Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Supreme Court Appears Reluctant in "Oil States vs. Greene Energy"

This is an interesting case. It most likely will not prevail, but could possibly lead to changes in lots of matters handled via non-judicial review in government agencies.

Read the whole article on ArsTechnica: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/11/supreme-court-seems-reluctant-to-blow-up-a-key-weapon-against-patent-trolls/

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Aker BP Enters Drilling, Well Alliances with Halliburton, Maersk, Odfjell  | Rigzone

Aker BP Enters Drilling, Well Alliances with Halliburton, Maersk, Odfjell  | Rigzone: "Aker BP ASA has entered into separate drilling and well alliance agreements, which both aim to drive ‘continuous improvement’ and create ‘greater value’, according to a company statement. One of the agreements is with Maersk Drilling and Halliburton for jack-ups, and the other is with Odfjell Drilling and Halliburton for semi-submersibles. The agreements are scheduled to last for five years, and there is an option to extend for a further five years."

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Another Patent Awarded...

Today, I was doing research for an upcoming project that involved compiling a list of patents, either issued or filed for, that I am listed as an inventor on.

Through this process, I was able to determine that another patent has been issued here in the US. This brings the total up to 3 issued in the US. I think as of right now, at least one of those has also been issued in the EU and Canada.

That leaves about 6 still pending. At least for what has been filed so far.

The patent I m referring to today is:

Sweep Efficiency for Hole Cleaning | US Patent No. 9759645

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Babelfish are Here!!!!!

Google has finally brought us the Babelfish! For $159 US?

We are the next step closer to a universal translator. I want this! I want to be nosy around people speaking foreign languages...I want to be able to communicate with most people I encounter on travels. I would have loved to have this back when I was traveling the world for work!

But the most intriguing feature of the Pixel Buds is the integrated Google Translate feature. Demoed on stage at Google's event today, this feature lets two Pixel Bud wearers chat in their native languages by translating conversations in real-time. In the demo, a native English speaker and a native Swedish speaker had a conversation with each other, both using their native languages. Google Translate in the Buds' translated the English phrases into Swedish, and the Swedish phrases into English, for each user. There was barely any lag time in between the speaker saying a phrase and the Buds' hearing those words and translating them into the appropriate language.

Read the full article, "Google Pixel Buds are wireless earbuds that translate conversations in real time" at  Ars Technica.

Weatherford - Intel IoT Collaboration

Here's a shout-out to a former colleague, Colin Tait, Currently director of IT at Weatherford. Colin is a sharp individual with a knack for developing solutions.

"Colin Tait, Director of Information Technology at Weatherford, stood alongside Jonathan Ballon, vice president in the Internet of Things Markets and Channels at Intel Corporation, during Ballon’s keynote on day one of the conference. The executives discussed how IoT-enabled oilfield devices can improve the efficiency and profitability of production operations, from surface equipment to the back office."

Read the whole press release on Weatherford's website.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

TECH SHOWCASE: Digital Process Improvement Mentor  |  Rigzone

TECH SHOWCASE: Digital Process Improvement Mentor  |  Rigzone: "A Midland, Texas-based company has unveiled a wellsite data management system for operators and service companies that reportedly can help to shorten the learning curve for younger generations of field personnel as experienced veterans move on. “The entire concept of capturing the field knowledge of experienced workers is central to our system,” Travis Laman, president and founder of Delta Perform/DEC Global, said of his company’s trademarked “PERFORM” system. “We also believe the discipline our system brings to the process will significantly reduce non-productive time and improve safety.”"

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Stephen Waguespack: Rebuild Trust with Technology

LABI President Stephen Waguespack wrote today that we should be using more technology to inform the public on what is being done, how money is being spent, etc. He also points out that a lot of people in the state are interested in the same thing, regardless of where you lay on the political spectrum.

"It hit me this week while fielding questions from radio listeners on The Jim Engster Show: as much time as we all spend these days talking about what divides us, the truth is we are not as far apart as most think.
A few callers asked about proposals for new revenue streams, mandates or regulations on businesses and non-profits, while others wanted to explore different options to fight poverty. The affordability and quality of health care were discussed, as was the specific structure of our tax code and its inability to provide stability for both private markets and public services.
While most of the callers came from a more liberal political perspective than I do, many of the topics were the right ones on which to focus.
For all the fussing and fighting in politics today, I think that all Republicans, Democrats and independents want good public schools, safe and growing communities and affordable health care when they need it. There should be no disagreement on that. No one is out there credibly advocating for a shrinking economy or less transparency in government."

Continue reading his article on the LABI website. 
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