What do you fear will happen within the next 50 years (and why)?

I fear losing wildlife. Whole species going extinct. Rising tides. The middle-class almost vanishing completely. Hate crimes higher than ever. No health care for elderly Americans and insufficient funds for social-security and Medicaid. People will die. Increased terror attacks around the world. A lot of chaos and that sort of thing. The reason? Politics, I’d probably say.

On the other hand, I think there will be a lot of good things, exciting things, to look forward to, especially in the fields of science, astrophysics, technology, artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, medicine (despite being too expensive for people to pay for without health insurance).

I don’t think we’ll ever have flying cars for common use, but many people will have IoT connected homes (that trend is just starting to catch on) and fun virtual reality devices. It will be a different world, but futures are almost always different than they were predicted. It’s fun sometimes to look back and see what was predicted for today.

How are there pictures of the earth from space and from space stations from earth’s orbit, when we rotate over 1000 mph?

Why don’t you ask what is the circumference of Earth? 24,901 miles. That’s why it takes roughly 24 hours to go around one time, because it’s rotation at the equator is about 1,040.4 mph (much slower where you live further north). The International Space Station goes around the earth about every 92 minutes. A lot faster than the Earth rotates. Furthermore, the ISS is not traveling in the same direction of the Earth’s rotation, but more a north south direction.

In any case, the ISS travels faster than the Earth rotates, so you do see the Earth moving below it, but not so fast you can’t take a photo or shoot a video. Just look at the video below. Even this video is sped up. From up there, the Earth moves much slower. This is a time lapse video.

What nobody is telling you about the cyberattack

By Wayne Boyd May 14, 2017: There are many aspects to this ransomware attack that have yet to be mentioned.

All of the systems attacked, it seems, are running older, unpatched, sometimes even illegally cloned versions of Microsoft Windows. The cyber attackers are using ransomware that exploits these older versions of Windows. Essentially they tell their victims that if they don’t pay their files will be deleted. If their system had been updated, then the attack would not have been successful. Everybody knows this.

Issue number one:

  • Microsoft demanded money for an upgrade.
  • When people didn’t pay up, cyber terrorists demanded money through ransomware.
  • Microsoft did not orchestrate the attack, but essentially they did demand money for already functioning operating systems. People were sandwiched between two parties, both demanding money to keep their system safe.
  • Microsoft did, after the fact, cave and provide upgrades for free.

Issue number two:

  • There are alternate secure operating systems that do not cost money to purchase, install and keep upgraded.
  • Save money, drop Windows, install Linux, run your hospital, package delivery company or government on open-source software.

Issue number three:

  • Bitcoins. The alternative currency. It’s legal. It is so secure, in fact, that the cyber attackers are demanding they be paid in Bitcoins. This is the currency of the future. I read in an article that Bitcoins was a form of cyber currency used by criminals. Well, guess what? Criminals use paper money too, and non-criminals use Bitcoins too..

The best computer program

It’s the greatest program.

Ever.

It’s free, and it’s available for Windows and Mac. Oh. And Linux. Oh. And Unix. Oh. And BSD which you may not have ever heard of, but there you have it. TrueOS, Linux, Windows 10, Mac computers whatever they call their OS. You can find it. It’s free. You can download it. It’s free. It doesn’t cost you anything, nobody’s making money because. It’s free.

Microsoft and Adobe don’t want you to know about the program that makes Photoshop obsolete.

The program is called “GIMP”

Notice I didn’t put a period there. Not sure if I should or not. Notice, finally, “GIMP” is all in capital letters. That was on purpose.

GIMP, or the GNU Image Manipulation Program, is the greatest computer program unless you’re into sound and video editing, in which case there are other great programs.

I will not bother to tell you what GNU means because that will make you not want to know and it’s recursive and really cancels itself out with it’s own name. Okay. I give in. It’s pronounced “Gah nu is not Unix.”

There. Got it out of my system.

It’s originally a “not Unix.” So here we have “GIMP” which translates as “Gah nu is not Unix Image Manipulation Program.”

Just call it GIMP and get over it. It’s a great program. You can go to Barnes and Noble and buy a huge fat book how to use this computer program. I did that until I figured out an essential truth. GIMP is NOT PHOTOSHOP. It can do everything you can do in Photoshop, but it’s not Photoshop so you have to do it in a different way. A completely different way. GIMP really means Gnu Image Manipulation (is not) Photoshop.

New Google Earth launches with incredible new 3D views of our world at the click of a button

THE WHOLE WORLD IN YOUR HANDS

Tech giant reveals stunning update that allows users to soar past towering skyscrapers and mountains in stunning accuracy

GOOGLE has launched an update to Earth that allows users to see the world’s greatest wonders in all their glory.


Tech wizardry means that armchair travelers can see towering skyscrapers, tourist hotspots and treacherous mountains all in stunning 3D.

And your view is fully changeable, with every picture able to turn on a 360-degree axis.

The planet’s major cities and landmarks are all covered, meaning you can swoop through the streets, dodging, trees, cars, cranes and buildings that are all rendered with astonishing accuracy.

But one such landmark that isn’t covered is the White House, leading to speculation that security fears may have held back the project.

But top sights like the Shard in London, Mount Everest, the Colosseum and the Eiffel Tower can all be appreciated in outstanding detail.

Browsers

Once in awhile on this blog I talk about Linux because as some of you know it is the operating system on my desktop computer.

What most of us do most of the time on our computers involves the Internet, so what operating system is under the hood of your computer doesn’t matter a lot. If you run Windows 10 on your computer, you’re probably surfing the Web with Internet Explorer, or maybe Firefox or Chrome Browser from Google.

Now I’m here to tell you about a really cool browser which may be the best one I have ever used across any platform. It Runs on Windows, Mac and Linux, so it’s cross platform and it’s free. It’s called Vivaldi. For downloading and trying it out you even get a free email address.

You can do interesting stuff with this browser that I haven’t seen anywhere else. You can take your browser tabs at the top and merge them. Then you can open the merged tab and get more than one web page on your screen side by side. As I write this on the left side of my screen, I have Quora.com loaded on the right, and it’s all in the same browser window.

There’s a lot of other neat stuff which you can see here:

Is a smartphone good? What are the bad sides of using it?

Define “good” or “bad.”

Smartphones are useful if you use the technology built into them. Most you can talk to and they talk back.

If I say to my phone “What time is it?” it speaks the answer.

If ask my phone verbally if it’s going to rain today, it tells me.

They’re useful for navigation, they’re useful in telling you how many steps and/or miles you walked today, they do make and receive phone calls too, and they do a lot of other stuff.

However, like anything else, do it in moderation. Don’t give up human interaction.