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Mathematicians Solve the Topological Mystery Behind the "Brazuca" Soccer Ball

anavictoriasaavedra Coincidence (144 comments)

Yesterday was also the 52nd anniversary of the launch of the Telstar-1, the world's first active telecom satellite, the world's first privately-ventured space-faring mission and first commercial payload into space. http://www.nasa.gov/topics/tec... PS: Does anybody else find it weird that Telstar and Death Star not only are phonetically similar, but look eerily so as well?

about a month ago
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Canonical and China Announce Ubuntu Collaboration

anavictoriasaavedra Such an underrated article... (171 comments)

... and I'd rate every single comment higher than at the moment. Just saying.

about a year ago
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Is the Era of Groundbreaking Science Over?

anavictoriasaavedra I doubt it. (470 comments)

I doubt it because look at the achievements of people like Craig Venter. The importance of his work is still largely unrecognized, as suggested by the fact that he still hasn't received the Nobel prize (and I firmly believe he deserves it). It could be that the impact of their work is still too fresh to be assessed. There are still lots of groundbreaking scientific discoveries waiting out there, like room-temperature superconductors, the cure to cancer, teleportation, tractor beams... Maybe the question will be deemed silly in 50 years. Who knows?

about a year and a half ago
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What Early Software Was Influential Enough To Deserve Acclaim?

anavictoriasaavedra Freehand, Pagemaker and UltraPaint (704 comments)

Aldus Freehand, Deneba UltraPaint and Aldus PageMaker. Oh the memories!

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Gifts For a 90-Year-Old, Tech-Savvy Dad?

anavictoriasaavedra 3D printer (211 comments)

Get him a 3D printer... the kind with micrometer resolution...get him a Form1 at Kickstarter.

about a year and a half ago
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Scientists Develop Chocolate That Won't Melt At High Temperatures

anavictoriasaavedra Re:Feature not Bug! (161 comments)

Agreed... pocket temperature brings out flavors not present at room temperature.

about a year and a half ago
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Hurricane Sandy Damages Space Shuttle Enterprise

anavictoriasaavedra Re:SO WHAT ?!? (126 comments)

Actually the article is interesting to those who work in the AEC industry. It's a classic example of what goes wrong when you don't account for EVERY variable and prepare contingency plans for events. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xox9BVSu7Ok

about 2 years ago
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Brain Scans Show the Impact of Neglect On a Child's Brain Size

anavictoriasaavedra Flawed (206 comments)

The article does not relate the scans to professor Shore, a 2-subject experiment is not statistically significant in this case and it relies on evidence flimsily linked to other findings. This looks like tabloid fodder.

about 2 years ago
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Why Are We So Rude Online?

anavictoriasaavedra Seemples (341 comments)

Nobody can punch you in the face on the internet.

about 2 years ago
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Why American Internet Service Is Slow and Expensive

anavictoriasaavedra Artificial supply (351 comments)

It's called "choke the market once you got it by the balls". Happens all the time in the 3rd world, believe me. Artificially restrict supply once your market is hooked on your product and they'll pay exorbitant sums for whatever you sell them.

about 2 years ago
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Wozniak On the Samsung Patent Verdict

anavictoriasaavedra Fanboys, Slashdot and Reddit (328 comments)

Funny. A couple days ago I was telling my BF I like /. better because there seem to be fewer fanboys than on Reddit. Can we not turn /. into Reddit, please?

about 2 years ago
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Rob Malda (CmdrTaco) Joins the Washington Post

anavictoriasaavedra KUDOS, CmdrTaco! (232 comments)

Don't let 'em tell you how to do things... they're hiring YOU to tell THEM how to do things!

more than 2 years ago

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NYT joins Facebook fray: How a stale press release triggered media frenzy

anavictoriasaavedra anavictoriasaavedra writes  |  about a month and a half ago

anavictoriasaavedra (1968822) writes "In response to this Slashdot post: http://tech.slashdot.org/story... Sometimes editors at media outlets get a little panicked when there’s a big story swirling around and they haven’t done anything with it. It all started as a largely ignored paper about the number of positive and negative words people use in Facebook posts. Now it’s a major scandal. Yesterday the New York Times connected the Facebook experiment to suicides. The story was headlined, Should Facebook Manipulate Users, and it rests on the questionable assumption that such manipulation has happened"
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Woman Has Her Skull Replaced With A 3-D-Printed Plastic One

anavictoriasaavedra anavictoriasaavedra writes  |  about 5 months ago

anavictoriasaavedra (1968822) writes "A woman from the Netherlands has had the entire top section of her skull replaced with a transparent, plastic implant. Neurosurgeons from the University Medical Centre Utrecht performed the extreme procedure to save the woman from a rare chronic bone disorder, which increased the thickness of her cranium from 1.5 centimeters to five centimeters and put her at risk of permanent brain damage. CAVEAT LECTOR: Inaccurate title, as it was basically the skull cap, not the entire skull but it's still notable."
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How a Math Genius Hacked OkCupid to Find True Love

anavictoriasaavedra anavictoriasaavedra writes  |  about 7 months ago

anavictoriasaavedra (1968822) writes "McKinlay, a lanky 35-year-old with tousled hair, was one of about 40 million Americans looking for romance through websites like Match.com, J-Date, and e-Harmony, and he’d been searching in vain since his last breakup nine months earlier. He’d sent dozens of cutesy introductory messages to women touted as potential matches by OkCupid’s algorithms. Most were ignored; he’d gone on a total of six first dates... in June 2012, it dawned on him that he was doing it wrong. He’d been approaching online matchmaking like any other user. Instead, he realized, he should be dating like a mathematician."
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How Ray Kurzweil Will Help Google Make the Ultimate AI Brain

anavictoriasaavedra anavictoriasaavedra writes  |  about a year ago

anavictoriasaavedra (1968822) writes "Over at Wired there's an interesting interview with Ray Kurzweill. He speculates the gap between natural language and computer understanding of it will be closed by 2029. When asked if the problem can be reduced to hardware and software, Kurzweill replies: 'There are both hardware and software requirements. I believe we actually are very close to having the requisite software techniques. Partly this is being assisted by understanding how the human brain works, and we’re making exponential gains there. We can now see inside a living brain and see individual inter-neural connections being formed and firing in real time. We can see your brain create your thoughts and thoughts create your brain. A lot of this research reveals how the mechanism of the neocortex works, which is where we do our thinking. This provides biologically inspired methods that we can emulate in our computers. We’re already doing that. Using these biologically inspired models, plus all of the research that’s been done over the decades in artificial intelligence, combined with exponentially expanding hardware, we will achieve human levels within two decades'."
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Seth MacFarlane is producing Carl Sagan's Cosmos, starring Neil deGrasse Tyson

anavictoriasaavedra anavictoriasaavedra writes  |  about a year ago

anavictoriasaavedra (1968822) writes "It's from 2012 but I just got a kick out of this. Seth MacFarlane is producing an updated version of Carl Sagan's Cosmos, starring Neil deGrasse Tyson. He also donated all of Carl Sagan's papers to the Library of Congress, so that everyone would be able to access and enjoy them ( http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2012/12-104.html )"
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Adafruit launches educational show aimed at kids

anavictoriasaavedra anavictoriasaavedra writes  |  about a year ago

anavictoriasaavedra (1968822) writes "Adafruit Industries just posted the first episode in a new educational series aimed at teaching kids about electronics. The episode is entitled “A is for Ampere” and teaches the basic theory behind electrical current. The subject seems like a common one for A-to-Z themed electrical tutorials. And yes, that's Collin Cunnigham as André-Marie Ampère."
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The World's Tweets Light Up the Globe in Stunning Live Visualization

anavictoriasaavedra anavictoriasaavedra writes  |  about a year and a half ago

anavictoriasaavedra (1968822) writes "It’s simple, but lovely. Web designer Franck Ernewein‘s real-time Twitter visualization, Tweetping, drops a bright pixel at the location of every tweet in the world, starting as soon as you open the page. The result is a constantly changing image that grows to look like a nighttime satellite shot, bright spots swarming over the most developed areas."
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Physicists Invent Working Tractor Beam, World Becomes Instantly More Awesome

anavictoriasaavedra anavictoriasaavedra writes  |  about 2 years ago

anavictoriasaavedra (1968822) writes "We have tractor beams now! Like where you zap a thing with a laser and pull it toward you with beam power? We have those now. Even though they are super tiny and effective only on microscopic items like silica spheres suspended in water for right now, they are still working tractor beams."
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Real-Time Cyber-Attack Map

anavictoriasaavedra anavictoriasaavedra writes  |  about 2 years ago

anavictoriasaavedra (1968822) writes "In October, two German computer security researchers created a map that allows you to see a picture of online cyber-attacks as they happen. The map isn’t out of a techno-thriller, tracking the location of some hacker in a basement trying to steal government secrets. Instead, it’s built around a worldwide project designed to study online intruders. The data comes from honeypots. When the bots go after a honeypot, however, they’re really hacking into a virtual machine inside a secure computer. The attack is broadcast on the map—and the researchers behind the project have a picture of how a virus works that they can use to prevent similar attacks or prepare new defenses."
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