Dave Winer writes of a revelation through a conversation with another that the NYPD, and other police officers, expect the same, "blind support" we give the military. He further writes that the problem is in our blind support of the military. I look at this from another point of view, which is that the police in the United States is not the same thing as the military and therefore must be treated differently. If we accept the police as military we then are stepping into martial law, which really means that the "rule of law" we have in the United States and the judicial system that enforces it, no longer exists. We cease to exist as the United States of America as most of us have grown up to understand it, and instead we have a U.S. where the police become judge and jury. Innocent until proven guilty will completely cease to exist.
Jim Harbaugh's value to Michigan? I am surprised that the Chicago Bears have not come up in the Harbaugh conversation. Chicago is looking is always looking for the next Ditka, and I think Harbaugh comes closest. Harbaugh is also an ex-Bear, just like Ditka. The question really being asked is, is the head football coach position at the University of Michigan more prestigious than NFL head coaching jobs?
BlackBerry Classic: Best features appeal to high-end corporate users. I think it is smart for Blackberry to stick to what they do best.
Why Microsoft’s Mobile Marketing Strategy Hinges on iOS and Android. It is interesting that Microsoft views iOS and Android versions of their apps as a way to draw people to Windows. I think it only holds if the Microsoft apps are the primary ones a person uses, otherwise the lack of key non-Microsoft apps will still prevent people from switching to Windows Phone.
Continuing Microsoft's strategy of "mobile first, cloud first" the company has released versions of their MSN content apps, previously only available on Windows 8, for other mobile platform. So far I am having a hard time installing on my Nexus 9.
The Millenial Pastor: "I need Advent and its promise of a new world, its hope given to a world that feels hopeless too often and because of those four little lights that push away the darkness in order to make room – to make room for Messiah. Messiah who is already here, but still on the way."
New River4, new console app. I need to think about how this relates to my installation of River4.
NASA: "NASA marked a critical step on the journey to Mars with its Orion spacecraft during a roaring liftoff into the dawn sky over eastern Florida on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, aboard a Delta IV Heavy rocket."
Orion is the newest spacecraft built by NASA to carry humans in to space, and the plan is for it to fly humans to Mars. Today's test flight involves a couple of orbits around the earth, including passing through the Van Allen radiation belt, and will splash down in the Pacific ocean later today. Total planned mission time is 4.5 hours. One of the more interesting aspects of the mission is that Orion will go beyond low earth orbit, which will be the first spacecraft to do so since the Apollo missions more than forty years ago.
Note to self: when watching a launch, use the NASA Public Ustream feed rather than NASA.TV, which went down 4 second prior to the Orion launch. Although I am seeing reports the launch cut off on Ustream too. Fortunately, NASA re-ran the launches, from all the different cameras, about thirty minutes after launch.
Why is the Nexus 9 Cover still not shipping?
GigaOm: "Just like winter, Android 5.0.1 is coming (and here now for some)" I am not surprised by this, I've been experiencing some flakiness with my Nexus 9. Occasionally, the screen will go blank for a second and then appear to reload the home screens, or stay blank and require me to shutdown and restart the tablet to clear it. I think some apps are not behaving well with Lollipop's multitasking. Facebook particularly appears to be a culprit.