Saturday, April 17, 2010

Self Cleaning Brain Cells of Slacker Florida Teachers

"Because you can't, that's why!"

Remember back in the day, There was only so much knowledge that we had to learn and that was it, nothing much more to learn. If you do remember those days then you are most likely not reading this because you are afraid the InterWebNet will give you herpes.

In our lifetimes, we have seen the future become the past faster than we ever could imagined. The growth in academic publications is up 71.54% with a doubling time of 1.28 years, and for patent applications, filings are up 71.37% with a doubling time of 1.29 years.Knowledge now doubles itself every 15 months! WTF!!!

I remember my fathers grand parents telling me stories of living in a cabin. Shooting deer and turkeys out of the one and only window. The homestead was near 16 Mile (Big Beaver) Road. The 16 mile trip to the big town of Detroit would take them two days to make though it could be done in a day in an emergency. Their entire life was lived in a 20 mile radius. Never had a TV, washer / dryer or a hot water tank. A dentist for gramps was pliers to pull and chewing tobacco to staunch the blood flow. All done while sitting in the rocker on the front porch.

Great grandfathers only car was one he won in a radio contest. It was delivered, he tried it and the controls were not the same as was on a tractor. The car lasted 43.6 seconds.

My mothers grand parents had the first indoor bathroom and phone in their county. They were extremely progressive people.

My "Wonder Bread Years" was the Leave it to Beaver era, not to be confused in my later  beaver hunting era. A simple and happy time, except for the ever present threat of total global nuclear annihilation. The general public was taught not to think, to not ask questions of authority. Bliss.

In my lifetime, we have done what was once called impossible, too technically advanced or not even yet dreamed of as a possibility. And applications of these technologies is a whole new snowball of businesses rolling down the hill.  Nanotechnology is yesterday's plastics, Joe.

Thought is like many sided, rotating Rubik cube. Ever spinning in your head till they come together and a spark of a idea is emitted. Do you have any thoughts?

The internet helps. It can feed your mind with different cultures and ideas. I Posted two blog, one about liquid glass and the other about artificial spider hair surfaces. Did you read those yet? Why not, slacker? Go read them now! The rest of us will wait through you inconsideration. 

While they are catching up on reading, let me digress. With the growth of knowledge coming so rapidly, the teachers are out of touch on the subject unless they continually study and you know human nature, slackers, "I learned everything in college. I don't need to know more." That is too...too bad because you are a slacker. You are out of date, the people you are practicing teaching on may know more than you. So you are a teacher, the best this country has? I can't fathom the self importance these slackers have. The few good teachers are driven into private service leaving you behind to fill the void. And in Florida, teachers are not paid by results. WTF! I wish I had a job like that!

Ok....Thanks for taking the time to read my blogs.

What did you get out of those two articles? There maybe a thousand answers, a thousand careers. Perhaps you could combine the two technologies. An article covered by the two idea could make protected surfaces that clean themselves from a rain. 

Surrounded by mediocrity,

Monday, April 12, 2010

Cosmic Toyota or The Ghost in the Machine?

"The Mystery Man came over
An' he said: "I'm outa-site!"
He said, for a nominal service charge,
I could reach nervonna t'nite."
Detroit Free Press

Federal regulators are studying whether sudden acceleration in Toyota's is linked to cosmic rays. Half of more than 1,500 recent complaints to regulators involve other models, raising questions whether Toyota has fixed its problem.

Radiation from space long has affected airplanes and spacecraft, and is known for triggering errors in computer systems, but has received scant attention in the auto industry.
"Look here brother, who you jiving with that cosmic debris?"

Or is the problem caused by The Ghost in the machine?
Defined as the unknown cause of malfunction or unexplainable abnormal behavior of a machine or computer.

An anonymous tipster whose complaint prompted regulators to look at the issue wrote that the design of Toyota's microprocessors, memory chips and software could make them more vulnerable than those of other automakers. Some researchers echo the concern, saying the possibility deserves a closer look.

Toyota, the industry leader in using electronic controls, claims that its engine controls are "robust against this type of interference." Such radiation occurs virtually anywhere.

Electronics makers have known for decades about "single event upsets" (SEUs) — computer errors from radiation created when cosmic rays strike the atmosphere, such radiation occurs virtually anywhere. Yet, the tipster last month told the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) that "the automotive industry has yet to truly anticipate SEUs."

The phenomenon can trigger software crashes that leave no trace. Unlike radio-wave interference, there's no way to physically block particles; such errors typically have to be prevented by a combination of software and hardware design.

Electronic throttle controls such as the ones under scrutiny in Toyota's are widespread in the industry. They're more reliable than mechanical links; they save weight and space; and they make other technology, such as stability control, possible.
Toyota staunchly defends its electronics, saying they were designed for "absolute reliability." The automaker said its systems "are not the same as typical consumer electronics. The durability, size, susceptibility and specifications of the automotive electronics make them robust against this type of interference.
WTF?! What kind of science is this? Cosmic particles pass through the planet. Even Mr. Toyoda's lead lined sack can not stop them!
Testing for the problem would involve putting vehicles in front of a particle accelerator and showering them with radiation, a step that experts said would help resolve the question.  Listening MR Toyoda?

"The Mystery Man got nervous
An' he fidget around a bit.
He reached in the pocket of his Mystery Robe
An' he whipped out a shaving kit!"

A minuscule portion of cosmic radiation falls to Earth. It's not enough to harm humans, but the risk of errors has grown as circuits in computers and cellphones on the ground have shrunk to the width of several dozen atoms.

And why will Toyota not release the data from their on-board event data recorders?  

"Now is that a real poncho or is that a Sears poncho?"
                   Frank Zappa  

and Steve