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 »

The Lean Startup

the_lean_startupThe Lean Startup by Eric Ries was a New York Times Bestseller.  The title might be somewhat misleading for established companies.  It seems that the ideas would only apply for startups.  The ideas there presented may be easily applied to large, medium and small companies that wish to come up with new products or new ideas for existing ones.

Several concepts are presented as a methodology to use to go from ideas to actual products and services that customers are willing to pay for.  The actual ideas are not new.  They have been applied mostly in manufacturing and many by Toyota. Read the rest of this entry »

What do we need to do to defeat ISIS?

black_friday_moaToday is Black Friday.  Most retailers opened their door early this morning or late yesterday evening with many offers to lure shoppers.  My wife and I had done the Black Friday thing about three times.  It is interesting to watch people scramble for the best offers which are always limited to a very small number of items per store.  That implies that just the early birds would have a chance to cash on some of them.  For example, a retailer might have a 55 inch flat screen TV at $250 USD, but they only carry five to ten screens per store.  Most stores have hundreds of people waiting in line before the doors open so there is a slim chance to get several deals at one store. Read the rest of this entry »

Terrorists in Paris, France

bataclan-concert-hallAs most people know, last Friday night six public sites in Paris, France were the target of a group of eight terrorists.  At this time the toll stands at 129 killed, 352 injured.  In the injured group at least 99 in serious conditions.

The Naïve American offers his deepest sympathies to the families who were affected by such despicable act by the Islamic State.

If you are interested in the pictures, video clips, and latest news, the Internet is full of them.  I rather spend my time thinking on what can be done in the future to prevent these events from repeating.  In this case, France was the target of the terrorist’s attacks.  As far as I can tell, there is nothing to prevent them from happening in the USA. Read the rest of this entry »

15 Ways to stay focused, according to scientists

multitaskingSince the advent of the Internet and mobile devices (e.g., laptops, smart phones and tablets) something that I would consider dramatic has been occurring.  I believe it is causing a drain in mental ability to get things done right and on time.  This seems to be affecting people of all ages.  Productivity and excellence is slowly being eroded.  When all is said and done I believe it is causing a huge loss in our economy and society.

Before delving in the actual article “15 ways to stay focused, according to scientists” published by the Independent on Monday November 09, 2015 at 11:41 AM GMT which I read on News Republic, I would like to go over some applicable historic facts from my life. Read the rest of this entry »

CyberWar Threat

NOVA_logoToday is Saturday October 24, 2015.  It is a gloomy day.  Last night it rained on and off.  This morning when I got up and walked the dogs, the rain had subsided but the skies were ominous and it was windy.  The dogs did their business and we all hurried back home.  Besides running errands to the grocery store we will be home most of the day.  My son would like my granddaughters to watch the three (3) “Back to the Future” movies over the weekend.  As you might already know, October 21, 2015 (last Wednesday) was the date Emmet “Doc” Brown set in the Delorean Motor Company time machine in the second movie.  Now you know what we will be doing this weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Ben Carson

ben_carsonBefore I get to the point of this blog, I would like to provide some basic information about Ben Carson.  Benjamin Solomon “Ben” Carson, Sr. (born September 18, 1951) is an American author, retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and Republican Party candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 election.

Carson was the first surgeon to successfully separate twins conjoined at the head.  In 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. Read the rest of this entry »