High Tech Harakiri
Bill Quick

Instapundit » Blog Archive » TECHNOLOGICAL SELF-REPLACEMENT: Are Engineers Designing Their Robotic Replacements? The profession could be putting itself out of work. A lot of professions are doing that these days.  It’s the nature of the Tech Singularity beast. … Continue reading

I’ve Dumped Firefox – Again
Bill Quick

No, not because they’re idiots about persecuting people who don’t follow the Approved Narrative about gay rights.  I don’t really give a rat’s ass about stuff like that in terms of people who run companies. It’s because the Firefox browser, … Continue reading

Singularity Watch
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4U Storage Pods offer 240TB of storage for 3.6¢/GB | Ars Technica The first design, in 2009, packed 45 1.5TB disks into a 4U rackable box for a cost of about 12¢ per gigabyte. So, in seven years, they’ve dropped … Continue reading

Amazon: The Sears Roebuck of Our Time
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Samizdata quote of the day « Samizdata Soon after the first Sears catalog was mailed in 1888, the catalog began to offer an astonishing array of goods to a population whose shopping had previously been limited to the local general … Continue reading

Under the Mountain – Again
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King under the mountain: Building Colorado’s Cold War command center | Ars Technica The US military commissioned a bunker to be built in Cheyenne Mountain outside of Colorado Springs at the height of the Cold War in 1961. The bunker … Continue reading

Sad
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The Z Blog | Sports, Culture and Other Stuff We like to believe we are past the time when wizards and shaman can make a living telling the future and conjuring miracles. We’re not like those primitives in our history … Continue reading

Now Ear This!
Bill Quick

The Future of Technology Is In Your Ear — Backchannel By putting these devices in our ears, they become part of our bodies, a sort of permanent prosthetics that boost us bionically. Wearable computers can accelerate our biological evolution. Yet, … Continue reading

Microsoft Nokia – It’s Dead, Jim
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The collapse of Microsoft and Nokia’s mobile business When Paul Thurrot, long-time commenter and cheerleader for Microsoft (although he’s reasonably objective about it – if something stinks, he says so) throws in the towel on Nokia handsets from Microsoft, you … Continue reading

Microsoft: Windows Ink
Bill Quick

I just updates to the latest and greatest build of Windows Insider Edition, so I’ve got Windows Ink on my Surface Pro 3 now.  And I do have the pen. I haven’t played around with it yet, but over the … Continue reading

Boneheads
Bill Quick

Log in with your skull via bone conduction biometrics Researchers looking for a better way to secure their face computers have come up with a novel solution for hands-free, head-mounted password entry. A device could potentially identify its wearer by … Continue reading

Watch Out, Apple?
Bill Quick

A year with the Apple Watch: What works, what doesn’t, and what lies ahead? | Ars Technica About a year ago, Apple announced and released its first Apple Watch. The long-rumored product was Apple’s first all-new product category since the … Continue reading

Apple Makes Money. Microsoft Makes the Future.
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Microsoft, Lumia and Windows Phone: Where now? | ZDNet There have been plenty of rumours that a ‘Surface phone’ is in development, and likely to hit next year. Could this boost Microsoft’s smartphone status? “Microsoft sees the Surface franchise as … Continue reading

Sorry For the Interruption, Folks
Bill Quick

Both my AT&T DSL and my Comcast internet have been down most of the day. I’m typing this from my favorite greasy spoon, where they have working service. One of the joys of living in a SF ghetto is that … Continue reading

Sorry, Not Interested in a Geezer Laptop
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Acer unveils a liquid-cooled laptop, simplified UI tablet for “super-seniors” | Ars Technica Acer also showed off a very niche product developed by a relatively new partner. The Grandpad is a tablet for senior citizens, particularly what Acer called “super-seniors” … Continue reading

The Key(board) To Everything
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Corsair Rapidfire mini-review: Low-profile mechanical keys, anyone? | Ars Technica Part of the reason, if not the reason people buy mechanical keyboards from the likes of Corsair and Das Keyboard is for that sweet, sweet extended key travel. The mushy … Continue reading

Technology: Two Years Is Now An Eternity
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Intel’s tablet adventure is looking more like its netbook disaster | PCWorld Intel’s rise and fall in tablets are starting to resemble the company’s misadventures in netbooks less than a decade ago. The company is quickly distancing itself from basic … Continue reading

The Eye In Your Brain
Bill Quick

The Z Blog | Sports, Culture and Other Stuff We’re just on the cusp of the surveillance state. The looming end of cash will mean all of your financial transactions can be quickly harvested by the state. We’ve been conditioned … Continue reading

Go Ahead, Try This at Home
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A Wannabe Supervillian Builds His Own Thermite Cannon Just watch the video. The guy would appear to be a suicidal idiot, but he’s been doing crazy things for a while (ref the last 30 seconds of the video) and still … Continue reading

Hmm…Hey, I Think I’ll Bring Down the Internetz Today…
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Rage-quit: Coder unpublished 17 lines of JavaScript and “broke the Internet” | Ars Technica The disruption caused by the wholesale unpublishing of code modules by their author Azer Koçulu was repaired in two hours, Schlueter told Ars, as other developers … Continue reading

Notice A Pattern Here?
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Sanders romps in Washington, Alaska, Hawaii – POLITICO Bernie Sanders swept all three Democratic caucuses Saturday — scoring victories in Hawaii, Alaska and delegate-rich Washington state. While the underdog’s West Coast wins are not nearly enough to trip up former … Continue reading

I Laughed at This Story
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Microsoft apologizes for hijacked chatbot Tay’s ‘wildly inappropriate’ tweets | TechCrunch Unfortunately, instead of teens teaching the bot about hot new words like “trill” and “fetch,” Tay was subjected to “a coordinated attack by a subset of people” (it could … Continue reading

Microsoft Hololens: Improving
Bill Quick

I’ve long predicted that Augmented Reality will be the next game-changing way we interact with our machines. Microsoft’s Hololens is one of the most interesting examples on the immediate horizon.  Announced about 18 months back, version 0.7 was fairly crude, … Continue reading

Baby Steps
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Controlling Diabetes with a Skin Patch Attempting to free people with diabetes from frequent finger-pricks and drug injections, researchers have created an electronic skin patch that senses excess glucose in sweat and automatically administers drugs by heating up microneedles that … Continue reading

Intel: Moore’s Law Just Died (Because We Couldn’t Keep It Alive)
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Intel Says “Tick-Tock” Processor Development is Over – Petri Somewhat defensively, Intel argues that this new schedule will help it “continue making Moore’s Law a reality.” But the reality is that Moore’s Law—by which the number of transistors in integrated … Continue reading

For the Half Dozen of You Who Have Windows Phones, This Might Be of Interest
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Microsoft Has Released Windows 10 Mobile For Existing Devices – Petri The wait is finally over, Microsoft pushed the big red button and has begun pushing out Windows 10 mobile for existing devices. If your device is set to receive the … Continue reading

Roomba Seat
Bill Quick

Instapundit » Blog Archive » I TRIED A ROOMBA OVER A DECADE AGO WITH POOR RESULTS. MAYBE I SHOULD TRY AGAIN: iRobot’s Braava Jet Mopping Robot Is Small, Smart, and Not Round. Me, too.  Wasn’t impressed back then.  I have … Continue reading

@ Rest Now
Bill Quick

E-mail inventor Ray Tomlinson, who popularized @ symbol, dies at 74 | Ars Technica If you’ve ever sent an e-mail, you can thank Raymond Samuel Tomlinson for putting the @ symbol there. On Friday, Tomlinson died of suspected heart failure. … Continue reading

Microsoft Hololens: On the Horizon Again?
Bill Quick

Microsoft’s HoloLens Documentation Gives New Details, No Black Holograms – Petri We will likely learn a lot more about the hardware limitations of the device once developers get their hands on the gear sometime early next month. Microsoft’s hardware efforts haven’t … Continue reading

Only Half?
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Would you bet against sex robots? AI ‘could leave half of world unemployed’ | Technology | The Guardian At the barest minimum. … Continue reading

Today’s Deals At Amazon
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Today’s great deals at Amazon! Ivation Portable HDMI Projector – White Also… Up to 62% Off Action and Drama Film Gift Sets Also… 50% Off Hudson Jeans for Men and Women Also… Kindle Fire HDX 7″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 … Continue reading

Billions For Fusion, Not For Welfare State Boodle
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Next Big Future: Jaeyoung Park confirms publication of patent filing for Polywell Fusion and promises more technical disclosure in interview with Nextbigfuture EMC2 now has a design based on 30 years of Polywell R and D and 18 total test … Continue reading

Drudge: Amazing
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10 Publishers Account For Half Of All Online News 01/29/2016 Overall, the top 10 publishers — together owning around 60 news sites — account for 47% of total online traffic to news content last year, with the next-biggest 140 publishers … Continue reading

Looking Deep Into His Own Arse, He Discovers….About What You’d Expect to Find There
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Goodbye, Golden Age of Growth – Bloomberg View The rise in the U.S. standard of living from 1870 to 1970 was a special century — and won’t likely be repeated. Growth over the next quarter century will resemble the slow … Continue reading

The Singularity Marches On
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Instapundit » Blog Archive » FASTER, PLEASE: Wheelchair-bound multiple sclerosis patients able to walk again after stem-cell the… FASTER, PLEASE: Wheelchair-bound multiple sclerosis patients able to walk again after stem-cell therapy. “The treatment is being carried out at Royal Hallamshire … Continue reading

Nah. Milo Had Nothing to Do With This
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Instapundit » Blog Archive » THEY NEVER SHOULD HAVE STARTED A FIGHT WITH MILO YIANNOPOULOS: Twitter announces major executive sh… THEY NEVER SHOULD HAVE STARTED A FIGHT WITH MILO YIANNOPOULOS: Twitter announces major executive shakeup. Seriously, once they went full-SJW, … Continue reading

The Dire Future of Militant Islam
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The Thought Police Did Not Like it When I Said… | Scott Adams Blog Seeing the Future Changing topics slightly, I give you an image from today’s failed terrorist attack in Paris. To me, that looks like the future. You … Continue reading

Non Lethal Bullet Seems Like a Contradiction In Terms To Me
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Ingenious New Non-Lethal Bullet Burns Propellant Inside the Round “It’s like a bee sting. It’ s only over a small area, but it is intense enough to be effective.” I would question what is considered here to be “effective.” … Continue reading

Knock, Knock! Who’s there? The Singularity….
Bill Quick

Progress! New CMOS chip can process both light and electricity | Ars Technica As with many previous efforts, the one thing that isn’t on the chip is a laser; that’s separate hardware, with its output channeled into the chip. Once … Continue reading