Sunday, February 28, 2021

 

GOLDEN GLOBES 2021

GOLDEN GLOBES
2021

MOTION PICTURES

Best Motion Picture, Drama
“The Father”
“Mank”
=>“Nomadland”
“Promising Young Woman”
“The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
=>“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”
“Hamilton”
“Music”
“Palm Springs”
“The Prom”

Best Motion Picture, Animated
“The Croods: A New Age”
“Onward”
“Over the Moon”
=>“Soul”
“Wolfwalkers”

Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language
“Another Round”
“La Llorona”
“The Life Ahead”
=>“Minari”
“Two of Us”

MOTION PICTURES - ACTING

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Viola Davis, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
=>Andra Day, “The United States vs. Billie Holiday”
Vanessa Kirby, “Pieces of a Woman”
Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”
Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Maria Bakalova, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”
Kate Hudson, “Music”
Michelle Pfeiffer, “French Exit”
=>Rosamund Pike, “I Care a Lot”
Anya Taylor-Joy, “Emma”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Glenn Close, “Hillbilly Elegy”
Olivia Colman, “The Father”
=>Jodie Foster, “The Mauritanian”
Amanda Seyfried, “Mank”
Helena Zengel, “News of the World”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal”
=>Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”
Gary Oldman, “Mank”
Tahar Rahim, “The Mauritanian”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
=>Sacha Baron Cohen, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”
James Corden, “The Prom”
Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton”
Dev Patel, “The Personal History of David Copperfield”
Andy Samberg, “Palm Springs”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Sacha Baron Cohen, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
=>Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah”
Jared Leto, “The Little Things”
Bill Murray, “On the Rocks”
Leslie Odom Jr., “One Night in Miami”

MOTION PICTURES – CREATIVE

Best Director, Motion Picture
Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman”
David Fincher, “Mank”
Regina King, “One Night in Miami”
Aaron Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
=>Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman”
Jack Fincher, “Mank”
=>Aaron Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton, “The Father”
Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”

Best Original Score, Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat, “The Midnight Sky”
Ludwig Göransson, “Tenet” 
James Newton Howard, “News of the World”
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, “Mank”
=>Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste, “Soul”

Best Original Song, Motion Picture
“Fight for You,” “Judas and the Black Messiah”
“Hear My Voice,” “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
=>“Io Sì (Seen),” “The Life Ahead”
“Speak Now,” “One Night in Miami”
“Tigress & Tweed,” “The United States vs. Billie Holiday”


TELEVISION

Best Television Series, Drama
=>“The Crown”
“Lovecraft Country”
“The Mandalorian”
“Ozark”
“Ratched”

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy
“Emily in Paris”
“The Flight Attendant”
“The Great”
=>“Schitt’s Creek”
“Ted Lasso”

Best Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture made for Television
“Normal People”
=>“The Queen’s Gambit”
“Small Axe”
“The Undoing”
“Unorthodox”

TELEVISION – ACTING

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama
=>Olivia Colman, “The Crown”
Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”
Emma Corrin, “The Crown”
Laura Linney, “Ozark”
Sarah Paulson, “Ratched”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy
Lily Collins, “Emily in Paris”
Kaley Cuoco, “The Flight Attendant”
Elle Fanning, “The Great”
Jane Levy, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”
=>Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Cate Blanchett, “Mrs. America”
Daisy Edgar-Jones, “Normal People”
Shira Haas, “Unorthodox”
Nicole Kidman, “The Undoing”
=>Anya Taylor-Joy, “The Queen’s Gambit”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Supporting Role
=>Gillian Anderson, “The Crown”
Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown”
Julia Garner, “Ozark”
Annie Murphy, “Schitt’s Creek”
Cynthia Nixon, “Ratched”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama
Jason Bateman, “Ozark”
=>Josh O’Connor, “The Crown”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Al Pacino, “Hunters”
Matthew Rhys, “Perry Mason”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy
Don Cheadle, “Black Monday”
Nicholas Hoult, “The Great”
Eugene Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”
=>Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso”
Ramy Youssef, “Ramy”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Bryan Cranston, “Your Honor”
Jeff Daniels, “The Comey Rule”
Hugh Grant, “The Undoing”
Ethan Hawke, “The Good Lord Bird”
=>Mark Ruffalo, “I Know This Much is True”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Supporting Role
=>John Boyega, “Small Axe”
Brendan Gleeson, “The Comey Rule”
Daniel Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”
Jim Parsons, “Hollywood”
Donald Sutherland, “The Undoing”

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

 

QPORIT XR NEWSROOM


QPORIT XR
THE XR NEWSROOM

EXTENDED REALITY
TECHNOLOGY, CULTURE, ISSUES

Quick Previews Of Random Interesting Things


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2021-02-28 (SUN FEB 28, 2021)


FILM & TV

THE GOLDEN GLOBES


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2021-02-15 (MON FEB 15, 2021)


HOLIDAY

PRESIDENTS' DAY!



An excerpt from the Address:

The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all. The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government.

 

All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests.

 

However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

G. Washington

September 19, 1796


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2021-02-14 (SUN FEB 14, 2021)


HOLIDAY

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

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2021-02-13 (SAT FEB 13, 2021)


US - NEWS AND OPINION

TRUMP
  • was acquitted of the Impeachment charge of Inciting Insurrection.
  • Neither Trump's counsel, nor Mitch McConnell, speaking for himself and presumably many of those who joined him in voting to acquit, disputed the basic facts, nor did they condone them.
    • They used the "off-ramp" of procedural and jurisdictional issues to defend their vote.
      • Although assumed to be a "defender of the Senate" and the Constitution,  MM voted to acquit despite the binding vote in the Senate declaring the process of Impeaching the President and trying him after he leaves office to be Constitutional, and the fact that the assault was a direct attack on the Congress, its Constitutional duties and its members.
  • I suspect that MM hopes for support from both Trumpers (he voted to acquit) and anti-Trumpers (he expressed outrage). He will discover the opposite. Trump hates partial supporters. Supporters of democracy think him a hypocrite toadie. 
  • The experience of Trump shows that US democracy needs stronger guardrails against an autocratic President (or a runaway Congress, or a seriously out-of-touch Supreme Court).
For "unity" to be possible, non-extremist Republicans need to be convinced en-masse that the election was fair: the count is accurate, and that Trump knowingly lied (or is dangerously delusional).

Pelosi has called for study and hearings; Cruz called for a study of the election; McConnell called for a criminal investigation. There should be hearings, criminal investigations when needed, and a study of the election, and of all the major issues facing the country, looking squarely both at what needs to be done in the future and what Trump did during these last years. There should be a new look at the Mueller Investigation and what Mueller could not do because of restraints on his investigation.
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2021-02-12 (FRI FEB 12, 2021)


US - EDITORIAL

COUNSEL FOR TRUMP
  • have argued that Trump's speech on Jan 6, and in tweets before and after show that Trump was telling his supporters that he wanted peaceful demonstrations, and an election that is fair to all sides.

In my opinion that is like arguing that Marc Antony's appearance before the crowd in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar was in support of Brutus and the assassins.

Antony did say, Brutus is an honourable man.  He did say, Brutus said 'Caesar was ambitious.'

He did say, I rather choose
To wrong the dead, to wrong myself and you,
Than I will wrong such honourable men.

He did say, Let but the commons hear this testament--
Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read--
...

I must not read it;
It is not meet you know how Caesar loved you.
You are not wood, you are not stones, but men;
And, being men, bearing the will of Caesar,
It will inflame you, it will make you mad:


So, "clearly," Antony is trying to calm the mob: not reading the will which would inflame them; praising the assassins as honourable men. So he is not inciting the mob, he is on the side of calm deliberation of the acts of honourable men.

Here's the whole text - 
A section of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: Act III Scene II

ANTONY
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus
Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath Caesar answer'd it.
Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest--
For Brutus is an honourable man;
So are they all, all honourable men--
Come I to speak in Caesar's funeral.
He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.
He hath brought many captives home to Rome
Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:
Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.
You all did see that on the Lupercal
I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And, sure, he is an honourable man.
I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know.
You all did love him once, not without cause:
What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him?
O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;
My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
And I must pause till it come back to me.
First Citizen
Methinks there is much reason in his sayings.
Second Citizen
If thou consider rightly of the matter,
Caesar has had great wrong.
Third Citizen
Has he, masters?
I fear there will a worse come in his place.
Fourth Citizen
Mark'd ye his words? He would not take the crown;
Therefore 'tis certain he was not ambitious.
First Citizen
If it be found so, some will dear abide it.
Second Citizen
Poor soul! his eyes are red as fire with weeping.
Third Citizen
There's not a nobler man in Rome than Antony.
Fourth Citizen
Now mark him, he begins again to speak.
ANTONY
But yesterday the word of Caesar might
Have stood against the world; now lies he there.
And none so poor to do him reverence.
O masters, if I were disposed to stir
Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage,
I should do Brutus wrong, and Cassius wrong,
Who, you all know, are honourable men:
I will not do them wrong; I rather choose
To wrong the dead, to wrong myself and you,
Than I will wrong such honourable men.
But here's a parchment with the seal of Caesar;
I found it in his closet, 'tis his will:
Let but the commons hear this testament--
Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read--
And they would go and kiss dead Caesar's wounds
And dip their napkins in his sacred blood,
Yea, beg a hair of him for memory,
And, dying, mention it within their wills,
Bequeathing it as a rich legacy
Unto their issue.
Fourth Citizen
We'll hear the will: read it, Mark Antony.
All
The will, the will! we will hear Caesar's will.
ANTONY
Have patience, gentle friends, I must not read it;
It is not meet you know how Caesar loved you.
You are not wood, you are not stones, but men;
And, being men, bearing the will of Caesar,
It will inflame you, it will make you mad:
'Tis good you know not that you are his heirs;
For, if you should, O, what would come of it!
Fourth Citizen
Read the will; we'll hear it, Antony;
You shall read us the will, Caesar's will.
ANTONY
Will you be patient? will you stay awhile?
I have o'ershot myself to tell you of it:
I fear I wrong the honourable men
Whose daggers have stabb'd Caesar; I do fear it.
Fourth Citizen
They were traitors: honourable men!
All
The will! the testament!
Second Citizen
They were villains, murderers: the will! read the will.
ANTONY
You will compel me, then, to read the will?



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2021-02-10 (WED FEB 10, 2021)


US

THE IMPEACHMENT MANAGERS
  • have given a compelling exposition on how Trump spent months promoting his lie  that the election was stolen, and his meme, "Stop the Steal" in order to steal the election, himself;
    • and when all else failed, he incited the violent groups he had been cultivating to storm the Capitol in a last ditch attempt to delay or prevent the certification of Biden.
  • It was an attack on democracy:
When the President lies
Democracy dies.

 (THU JAN 28, 2021)


US - XR - $$$

GAMESTOP: FACTS, FAKES, FICTION, & REAL LIFE
  • Chatter on Reddit has apparently been the factor sending the stock price of several stocks, notably GAMESTOP, soaring amidst wild volatility.
  • Chatter on social media sites, some public, some secretive, helped fuel the January 6 assault on the Capitol with false narratives that the election was "stolen".
  • Years ago, Orson Welles' radio production of "War of the Worlds", presented as if news commentators were actually describing a real invasion of Earth, terrified many who believed it was real (at least until the commercial break).
  • FACTS are what happens - whether you know about it or not.
  • FICTION is the stories we tell, sometimes to understand facts, sometimes to imagine what would happen if something was a fact.
  • FAKES are statements or media designed to convince people that something is a fact, when it is not a fact, and they know it is not a fact.
    • FICTION and FAKES influence how we react to our experience. 
    • FICTION prepares us to act wisely. FAKES prepare us to act badly.
  • We need to know and understand FACTS in order to make good decisions about real life. 
  • Although Orson Welles knew he was doing a fictional story, and said so at the beginning of the broadcast, people who missed that notice were affected in Real Life.
    • (Orson Welles, by the way, later made a movie called, "F for Fake".)
  • The Internet has proven to be a very efficient method of spreading FAKES.
  • People who believed the narrative that the election was stolen were the victims of a FAKE. Those who promoted (or continue to promote) the FAKE were (are) deliberately generating bad consequences in Real Life.
  • The motives and story behind the chatter on buying and selling stocks like GAMESTOP are not known, but IF people think they are getting good information, and they are actually being fed FAKES, it could have very serious $$ consequences for some people in Real Life.
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2021-01-27 (WED JAN 27, 2021)


US

HOMELAND SECURITY
  • has issued a nation-wide alert:
  • "The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin due to 
    • a heightened threat environment across the United States, 
    • which DHS believes will persist in the weeks following the successful Presidential Inauguration. 
    • Information suggests that some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition,
      •  as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives,
    • could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence. "
  • Link:
  • https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/ntas/alerts/21_0127_ntas-bulletin.pdf

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2021-01-21 (THU JAN 21, 2021)


US

ON THE FIRST DAY
  • President Biden
    • Rejoined the World Health Organization (WHO) and is sending Dr. Fauci to the next meeting as head of the US Delegation.
    • Rejoined the Paris Climate Accord.
    • Directed non-citizens to be included in the census.
    • Changed immigration policies, creating a path to citizenship for many immigrants.
    • Ended restrictions on travel from "Muslim" countries.
    • Canceled the "1776 Commission" and changed some regulatory procedures.
    • Halted construction of the "border wall".
    • Had a genuine, old-fashioned Press Briefing, handled by the new Press Secretary.
  • Vice-President Harris 
    • Presided over the Senate for the first time.
    • Swore in three new Senators.
      • Thereby making the Senate 50-50, and with her tie-breaking vote making the Democrats the majority party in the Senate.
        • That made Senator Schumer the Majority Leader, able to set the agenda and schedule for the Senate.
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2021-01-20

WED JAN 20, 2021

12:01 PM 

PRESIDENT JOSEPH R BIDEN






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US

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION 

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2021-01-14 (THU JAN 14, 2021)


US

IT'S JUST TWO WEEKS!  HERE'S A RECAP 
  • 01 FRI - HAPPY NEW YEAR'S DAY!
  • 02 SAT - President Trump calls the Secretary of State in Georgia and pressures him to "find" enough votes to to flip the state from Biden to Trump.
  • 03 SUN - The recording of Trump's call is released to the public.
  • 04 MON - Biden, Harris, Trump and others campaign in Georgia before the Senate runoff election.
  • 05 TUE - Runoff election in Georgia. Very close, but both Democratic candidates win. The Senate will be 50R - 50D. With Kamala Harris breaking the tie, the Democrats will narrowly hold control of the Senate.
  • 06 WED - As a joint session of Congress is counting the electoral votes a mob, incited by a Trump speech falsely claiming the election was stolen and asking them to "fight" and march to Congress, overwhelms the police and storms through Congress.
    • At least 5 people die
      • One is a female rioter trying to break in.
      • One is a policeman murdered by someone in the crowd.
    • There are cries of "Hang Pence".
    • There are anti-semitic and white power extremist slogans worn on people's clothing.
    • American flags are used as weapons.
    • Trump calls the rioters "patriots" and says he "loves" them.
      • Trump does nothing for hours to stop the rioters.
    • Congresspeople are ushered to safe rooms in the building.
      • Some Republican congressmen refuse to wear masks
      • Subsequently, several Congresspeople develop COVID .
    • After several hours, police reinforcements arise and expel the rioters.
  • 06 WED - After the rioters are expelled, BIDEN and Harris are certified by Congress as the President-Elect and Vice-President Elect.
    • A large group of Republican Congresspeople and a small group of Senators try to postpone the certification with specious denials of the validity of Biden's election.
  • 07 THU - As more and more information about the riot is revealed, the seriousness of the attack, the amount of deliberate planning that went into it, and the danger the Congresspeople faced becomes more and more evident.
  • 08 FRI - Senator Lindsey Graham, who expressed (mild) displeasure with the President and an acceptance of the result of the election is accosted by an angry mob at the airport.
  • 09 SAT - The House drafts an Article of Impeachment for "Incitement of Insurrection".
  • 11 MON - THE CORONAVIRUS
    • has caused more than 90 million cases world-wide;
    • has caused more than 1.9 million deaths world-wide;
    • has caused more than 22 million cases in the US;
    • has caused more than 383 thousand deaths in the US;
    • is getting worse.
  • 12 TUE - The House considers an Article of Impeachment,'
  • 13 WED - Donald J Trump is impeached for Incitement of Insurrection.
    • He is the only President to be impeached twice.
    • 10 Republicans join the Democrats in passing the resolution of impeachment
  • 14 THU - President-Elect Biden proposes an expansive stimulus and relief bill as millions remain unemployed, and unemployment filings are increasing.
  • Meanwhile, the stock market is doing well.

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2021-01-06 (WED JAN 6, 2021)


US

COUNTING! THE CONSTITUTION: from ARTICLE II SECTION 1
  • "The President of the Senate shall, in the Presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted. The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President"
  • The Congress is not given the opportunity here in the Constitution to change the vote.
  • The President of the United States in the last few days
    • Cajoled, bullied, pressured, and tried to convince the Secretary of State in Georgia to change the vote count, citing "rumors" but no evidence to invalidate the election of the Biden electors.
    • Has been trying, according to reports, to invalidate the electoral college victory of Biden when the vote is counted in Congress, with action from Pence (the President of the Senate) and other Congresspersons and Senators.
  • Attempts by anyone, including a sitting President, to change election returns, or to circumvent the Constitution to change the results of a Presidential election, should be treated as an attempted coup and an attack on the United States, its Constitution, and on democracy itself.
    • In the case of a President, it would be a violation of the Constitutional Oath to "faithfully execute the office of President of the United States" and to "protect and defend the Constitution of the United States".
    • It should be treated seriously, 
      • with consequences for anyone who participated in the attempted coup;
      • with legislation or constitutional changes to prevent any future similar attempt from even being contemplated.

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2021-01-05 (TUE JAN 5, 2021)


US

KENOSHA
  • No charges were filed against any police officers in the shooting of Jacob Blake.
  • This once again re-emphasizes the necessity of appropriate and stricter national standards for the use of guns, deadly force, no-knock warrants, and other tactics and violence by police on civilians, including easier prosecution and a wide range of measures to deter these tragedies.
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2021-01-01
 
FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 2021


HOLIDAY

HAAPPPPY NEW YEAR!!!

A Happy New Year XRd (tm)(card)

https://www.qporitxr.com/hny

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It should work in 3D VR in any VR headset,
when viewed in a webXR enabled browser.

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2020-12-30 (WED DEC 30, 2020)


EXTENDED REALITY
SIMPLE PREDICTIONS FOR 2021


EXTENDED REALITY INCLUDES ALL THE TECHNOLOGY, CONTENT AND ISSUES ENABLED, CREATED AND AFFECTED BY THE EXPONENTIAL EXPLOSION OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY.

SIMPLE PREDICTIONS for 2021

·       Technological development will continue to increase exponentially.

o   It will be a difficult challenge to equitably distribute the benefits of technology to all social, geographical, age, financial and other demographics.

o   There will be new cameras and new headsets for Virtual Reality.

o   There will be progress in developing Augmented & Mixed Reality.

o   AI will have new techniques and new business applications .

§  Chinese AI companies will do very well.

§  Robotics will improve significantly.

§  Automated vehicles will make big advances.

o   5G will continue to roll out, and there will be a few notable applications.

§  Getting fast 5G to rural areas will go very slowly.

·       (“5G” includes several different technologies of different speeds.)

o   Cloud services will be a big business.

o   Cyber security and regulation of technology will be major issues.

§  But they are complicated and there will be no major solutions in 2021.

§  New laws and new ways of thinking about technology may be needed.

§  It may even be necessary to change the fundamental TCP/IP and other protocols that govern Internet communications.

 

·       The most urgent issue will be to stamp out COVID-19.

o   All predictions of timing depend on mutations of the coronavirus leaving vaccines intact and the modes of transmission relatively similar.

o   The first quarter, and the first month especially, will see continued high levels of illness and mortality.

o   Mass vaccinations will be increasing through the summer.

o   There will be tentative attempts at a "new normal” in the fall of 2021.

§  There will continue, throughout the year, to be improvements in remote work, education, and entertainment.

§  This will continue as part of the “new normal".

 

·       President Trump will continue to make trouble -- through the certification of Biden as the new President, the inauguration and beyond, unless he is stopped (for example by being banned from social media, or being sued, or being arrested; or by seriously overstepping in his quest to reverse the election result).

 

·       There will be major systemic issues that must be dealt with. These include:

o   A high level of long-term unemployment due to the depression of travel, entertainment, in-person dining and shopping, that is likely to continue at least until late summer or fall.

o   The financial difficulties of state and local governments.

§  If not dealt with, this could spread to economic problems throughout the economy.

o   Mistreatment of minorities -- by police and other parts of government and society.

o   An infrastructure that has been ignored for too long and needs a massive upgrade.

§  In some cases, there may be critically dangerous situations.

§  In many cases of public utilities, the prevalence of power outages, internet outages, water purity, and other chronic conditions must be stopped.

o   A foreign policy that has distanced the US from its allies, allowed our international adversaries to benefit, and damaged the reputation of the US.

§  This must be reversed.

§  International cooperation must be accelerated, for example, with respect to

·       Global warning

·       Pandemics

·       Space laws

·       International cyber issues

·       Crime.

o   The system of oversight of the executive branch.

§  It must be strengthened.

o   The system of national elections.

·       Possible actions include a study or movement toward national election laws, such as

o   an independent election commission or

o   abolishing the electoral college in favor of a national popular vote.

o   The skewed distribution of wealth and income.

§  National legislation may be needed.

§  Excessive wealth by a few does not leave enough for everyone else.

§  Poverty in the US is unacceptable.

o   Immigration.

§  The whole process needs to be changed to allow a respect for immigrants from their application through citizenship.

o   The changing climate.

§  Efforts must accelerate to

·       Ameliorate the effects of climate change.

·       Reduce (or reverse!) global warming.

o   National health.

§  Every person in the US (for any reason)

·       Should be able to find affordable medical care at any time.

o   Including affordable medications.

o   Education and culture.

§  Every child should have a good education from pre-kindergarten on.

§   Every child should have access to the digital tools (such as fast Internet and a good computer) necessary for online learning. 

§  Every person in the US should be able to get a free college education.

§  The level of every citizen needs to be raised with respect to

·       Understanding the American system of government

o   The issues facing society

·       Mathematics

·       All the sciences

·       World history and world geography

·       Literature and the arts.

               

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2020-12-28 (MON DEC 28, 2020)


US

AS THE YEAR WINDS DOWN AND A NEW PRESIDENTIAL TERM APPROACHES...
  • After VETOing the Defense Appropriation Bill and raising new objections to the relief bill, the relief bill (together with government funding) was signed.
  • The Democrats are moving to increase the relief payments. 
    • Trump called for $2,000 payments. Will he - and the GOP - actually follow through?
  • Biden says that he is not getting full cooperation in the transition, including aspects vital to national security.
  • Trump is handing out "get-out-of-jail-free" pardons to his supporters, without a formal process, 
    • regardless of former convictions, or confessions, or plea deals, or whether national security was involved, or corruption.
  • COVID-19 is raging and neither Trump nor Pence ("head" of the COVID  "task force") is making any effort to discourage holiday travel or parties, which are likely to cause an even greater new surge of cases and deaths in January.
  • There was a massive cyber hack of government and corporate computer systems, probably from Russia.
  • Trump continues to claim that he only lost because of voting fraud, a claim that has been completely disproved. 
    • If he knows the truth, he is lying; if not, he is delusional or deranged. These all pose a threat to democracy and the office of the Presidency. 

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2020-12-25 
FRI DEC 25, 2020


HOLIDAY

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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2020-12-14 (MON DEC 14, 2020)


US

THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS
  • at their respective states have met and confirmed the election of Biden for President and Harris for Vice President.
  • The votes are "officially counted" by Congress on January 6.
  • The vote for two Senators from Georgia will take place on Jan 5.
  • From the Constitution:
  • [Article XII] (12th Amendment – Election of President)

    The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate;—The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted;—The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. And if the House of Representatives shall not choose a President whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, before the fourth day of March next following, then the Vice-President shall act as President, as in the case of the death or other constitutional disability of the President. THIS HAS CHANGED. SEE AMENDMENT BELOW The person having the greatest number of votes as Vice-President, shall be the Vice-President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed, and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the Senate shall choose the Vice-President; a quorum for the purpose shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of Senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice. But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States. 

  • Article [XX] (20th Amendment – Terms of President, Vice President, Members of Congress: Presidential Vacancy)

    3: If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall become President. If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice President elect shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified.

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2020-12-12 (SAT DEC 12, 2020)


XR & THE WORLD (OF DISNEY)

DISNEY ANNOUNCED A HUGE AMOUNT OF NEW CONTENT
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2020-12-11 (FRI DEC 11, 2020)


US

THE SUPREME COURT REJECTED THE TEXAS LAWSUIT
  • Texas tried to file a lawsuit objecting to the results of the Presidential election in several other states.
  • The Supreme Court denied the standing of Texas to file such a suit:
    • "Dec 11 2020 The State of Texas’s motion for leave to file a bill of complaint is denied for lack of standing under Article III of the Constitution. Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections. All other pending motions are dismissed as moot. Statement of Justice Alito, with whom Justice Thomas joins: In my view, we do not have discretion to deny the filing of a bill of complaint in a case that falls within our original jurisdiction. See Arizona v. California, 589 U. S. ___ (Feb. 24, 2020) (Thomas, J., dissenting). I would therefore grant the motion to file the bill of complaint but would not grant other relief, and I express no view on any other issue."
    • https://www.supremecourt.gov/search.aspx?filename=/docket/docketfiles/html/public/22o155.html


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2020-12-10 (THU DEC 10, 2020)


US

COVID-19 KILLED MORE PEOPLE IN ONE DAY THAN DIED ON 9/11
  • Facilitating or fighting on the side of COVID in the war against the US in any of the following ways should be treated as domestic terrorism...
    • not wearing a mask with anyone nearby
    • discouraging people from wearing masks
    • holding events with more than a very few people
    • holding events without social distancing, especially indoors
    • lying about the severity of the disease
    • lying about treatments for the disease
    • holding political rallies, especially without masks or distancing
    • holding parties, especially without masks or distancing
    • holding concerts, especially without masks or distancing
    • threatening public officials who are trying to save American lives
    • threatening businesses or their owners who are trying to conduct business safely
    • discouraging or interfering with effective testing
    • discouraging or interfering with contact tracing
    • failure to quarantine when you have been exposed to COVID
  • Public officials whose behavior is on this list should resign, or be impeached and removed from office.



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US

PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN TRANSITION INFORMATION 
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HOLIDAY

HAPPY HANUKKAH!

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COMING: 2020-11-24 (TUE NOV 24, 2020)

eXtended Reality (XR
HARDWARE, SOFTWARE & CONTENT

SUMMARY TALK: STATUS OF XR - FALL, 2020 
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2020-11- 20 (FRI NOV 20, 2020)

US & THE WORLD

I believe in liberty & the law. Quarantine & Wearing Masks is a law.
A law of nature in a pandemic. Obey the law!
The penalty for violating the law is death.
Actually, more than 250,000 deaths in the US. More than 1,000 deaths a day.
More than 1.35 Million worldwide.

President Trump has not obeyed the law.
He discourages masks. He discourages social distancing.
He is planning Holiday parties,
The penalty is death.
Our death.


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2020-11-17 (TUE NOV 17, 2020)

US & THE WORLD

PRESIDENT TRUMP 
  • in the final weeks of his administration, is reported to:
    • have seriously considered a military attack on Iran;
    • be planning a major military withdrawal from the Mideast;
    • be expressing anger at the Vaccine Makers for not announcing their progress sooner, to help his reelection campaign;
    • be obstructing the transition to the Biden Presidency;
    • be spreading distrust about American Democracy, by making false claims of Democratic Party voting fraud;
    • be making no effort to help immediately slow the virulent growth of COVID-19 infections and deaths.
EDITORIAL 
  • The actions described above are not "a new normal";
  • they are serious assaults on the United States;
  • they are not the "faithful execution of the Office of the President".
  • Congress should conduct a serious, immediate investigation on
    • whether new legislation is needed to inhibit any President who may be working against the interests of the United States;
    • whether Impeachment and Removal of President Trump and Vice President Pence (the head of the COVID "Task Force") is warranted by the facts, and necessary to help curb the virulent growth of COVID-19 during the next 2 months.
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2020-11-10 (TUE NOV 10, 2020)

XR TECHNOLOGY

APPLE 
  • announced three upgraded laptops in its "one more time" event.
  • More importantly, it announced a new home-grown Apple Silicon Chip, the M1.
  • The M1 is an impressive chip, and marks the progress Apple is making in its creation of its own silicon, custom designed to work with its own hardware and operating systems.
    • M1 features include
      • 8 core CPU (faster processing)
      • 8 core GPU (faster, better graphics)
      • 16 core neural processing (faster, more useful AI)
      • dedicated security processing
      • 5 nanometer technology
      • low power usage
      • integration with the OS
  • As a march to the future, the ability to continue to create upgraded silicon, extending the life of Moore's law (which predicts exponential growth of digital power with a doubling period of about 2 to three years), means the continued extension of digital processing to every facet of human life.
  • The laptops themselves do not seem to be the real story. As John Hodgeman in a postscript to the main announcement pointed out, the fact that the laptops have longer battery life is nice but, gee, you can plug them in.
  • The story is the chip, not the new laptops. 
  • To me, the problem with this event was 
    • 1) "One More Thing" is what Steve Jobs used to say before he introduced a whole new category of product.
      • To focus on the laptops, or even the chips, is different from creating a whole new category of computing.
        • It is the evolution and continuation of the current computing paradigm.
    • 2) The slick Apple product launch is extremely slick, but we've seen that style of  presentation before. Marketing has to innovate as well as perfect a style.
    • 3) I did not, actually, learn much about the MACs that were announced:
      • How are they really different from each other, except form factor? They all use the same chip and OS and the laptops have the same 13" size screen.
      • What is the current screen resolution?
      • What is the memory/storage system? How big?
      • Do the new connectors (Thunderbolt / USB 4) and the new chip & OS mean that the Apple ecosystem will become even more isolated from the PC & Android world than it is now?
  • From the perspective of xR innovation (that's lower case x as in a variable, which refers to VR, AR and MR) this event was both hopeful and disappointing: 
    • It was disappointing because it (xR) was never mentioned, and not the "one more thing" I was hoping for.
    • It was encouraging because VR, AR, and MR all need better silicon than they now use, and the effort Apple is investing in xR development could be transformative if they are also making customized silicon for xR.

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2020-11-09 (MON NOV 9, 2020)

WORLD

PFIZER 
  • reports positive results from its latest (not yet completed) trials
    • 90% effectiveness (28 days after the first dose of a 2 dose regimen),
    • relatively safe.
    • This is based on a test with about 45,000 participants,
      • about 40,000 had the full 2 doses.
    • This is good news, but not yet the end of COVID-19
      • The estimate is at best 25M vaccinations worldwide in 2020.
      • A reasonable, optimistic estimate is still 
        • Summer 2021 before vaccines are widely available; 
        • Fall 2021 before vaccines significantly improve worldwide health
      • That is in line with estimates in Jan 2020 that it would be at least 18 months before vaccines begin to make a substantial difference in world health and protection from COVID-19
    • Here is the Pfizer announcement:
    • https://www.pfizer.com/news/press-release/press-release-detail/pfizer-and-biontech-announce-vaccine-candidate-against
  • Currently there are
    • more than 50,000,000 cases worldwide
    • more than   1,250,000 deaths worldwide
    • record numbers (more than 9,000) of daily deaths worldwide
    • more than 10,000,000 cases in the US (most in the world)
    • more than      240,000 deaths in the US (most in the world)
    • more casualties, every week, than in the 9/11 terrorist attack.
    • more than 1,000,000 cases in Texas
    • more than      10,000 new cases today in Illinois.

2020-11-09 (MON NOV 9, 2020)

XR  TECHNOLOGY

APPLE  
  • is currently working very hard on XR technology
    • they seem most interested in AR and MR, adding information as you view the real world (rather than VR, completely immersive experiences).
    • They have released several generations of the ARkit software.
    • They have added LiDAR distance sensing to top level iPhones.
    • They purchased NEXT, the premiere real-time live streaming platform.
    • They purchased several important smaller companies and hired many experienced XR developers that had worked with other XR companies.
    • Here is a very detailed discussion of what Apple has been doing:
  • Apple is having a "One More Thing" event tomorrow (see the post from Nov 2 below).
  • It is not known whether XR will be in that program.
  • Apple ONE MORE THING event: 1:00 EST Tue Nov 10, 2020:
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2020-11-07 (SAT NOV 7, 2020)

USA

WE VOTED ! Democracy wins!
  • ACCORDING TO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BIDEN WINS PENSYLVANIA, SO:
JOE BIDEN 
WILL BE THE NEXT 
PRESIDENT
OF THE UNITED STATES


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JOE BIDEN ! President-elect:
  • I will be the President of all Americans.
  • It is "a time to heal".
  • I will spare no effort to turn around this pandemic.
    • (Today: more than 124,000 new cases; more than 1,025 deaths.)
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2020-11-03 (TUE NOV 3, 2020)

USA

VOTE ! 
  • If you haven't already, cast your ballot: VOTE!
  • Every vote matters!
  • Keep your distance! Wear your mask!
  • In case of a long wait, bring water, food, outdoor weather appropriate clothes!
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USA - editorial!

VOTE BIDEN-HARRIS! Free the Senate!
  • If you haven't already, cast your ballot: VOTE!
  • Every vote matters!
  • We described five crises below: See the Nov 1, 2020 item.
    • Trump and his fellow Trumpublicans in the Senate have made all of them worse.
  • The Senate has 
    • promoted right wing extremist judges to lifetime appointments, 
    • blocked needed legislation including a desperately needed relief bill 
    • stonewalled the Impeachment trial 
      • (removing Trump would have prevented Trump's disastrous response to COVID)
    • and in a triumph of hypocrisy, did the exact opposite of what they "promised" four years ago, and confirmed a Supreme Court judge just days before a Presidential election.

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2020-11-02 (MON NOV 2, 2020)

XR TECHNOLGY


APPLE  
  • announced a "One more thing" event for Tue, Nov 10.
    • For those who've never watched the live stream of an Apple event when Steve Jobs was alive:
    • He would end a keynote full of new products by saying... "and, One more thing",
      • And that thing was the introduction of a new kind of product, like the first iPhone or the first iPad.
  • Three guesses would be 
    • 1) something related to Apple's home-made new chips; 
    • 2) something related to TV; or 
    • 3) the first Apple AR headset. (!!????)
  • The event address is:
  • https://www.apple.com/apple-events/
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2020-11-01 (SUN NOV 1, 2020)

USA


FIVE PROFOUND CRISES HOVER AS THE 2020 ELECTION APPROACHES 
  • HEALTH:
    • More than 9 million people have been sickened.
    • More than 225 thousand have died.
    • It is getting worse.
    • Trump & Trumpublicans are aggravating the epidemic, not dealing with it.
  • FIRES, STORMS & THE ENVIRONMENT:
    • People are dying, and property is being destroyed by
      • Massive fires in the West,
      • Huge storms in the South and Midwest
      • Floods in some places,
      • Droughts in other places,
      • with a deteriorating infrastructure that can not withstand environmental stresses, and sometimes is even the cause of deadly events.
    • These, together with the threat of irreversible environmental damage and irreversible global warming
      • require urgent government attention, yet 
    • Trump & Trumpublicans are ignoring the issues, except when aggravating the problems with regulatory changes and suppression of scientific studies. 
  • EXTRA-JUDICIAL MURDERS AND A PREJUDICED JUDICIAL SYSTEM:
    • The treatment of black Americans is intolerable.
    • The problem is historical
      • The original constitution was biased.
      • US was a country with slaves less than 175 years ago.
    • Trump & Trumpublicans are providing support to anti-equality groups and issues.
    • It has to stop. Now.
  • ECONOMIC INEQUALITY AND LOOMING COLLAPSE:
    • We have a K shaped economy.
      • The rich are getting richer.
      • The poor are getting poorer (and dying faster).
    • The rich: APPLE (1.9 $T), AMAZON, MICROSOFT, AND GOOGLE are each worth more than $1 TRILLION (That's 1,000,000,000,000 dollars).
      • Together they are worth more than 5 trillion dollars.
      • Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos are each worth more than 100 billion dollars.
    • The not rich: More than 8 million people were unemployed in September; several million without any job since the March lockdown.
    • Protections against evictions are expiring.
    • Travel, restaurants, and arts events are not coming back soon.
    • Colleges have lost revenue.
    • State and local governments have had additional expenses, but have lost tax revenues.
    • An inverted yield curve last year "predicted" financial distress next year.
    • Trump & Trumpublicans did not provide support: neither to individuals, nor to local and state governments, with another economic relief bill.
      • Are they defunding the police?
        • Among the casualties, if governments have trouble balancing their budgets, are essential services like fire departments and policemen.
  • DEMOCRACY -- INCLUDING TRUTH AND IMPARTIAL JUSTICE:
    • Democracy itself is under threat when the government does not take responsibility for preventing:
      • Voter suppression, including
        • intimidation;
        • interference with the postal service to complicate mail-in voting;
        • inadequate staffing of polling places causing long delays for certain voters.
      • Attacks on the legitimacy of the election, including 
        • baseless claims of fraud.
        • refusal to commit to a peaceful transition of power.
      • Threats of criminal prosecution of political opponents outside the systematic process of criminal law.
      • Systematic lying.
      • Ridiculously vain and false bragging, and requiring obeisance of subordinates.
      • Suppression of accurate, truthful reporting by government agencies.
Definition: Trumpublicans - legislators and employees of government agencies who used to be traditional Republicans, but who now, under Trump, support policies that Trump advocates even when these are completely opposite to what they supported before 2016.


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2020-10-29 (THU OCT 29, 2020)

XR TECHNOLOGY


STANFORD & SAMSUNG RESEARCHERS
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2020-10-24 (SAT OCT 24, 2020)

COVID-19 STATUS


THE US IS NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD!
  • 230,068 deaths, the most in the world.
  • 784 deaths today, the most in the world.
  • 8,827,154 total cases, the most in the world.
  • 78,671 new cases today, the most in the world.
  • 2,855,475 active cases now, the most in the world.
  • 16,367 critical & serious cases now, the most in the world.
  • The "president" continues to organize superspreader events around the country.
    • Ask not what your country can do for you, Donald, ask what you can do for your country.
  • Source: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ 2020-10-24 20:50 EST
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2020-10-22 (THU OCT 22, 2020)

US

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES DEBATE
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2020-10-20 (TUE OCT 20, 2020)

XR TECHNOLOGY & US POLICY

THE DEPARTMENT OFF JUSTICE
  • has filed a complaint against Google, charging anti-competitive behavior.
  • Any resolution of this will likely take months to years.
  • The final verdict/decision in the  Microsoft case helped trigger (I believe) the massive market selloff in 2000.
    • The Judge ordered a break-up of Microsoft on June 7, 2000.
    • Around August 1, the Nasdaq and Dow averages began a major slide.
  • Regulatory and legal challenges, domestic and international, to Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon are fueled by issues of possible
    • excessive harm to consumers
    • excessive suppression of competitors
    • excessive concentration of wealth
    • as well as political and competitive interests.
  • Microsoft is currently relatively free of these pressures.
  • Here is the full text of the complaint:
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2020-10-19 (MON OCT 19, 2020)

XR TECHNOLOGY & US POLICY

THE MAJORITY STAFF OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
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2020-10-14 (WED OCT 14, 2020)

XR TECHNOLOGY & US POLICY

THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE
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2020-10-13 (TUE OCT 13, 2020)

XR TECHNOLOGY

APPLE
  • announced the iPhone 12 series, with some MAJOR features that are the opening salvo in the next generation of technology.
    • (They also announced a new mini audio device.)
  • The biggest feature is that all iPhones in the 12 series will have 5G support.
    • 5G is in its infancy, but this support is essential!
  • The next most important feature is that some model(s) will have LiDAR support.
    • LiDAR is an accurate distance measuring "camera" that will improve focus in poorly lit spaces and accelerate Augmented Reality (and, ultimately, photogrammetry, 3D photography and volumetric videography also).
  • Powering these advances is new chip technology.
    • Apple claims 40% and more improvement in their new A14 "Bionic" processors.
      • "Bionic?" -- As far as I know they contain no living parts.
  • The phones will be available within weeks, at prices similar to the previous generation of iPhones.
    • But headphones and charger may not be included in the box!
  • https://www.apple.com/iphone/
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2020-10-12 (MON OCT 12, 2020)

XR TECHNOLOGY


TOMORROW, TUE OCT 13, IS A BIG DAY:

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2020-10-12 (MON OCT 12, 2020)

XR TECHNOLOGY


DISNEY

***


2020-10-12 (MON OCT 12, 2020)

WORLD - ECONOMICS


THE 2020 NOBEL PRIZE IN ECONOMICS

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2020-10-10 (SAT OCT 10, 2020)

SILLY


IT'S 2020-10-10 

  • Or 10/10/2020
  • Always nice to have a day with an "interesting" date.
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2020-10-09 (FRI OCT 9, 2020)

WORLD - PEACE


THE 2020 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

  • The Nobel Peace Prize 2020 was awarded  to 
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2020-10-08 (THU OCT 8, 2020)

WORLD - LITERATURE


THE 2020 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE


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2020-10-07 (WED OCT 7, 2020)

WORLD - SCIENCE


THE 2020 NOBEL PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY


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2020-10-06 (TUE OCT 6, 2020)

WORLD - SCIENCE


THE 2020 NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS


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2020-10-05 (MON OCT 5, 2020)

WORLD - SCIENCE


THE 2020 NOBEL PRIZE IN MEDICINE




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