Green Screen Review #27: Apple iPhone “Unbelievably Cool” Augmented Reality

Tim Cook Outlines Apple’s “Unbelievably Cool” AR Future

Mike Brown writing at Inverse

Tim Cook believes augmented reality is the future. In a new interview, the Apple CEO outlined his vision of a future where consumers use their iPhone cameras to display vital information. As technology improves, Cook believes augmented reality would take on more tasks, chiming with recent rumors that the company is working on a set of augmented reality glasses.

“I think it is profound,” Cook told Bloomberg in an interview published Thursday. “I am so excited about it, I just want to yell out and scream. The first step in making it a mainstream kind of experience is to put it in the operating system. We’re building it into iOS 11, opening it to ­developers—and unleashing the creativity of millions of people. Even we can’t predict what’s going to come out.”

The company’s upcoming software update for iPhones and iPads, iOS 11, unveiled last week, will bring a new augmented reality developer framework called ARKit. This will enable simple development of AR apps, providing a powerful platform that companies can use with ease. One of the best examples of augmented reality, Pokémon Go, is set to receive an update that will switch the app’s AR framework over to ARKit.

How many Green Screeners are preparing to surprise the world with some unimagined augmented reality?  I am an AR fan, and cannot wait for my first pair of glasses.  I read on Drudge that Google Glasses are making a come back. This could be a developing trend, now that Apple is jumping into the AR market.  Got your ARKit?

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A Local lefty blog is promoting the Climate Change Scare Mongers, again!

Here is a quote from one of the more left wing vocal voices, someone calling himself Joe Koyote, in a comment on a Sierra Foothills Report post on an article by Bill McKibben: Trump’s reckless climate decision.

McClintock, La Malfa, trump, and all of the rest of the climate deniers in government are stupid beyond belief. They have not evolved enough to see past the dollar sign. . .

First off, the Koyote does not provide any evidence that Congressman McClintock or Congressman LaMalfa are on the fossil fuel payroll. Just an irrational claim often made by the left without any evidence. Anyone that does not agree with their view of climate change must be paid by some oil company. This is easy for them to assume, as they are often the paid lackeys of some environmentalist foundation, like Bill McKibben.

Consider this from the Financial Post in 2013:

Nothing influences President Barack Obama’s decision on the Keystone XL pipeline quite like the protests against it, led by Bill McKibben, an American environmentalist, and his organization, called 350.org. On Wednesday, 350.org and the Sierra Club participated in an anti-Keystone protest at the White House and this Sunday they are holding another one on Capital Hill. They expect 20,000 people from across the United States.

[…]

350.org has the look and feel of an amateur, grassroots operation, but in reality, it is a multi-million dollar campaign run by staff earning six-digit salaries.

[…]

More than half of the US$10-million came from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF), the Rockefeller Family Fund and the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy, where McKibben, a trustee, was paid US$25,000 per year (2001-09). Since 2007, the Rockefellers have paid US$4-million towards 1Sky and 350.org, tax returns say. The Schumann Center provided US$1.5-million to McKibben’s three campaigns as well as US$2.7-million to fund the Environmental Journalism Program at Middlebury College, in Vermont, where McKibben is on staff.

Secondly, I have been sending both McClintocks and LaMalfa staff peer reviews papers that explain the real science of climate change. Papers which I hope fuels the Congressmen’s skepticism of anthropogenic global warming.  Graphic examples of the information sent are shown below:

The Supercomputer Models reference by McKibben do not reflect the real world data:

michaels-102-ipcc-models-vs-reality

And,  this graphic showing there is not a rapid increase in sea level rise since the melting of the last ice age. At the current rate, the sea will rise about half of foot in 100 years.

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I have also sent them polling information showing them that the general population lists climate change or global warming last out of the top twenty issues that concern them.

If their constituents are not concerned, then the Congressmen should not be either.

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Green Screen Review #26: VR Headsets Get Stuck on Shelves

Sales estimates fall for virtual-reality gear; internet users say they are ‘just not interested’

Virtual reality was supposed to be the next big thing, but headsets haven’t exactly been flying off the shelves. The question is, why?

There were $1.48 billion in VR hardware sales in 2016, according to SuperData Research. That is far from the $12.65 billion the research firm is forecasting for 2020. That estimate has come down, and there is still reason to question whether VR will get there.

In March, digital marketing research firm Thrive Analytics asked the question to internet users who weren’t interested in owning a VR headset. The survey, as summarized by eMarketer, showed many of the expected reasons: the headsets were too expensive, lack of virtual reality content and poor quality of what was out there, and fear of motion sickness.

The biggest chunk, some 53%, said they were “just not interested.” Perhaps actual reality is difficult enough.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/vr-headsets-get-stuck-on-shelves-1495219104

Where is the compelling case for a device that blocks out the real world while providing a virtual world, that causes motion sickness in many people? Plus at the current stage of development just doesn’t deliver much beyond niche novelty content. I can see compelling cases for augmented reality using AeroGlass or some similar technology to display information in the eyesight of the user, while still being able to observe the real world. There is even a danger there, as we found out in the military cockpit, too much information and the mind become confused, it was essential to only provide the act on now information. How will the AR device know what information the user really needs at the moment?  More work needed before AR devices start flying off the shelf, or they will soon be stuck on the shelves with the VR devices.

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Carbon Dioxide in perspective by The Galileo Movement

Australia is part of our planet and, “What Goes Around, Comes Around” so ……

Interesting, simple, 3-minute presentation of the CO2 issue. A physical model used to illustrate something that is totally lost on almost every American. Watch this video and become one of the people in the know!


This video takes a simple for an effective look at CO2. Here are the references mentioned in the video:

Reference 1 and 2
http://www.galileomovement.com.au/doc… and http://www.galileomovement.com.au/sci… and pages 1-4 of http://www.galileomovement.com.au/doc…

Reference 3:
2:17: http://www.galileomovement.com.au/sci… and pages 1-4 here: http://www.galileomovement.com.au/doc... and http://www.galileomovement.com.au/doc…

Reference 4
http://www.galileomovement.com.au/dochttp://www.galileomovement.com.au/doc… and http://Tome22.info/Top/Articles.html and http://Tome22.info/Top/AnnotatedDocum… and http://Tome22.info/

5% Reduction in Carbon emissions by 2020 – statement to Parliament accompanying the tabling of the legislation for the Carbon Tax.

$72 billion – http://www.minerals.org.au/file_upload

Your thoughts?  Did this help you understand why anthropogenic global warming is a fraud, designed to capture your personal wealth and distribute it to socialists around the world? Another Agenda 21 scheme to make sure they never run out of your money.

 

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CHILDREN OF THE 1930s and 1940s

“THE LAST ONES”

By Denise Eyherabide 

Born in the 1930s and early 1940s, we exist as a very special age cohort.  We are the “LAST ONES.”  We are the last, climbing out of the depression, who can remember the winds of war and the war itself with fathers and uncles going off.  We are the last to remember ration books for everything from sugar to shoes to stoves.  We saved tin foil and poured fat into tin cans.  We saw cars up on blocks because tires weren’t available.

We are the last to hear Roosevelt’s radio assurances and to see gold stars in the front windows of our grieving neighbors.  We can also remember the parades on August 15, 1945; VJ Day.

We are the last who spent childhood without television; instead imagining what we heard on the radio.  As we all like to brag, with no TV, we spent our childhood “playing outside until the street lights came on.”   We did play outside and we did play on our own.  There was no little league.

The lack of television in our early years meant, for most of us, that we had little real understanding of what the world was like.  Our Saturday afternoons, if at the movies, gave us newsreels of the war and the holocaust sandwiched in between westerns and cartoons.  Newspapers and magazines were written for adults.  We are the last who had to find out for ourselves.

As we grew up, the country was exploding with growth.  The G.I. Bill gave returning veterans the means to get an education and spurred colleges to grow.  VA loans fanned a housing boom.  Pent up demand coupled with new installment payment plans put factories to work.  New highways would bring jobs and mobility.  The veterans joined civic clubs and became active in politics.  In the late 40s and early 50s the country seemed to lie in the embrace of brisk but quiet order as it gave birth to its new middle class.  Our parents understandably became absorbed with their own new lives.  They were free from the confines of the depression and the war.  They threw themselves into exploring opportunities they had never imagined.

We weren’t neglected but we weren’t today’s all-consuming family focus.  They were glad we played by ourselves “until the street lights came on.”  They were busy discovering the post war world.

Most of us had no life plan, but with the unexpected virtue of ignorance and an economic rising tide we simply stepped into the world and went to find out.  We entered a world of overflowing plenty and opportunity; a world where we were welcomed.  Based on our naïve belief that there was more where this came from, we shaped life as we went.

We enjoyed a luxury; we felt secure in our future.  Of course, just as today, not all Americans shared in this experience.  Depression poverty was deep rooted.  Polio was still a crippler.  The Korean War was a dark presage in the early 1950s and by mid-decade school children were ducking under desks.  China became Red China.  Eisenhower sent the first “advisors” to Vietnam.  Castro set up camp in Cuba and Khrushchev came to power.

We are the last to experience an interlude when there were no existential threats to our homeland.  We came of age in the late 1940s and early 1950s.  The war was over and the cold war, terrorism, climate change, technological upheaval and perpetual economic insecurity had yet to haunt life with insistent unease.

Only we can remember both a time of apocalyptic war and a time when our world was secure and full of bright promise and plenty.   We experienced both.

We grew up at the best possible time, a time when the world was getting better… not worse.

We did not have it easy.  Our wages were low, we did without, we lived within our means, we worked hard to get a job, and harder still to keep it.  Things that today are considered necessities, we considered unreachable luxuries.  We made things last.  We fixed, rather than replaced.  We had values and did not take for granted that “somebody will take care of us.”  We cared for ourselves and we also cared for others.

We are the “LAST ONES.”

[ I was born in July 1938 a child of the 30s and 40s ]

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Tahoe Glacier Making a Comeback?

By Robert Felix

This is not as far-fetched as you may think. In fact, if history is any guide it is inevitable. Not only inevitable, the process may have already begun.California’s Squaw Valley ski resort, just west of Lake Tahoe, has been buried beneath more than 58 feet of snowfall this season. That’s enough snow to completely cover a five-story building.With such copious amounts of snow, Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth announced last week that some ski trails may stay open all summer and into next season.In other words, the snow may not entirely melt this summer. [My Emphasis]

I don’t know if Mr. Wirth fully understood the import of his words, but readers of this website ( iceagenow.info ) certainly do.

“Isn’t this how glaciers are formed?” asked one reader.

“Snow in one year still existing the following year?” “Golly! Wouldn’t that start a glacier?” asked another.

“Ski all Summer thru Fall? That’s called a glacier,” exclaimed yet another reader.

“Glaciation of the Sierras.”Those readers are correct. That is indeed how glaciers form.That is also how ice ages begin – not because some huge ice sheet starts grinding southward (or northward if coming from the bottom of the globe), but because the more the snow accumulates, the less chance it has to melt.And even though it may take years to create a full-fledged glacier, when the previous season’s snowfall doesn’t entirely melt away, the glaciation process has begun.

Once the snow reaches about 100 feet (30 meters) deep, the bottom layers begin compressing into ice. If the snow keeps piling on, year after year after year, well, you get the picture.This doesn’t necessarily mean that temperatures plummet, mind you, just that more and more precipitation falls in the winter as snow.The idea that Tahoe glacier might make a comeback should not surprise Californians. Indeed, they should expect it.

During the Quaternary Period (the last 2.6 million years) the Sierra Nevada mountains experienced more than 60 – You read that right, more than 60! – periods of glacial expansion interrupted by briefer periods of warmth. We are enjoying such a period of warmth right now.From Yosemite Park north, these glacial episodes were typified by large, thick, upland ice fields. The ice fields completely covered the mountains except for a few nunataks; jagged peaks poking up through the ice like lonely glacial islands.

Read the rest of the article HERE.

Remember a few years ago, the local left had declared in the future children would soon not be abe to experience the pleasure of snowflakes on their noses  Now they may get to see a glacier reborn.

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Who Knew? Obama Administration Manipulated Climate Data

A former member of the Obama administration claims Washington, D.C., often uses “misleading” news releases about climate data to influence public opinion.

Former Energy Department Undersecretary Steven Koonin told The Wall Street Journal Monday that bureaucrats within former President Barack Obama’s administration spun scientific data to manipulate public opinion.

“What you saw coming out of the press releases about climate data, climate analysis, was, I’d say, misleading, sometimes just wrong,” Koonin said, referring to elements within the Obama administration he said were responsible for manipulating climate data.

He pointed to a National Climate Assessment in 2014 showing hurricane activity has increased from 1980 as an illustration of how federal agencies fudged climate data. Koonin said the assessment was technically incorrect.

“What they forgot to tell you, and you don’t know until you read all the way into the fine print, is that it actually decreased in the decades before that,” he said. The U.N. published reports in 2014 essentially mirroring Koonin’s argument.

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported there “is limited evidence of changes in extremes associated with other climate variables since the mid-20th century” and current data shows “no significant observed trends in global tropical cyclone frequency over the past century.”

Rest of the story: http://dailysignal.com/2017/04/24/former-obama-official-says-bureaucrats-manipulate-climate-stats-to-influence-policy/

Of course, the readers of this blog and my other climate change blogs knew there was something wrong with the data coming from the Obama Administration, I predict there will be more revealed about the manipulation of the temperature records as well. Stay Tuned.

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