Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Telegram that Made Hitler Kill Himself Nearly Forgotten in South Carolina Safe

Now this is quite a historical find.
A treasonous telegram from No. 2 Nazi Hermann Goering to none other than the f├╝hrer himself.

A message that, along with the advancing Allied troops, helped drive Adolf Hitler to swallow cyanide and shoot himself inside his underground Berlin bunker.

Despite its influence on World War II, however, the memorandum ended up inside a South Carolina safe, nearly forgotten for more than a decade until a college student made it his senior thesis.

On Tuesday, the itinerant but now infamous telegram sold at auction for $55,000.
Now this is a piece of history like Trotsky's Ice Pick or Martin Luther's (the Nazi Official not the Protestant Reformation guy) Wannsee minutes that doomed millions of Jews. At least this telegram is a good thing though and might have positive karma attached to it.   

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Intel and Micron Issuing In a Golden Age of Electronics? 3D XPoint (Cross Point) memory Sounds Awesome

Well this sounds like something that could change quite a few things in the coming years.
Imagine an ultra-small form factor PC, for example, that can instantly power up and start off from the exact point it was shut down, with hundreds of gigabytes of high-speed memory, that’s capable of transferring data at many gigabytes or even terabytes per second.  And that the data can be accessed in Nano-second scales. System memory limitation could essentially be eliminated and there would be no latency associated with copying data from a relatively slow storage device into system memory.
The article mentions Big Data like Tableau Software or Splunk using these chips to mine databases in seconds that it takes hours or days to crunch now. They could even do it in real time depending on how the chips perform. A Tableau or Splunk appliance could sit in front of the data store and constantly mine it for information if need be.

Another thing that it would do is allow streaming to go from the bandwidth intensive to device intensive to allow instant streaming of very high HD movies. Your new version of the Xbox or Roku equipped with these Cross Point chips could download 1000s of movies if you want and store everything and have them all instantly at your fingertips. Imagine if all of Netflixes content was on your Roku ready to be accessed from any device at any time nearly instantly.

You can even have someone curate the movie for you (new job opportunity) so you only watch the funny bits of a comedy or the action scenes or whatever. You might even be able to search the movie (or nearly every movie of a certain genre) for a certain line or scene in real time. Hell, you might be able to do that all on your tablet or iPhone 10 if it has a few of these chips in it.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Now This is How You Do a Review of a Bad Movie: Pixels Edition #WorstMovieoftheYear

I knew the movie looked bad but MovieBob confirms it in this awesome review. In some strange way I think terrible movies like this need to be made so it can justify this kind of review.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Apple Watch Looks like a Dismal Failure after the Early Adoption Rush

It seems Apple Watch is not moving the needle at all.
A slew of recent third-party data has not painted too bright of a picture of Apple Watch sales. One of the most stark is research from Slice Intelligence, which noted Fitbit (FIT) devices outsold the Apple Watch in May, selling 850,000 devices, compared to 777,000 Apple Watches sold. There are multiple Fitbit devices--seven in total--compared to just one Apple Watch (albeit in three versions).
So Fitbit is beating out the Apple Watch? It seems that people who use the Fitbit don't really want to see the weather in Cupertino on their wrist and can just pull their phones out of their pocket. Since people rarely use the cell phone for phone calls talking on your wrist lost its novelty. I think wearing a watch for anything other than a piece of status jewelry is kind of dying. It would be interesting to see how many early Apple Watch owners have the thing sitting on their dresser gathering dust.

More Trump Screwups: Gives out Lindsey Graham's Personal Cell Phone Number: Wait Wouldn't that Be Illegal?

You would figure that this latest blunder would be illegal.
In a characteristically rambling speech to reporters in Bluffton, S.C., Trump told the crowd that Graham once called “begging” him to put in a good word with “Fox & Friends,” the Fox News morning show on which the billionaire businessman and “Celebrity Apprentice” host was a frequent guest.

Trump read aloud Graham’s private telephone number from a piece of paper at the podium.
“Maybe it’s an old number,” Trump told his supporters. “I don’t know, give it a shot.”
A call to the phone number by Yahoo News went to Graham’s voice mailbox, which was full.
Isn't Graham a sitting Senator? You would figure his personal cell number would be a guarded deal because it can be used for all sorts of different hacks and such. Oh well, I guess it is time for Graham to get a new cell phone and send a bill to Trump.

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Difference Between Trump and McCain in 1968: It's Pretty Eye-Opening #DumpTrump

This is all you need to read on Trump vs. McCain during the Vietnam War.
“When I graduated from college, I had a net worth of perhaps $200,000,” he said in his 1987 autobiography “Trump: The Art of the Deal,” written with Tony Schwartz. (That’s about $1.4 million in 2015 dollars.) “I had my eye on Manhattan.”

More than 8,000 miles away, John McCain sat in a tiny, squalid North Vietnamese prison cell. The Navy pilot’s body was broken from a plane crash, starvation, botched operations and months of torture.

As Trump was preparing to take Manhattan, McCain was trying to relearn how to walk.
Yup and McCain could have gotten out of Vietnam because his dad was an Admiral and could have gave him a cushy Pentagon job instead of naval aviator. Instead he decided to go and fly airplanes, and got shot down, and was beaten for it.You can go after McCain's record in the Senate if you want but do not go after his record as a POW because that one is exemplary.

Donald Trump Wouldn't Last a Day in the Hanoi Hilton. He would turn Collaborator at the First Beating Threat #POWHeroes

I think Trump is done after this latest stupid outburst.
Donald Trump launched an outrageous assault on the war record of former prisoner of war Sen. John McCain on Saturday — and ended up shooting himself in the foot.

“He’s not a war hero," Trump said dismissively of McCain, who spent more than five years being tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and suffered permanent injuries as a result.

Trump, who received a number of deferments to avoid serving in Vietnam, backtracked slightly after drawing boos.
“He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured,” he said, to a mix of laughs and jeers from the several hundred social conservatives gathered at the Family Leadership Summit.
I don't think Trump would last a day in the Hanoi Hilton. He would probably turn into a collaborator and give up US secrets as soon as he was threatened. He needs to drop out of the race today and not have the damage the GOP any further.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Clinton Plan I Agree With: Tax Breaks for Profit Sharing

I think this is a great idea that would seriously resonate with certain companies.
Her plan would give businesses that offer employees a share of profits a two-year tax credit equal to at least 15 percent of their profit-sharing payments.

If a company took full advantage of Clinton's profit-sharing tax credit, an employee earning $50,000 per year, for instance, could receive $5,000 in added income, and the company in turn would get a $750 tax credit for that worker.
Even if the company offered everyone common shares of their stock it would create a whole new class of investor. Imagine if every barista at Starbucks received a certain amount of shares in their paycheck each quarter and Starbucks got a tax break because of it. Some long time Starbucks workers might be able to have a decent amount of shares and some pretty nice portfolios due to growth at the company. 

Also the idea of shared success would be on the minds of quite a few workers. If they work hard, the stock price rises, and if the stock price rises, they create wealth. This doesn't only apply to the top managers or white collar workers but to everyone at the company. Sounds like a game-changer.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

One of these Things is Not Like the Others: Taylor Swift and SuperModel Pals Tower over Lena Dunham

Wow, these girls are all tall and have some serious heels on. Dunham looks kind of emaciated as well. 

I Agree with Scarborough: If GOP Went After Trump on Bigotry they Might Change the Party #DumpTrump

I agree with this statement.
This is a generational opportunity for Republicans, if you have the right person that goes out there -- defends the law first of all -- but at the same time [as he or she is] defending the law, defends Hispanics and people from Mexico, that actually is remembered in the general election in a way that Romney's unfortunate statement about Hispanics was remembered in 2012.
Yeah and they distance themselves from someone who seems to be actively damaging the party. Trump is such a nuisance I think he might have a deal with Hillary that if she wins he gets some kind of reward or kick-back. Maybe a sweetheart deal with the government worth billions or something similar.