Monday, September 18, 2017

Nordstrom "fitting room"

Very interested to see how Nordstrom experiment goes.

Hopefully very well, i mean lets face it when was the last time you purchased clothes and needed "to wear them within 24 hours/out of the store with you?"


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Amazon Lumberyard ?

Just stumbled across Amazon Lumberyard -

Wondering about thoughts on this platform and its cost effectiveness to build a gaming business?


Considering the “out of the box pre-built functionality” there seems to be a heck of a lot of potential for a number of companies to consider this a no brainer out of the box so I’m looking for the gotcha’s?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Bad app design when losing WAN connectivity

Not sure how many people reading this were affected with yesterdays Time Warner sabotage in Brooklyn 
But just saw the daily email router graphs on my home network for Fridays 24 hour period and thought it might be a nice reminder of why we as app designers need to prepare and accept that connectivity will be lost from time to time……and retrying endlessly to phone home is bad design…..

I didn’t dig into the weeds to find which apps/devices but a 15 second overview was a good reminder (eg there are multiple phones/appliances/pc’s/servers accessing the Wan so could have been any of them not accepting a downed connection).

Monday, September 11, 2017

Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings?

Was watching CNBC this morning where they were talking about Hedosophia going public on Thursday with their “blank check” IPO

Who is Chamath Palihapitiya? And has he really “added enough value” at Facebook to be given $500,000,000 ??

Who is Ian Osbourne…..?

  Any thoughts on blank check companies going IPO on Day 1?

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Google translate 'base corpus'

Was reading this reddit post -

hmmm I didn't know that and wondered how it was done.

Google translate works by scanning the UN archive for partial matches of whatever it is you are trying to translate. when they do a speech or write a report everything anyone says gets translated into every language.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

FW: A message from Senator Charles E. Schumer

I sent an email to Chuck Schumer to find out what he was going to do about the undermining of the FCC.... SFA was his answer......thought this would be of interest to some of you……read response below.

In other words….i’m just a senator…..

Sad news my fellow citizens…..


Dean Collins


From: Senator Schumer []
Sent: Monday, August 21, 2017 3:51 PM
To: Dean Collins
Subject: A message from Senator Charles E. Schumer


Dear Mr. Collins:
     Thank you for contacting me to express your support for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 2015 Open Internet Order. I share your belief in the need for strong net neutrality.
     The new FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, recently announced the Trump administration’s plan to dismantle the Obama-era FCC rules that required Internet service providers like AT&T and Comcast to treat all internet traffic fairly. This would unravel net neutrality and the FCC is moving in the wrong direction. It will neither invigorate our economy nor spark innovation. Instead, it will limit choices for consumers and greatly increase costs for American start-ups. Keeping the internet open is critical to twenty-first century freedom and innovation, for both businesses and individuals alike.
     In 2014, I joined my Senate colleagues in writing a letter to then-FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler urging him to adopt strong net neutrality. I will continue to press the Trump administration to support a free and open internet and maintain critical consumer protections.
     I believe the federal government can help ensure that all American households have reliable internet access at a reasonable cost, and will continue to fight for protection of net neutrality.
     Again, thank you for contacting me.  Please keep in touch with your thoughts and opinions.
Charles E. Schumer
United States Senator