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 führer 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.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A Very Good Question: Why does Europe Want to Keep Greece?

This article is a real interesting think-piece.
It's easy to understand why the Greeks want to stay in the euro: They need the regular infusions of cash from creditors. The attractions for Europe seem much more elusive. Greece is not exactly a stellar export market right now. Tourism and Greek goods would probably be cheaper for Europeans if Greece were to exit. And if they stay in, the best-case scenario is probably that Greece turns into something like southern Italy -- a poor cousin that never seems to develop no matter how much money is funneled into it. The worst-case scenario is that in a couple of months, or a couple of years, they'll be back around the table negotiating yet another round of emergency measures.
Europe has thrown good money after bad three times so far. Why do they think another $80 billion will put Greece back on their feet anytime soon? The austerity measures seem pretty draconian and the Greeks might need to sell their ruins and seaports to put in some fund.

I can understand that the Germans just want to cut Greece loose and take the loss on paper rather then having to pump money endlessly. The whole idea of contagion has been dealt with. It seems that the countries that were bailed out earlier had the loudest voices toward a "Grexit."

I mean if it were because Greece was a great vacation destination they could have been able to afford it on the cheap if the dracma returned. There will be short term pain but in the long run Greece might start to grow again. Kind of like when a person goes bankrupt they have to endure some pain before they don't have that crushing credit card bill to pay every month.

Here is Something America can be Proud of: We have Visited all 9 Planets (Pluto is a planet in my eyes) in the Solar System #PlutoisaPlanet

I'm sure Ariana Grande is not happy about this but as we visit Pluto we have gone 9 for 9 on planetary visits and just completed the set. However, I think we need to go do a Pluto orbiter next because that world sounds pretty nuts.
Researchers said they can't wait to get a look at the close-approach data. Their appetites have been whetted by observations gathered over the past few weeks showing that Pluto and Charon are complex worlds with surprisingly diverse surfaces.

For example, Pluto sports a polar ice cap and a huge, bright, heart-shaped feature, as well as a giant dark patch mission scientists have dubbed "the whale." Charon, for its part, is scored by craters and canyons, and harbors an enigmatic, 200-mile-wide (320 km) dark blotch at its north pole.
I'm certain "the Whale" and the "Dark Spot of Charon" are alien bases where the Grays launch missions into the interior of our solar system.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Maisie Williams Hates Math, is Awesome, and has the Best Yearbook Quote Suggestion Ever!

She is one of the good things about celebrity culture.
Back in June, a young fan named Rachael Wood tweeted at the actress, requesting a quote for her yearbook. She provided no specific guidelines, she just said, "...if you tweet me back I'll make whatever you say my quote." 

"Anyone can be killed," is how the "Game of Thrones" actress responded to the odd request. Clearly, she turned to her Stark blood for inspiration. 
I think that Faceless Man training on Game of Thrones is paying off. This is also funny:
"And then when I went into secondary school, I just … I started to hate maths because of my teachers. And I feel like that['s] what it is for a lot of people. It’s like, sometimes you don’t get along with your teachers and you start to hate the subjects. It was just like totally what happened with me. So, I’d kill all three of my math teachers … But I wouldn’t actually kill anyone. No."
Wait for the backlash from the math teachers of the world. I have to agree though because my math teacher in high school was awful. It goes to show how important some teachers are to the rest of your life.

We Are Now Supposed to be Heading Toward a Little Ice Age by 2030?

Things change so quickly it must be hard to be a climate scientist nowadays.
Professor Vlentina Zharkova of Northumbira University presented the frigid findings at the National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno, Wales. Modern technology has made us able to predict solar cycles with much greater accuracy, and Zharkova’s model predicts that solar activity will drop by more than half between 2030 and 2040.
So no more global warming because the ice age will get rid of the excess heat from greenhouse gases? That is the problem with predicting things centuries into the future. There might be changes between now and then.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Women's Team gets Ticker-tape Parade and hopfully the Same Pay as the Men's Winners if Congress Acts

Its nice to see American women honored in such a way.
While watching the parade, a group of self-proclaimed soccer moms from East Brunswick, New Jersey, hometown of U.S. midfielder Heather O'Reilly, said the next hurdle for women athletes is equal pay.
"Parade first, then the money," said Lynne Dunbar, 62.

Next week in Congress, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont will introduce a resolution calling on the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to immediately eliminate gender pay inequity between men and women athletes.
I mean you cannot change the fact that mens pro-soccer players make 1000x more than women but at least you could give them the same prize money for the World Cup. I know the Womens World Cup is nowhere near the world viewership of the men's but FIFA makes billions. So it would be too much of a stretch to pay them the women the same amount in winnings.

It Seems that some of Trump's Anti-Immigrant Behavior Might Have just been Red Meat for the Nativist Wing of the GOP #DumpTrump

Hmm if this Trump was running for President he might actually win.
For over an hour, Trump listened intently, asked thoughtful questions, and gave us examples of Latino employees he held in high regard. He then asked each of the DREAMers to describe their journeys, which were compelling and mirrored every value each American shares: education, work ethic, community, faith and family. After I summed up the conversation with “immigrants are a value proposition to America,” he stood up, waved his hands in dramatic Donald fashion and exclaimed, “You’ve convinced me!”
Yeah I guess this was just an act for this particular immigrant organization. Or maybe the anti-immigrant Trump is the fake one? In any case he is an idiot that needs to be out of the GOP race as soon as possible.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

New IBM Chips the Fastest EVAR!

Well, look out Intel it seems IBM is gaining on them in terms of speed and will rush right past them.
What’s the fastest computer chip you can think of? Now, forget about it, because IBM announced it has created the fastest computer chips ever made. The firm’s new chips are four times faster than today’s top-of-the-line silicon, and they’re also significantly more efficient.
It might be time to go long IBM (if they start solving all their other issues of course) because everyone loves speed when it comes to computing/gaming.

Ariana Grande #HatingAmerica then Licking Donuts (Not Necessarily in that Order) is Causing Fallout with Donut Shop

Well it looks like the donut shop, Wolfee Donuts, is now in trouble for trusting that their patrons to not lick on donuts that are put in front of them and then curse out America.
Wolfee Donuts has now been downgraded by Riverside County's Department of Environmental Health from an "A" rating to a "B" rating following the apparent licking incident with Ariana Grande. After receiving a complaint, the department visited the shop on Wednesday for a routine visit, and found some violations, including not protecting food from contact with the public. The shop has one week to make the corrections, but will not be closed as a result.
So the donut shop is going to getting punished because of stupid patrons act like children. I guess that is California law for you.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Ariana Grande's "America hater" Rant is Costing her: MLB Chooses Lavato who I assume Loves America #GrandeHatesAmerica

Well it seems that the MLB All-Star game is going a different direction.
Demi Lovato has been tapped as the new headliner for Saturday’s Major League Baseball All-Star Concert following Ariana Grande’s withdrawal. The official reason given for Grande dropping out is she’s recovering from a wisdom teeth extraction. But Grande’s sweet tooth, which led to some bizarre behavior over the weekend, may actually be to blame.
Maybe baseball and apple pie are just not her thing. It seems licking other peoples donuts and hating on her country is what she is into instead.

I Think Trump is a False Flag Attack on the GOP: Now He Has Mexicans "Pouring in Infectious Diseases" #DumpTrump

I think his candidacy is just a "false flag" attack on the GOP because this is starting to become ridiculous.
“This is merely one of thousands of similar incidents throughout the United States,” he said. “In other words, the worst elements in Mexico are being pushed into the United States by the Mexican government. The largest suppliers of heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs are Mexican cartels that arrange to have Mexican immigrants trying to cross the borders and smuggle in the drugs. The Border Patrol knows this. Likewise, tremendous infectious disease is pouring across the border. The United States has become a dumping ground for Mexico and, in fact, for many other parts of the world. On the other hand, many fabulous people come in from Mexico and our country is better for it.” 
That last sentence doesn't make the previous how many right. Here is some unsolicited advice. Volunteer the US Military to have joint operations with the Mexican military to go after the cartels. Make it a "boots on the ground" operation that will not stop until the cartels are rooted out and destroyed. In other words help out your southern neighbor instead of denigrating them.

This action will take some of the pressure off of the Mexican government which will allow them to invest in growth instead of using that money to fight the cartels. Hell, seizing the cartel billions could go a long way toward providing jobs programs for Mexicans. If you improve the Mexican economy you make them less likely to come to America to look for work. There you go "the Donald" fixed your stupid campaign.

Great, Now Ariana Grande Hates America

After this country gave her so much success.
Second, the part of the video that is getting the biggest play on social media today is what Grande had to say about America (did we mention this took place on the Fourth of July?)
The actress sports a tray of donuts off-camera, and when they're put in front of her she can be heard saying, "What the f--k is that?

"I hate Americans, I hate America. That's disgusting."

It's unclear just what it was that set Grande off, but it's not making a difference to the singer's fans, many of whom have posted online about their disgust with the comments.
It would be interesting to hear her point of view to what set her off. I'm sure her damage control people are running scared.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Looks Like Europe is Going to Blink: #GrexitDenied

It seems that Merkel and Hollande are attempting to save Europe again.
Merkel and French President Francois Hollande worked together on a plan to save Greece from plunging into economic turmoil and possibly having to ditch the euro. This involved a medium-term conditional program and a short-term interim financing deal for a few months, the sources said.

However, a solution still depends on Tsipras putting forward convincing reform proposals and rushing key measures through parliament by the weekend to make Greece's public finances sustainable.
Now Tsirpras can look like a hero by agreeing to whatever watered down reforms and then the banks can reopen and people can live off of more than 50 Euros a day. It does pretty much invalidate that Greek vote but a crisis is still a crisis. This part was especially optimistic.
Merkel said she expected a formal loan request from Athens on Wednesday and more detail on how Greece would cooperate to make its economy more competitive on Thursday, in order to seek the approval of the German parliament to start negotiations.
I mean endless austerity that crushes the Greek economy will just put us back at this same spot 6 months from now. Growing out of the debt might be a way for the problem to be fixed permanently.

Monday, July 06, 2015

#Income Inequality: World Cup Edition: FIFA pays Men $32 million while Women get $2 million: I Guess that $30 Million difference was out on Bribes

Well if you want the true meaning if income inequality FIFA has everyone beat.
The U.S.-Japan World Cup final set ratings records for Fox Sports and drew worldwide attention to the women’s game, but the champions will go home with $2 million, which is $33 million less in prize money than Germany did when they won the last men’s world cup according to the BBC. 
I guess FIFA doesn't make nearly the same amount of money on the women's game as the men's but they did rake in $4.8 billion on their last World Cup.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Macy's is now going to #DumpTrump

It seems the problems are getting "huuuge" for Captain Combover.
Macy's said in a statement that the retailer is "disappointed and distressed" by Trump's remarks and will end its relationship with him.

Macy's has carried a Donald Trump menswear line since 2004, including $70 button down-shirts and $65 striped ties. Most items were heavily discounted on Macy's website on Wednesday.
I think running for President might be the biggest mistake Trump has made in years. He has lost millions in business deals in a few weeks and he is merely one of like a 100 GOP candidates and will probably drop out before the end of the year.