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The Actuator – June 19th

Level 17

Home from San Diego and Cisco Live! for a few days, just enough time to spend Father's Day with friends and family. Now I'm back on the road, heading to Lingen, Germany, for Data Grillen. That's right, an event dedicated to data, bratwurst, and beer. I may never come home.

As always, here are some links from the Intertubz that I hope will hold your interest. Enjoy!

This Austrian company is betting you’ll take a flying drone taxi. Really.

I *might* be willing to take one, but I’d like to know more about how they plan to control air traffic flow over city streets.

How Self-Driving Cars Could Disrupt the Airline Industry

Looks like everyone is going after airline passengers. If airlines don’t up their level of customer service, autonomous cars and flying taxis could put a dent in airline revenue.

Salesforce to Buy Tableau for $15.3 Billion in Analytics Push

First, Google bought Looker, then Salesforce buys Tableau. That leaves AWS looking for a partner as everyone tries to keep pace with Microsoft and PowerBI.

Genius Claims Google Stole Lyrics Embedded With Secret Morse Code

After decades of users stealing content from websites found with a Google search, Google decides to start stealing content for themselves.

Your Smartphone Is Spying (If You’re a Spanish Soccer Fan)

Something tells me this is likely not the only app that is spying on users. And while La Liga was doing so to catch pirated broadcasts, this is a situation where two wrongs don’t make a right.

Domino’s will start robot pizza deliveries in Houston this year

How much do you tip a robot?

An Amazing Job Interview

I love this approach, and I want you to consider using it as well, no matter which side of the interview you are sitting.

Sorry to all the other dads out there, but it's game over, and I've won:

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28 Comments
Level 12

As a private pilot there is no way I would ever trust a self-flying vehicle. I have had too many experiences where there is no warning of turbulence or where weather develops too quickly for ADS or XM weather to warn me before I would get into it. My eyes and judgement keep me safe and I don't have confidence that a machine would quickly be able to exercise the same good judgement.

Drone Taxi.   It is OK, I will walk.

RT

Great article on job interviews.

RT

Level 13

Thanks for the links....I enjoyed reading the article about the interview.

Level 13

As always sqlrockstar​, thanks for a bunch of great links.  Loved the interview one especially.  Definitely some good ideas to apply.

I've become oddly interested in self driving cars, odd because I actually love driving long distances.  The thought of being able to see more intrigues me, and I think it's at least possible that self driving on limited access highways might be an easier problem to solve than doing it on city streets under construction or heavy/fast traffic.  It will be interesting to see how it plays out cause like it or not it's going to happen unless something better comes along or it just fails miserably.

An autonomous flying taxi?  There's no END of wonderment that might happen with one of those.  "Deliver this flaming bag of  . . .  to political person / federal judge / etc" ASAP, please.

"Mildred!  Git mah deer rahfle!  There's ALIENS flyin' 'cross the back forty!"

"I'm sorry, please deposit another three bitcoins to allow the door to open and release you to your destination."

News Flash:  Another autonomous Air Taxi has crashed after running into (insert your favorite thing here:  a sky scraper, a flock of Canada Geese, another autonomous air taxi, a mountain side . . . )

Second news flash:  Passenger delivers baby while on hold in mid-air as autonomous air tax won't open its doors without a valid credit card.

Level 15

I always appreciate the variety in your posts.  Thanks for another awesome list.

I am waiting for parts or things the passenger has to fall out mid flight over people.

Level 12

Good stuff again. I think the air-taxis might be a good fit for the big theme parks.

Level 15

I might take my chances with a self flying vehicle over down on the ground on a freeway full of people using their cellphones while they drive.

Level 15

Seems like you would automate making the pizza first? Then you could have the car baking it on the way to your house.

Domino’s will start robot pizza deliveries in Houston this year

Level 13

Gotta wonder what the ROI is on robotic pizza delivery.  When you pay a human, they cover the car and insurance and you give them a low wage and maybe mileage.  Not sure what the margins are on pizza, but the cost may be going up.

On the other hand I'm sure someone out there will order from Domino's using the robot just for the novelty.

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MVP

Data Grillen - data, beer, and brats...what not to love ?  Oh wait, needs sauerkraut and spicy mustard with horseradish!!!

Level 13

Thanks for the articles.

Level 13

Went back and looked at the autonomous taxi article again.  There are so many things one could say about this but one thing that amazes me is that we've yet to have a truly viable flying car yet we're trying to jump to autonomous vehicles for transportation.  How is that going to work when the personal use case has yet to be solved in a viable way (I know about Terrafugia and a number of other ones like Autocar, etc).  The economics are always wildly optimistic and the engineering ends up being orders of magnitude more difficult than projected.  Hats off for trying but as a long time pilot watching this stuff come and go color me skeptical.

Level 14

A flying Drone Taxi....

Does it come with a parachute?

MVP
MVP

you are assuming you will be at an altitude that a parachute is effective...

Level 14

Flying taxi.  That would solve my 1.5 hour minimum commute each way every day but can you imagine the fun flying over London.  It would need some really serious air traffic control but at least the traffic could move in three dimensions.  It would also have to be bigger as I'm 6'4".

Level 14

Driverless cars could disrupt the airline industry until the road congestion causes gridlock and no one can get anywhere.  If only there was an alternative.  Oh yes, flying.  But the airlines have all gone out of business.  

Level 14

I have to deal with Salesforce.  This isn't good news.

Level 14

Google caught yet again and, true to form, denying everything in spite of being caught "Red Handed".  Why am I not surprised.

Level 14

La Liga.  Maybe if their prices weren't so high people wouldn't pirate.  Just a thought.  I guess someone has to pay for all those overpriced primadonna football 'stars'.

Level 14

Pizza.  I guess you could pre-load the car with partially cooked pizzas and they finish them off whilst on the way to the delivery.  It would take a load of those idiot pizza bikes off the road.  You know the ones where the rider only has L plates and ignores all the traffic laws.

Level 14

Not sure about making the job candidates interview themselves.  Might work for an internal vacancy but I can't see it working for an external one.  The external person wouldn't have any of the requisite information.

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MVP

Sorry to all the other dads out there, but it's game over, and I've won:

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MVP

This Austrian company is betting you’ll take a flying drone taxi. Really - Cool

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MVP

How Self-Driving Cars Could Disrupt the Airline Industry - Seriously cool, its not just it a lil more intelligence to it and it will be super cool, there are a lot many advantages to it, you could drop off your kid to school and your car can wait outside to pick your kids back home. You could drop off elderly people or friends or family and your car returns back home all by itself

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Salesforce to Buy Tableau for $15.3 Billion in Analytics Push - Hmm

About the Author
Thomas LaRock is a Head Geek at SolarWinds and a Microsoft® Certified Master, SQL Server® MVP, VMware® vExpert, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. He has over 20 years experience in the IT industry in roles including programmer, developer, analyst, and database administrator.