The interpreter from Rossi’s ideas to the standard world

According to Fulvio Fabiani, the lead engineer on inventor Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat,

Rossi doesn’t like standard reasoning. He is not a linear researcher. I find myself arguing with Andrea because his views are not compatible with other points of view in a way so you can exchange information. I am lucky that after three years I now have a certain confidence, and this confidence allows me to do things in my own way regarding the power supply system, because what he thinks is not feasible for standard and linear technicians. I’m acting almost as an interpreter from his ideas to the standard world.


He comes with a paper fluttering, saying ‘Oh, I had this idea, we have to try this’, throwing away 15 days of your setup of a reactor because he wants to try something different, and you have not even finished the idea that he had previously. Rossi is an avalanche of great ideas.


I assure you that I have seen things that only I, Rossi and a few other people saw. We really saw things… I really saw the new frontier of energy. There is nothing in comparison. You cannot imagine. I speak of the E-CatX and many others of Rossi’s experiments. We have tried lots of things, and we have made some twenty and more different reactors. And I can assure you that with some of them we have truly seen a new world. Energy density, reaction capacity, in the sense of things never seen. The new frontier of energy. The field that this reaction opens up is so vast that it’s almost impossible to imagine all the capabilities and possibilities.

The missing memristor

According to Vongehr, S. and Meng, X. The Missing Memristor has Not been Found. Sci. Rep. 5, 11657; doi: 10.1038/srep11657 (2015).

In 2008, the discovery of a “missing memristor” was announced with three (!) basically simultaneously timed, overlapping Nature group articles3,4,5 and on the front pages of major newspapers, all as if an almost 40 years ago predicted, deeply scientifically significant hypothesis had been finally proven. There was immediately controversy around that the devices are neither new nor the 1971 proposed real memristor device6,7. Similar devices were already discovered in 19958, but those early discoverers do still not think that their devices are real memristors. Memristive behavior is known from thin films since even before 19719. Before 2008, such devices and nonvolatile memory applications10 were correctly not called memristors11,12. The 2008 claim showed that the films of TiO2 between metals, well known since the 1960s, can be described as resistors with memory13, and “memristors” understood merely as nonlinear resistors with memory have been described by Kubo theory in the 1950s14. Novel in 2008 was merely the widely emphasized claim that such devices are the long sought “missing memristor,” but looking closer, it turns out that the authors were apparently missing something they call “perfect memristor,” the meaning of which accords to the mentioned tacit redefinition of “memristor” as not-just-memristive. It is highly doubtful that wide media attention would be given to such a mere technicality described around long known devices. Even if the existence of a perfect memristor was firstly recognized in 2008, the world is missing something else entirely: a real memristor device as suggested in 1971 on grounds of EM symmetry, namely on par with the known real inductor, the fourth next to that known third, both of them impossible without magnetic flux.

Feedback — a rare and important mechanism behind success

According to

It’s undeniable that Ericsson identified an important mechanism behind success: feedback. Without feedback, “it’s very hard to imagine how people would get better,” he says. Feedback is rare. Life is not like chess. Most real-world situations don’t yield immediate returns. We’re free to make the same mistakes again and again. Take medicine, where Ericsson is trying to apply his insights. Many doctors will diagnose a patient and then not see that patient again. They’ll never know if they were right. “In those environments,” he says, “would you be able to learn?”

See also “Practice only makes perfect if you’re paying attention” and “Journey out of error“.

10x slowdown in high-performance computing progress

According to Strohmaier, Meuer, Dongarra and Simon in “The TOP500 List and Progress in High-Performance Computing” in the November 2015 Computer

As we approach the exascale era, the rate of increase in peak and application performance of our largest systems has clearly slowed. Our analysis suggests that over the next decade we will likely fall short fall short for performance increases by almost an order of magnitude (100x instead of 1,000x). An even more substantial slowdown can be expected once any change or an end to Moore’s law affects increases in per-socket performance.

Any such slowdown will eventually open up opportunities for companies to explore competitive advantages through stronger architectural differentiation.

Just say no

Originally posted on Brad Pierce's Blog:

According to Edwin Bliss

Of all the time-saving techniques ever developed, perhaps the most effective is the frequent use of the word no.  You cannot protect your priorities unless you learn to decline, tactfully but firmly, every request that does not contribute to the achievement of your goals.

If you don’t, you live your life “according to other people’s priorities”.

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Beware of outreach calls from VC’s

According to Sean Murphy

At a basic level venture capitalists are arbitrageurs: they have access to more information than those with the capital, and access to more capital than those with information, and they profit by exploiting the mismatch.

Ben Thompson in Venture Capital and the Internet’s Impact

One implication that many startups take a while to realize is that VC’s are always gathering information about emerging technologies and products to maintain their advantage. Much of the time an outreach call, especially from a junior associate, is to validate a potential investment in one of your competitors.