Tuesday S&T IV
[Sm1] Does the Android brand matter? Given their dominance in the marketplace, it’s almost a badge of honor the extent to which it doesn’t.
[Sm2] Apple and company should have a very strong case to make here, but operating in bad faith over the years has an effect.
[Sm3] Tom Warren misses Windows Phone. I never used Windows Phone, but I only stopped missing Windows Mobile a couple years ago.
[Sm4] Bad news everybody, according to The Nation cell phones are going to kill us after all.
[Sm5] This is not surprising. Despite being more of a techie than most, I have returned items that I later discovered weren’t working right due to user error. I’m still not gonna cheat and start reading manuals, though.
Artificial & Virtual:
[AV1] They had me at Kafka! But seriously, there’s a lot of potential here. I was reminded of the Soaring ride at Disney World, which was pretty amazing.
[AV2] Politics, AI, and sexy math in France.
[AV3] When it comes to automating people out of the job, looks like chemists might be next…
[AV4] When my wife was trying to get privileges for doing colonoscopies, they recommended that she play Mario 64. So this seems like a good idea.
[AV5] As always, I embrace our cyborgian future.
[AV6] Now playing in Portland: A ridiculous science fiction movie except it’s not a movie.
[Sp1] If aliens are trying to contact us, I propose we leave a message “Thank you for trying to contact humanity, but we’re all dead and despite whatever your sensors may be telling you our entire planet is nothing but a series of volcanoes and radioactive waste. We wish you luck in your future endeavors.”
[Sp2] NASA won’t be buying Falcon Heavy rockets, despite the relatively low price tag.
[Sp3] I’ve become interested in when we started learning that there weren’t any advanced civilizations on our surrounding planets, so of course I found interesting this article about how telescopes ruined everything (not really). –
[Sp4] What to do about space debris?
[Sp5] Coming soon: The Aurora Station Space Hotel, for under $10,000,000 a stay.
[Sp6] Due to a “quirk of nature” we got to see another star, further than any we’ve seen before.
[Sp7] An interesting question: What role does religion play in our space policy?
[Tr1] Huh. If you want to avoid jetlag, avoid eating on the flight. (And other flying advice.)
[Tr2] Polka dots could save lives.
[Tr3] This, like my “What if you designed a car that looked like it was driving backwards” idea, are both kind of neat and probably a hazard due to distracting other drivers.
[Tr4] Ugh. I can get legroom by getting economy plus, but I don’t think I can upgrade bathrooms as easily.
[Tr5] Mistakes were made, and stationary cars were given tickets.
[Tr6] NASA is working to silence the sonic boom, allowing us to fly a lot faster.