Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code
So retrain them to mine tantalum and rare earth elements. I'm sure we can get "Mined in the USA" and "Conflict-free certified electronics" going, amirite?
Greenland's Fastest Glacier Sets New Speed Record
Yes, too cold to snow. The amount of water vapor in the air is very temperature dependent. Even below freezing air can have water vapor: http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/relative-humidity-air-d_687.html
So as the air cools more and more, there is less vapor available for snow.
So another side effect of the overall warming can definitely be larger snowfalls in the winter - there is more moisture in the air to work with.
You do realize the interior of Antarctica is one of the world's largest deserts, right? Because it is so cold that the air can't hold very much water. And now it is receiving large snowfalls because of the increased water vapor. Look at that chart, and see how much the % increase is from say 0F to 15F (remember, the amount of warming is much larger in the arctic areas) - nearly double.
So yeah, more heating == more snowfall.
Interviews: Ask Ray Kurzweil About the Future of Mankind and Technology
What effects does the need for constant security updates have on a singularity timeline and/or existence?
It seems that I spend more and more of my day waiting for software updates and patches (OS/PDF/flash/java/steam/etc) that we are rapidly approaching an "update singularity" where we spend more time fixing sofware than actually using it.
Review of the First Medfield Phone
When push comes to shove, they make more money on PC CPUs. When they have a choice of making a wafer of high-margin vs low-margin CPUs, who do you think will win? Don't be surprised if there are major supply problems every time the PC market takes an uptick.
Why don't you read a Science paper and find out what the scientists really think?
When We Finally Meet Aliens, They Will Probably Be...
3.) More Concerned With Trade - Really? What, exactly, is worth trading across a thousand years of time and space? Certainly nothing physical, and even information is questionable when it's a thousand years stale.
I would assume the only thing worth trading across a thousand years of time and space is culture, not necessarily information. After all, if you're an ancient race with near-immortal lifetimes, the only thing to do to stave off the mind-crushing boredom is to watch pr0n from Earth!
CFLs Causing Utility Woes
Basically, the components inside the bulb "borrow" some additional power and give it back to the utility. You don't see this additional power in your bill, since you get charged only for what you use. But, the utility has to still provide the capacity to give it to you. That's the non-electrical engineer way to view it. :)
Computer Art For a CS Dept Office?
Take several old machines, mount flatscreen monitors attached to them, and run visual simulations.
Take John Conway's life, and set it to run at a reasonable pace, and to cycle through a bunch of patterns.
Show screen savers of various BOINC projects.
Display cool/interesting webcams. Nasa, telescopes, local intersections.
You work in a Cs department, for crying out loud. Use those computers to show the art.