The Neuroscience of Happiness
Was it similar to the donkey show in "Clerks 2"?
Anthropologist Spends Three Years Living With Hackers
What's not to be cynical about?
" ... I was blown away by how culturally deep it was."
Sure. Correct the flawed stereotypes with more subjective flawed stereotypes by a naive observer.
She was correcting her engrained 'Revenge of the Nerds' stereotype of hackers with an equally arrogant attitude, similar to those of parents who visit a zoo, point to the gorillas and say to their children -- "Hey little Johnny, look at the big monkeys! (while tapping the glass under the sign that says DON"T TAP ON GLASS) Look, at those hands and fingers -- They're just like ours!" -- concluding with huge collective swigs from their BIG GULP clones.
She seems to be aiming to take the logical, thoughtful, democratic behavior hackers exhibit -- which should be the vanguard for all human interaction -- and bending it into an amusing sidebar for WIRED as to the hackers "unusual" habits. All for a chance to get her name in print for some future book jacket blurb regarding "... her insightful and seminal work as she risked her name, sanity and possibly even her life as she descend into the seamy hacker underworld to collect research data..."
This is all much like the gorilla inwardly cringing whenever he's called a monkey.
MIT Researchers Invent 'Super Glass'
With that remark, one might deduce that MIT had invented time travel...
Will Mobile Wallets Replace Their Traditional Counterparts?
I have only one word to respond to that ---
(It's two words actually, but it sounds much more dramatic to say one word...)
How easy would it be to watch Barbie or Kelly type in their PIN number at the gas station, a shoe store or the Clinique counter. Phones are popular theft items to begin with.
Boston Dynamics' PETMAN Humanoid On Video
It will be a hit with woman.
It let's itself be pushed around,
It checks the toilet seat state.
It proposes on one knee.
The only flaw I see, is that it only seems to know the missionary position...
Hackers Briefly Controlled US Government Satellites
surrender, yielding, capitulation, giving up, resignation, fall, forsaking, concession, surrender, resignation, conceding
Depending on your point of view these can apply as well: Withdraw, fall back, retreat.
So what does that say about English speaking countries?
You forgot ---
and its variant
S&P's $2 Trillion Math Mistake
This reminds me of a tale of woe in a company cafeteria many many many moons ago.
A stock room clerk was lamenting the spending of $1500 (on the credit card) by his wife for shoes and clothing the previous month. He told us that when he confronted his wife as to the large outflow, she sincerely responded that she didn't actually spend $1500. She told him she SAVED the family $300 since she bought the merchandise on sale. Further explanation of flawed reasoning led to tears.
Price Shocks May Be Coming For Helium Supply
What this seems to say is that the price of helium has historically been inversely proportional to the televised quantity of hot air generated by Washington pols. Now they're changing the rules so it is directly proportional to Washington gas emissions. This includes all gases generated by any Washington orifice -- lighter than air or not...
Sony Unveils Flexible OLED Thinner Than a Hair
But it would be about right for a person that was 2 mega meters tall...
Jupiter Is Missing a Belt
"My God! It's full of stars!"
At least we get to use almost all the moons....
What Free Antivirus Do You Install On Windows?
From the movie "The Treasure of Silicon Valley", Bill Gates in a bandito hat indignantly replies to Humphrey "Don't" Bogart:
"Antivirus? We ain't got no Antivirus. We don't need no Antivirus! I don't have to show you any stinkin' Antivirus!"
Often misquoted from "Blazing Windows" as
"We don't need no stinkin' Antivirus!"
Blind Soldier Uses Tongue To "See"
Does this mean that blind people can now read PLAYBOY for more than just the articles?
Is Early Childhood Education Technology Moving Backwards?
You hit the proverbial nail -- Sad to say.
I'd like to add how television aids in reinforcing this behavior pattern. It would probably be a safe bet to say that education desire/absorption is inversely proportion to the number of hours in front of the tube.
(In my formative years, I could count on one hand the number of UHF and VHF channels. Therefore, less TV watching, not to mention that one had to actually get up off the sofa to change the channel. A TV in one's room was a non starter.)
Try and convince the inner city single parent to limit the hours in front of the electronic babysitter. The imagery on the tube almost never reinforces education for advancement. Street smarts and gaming the system is all that is required to get ahead and/or be popular.
Australian Govt. Proposes Internet "Panic Button" For Kids
Good idea -- incorrect routing.
Have the dolphin button ring the parents cell phone with a message like:
"(Kid's name) is having an Internet Panic Attack --- If you don't respond to this message, then the call will be routed to your local law enforcement division -- Remember, please monitor and talk with your children!"
Supply a pager to the parents without a cell phone. Seems like a far less costly method than having to hire thousands of police and/or SS workers to handle the plethora of "I wanna see someone jump when I feel bad" abusers.
And don't forget the legions of lawyers that will be necessary to sort through the pile of litigation!
Mimicking Materials and Structures In Nature
My initial gut reaction was also ants.
But ants are unconsciously programmed to create a huge feeding mechanism for their queen and her progeny. They throw themselves on the metaphorical sword in its defense. I don't see that in /.
More like piranha at times.
Maybe some kind of hybrid ? Or ants on LSD? I remember reading some time ago they somehow dosed a spider with LSD and the resulting web was pretty bizarre and unsymmetrical.
This is /. after all -- free your mind. I've had my fill of the Bickersons.
Mimicking Materials and Structures In Nature
Though not strictly a physical material, this got me thinking.
What would be the underlying metaphorical model for /.
Ants, piranha, beavers, jellyfish, cats?
Leave It to Beaver, The Honeymooners, Star Trek?
The school lunch room, D&D party, After work at the pub, French salons on hypnotics?
Logical / illogical anarchy at its finest?
Teenager Invents Cheap Solar Panel From Human Hair
This experiment is totally fake...
He is either soaking the hairs in cold fusion liquid solvent to obtain a voltage or using a simple subminiature matter- antimatter induction pump to produce it. Who does this bozo think he's fooling???
Daily Sex Helps Improve Fertility
I'll bet this new info will jack off---er--up-- Fleshlight sales....
Microsoft-Backed Firm Says IBM Is Anticompetitive
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!
Switching To Solar Power, One Year Later
Amen to making your family #1.
I was actually thinking more along the lines of references to increase in intensity and frequency of intimate activities between the green adopter and spouse.
I believe that because it was a G rated article, references to "Spousal acceptance" would be the correct euphemism for "She's jumping my bones regularly now, and she wears articles from Victoria's Secret to bed".
"Solar power works for me..."
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