ce6r45cuaaahylssssIt’s April Fools Day AND Apple’s Birthday. In fact they are ’40 today’, so in celebration they have raised the Jolly Roger at Infinite Loop.[ Thanks to 9-5 Mac ].

For my part it seemed pertinent  to highlight to share some of the highlights of how Apple (the company that nobody understands)  have consistently made fools of us all. In no particular order … Continue reading


Been saying this for years – and I get particularly pissed off by those people on their huxter soapboxes the Presidential campaign trail that say any different. We need to think and work differently now.

Here’s the problem: Whether or not those manufacturing jobs could have been saved, they aren’t coming back, at least not most of them. How do we know? Because in recent years, factories have been coming back, but the jobs haven’t.

[ Source : Five Thirty Eight ]

… despite what the U.S. Department of State says.

239 – according to The Guardian that is how many people have been killed in America so far this year – by the police. Last year, so far, they have counted 1145. That number might go up since they don’t increase the number until reported deaths have been validated. (by the way – the Guardian are doing this because apparently nobody in the US Govt is counting.

That said – this year’s run rate seems to be on target for even more and both are significantly smaller numbers than the total killings in the USA by gun violence last year – some 13,000 according to one source.

Yes – old news. BUT – my point relates to this announcement from the US department of state.

Essentially, as a result of 31 dead in a terrorist attack in Brussels – and ‘to be confirmed intel on possible future attacks’, the department is essentially advising US citizens to stay away from Europe, even though there was not one US citizen killed in any of the attacks. [see update at end of post].

Meanwhile, no such alerts are broadcast re US citizens traveling to say

Chicago – where a person is shot every 2.5 hours and murdered every 14 or
New Orleanswhich accounts for a third of all Louisiana gun deaths – and in turn that state has the highest gun death per capita than any other state or even
LA – where 670 people were killed in the past year

And for all of that – America might not remember the 70s and 80s in Europe – but Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight site has an interesting set of data. Bottom line – even after Paris and Brussels – the European death count is significantly lower than in the days when the IRA were operating in London, or Baader Meinhof In Germany, or The ETA in Spain.

How soon we forget. Or did we ever know, certainly the USA seems to have started to treat terrorism as a new way to keep their citizens in a constant set of fear ever since 911. Before that there are strong suggestions that they might even funded it – of course The IRA weren’t terrorists – just like Timothy McVeigh or The Unibomber. And ‘NIMBY’ thinking seemingly works just as well for terrorism as it does for ‘property zoning’

First published on Beyond Bridges on March 24th, 2016.

Updated March 25th, 2016

Updated to reflect two sad losses in the Brussels bombings this week. That said, judging by my inbox this morning this post has hit a nerve, so a follow up will be forthcoming,

First published on Beyond Bridges on March 20th, 2016.

Updated March 31st, 2016
Engadget agrees - and they are only talking about the iPad !

appleIf the rumors are anything close to true, we are about to have 3 different iPhone sizes to choose from when we buy our next iPhone.

Over in ‘iPad land we already have 3 iPad sizes – mini, standard and pro. The pro has stuff that the non pro doesn’t – size aside (at least from tomorrow – seems to be the prediction).

The iTouch is yet another device rarely talked about, but still there – in the iPod family – an iPhone without the ability to make phone calls.

Some of these choices are wifi only (iTouch), but most allow you to have a GSM connection.

And the inevitable question, as you try to work out which you need and/or should have to do what you need to do … which one ? The naming convention alone is tough enough to work out …

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[ the numbers down the left are current measures of the screen size in inches ]

But

Here’s a new thought – as the industry tries to work out what Apple is going to call the new iPad with the ‘pro’ moniker.

Let’s call them all the ‘iConnect’ – available in 5 sizes.

4,6,8,10 and 12 – model numbers NOT screen sizes – but map to the dimensions.

  • All with wifi connectivity
  • All with or without cellular connectivity
  • Choice of pro – or not.

I am writing this on an iPad and will upload through my GSM link – so in some ways this iPad is already available as a ‘phone’. It even has a phone number, though I just can’t use it as a phone, because the ‘phone app’ isn’t on the iPad.

Only 9.7 inch and 12.9 inch available as Pro – they would be the devices with the smart connector on the side that allows you to connect the external keyboard. The pencil would be available to work on any of the devices.

So instead of the choice above, you now have a single iConnect product, with 5 sizes and two variations to that size (colors excepted).

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Every screen size comes with WiFi – your choice to add GSM – so you can make the device available to  – and of course only the 10 / 12 models are available as ‘Pro’ – that is the smart connector on the side to which you can connect your smart keyboard.

And no longer a decision as to what phone size you need to carry – or Apple needs to make.

What do you think ?

Facebook is the latest tech giant to face a European antitrust investigation … there is seemingly no large tech company exempt – including Apple.

But, as far as I can tell, more often than not, it is all about whether they are paying the right taxes, using power to broker better commercial deals or trampling over citizen rights … none of which we bother to think about in the USA. I think that is why we are always surprised when the EEC seems to pick on US companies. I am not a big fan of the Eurocrats – but I do like their stance one protection of the citizen.

Unlike here where we tap the Executive chairman of Alphabet to make the Pentagon more Google-ish … let’s hope it iI only about the stuff in the article!

Interesting really. In the USA people vote for a government who then make sure that corporations are protected. In Europe, the faceless ‘unelected’ bureaucrats go out of their way to ensure that the people are protected.

In a similar vein ….

… and talking about companies trampling over people’s rights – how about entire countries ?

 

A recent comment on a mail list  I belong to.

We already have distributed identity data. Our information is “everywhere”. It is not going to go away. Organizations are not going to change their existing systems.

And I thought – yup – it is an uphill battle. BUT then came the play from list contributor Don Marti.

There’s a lot of fraudulent and erroneous user data
out there, too. If an organization buys data without
consent of the user, it’s getting a certain percentage
of crap.

Part of making VRM work is to effectively increase
the percentage of crap in non-VRM systems, by helping
users protect themselves from non-VRM data collection.
Organizations don’t change willingly, but getting worse
and worse results from lower and lower quality data
will make them.

And I thought ‘double yup’. Excellent thoughts. I am contributing in my own way and also recently adopted Dave Winer’s way. Now we just need to get the other several hundred million (in the USA alone) people on board.

They are pouring their hope into uncertain vessels, and surely know it. Bernie Sanders is an actual radical: He would fundamentally change an economic system that imperfectly but for two centuries made America the wealthiest country in the history of the world. In the young his support is understandable: They have never been taught anything good about capitalism and in their lifetimes have seen it do nothing—nothing—to protect its own reputation.

[ Source : Peggy Noonan – WSJ ]

BTW – I know he might want to do that … but …. we all know that without ‘we the people’ fully supporting him  (not just through the election, but after the election), without The Senate, without Congress … well just how much power will he have – and what exactly will he be able to do ?