Christmas music I can believe in. The fun starts at 0:39.
Bob Morris Posted on Sun Dec 8, 2013 13:41 pm.
Christmas music I can believe in. The fun starts at 0:39.
Bob Morris Posted on Sun Dec 8, 2013 8:19 am.
3D printing food with The Foodini 3D; stuffed ravioli, pizza, cookies in fancy patterns, veggie burgers, and, as shown in the video, ghost-shaped spinach ricotta for Halloween. There are huge possibilities here for creating new types of food not yet thought of. Whee.
Bob Morris Posted on Sat Dec 7, 2013 8:12 am.
Why anyone would want to buy a flaky net-based currency that trades in psychotic price swings is beyond me. My guess is Wall Street banksters have figured out how to manipulate bitcoin prices and will pillage it until there’s nothing left as the libertarians who invented it look on aghast as they learn the hard way about the real world of currency trading.
Bob Morris Posted on Sat Dec 7, 2013 7:23 am.
TechCrunch, in a stirring Op-Ed, calls for US out of Silicon Valley, as it is the center of the universe and deserves special status. A Special Regulatory Zone will be established in gritty, crime-ridden Oakland. It will be the first Panopticon drone state, completely monitoring its populace 24/7, free from onerous governmental regulations, ruled by benevolent tech overlords. How the new boss will be different from the old boss is a bit unclear. However, we are taking Silicon Valley here, so surely their special wonderfulness will create a entrepreneur’s paradise, free from intrusion by the damned gummint. Plus, Silicon Valley will no longer have to lie about how they don’t monitor the public and the possibilities of profiting by selling the data to NSA are awesome indeed.
I’m confident that the imposition of a Special Regulatory Zone organized by Silicon Valley’s finest tech minds would be welcomed by most of Oakland, much as a grateful Iraqi population greeted their American liberators a decade ago.
We may however need to tweak the demographics of the Special Regulatory Zone a little for testing purposes. To make space, Luddites, hipsters, and other technological throwbacks could be humanely resettled to camps in the Central Valley, where I’m given to understand that there’s a thriving informal economy of agriculture jobs that can support them.
However, I’m afeared it will never work. Oakland gangs will view the naive, cloistered techies as easy pickings and hordes of left-wing Berkeley politicos will hack through the Panopticon and wreck their libertarian wet dream. very sad.
Bob Morris Posted on Fri Dec 6, 2013 13:21 pm.
Yes, Mandela was a terrorist who advocated armed revolution.. He also was a hardcore Communist. None of this prevented him from nonviolently dismantling apartheid and being a genuine hero.
And what is a terrorist? No doubt the Brits thought the colonists in America were terrorists, and we probably were. We broke laws, dumped teas in the ocean, and practiced armed revolution. One of the founders of Israel, Menachem Begin, blew up the King David Hotel in Jerusalem in 1946, killing 46, including noncombatants.
Terrorism, as we use the word, is what people outside government do, that is different from what people in government do, generally only in that it is not sanctioned by government and kills a lot less people than what governments do.
Terrorism. If you win you’re a founding father, if you lose you’re a corpse.
The seventh rule of the ethics of means and ends is that generally success or failure is a mighty determinant of ethics. The judgment of history leans heavily on the outcome of success or failure; it spells the difference between the traitor and the patriotic hero. There can be no such thing as a successful traitor, for if one succeeds he becomes a founding father — Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals
Bob Morris Posted on Fri Dec 6, 2013 9:46 am.
I’m always amazed at how easy it is to conduct business in Cedar City UT and Utah in general. Wait for it, Californians. If you call a state agency in Utah you get an actual human on the other end after a few rings, and your questions get answered quickly and cheerfully.
We lived in Cedar for two years and maintain banking accounts at the small, efficiently run State Bank of Southern Utah, which charges no fees for accounts, is completely solvent, and never took a dime for the government. Imagine that, Wall Street banksters.
I just called the small nearby town of Parowan UT to get an accident report for when Bambi ran in front of our car there on Thanksgiving Day. I needed a particular form, which they didn’t have online. A friendly person said she’d email it. Total elapsed time, 5 minutes and no Voice Mail Hell either.
A few years back, a Utah state legislator looked at their public pensions, determined it would have problems in a few years. The state redid their entire pension system in one year with no squabbling.
And don’t get me started about the difference between starting an LLC in California vs. in Utah. In California, it takes several weeks and costs a minimum $800 a year in taxes. In Utah, you can do it online in ten minutes and it’s $40 a year.
Bob Morris Posted on Fri Dec 6, 2013 6:45 am.
Wind is by far the biggest producer of renewable energy in California. Sort of. Big hydropower is bigger but Califonia doesn’t count it as renewable, for reasons that are probably more political than related to energy. Also, look at the variability in wind power during the year. Such fluctuations make balancing the grid increasingly difficult. All forms of renewables in California are still just 14% of total energy produced.
Geothermal is the second biggest renewable energy source in California. This generally surprises people. Solar, both PV and thermal, trail geothermal.
California has mandated 33% renewables produced in-state by 2020 and has a long way to go to meet that goal.
Bob Morris Posted on Thu Dec 5, 2013 6:30 am.
Motorola, a Google company, is teaming with 3D printing giant 3D Systems to create a open source platform for smartphones. Use the hardware platform to build your custom phone then 3D print the case to contain it. This could have real possibilities, maybe even leading to devices not even thought of yet.
Led by Motorola’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, Project Ara is developing a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones. We want to do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software: create a vibrant third-party developer ecosystem, lower the barriers to entry, increase the pace of innovation, and substantially compress development timelines.
Bob Morris Posted on Wed Dec 4, 2013 8:45 am.
Further proof, if any be needed, that our worldwide financial system is completely corrupt. The EU fines banks $2.3 billion for one of the biggest frauds ever, LIBOR fixing, and no one goes to prison.
The corruption will continue until banksters are put in prison for lengthy terms and are forced to surrender their criminally obtained assets.
Bob Morris Posted on Wed Dec 4, 2013 6:30 am.
Our ancient electrical grids are in danger of becoming destabilized by increasing amounts of renewable energy. This is not right wing hysteria. Our grids were designed for steady amounts of power. Renewable energy changes all that. For example, large amounts of power can vanish almost instantly when clouds pass over a grid scale solar farm then re-appear just as fast. The problem is, the grid must always be in perfect balance between supply and demand. Hugely fluctuating amounts of renewable energy make it harder to maintain that critical balance.
But as states, led by California, race to bring more wind, solar and geothermal power online, those and other forms of alternative energy have become a new source of anxiety. The problem is that renewable energy adds unprecedented levels of stress to a grid designed for the previous century.
The technology exists now to solve these problems. Politics, fiefdoms, and entrenched interests are the stumbling blocks.
But the grid is also built on an antiquated tangle of market rules, operational formulas and business models. It makes for a formidable riddle.
Planners are struggling to plot where and when to deploy solar panels, wind turbines and hydrogen fuel cells without knowing whether regulators will approve the transmission lines to support them.
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