It’s Sunday. A sunny day. The Kyoto Protocol was ratified on this day in 2005. Also, in 1978, the first computer bulletin board came on line.
Birds have figured out how to reduce fake news via retweeting.
The passengers on the coronavirus cruise ship are all getting iPhones. A different cruise ship, docked in Cambodia, is now finding cases of coronavirus among its passengers. Many of them are in the wind, heading back to their home countries. In the US, more testing is being planned. In the UK, a contingency plan is in the works.
I remember couple of years ago when HQ Trivia was the next big thing. Not so much now.
Getty Images is being sued by a photographer who alleges they appropriated her images and then tried to charge her for her own use of them. The photographer had actually donated the photographs to the Library of Congress to provide complete free public access. She is suing for a billion, but that’s because Getty allegedly has a history of doing this sort of thing.
And, applications are being accepted at NASA for the next generation of astronauts. Unfortunately, I think I missed the boat.
Thursday. It feels like rain. Happy birthday to Peter Gabriel, Carol Lynley, Jerry Springer and Peter Tork.
Once again Globe food writer Devra First can’t seem to make it across the Neponset River, missing out on a lot of fine places to eat south of the city. (Delfino in Roslindale was a good choice, though.)
A CBO-like office for Massachusetts, to review the efficacy of proposed legislation? Sounds like a good idea, actually. And the names of the people involved should instill confidence.
Lyle Mays has died. I always loved his playing with Pat Metheny. The improvised melodies had a personality and there seemed to be a chemistry there. Some good examples: The Way Up; Speaking of Now; Imaginary Day – all great records and featured on today’s playlist.
Adam Gaffin reports on Cape Air’s quest to make a splash with a seaplane route between Long Wharf and the East River in NYC.
And the biggest industry event for mobile technology has been canceled because of the coronavirus. There won’t be a Mobile World Conference in Barcelona this year. That’s a big deal.
Wednesday. Halfway to Friday. And it’s International Darwin Day. Evolve.
LAFD is buying an electric fire truck. Charge those lines.
Supporters say that Deval Patrick “just needs to get known“. Really? I think it’s a little bit late in the game for introductions, especially if you’re one of the guys that doesn’t have a billion dollars to blow on ads. UPDATE: He dropped out later in the day.
Part of the enjoyment of a football game on TV is the flow of game data. It has to be displayed in a way that informs but doesn’t overload the viewer or distract them from the actual game. And it has to look good. Some networks are better at this than others. ESPN is the worst. CBS is good and Fox is the best, in my opinion. John Teti, writing at The Outsider, examines how Fox changes its look to stay up to date.
The coronavirus cruise ship looks like a petri dish experiment. A single infected person came on board. Now, 175, more than a third of the passengers, are infected. And even though the confirmed cases are quarantined, new infections are still popping up – 40 as of this week.
The Globe has a small mention of a “malware attack” that brought down a network at Children’s Hospital. Sounds like a ransomware incident. The affected system is associated with a regional group of pediatricians and is not the primary network at the hospital. It’s still down as of this morning.
And Andrew Yang is out. So I guess this means that Norm MacDonald’s endorsement is up for grabs.
Monday on the move. Just a quick update today.
This return to Britain occurred at a record breaking speed.
On the coronavirus front, Natt Garun writes about the impact on the tech industry and Brian Heater looks at precautions in place at the yearly GSMA show in Barcelona, including a ‘no handshake policy.’ Hopefully there will be lots of disinfectant in the hands-on demo areas. Also, in Hong Kong, there’s a virus-related toilet paper panic.
The Alexa Silver video was funny/true but this effort to build smart speakers for the elderly is a little more serious. It’s a great idea but this particular product seems costly for such a limited feature set.
A circular firing squad. Yup. That’s just what we need at this point.
And Amazon logistics are usually pretty impressive, but when there’s a one-off things can get weird.
It’s a post-Superbowl Monday morning. AM traffic is always light on this day.
In addition to the game there were the commercials. Some decent ones this year. I kind of liked the bizarre Pringles ad.
Families are struggling to find affordable housing around Boston. According to a study to be released today, too many existing units are being occupied by empty-nesters or groups of roommates. The challenge seems to be incentivizing those folks to move to more appropriate sized homes, freeing up the multi-bedrooms for families.
Another day, another weird academic paper.
Google Maps is usually pretty good at knowing when traffic backs up. Then it uses that knowledge to route you around the bottlenecks when you ask it for directions. Google knows about traffic because our cell phones tell Google where we are and how fast we’re going. It assumes we’re in a car. So a guy put a hundred cellphones in a red wagon and pulled it slowly along a city street to try to trick Google into thinking there was a traffic jam. It worked. Pretty clever way to open a road up. But not reassuring that Google Maps was hacked this easily.
And as the coronavirus spreads around the world, so does misinformation about it.