That’s the title used by Bruce Schneier in a post that draws an analogy of the ways we use our data to a feudal society.
My very short description is that our system of allowing Apple or Google or Microsoft to store our data on their servers and provide hardware platforms with reduced opportunity to manage our own security is a change from the previous model of having our own servers and maintaining our own security and backup.
That is similar to a feudal society in which the peasants work for a lord who provides all their security.
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A full-blown tricorder like McCoy or Spock used is still a ways off. Development is in progress.
That’s the story from The dream of the tricorder in The Economist.
Smart phones will be the platform for the day we do have functioning tricorders.
In the meantime, we are seeing single-function devices that have a special app and plug-in device.
Continue reading “Want your own tricorder? They are under development but not available. Yet.”
Wow. If you want to keep up with the rapid change around us, you really need to keep an eye on The Economist. I’ll have 2 posts and a comment in another post based on ideas in this week’s edition.
Magazine cover has four deep-sea monster squids fighting each other. Nearby is a bathysphere with two little people watching the battle. Labels identify the giants of the deep as Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook.
Continue reading “Battle of the 4 big tech giants”
Café Hayek takes a leisurely tour though his newly acquired copy of the 1956 Fall/Winter Sears catalog and shares the preliminary results in The Future: Back to the Past.
Maybe things weren’t so great in the good ol’ days.
Continue reading “Hours of labor to buy basic home appliances – 1956 and 2012”
Carpe Diem points to three places to find old catalogs on-line: Vintage catalogs back to 1933 now available online
- WishbookWeb.com has an assortment of Christmas catalogs from Sears, Spiegel, Penney and Wards from the ‘40s through 1988. The oldest are a 1933 Spiegel and 1937 Sears catalog.
Radio Shack Catalogs has two sets available:
So what can you do with these old catalogs? Consider this:
Continue reading “Old catalogs available online, or, how about a cell phone for $2,700 in 2012 dollars?”
Check out this 3-D printer. The video demo shows this odd contraption as it prints leather shoes, screen doors, plastic jugs, aluminum cans, a complete sofa, tennis balls and leather belts. Even edible fruit and vegetables.
The inputs are a little peculiar though.
In the back of my mind, I am wondering if someone is pulling my leg, but I don’t think so. Some misinformed people may claim this is actually a shredder, but those people are wrong.
Continue reading “Demo of 3-D printer that can create anything. Anything!”
The privately developed and funded SpaceX Dragon docked with the international space station.
Continue reading “SpaceX Dragon docks with space station”
I was staring at a sailing ship wondering how a person could figure out how to control all the lines to set the sails at the correct angle to power the ship. From my non-sailor perspective, it looks incredibly complicated. How could you keep track of which rope does what and change it correctly to get the sail to do what you want.
While vacationing in San Diego, I enjoy touring the Maritime Museum. In addition to seeing a Soviet era submarine, it’s fun seeing the Star of India sailing ship and the replica H.M.S. Surprise, which appeared in the movie Masters and Commanders – the far side of the world.
While in San Diego last week, I pondered how to sail a large ship.
Continue reading “With experience, complex technology is second nature whether in 1805 or 2012”
Take hundreds of pictures of your favorite sculpture, drop them into specialty software, touch up the results, and you can print a replica to enjoying your home or office.
That’s where 3-D printing is at right now.
Cosmo Wenman took 1000 pictures of a favorite sculpture and now has a replica he can hold in his hand.
Here is the video:
Through a Scanner, Getty
Continue reading “Want a personal copy of your favorite sculpture? With a camera and 3-D printer you can make one.”
One of the main computers I use in my business failed Sunday night. For various reasons, I’ve held off on making several major upgrades, like jumping to Windows 7 and Office 2010.
So I shopped for new computer, have it in place, and as of yesterday have almost all the software running. Still have a couple of things to bring online, but they can wait for the moment.
Making the jump to a host of new technology tools all at once highlights the volume of change surrounding us.
Continue reading “Nothing like a computer failure to show how much change is going on”
Fantastic primer on energy in the U.S. and world:
Hard Facts – An Energy Primer from the Institute for Energy Research.
I’ve just started reading it. Superb stuff. The first few tidbits that jump out at me:
Estimates that there is more recoverable oil in the U.S. than in Saudi Arabia:
The United States is home to the richest oil shale deposits in the world—estimates are there are about 1 trillion barrels of recoverable oil in U.S. oil shale deposits, nearly four times that of Saudi Arabia’s proved oil reserves.5
Vastly improved energy efficiency in the U.S. even with expansion in the per capita GDP:
• Energy use per person in the United States fell 12 percent between 1979 and 2010 from 359 million BTUs to 317 million BTUs per person.19
• Energy intensity—energy consumption per dollar of GDP—fell by 52 percent between 1973 and 2011.20
Are we running out of oil and gas we know about and can get to at economical price?
Continue reading ““An Energy Primer””
Count The Economist as skeptical on the plans Planetary Resources has to mine asteroids as one step in their privately funded space exploration efforts.
In their article, Going platinum, they survey some of the hurdles.
Continue reading “Some skepticism on mining asteroids”
Not that I’m ready to get one right now, but someday….
There’s a 3D printer called a Solidoodle that’s available for $500. Can print up to 6” items. It uses the melted extruded plastic approach to printing. Check it out here.
Cool video demonstration at the link.
That is an amazing example of the things that are available now.
Then: Commodore C-64 plus 10K hard drive
Now: Mid-range desktop computer plus color laser printer with enough left over to buy a 16GB iPad and iPhone 4S.
Previously discussed the first two computers I owned here. I realize that dates me, but it gives me perspective to deeply appreciate how far tech has developed.
Continue reading “In terms of comparable salary, how much tech you could get today for what it took to buy a Commodore 64 in 1982?”