Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Greatest Paranoid in Silicon Valley

Andy Grove, former CEO and Chairman of Intel, passed away yesterday, March 21st, 2016. Born in Hungary and later immigrated to the United States, he joined Intel on the day of its incorporation and he was instrumental in transforming Intel from a memory chip vendor to the greatest semiconductor vendor. His accomplishment will always be cherished in silicon valley.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

It's Daylight Savings Time again

For decades, some countries have been switching between daylight savings time in the summer and standard time in the winter. In the good old days when the main energy consumption comes from lighting at night in the summer, such a strategy may be able to reduce the use of incandescent lighting to some extent. Nowadays, the mere savings of lighting is far shadowed by the negative impact of the time adjustment, or the chaos that follows. Farming does not benefit from the time adjustment because the crops still follow their biological clocks. Animals, pets and small children also need a lot of training to cater to such a change, twice a year. Furthermore, in the globalized world of today, many of us need to collaborate with people in other countries, and other time zones. The scheduling of meetings tend to cause chaos as many countries do not use daylight savings time. Even for those countries who do follow daylight savings time, their dates of switching between standard time and daylight savings time tend to be different from the dates in the U.S. This is turning out more like an unnecessary complexity introduced by human to work against the nature.

There are several political movements to abolish daylight savings time:
Website dedicated to standard time:

Petition to Congress: End Daylight Savings Time

Petition to White House

Change.Org to Stop Daylight Savings Time

From a popular science point of view, here is the suggestion from National Geographic:

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Interview on Hugo Barra

Hugo Barra was formerly head of product management at Google's Android mobile unit. He joined Xiaomi last year. Here is an recent interview for him on Youtube.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

U.S. west coast is now severely hit by radiation from Japan earthquake

Remember the 2011 earthquake in Japan?

The radiation from that earthquake has been dumped into the sea and has now hit the U.S. west coast, including the San Francisco Bay Area.

Notice that background radiation is only 30 CPM, near the ocean is 150 CPM. Any level above 100 CPM can cause cancer.

In addition, millions of starfish has turned up dead off the pacific west coast.


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Stop the Road Rage: We need safer streets

If you have been following recent news, you may have noticed news reports about a bunch of New York motor-cyclists (bikers) chasing and beating a driver and endangering his wife and daughter. Here is a short description of the incident quoted from Wikipedia:
On the afternoon of Sunday, September 29, 2013, motorist Alexian Lien was involved in a collision with cyclist Christopher Cruz on Manhattan's West Side Highway. After pulling over to the shoulder, Lien's Range Rover was surrounded by a group of 20 to 30 motorcycles (all riding with Cruz as part of an unsanctioned event) who began assaulting the vehicle, including puncturing the front passenger tire. Lien fled in his vehicle, with his wife Rosalyn and their two-year-old daughter inside, meanwhile driving over another motorcyclist, Edwin Mieses, who was stopped in front of the Range Rover. After a fifty block chase driving on his front tire rims, Lien's windows were smashed by the bikers with a helmet, who then dragged Lien out and beat him. Bikers also smashed the passenger side and rear windows in an attempt to pull out his wife and daughter before a bystander intervened.
A more detailed description with video can be found here:

Alexian Lien, Road Rage Victim: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Recently, a Facebook page has been setup to show support for the unfortunate driver.

Justice for Alexian Lien