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Month: July 2019

Blockchain Technology Interest Waning – OSCON

The O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) is an annual convention for the discussion of free and open source software. Open source has seen tremendous support over the last decade after going through a dark winter of software commercialization in the 80s and 90s. A historical turning point was when Netscape released the Netscape Communicator internet suite as free software in 1998 and the source code was used to spur Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey and KompoZer. Background on Open Source: Proponents of Free and Open Source (FOSS) during the 90s included heavy weight Microsoft, Oracle and IBM. For instance, a Microsoft…

AWS DocumentDB and MongoDB Atlas: Friend or Foe?

MongoDB outperformed the tech sector a few times over the past 12 months, most notably during Q4, when MongoDB managed to trade between $65 and $80. The stock recouped losses by early December, when MongoDB reached new highs at $90 per share. By March, MongoDB had gained more than 50% off its new highs to $152 in March. MongoDB’s Atlas has proven to defy gravity even in the face of AWS launching a competing product called Amazon DocumentDB in January. This sent shares of MongoDB down 15 percent, with a few larger investors exiting based on the news, but the…

Surviving 14 Days of Darkness on the Moon: Podcast with NASA

In this podcast interview, Lee Mason of NASA discusses the ultimate energy challenge; sustaining life on the Moon and Mars. Mason talks about the Kilopower project, which is an effort to develop preliminary concepts and technologies that can be used for an affordable fission nuclear power system to enable long-term stays on planetary surfaces. The nuclear power source helps the astronaut crews survive 14 days of darkness and helps to power mining resources, such as In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) plants. NASA is planning lunar missions with humans as early as 2024 with a goal for sustainable presence by…

Space and Solar Energy Podcast with NASA, Stanford and Intertrust

As Stephen Comello points out in the podcast episode, the prices of solar systems have been coming down quarter over quarter, for about 10 years. The cost to produce one kilowatt of solar electricity is competitive with wind, and is the cheapest form of electricity available when looking at utility scale systems installed in locations that receive full sun.

We also speak with Lee Mason of NASA about the ultimate energy challenge; sustaining life on the Moon and Mars. Mason talks about the Kilopower project, which is an effort to develop preliminary concepts and technologies that can be used for an affordable fission nuclear power system to enable long-term stays on planetary surfaces…

Is Bitcoin a Good Investment? Phase 3: Bitcoin Mobile Payments

Bitcoin’s ultimate opportunity will be reached when the coin provides seamless and low-cost digital transactions. The free market is already moving towards capitalizing on bitcoin as many corporations do not want to miss out on this opportunity. Starbucks is partnering with Bakkt, and this will create a payment gateway for the security-backed exchange.

Will Bitcoin Make a Good Investment? Phase 2: Economic Uncertainty

Bitcoin has emerged as a solid alternative to Venezuelan bolivars. Even when Bitcoin loses value from $19,000 to $3,000, it’s still out-performing the inflation of Venezuela’s currency. On the flip side, when bitcoin rises in value from $5,000 to $11,000 in one month, it allows global populations to hold an appreciating asset. Despite market volatility, bitcoin makes Venezuelans money, offers them accessible protection, and they are able to escape an autocratic regime.

Although many consider countries with the most dominant GDPs as the countries who set the world’s stage for economic conditions, the emerging markets play an important role as the unrest in these regions can lead to disruption.

Podcast: How Mobile Modules Will Help Bees

In episode 5 of Tech Lightning Rounds, Beth Kindig goes directly to the source of expertise in hardware devices and hosts discussions with technologists who specialize in the field. Interviews are held in “lightning round” format, which are rapid interviews with tech experts for immediate depth on each topic. The GSMA, or the Global System of Mobile Communications, is the hub of the mobile industry. The GSMA is a trade body with over 800 mobile operators and a further 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem as associate members and is tasked with organizing the largest world’s largest mobile conference,…

Will Bitcoin Make a Good Investment? Part 1: Institutional Adoption

The largest bitcoin conference in the world took place last month in San Francisco with many early pioneers discussing why bitcoin has made a good investment for them and why bitcoin investments will do well long-term. You can view highlights from the Bitcoin conference here. Bitcoin buyers fall into two camps (primarily). Those who trade the cryptocurrency and those who “stack Satoshis,” a term for stockpiling on bitcoin as a means of building long-term wealth. Stacking Satoshis may be the most successful tactic due to a few key iterations that bitcoin will go through to ultimately strengthen its price and…