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August 26, 2013

Mega Cities in Hong Kong

You can build a two-story house on a plot of land or you can build a 60-story house, but if you build 60 stories you can get 20,000 apartments out of it.

I went to Hong Kong was I was about 8 years old with my parents. I remember being completely amazed by the tall buildings. However, after all of these years I can only imagine what they look like in person. Amazing feats of human engineering.

Elon Musk creates “in-thin-air” gestural design process

Will post video next week of designing a rocket part with hand gestures & then immediately printing it in titanium.

Seriously? Elon is the real life Tony Stark. No Doubt.

If Steve Ballmer ran Apple Inc.

[Under Ballmer] Apple would give both China Mobile and NTT Docomo whatever concessions necessary to gain access to their customers, and Apple’s carrier base would double, perhaps even triple to Samsung’s level.

The revenue and profits would flow.

And yet, under Ballmer, everyone at Apple would be working so hard, and be making so much money, both for themselves and for Apple’s shareholders, that they would ensure that Apple never again reinvents consumer computing.

Ballmer would have ruined the “culture” that goes on at Apple Inc. on a daily basis. I am glad he never had a chance to.

One method Ballmer used to severely hurt Microsoft

At the center of the cultural problems was a management system called “stack ranking.” Every current and former Microsoft employee I interviewed—every one—cited stack ranking as the most destructive process inside of Microsoft, something that drove out untold numbers of employees. The system—also referred to as “the performance model,” “the bell curve,” or just “the employee review”—has, with certain variations over the years, worked like this: every unit was forced to declare a certain percentage of employees as top performers, then good performers, then average, then below average, then poor.

If your best talent are constantly worried about their rank, none of them would want to be on best teams, as their likelihood of being rated less increases. Having your team see you lose almost $1 Billion from the failure of the Surface RT makes the workplace even more demoralizing.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop to replace Ballmer?

One could argue that Elop does have the skills to turn around companies who are seemingly set on a wrong course, though he doesn’t come without controversy either. Many former Nokia supporters have consistently called for his ouster since his famous burning platform memo, which called for drastic change within the company for it to survive.

I don’t think that Elop would help Microsoft at all. They need to bring back Sinofsky.

Google is already killing the Chromecast

Well, thanks to a recent update pushed out by Google, AllCast doesn’t work anymore. To hear Dutta tell the tale on Google+, this was probably a calculated move to ensure that only Google-approved content providers could play.

Almost too good eh? I saw this coming. I love AirPlay.

300 days with the iPad mini

 The main thing you need to know about my iPad mini right now is that it’s here next to me.

Personally, I still enjoy the size of the full-sized iPad 2. But if the next generation of the iPad mini has a retina display, I just might pick one up this holiday season.

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August 11, 2013

An interview with Richard Branson and Elon Musk

This is a very neat hangout with two of the worlds most innovative and inspirational people. I love when they talk about futurist projects such as space travel: SpaceX and Virgin Galactichyper loop and entrepreneurship.

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta apologies for being so wrong about medicinal Marijuana 

The number of people who die from smoking Marijuana is abysmal. Deaths caused by alcohol and cigarettes far exceed that of pot. Why it’s still illegal in North America beats me.

What if novelists (or any non-athelete) took steroids?

Why are only athletes like A-Rod and Lance Armstrong being shunned upon for using substances that improve their abilities? Suppose ANY person who made money off a talent or skill was not allowed to use something that enhanced their performance? I’d love to see news reporters or surgeons work around the clock without a hint of caffeine in their body.

MIT PhD student Kuang Xu applies math to the ER

We now live in a modern era of health care and medicine. This calls for new ways to do things efficiently in medical facilities such as hospitals. Being able to predict the flow of patients during different times will be an extremely use way to manage the increasing population.

Joe Rogan Questions “Robo-sapiens” on Syfy

A glimpse at our not so distant future. If Ray Kurzweil accurately predicts that 2045 will be the year of the singularity, then I should be able to purchase a cool avatar for myself in my lifetime. But that BINA48 sure is kind of creepy.

Lavabit shuts down

In an unfortunate act of defiance, the encrypted email service used by Edward Snowden was shut down by its owner Ladar Levinson. He stated that he would rather terminate all Lavabit business than hand over information that he swore to protect for his clients. Silent Circle also closed it’s encrypted email service shortly after.

Facebook won’t be around in the next few generations

Personally, I am finding myself using other social networks such as Twitter a lot more than my Facebook account. If teens aren’t interested in using it right now, then the future of Facebook isn’t looking to good. And their recent boost in ad revenue is just temporary.

Google embeds ads in maps

I’ll stick with Apple Maps. Thanks.

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Hyperloop, Reddit Pizza and Design

Elon Musk to unveils details about Hyperloop

I’ve been pretty excited about the concept and idea of being able to travel a distance such as from L.A. to San Francisco in just 30 minutes. This is precisely what Tesla Motors CEO and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants to do next. “Imagine a concord and a rail-gun” he proposed at D11.

Child cancer patient receives pizza from Reddit

Being someone who has worked in a children’s hospital, this story hits close to home. Health care professionals would do anything to help kids in need. “The flow of deliveries — more than 20 pizzas in total — overwhelmed the hospital staff.”

“Authentic design”

A very well written and researched article by   on the evolution of user interface designs on modern operating systems such as OSX and Windows.

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Empower

Powerful Ad campaign that raises awareness for child abuse.

 The ad is designed to empower kids, particularly if their abuser happens to be standing right next to them. 

A very innovative and clever way of getting the same message across to different audiences in a slightly alternate manner. I find this extremely effective as it can inform victims even if they are with the abuser.

This is real BS Adobe.

 For Adobe, the reasoning behind this decision is simple. According to our sources, the company had long searched for ways to stabilize its revenue. Previously, it would receive bursts of income every two years with the latest Creative Suite release. Convincing users to upgrade was a daunting task that left an impact on product decisions.

What happens when a photographer needs to edit and process in a desert with no internet connection?

Adobe CEO responded to this Tuesday.

Narayen accurately describes it as a hybrid solution. You will still install local software. The subscription model ($19.99 a month for an app or $49 a month for the full Creative Suite) means you gain access to the latest software updates as soon as they become available in the cloud, as well as all the cloud-based services and integration available to CC members.

I guess we will all see where this is heading soon enough.

Innovation is dying as there are More lawyers than creators.

Even if you fight, and you win, you still put a big bullseye on your back that other patent trolls can look for, because suddenly you’re on their radar and they think maybe you’re wounded and don’t have any more resources to fight.

The patent system is most definitely broken. If things continue the way they are, in about ten years, no one will be able to “create” anything without getting sued.

Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist on Creating the Interplanetary Internet.

Right, it’s actually not new at all – this project started in 1998. And it got started because 1997 was very nearly the 25th anniversary of the design of the internet. Bob Kahn and I did that work in 1973. So back in 1997, I asked myself what should I be doing that will be needed 25 years from then. And, after consultation with colleagues at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, we concluded that we needed much richer networking than was then available to NASA and other space faring agencies.

When I set up my new home on the Mars colony, it would be great to have access to the World Wide Web still…or more like UWW, Universe Wide Web.

The Tesla Model S is our top-scoring car by Consumer Report [VIDEO].

The electric motor delivers impressive power, right now, and it is impressively efficient. The Model S uses about half the energy of a Toyota Prius every mile, and it has more than twice the range—about 200 miles—of any other electric car we’ve driven.

Tesla CEO, Elon Musk is doing such a fantastic job. The Model S is just the second phase of his goals to release a vehicle for the masses at the $30,000 USD price range in the near future.

This is Water [VIDEO].

In 2005, author David Foster Wallace was asked to give the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. However, the resulting speech didn’t become widely known until 3 years later, after his tragic death.

If you consider yourself an intelligent and aware being, you must watch this.

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