Friday, January 31, 2014

MC2 Post 1799 KSays: 160 Days and Counting --- Is The Search Really Over ???



Who Steps into Ballmer's Spot ?  

And Outie or an Innie?





From:   http://news.cnet.com




Kara Says it's an inner circle guy -- Recode's Kara Swisher says that the board could name its candidate as soon as next week with the nod going to Microsoft's own Satya Nadella.






And all signs point to it being Satya Nadella, the executive vice president 

of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group.

This isn't surprising news — Nadella has been on tap for the position for quite some time, and he seems to be the most likely internal choice, given he's been with the company for more than 20 years. 











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The Internet of Things

is right around the corner


Like....

And Walt Mossberg has being testing One of these devices.



For the past few days, every time our front door has opened, or somebody walked through our foyer, a nearby lamp has turned on for a couple of minutes and my iPhone has notified me, wherever I was.

The phone has also recorded when my wife and I, 
or our cars, left and arrived back at the house.

"Smart Things" that tells him his dryer is done 
with a batch of laundry, even though he's miles away.




From:   http://recode.net





 




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Tor-Enabled Point-of-Sale Malware 'ChewBacca'

Stole Credit Card Data from 11 Countries





 In December, the security researchers at anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab discovered a Tor-based banking trojan, dubbed "ChewBacca", that was initially categorized as a Financial trojan, but recently security researchers at RSA have uncovered that 'ChewBacca' is also capable of stealing credit card details from point of sale systems.  




‘ChewBacca’, a relatively new and private Trojan, used in the 11 countries as a POS malware is behind the electronic theft. ChewBacca communicates with its C&C (Command and Control) server over the Tor network obscuring the IP addresses of parties.




From:   http://thehackernews.com









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Thursday, January 30, 2014

MC2 Post 1796 Google Loses It's MOTO Selling Motorola To Lenovo





Google sells Motorola unit to Lenovo for $2.9B





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PC maker Lenovo, which has struggled for smartphone success outside China, gets an established global brand, while Google unloads a burden on its balance sheet and a source of tension.

 

How a Good Move Getting Motorola is Getting Better 

 Lenovo gets the Motorola brand, as well as its portfolio of devices, including the Moto X and Moto G. In addition, it will also receive more than 2,000 patent assets, while Google will retain control of a majority of the patents it originally obtained when it acquired Motorola several years ago.






A deal instantly gives Lenovo, which has a thriving smartphone business in China but few other places, an established global brand. Google, meanwhile, will shed a business that has continually dragged down its profits.



From:   http://news.cnet.com









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Google holds on to 
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in Lenovo deal




Omitted from announcement that Google had reached a deal to sell its smartphone-making unit to Lenovo was that it will hold on to the unit responsible for the company's experimental technologies, which have included work on electronic tattoos and pills with chips in them for authentication.

 

Headed up by former director of DARPA Regina Dugan, Motorola's Advanced

 

Technology and Projects Group will be folded into Google's Android unit according to the Verge, which is headed up by Sundar Pichai, the VP also in charge of Google's Chrome and Apps efforts.




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Monday, January 27, 2014

MC2 Post 1795 Is NBC Moving Deck Chairs Again with Leno?




On 60 minutes yesterday,  NBC kept saying the Tonight Show with Jay Lenowas Still the Number 1 show in it's category.



 


Isn't that what they said the Last Time they tried  

moving the Deck Chairs?





 







If  Leno Really IS Number One


why in the world would 
they replace him????



 







They must have a Special Department 


of   Head Scratchers   that   "figures"   this stuff out.


(But It Didn't Work The Last Time, did it?)

 


From:   http://www.deadline.com





The network gave him notice in 2004 that he’d be out after another four   years. 



“‘You’re fired four years from right now,’” he recalled being told. 


“I said,

‘Sure.’








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Royal Caribbean cruise cut short after 

more than 600 are sickened









(CNN) -- A 10-day Royal Caribbean cruise ship will return two days 

early after an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness, 

the cruise line said Sunday.


Link:   http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/26/travel/cruise-ship-illness/


 
TinyURL:   http://tinyurl.com/la6my4c




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Sunday, January 26, 2014

MC2 Post 1794 Sometimes you just have to send a brick by mail in Utah -- see Historical notes



From:   http://en.wikipedia.org









US Postage raised to 49 cents on Monday.





 Historical notes


Domestic Parcel Post service was adopted in 1913,  25 years after the Post Office had agreed to

deliver international parcel post packages pursuant to the Universal Postal Union treaty and

various bilateral agreements with other nations. 

  

Initially, there were   no or few postal regulations 

governing packages mailed by parcel post. 


To construct a bank in Vernal, Utah, in  1916,   a Salt Lake City Company ascertained 


that the cheapest way to send 40 tons of  bricks to the building was by parcel post. 





Each brick was individually wrapped and mailed. 


Postal rules  were promptly rewritten.





Bulk postal rates were restructured in 1996:





 




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Friday, January 24, 2014

MC2 Post 1793 Market Ends Week DOWN 3% off the All Time Highs









From CNBC:

Down 318 points on the Dow.
Losing all the gains made in December.

What's The CAUSE?


 
 
 Blame Emerging (foreign)  Markets?
 Blame China's weekend Data?
 Blame the long awaited Market Correction?
 Blame Argentina and Venezuela?

Or is it a reaction to a  seismic shift in Retail.

 
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Walmart to  Layoff  2,300 Sam's Club employees 

about 2% of workforce.








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Reflections on the 30th Anniversary of the Macintosh 

by a true believer



From:   http://www.zdnet.com





 




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MC2 Post 1792 The Going Linux Podcast Show #233








A great place to start, test the waters and try out Linux.




For absolute Newbies.



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How to get Programs in Linux that work Like programs
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Jan 21: #233 - Linux Software Equivalents in Business
This Show provides a pretty complete List.


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Where Is TOM  Now

At DTNS,   At the Daily Tech News Show.








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Thursday, January 23, 2014

MC2 Post 1791 Build your own Analog Synthesizer with Korgs MS-20 kit







From:   http://www.engadget.com



At NAMM 2013, we were able to get cozy with Korg's MS-20 mini analog synth.

This year, the company is putting the wrenches in your hands with its DIY MS-20 kit. For $1,400, synthesizer enthusiasts can nab the collection of parts needed to construct a working model of the iconic instrument, with no soldering or electrical expertise required.






You can expect all the features, specs and even the same circuit path from the

original with new MIDI input and USB connections. The kit remains true analog

with 1/4-inch patch bay to boot, just in case you were concerned

Only 1,000 kits will be available, so you'll have to act quickly 

when packages become available in March.









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Google's ready to give away over $2.7 million to folks 

that hack Chrome OS successfully





But not if you hack from the comfort of your own home.

Instead, you'll have to travel to the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver

this March to showcase your skills at Google's Pwnium 4 competition.




From:   http://www.engadget.com




 





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Intel Mini PC launches with Bay Trail processor 

and Windows 8.1


Is Everyone making these Little Hockey Puck Squares 

Just like the Apple Mini???


Link:   http://www.slashgear.com/intel-mini-pc-launches-with-bay-trail-processor-and-windows-8-1-23314250/




TinyURL:   http://tinyurl.com/k5pr4rx


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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

MC2 Post 1790 Recognize This House in Cheyenne, Wyoming ???




How the Chinese Internet ended up at a house in 
Cheyenne, Wyoming



It's not clear how it happened, but for several hours on Tuesday thousands

if not millions of Chinese Internet users were being dumped at the door of a

tiny, brick-front house in Cheyenne, Wyoming.




From:   http://www.washingtonpost.com









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What Does Carl Want for his share of  Apple ???




From:   http://www.chicagotribune.com


9:52 AM 1/22/2014

Today, Carl Icahn  tweeted that he had bought $500 million more shares in
the Apple company in just the past two weeks, bringing his total investment
to more than $3 billion which is Less than 1% share of Apple.






 
TinyURL:   http://tinyurl.com/n83daor


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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

MC2 Post 1789 Welcome to the DRONE ROOM of Innovation



You Tube Videos on the State of the Art of  Drone Devices.







Starting with the Robot Dragonfly.


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Dragonfly is now at   www.indiegogo.com/robotdragonfly
Palm-sized robot that flies like a bird and hovers like a helicopter. 

Designed for Aerial Photography, Advanced Gaming, 

R&D, Security. Find out more!



www.indiegogo.com/robotdragonfly

www.TechJect.com


From:   http://www.youtube.com








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And Now, the Quadcopters, also known as QUADS

At a TED Demonstration Video.
 
 "How They Work",  and  even 

Some of the MATH Involved.







Raffaello D'Andrea: The astounding athletic 

power of quadcopters


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Monday, January 20, 2014

MC2 Post 1788 Valve: The future of Virtual Reality is Just One Year Away






Wingman:  "Oh Really?"



Gee!  That Looks Real Comfortable...




From:  http://www.engadget.com




The most exciting aspect of contemporary virtual reality is its implications. Even using Oculus VR's early duct taped-prototype, most users immediately "get it." You're transported to, say, Tuscany, or an underwater exploration vehicle, or a space fighter, and that experience is enough to trigger a flood of ideas for other potential interactions -- interactions that are dramatically heightened by employing a VR headset. How about deep-sea exploration in 4K? Or maybe Mars? And we're not talking just video games, but experiences.



Valve VR lead Michael Abrash detailed that notion in a recent talk:









See some of the talk Snapshots Abrash delivered  below:

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Yes, I've read this Book Too and it
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You have to Decorate your Test Room with

not the wife-friendliest WALLPAPER.


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The Snappier Looking Oculus VR Model




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In 2009,   At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data -- including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper "laptop." In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he'll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.

Some of the things Mistry showed in his demo, 


sure looked like VR to Me.
 


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Sunday, January 19, 2014

MC2 Post 1787-5 Mark Twain once said: "Everyone Talks about the Weather but Nobody Does anything about it."






Well DirecTV just Did:

Fade to Blackout.


Contract dispute displaces the Weather Channel 

from DirecTV lineup



From:   http://www.nydailynews.com




 




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until DirecTV's blackout.

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Connecting the hard to see Dots on the Edge of  Technology

Step One:  An interesting post on Mashable.

Self-Assembling Cubes Could Be First Step Toward Real Transformers???

Yeah, Right.



From:   http://mashable.com




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Nothing really earth-shattering, I've seen a different 
version of this before.

Put it on the back-burner, and let my inner mind 

break it down to usable applications.









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         Seen on Brian Stelter

Reliable Sources  CNN

Link:  http://reliablesources.blogs.cnn.com/ 

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Sundance Golden Age for Documentary  this year

The Filtering Process: 
 
120 films selected from 20,000 submitted.


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Word: DtD ???  Direct to Disc.
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DINOSAUR 13 (U.S. Documentary Competition)

Director Todd Miller digs into the vicious battle among paleontologists, museums, Native American tribes and the U.S. government over the 1990 discovery of Sue, the largest complete fossil T. rex ever found.
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ERNEST & CELESTINE


Oscar Nominee for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Director Benjamin Renner and producer Didier Brunner

(Directors: Benjamin Renner, St├ęphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Screenwriter: Daniel Pennac) - Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer. When she nearly ends up as breakfast for a bear named Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond that is quickly challenged by their respective communities. Cast: Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally. Recommended for ages 5+. (France, Belgium, Luxembourg)

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added to SNL last night, and two more 
African American woman writers.
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