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Friday
Jun242016

Why Web Design is Dead

[Link] : June 8, 2015Web design is (finally!) dying of irrelevance. Web pages themselves are no longer the center of the Internet experience, which is why …
Friday
Jun242016

C-Span Delivers on Sit-In, Even With Cameras Off

[NyTimes] : "WASHINGTON — C-Span knew it had a problem.<p>Democrats had unexpectedly sat down in the middle of the House of Representatives chamber to demand a vote on gun control legislation, and with the body officially in recess, C-Span, the cable network known for “gavel to gavel” coverage of Congress, had no …"

Thursday
Jun232016

Electric race car sets an acceleration world record

[Link] : The Grimsel can hit 62MPH in just over 1.5 seconds.<p>Electric cars are quick off the mark as a matter of course, since they're both very efficient with energy and always operate at peak torque. You probably haven't seen a road-going machine this fast, though. Swiss students have shattered the world …
Wednesday
Jun222016

Tripping Down a Virtual Rabbit Hole

[NyTimes] : "This is going to sound like the tech-nerd version of one of those first-person People magazine essays about surviving adversity: You don't appreciate how much you need to see your hands until you can't.<p>Your hands – they're always there. Even in the most immersive of media experiences — an IMAX …"

Tuesday
Jun212016

I Still Can't Believe How This VR Game Tricked My Brain

[Link] : Virtual reality tricks your brains in weird, wonderful ways. If you’ve done a good VR demo or two, you’ve likely experienced that sense of presence, …
Tuesday
Jun212016

Stratolaunch’s Gargantuan Flying Launchpad Edges Toward the Skies

[NyTimes] : "MOJAVE, Calif. — The world's largest airplane by wingspan sits in a cradle of scaffolding as workers fit the remaining parts that will turn it into a flying launchpad for firing rockets into space.<p>Everything about this project, called Stratolaunch, screams bigness. The slogan “Think Big” is …"

Tuesday
Jun212016

Mark Zuckerberg approves re-election of Trump-loving, Gawker-bankrupting billionaire to Facebook's board

[Link] : Apparently launching a covert multi-million dollar revenge campaign to bankrupt a large media organization isn't enough to get booted from the Facebook board.<p>Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's founder and CEO, allowed for re-electing billionaire Peter Thiel to the company's board of directors at an annual …
Monday
Jun202016

The Parasite Underground

[NyTimes] : "When Vik was in his late 20s, blood started appearing in his stool. He found himself rushing to the bathroom as many as nine times a day, and he quit his job at a software company. He received a diagnosis of severe ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory condition of the colon. Steroids, which suppress …"

Monday
Jun202016

China Tops List of Fastest Computers Again

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — A new list of the world's fastest supercomputers provides more evidence that the once-yawning technology gap between the United States and China is closing.<p>China dominates a biannual ranking of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers, called the Top500, that was published on Monday. …"

Sunday
Jun192016

Stop saying learning to code is easy.

[Link] : June 18, '16 Comments [0] Posted in Musings<p>Sponsored By<p>I saw this tweet after the Apple WWDC keynote and had thought the same thing. Hang on, …
Sunday
Jun192016

I bought and returned a set of WiFi connected home security cameras. Forgot to delete my account and I can now watch the new owner.

[Link] : A few months back I purchased a Netgear Arlo home security camera set. I set up an online account, connected the cameras, tried them out for a few …
Sunday
Jun192016

Facebook executive: Your News Feed will likely be “all video” in five years

[Link] : A Facebook executive said Tuesday that she expects the social platform to probably be “all video” in five years.<p>Videos are now viewed 8 billion times daily on Facebook, up from 1 billion views a year ago, Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook’s vice president for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, said at …
Sunday
Jun192016

The War on Stupid People

[Link] : American society increasingly mistakes intelligence for human worth.<p>As recently as the 1950s, possessing only middling intelligence was not likely to severely limit your life’s trajectory. IQ wasn’t a big factor in whom you married, where you lived, or what others thought of you. The qualifications …
Sunday
Jun192016

Does Virtual Reality + the Roller Coaster = Awesome?

[Link] : Six Flags New England is advertising its new virtual reality addition to the roller coaster Superman: The Ride as the “tallest, fastest, and longest” …
Sunday
Jun192016

The story of Pixar’s most technically complex character yet [video]

[Link] : Hank the Octopus is not your average animated character. It’s Pixar’s most challenging character yet, one they couldn’t have made without recent …
Sunday
Jun192016

Granting Permission to Try Something New

[NyTimes] : "This interview with <b>Beth Comstock</b>, vice chairwoman of G.E., was conducted and condensed by <b>Adam Bryant</b><p><b>Q. What were your early years like?</b><p><b>A.</b> I grew up in Winchester, Va., which is a small town in the Shenandoah Valley. My father was a local dentist, and my mother was a teacher. So community was a big …"

Sunday
Jun192016

Think Less, Think Better

[NyTimes] : "A FRIEND of mine has a bad habit of narrating his experiences as they are taking place. I tease him for being a bystander in his own life. To be fair, we all fail to experience life to the fullest. Typically, our minds are too occupied with thoughts to allow complete immersion even in what is right …"

Saturday
Jun182016

Lexus software update gives new meaning to 'car crash'

[Link] : Now that cars are as buggy as computers, we're in trouble.<p>Last year, headlines made everyone fearful of hackers taking over cars on the freeway. Turns out the real menace to owners of connected cars are the loopy manufacturers themselves.<p>Toyota had to suck it up this week and admit to Lexus owners, …
Saturday
Jun182016

Hacker May Have Removed More Than $50 Million From Experimental Cybercurrency Project

[NyTimes] : "A hacker appears to have moved digital money worth more than $50 million from an experimental virtual currency project that recently raised more than $150 million — all of it in the form of Ether, an alternative cybercurrency to Bitcoin.<p>An organizer working with the project, known as the …"

Friday
Jun172016

Guccifer 2.0 DNC’s servers hacked by a lone hacker

[Link] : Worldwide known cyber security company CrowdStrike announced that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) servers had been hacked by “sophisticated” …