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Say Hello to My Quite Large Friend: Distributed Antenna Systems Apparatus Popping Up All Over Frisco

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

I wondered

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…and now here’s the answer, via a SOMA ENGINEER:

“It’s part of the Distributed Antenna System (DAS) that the mobile providers are building to increase cell phone capacity.

Those antennas have been popping up all over town. A few months before the antenna is installed, a folder with about 10 printed pages will be attached to the pole. I suppose one could read that to get more info, but not sure if anyone does.

When the crew installs the antenna they tend to jostle the pole quite a bit. This causes the streetlight to burn out shortly after the antenna is installed. Seems like the City should require the crew to replace the streetlight with an LED light to prevent this, but if you check at night you will see a lot of the poles with antennas on them have burned out streetlights.”

Mystery Transmitter: Beware Beware

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Cellular, I s’pose

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“IS YOUR CAR BLACKBERRY SECURE?” – IDK – Well, I Hope So

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Man, the name BlackBerry sure is a blast from the past:

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I guess they do car stuff now.

All right, on to new business: Is my tummy Tab™️ soda refreshed?

Word On The Street: Poor Elon Musk! – “KATSU – SF AUG. 19 – A.I. CRIMINALS”

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

As seen, en La Mision, on Mission:

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[UPDATE: Indeed, it doesn’t look very pro-Elon, Reddit. Oh well.]

[UPDATE II: Oh, Nitasha Tiku has the whole story in WIRED.]

PEAK UBER? – A Cassandra on Market Street is All, “$0 = How Much Your UBER Stock is Worth in a Year”

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

UBER’s had a bad stretch of news lately, and now this:

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As seen on an empty stretch of Market last night during a(nother phony, phoned-in) bomb threat and necessarily taken as a panning shot due to the (purposefully) abysmal 5MP camera on my $69 Samsung Galaxy J3. (Cf. the much better cam of an S7 Edge – it’s a night-and-day difference.)

So that’s it, let’s wait and see how much your chunk of Uber is worth (you know, assuming that they have an IPO in 2017 and assuming that you don’t get Zynga’ed afore then) on February 27, 2018…

My Bitchin’ Photo of the Golden Gate Bridge RUINED by Yet Another Drone – ARRGHH! –

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Ah, just kidding – IRL, the world has enough GGB shots already.

But here it is, a (surprisingly inexpensive) DJI Phantom 1 buzzing over Frisco:

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I’m thinking this is just a phase…

The Ground Delivery Robots of Balboa Street: Starship Technologies Tests in the Richmond District

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Well, here you go, as ably told by San Francisco Chronicle scribe Carolyn Said:

Starship robots try out deliveries on SF sidewalks

And here’s the scene, yesterday:

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Kind of cute, I suppose. Like something out of 1973’s Sleepers:

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This passerby was fascinated – she couldn’t get enough of this:

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And in the world capital of illegally parked Mercedes Benzes, what do we find on the sidewalks of the Outside Lands, of the Great Sand Wastes of the Middle Richmond, but this? The little robot took a while to think and then simply went around the scofflaw’s car, easy peasy:

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And of course, Facebook, Twitter and some video of this press event here.

Is this The Future?

How to Start Up Your Startup in Frisco: First Stop is the Apple Store? – These Tech Bros are WELL-EQUIPPED, Certainly

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Well, I guess you’ve got to spend money to make money…

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(In Soviet Russia, monitors carry you!)