Jul. 21, 2017 Mosquitoes Gone Wild In Fresno

On Jul. 21, 2017 Google’s holding company Alphabet has a subsidiary named Verily with a project called Debug Fresno. The plan is to release millions of sterile male mosquitoes bred and infected with Wolbachia, which will then mate with wild female mosquitoes. The eggs the females lay won’t hatch, researchers say. “Scientists say the goal is to cut the population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes — the species responsible for spreading Zika, dengue and chikungunya. A. aegypti have been present in California’s Central Valley since 2013 and have been a problem in Fresno County.”

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Jul. 19, 2017 Climate Change Fewer People

On Jul. 19, 2017, NPR’s Tori Whitley reported “Want To Slow Global Warming? Researchers Look To Family Planning” A study by Kimberly Nicholas and others at Lund University in Sweden concluded one way to reduce CO2 gas emissions is to have fewer children. Having one fewer child (an average for developed countries of 58.6 metric ton CO2-equivalent (tCO2e) emission reductions per year.

On Aug. 19, 2017, NPR’s Jennifer Ludden reported “Should We Be Having Kids In The Age Of Climate Change?” Travis Rieder of James Madison University said 4 degrees of warming would be “largely uninhabitable for humans.””Here’s a provocative thought: Maybe we should protect our kids by not having them,” According to nonprofit Conceivable Future’s Meghan Kallman, “the climate crisis is a reproductive crisis.”

“Oregon State University researchers have calculated the savings from all kinds of conservation measures: driving a hybrid, driving less, recycling, using energy-efficient appliances, windows and light bulbs. For an American, the total metric tons of carbon dioxide saved by all of those measures over an entire lifetime of 80 years: 488. By contrast, the metric tons saved when a person chooses to have one fewer child: 9,441.”

Note to young people planning their future in Oregon.

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Jul. 18, 2017 Verba

On Jul. 18, 2017 With all the debate about facts, I was reminded of The Royal Society’s motto. It is Nullis in Verba. Take no one’s word for it. Can you observe something? Can you reproduce it? Is their evidence? Keep asking questions. Keep looking for answers.

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Jul. 17, 2017 Musk Artificial Intelligence

On Jul. 17, 2017 CNN reported that Elon Musk of Tesla appeared at the National Governor’s Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. He said that artificial intelligence was an existential threat. Robots will do our jobs better. Of course, if we are not working, we will not be able to afford electric cars The irony is that it will take artificial intelligence to develop self driving cars.

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Jul. 15, 2017 China Teleports Cryptography

On Jul. 15, 2017 NPR’s Tori Whitley reported “Beam Me Up, Scotty … Sort Of. Chinese Scientists ‘Teleport’ Photon To Space” “Chinese scientists have announced they successfully “teleported” information on a photon from Earth to space, spanning a distance of more than 300 miles.”

“There is a security issue here,” Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University says, “because the first country to build a quantum computer or a quantum Internet, they will be able to send effectively unhackable messages. And then they can use the technology to try to hack into more conventional messages.”

Great. Just great. Quantum spam.

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Jul. 14, 2017 Ravens Plan

On Jul. 14, 2017 Lund University’s cognitive zoologist Can Kabadayi reported in the journal Science. “It is conservative to conclude that ravens perform similarly to great apes and young children,” Recent studies on great apes showed the ability is not uniquely human. Now, scientists in Sweden have come to the surprising conclusion that ravens can also deliberately prepare for future events.” Now if we can only get elected human adults to think the same way.

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Jul. 13, 2017 Antarctic Iceberg

Jul. 13, 2017  Anna Hogg, of the United Kingdom’s Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling at the University of Leeds reported an iceberg about the size of Delaware (2,300 square miles) calved off of the Larsen C ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula due to climate change. It is a big deal. There will be more as the polar ice cap melts.

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Jul. 12, 2017 Seattle Tax Rich

On Jul. 12, 2017 NPR’s Laurel Wamsley reported “‘Most Regressive’ State, Seattle Passes Tax On Highest Incomes”. “The council voted 9-0 in favor of the tax, which will apply a 2.25 percent tax on annual income over $250,000 on individuals, or $500,000 for couples filing jointly. The city estimates the tax will generate $140 million in new annual revenue.” Daniel Beekman of The Seattle Times reported  ” ‘Seattle should serve everyone, not just rich folks,’ software developer Carissa Knipe told the council before the 9-0 vote, saying she makes more than $170,000 per year.  ” ‘I would love to be taxed,’ the 24-year-old from Ballard testified, drawing applause from a room packed with supporters of the tax.”

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Jul. 11, 2017 Telework Not Working?

On Jul. 11, 2017 NPR’s Yuki Noguchi reported “Some Employers Are Rethinking Telework, Citing A Need For Better Collaboration” about some companies like Bank of America, Best Buy, IBM,  Reddit and Yahoo making more employees work onsite. Many endorse the Agile work method, where employees are all crammed into the same room until they solve a problem. Despite this counter trend the movement is toward remote work because not all the talent works in the same building, town or country. Goody Group’s Jay Friedman said “Being remote forced us to document more — so document decisions, document learning, training, etc. — and that actually reduced the amount of time and back-and-forth,” keeping everyone on the same page and on task, Friedman says.”

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Jul. 7, 2017 Ten Years Too Much

A recruiter sent a job description to a candidate. It said “Must have industry experience of at least 5 Years, but not to exceed 10 years.” That kind of screams age discrimination, but it also does not make a lot of sense. If you needed brain surgery, would you want the doctor who has less experience? Of course whoever wrote the job description probably needs their head examined. :-)

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Jul. 6, 2017 Involuntary Flag

A woman plans to go away for Independence Day. She lodges the pets. She closes and locks all the doors and windows. She cancels all deliveries and newspapers. She brings in the garbage cans. She turns on the burglar alarm and surveillance cameras. She goes on the trip. On the Fourth of July a real estate agent sticks one American flag with his sales materials on everybody’s lawn.  People that stayed home angrily go out and remove his unwanted ad. Since she is gone, the flag remains on her lawn. Burglars see this and correctly deduce that no one is home. The alarm goes off and notifies her and the police. The police show up, the burglars run away. The door is damaged. She wants to sue the real estate agent who placed her property at risk.

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Jul. 4, 2017 Declaration of Independence

  • Note: Most of this was written by Thomas Jefferson and then amended by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia over two months in 1776. It was not without precedent. Back in 1688, the British Parliament deposed a their king in what they called the Glorious Revolution. They had done something similar in 1215 with the Magna Carta. The idea that a elected body could peacefully remove a leader from office was in itself a revolution. Anyway, here is the full text:
    The Declaration Of Independence
    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
    That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
    That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
    Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
    But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.

    The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

    He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
    He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
    He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
    He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
    He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
    He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
    He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
    He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
    He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
    He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
    For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
    For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
    For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offencesFor abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighboring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
    For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
    He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
    He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
    He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
    He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.
    A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us.
    We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence.

    They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

    We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.

    And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

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Jul. 3, 2017 Ethical Question

Is it ethical for someone to speak at an event saying they work for one company when in fact they work for a competitor? Would anything they say be credible? What if the organization running the event knew of the deception?

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Jul. 2, 2017 Blumbers

Anniversary

This is an anniversary of sorts. In 2006, Doug Wray suggested we use WordPress for all this content. It was updated once a month and then daily. I’ve made thousands of posts, photographed and interviewed thousands of people. I created this website as a record of emerging technology and the directions it would take for a very specific audience. Eventually they responded and all this work has paid off. This has gone on a very long time. It will go on until the goal is reached. On and on…

Abraham Lincoln said “We cannot escape history.”

Willy Ley said “There are always survivors.”

They were right. If you do not think about the future, you are not in it.

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July 2017 Events To Attend

Here are some events you might want to attend. Check with the respective organizations for more information.

Date: Jul. 6, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC East Bay

Topic: No meeting this month

Speaking: None

Venue: Brass Door Restaurant, 2154 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA 94583

Date: Jul. 11, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Pub Social Night at Longship Brewery

Speaking: Chapter members

Venue: Longship Brewery, conveniently located at 10320 Camino Santa Fe C, San Diego, CA 92121

Date: Jul 11, 2017 6:00PM

Org: Write The Docs PDX

Topic: History of the New Relic Documentation Site, Part One

Speaking: Clinton Langosch, Phil Mills

Venue: New Relic 111 SW 5th Avenue, 27th floor, Portland, OR 97204

Date: Jul. 12, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Canada West Coast

Topic: No meeting this month

Speaking: None

Venue: Willms Salon, VSO School of Music, 843 Seymour Street, Second floor, Vancouver BC, V6B 5J3

Date: Jul. 12, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Hiring Managers Panel

Speaking: Joanna Bujes and others

Venue: Highlands Country Club, 110 Hiller Drive, Oakland, CA 94618

Date: Jul.  17, 2017 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Summer Schmooze

Speaking: Chapter Members

Venue: Sam’s Bar-B-Quemore, 1110 S Bascom Ave
San Jose, CA 95128

Date: Jul. 18, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Orange County

Topic: Angels vs. Washington Nationals

Speaking: Chapter Members

Venue:  Doubletree Club Hotel—Orange County Airport, 7 Hutton Centre Dr. Santa Ana, California 92707

Date: Jul. 19, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Francisco

Topic:  Work-Life Balance in Tech?

Speaking: Andrew Davis

Venue: Salesforce, 350 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Jul.  25-26, 2017 9:00AM 

Org: CIDM

Topic: CIDM IDEAS Summer Online Conference—Seek and Find

Speaking: Various

Venue: Online

Date: Jul. 28, 2017 9:00AM

Org: Writers UA

Topic: Certificate in Professional Technical Writing – Online Info meeting

Speaking: Joe Welinske

Venue: Online

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Jun. 27, 2017 Billionaires On Inequality

On Nov 28, 2015, Fortune’s Erik Sherman reported “7 Billionaires Worried about Income Inequality.”
Entrepreneur and investor Nick Hanauer, who sold his Internet advertising company to Microsoft for $6 billion in 2007, most famously warned fellow one-percenters, “If we don’t do something to fix the glaring inequities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us. No society can sustain this kind of rising inequality.”
Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO “Too much of the GDP over the last generation has gone to too few of the people,”
Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO “But you really shouldn’t have an economy with over $50,000 in GDP per person and have lots of people living in poverty who are willing to work. I mean, that makes no sense and we need governmental policies to correct that.”
Bill Gates, Microsoft Co-founder “Capitalism does not self-correct toward greater equality—that is, excess wealth concentration can have a snowball effect if left unchecked.”
Jeff Greene, Florida Sunshine Investments Founder “The global equalization of wages and the exponential growth in technology has created a job-killing machine that’s only going to get worse,”
Carl Icahn, Icahn Enterprises Chairman “The American worker is also getting ‘screwed,’”
Paul Tudor Jones II, Tudor Investment Corporation Founder, But intuitively, that makes sense, right? Because if the top 10 percent of American families own 90 percent of the stocks, as they take a greater share of corporate profits, then there’s less wealth left for the rest of society.”
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Jun. 26, 2017 GOP Senate Health Bill Puts 22 Million At Risk

On Jun. 26, 2017, NPR’s Scott Horsely reported “GOP Senate Bill Would Cut Health Care Coverage By 22 Million”. The Congressional Budget Office says the Senate bill would cause 22 million Americans to lose their health care by 2026. Contact your Senators and House representative. Say the words “Medicare for all.”

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Jun. 25, 2017 Blumbers

Pride, Progress and Plumbing

This is a sign of the times. It is in the building of a Fortune 500 company in San Francisco. The company has been in the news for every sort of scandal but this issue they managed to figure out.

Down the street is a building from the 1920s. It has one restroom on every floor, because when it was built there were only men working in that building. For a long time, the awkward solution for that building was to have a restroom for women on alternate floors. The building management is thinking about converting all the restrooms to the new standard. The attitudes change but the plumbing will essentially remain the same. Oh, the remodeled rooms will be handicapped accessible.

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Jun. 23, 2017 One Last Phone Call?

On Jun. 23, 2017 NPR’s  Alina Selyukh reported “Man Accused Of Making Millions Of Robocalls Faces Biggest-Ever FCC Fine”. Adrian Abramovich allegedly made 97 million robocalls over three months last year, falsifying caller ID to look like local calls and offering phony vacation deals. The FCC wants to fine him $120 million. When they arrested him, do you think they allowed him one last phone call?

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Jun. 22, 2017 Better Care Reconciliation Act

On Jun. 22, 2017 NPR’s Danielle Kurtzleben reported “Senate Republicans Reveal Long-Awaited Affordable Care Act Repeal Bill” about the Better Care Reconciliation Act that will leave millions of poor people without health insurance coverage. “Larry Levitt, a health policy expert at the Kaiser Family Foundation, summed up his thoughts on the bill on Twitter on Thursday: “In broad strokes, the Senate bill is just like the House: Big tax cuts, big cut in federal heath spending, big increase in the uninsured.” As with the House bill, the Senate proposal also allows insurance companies to charge older people five times more than younger people — under the ACA, that ratio is 3 to 1. ”

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