Monday, August 17, 2015

Project Sunroof from Google/Alphabet

Here is a neat idea from Google, or shall I start calling it Alphabet INC.

Computing the solar efficiency of your roof. Pretty good idea!
Introduction of Project Sunroof.

The details from the map are great! For example, I just looked up this area (on the map), and the sunroof map appeared convincing. At the moment it is available for only few cities (Boston, SF and Fresno), but will be available to your city soon!

It would be nice to crowdsource the algorithm to generate the map for all the other cities.


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Digg, Reddit, and who's Next? Slashdot?

It does not take much of any controversy for a "community" site to go down in the page of history.
People jumped Digg for obvious reasons (see the link), and flocked into already crowded reddit. Recent controversy in reddit created quite a bit of mess: leading up to the departure of interim CEO. All these things are happening without properly settling the main issues about the trolling, anonymity and a proper balance to be achieved.
Is it OK?
There are few things that happened in reddit that was bit unsettling such as manhunts, personal attacks and victimizations. Therefore, is it OK to have no control whatsoever? Which level of control, if any? Where is the balance?
Oh, where does the freedom of speech lie in this case? There is a saying, "You are free to move until you touch my nose". Well, I just made it up, but think about it.

What do you think? Which one is next? Slashdot?


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bait and Switch in a Theater

I forgot to blog about it, because it was promptly resolved.

One of the evening, we went to watch a 3D movie in local theater. They had special wednesdays where the movie was very cheap. I think it was the Lorax by Dr. Seuss.

The movie started to play. The trailers first. I noted that all of the trailers were in 2D. Well, not a big deal the movie is still going to be in 3D right? Wrong!
The movie started and everything was flat. It did not take long to realize that and the people in the theater started to look into each other thinking what was going on!!

So, I stepped outside and told the ticketchecker that we have the 2D rolling, and showed him the ticket saying that it should be 3D. He looked and almost did not believe me. Then called into his walkie-talkie. After a minute or so, after they realized what was going on, the screen went dark, and the 3D movie started rolling from the beginning.

Yay for Dr. Seuss! However, I am not sure what their intentions were. I would like to assume that it is a simple clerical mistake. Just like putting mails into wrong envelop.