Thursday, September 19, 2019

EVs + Boring = future of transportation

Boring Company Will Be Worth More Than Tesla - YouTube

Amazon orders 100,000 electric trucks

Amazon orders 100,000 electric trucks to fight climate change | Ars Technica

Amazon has ordered 100,000 electric trucks from startup Rivian, the e-commerce giant announced Thursday. The order is part of Amazon's larger pledge—also announced today—to reach zero net carbon emissions by 2040. Amazon aims to use 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% by 2030.

Rivian is an electric-vehicle startup that is initially focusing on trucks and SUVs. Amazon led a $700 million funding round for the company earlier this year.

"The first electric delivery vans will go on the road in 2021," said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at an event in Washington DC. "The 100,000 will be completely deployed by 2024, let's say."

Amazon orders 100K electric delivery trucks from Rivian as part of going carbon-neutral by 2040 | TechCrunch

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Static TypeScript (STS)

Microsoft Presents Static TypeScript, a Fast Subset of TypeScript Targeting Embedded Devices

Static TypeScript is a syntactic subset of TypeScript, built specifically to target microcontroller units (MCUs), and which compiles to machine code that runs efficiently on MCUs in the target RAM range of 16-256kB.

STS eliminates the most dynamic features of JavaScript, like with, eval, prototype-based inheritance, the arguments keyword, or the .apply method. The this pointer and the new syntax are not allowed outside classes or on non-class types. STS also does not implement recent additions to the JavaScript language, such as generators, the await and async function expressions, or file-based modules.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Python 4 IoT

Hanselminutes Technology Podcast - Fresh Air and Fresh Perspectives for Developers - Learning CircuitPython with Scott Shawcroft

"CircuitPython is a programming language designed to simplify experimenting and learning to code on low-cost microcontroller boards. The history of CircuitPython begins with MicroPython, a Python interpreter written from scratch for embedded systems by Damien George starting in 2013. Three years later, Adafruit hired Shawcroft to port MicroPython to the SAMD21 chip they use on many of their boards. The Scott talks about how to lower the barrier to entry and how to enable beginners to be productive with CircuitPython."


Let’s look inside Volkswagen’s new ID.3 electric hatchback – TechCrunch

VW ID.3 all-electric vehicle

FIRST LOOK: Volkswagen ID.3 | Top Gear - YouTube

EV: Honda E

Honda reveals pricing for its lovable E electric car
from $32,000

Honda E production car final pricing

Honda prices its adorable electric e for summer launch - The Verge

Friday, September 13, 2019

event: Cloud Native Revolution 2019

Cloud Native Revolution 2019 [General Admission] Tickets, Tue, Oct 8, 2019 at 8:30 AM | Eventbrite

Philadelphia, Comcast Technology Center

electric car for $10K

The World's Most Important Electric Car Is Launching Now, And It's Not A Porsche Or Tesla - The Drive

"The Renault City K-ZE has just been announced for the Chinese market, where it offers a stunning combination of electric range and low cost. Starting at 61,800 Yuan, or about $8,700 US Dollars, and its 30kWh Tianjin Lishen battery offers a remarkable 250 km, or 155 miles of NEDC-rated range. Even though this ends up resulting in a likely EPA range closer to about 100 miles, the fact that this eminently usable amount of range is available in a useful and well-proven vehicle for under $10,000 is a remarkable achievement."


Image Gallery: Renault Kwid based, City K-ZE all-electric hatchback revealed at 2019 Shanghai Auto Show

Renault Kwid Electric Launched From Rs. 6.2 Lakh (61K Yuan) In China

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

EV: Rivian += $350 from Cox Automotive

Electric truck maker Rivian lands $350 million investment from Cox Automotive

"Plymouth-based electric vehicle startup Rivian Automotive LLC has netted a $350 million investment from Atlanta-based Cox Automotive as the automaker readies to produce its first vehicles.
The investment announced Tuesday follows $500 million from Ford Motor Co., and $700 million from Inc. earlier this year. Rivian aims to launch its first electric pickup truck and electric SUV by 2021. The automaker is currently renovating an old Mitsubishi plant in central Illinois where it plans to start building those vehicles late next year."

nushell = Rust + PowerShell + bash

Introducing nushell

"a new shell, written in Rust. It draws inspiration from the classic Unix philosophy of pipelines, the structured data approach of PowerShell, functional programming, systems programming, and more.

It’s called Nushell, or just Nu for short. We have a book and a repo."

by Jonathan Turner, Yehuda Katz, and Andrés Robalino, with contributions from Odin Dutton.

Nu in action

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Fluree : Graph + Blockchain Data Store

The Cloudcast: Blockchain beyond the Database

Fluree Data Management Platform

Fluree Data Management Platform

gRPC-web (from web browser)


gRPC-Web, a JavaScript client library that enables web apps to communicate directly with gRPC backend services, without requiring an HTTP server to act as an intermediary.

grpc/grpc-web: gRPC for Web Clients

gRPC-Web clients connect to gRPC services via a special gateway proxy: the current version of the library uses Envoy by default, in which gRPC-Web support is built-in.

visual data: world economy

Infographic: The $86 Trillion World Economy in One Chart

The World’s $86 Trillion Economy Visualized in One Chart

The $86 Trillion World Economy in One Chart

The United States Generates a Quarter of The World’s Output

d3-voronoi-treemap usage -

d3-voronoi-treemap usage @ GitHub

ev: Porsche Taycan "Turbo" vs Tesla Model S

Porsche Taycan demonstrates difficulty launching performance EV on Tesla turf - Electrek

Image of a Porsche with a picturesque landscape in the background.

Porsche provides almost half of VW Group’s overall profit
while selling just 3 percent of its global volume of 10 million vehicles a year.

Saturday, September 07, 2019

AWS Outage: Data Lost

Amazon AWS Outage Shows Data in the Cloud is Not Always Safe

gRPC & Protocol Buffers

Protocol Buffers  |  Google Developers

gRPC with Shawn Wildermuth @ .NET Rocks! vNext

Visual ReCode - The No-Hassle Code Upgrade Tool for .NET

Enhancing Application Communication with gRPC | Pluralsight

Moving Beyond JSON and XML with Protocol Buffers | Pluralsight

by Mike Van Sickle

gRPC quickstart

gRPC docs

gRPC talks

gRPC benchmarking

Perfkit - gRPC Performance Multi-language (@latest_release)

Friday, September 06, 2019

Monday, September 02, 2019

Low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite internet could save $30B

Bezos and Musk’s satellite internet could save Americans $30B a year

"LEO technology will offer robust internet access to underserved and rural communities lacking wired, low-latency broadband options. The arrival of this technology is likely to drive down monthly internet prices for hundreds-of-millions of Americans.

According to further analysis of our market-wide pricing database covering plans and pricing from more than 2,000 ISPs, the average “lowest available monthly price” for the estimated 104 million Americans with only one wired broadband provider is $68. For the 75 million Americans with two choices, that average lowest price drops to $59. For the lucky 15 million Americans with five or more choices, it’s $47.

Our projections show that that low-latency, LEO satellite internet is likely to have a similar impact on average regional prices as wired, low-latency wired providers. Extrapolating this additional competitor across all US households, the introduction of LEO satellite internet could save Americans over $30 billion."

Google Cloud (GCP) services list

Every Google Cloud product described in 4 words or less

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Redux + JSON API

Interesting way to "extend" Redux web app data management to API
(usually with React apps)

json-api-normalizer - npm

redux-object - npm

Monday, August 26, 2019

D3.js v5.0

d3/ at master · d3/d3

D3 v5.0 uses Promises instead of asynchronous callbacks to load data. Promises simplify the structure of asynchronous code, especially in modern browsers that support async and await.

D3 v4.0 is modular. Instead of one library, D3 is now many small libraries that are designed to work together. You can pick and choose which parts to use as you see fit. Each library is maintained in its own repository, allowing decentralized ownership and independent release cycles. The default bundle combines about thirty of these microlibraries.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

data: Apache Parquet format

Apache Parquet

"Apache Parquet is a columnar storage format available to any project in the Hadoop ecosystem, regardless of the choice of data processing framework, data model or programming language."
Apache Parquet logo

Monday, August 12, 2019

Thursday, August 08, 2019

data / api: The Movie Database (TMDb) + D3.js

API Overview — The Movie Database (TMDb)

"API is available for everyone to use. A TMDb user account is required to request an API key. Professional users are approved on a per application basis.
As always, you must attribute TMDb as the source of your data"

Monday, August 05, 2019

data: AWS PartiQL, SQL++

Announcing PartiQL: One query language for all your data | AWS Open Source Blog

Diagram showing where PartiQL fits with other data sources.

[1405.3631] The SQL++ Query Language: Configurable, Unifying and Semi-structured

Open Core Summit 2019

Open Core Summit 2019

"Open Core Summit (OCS) is the global commercial open-source software (COSS) category ecosystem conference for builders, founders, developers, customers, investors, analysts and everyone excited to learn, meet and collaborate on all things at the intersection of OSS and business"

"The open-core model is a business model for the monetization of commercially-produced open-source software. Coined by Andrew Lampitt in 2008,[1] the open-core model primarily involves offering a "core" or feature-limited version of a software product as free and open-source software, while offering "commercial" versions or add-ons as proprietary software"