Scientific American's Fred Guterl Explores the Threats Posed By Technology
Frankly I think all of this can be summed up in one word: 'globalization.' Unfortunately it doesn't consider the alternatives. The more connected the world is the faster things like disease spread and the more some deleterious event in one place can effect the rest of the world. Hacking isnt a threat, basing your civilization on systems that can break is, that has been true forever and always will be. The alternative is to live under a rock and have high mortality rates to keep the population down so we never leave the neolithic.
Frankly the article cherry picks a couple well known fears that people has and doesn't actually look at where the real weak points are in our current civilization. As others have mentioned, a stick of dynamite in the right place could easily result in further self destructive behavior above and beyond that we have already inflicted upon ourselves as a result of 9/11.
Google Testing Completely Revamped Look
So I was cursed with a cookie to test this new shitty interface. All I have to say is that it continues Google's tradition of increasing the number of clicks it takes to get to anything important. I'm so fucking sick of having the number of clicks it takes to do something as simple as get to gmail or docs increase because some retarded interface designer ran some unrealistic user survey. GOOGLE: STOP INCREASING THE NUMBER OF CLICKS IT TAKES TO DO SOMETHING.
London Needs 70,000 Cells For 4G
If we assume that there are about 7 million people in london then that means that each cell serves about 100 people IF they all have 4g cellphones. For some reason this seems a bit off. Lets assume that adoption rates are 50% so that gives us 50 people per cell. 50*100Mb/s = 5Gb/s (assuming all users are mobile otherwise we are looking at 50Gb/s which is quite a load for a single cell but assumes that all the users are pulling the max data all the time). I'm not going to do the math for antenna space and bandwidth, but this [https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=number%20of%20simultaneous%20connections%20to%20a%20single%20lte%20cell&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CCsQFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.motorola.com%2Fweb%2FBusiness%2FSolutions%2FIndustry%2520Solutions%2FService%2520Providers%2FWireless%2520Operators%2FLTE%2F_Document%2FStatic%2520Files%2F6834_MotDoc_New.pdf&ei=7PeETrGmIo24twemp_gu&usg=AFQjCNEQ5Y_VX896_PG2lJPZK3HviwzdDw&sig2=aDM8ApeoCYBEHMbDCqbDJA] PDF white paper seems to suggest that 200 connections per cell is about maximum. So, I'd say that their math is off somewhere even given reasonable QOS requirements and 50 concurrent users. Maybe they are defining London differently?
TL;DR bad math
Theoretical Shoe Inserts Could Power Your Gadgets
Amazing! This must be the first time that raw theoretical power has been harnessed to do something! If this works we should finally be able to get something useful out of all those academics.
Can a Playground Be Too Safe?
Better'd cut down all the trees too, just to be safe. Wouldn't want a kid climbing one of those and falling out!
Fewer Hacked Records Does Not Mean Better Security
DFCRED = dumb fuck credentials?
Apple: "We must Have Comprehensive Location Data"
So Google gets some wifi packets and the DOJ steps in. But because there is a contract here they aren't going to do anything? I thought there were rules about not being able sign a contract to sell yourself into slavery and the like in this country. Apparently something has changed.
UN Backs Action Against Colonel Gaddafi
Does anyone remember what happened last time someone bombed Gaddafi? Ya, 3 tons of C4 were send to N. Ireland. There is a good reason why France and England are currently getting ready to drop bombs as we speak. This resolution means that it is all in for many western powers. They kill him or they are going to be saddled with a whole lot more state sponsored terrorism.
Anonymous Goes After GodHatesFags.com
Anon would do alot better to just remain silent about this and systematically remove all reference to Phelps et al from the internet. The only reason they keep it up is because of the attention. If you ignore them and erase their existence from the media it doesn't matter what they say, no one will hear them and they will be like a kid throwing a tantrum in a soundproofed padded room where no one is watching and no one cares.
Engineer Designs His Own Heart Valve Implant
This is the take home message of this whole article:
Golesworthy believes that projects such as this demonstrate that the interface between engineers and the rest of the world isn’t functioning in the way it should. ’When it does function, huge advances can be made in a very short time period, on very little money,’ he said. ’We have changed the world for people with aortic dilation and we have done it on a fraction of the cost.’
Four Outrages Techies Need To Know About the State of the Union
The author of this is an idiot. He may have said something reasonable in the rest of the article but:
"First, if Americans are traveling in volume via high-speed rail, then those systems will need as much security as air travel."
Anyone who thinks this is a fucking idiot and needs a strong dose of Bruce Schneier.
Sciencey Heroes For Young Children?
So what if he's dead. ;_;
Central Dogma of Genetics May Not Be So Central
Should have tipped you off that there were going to be quite a few exceptions. Whether there is 100% fidelity is another question altogether. Furthermore you need to know what portion of those RNA transcripts are actually being translated into protein and whether different variations in sequence are correlated with the relative rate of translation etc.
I drink too much...
I gave up on caffeine intake over a year ago and let me tell you, I have felt about 1000x better. These days a single cup of coffee is enough to give me the shakes and make me feel sick for three hours. That shit is bad for you. Stick to the ethanol, at least you have an organ that can properly break it down.
The temperature where I am now is controlled by...
Computerized HVAC. And NOT my mom, my dad, OR me. The computer was programmed 6 years ago and has been out of our control since. :x
How Much Math Do We Really Need?
1) move the decimal over one space to the left
2) multiply the first digit by 2
3) a)was the service bad? pick the result of 1)
b)was the service good? pick the result of 2)
c)was the service really good? stop being fucking lazy and multiply the whole damned thing by 2 and round up
Personally my step 2) is "divide the original by 5" but I'm weird
The State of Linux IO Scheduling For the Desktop?
(Unfortunately, the planned mind reading extension to the kernel is still a few years out.)
So I know some people may read this and think "haha, funny joke" but given that most users are extremely predictable regarding what programs they use and when and how they use them (same with web browsing), shouldnt it be possible to gather user activity over time and analyze it to help improve scheduling. Hell, programs are more predictable about how they call for reads and writes, if the IOS preempts the program by loading stuff into cache that is likely to be needed when it doesnt have anything else to do we could totally speed stuff up. In theory beyond some basic data security needs the IO scheduler could vastly improve its cache performance by simply being fed data on what things the user and/or their programs tended to access repeatedly. Maybe this is too high level for some basic tasks, but it seems like there is plenty of use data that could be gathered to help teach an IOS what types of data are more likely to see repeated reads.
On the other hand, we could simply use OUR brains to write better code so that we didnt have to waist our computer's valuable time. Or for that matter other programmers' valuable time that could be spent making computers better (more efficient) tools rather than writing mindbogglingly complex statistical predictive IO schedulers to cover for our inability to follow proper program design.
Given one free trip to the past in a time machine, I would..
yes, run him through before he had the chance to do that
Given one free trip to the past in a time machine, I would..
Personally I'd make sure the fuckhead who killed Archimedes got run through so that we could have experienced 2000 years of calculus by now.
UN May Ban Blotting Out the Sun
Anyone who thinks sunshades are a good idea is a complete idiot. Lets think about this for 2 seconds. What do we currently think causes global warming? CO2. Ok, so how do we think the levels of CO2 are regulated? Well on the production side there is any form of combustion or aerobic respiration. And on the other side? Carbon fixation by plants, the rate of which is determined, yes, you got it, but the amount of SUNLIGHT they get.
Sure this might work if they blocked out some of the infrared that planets etc. dont use, but for some reason I doubt they've thought of that. Furthermore, we have no fucking idea what the impact of these things would be, forget the complete waist of brainpower that might be used to put them up there.
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