Profile cover photo
Profile photo
Tom Mitchell
Tom's interests
View all
Tom's posts

Post has shared content
Welcome to a comet! Rosetta’s lander Philae is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as these first two CIVA images confirm. One of the lander’s three feet can be seen in the foreground. The full panoramic from CIVA will be delivered in this afternoon’s press briefing at 13:00 GMT/14:00 CET.

#cometlanding #Rosetta #Philae #67P  

Post has shared content
Cool and amazing.
Thanks to the +European Space Agency, ESA 's Rosetta mission, mankind is one giant step closer to space...the final frontier. #CometLanding

Post has attachment
Do not ignore tethered balloons at altitudes from 100-500 feet.  Down facing WiFi and basic cell voice/text .    Above the down facing aluminized  mylar reflector balloon to balloon mesh networking establishes connection to the world.   This would have great value for tornado alley disasters.   It would have very good value along interstate pathways to and from regional disasters -- hurricane, quakes, evacuations.  Power could be provided from the ground via the tether.  

The same package could be deployed out over the side of tall buildings in cities with multi story buildings.   

FEMA could pre package these in something like a 30 gallon drum that when filled with water or earth could be the anchor for the tether.

Post has attachment
Bring to your next outdoor picnic.

Post has shared content

Post has attachment

Post has shared content
Gosh --- golly oh my.
Truly eye-opening: According to a recent book, The Hedge Fund Mirage (, by Simon Lack, from 1998 to 2010, 84% of the investment gains of the entire hedge fund industry went to the managers, and only 16% to the investors. The thievery of our "financial industry" beggars the mind. Never mind the 1%! This is a tiny fraction of the 1% fleecing the rest of the 1%.

According to The Financial Times:

"In fact, concludes Mr Lack, while many hedge fund managers have prospered from hefty fees, the bulk of their investment gains have not been shared with clients. On an asset-weighted basis, measuring cash invested to cash returned, hedge fund investors in aggregate, while narrowly beating the average return from equities, would have made more money over the past decade from investing in government bonds, and even from Treasury Bills.

"Of course the experience of 2008 colours these figures. According to Mr Lack, the hedge fund industry lost more money in that one year than all the profits it had generated during the previous 10 years. In fact most likely, he says, is that hedge funds lost more money for their investors in 2008 than the industry had made in its entire history. If true, that would put the industry up there with airlines and banks in the annals of long-term, non-productive performers from an investor perspective.

"Not that the managers have suffered the same way, of course. That is the brilliance of the hedge fund model. Between 1998 and 2010, the book shows, _even on favourable assumptions hedge fund managers earned an estimated $379bn in fees, out of total investment gains (before fees) of $449bn. In other words, they took 84 per cent of the investment profits their funds made, leaving just 16 per cent for the investors.

"Once you make adjustments for survivorship bias, fund of funds fees and so on, it is probable, he suggests, that hedge fund managers have kept all the money made, and investors have in aggregate received nothing_." [italics mine]

Watched this sobering series on Netflix:
Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State
2005TV-PG6 Episodes
This six-part documentary series tackles one of World War II's -- and history's -- most disquieting and repugnant subjects: the Holocaust and its infamous killing factory, the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

Cast:Linda Hunt, Samuel West, Horst-Gunter Marx, Klaus Mikoleit

Post has attachment
The comments on taxes in the UK and how they impact costs is telling.
The cool part is that this tells me that 'costs' are going
to vanish for personal servers. This will both make and challenge
cloud computing. Combine this effort with the OLPC effort and
education and computing will be that much easier for all of us.

Post has shared content
Behind the curtain as well as ignorance. Transparency helps cure both.
Regulatory Capture At Work

I was appalled to see the AAP congratulating itself ( on the new legislation introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) (@darrellissa), Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Committee member Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). The AAP and the authors of the bill claim that this bill is to prevent "government interference" in the activities of scholarly and research publishers.

What doublespeak!

What the bill actually targets are efforts by agencies such as the NIH to mandate open access to research that is funded by the government. In other words, stop the government from "interfering" with our privatization and monopolistic exploitation of government-funded research. You, the people, paid for it, but let's make sure you don't own what you paid for.

Here's my letter in opposition:
Wait while more posts are being loaded