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Water Cooler / Supply Chain late 2021
« on: Today at 03:26:22 PM »
Keep a watch on the supply chain its showing signs of strain.

The Instacart guy was just here.  The first words out of his mouth were, "I got lucky, I found everything."

We talked and he confirmed my suspicion that certain items were just disappearing from grocery shelves.  Stuff like Quaker Granola.

I also think some coffees are getting scarce.

This is more subtle than runs on TP, this is just certain items you have become used to disappearing. 

Water Cooler / Rewilding
« on: September 05, 2021, 10:56:12 AM »
The millionaire rewilding the countryside, one farm at a time

This rewilding example is in the UK, but this is something that we need to do in the US as well.  In the US we have fields where the land is too steep, like the sides of river valleys, and should never have been cleared for farming.  Lots of marginal farmland prone to annual flooding along rivers.  Also, reclaiming abandoned surface mines.

There was a lot of talk about planting trees to fight climate change prior to Covid, which seems to have been forgotten.  We need to get back to figuring out how to do this.  And it will require a plan from the government to do it.

Water Cooler / Norway: First crewless, zero emissions ship to sail
« on: August 25, 2021, 12:23:46 PM »
World's first crewless, zero emissions cargo ship will set sail in Norway

No robotic puppies spotted.

Water Cooler / Amazon may Open it's Own Department Stores
« on: August 20, 2021, 05:01:55 PM »
Amazon helped crush department stores. Now it reportedly wants to be one

Location. Location. Location.

Also, what separated Department Stores (Sears) vs. discount stores (Walmart) used to be face to face service.  That gets forgotten or blurred these days in the race to the bottom.  Amazon has little experience in face to face customer service and I doubt they want to pay for it.

Microsoft is making it harder to switch default browsers in Windows 11

Once I got it configured, and got Candy Crush to quit loading, I have been quite satisfied with Windows 10.  But if this is the new normal from Microsoft, I may have to go back to Linux.

Water Cooler / Soy based binders for asphalt being developed
« on: August 17, 2021, 04:14:56 PM »
Soybean oil based binders are being developed to replace petroleum based binders for asphalt.

Water Cooler / Fireworks
« on: July 02, 2021, 02:38:55 PM »
The next 3 - 4 nights are going to be noisy.  At my town's exit on I-94 there are 3 large fireworks stores, open year around, selling fireworks to locals and people traveling through between Chicago and Michigan.  Some of this stuff is very big and very loud and I'm sure all my neighbors have stocked up. 

When I was a kid darn near everything except sparklers was illegal in Indiana.  Then when I was about 30 we started getting fireworks stands, but Indiana residents had to sign an affidavit that we would either be taking them out of state or using them to signal riverboats, trains and such.  hhh. Sure.  Now it's pretty much a, hold my beer, free for all of stuff blowing up in the air and on the ground.

Traffic / Brave Search Engine Preview - SEJ
« on: June 17, 2021, 01:44:08 PM »
Sneak Preview of Brave Search A Challenger to Google

It appears Brave is building it's own index.  However, you have the option of using Google backfill, somehow blended with Brave's results.  Interesting.

Traffic / Google Makes Android SE Choice Free Under Pressure from EU
« on: June 08, 2021, 02:21:11 PM »
Previously, rival search engines had to bid for a spot on Android Choice which lets users chose their default search engine upon setup.   Google just dumped the bidding process and choices are free after pressure from EU.  Only in the EU.

Economics & Investing / And now a plastics shortage.
« on: May 28, 2021, 01:51:14 PM »
Actually, the resins that make plastics, thanks to the Texas freeze.  This is effecting the composites industry, vinyl, chipboard mfg., and even the glue used for cardboard boxes.

Economics & Investing / Switzerland vs. EU
« on: May 28, 2021, 11:19:09 AM »
Switzerland ends talks toward sweeping new accords with EU

What strikes me is how ridged and imperious the EU is.  I think this is contributing to dissatisfaction and erosion of trust with the EU amongst member and associated states.

Gael Duval, the founder of the /e/ foundation, has kept a list of ways Google has rooted itself in Android for data collection about users.  This is what they found when deGoogleing Android.

Hardware & Technology / Google Experiments with Chrome Users
« on: April 05, 2021, 10:47:19 AM »
Google Is Testing Its Controversial New Ad Targeting Tech in Millions of Browsers.

Economics & Investing / Post Pandemic Supply Chain
« on: April 05, 2021, 10:27:59 AM »
Logjams at ports, container shortages, shipping prices rising, it's not just Suez being stuffed up.

Logjam deepens at the world's ports as pandemic strikes shipping

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