Quick Hits

The best technical information I have heard recently is that Microsoft will port Cortana voice assist to the Apple environment.

I know nothing about Cortana, but Siri is one of my few bête noires — Siri is often unavailable, usually obtuse, even dense! Yesterday, Siri found the upholstery shop I was seeking, but would not read it to me and told me to look at my screen. 

At California lane one freeway speeds, currently 82 MPH? Gimme’ a break, Siri!

It is particularly galling when I am on the freeway at 82 MPH, and all I can do is scream at an un-hearing Siri. 

Cortana cannot be worse!

Siri was a marvel when first introduced, but it has not progressed into anything approximating artificial intelligence — it is, as I have described my writing the Navy’s first AI program, all artificial and no intelligence.

Welcome Cortana!

Rand Paul is philosophically correct, but politically wrong.

Like Edward Snowden he should be applauded for bringing the subject of Metadata to our attention, and like Snowden, Paul doesn’t know when to quit. He needs to stop when he is ahead. Metadata has been declared Constitutional because it does not connect numbers to people. Paul knows better than the Supreme Court, but I am not certain how many Constitutional law courses he took on the way to becoming a Dentist!

Of course we have a Constitutional lecturer in the White House who gets his junk in the wringer with Federal Judges, constantly!

One of my early lesson was, “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. There quit. No use making a damn fool of yourself.”

Paul made a damn fool out of himself weeks, or even months ago. He needs to declare victory, and sit down!


In Ancient Greece and Rome, no one had a job…or at least few. Men went to the forum and debated, or drank wine, while the slaves worked. In the new society, the robots will be the slaves, and people will own — or share — robots and their production.

And, no, I don’t know how it will work.


My grandchildren and great grandchildren seem to be enthralled with tattoos, and like most church members, bicyclists, pot smokers and other cultists they try to recruit, or is it rationalize the use of ink on their bodies.

I tell them I think they are serious when they get a spider web tattooed on their face, centered on their nose.

The “Ice Man” who died 5,300 years ago in the Alps, and was discovered a few years ago when some of the Alps melted — he had ink.

Ink was prevalent in African, Egyptian, Polynesian, Chinese, Japanese societies, and among Australian aborigines — all had ink.

Know what else they shared? None of those societies were smart enough to have invented the wheel! (3,500 years ago in Mesopotamia.)

Just saying…

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