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Putin: Russia will ‘never’ extradite citizens accused by US

WASHINGTON ‘ Russia will “never” extradite any of the 13 Russians indicted by the United States for election-meddling, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, even as he insisted they didn’t act on behalf of his government. Putin’s comments in an NBC News interview airing Sunday illustrated the long odds that the Russian operatives will ever appear in U.S. View this topic.

Amazon wants a computer in every home – Following the dream of Bill Gates

Bill Gates in interview said, “We talked about a computer on every desk and in every home. It’s been amazing to see so much of that dream become a reality…”

Taking a page from Bill Gate’s book,  Amazon is in a battle with Google, Samsung and Apple to be the one to place a computer in every home.. AGAIN  A new type of computer promised in science fiction writings for many decades now.

The era of voice engines is upon us, as they become the next major user interface.  They are slowly and steadily taking over the touch screens on mobile devices and tablets as the popular way to interact with computer systems.  

Currently Amazon seem to be winning with their Alexa voice service and their Echo products.  However they are in a tough spot when it comes to integration with mobile platforms as that domain currently belong to Google and Apple with their voice platforms, Google Assistant and Siri respectively.

Microsoft is not sitting back idly, lets not count out Cortana just as yet and Samsung has introduced their new voice assistant called Bixby on their devices so things are going to get even more interesting.  

On another note, these computer systems are now mostly in a cloud somewhere and not actually in your home.  But let’s put that very important factor aside at least for the moment as it is certain to be a critical factor soon.

4K is higher resolution on your TV but what is HDR about !

Do you have 4K on your screen as yet?  I don’t.  Thankfully it’s already in my Netflix (4 Screens Plan) service so if I do get a 4K TV I know I don’t have to pay even more for that.  Not all content is in 4K (Ultra HD) as yet in any case.

Now what is this talk about HDR?
High dynamic range (HDR)  expands the range of both contrast and color greatly.

It’s been on the market for over a year now, although this is the first I’m hearing about it.

Streaming services have started offering both 4K and HDR content but again not available on many titles.

It’s not available on Blu-ray. You need a hardware device that can support it like an Ultra HD Blu-ray player. Microsoft Xbox One S game system supports it.

So here’s the checklist if you want 4K and HDR:

  1. A TV that supports both
  2. Content that is made in both or either as the content can be 4K but not HRD or HDR and not 4K.
  3. If your’e streaming the content, you need very reliable high bandwidth Internet.

Sound systems wise, that’s a whole different discussion.  I still like stereo sound, how about you?

Here’s the help notes on HDR from Netflix: 

If you have an HDR capable TV and the 4 Screen Netflix streaming plan, available titles will display an HDR logo next to their description.

If you have a Dolby Vision capable TV and the 4 Screen Netflix streaming plan, available titles will display the Dolby Vision logo next to their description. On Cast TVs, you will see a similar Dolby Vision logo on the loading screen.

Not all titles are available in Dolby Vision or HDR.

Amazon has similar specifications.  Many other streaming services has 4K support but not HDR.


Is artificial intelligence intelligent?

So the robots are gearing up to take over the world?
Humans can be very dreamy. Makes for good television.  Artificial Intelligence is pretend.  As in unreal and often imaginary.  No matter how advanced a computer program is designed to be or how cool the name of the process is (Neural net), in the end a computer will either do exactly what it is programmed to do or it will operate based on error.

But maybe Elon Musk has a point after all.  If these AI systems are being developed in an international artificial intelligence race then somewhere along the line the not so smart AI systems could inadvertently initiate nuclear war against another super power and boom! WWIII

Russian president, Putin said, “the one who becomes the leader in this sphere will be the ruler of the world.” Talking about breakthroughs in developing artificial intelligence.

Remember that old conspiracy with the cold war.  Spend billions to send someone to the Moon.  It was just a ploy to weaken the economy of the other country who took the bait.

The Space Race – the 20th-Century competition between Cold War rivals for spaceflight dominance.

So let’s go fishing again.

Of cause artificial intelligence is a very powerful area of study that has and will continue to produce significant advancement in computer science and will shape the landscape of the future.


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NAFTA can continue without the US, minister says

Minister Guajardo had some words for the U.S., mainly President Trump, while attending an event in Mexico City . He said, “NAFTA will continue to regulate the relationship between Mexico and Canada.” This suggested that the United States will not be required to participate. Guajardo took precaution to indicate that the decision was not made final. View this topic.