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Water Cooler / China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies
« on: October 04, 2018, 03:14:16 PM »

"Nested on the servers’ motherboards, the testers found a tiny microchip, not much bigger than a grain of rice, that wasn’t part of the boards’ original design. Amazon reported the discovery to U.S. authorities, sending a shudder through the intelligence community. Elemental’s servers could be found in Department of Defense data centers, the CIA’s drone operations, and the onboard networks of Navy warships. And Elemental was just one of hundreds of Supermicro customers.:

Water Cooler / Hedge fund billionaires asking the important questions
« on: July 15, 2018, 01:37:43 AM »
"Last year, I got invited to a super-deluxe private resort to deliver a keynote speech to what I assumed would be a hundred or so investment bankers. It was by far the largest fee I had ever been offered for a talk — about half my annual professor’s salary — all to deliver some insight on the subject of “the future of technology."...

"They started out innocuously enough. Ethereum or bitcoin? Is quantum computing a real thing? Slowly but surely, however, they edged into their real topics of concern. Which region will be less impacted by the coming climate crisis: New Zealand or Alaska? Is Google really building Ray Kurzweil a home for his brain, and will his consciousness live through the transition, or will it die and be reborn as a whole new one? Finally, the CEO of a brokerage house explained that he had nearly completed building his own underground bunker system and asked, “How do I maintain authority over my security force after the event?”

"They were not interested in how to avoid a calamity; they’re convinced we are too far gone. For all their wealth and power, they don’t believe they can affect the future. They are simply accepting the darkest of all scenarios and then bringing whatever money and technology they can employ to insulate themselves"

Water Cooler / Domain Valuation in 2018
« on: June 22, 2018, 05:56:15 PM »
Got an e-mail about a single word, 8-letter domain. Potential buyer threw out a $$$$ offer. I declined, saying we aren't in the same ballpark. He came back with "What do you want? I might be able to go there."

Where do you guys go for research, or what methods are you seeing for domain valuation in 2018?

Water Cooler / Anthony Bourdain on Waffle House
« on: June 08, 2018, 04:30:53 PM »

Economics & Investing / Who will buy Spotify?
« on: June 04, 2018, 06:50:36 PM »
Scott Galloway argues that the last media battleground is music. Spotify is ripe to be purchased by Apple, Amazon, Facebook or Google to cement their leadership position.

He bets Spotify doubles in value in the next 12-24 months.

Water Cooler / Amazon delivery
« on: February 09, 2018, 07:31:27 PM »
Had a onversation with a UPS employee 2 months ago. Asked how worried he was about Amazon's contract last-mile delivery workers, new cargo planes, etc.

He said they'd never compete directly with UPS. I said Jeff Bezos might be his CEO soon.

"Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS"

The Fedex CEO is in complete denial.

"Amazon is not a transportation company"
"The customers are not going to approve of the channel conflict"

Hardware & Technology / Toyota e-Palette
« on: January 12, 2018, 06:43:30 PM »
We'll rarely leave home in the future.

>This vehicle is meant to be a blank slate that combines connected and automated driving with commerce.

-Retail stores show up at your house
-Groceries and prepared meals show up at your house
-Hotel rooms show up at your house for a couple days when guests visit
-Dentist shows up at your house

Massive disruption possibilities. Brick and mortar rent is expensive.

Water Cooler / Grocery Wars
« on: September 14, 2017, 02:18:12 PM »

Traffic / Google adding "news feed" to homepage
« on: August 08, 2017, 05:55:27 PM »

"Google is adding a personalised Facebook-style news feed to its homepage - -to show users content they may be interested in before they search."

If you can't beat'em, join 'em.

Water Cooler / What do we get from our tax dollars?
« on: July 26, 2017, 02:17:39 AM »
...The most powerful and lethal war machine in the history of mankind.

Weaponry is America's specialty, and we just set another benchmark. 18,000 square meters of deck and 100,000 tons of steel wrapped around *two* nuclear power plants. All for the low price of $13,000,000,000.
I was lucky enough to take a tour and see the commissioning. It'll be in operation longer than I will.

Please excuse the phone-quality photos. Security was rather tight, so I left the big camera at home.

Web Development / HTTPS --> HTTP referrals
« on: May 22, 2017, 07:34:26 PM »
HTTPS --> HTTP does not trigger a referral on Google analytics.
Solution: <meta name="referrer" content="always" />

I just learned this the hard way. Angry clients are e-mailing asking where the traffic went.
We added SSL in March. I wasn't aware of the issue. Maybe this will save someone a headache.

More info:

Hardware & Technology / VPN shopping
« on: March 29, 2017, 02:00:17 AM »
Can anyone recommend a trustworthy, no-log, fast VPN?

Water Cooler / Death of the Industrial Advertising Complex
« on: September 15, 2016, 11:07:18 PM »
On subscription vs. broadcast TV:
"Broadcast television is cursed with being a swimmer, and every 11 minutes someone takes a dump in the pool."

"Advertising is a tax the poor and technically illiterate pay."


Other neat demos in left column.

Water Cooler / Civil forfeiture expanded
« on: June 09, 2016, 07:49:30 PM »
In the USA, "Civil forfeiture in the United States, sometimes called civil judicial forfeiture or occasionally civil seizure, is a controversial legal process in which law enforcement officers take assets from persons suspected of involvement with crime or illegal activity without necessarily charging the owners with wrongdoing."

This is being abused by police departments. In some states, large sums of cash have been confiscated purely on the suspicion it will be used to buy drugs. In some cases, cash was seized even when the owner had documentation showing they were on their way to buy a used automobile, etc... and many times the money isn't returned.

Civil forfeiture has now expanded beyond cash to include bank account funds of any debit card you are carrying.
"Now, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has a device that also allows them to seize money in your bank account or on prepaid cards. It's called an ERAD, or Electronic Recovery and Access to Data machine, and state police began using 16 of them last month. Here's how it works. If a trooper suspects you may have money tied to some type of crime, the highway patrol can scan any cards you have and seize the money. "

Be careful out there.

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