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This 2020 election is classic voter fraud a la Mayor Daly and the Chicago politics of some years back. anyone that is curious about how to steal an election need only to look at Chicago history under Mayor Daly.

The USA needs to have some Federal standards for how elections are run and managed that all states will have to meet. It is simply unacceptable to have the will of the people thwarted in this respect. We need some serious prosecution of voter fraud and corruption but it seems this is not likely.

The Republicans have abandoned Trump. Given that they retained the Senate, A Biden/Harris administration can be held back some in terms of what they will be able to accomplish. Trump does not have that good a hold on the leadership of the Republicans and is going to be allowed to lose just to get rid of him. …


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Summary

A Go implementation of the Nearest Neighbor algorithm is presented with the charting of the path and supporting report output. A circular set of Nodes shows the implementation is reasonably accurate for the algorithm. The project is hosted publicly on gitlab as noted in reference 6.

Introduction

This project is an approximate solution to the Traveling Salesman problem using a nearest neighbor(NN) algorithm. A very detailed analysis and discussion of this relatively famous Computer Science problem is covered in reference (4). This solution is believed to be within about 25% longer than the exact solution as noted by Wikipedia(4). …


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Engineering a solid High Tech Company

Introduction

The problems at Boeing, GM, Ford and others are contrasted with the likes of SpaceX, Tesla and more.

Profit vs Engineering

Boeing used to be a company that produced great airplanes based on solid engineering principles and excellent business practices. The same could be said for GM and Ford. …


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gopher gui

The scenario called for a desktop app client

AccTrakII

The project, AccTrakII, is a server app with a PostgreSQL database to track user activity. The initial user interface required a desktop click on an icon to send a RESTful API call to the server. There was no need to handle the server response although an acknowledgment via JSON would eventually be included.

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The original idea was to have a collection of desktop icons that would send the API call. This worked fine on the Linux desktop. The server app dutifully collected and handled the inputs. The ability to generate and refresh the desktop icons was easily accomplished via a downloadable bash script. This script removed the older icons and put new ones in place. Each icon represented an activity or task for the user. …


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credit unsplash.com Shahadat Rahman @hishahadat

Unmarshal XML with golang

Learning to Unmarshal XML with golang was not something I have done before. Unmarshalling JSon is a more common tasking as XML seems to have lost some of its luster of late if it ever really had any. I was never a fan of XML so when most of the new work seemed to shift toward Json I was pretty much all for it.

Florida Lottery

In my latest project, I have a task to retrieve the Florida Lottery Winning Numbers. I used to work there a few years back as a Java Contractor so I am somewhat familiar with how their website and data presentation works. The actual games are a completely different operation. The website offers data and game information in a colorful and fairly respectable UI. I would have preferred the Lottery offered an API to access the data I needed but I was pretty sure they never got around to it and did not look very hard to see if it was available. …


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Oregon coast, thanks Ryan!

Summary

People need Power.

Our modern civilization needs reliable and continuous power. Those who do not have it need it, those of us who do have it need to keep it. Neither solar nor wind power can meet the current demands no matter how many batteries you can connect. Take away the subsidies and then explain how that is more economical. Natural gas and new modern smaller scale Nuclear plants are the most ecologically sound power sources. At least until we have widespread fusion plants. Coal is never going to be clean enough and should be avoided if reasonable and economical alternatives exist.

Manage CO2

Planting trees and fertilizing the oceans would be beneficial if it can be done economically. Conservation is great but it is not enough to meet current demands and prospective increases. Start on the trillion trees projects. And pick the right trees. Start a project to collect and refine data on fertilizing the oceans with iron. Figure out what happened with experiments already done, come up with a few more smaller-scale experiments to verify the results and scale that up if it looks good. This will enhance the ocean's food chain and reduce CO2. …


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Photo by Avel Chuklanov on Unsplash

This is the first article in a series discussing how AI will likely be tasked with solving some of our problems in the near future.

A useful definition:

Strong Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a theoretical form of machine intelligence that is equal to human intelligence. Key characteristics of Strong AI include the ability to reason, solve puzzles, make judgments, plan, learn, and communicate. (1)

Education is fundamental to a well-developed society. Given that premise, the US is spending far too much money on public schools and education for a pitiful return on investment. The current amount appears to be more than USD 700 billion in the 2015–2016 school year or about $13K+ for each student (2). One can point the finger at many causes, a few of the usual suspects are; the teachers, the union, politics, and embedded interests. …


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A great deal of the world’s manufacturing costs are significantly distorted. Most of the manufacturing that goes on is entirely inconsiderate of the costs of disposal of the items in the end of their expected life. Additionally, costs are driven lower by designing products for minimal service life and without regard for quality and reliability. Design engineers are constantly required to lower costs but rarely if ever to improve reliability, repair, and reuse. And very very rarely make the products easily disposable. Perhaps the biggest of these is the end of life disposition of nuclear plants. …

About

Ivan S Kirkpatrick

Engineer and veteran, 13 years of Design Engineering, 20+ years in Software Engineering, Go enthusiast. I read a lot, write some too, ivank2139@protonmail.com

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