Police Robots in US

Bomb disposal robot in NY appears unharmed after accidentally causing an explosion while disarming a hoard of bombs discovered in a bag.

Watch As This Police Robot Accidentally Blows Up NYC Bomber’s Explosive [VIDEO]

Micah Johnson was killed by a bomb disposal robot after 5 police were shot.
http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/military-robots/should-the-police-have-robot-suicidebombers
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/08/dallas-shooting-who-is-micah-johnson/
http://www.popsci.com/police-used-bomb-disposal-robot-to-kill-dallas-shooting-suspect

And finally one plucky robot used a pizza to resolve a situation with an apparently suicide man armed with a knife.
http://spectrum.ieee.org/view-from-the-valley/robotics/military-robots/robocop-delivers-pizza-prevents-suicide

Testing Vacuum

Brian Cox visits the world’s biggest vacuum chamber – Human Universe: Episode 4 Preview – BBC Two, this chamber is surely abhorred by nature.

NASA’s Space Power Facility in Ohio to see

30 t of air, atmospheric –> 2 g of air

3 hours to pump out 800,000 cubic feet of air

Apple and Jobs

Steve Jobs 1980 (23:00), how apple computers started.

LISA 1983 (8:30) — trying to introduce consumer computing

Getting software on the MAC (Lotus 123, Microsoft)

The LISA computer (14:09) — trying to introduce consumer computing

Apple Adverts from 1984

Apple Advert with Bill Gates

John Scully on how Jobs got fired from Apple (8:03)

Building NeXT (20:46)

Brain Storming in NeXT (23:00)

Pixar (12:39) — owning success, when to exit by IPO

Dealing with a question on OpenDoc vs Java (5:13)

Jobs introduces itunes

Company structure / managing

Wozniak on Jobs movie

The deal with Microsoft is the most important move… ensuring Word was on the mac permanently meant it could be used interchangeably with a windows PC.. helped to make as de-facto standard / monopoly player while staving off anti-competition claims. Today Mac computers use PC hardware, sleek hardware and software built on unix system differentiates the system from windows. Apple has proved to be a hugely successful marketing/ design company with a huge cash surplus from it’s repeated successes.
Here we can see what is the difference between macintosh and Microsoft, two successful companies which don’t actually compete directly. From the start, apple has been about delivering a standardised easy to use computer, which is integrated so the user doesn’t need to know about what is inside — computing for the rest of us. Microsoft don’t sell computers, they sell software. They were happy to sell their office software on to apple computers.
In the early days, the garage built apple II computer was a success and gave a cash flow, apple was able to introduce mass production techniques (assembly line with latest just-in-time stock control) to produce the macintosh. The apple mac is first core product which makes apple a success, today’s imac looks amazing similar in construction (although the components have changed it’s basically the same design (a sealed box with monitor, CPU and power transformer).
Something astonishing is that they have been recently able to have additional success, they successfully introduces the itunes market place, which they have been able to sell their ipod. iphone and ipad.

Apple Titan icar — available in any color as long as it’s white?

Apple — the iphone maker, not the record label; is rumoured to be developing an electric car. I wonder if this means they have taken up the designs that Elon Musk made available by releasing his patents in a move to open up the market. In much the same way that they took up the BSD system to create OSX, the system on their profitable iphone.

So what would an apple car look like and what segment would be targeted? Leaked pictures look like they are developing a big black people carrier.

http://www.autoblog.com/2015/02/14/apple-car-project-titan-electric-minivan/

The guardian gave 10 cheeky reasons to hope that apple isn’t developing a car.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/feb/12/10-reasons-to-hope-apple-isnt-really-making-a-car

Train Manners World Tour Continued – Japan.

Train manners can also be a subject of controversy in Japan. Kanadjin3 recently uploaded a video showing the new public information signs for proper train manners in Japan.

Here we can see that manspreading also exists in Japan (see previous article on manslamming and manspreading.)

Manspreading in Japan

Manspreading in Japan

But they also point out that applying make-up on the train is also very rude.

Screenshot from 2015-01-13 13:31:05

Don’t apply make-up, possibly more manspreading.

Don't be a douchebag

Don’t be a douchebag

Don't karate kick the train

Don’t karate kick the train

Kanadjin3-sans video:

Manslamming

Arwa Mahdawi has published a joke story on the guardian about the phenomenon of ‘manslamming’ in New York. You can tell it’s a joke because they conflate experiment with anecdote.

Is manslamming a true phenomena? It seems reasonable if manspreading is real. Manspreading sounds like something more testable. It is easy to imagine that collisions on the street are a result of both parties, so it seems more difficult to design an experiment — maybe mass observation would be the way to test this claim.

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/womens-blog/2015/jan/12/manslamming-men-more-likely-to-bump-into-people

The original article can be found here. http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/01/manslamming-manspreading-microaggressions.html

Oxymoron of the Year Award 2014 (OOTYA 2014)

Rectal Feeding – OOTYA 2014.

Congratulations to the CIA, who have been awarded the Oxymoron of the Year Award 2014 (OOTYA 2014) for their use of “Rectal Feeding”. The rape of prisoners (and the English language) by CIA officials was revealed when the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence issued it’s report on CIA torture — actually the “Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program”.

In the program interrogation techniques were used such as depriving prisoners (remember held without charge) of sleep for as long as a week, being told they would be killed while in American custody, and repeatedly being drowned.  Some prisoners were subjected to medically unnecessary “rectal feeding” or “rectal hydration” a technique the CIA chef of interrogation described   as exerting “total control over the detainee”.

Oxymoron of the Year Award 2014. Congratulations to Rectal Feeding and the CIA.

Oxymoron of the Year Award 2014. Congratulations to Rectal Feeding and the CIA.

Rectal Feeding can be used as a medical treatment when liquids containing nutrients that can be absorbed by the lower intestines are used, such as sugars or saline solution. However the report reportedly contains the statement that  “Majid Khan’s lunch tray, consisting of hummus, pasta with sauce, nuts, and raisins was ‘puréed’ and rectally infused”.