Saturday, April 22, 2023


 Well HELL! For the past few years I've been playing with a personal AI assistant for situational awareness. It would scan all the social media accounts I have for pending risks to me and my family. The reason I felt there was a business for an AI assistant located on desktops and phones is that the social networks can't shut you down. If a cloud service were to offer situational awareness, the Metas/Twitter/Google/TikToks of the world would easily shut them down. So many queries from one or two cloud URLs could be easily shut off. But such queries coming from individual accounts would slip by. Cool, eh? I thought so.

I've been playing with GPT's ChatAI to compare with my own ├╝berGenius program and got a rude awakening. Conclusion: I can kiss my dreams of being a multi-billionaire goodbye!

Suppose, for example that I wanted to see what infectious diseases are coming my way. I'd have my AI simply look at Web queries about infectious diseases state by state, and see what little bugs are riding in on the California jet stream or via airplane from the East Coast population centers. Here's the rude awakening supplied by ChatAI:

And here's the SITUATIONAL AWARENESS map I got from just the last day's queries on "Infectious Diseases" around me:

Woah, Hoss! The shit is hitting fan not in California or New York, but in the state just above me: Wyoming! What the hell is happening in Wyoming? Looks like it's already spreading to Montana and Utah (you can download the CSV file for each state and see the numbers).

Sorry, I've gotta' go now and call some of my buddies in Wyoming. Hey guys, WTH is going on in my home state?

Monday, February 20, 2023

Personal Advice from Bonnie & Clyde


Warren Beatty & Fay Dunaway 

Toward the end of the movie, Bonnie asks Clyde something to the effect, "If you had life to do over, what would you do differently?" 

I expected Clyde to say that he'd be a banker, or a lawyer. But instead, he gave me the key to personal anonymity when he answered: "I wouldn't pull jobs in my home state. Then I wouldn't be wanted there."

I've tried quite successfully NOT to do guerrilla warfare in my home state, a fact emphasized dramatically this Saturday. I went to the baptism of a little girl in my Sunday School class. One of the other attendees currently works remotely at Oracle, and told the group the he didn't believe me when I said I'd worked as Larry Ellison's one-man ad agency from 1984 through 1990. He thought I was just just another Utah BS artist. Then he Googled "Rick Bennett at Oracle" and found Christopher Lochhead's article (read it here), and saw I kind of understated my…ah…life of crime.

Moral of the story? If you want to teach a Sunday School class of impressionable youth, and then get invited to their baptisms, DON'T PULL JOBS IN YOUR HOME STATE.


Wednesday, December 21, 2022

CONSPIRACY? A Hydrogen Economy Threatens The Battery EV Infrastructure

The UK Register story (read it here) amplifies how vested interests are "putting in the fix" to kill research into producing hydrogen as an alternative energy source. But read between the lines:

One of the big problems with hydrogen as a green fuel is that it is not green under current production methods. Nearly all industrial hydrogen gas is extracted from natural gas, a process which requires energy, usually from fossil fuels, and one which produces further greenhouse gasses as a byproduct. While the prospect of electrolyzing hydrogen from water using renewable energy is appealing, the approach has yet to be scaled.

What a bunch of unadulterated crap. The politicians are being well and truly bought off by the battery investors. There is too much capital invested to watch it thrown away. Give me a Tesla solar-panel roof on my home and a hydrogen compressor to pack cracked water into hydrogen and oxygen, and I'll get a cheap retrofit for my internal combustion engine. How's that for scale, you paid-off politicians? 

Monday, November 14, 2022

European Union Makes Good Case For Cyberprivateering


The UK Register makes a good case for letting the hounds of hell loose on Russia (read the story here). Too bad they didn't go far enough. Check out my legal justification for cyberprivateering (read it here). 

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Windows, The Most Hacked System On The Planet


The UK Register (read the story here) reports once again that Microsoft's Windows has had vulnerabilities that have been exploited by The Bad Guys. Oh, but here's a fix now that the cows are out of the barn door. Once again, POWER SHELL left a crack in the door.

Hell, I only used air-gapped Windows systems, one of which runs my CompuTrainer bicycle exercise system.