Farewell Google Nearby Notifications – Hello Taxi Nearby

Farewell Google Nearby Notifications – Hello Taxi Nearby

AllJoyn is a collaborative open source software framework that allows devices to communicate with other devices around them. AllJoyn framework is flexible, promotes proximal network and cloud connection is optional.

The AllJoyn software framework and core system services let compatible devices and applications find each other, communicate and collaborate across the boundaries of product category, platform, brand, and connection type. Target devices include those in the fields of Connected Home, IoT, SmartCities, etc.

Alljoyn is an open source software stack for a myriad of devices, ranging from the tiniest IoT devices to the largest computers, for discovery and control of devices on networks (Wifi, Ethernet) and other links (Bluetooth, ZigBee, etc.). It uses (amongst others) mDNS and HTTP over UDP.




Starup Founders Must Be Able To Handle Rejection And Negativity

Starup Founders Must Be Able To Handle Rejection And Negativity

You’ve heard all the terms: Elevator Pitch, Pitch Deck, 10 Minute Presentation, etc. Anybody who has ever been to a startup event has seen, even in crowds of hundreds most people are sitting alone, well dressed wearing their best shoes, and wearing a smile, but not talking to anybody.

Even when their current venture is brilliant, a startup founder is going to have to be able alot of cold shoulders and rejection by those very people who declare they are startup investors with ‘seed money’ and ‘runway’ money reject the startup founder, however politely.

The politeness is appreciated. The smirks and behind the back talk as one walks away certainly isn’t but if you want someone to invest in your business or idea it’s something you better get used to.I’ve had my idea and startup out there on the web for several years now and have heard the howling silence of non-interest. One SBA advisor who had retired from the corporate world once warned me: ‘Big companies, if they like your idea, will just flat-out steal it from you’ Of course, the SBA guys had a nice meeting with me, but never handed me a check, for any amount.

Local Chamber Of Commerce clubs, whose stated purpose is to help small businesses in the community, have a funny way of showing it. In the larger ones, they won’t even let you attend a meeting or talk to you if you don’t have the money to pay the entry fee. In smaller ones, you might meet one or two nice people, but the other 10 don’t like newcomers. That is why I called them clubs. Usually it’s the town’s female warrior business types whose husband bought them a flower shop or an art gallery.

Then there are the phone calls from people who want to lend you and your business the money you need to expand. They are usually calling from boiler rooms out west in California or from New York City. They have a nice attitude for the first 4 or 5 questions that are part of their sales pitch and they sound so confident as they say they want to give you $50,000 or $100,000 capital at 2-3% interest. So you trying saying yes, instead of just saying you are not interested and they always want the same thing. They want 3-4 months of your most recent bank records showing deposits of your profits and current balance. When you offer an explanation, saying that yes, my business turns a profit but I have bills and expenses to pay, if they are calling from the west coast they are polite and friendly and say they have a meeting to go to. If they are calling from New York, they often say they are on Wall St., the phone usually just goes click – the hangup in your ear.

The hackathons and developer meetings, some are good, most are nothing but a bad experience. The ones I hate the most are the ones who advertise and have you sign up on meetup.com but when you go to show up, you find a parking lot full of no parking signs. So you park far away and hike in, after the first few you know to leave early, and when you get there the person or meeting doesn’t exist and the person who organized it isn’t there, you’re lucky if you can get a business card with their name, a telephone number, and an email address. So you call or send an email, you get a robo-response telling you your e-mail has been recieved, but they never email you back or return your phone call.

If you are lucky enough to get them on the phone, they boast about being experts and have a 3 minute conversation with you which consists mostly of them sitting there with a silent response and the conversation ends with them saying they will email you more information. This is usually a URL that doesn’t work or goes to a wordpress css style loaded webpage that takes forever to load, and a PDF file listing their list of successful clients they helped and/or a Google docs spreadsheet that produces an error message in your browser.

So you think, I know, I keep hearing how some veteran with his small business of selling aprons or cologne raised $2 million dollars on some crowdfunding website like Kickstarter or GoFundMe. I just don’t get excited about the $75 pair of sunglasses with awesome technology to reduce glare or let you see the road at night. If you take the time to register, choose another password, and verify your email or phone with a pin code, the page disappears into internet never-never land and you don’t get the first pledge of any amount.

Then there are the cryptocurrency websites that tell you how to do an ICO, or create your own tokens, but they just want a $300-$1000 fee paid cash up front to help assist you and list you on their blockchain exchange.

The bottom line is starting a business is as hard as it’s ever been. Running a business and making a profit doesn’t happen without long hours, lots of expenses – from printing business cards to paying a webhosting bill, and plenty of hard work. If you are successful, you get plenty of dirty tricks from blackhat hackers who will make your domain travel through their server farm and mysteriously you find your website displaying a server not found message or a parked GoDaddy webpage full of ads that GoDaddy profits from. Your hold time when you call support is often long and when you get someone on the phone they ask what the domain name is and say ‘I can see your website, it loads right up, and they read you something off the website’. Often the problem is a erroneous A record or some other problem with a zone file only they have access to. If you change the nameservers they simply declare the fault is not theirs and it must be a problem on your webhoster’s end.

Those who are successful in business or launching some great new technological solution that revolutionizes, or in their favorite language ‘disrupts’, the traditional business model have on thing in common: they never gave up. It’s like having to walk after the car has run out of gas or got a flat tire and you don’t have any money to pay for the unexpected tragedy. You just have to look and see what direction the sun is, and keep putting one foot in front of the other. Most people in the inner circle core of power resent newcomers, and all they want to do is stab you in the back or laugh as they sip wine and eat cheese, round with green specks in it of course.

You have to stay positive. The best events and meetups you get pizza, take a few slices because the pizza boxes are always never enough for the number of people who have attended. Treasure and stay in contact with those few nice people you meet along the way. Life and business work best when you avoid negativity and stay encouraging to those you meet, even if their idea or startup is crappy. Keep going to the meeting and events, BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOU MIGHT MEET THERE if you go. If you don’t go, you won’t even know what you missed. Even if you don’t meet celebs and stars and big movers and shakers, you just might come away with a nugget or two of good information or a lead that is worth following.

Rejection is second nature, the uniform of the ‘unicorn’, and you never know what the future is bringing. Hopefully Peperoni, cooked well done, and some packets of parmesan cheese. I’ll pass on the boxed wine and crackers, thanks anyhow.

In case anyone reading this cares, my startup project lives at http://www.u4ride.xyz

And yes, this a wordpress blog. All those plugins that say they do this or that with shortcode you can insert into a page or a post, usually never work, and are just bait to sell you a premium version with all sorts of wonderful features. If you don’t like my old-school handwritten HTML pages, I just don’t care. They sure load and function better than yours does, and you don’t get any fly in from the top popup windows asking you to subscribe to their mailchimp email list.

Use what works and discard the rest. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Youtube, well, are Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. We all use them, because at the end of the day, what choice is there. Not everyone is a hacker who got into Bitcoin and Blockchain when prices were really low and before they became buzzwords and started being talked about on CNBC. Even today, when you talk to most people about blockchain and tokens, they don’t have a clue but they had a brother who made some money with it. Then they tell you it’s too late and show you their Apple stock account, worth such and such in dollars. Just disregard the trillions in debt attached to each of those dollars and declare that the price of cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, is going to drop because not enough people are using it and the dollar and their gold and silver will be around forever.

These are just the mosquitos and prickly bushes you find in the forest of the reality world of business. Deal with it. Keep coding, keep learning, learn to unlearn and whatever happens, just smile and try to keep a good sense of humor.



Perpetual Perceptual Computing

Perpetual Perceptual Computing



Disconnected ethernet cables hang from shelves containing cryptocurrency mining rigs in a cargo container at the Golden Fleece mining company in Kutaisi, Georgia, on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Golden Fleece uses a cargo container with Chinese-built computers inside a dilapidated Soviet-era tractor factory to extract cryptocurrencies using low-cost electricity generated by water flowing from the nearby Caucasus Mountains. Photographer: Daro Sulakauri/Bloomberg


The perceptual computerPer-C – an instantiation of perceptual computing – has the architecture that is depicted in Fig. 1 [2]–[6]. It consists of three components: encoder, CWW engine and decoder. Perceptions – words – activate the Per-C and are the Per-C output (along with data); so, it is possible for a human to interact with the Per-C using just a vocabulary.

Figure 1. Architecture for the perceptual computer.

A vocabulary is application (context) dependent, and must be large enough so that it lets the end-user interact with the Per-C in a user-friendly manner. The encoder transforms words into fuzzy sets (FSs) and leads to a codebook – words with their associated FS models. The outputs of the encoder activate a Computing With Words[1] (CWW) engine, whose output is one or more other FSs, which are then mapped by the decoder into a recommendation (subjective judgment) with supporting data. The recommendation may be in the form of a word, group of similar words, rank or class.

Although there are lots of details needed in order to implement the Per-C’s three components – encoder, decoder and CWW engine – and they are covered in [5], it is when the Per-C is applied to specific applications, that the focus on the methodology becomes clear. Stepping back from those details, the methodology of perceptual computing is:

  1. Focus on an application (A).
  2. Establish a vocabulary (or vocabularies) for A.
  3. Collect interval end-point data from a group of subjects (representative of the subjects who will use the Per-C) for all of the words in the vocabulary.
  4. Map the collected word data into word-FOUs by using the Interval Approach [1], [5, Ch. 3]. The result of doing this is the codebook (or codebooks) for A, and completes the design of the encoder of the Per-C.
  5. Choose an appropriate CWW engine for A. It will map IT2 FSs into one or more IT2 FSs. Examples of CWW engines are: IF-THEN rules [5, Ch. 6] and Linguistic Weighted Averages [6], [5, Ch. 5].
  6. If an existing CWW engine is available for A, then use its available mathematics to compute its output(s). Otherwise, develop such mathematics for the new kind of CWW engine. The new CWW engine should be constrained[2] so that its output(s) resemble the FOUs in the codebook(s) for A.
  7. Map the IT2 FS outputs from the CWW engine into a recommendation at the output of the decoder. If the recommendation is a word, rank or class, then use existing mathematics to accomplish this mapping [5, Ch. 4]. Otherwise, develop such mathematics for the new kind of decoder.

Applications of Per-C

To-date a Per-C has been implemented for the following four applications: (1) investment decision-making, (2) social judgment making, (3) distributed decision making, and (4) hierarchical and distributed decision-making. A specific example of the fourth application is the so-called Journal Publication Judgment Advisor [5, Ch. 10] in which for the first time only words are used at every level of the following hierarchical and distributed decision making process:

n reviewers have to provide a subjective recommendation about a journal article that has been sent to them by the Associate Editor, who then has to aggregate the independent recommendations into a final recommendation that is sent to the Editor-in-Chief of the journal. Because it is very problematic to ask reviewers to provide numerical scores for paper-evaluation sub-categories (the two major categories are Technical Merit and Presentation), such as importance, content, depth, style, organization, clarity, references, etc., each reviewer will only be asked to provide a linguistic score for each of these categories. They will not be asked for an overall recommendation about the paper because in the past it is quite common for reviewers who provide the same numerical scores for such categories to give very different publishing recommendations. By leaving a specific recommendation to the associate editor such inconsistencies can hope to be eliminated.

How words can be aggregated to reflect each reviewer’s recommendation as well as the expertise of each reviewer about the paper’s subject matter is done using a linguistic weighted average. Although the journal publication judgment advisor uses reviewers and an associate editor, the word “reviewer” could be replaced by judge, expert, low-level manager, commander, referee, etc., and the term “associate editor” could be replaced by control center, command center, higher-level manager, etc. So, this application has potential wide applicability to many other applications.

Recently, a new Per-C based Failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) methodology was developed, with its application to edible bird’s nest farming, in Borneo, has been reported.[3]

A Perceptual Computing Based Failure Mode and Effect Analysis Methodology

In summary, the Per-C (whose development has taken more than a decade) is the first complete implementation of Zadeh’s CWW paradigm, as applied to assisting people to make subjective judgments.

Kutaisi is a city in west Georgia. It’s home to the centuries-old Bagrati Cathedral. On the city’s outskirts, the Gelati Monastery is a medieval cathedral with elaborate frescoes. The nearby hillside Motsameta Monastery has martyrs’ remains. Historical Georgian manuscripts, ceramics and textiles are on display at the Kutaisi State Historical Museum. To the northwest, Prometheus Cave features petrified waterfalls.

Will UBER be the death of SoftBank?

Will UBER be the death of SoftBank?

Friday, November 9, 2018

With the upcoming Kalamazoo Uber Driver Spree Shooter trial coming up in January, Dara Khosrowshahi has lots of problems. Not the least of which is trying to keep Uber investors, including $8 billion from Softbank, from throwing in the towel and shutting down Uber and demanding whatever they can get out of the failed bandit taxi company.

One of the main problems Dara has to deal with is one simple fact: UBER STINKS https://twitter.com/i/status/1057330834884214784

Here’s why one insider predicts that Amazon will acquire Lyft in the next 18 months — and Uber’s valuation will plummet to zero: ZERO PROFITS

In Chicago, Uber is down to one happy driver left: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eddfm8Je0cg

Almost half of all drivers working for a private hire or taxi operators that were convicted of a sexual offence last year in London were working for Uber.

Most people seem to think #startup means a license to burn money and know little about true #Entrepreneurship spirit or have any basic #Business skills.

UBER is over.