicate,” says Simard. While this can make forests resilient, it also makes them vulnerable.

“You can take out one or two mother trees, but there comes a tipping point where a massive disturbance can affect hydrological cycles, degrade wildlife habitat, and emit greenhouse gases back into the atmosphere, which creates more disturbance and more tree diebacks,” she explains.

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Wow, that’s an interesting POV.

Now how do we take advantage of it?

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INTERESTING: Why “we” might have become “risk adverse”?

Saturday, December 10, 2016

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-economys-hidden-problem-were-out-of-big-ideas-1481042066?mod=djem10point

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The Innovation Paradox 
By all appearances, we’re in a golden age of innovation. Every month sees new advances in artificial intelligence, gene therapy, robotics and software apps. Research and development as a share of gross domestic product is near an all-time high. But none of this has translated into meaningful advances in Americans’ standard of living. Our “Innovation Paradox” series explores the forces at play, from increased regulatory hurdles to greater risk-aversion. We examine why Silicon Valley giants often stumble in the world beyond software and how Big Pharma has had to re-engineer how it finds treatments. We also report that businesses and governments alike are turning the search for innovative ideas into prize-worthy puzzles. Beijing, meanwhile, is spending billions on moonshot projects. View the complete series and our interviews with pioneers in science, medicine and technology here.

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IF “we” have become “risk adverse”, THEN I believe it’s due to Gooferment Skrules, the Gooferment, “Secular Progressives”, and the “Everyone gets a trophy” meme.

Why swing for the stars if your accused of hateful behavior? I read and hear stories of smart Americans, who happen to be black, and who achieve, are accused of “betraying their race”, “acting white”, or being an “oreo”. Nerds, other than on “The Big Bang Theory” #TBBT, are ridiculed. 

On a personal note, as a Catholic school boy, the Good Nuns and Brothers always DEMANDED nothing less than our best. Sometimes with regrettable physical consequences. (I felt that was a way too much. Guess because I was “encouraged” to often for my tastes.

In my book, “CHURCH 10●19●62”, I wrote: “Catholic school taught them that it was their obligation, and could even be a mortal sin, if you didn’t use all your talents to the greater glory of God.” — “Chapter Fifty — Samaritans going to Jericho / Monday November 5, 1962 – Church Day + 17 (continues)” CHURCH 10●19●62 Volume 1 Page 296

Laugh!

So, that might why “we” might be a little tired and unimmaginative?

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INTERESTING: “better off eating the box it comes in”

Monday, November 21, 2016

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2016/11/15/krispy-kreme-sued-over-fake-blueberry-donuts/

SNACK-FOODS
Krispy Kreme sued over false advertising of fruit, maple doughnut ingredients
Published November 15, 2016
FoxNews.com

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Instead, the complaint alleges, the donuts are made with “nutritionally inferior ingredients.” As one example, on its website, Krispy Kreme lists the ingredients for its “Blueberry Sugar Bits” as consisting of sugar, corn syrup, palm oil, and a variety of artificial flavors and colorants– but no fruit. 

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Seriously?

Is the plaintiff seeking to get good nutrition from something called “Krispy Kreem”?

Can’t find where I heard it, but some web doc (I think) said when it comes to “frozen prepared food” that you’d “better off eating the box it comes in”.

When you read the ingredients above, you would be better eating box or bag that the “crispy cream” came in!

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