Please continue funding the WHO

It is time to speak up folks. Get on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, wherever you hang out and make our leaders hear us. Our lives are at stake. Here is an example you can copy:

Please create an emergency bill to continue funding the WHO World Health Organization. The is the middle of a world pandemic, for crying out loud. @SpeakerPelosi @RepJimmyPanetta

Genetic Genealogy in 2020 and beyond

Roberta Estes, in her blog DNA Explained, has written an excellent overview of the current state of DNA testing in genealogy, discussing companies, products, present and potential. If you have done DNA testing to support your genealogy or are considering it, this should be considered a must read. She includes many links to supporting documents, this is a wonderful overview. Just click on the link below.

Have a great 2020! (Sometimes that number seems like sci-fi to me.)

Enjoy the search and save the world! Happy New Decade 🙂

Jim Robeson

Larry Page steps down; Sundar Pichai to lead both Alphabet, Google as CEO

Omg, the inventors of Google are retiring! ! The stock market should crash, temporarily, out of respect. Who knows what may come to pass now? Save the date, for the future will remember this as the beginning of the next epoch.

In Dog Years

Now, a team of researchers – led by Professor Trey Ideker, a geneticist at the University of California, San Diego – has developed a more accurate method of calculating a dog’s age and translating it to human years.

it is easier to see it in a table

Old iPads need updating TODAY

Apple is warning owners of older iPhones and iPads that if they don’t update their devices to the latest iOS software by Sunday, they won’t be able to connect to the internet.

IPhone and iPad products from 2012 and earlier will need the update before midnight UTC on November 3 in order to maintain accurate GPS location and continue using the App Store, iCloud, email and web browsing, according to Apple.

The worldwide GPS system uses a ten-bit parameter to count weeks. When the count gets to 1,024, the system “rolls over.” This roll-over will prevent the older Apple devices from connecting to the internet. You will need to update the older apple devices as follows:

  • iOS 10.3.4: iPhone 5 and iPad (4th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • iOS 9.3.6: iPhone 4s, iPad mini (1st generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular (CDMA models only), iPad (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular

You can find the iOS software version used by your device by going to the Settings app and then opening the General section and looking further in the About subsection.

Voting Logically

The other evening some friends and I got into a discussion about not voting when you disliked both options. I knew there was a logic issue at play here, but I couldn’t remember it during the heat of the battle. So I had to work it from scratch again and it took a while. We’ll save it here for quick reference in the future. Here is the logical reason to vote when there are two disliked options.

  1. suppose A and B are up for election.
  2. if you voted for B, you would help A be defeated.
  3. if you voted for A, you would help B be defeated.
  4. if you voted for no one, you would be helping the winner win.
  5. suppose that both choices are bad, but all indications are that A is really the worst choice.
  6. of the 3 options 2, 3, or 4, voting for B is the only way to help defeat A.

California rolls out first statewide earthquake early warning system

California Gov. Gavin Newsom today (Thursday, Oct. 17) announced the debut of the nation’s first statewide earthquake early warning system that will deliver alerts to people’s cellphones through an app developed at the University of California, Berkeley.

The mobile phone app, MyShake, can provide seconds of warning before the ground starts to shake from a nearby quake — enough time to drop, cover and hold on to prevent injury.

The app is available on both Apple and Android platforms. 

So why am I posting about this here?  Because I was one of the “citizen scientists” that helped beta test the app.  I have had it on my phone now for a couple of years and can assure you that it is safe.  The app gets input from phones’ motion sensors and now also delivers alerts from the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System operated by the U.S. Geological Survey that utilizes data from seismic networks in California, Oregon and Washington. 

Read more about MyShake here.
Google it for user guidance.  But for sure, if you live in California, Oregon or Washington and have a smartphone, get it from your app store.