Michael Krewson

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  1. The data comes from an infographic compiled by OnlineGraduatePrograms.com, with the specific goal of finding out about tolerance of slow webpage speeds for the average U.S. web user. Then they extended the data to cover other habits that take time, like waiting in line or being served in a restaurant. It turns out that Americans are an astonishingly impatient lot. In fact, odds are they’ve probably all given up reading this by now. Holla, rest of the world! Some of the statistics revealed by the study are mind-boggling in their demonstration of impatience. For example, one in four people abandons surfing to a website if its page takes longer than four seconds to load. That’s just four “Mississippis,” guys. Four in 10 Americans give up accessing a mobile shopping site that won’t load in just three seconds (which is roughly the time taken to read to the period at the end of this sentence). Crazy, given that shopping sites tend to have to be image-centric, and thus may take longer to load. The greater majority of Americans also won’t wait in line (unless they have to, we’re guessing, in places like the DMV) for more than 15 minutes. Fifty percent wouldn’t go back again to an establishment that kept them waiting for something. So you’d better serve them swiftly the first time if you want their repeat commerce, no matter what Groupon deal you can cook up. Surprising as all this may be, the implications of this impatience are even more shocking. Amazon’s calculated that a page load slowdown of just one second could cost it $1.6 billion in sales each year. Google has calculated that by slowing its search results by just four tenths of a second they could lose 8 million searches per day–meaning they’d serve up many millions fewer online adverts. Read the full infographic at the link here. And then realize that this may explain why Google is desperately trying, it says, to speed up search results with tweaks like Instant (and the new semantic search). It’s also a blessing that tablet computers and smartphones get faster and faster every year (even more important when you learn 25% of Americans only surf the web on mobile devices!). It’ll mean that tweaks like the better Fast Fourier Transform are still more important, as they’re set to revolutionize the speed of computing. And thank heavens for LTE, that’s all we can say. But then we have to wonder. If Americans get used to today’s speedier Internets, phones, and web technology, will they quickly demand still speedier computers and web designs? Will tomorrow’s Amazon homepage have to travel back in time from when it’s rendered in order to pre-arrive in a U.S. web citizen’s eyeballs at just the right moment? Did we just blow your mind? That was fast. https://www.fastcompany.com/1825005/how-one-second-could-cost-amazon-16-billion-sales
  2. El Sarape III - 955 Black Lake Blvd SW, Olympia, WA 98502 Olive Garden - 2400 Capital Mall Dr S.W. Olympia, WA 98502 Apple Bee’s - 2500 Capitol Mall Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502 Dickey’s BBQ Pit – 1001 Cooper Point Road SW, Olympia WA 98502 Fall’s Terrace – 106 Deschutes Way SW, Tumwater, WA 98501 Happy Teriyaki – 5103 Capitol Blvd SE, Tumwater, WA 98512 Nickelby’s Restaurant – 600 Trosper Road, Tumwater, WA 98512 The Brick – 707 Trosper Road SW, Tumwater, WA 98512 Brewery City Pizza – 5150 capitol Blvd SE, Tumwater, WA 98512 Japanese there is Koibitos in Lacey right next to Fred Meyer. Sandwiches there is Mecconis in Lacey, Hawks Prairie, Downtown Oly, and Tumwater. Haggen’s (Tops Foods) has a nice salad bar with soups; also fresh sandwiches and cooked ,or not, Asian cuisine. https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=haggen+olympia&* Hart Mesa – quality Mexican Bread Peddler – Bakery/sandwiches, soups Darbys’ great traditional breakfasts and lunch New Moon- locally sourced, Fish Tale- pub with burgers. Fresh fish, salads lunch/dinner menu Lemon Grass – Thai Ninivah – Greek food truck in downtown Oly
  3. The numbers tell the story: In the five years from 2012 to 2016, GM spent $16.8 billion on stock buybacks. Just to give you some perspective, that cash represents 30 percent of the value of the company, assuming GM’s current market cap of $56 billion. Meanwhile, Tesla is investing $5 billion to build the Gigafactory, which will dramatically lower the price of electric vehicle batteries, and help Tesla produce their Model 3 at scale. (Disclosure: We own shares in Tesla.) By 2020, Elon Musk says, Tesla will have the ability to produce up to one million electric vehicles per year.
  4. Insurance upstart Root announced a new insurance policy targeted to Tesla owners that promises cheaper rates based on the number of miles driven using the company’s Autopilot drivers assist feature. Root requires drivers to download an app that uses GPS and other sensors on the phone to create a driving profile over a period of two or three weeks from which it can determine driver risk. Root then stops monitoring and accepts only the lowest risk drivers which to date has resulted in roughly 70% of drivers making the cut. The lower rate incentive comes after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a crash investigation report that highlighted the safety benefits of Tesla’s Autosteer feature, stating that data obtained through the investigation showed “Tesla vehicles crash rate dropped by almost 40 percent after Autosteer installation”. Root’s insurance program is focused on Tesla drivers using Root’s specific smartphone app, but the use of a smartphone app to determine driver specific risk based on actual driving data could easily be utilized for drivers of any vehicle type. Tesla gets the nod with this new plan as the Autopilot function will result in a lower risk profile. It is likely that this is the first of many creative insurance plans attempting to ride on the coat tails of Tesla’s news of a potential ‘Tesla Insurance’ spinoff as a result of the vastly improved safety performance of autopilot-enabled Tesla vehicles. Root shared that it has reached out to Tesla to extract realtime Autopilot usage data but has not received a response. http://www.teslarati.com/insurance-company-offers-tesla-owners-cheaper-rates-use-autopilot/
  5. Tesla Inc — newly renamed after nearly 13 years as Tesla Motors Inc — is on the verge of what it says will be a massive expansion of production, with two new models due to arrive in the next two years. As well as the much-hyped compact Model 3, Tesla is also expected to launch a compact crossover based on the same platform. The rumoured Model Y will, like the Model 3, be far more affordable than Tesla’s current offerings. The starting price of the Model 3 is likely to be around $37,000 (£30,000), with the Model Y expected to be slightly more expensive. However, Tesla founder Elon Musk thinks the transaction prices of the new compact Teslas will be rather higher, at around £34,000 for the Model 3 and perhaps £37,000 for the Model Y, because buyers will be keen to add cost options to their vehicles. While the compact Model Y could turn out to be Tesla’s best seller – some seven million crossovers of all types were sold in the US last year – Musk recently tweeted that the Model 3 remained the biggest priority for the company. The Model Y is unlikely to be unveiled until some time next year, with production set to follow late in the year. Little in the way of specification has been released, but it’s likely to have the same tophinged ‘falcon wing’ rear doors as the bigger Model X SUV. The Model Y will also have the promised updated electrical architecture that will allow Tesla to offer full autonomous driving capability. Future Tesla cars will be equipped with as many as eight cameras, giving a 360deg view of the surrounding roadscape, as well as 12 ultrasonic sensors and an unspecified ‘new’ forward-facing radar that works in the worst conditions. Existing radar systems can be fooled by heavy rain and fog. Musk also said the new electrical architecture has a brain that is as much as “40 times” more powerful than on previous Teslas, calling it a “supercomputer inside the car”. The cost of adding the fully autonomous driving technology to the Model 3 and Y is likely to be nearly £7000 for each customer. Even then, local regulations could prevent all of the autonomous features being used by all drivers. Another challenge for the Model 3 and Y will be balancing their lower price against the need for a battery big enough to give an acceptable range. The entry-level Model 3 may have a cheaper, sub-60kWh battery but will still need to have a range of at least 230 miles. The Model Y’s more bluff shape and greater frontal area might mean a bigger battery for the same range, and so a slight price premium. Tesla is in a race against time to achieve the kind of production levels needed to turn around what is still a cashhungry operation. The firm has spent nearly $2 billion (£1.6bn) since 2010, with investments including building the batterymaking Gigafactory and trying to expand car production to a massive 500,000 units a year. Tesla delivered around 76,000 vehicles last year, but says it was able to build around 2000 cars per week by the second half of 2016. With as many as 400,000 deposits taken for the Model 3, the company is looking to produce well over 100,000 of the BMW 3 Series rival before the end of this year. Musk predicts Tesla should be capable of building 500,000 cars per year by 2019. Musk’s expansion plans will test the limits of the capabilities of Tesla’s suppliers and those of his own plant in Freemont, California. But getting to annual sales of half a million vehicles should finally push the car maker into profit and secure the company’s long-term future. http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/tesla-model-y-lead-ambitious-range-expansion-plans
  6. A diagram shows how an Amazon drone could land on a sloping surface while keeping its main frame level, thanks to telescoping landing legs. (Amazon Illustration via USPTO) Amazon’s inventors are taking a page from Inspector Gadget’s playbook to design drones with adjustable landing legs and reconfigurable propellers. Those two design tricks are the focus of patents issued today. It’s hard to say whether they’ll become features on Amazon’s delivery drones, still in development. But surely there’s a chance someone will make use of the innovations, right? The idea for the landing gear, credited to Nicholas Kristofer Gentry, adapts the sort of telescoping feature long used for camera tripods: When a drone lands on a sloping surface, its legs can expand or contract to keep the drone’s frame (and, not incidentally, its payload) level. “The landing gear assembly may also operate as a landing dampener to absorb shock resulting from a landing of the UAV [unmanned aerial vehicle] to absorb safe delivery of fragile items,” the patent says. The patent even covers ideas such as building spikes, screws, suction cups or magnets into the landing legs. Such features could help the drone stay put while it’s sitting on icy, slippery or metallic surfaces. This diagram shows how the angle of a drone’s propeller tips (seen at upper left) can be adjusted for different flying conditions during a trip from Boston to New York. (Amazon Illustration via USPTO) The other patent published today focuses on the tips of a drone’s propellers. The originators of this idea, Brian Beckman and Allan Ko, suggest building in a mechanism that can change the slant of the propeller tips, effectively creating “winglets” like the upturned tips on a Boeing 737’s wings. Winglets can increase flight efficiency by minimizing the spinning vortices of air that are created as a flat surface slices through the air. However, there are some situations where winglets reduce flight stability – for example, if there’s a strong crosswind during takeoff or landing. The patent lays out a scheme in which the drone can adjust the angle of its propeller tips to strike the right balance for its flying conditions. And that’s not all. “Those of ordinary skill in the pertinent arts will recognize that the systems and methods of the present disclosure may be utilized to realign or readjust any attribute of a reconfigurable propeller, including not only cant angles of blade tips with respect to blade roots, but also blade pitches, blade lengths, blade rake angles, or any other attribute of the propeller,” the inventors say. The applications for both patents were filed back in 2015. Amazon traditionally doesn’t comment on its patent filings, and there’s no evidence that the features have been built into the prototypes that the company is currently testing (or putting on display at this week’s SXSW conference in Texas). Nevertheless, the concepts sound a lot less far out than some of the other ideas that Amazon has patented, such as flying warehouses and parachute package drops. http://www.geekwire.com/2017/amazon-patents-drones-landing-legs-propellers/
  7. Amazon is putting the finishing touches on a concept for new Seattle area grocery stores called AmazonFresh Pickup, according to permit filings reported by GeekWire. E-commerce giant Amazon has filed permits for stores in the Seattle neighborhoods of Ballard and SoDo, according to GeekWire's images from the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections. Amazon did not formally announce the stores to the technology blog, but CNBC is reaching out for comment. Signs for the store exteriors read, "Shop online. Pick up here," and "Relax while we load your groceries," according depictions in the permits. GeekWire also visited the planned locations of the stores, where there are awnings for drive-up grocery pickup. Based on previous permits, GeekWire posits that there will be about 15 employees at each location, and three to five workers will be dedicated to bringing orders out to parked cars with an average wait time of 5 minutes. Amazon has recently experimented with several retail concepts, including a smart convenience store, Amazon Go. Amazon has also explored permits for drive-up grocery stores in the Bay Area, according to Silicon Valley Business Journal. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has said the company's tech savvy — especially artificial intelligence — allows the company to do things like sort fresh strawberries better than the human eye. http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/14/amazonfresh-pickup-set-to-open-in-seattle-geekwire-reports.html A new report reveals that construction work is almost done on Amazon’s upcoming drive-up grocery concept, AmazonFresh Pickup. Two locations are in the works, both in Seattle, according to GeekWire, which based its report on city permits filings. Each store includes an awning for drivers to park under and a brick-and-mortar store where employees put orders together, the report said. Amazon has not commented on the project. But signs that appear to be motion-activated and that read “Your order is order on the way” are installed in front of the parking spaces at one of the locations, the report said. In another hint that the stores are getting closer to opening, a film crew was working at the SoDo site Monday morning. They wouldn’t say what they were doing, but Amazon has in the past included promotional videos to introduce new concepts, such as the one released when the company announced the Amazon Go automated convenience store last year. Permit records also point to what could be the web address for the online shopping portion of the experience: www.amazon.com/pickup. For now, the address redirects to a page that doesn’t load. http://www.geekwire.com/2017/amazons-drive-up-grocery-store-concept-has-a-name-amazonfresh-pickup/
  8. Let me attempt to blow your mind: “Now” travels at the speed of light. When the light turns green, I don't concern myself with the fact that the light actually turned green a nanosecond earlier than I saw it. As far as the distances we're used to, “now” might just as well be universal. On interstellar distances, you might expect that the lag start mattering. Except it really doesn't. Maybe Sirius isn't there anymore. Maybe it went supernova five years ago, and the shockwave is riding towards us as you read, and it will hit us in another three years. There's no way we'd know. We look up and see the old faithful Sirius sitting right where it's always been. And we can measure its gravitational influence on us and neighboring stars. There is no knowing it's actually gone, and that's because it actually isn't. To someone in the neighborhood of Sirius, the star is no more, but, to us, it still exist. “Existence” travels at the speed of light. If the sun was spirited away by a species of prankster kardashev 3 aliens, it would keep “being there” for 8 minutes as far as we'd be concerned. And those 10 billion light years away stars we see through our telescopes, they are there. Because we can see them. - Julien Boyer
  9. I never realized how messy this border really is.... And how very "ungreen" is cutting down all the timber across a continent. Isn't that worse than building a "wall"?
  10. @Marra McDonald Johnson ... I see you went straight to "Terminator" ;-) I was also thinking that is why governments will have to tax corporations with all these robots so as to pay citizens to be able to purchase the goods. Talk about a position of ultimate control! It's good to be King!
  11. Posted so as to avoid confusion. ;-) My last name supposedly originates from the Dutch .... I was told they changed from a C to a K to avoid persecution from the Germans in the USA. Go figure.
  12. From the album Humor

  13. This video made me reassess the robotic future we are creating. It also makes me want to invest in Amazon now. LOL. I can see where governments will need to start taxing corporations and get rid of the income tax in favor of an "electric tax"..... or something equivalent. A sort of consumption tax. Thank you Mandy for telling me about this video. In the future will we all live in the United States of Amazon? buy stock in Amazon if you want to own the government of the future. ;-) Or will Amazon create the next greatest social media by buying Twitter and calling it Amasocial? (name is now copyrighted Amazon)
  14. Why is this singer not super famous? What a voice! I must have been under a rock somewhere…