Category Archives: TECH

What It Was Like To Buy A Computer In 1994…

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Date: October 09, 2020

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“Back in 1994, I was working for the famous Silicon Valley startup General Magic. One night, my team and I decided to go into the local computer store (Incredible Universe?) in Palo Alto California and watch people buying computers. At the time, I considered the results of this shoot boring and put the Beta SP videotape in my archive. But today, all these years later, it is history for sure. All of my viewers who were around at that time will remember what computers and printers and keyboards and screens were like and how excited we were just to have a bit more memory. For my younger viewers, I do hope that this seems like ancient history, which in a way, it is. I particularly like the scene where the customer sees early video on a computer screen. I can still remember the thrill at seeing that moving image with sound coming over the Internet.”

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Windows’ Hidden Self Destruct Code – Nostalgia Nerd…


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Date: October 02, 2020

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“There was once a piece of code, buried deep within Windows, designed to detect competitor operating systems, and upon finding them, CRASH… or at least, make the user feel like something was seriously wrong. This was Microsoft’s attempt to truly kill Digital Research’s DR-DOS, and although it worked, it wasn’t long until the true nature of Microsoft’s practices was uncovered.”

Sounds remarkably scummy.

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Amazing Vehicles – Bike Cars – That Will Take You To Another Level…


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Date: September 03, 2020

01) Amazing Vehicles – Bike Cars – That Will Take You To Another Level


“0:18 – Bio‑Hybrid
The Bio‑Hybrid stands for a new, contemporary form of personal urban mobility and means of transportation. We are committed to delivering a synthesis of functionality, design, technology, driving pleasure and zero emissions. We provide impetus and pave the way to a digitally connected world.
Credit: https://www.biohybrid.com/en/

4:01 – Raht Racer
The fastest bike in the world, the Raht’s patented drivetrain amplifies normal pedal effort and cadence to automotive speeds, (max 90 mph), giving the sensation of super strength. Simply put; when you pedal you go as fast as a car. It encloses the rider in a weatherproof, reinforced body with automotive safety components and features a programmable topography system that allows users to run virtual terrain fitness programs while driving.
Credit: http://kronfeldmotors.com/

6:34 – Veemo
Bad weather shouldn’t stand in the way of your ride. With a car-like enclosure, Veemo gets you to your destination, rain or shine.
With enough storage space to fit groceries, a heavy purse or backpack, luggage, or even a furry friend, Veemo makes it easy to bring your favorite things along for the ride.
Credit: https://rideveemo.com/

8:58 – ORGANIC TRANSIT – ELF SOLO & ELF 2FR
The ELF is a solar and pedal hybrid vehicle powered by you and the sun. “The most efficient vehicle on the planet”, it is a revolution in transportation and gets the equivalent of 1800 MPG.
Credit: https://organictransit.com/product/elf-solo/

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Is This All-Electric Smart ForTwo Really WORTH $80,000 LESS Than A Tesla Model X?…


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Date: August 22, 2020

01) Is This All-Electric Smart ForTwo Really WORTH $80,000 LESS Than A Tesla Model X?


“Our long-term Tesla Model X cost a heart-breaking $87,000 and that may be well outside the budget of most buyers. At $7,000, this electric Smart ForTwo from 2015 looks much more promising as an affordable buy, but is it truly $80,000 less car? Let’s take a closer look!”

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The police of the entire US were after this 15-year-old young man. This is his story…


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Date: July 26, 2020

01) The police of the entire US were after this 15-year-old young man. This is his story


“Genuinely talented people who leave a significant mark on history are born infrequently. We will talk about a person who was able to turn the world of computer security upside down. When he was 15 years old, the police of the entire US were already after him. Together, lets learn about his life, which is simultaneously interesting and complicated.”

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Should We Be Afraid of Artificial Intelligence?…


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Date: July 21, 2020

01) Should We Be Afraid of Artificial Intelligence?


“Technology is advancing at an exponential rate. 6000 years ago, writing was invented. It took 5500 years to get to the printing press. 400 years later, the first computers would help us land on the moon. Today, everyone carries in their pocket a supercomputer 100,000x more powerful than the one on Apollo 11. And now, we are literally merging our brains with computers to unleash a symbiosis between us and AI. This rate of advancement is leading to what is called the singularity, a point where technological growth becomes uncontrollable and irreversible, resulting in unforeseeable changes to human civilization. Futurists predict this to happen in the year 2045.”

Wait a minute…

About six and a half minutes in…

Being someone who does accept the strong likelihood that death means the end of all things, including consciousness…

…Why on earth would it be logical, that I would fear returning to a state that I am unable to comprehend anything…including consciousness, itself?

There is nothing to fear in that…and this is a logical fallacy, which so many people default to.

If you are incapable of being afraid, bored, tormented…whatever…then the only thing honestly left, is remorse over how you have lived your life, or dissatisfaction over having missed out on something, as death approaches.

There is no good reason to fear the state of being dead.

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George Hotz: Fully Self-Driving Cars Are a ‘Scam’ and Silicon Valley ‘Needs To Die’…


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Date: March 02, 2020

01) George Hotz: Fully Self-Driving Cars Are a ‘Scam’ and Silicon Valley ‘Needs To Die’


“The hacking wunderkind thinks Big Tech’s approach won’t work. He built a $999 autonomous driving system that runs on a smartphone.

It seems like self-driving cars have been five years away for at least 15 years. But now, major players in the industry—like Google spinoff Waymo, GM self-driving unit Cruise, and upstart Zoox—are promising that fleets of fully autonomous taxis are just about to roll out.

“It’s a scam,” says George Hotz, the 30-year-old hacker-slash-entrepreneur best known as the first person to jailbreak the original iPhone when he was 17. “No one’s close.”

Hotz points out that every system on the road today requires the driver to pay attention at all times and be ready to take over. He says that companies touting fully self-driving cars without human safety monitors—and sometimes without steering wheels or pedals—are offering nothing more than a “press demo.”

Hotz started Comma.ai in 2015 to upend what he views as Big Tech’s wasteful and shortsighted approach to self-driving vehicles. Instead of building specialized cars that rely on expensive sensors and follow laser-mapped routes, Comma.ai has created an autonomous driving system that runs on a smartphone, works on most vehicles sold in America, and requires no additional hardware.

The company’s first truly all-in-one device, the $999 Comma 2, packs a modified smartphone and other hardware into one slim plastic casing, which Hotz 3D-prints in the garage of Comma.ai’s office in San Diego. Mount it to your windshield, plug it into your car’s OBD-II port, and Comma’s OpenPilot software can take the wheel. The Comma 2 uses the phone’s cameras and taps into the built-in RADAR and drive-by-wire systems contained in cars built after 2012, automatically turning the steering wheel and operating the gas and brakes.

Hotz says his company has spent $8.1 million thus far and is profitable, while the big players in the self-driving space have spent billions without offering an economically viable product. While his competitors vie to dominate the market with proprietary technology and ridesharing platforms, Hotz is focused on building an open-source, decentralized ecosystem for driverless technology.

When I first spoke with Hotz in the summer of 2017, he predicted that by 2020, cars would take their own wheels for large stretches without humans paying attention and that by 2022 they would achieve full self-driving ability in limited areas.

“None of that’s true,” he says now. “Profitable robo-taxis are still a decade away.”

Hotz thinks the automated vehicle industry has surrendered to what he views as the vices of modern Silicon Valley, focusing on growth and hype rather than delivering truly innovative products. To find out why he’s soured on the space and to take the Comma 2 for a test drive, I caught up with Hotz at the Airbnb Comma.ai rented off the Las Vegas Strip during CES, the largest consumer electronics show in the world.

Produced by Justin Monticello. Camera by Monticello, John Osterhoudt, and Jeffrey Cummings. Graphics by Lex Villena. Music by The 126ers, Matt Harris, MK2, Quincas Moreira, Jingle Punks, and Silent Partner.”

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