News: AI will not kill us, says Microsoft

Updated on Thursday, November 12, 2015
AI will not kill us, says Microsoft

Almost certainly true of Microsoft AI.

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Baby tech should let everyone sleep

Updated on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Baby tech should let everyone sleep

The range of baby technology now available is astonishing. You can load up with a smart sock, smart diapers, smart pacifier, phone connected scales (doppler, ultrasound...), Nespresso for formula, a cry translator and of course a wide range of ultra-sensitive, night-vision stalking, shrieking / vibrating baby monitoring systems.

But all this innovation is mostly being wasted on paranoid first time parents who need to obsessively check that everything is OK every five seconds (not judging, have been there).

What I need is a baby monitor that does one thing: wait a minute per month of age and see if there is still a problem. Stay silent until this threshold is passed.

As usual, billionaire investor readers please call me.

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Every House I've Ever Lived In

Updated on Thursday, November 12, 2015

Every House I've Ever Lived In

Here's a list of every house I've ever lived in. It's 32 across four continents - a different one every 15 months or so which is impressive as I lived in one of them for ten years.

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News: No need to breed like rabbits - Pope

Updated on Thursday, November 12, 2015
No need to breed like rabbits - Pope

Breeding like Popes also not a great idea - Rabbits.

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GDP, The Music Video

Updated on Friday, October 11, 2019

GDP, The Music Video

The time on screen for each country is proportional to its Gross Domestic Product.

GDP figures are from the United Nations for 2013 from Wikipedia. Flag images are also from Wikipedia via the handy Google region-flags project. Music is "Money to Burn" by Alex (cc).

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News: The War Nerd: More proof the US defense industry has nothing to do with defending America

Updated on Thursday, November 12, 2015

News: Prototype Companion Cube, 1980

Updated on Thursday, November 12, 2015
Prototype Companion Cube, 1980

And I ordered my 80s outfit right before reading this... (posting mainly to test my spanking new Feedly integration)

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Nine for Exchange email on Android

Updated on Sunday, May 3, 2020

Nine for Exchange email on Android

I have been super frustrated with the stock email client on Android which seems to crash about 50% of the time when I reply to ActiveSync / Exchange email.

Last week I discovered Nine which handles both Exchange and GMail if you're an apps for business user. It handles email, calendar and tasks beautifully and can present a combined mailbox from several accounts. The app is nicely designed and so far hasn't crashed or hung for me which has reduced the amount of daily swearing I aim at my phone considerably.

If you need to access Exchange on Android I can't recommend Nine highly enough.

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Fermi Suicide

Updated on Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Fermi Suicide

One family of solutions to the Fermi Paradox is that civilizations die out before they communicate - natural disaster, nuclear war, etc. This sort of calamity seems plausible some of the time but it would need to happen all of the time. What if any sufficiently advanced society inevitably discovers irrefutable proof that free will is an illusion and just gives up?

Depressing. I prefer this.

(This is a joke. For a more serious consideration please read this.)

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Google PageSpeed Insights hates Google Analytics

Updated on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Google PageSpeed Insights hates Google Analytics

I so want to get to 100% on Google PageSpeed Insights but I'm getting dinged for loading Google Analytics!

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