by Anura Guruge
>> “Think” sign — Aug. 28, 2014.
>> Hursley’s John Fairclough … — Aug. 27, 2014.
>> Mainframe 50th — Apr. 7, 2014.
>> Gene Amdahl & I – Mar. 29, 2014.
>> IBM Hursley pictures – Mar. 16, 2014.
>> Malaysia flight 370: And ‘Poor’ IBM — Mar. 11, 2014.
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I do not have the time, desire or energy to justify it, yet again, right now but take it from me, on trust, that I do know IBM and its workings better than most. IBM was my life, 24×7, for 33 years and when I say 24/7 I am not joking.
Watson has been on my mind, quite a bit, of late. Just this morning that I really should write a book on the Watson technology. I haven’t looked BUT I am sure I have a fair amount of the material already.
It is like Microsoft and the X-Box. Ebay and Paypal. Just today I heard that Symantec is going to be splitting into two.
I don’t have the time to go into details BUT to me it would make sense, especially in terms of the IBM shareholders, IF IBM splits off Watson as a separate entity. By all means IBM should hold onto a large chunk of the equity, BUT IBM should cut it loose.
I haven’t fully thought it out BUT it occurs to me that MIT or equivalent might make a better fist of Watson that will IBM — at least in the mid-term.
So maybe a new entity with control interest divided between IBM, Google (yes, Google), Oracle and academia.
Wow. I already like the sound of that. I want in.
Just remember where YOU read this first.
I added ‘Watson’ to my list. Right now it is #4 or #5. That is bad.
by Anura Guruge
>> April 15 eclipse video — Apr. 15, 2014.
>> April 15 eclipse images — Apr. 15, 2014.
>> Apr. 15, 2014 ‘blood red’ — Apr. 14, 2014.
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Do not fret. We get two more in 2015.
April 4, 2015
and September 28, 2015.
I will keep you posted and will post charts etc.
closer to the time.
To be honest I can’t find any charts, as yet, for 2015!
by Anura Guruge
Just SOME of the Related post:
>> Maldives & Sri Lanka — Mar. 15, 2014.
>> 4 hours in air, Sri Lanka, Cell phones … — Mar. 13, 2014.
>> Malaysia flight 370: My Thoughts — Mar. 10, 2014.
>> Could have landed … — Mar. 11, 2014.
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Today is 7 months!
6 whole months. 214 days.
Nothing. Nada. Zilch.
This is not right.
by Anura Guruge
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There are 4 very good and clear reasons as to why populist (but ineffective) Pope Francis (#267) should NOT get the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014.
1. His efforts, initially centered around prayer, for peace in the Middle East & Syria/Iraq have NOT worked, in the slightest.
2. In mid-August, i.e., just 6 weeks ago, Francis, one way or another, backed MILITARY ACTION against ISIS when he realized that his prayers were useless.
3. There are still some serious, unanswered questions about his actions during the Argentinian ‘Dirty War’, in the 1970s, when he was the Head Jesuit in Argentina.
4. No previous pope has been a recipient, and IF St. John XXIII (#262) did NOT get the Peace Prize (and he was who helped JFK in defusing the Cuban Missile Crisis), this pope, who so far as done diddly other than grandstand does NOT deserve it.
To be fair, even St. John Paul II (#265), who did so much (and secretly spent BILLIONS) to bring down communism, first in his native Poland and then in the USSR, had a better claim. Francis has done NOTHING tangible. Just sound bites for the media.
At least Barack Obama, when he got it, was trying to be an anti-war President (though that has since changed).
That Al Gore was the 2007 recipient was a joke — many such faux pas committed by this Norwegian cabal.
Of course some very worth luminaries have received the award and MY favorites, apart from, of course Nelson Mandela (1993), Desmond Tutu (1984), Martin Luther King (1964), Bl. Mother Teresa (1979) and , are the two 1976 ‘Irish Ladies‘ (and I will confess, I had to look up their names because it has been 38 years) — Betty Williams & Mairead Corrigan. Of course there are others and I am all in favor of the likes of: Anwar Al-Sadat (1978), Lech Walesa (1983 — a stand-in surrogate for John Paul II), Mikhail Gorbachev (1990), Aung San Suu Kyi (1991), Frederik Willem de Klerk (1993), John Hume (1998) and Jimmy Carter (2002).
I don’t think the (then) Dalai Lama deserved it. Like this pope he is but all talk — and no trousers (in his case, quite literally).
There have been years when the Nobel Peace Prize was
NOT AWARDED — even as recently as 1972.
The other years include: 1967, 1966, 1956, 1955, 1948, 1939 – 1943 [i.e., during WW II and as such they avoided giving Winston Churchill the prize as he so richly deserved], 1932, 1928, 1924, 1923, 1918, 1914 – 1916 [WW I — with the ‘Red Cross‘ getting it in 1917].