What is happening abroad?

dinner-with-friendsWhat is happening abroad the USA? Last evening wife and I were invited by a couple friends of ours to their place for dinner. The food drinks and most important the company was as good as always. After some appetizer and drinks we sat down at the table for a steak dinner perfectly cooked on the outside grill. We finished the meal with some dessert that my wife made and some coffee.

We talked about many different topics and subjects. At some point, and for just a couple minutes, we talked about China and the USA. It was interesting to see how some events that have been showing in international news are interpreted. This is the topic of this blog entry. Read the rest of this entry »

Tesla Test Drive

Tesla-Motors-logoYesterday my wife and I headed to the Tesla dealership in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The dealership looks more like a service garage. The reason is that Tesla is a new company and more important, their vehicles require little service when compared to units boasting an internal combustion engine. We were told that the dealership is expanding to include the entire building where they are currently located. The showroom area (none existing at this time) will be included in the modernization of the facilities. Overall, customers should not care. They buy a vehicle, not the showroom. Read the rest of this entry »

Elon Musk thinks we are basically living in a video game

elon_musk_simulationA few days ago I read an article and watched an embedded video clip titled “Sci-Health: Elon Musk Thinks We’re Basically Living in a Video Game”. The article was published by NEWSY on Thursday, June 02, 2016.

I have read the article that appeared on News Republic and watched the short video a few times. It appears to me that the article’s title matches the video or the article itself. Elon does not seem to embrace or promote the idea. Of course, the idea is a hypothesis which by definition is a concept in search of a proof. Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. to charge Iran in Cyber Attacks

stuxnetIt is snowing in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.  Spring started a few days ago but is seems the weather did not get the memo.  Snow started late morning today.  The forecast calls for an end of the snow by tomorrow around 06:00 AM CDT.  It is about 06:00 PM and we have already received about 10 inches of heavy snow.  If it continues to snow overnight, we might be in trouble tomorrow morning.  Not much we can do. Read the rest of this entry »

The Encryption Debate – 60 Minutes

pavel_and_lesleyMy wife and I have been watching 60 Minutes for many years.  What we like is that most of the time segments are of general interest and objective.  What we dislike the most is when the position of 60 Minutes on the subject seems to be on one side of the issue (quite subjective).  An example of the latter was the report The Encryption Debate by Lesley Stahl aired Sunday, March 13, 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

Robots are coming, but not for your job

machine_learningA week or so ago a very good friend of mine and I were talking on Skype.  One thing and the other and the conversation shifted to Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning and robots.  This morning I received from him an email message with a link to the article “Robots Are Coming, But Not For Your Job” published by Bloomberg by Carolynn Look from Bench Mark. Read the rest of this entry »

Apple versus the FBI

apple_fbiIn the last few weeks we have seen several reports regarding the struggle between Apple and the FBI on the issue of accessing the private information on an Apple iPhone.  I am amazed that people are so naïve to believe that allowing the FBI access to the private information locked in the iPhone 6 used by the terrorists in the San Bernardino attack a few months ago is a good idea. Read the rest of this entry »

Amount of Heat Energy Absorbed by Oceans

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????I tend to get up early (between 04:00 AM and 06:00 AM).  Typically I read the news on my cell phone for about 30 minutes.  Then I head down to my office to work.  Today was no exception.  Among the articles I read this morning one specially called my attention.  The article was posted on News Republic.  The title is:  “A new scientific study finds that the amount of heat energy from global warming that the oceans absorb has doubled since 1997”.  The original article originated on Associated Press Monday, January 18, 2016 @ 04:30 PM GMT. Read the rest of this entry »

The Great Brain Robbery

china_cyber_powerDue to the very cold temperatures we are currently experiencing in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, our two Miniature Pinschers have been at the dog sitter for over a week.  Today is January 18, 2016 and the country is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  The current outside temperature is -4 F with a wind chill of -20 F.  The forecast is calling for warmer temperatures this Wednesday.  My wife and I will be picking up the dogs Wednesday afternoon.  To tell you the truth I am missing them.  I am amazed of their intelligence and personalities.  How such small brains are able to understand and interact so well with us humans is something many scientists and companies all over the world are trying to interpret. Read the rest of this entry »

Trip to Indiana

snow_storm_apple_valleyIt is a Tuesday evening in Apple Valley, Minnesota.  It started snowing yesterday around sunset.  My wife and I were coming back home yesterday afternoon after picking up our two dogs from the dog sitter, when the snow started.  Around 04:30 PM it stopped snowing in our neighborhood.  Total snow accumulation is about 12 inches.  The snow removal service plowed the driveway sometime around mid morning.  Later in the afternoon a snow blower was used to clear the entrance.  Both dogs were going crazy barking and jumping while snow was being removed.  I believe this is the first snow storm of the season.  Last Wednesday my wife and I left to visit my youngest son in Indiana and there was no snow on the ground.  Temperatures were in the mid 30s.  That was not the care when we returned last Friday evening.  Yards had about half inch of snow and the temperature was in the low 20s.  What a change in less than a week. Read the rest of this entry »