General Tony Zinni does an interview on The Daily Show about ISIS.

Discuss ….

When is solar electric affordable? How long does it take to pay for itself? Should I buy a system, lease a system, or let a solar vendor like SolarCity become my utility company. Do I buy in now or do I wait till it gets cheaper? And should I take the environment into account?

These are the complex questions one has to ask when buying solar. So I’ll try to deal with them in a logical order taking into account different kinds of buyers with different economics and different values. I’ll try to do the easy ones first and work my way up to interesting and tricky ways to look at the issue.

The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found.

Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion.

The urge to sever ties with Washington cuts across party lines and regions, though Republicans and residents of rural Western states are generally warmer to the idea than Democrats and Northeasterners, according to the poll.

In the growing list of software that’s getting worse it seems like Google Maps and Google Navigation has made the list. Tell me if you noticed it too.

I live in the San Francisco Bay area which is huge and complex. Google navigation is a must even if I know where to go because it routes me around traffic problems that could get me stuck for hours. But in the last few months Google Maps is doing weird stuff. It get’s it wrong on most every highway intersection.

Among the privacy policies outlined by Apple in a new privacy policy webpage on Wednesday is an iOS 8 feature that makes it technically impossible for the company to decrypt a device to harvest user data, even if law enforcement agencies request it…

This has got to be good enough to make someone’s weird news section.

PRESS RELEASE: Church of Reality founder granted Trademark on REALITY®
DATE: 09-17-2014
CONTACT: Marc Perkel –

Marc Perkel, founder of the Church of Reality was granted a renewal of his registered trademark on the word REALITY in the religious and spiritual counselling category. This is the 5 year renewal period where the Church of Reality was granted the highest trademark status under federal law under Section 15 Declaration of Incontestibility.

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I think the tech media is giving Apple welfare on this device. If not for the Apple name would the tech media do anything but laugh at this device?

And – besides fighting about Apple vs. Android, what features do you think future phones will have that they don’t have today? Like – why not put infrared IP in them like they used to so the phone can be used as a TV remote? I’d love to go into a restaurant and be able to hit a button and turn off all the TV sets so I could have a quiet meal.

Will your cell phone ever replace your doctor? There’s an X-Prize to make that happen.

What features do you think cell phones will have in the future?

UPDATE – Amazing coincidence but Motorola has just released a new rom that fixes the old rom. It’s still 4.4.2 instead of 4.4.4 but people seem to be saying that many bugs are fixed. I’m sticking with Cyanogenmod for now. But would like to hear from RAZR M users what they think.

This guy has been buzzing my house all morning. It has no identifying numbers or insignia on it, and when I look at him through binoculars I can see him taking pictures of my house, or of me. There are no houses above or beside me….am I wrong to feel a little bit paranoid??? Was it something I said? Sorry about the quality, my good camera got lost in shipping and all I had was a stupid cellphone.

I’m sure this is exciting news for those of you in the Apple cult. And it’s a good thing because Apple usually comes out with some new feature that will inspire Android development. And it’s good to see Apple catching up with where Android was 4 years ago.

Up until now Apple had the smallest screens of any modern phone. I have a RAZR M and it’s considered tiny these days and it’s still bigger than the iPhone 5. And Apple is FINALLY including an NFC chip. Something the Android phones have had for years. In fact, Apple was holding things up for the rest of us because there were few people in the financial world wanting to adopt NFC technology for “pay with your phone” because it didn’t work with Apple phones. So now I’ll be able to use Google Wallet because of Apple!

As to the watch – that’s wide open territory. I’m not seeing anything yet that makes me want to wear a watch again. But with Apple doing something different maybe in a few years someone will have something I want to buy. But for the most part a watch is to tell me what time it is. My phone does that, so why buy a watch? Especially something I have to charge all the time. Maybe if they had a way to “wind the watch” that charges the battery I might be more interested.

SolarCity Install Today

My SolarCity install is today. I’m going to do a live blog so this article is going to change. It’s 10:40 am and I got a call saying they will be here in 10 minutes. They were scheduled for noon so they get a +1 for being more than on time. They did call 90 minutes ago asking me if they can come early. So far so good.

Very cool watch. But many reports of bad battery life. Makes me want to own a watch again. But maybe not yet. In my opinion a watch should go 3 days of normal use without needing to be charged. Also – in my opinion – there should be a mechanical charging mechanism so that as you walk, jog, move your arms, or vibrations for driving a car should help charge the battery much like a shake flashlight works. Also should have a bedside charging dock that doubles as a night clock/alarm clock.

One also has to keep in mind that, like cell phones, after the first few upgrades the product usually gets better. So missing functionality will get better over time. The battery life might be improved somewhat after a software update too. And optional bands will come to the market. On the other hand there seems to be a trend these days to make things worse with upgrades and Motorola has done that as well. I own a RAZR M cell phone and had to do a lot of work to uninstall KitKat 4.4.2 and go back to Jelly Bean because their upgrade broke so much stuff. But that’s another article.



Wind-blown sand still uncovers sun-bleached bones of men and mules dead for centuries along New Mexico’s Jornado del Muerte, the waterless hell where Spaniards died traveling between Santa Fe and Chihuahua. Few large areas in the United States can match its barren, flat desolation.

Near the center of this vast expanse lies man’s first great insult against the earth – – Trinity Site.

OK – maybe I’m too stupid to run YouTube but I have an Android cell phone and ChromeCast. I play video A and it works fine. I plave video B and when video B is over it starts playing video A again. I swipe it away to stop it. Then I play video C and after it finishes it plays video B again and then video A.

All I want is for it to play the video and quit. How do I make the damn thing QUIT DOING THAT?

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