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 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.


  • 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

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

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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


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

Krispy Kreme sued over false advertising of fruit, maple doughnut ingredients
Published November 15, 2016

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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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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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INTERESTING: How did they tell time?

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

How Did Native Americans Keep Time Without A Watch (Or Calendar)?
Written by: Tammy Robinso

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In today’s modern world, it is easy to tell time. There are clocks on buildings, billboards, cell phones and microwave ovens. Then there’s the old-fashioned grandfather clock in the hallway.

But what if you didn’t have a watch? What would you do then?

And if you didn’t have a calendar, would you know when winter was coming? When it was the appropriate “time” to plant? To harvest? How old you are? How long would it take for you to “forget” to mark down a day or several days, or several weeks, thus obscuring even your age?

Native people had certain signs that they relied on and they actually had a very good sense of “time” — even though it differs from what we would consider time today.

White Man’s Time Clock

For many tribes, the clock – the one the Europeans used and brought to America — was a strange thing that was not easily understood. Some tribes thought that since the clock moved on its own and that it sometimes made sounds, it was a living thing.

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It really is an insightful question. People work themselves to death by the clock.

Perhaps it’s better to ignore “time” and focus on “life”?

I often rant about Time Zones and Daylight Savings Time. Is this the meme that illustrates how crazy our species is?

Do we needlessly complicate “life” by our paradigms and memes on “time”?

Imagine the simplicity of a “universal time zone” like GMT. It just means that a nine to five job in New York would be a “Two to 10”. Each of the current time zones would just adjust their labels. And no more confusion as to what time is the there!


And DST is just stupid and kills people.

Not likely to change but it does give us an interesting insight.

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INTERESTING: ‘a bit like negotiating one’s way up a badger’s a***’

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Would you want a pilot to tell you if the plane was about to crash? Aviation experts reveal why passengers are NOT always informed 

  • Pilots and aviation safety experts discussed the topic on an online forum
  • Sometimes there isn’t time for crew to disclose an impending disaster 
  • Passengers also came forward with their own stories of near-crashes 

PUBLISHED: 10:48 EDT, 3 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:26 EDT, 3 November 2016

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After flying through a plume of volcanic ash dispersed from a recent eruption, Captain Eric Moody said: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. ‘We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them going again. I trust you are not in too much distress.’

Fortunately, this story had a happy ending and everyone survived, though Captain Moody later described the experience as being ‘a bit like negotiating one’s way up a badger’s a***’. 

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Interesting question?

I think I’d like to know.

Say a prayer and watch my life flash!

Otherwise, I might waste those last minutes worrying about the future.

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