Thursday, April 24, 2014

How the Apple iWatch can win over the luxury watch market

When I heard the expected sale price of the iWatch I was not at all surprised.  After all what is $1,000 when Rolex' often fetch more than $10,000 and the iWatch is much more advanced, right?! 

Well it may not win over the Luxury watch market.  Its about more than transistors its a link to the past when things were handcrafted and made with love.  The iWatch will not carry the prestige or the same wrist presence as a vintage Top Time or a two tone GMT. In fact, there is a distinct dislike at this point of smart watches from the Luxury market.  You will need acceptance by that luxury market to be able to position at $1,000 pricing. 

Here's my proposed gameplan for Apple to to win over the luxury watch market:
  1. Do what existing luxury tech watches do well
    1. Accurate Weather Reporting
    2. Mapping and Memory location
    3. Altimeter, Compass, GPS, 
    4. Heart Rate Monitor 
    5. Emergency Beacon 
    6. Keep time ruggedly, dependably, and in a smart and substantial package 
There is no 2.  

Apple should target the successful luxury tech watches and out perform them.  If they try to win over the luxury market with calendars, mp3 players, Bluetooth, NFC, they will likely be shunned at the luxury level.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Was MH370 Hijacked?

MH370 was likely hijacked since it flew towards Pakistan and India for 5 hours with transponders off.  Some radar data has indicated the plane made controlled maneuvers to possibly avoid ground radar, including but not limited to change in direction and altitude up to 45,000 feet at and down to a lowest detected 23,000 feet (radar is commonly assumed to be ineffective at detection at less than 15,000 feet) as well as switching off transponders.

Updated Data shows the plane responded to satellite pings for at least 24 hours.  This report hasn't been rescinded but has not yet been confirmed by multiple sources.  These pings basically ask the engines if they can receive messages and the plane sent back pings which confirmed we respond to your ping and are able to transmit in expected accordance of network protocol.  This is apparently different than the information that was pushed which had some basic telemetry data including flight speed and fuel remaining which apparently were received for at least 7 hours (up from the initially reported 5 hours). 

UPDATE: as of 3.15.14 at 12:25 am EST The Malaysian Government Investigation Concludes Missing Plane MH370 was Hijacked.

UPDATE:  Plane Flew Amongst "Known" and "oft-used" navigational waypoints. 

UPDATE: Using rudimentary triangulation another search area is possible that is south east of the Indian Ocean search area which is also confirmed by such triangulation data.  Two pieces of large debris is reportedly found there. 


Apparently the most recent data suggest the plane was active for 4-5 hours and then continued to respond to pings for an additional 24+ hours. US officials say powering off the plane would disable response to pings.

The transponders were apparently switched off in two to three separate controlled steps and at different times.  (Why are transponders on civilian aircraft designed to be switched on or off?).

One disturbing possibility is that MH370 was hacked.  That the controls were taken over remotely.  Though this isn't confirmed by any evidence. 

Didn't Air France Take 2 Years to find? 
Those who say Air France was found in this time frame are wrong. The first pieces of Air France were found in 2 days.  Major debris was found in 5 days.  The orange box within  2 years.

No debris have been found in MH370.  No explosion detectors have detected an explosion, and the Orion aircraft which can pick up on small floating debris found none in the two first purported areas. 

If MH370 was hijacked it may be for the human resources.
There was one IBM executive, Philip Wood, and 22 members of a subcontractor for American defense interests, Freescale Semiconductor. 

Another reason MH370 may be hijacked would be for the plane, an advanced 777-200ER.
A plane with a range of over 7700 NM.  Which would be enough of a range to act as a ballistic delivery system if flown under radar.  It will be crucial for RR to be able to track this in the future and the US to be able to triangulate the signal to avoid a possible attack.  Pakistan has nuclear weapons so the possibility of an ultra long range plane flown at low altitude must be taken seriously.

Why aren't GPS and Satellite Emergency Transmitters required on planes?
There is no reason at this point.  Cost is not a significant issue.  Especially in light of the gains in commerce and flight safety.  I'd argue we should adopt a computerized satellite based system that accounts for all known flights of civilian aircraft around the world.  There is a crude prototype of this system in place in Alaska.  We are likely going to see the second generation of this system deployed in the lower US.

My prayers are with those on the plane. I hope we can recover the plane with no casualties as has been done in the past. 


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

If String Theory is Right, our World View is Wrong

For the last 200 years or so the prevalent pragmatic theory presided casting aside mysticism, magic, and inductive logic.  However, inductive logic works if string theory is real and that's not the only thing. 

Just starting with the premise of needing 26 "critical" spacetime dimensions and perhaps no cap.  We are not only posed with the physical ramifications of this theory but also the philosophical.  Perhaps no time in history have we needed real philosophers (not the new versions who debate the whiteness of the crossing guy, but the theoretical physicists and mathematicians of yore in the model of Plato, Descartes, Aristotle, and Locke).

Since there seems to be a lack of these philosophers with a math and physics background to discuss the implications of 26 dimensions I'll take a stab at starting the conversation in this posts and others.

So I think the first thing we have to establish is that each additional dimension provides a space for infinite of the previous dimension.  Lines have infinite dots, planes have infinite lines, 3D has infinite planes, time has infinite 3D spaces, the fifth dimension has infinite timelines, the sixth dimension has infinite infinite timelines.  We can take this out to 26 dimensions. 

What we find when we really consider the implications goes beyond a galaxy where anything happens, a place where we are part of the creation process, a place where we jump from different timelines in what we perceive as free will.

It also means that the things we create may have interesting spill over into different dimensions.  Beyond just parallel universe phenomenon which would occur in the infinite timeline scenario of the 5 dimension.  I think we could even extrapolate some sort of ontological reality for abstract thoughts.  This is similar to Platonic Forms, discussed thousands of years ago.

It also suggests along with the finding of gravitational waves, that the big bang may have been an expansion of dimensions with gravitational waves constant throughout since it was expanded from an initially space compressed dimension.




Friday, December 14, 2012

Prayers and Reaction to Sandy Hook, Fairfeild County CT School Shooting

First of all my deepest prayers and heartfelt condolences for the victims of this evil act of terror, there are good people in the world who hold you in pure heartfelt ἀγάπη

I used the word evil because its more than mental illness at some point when you aim a gun at kindergarten kids, arguably at their most magical part of their life and most magical part of the year, its beyond sick, its demonic and evil.

Before we debate gun control, we need to take a hard look at our society that incubated recent terrorism.  Its time to recognize some people are not positive, they are negative -- they want to destroy things.  Perhaps instead of incarcerating people in a reactive fashion we should consider proactive measures that conform with the bill of rights.  Perhaps as a society we need to do better to identify people who are not satisfied and provide help and assistance to see if they can become for lack of a better term a positive influence; in practice the opposite of the Fairfield County shooter, purportedly a Mr. Lanza, in his 20s.

I think as a society we have to shed the labels of the old world while distilling their core meanings.  There are some people who do not want good things to happen, not in the name of competition but by their nature they desire destruction.  I also think there are influences and people who want a better America, a better world, and we should help these people succeed in their dreams, proactively and legally eliminating resistance from people who want to destroy positive progress, positivity, love.  The world is amazing these people want to make it horrendous.  We should identify things that aren't amazing in our world and try to change it for the better.   

This shooting is a statement, and the underlying statement (the shooter may have been too limited in mental capacity to identify or articulate) is fuck you to everything good we hold dear as humans.  I am not OK with that. I'm not sure gun control will stop one of these negative people from buying a truck and loading it with bombs, or identifying the next point of pain.  So it should only be part of the solution. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Purely Technical Articles and Reviews -> mark tech review

I've been playing around with the idea for awhile of having a blog devoted to technical reviews and technical articles.  I've posted some videos on youtube including the launch day "iPhone Problems", and I've also posted to both Ninja Tickets and this blog. I now feel that the time has come where posting technical articles confuses web crawlers and humans about what my blogs are about and should also be arranged in a more compelling verticals. 

New technical reviews and articles will be posted here: http://mark-tech.blogspot.com/

UPDATE: Range Rover Information and Offroading tech will be posted here: http://range-rover-l405-l322-p38.blogspot.com/

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Force dual core mode HTC Rezound

There are multiple threads on notable developer forums indicating the Rezound under its latest stock kernel will run in a very conservative single core almost always mode.  Rooting and just running "SetCpu" will enable independent scaling dual core mode, which engages both cores when expected. Although benchmarks may not reflect the performance gains they are significant in practice.  Running complex live wallpapers and visually rich HTC Sense widgets pose no lag when scrolling.  The overall effect is a phone without hiccups that's always responsive even while multitasking. Links to come. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Future (of personal computing) is Now.

Over the last few months several companies have been working on different projects which have come together to transform the world of personal computing.  I've always been a fan of the traditional form factor PCs and the power and user upgradable aspects and the first generations of tablets and phones seemed like a fun start but a far cry from the productivity from a true PC.  With the open nature of Android, the processing power available in the new tegra 3 chips and fast speedy mobile networks these portable devices which were once thought of as an addition to a PC have now come into their own as portable PCs.

There are some limits. At this point developers have still not pushed out "real" apps.  For example adobe doesn't offer the creative suite as apps, whether stand alone or complimentary to desktop versions. If your a web developer there are few options to manage large sites.  Now part of this is mitigated by web based environments, but not all.

The other main limitation at this point is in how the end users actually implement the device. Playing angry birds is great but there are powerful ways to utilize these portable PC's which haven't been fully baked.  I now use a transformer prime with an HDMI cord to give ppt presentations, but this is the tip of the iceberg. Companies are going to be able to implement these devices with some novel thought in compelling ways that will affect revenues. (Assuming of course the Mayan apocalypse does not materially change our way of life, although to be honest as a race we could use a bit of growth.)

We will have to see how post Jobs iOS turns out but at this point Android 4 seems posed to lead the transition from "big cell phone" to "small pc" in part because of how open the OS is.  The Asus transformer prime is the first such device that has enough power to challenge nerbooks. The Verizon LTE network is fantastic, offering the ability to execute and stream data from upcoming "personal clouds" or "corporate clouds" to process and crunch data.  New products are on the horizon which allows for gpgpu on such tablets and phones which should greatly improve processing abilities. 

Microsoft I believe sees this opportunity and is making a push to unify the new tablet PC and existing form factors with windows 8.  This is going to drive "real software" to tablets.  Google I believe is in a good position to lead this market but should make an effort to present a unified app market across devices.  This is why a unified app market is more important than a market which sells everything on specific devices.  A unified app market is a game changer and something I believe Microsoft will push for, I believe Google can out execute msft but they need to pivot and look to the future of tablets as computing devices rather than media consumption devices.

 UPDATE:  The PS4 and NVIDIA 780 series have video encoders which allow the remote play of games.