Monday, December 21, 2015

MC2 Post 2054 After Months in the Wrong Side of Reality







The Long and Winding road from an Old Windows 7 machine that finally quit working 

To the New HP Laptop running Windows 10.

Yeah We did the online shopping 'thing'..



We ordered a "Blue" one but Linda says it's purple.    "Yeah, Right!"


Well after yesterday's Power Outage,  Guess What???

Our Router got reset and my 'old' Windows Machine is Up and

 Running again... Go figure That!

Friday, October 2, 2015

MC2 Post 2053 ASRock Scores a Fatal1ty With Its $200 Mini ITX Gaming Motherboard









From:   http://www.pcper.com




ASRock Scores a Fatal1ty With Its $200 Mini ITX Gaming Motherboard For Skylake




ASRock (the Taiwan-based manufacturer currently owned by Pegatron) recently revealed its take on miniature Skylake motherboards with the Mini ITX form factor Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac.



The new SFF motherboard uses an 8-layer PCB with high quality Nichicon capacitors and the company’s Digi Power 8-phase power delivery feeding the LGA 1151 socket.

 
The board has a red and black aesthetic with red VRM and Z170 chipset heatsinks, memory slots, and PCI-E slot adding a bit of flair to the otherwise all-black PCB and connectors. Very little space is wasted on this board save for the top edge. To the right of the CPU socket are two DDR4 memory slots (maximum 32GB at 4,000 MHz) and a single SATA Express connector. The Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac further features four SATA III 6 Gbps (in addition to the two ports used for SATA Express) ports.











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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

MC2 Post 2052 Did You Feel IT? 4.5 Quake in Big Bear Lake CA at 9:10 am








From:   http://losangeles.cbslocal.com   and  http://www.nbclosangeles.com













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It was the Dodgers' longest game, inning-wise,




By the 15th inning, as Tuesday turned into Wednesday, Vin Scully announced, "Tomorrow is no longer another day. It has arrived."



By the top of the 16th inning, the Dodgers' starting pitcher, Brett Anderson, was shaving the paint off a baseball bat in the dugout.

By the bottom of the 16th, a pitcher, the Colorado Rockies' Jason Gurka, was playing right field.

A long, weird night had to end eventually for the Dodgers and Rockies. It just "didn't feel like it there for a while," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said.



The merciful end came, at last, when Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado hit a 95-mph Mat Latos pitch into the bleachers for a home run in the top of the 16th. In the bottom of the inning, Ronald Torreyes struck out with a runner on third, and the Rockies won the game 5-4, five hours and 23 minutes after it started.

 

It was the Dodgers' longest game, inning-wise, since a 17-inning game in 2007. The teams combined to use 58 total players, a major-league record. They used 24 pitchers, also a major-league record. The Rockies alone used 13, a major-league record.

 

The Dodgers used 11 pitchers and 28 players total, both franchise records.



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Friday, September 11, 2015

MC2 Post 2051 Disney Gets into Transmitting Data with Invisible LIGHT








Harnessing a IOT Functionality with, wait for it,    TOYS.


IOT  Internet of Things


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Publications

Disney Research Zurich, ETH Zurich | Stampfenbachstrasse 48 | 8006 Zurich |

Switzerland

giorgio@disneyresearch.com 



 Magazines

Visible Light Communication

[M1] G. Corbellini and K. Aksit and S. Mangold and S. Schmid and T. R. Gross, "Connecting Networks of Toys and Smartphones with Visible Light Communication" Accepted for publication in the IEEE Communications Magazine Feature Topic Issue "Visible Light

Communications — The Road to Standardization and Commercialization"
Conference Papers and Workshops

Audio

[C9] R. Frigg and G. Corbellini and S. Mangold 
and T. R. Gross, "Acoustic Data

Transmission to Collaborating Smartphones – An Experimental Study", IEEE/IFIP WONS 2014 in Obergurgl, Austria.






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Apple's Big Event in September

includedHUGE  iPad 
 


The New iPad PRO, Pencil and Keyboard were featured yesterday in SF.

And a couple of New iPhones too!

















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Thursday, September 3, 2015

MC2 Post 2050 Pomona has the Fair in September and Germany Has the IFA





 

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And then DISNEY is Calling FRIDAY....   FORCE FRIDAY












Disney has big plans for Star Wars' 'Force Friday'




 

From:    http://www.cnbc.com





Disney is turning its launch of new "Star Wars" merchandise—a full 3½ months before the release of "The Force Awakens"—into a new kind of retail holiday.

 


Dubbing the Sept. 4 merchandise launch "Force Friday" (the "fourth" be with you, get it?), Disney has a range of major retailers—and YouTube stars from its Maker Studios acquisition—on board to appeal to collectors and a new generation of fans


 




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Sunday, August 30, 2015

MC2 Post 2048 Google Chrome to block auto-playing Flash ads starting September 1





Video players will still work; non-essential content— 
like adswill be blocked.




From:   http://arstechnica.com





Google has a set a date of September 1 for when its Chrome browser will block all Flash content that isn't "central to the webpage." Flash content, such as ads or auto-playing videos on non-video websites, will be automatically paused by default—but you can click to play them if you wish. Embedded video players on sites like YouTube and Vimeo will still work, of course.



The Flash-blocking feature was initially rolled out to a beta version of Chrome earlier this year. At the time, Google's Tommi Li claimed that the reason for the blocking was battery life, thanks to auto-playing Flash ads consuming a large amount of CPU time.

 

The move could also help stop the spread of malware via malicious Flash ads. Flash has had a long history of security exploits, with the most recent exploit being uncovered in July, which potentially allowed hackers to remotely execute malicious code.


The vast majority of online advertising still makes use of Flash, even on mobile, where Flash has never been fully supported. A recent report by mobile ad management firm Sizmek (PDF) claimed that advertisers tried to deliver more than 5.35 billion Flash ads in Q1 2015—which ended up defaulting to static images—versus 4.25 billion HTML5 ads.









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Keeping Up With This Week in Enterprise Tech HARDWARE:

 

This Week in Enterprise Tech
Hosted by Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, Brian Chee, Curt Franklin

This Week in Enterprise Tech explores the complex, cutting edge world of enterprise technology. Hosted by Father Robert Ballecer, TWiET features IT professionals explaining the ins and outs of enterprise solutions.

Even at BLACKHAT...



Records live every Friday at 4:30pm Eastern / 1:30pm Pacific / 20:30 UTC.



Link:  
https://twit.tv/shows/this-week-in-enterprise-tech


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This Week in Computer HARDWARE:


 


Link:   https://twit.tv/shows/this-week-in-computer-hardware/episodes/330?autostart=false

 



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Thursday, August 27, 2015

MC2 Post 2047 Tesla Gets Highest Ratings From Consumer Reports







Tesla's Model S P85D Gets Consumer Reports' Highest Rating Ever




From:   http://www.nbcnews.com


  
Tesla just made Consumer Reports history.



The product testing agency on Thursday gave the new high-performance P85D version of the automaker's Model S a rating of 100 — a perfect score — calling it "the best-performing car that Consumer Reports has ever tested."

"It really blew up our system," said Jake Fisher, the head of automotive testing for Consumer Reports. "It actually scored above 100 in our system before we had to make some changes to account for this car."







For Tesla, the review is further validation of CEO Elon Musk's drive to build an electric car that can also deliver an incredible driving experience. Critics scoffed at Musk's vision as he was building the Model S; but Fisher said the team at Tesla deserved credit for delivering a car with very few flaws.

 
"Let's be frank, this car is $130,000," he said, meaning that a lot of people won't be able to afford it. "But this is a glimpse into the future of the automotive industry. A glimpse where cars can be extremely efficient, and extremely fast, and extremely comfortable."






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Probable Note 5 Design Flaw Can Cause S Pen To Break Pen 

Detection When Inserted Backward, 

Or Get Hopelessly Stuck

From:   http://www.androidpolice.com




On the Note 5, inserting the S Pen the wrong way provides exactly as much resistance as inserting it the right way. Which is to say: basically none at all. Once you insert the pen far enough in the wrong direction (again, which causes no strange resistance or feel than putting it in the right way), it will get stuck. It doesn't even have to "click" in. At this point, of course, you will panic. And you will try to get it out - and most likely, you'll succeed. The problem is that if you do succeed, there's a very real possibility you'll break whatever mechanism the device uses to detect whether the pen is attached or detached from the phone. Which is exactly what happened to our review unit.



Link:   http://www.androidpolice.com/2015/08/25/video-probable-note-5-design-flaw-can-cause-s-pen-to-break-pen-detection-when-inserted-backward-or-get-hopelessly-stuck/



TinyURL:    http://tinyurl.com/ownawxo




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Monday, August 24, 2015

MC2 Post 2047 Dow Metrics Do a REAL Number on Wall Street Open





U.S. stocks suffered its worst week since 2011 last week. Now what happens? Adam Shell reports. USA TODAY

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Stocks plunge but cut losses after Dow 
drops 1,089 points




From:   http://www.usatoday.com




NEW YORK — Stocks plunged Monday as the market downturn showed no signs of letting up with the Dow tumbling as much as 1,089 points in the opening minutes of trading.

Sharp early losses were pared in later morning trading but stocks were still down substantially. The Standard & Poor's 500 index plunged as much as 100 points as it dipped into correction territory before cutting its losses to about 50 points, or a drop of 2.5%.

The Dow was down about 350 points, or 2.1% and the Nasdaq composite index dropped 100 points, or 2.1% after being down as much as 5% earlier.








Aug. 24 -- Bloomberg's Julie Hyman examines the markets 
at the start of today's trade.

She speaks on "Market Makers." Bloomberg











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Steve Jobs used Walt Mossberg at the WSJ.

Tim Cook emails CNBC's Jim Cramer...






 Technology

Tim Cook of Apple Seeks to Quell China Fears in 
Email to Jim Cramer




From:   http://www.nytimes.com




In the email, Mr. Cook said iPhone activations had accelerated recently, and that Apple’s App Store in China had its best performance of the year in the last two weeks.“I get updates on our performance in China every day, including this morning, and I can tell you that we have continued to experience strong growth for our business in China through July and August,” Mr. Cook said in the email to Mr. Cramer.







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Apple CEO Tim Cook may have violated SEC rules with  

Jim Cramer email


Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook’s decision to give a rare mid-quarter update on the company’s performance in a private email to CNBC’s Jim Cramer on Monday may have violated federal disclosure rules, lawyers said Monday.







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Google Pay reminder  in  two Days 
(Samsung Pay is doing the same tomorrow)

What Timing! 




and Google Still Wants you to take more pictures of your FOOD...

Google wants to help you post food photos on Maps



If you can't help but take photos of your food before you chow down, you'll be glad to hear that Google might be ready to fuel your habit. Months after shutting down its experimental food shot app Tablescape, Google is testing a Maps feature that would notify you when a photo was taken at a restaurant and give you a chance to attach it to a Maps location in "just two taps.










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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

MC2 Post 2046 When You're Hot You're HOT



And that can be Dangerous, especially in the Pacific Northwest...






Way too Many Fires This Summer of 2015, 
as the map clearly shows us.








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Sunday, August 16, 2015

MC2 Post 2045 All The NEWS that's Fit to Curate






The Filter Bubble: What The Internet Is Hiding From Us




From Amazon:




The Filter Bubble: How the New Personalized Web Is Changing What 

We Read and How We Think Reprint Edition

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See, Even Book TItle's Can Be Edited....But By WHO?

 
An Editor or an Algorithmically, tailored driven version?



The Newspaper, the single greatest source for News important to us, is Dead.  The Network news, which pretty much served up what was in the newspapers, is on Life Support.  But it too, sooner than later, will die too.

The Internet's social networks:  Facebook, Twitter and Google will serve up a New, pretty Much Pasty White Curated Version of the News,  That will pretty much be what

Alogorhytms "think" we want to hear.

Give Me the Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth.

Yeah, Like that's going to just Happen...


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From:    http://www.amazon.com



In December 2009, Google began customizing its search results for all users, and we entered a new era of personalization. With little notice or fanfare, our online experience is changing, as the websites we visit are increasingly tailoring themselves to us. In this engaging and visionary book, MoveOn.org board president Eli Pariser lays bare the personalization that is already taking place on every major website, from Facebook to AOL to ABC News. As Pariser reveals, this new trend is nothing short of an invisible revolution in how we consume information, one that will shape how we learn, what we know, and even how our democracy works.



The race to collect as much personal data about us as possible, and to tailor our online experience accordingly, is now the defining battle for today’s internet giants like Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft. Behind the scenes, a burgeoning industry of data companies is tracking our personal information to sell to advertisers, from our political leanings to the hiking boots we just browsed on Zappos.








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While not bursting with activity like Saturn's moon Enceladus, the surface of Dione is definitely not boring. Some parts of the surface are covered by linear features, called chasmata, which provide dramatic contrast to the round impact craters that typically cover moons. More  http://go.nasa.gov/1TMPPYx


From:  NASA at Google+


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Friday, August 14, 2015

MC2 Post 2044 Samsung's Ludicrous 16 TB Hard Drive




The Drive Is the Biggest in the World


Samsung's newest SSD could store some 15,000 movies



So how much is 16 TB really? It's enough to store:

    18070 pirated copies of the action film classic Die Hard
    10971 copies of the Beatles full discography (at 320 kbps)
    279 installed copies of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
    One and a half copies of Wikipedia, or 153 if you compress it.




That is to say, more than you could ever possibly need. That said, this is aimed squarely at the enterprise market.




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I set a Goal of reading at least 3 Books

Each Month, this Summer

2015

How am I Doing?


JUNE

William Gibson's 2 of the 3 Bridge Trilogy
Books (About VR)

VIRTUAL LIGHT
ALL TOMORROWS PARTIES

still working on IDORU, off and on.


JULY


William Gibson's
Spook Country

William Isaacson's
The Innovators:

Dan Brown's
Inferno

William Gibson's
Neuromancer


AUGUST

Eli Pariser's 
The Filter Bubble:
What the Internet is Hiding from You
(Chapter 3)

Michael Crichton's
Jurassic Park
(about 100 pages in...)


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enjoy His Take on Virtual Reality (VR) much more
than Neal Stephanson's in Snow Crash. 
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Lost and Found

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