William Lane Craig Q&A: Is Determinism Gaining In Popularity?
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org Is Determinism gaining in popularity? Given Naturalism, does Determinism follow? This is a question ...
Lego Robot With a Smartphone Brain Shatters Rubik's Cube World Record
The third-generation robot was built by co-inventors David Gilday and Mike Dobson for pure, blistering speed. The Samsung Galaxy S4 brain is tricked out with an Exynos octa-core processor, with four Cortex-A15 and four Cortex-A7 processors controlling eight Lego Mindstorms actuators. It's basically the SR-71 Blackbird of Rubik's Cube bots. Gilday said , "we knew Cubestormer 3 had the potential to beat the existing record but with the robot performing physical operations quicker than the human eye can see there's always an element of risk." Yeah. That fast. Watch the video of the record-breaking run right here .
After The New Jersey Ban, Here's Where Tesla Can (And Cannot) Sell Its Cars
With New Jersey taking action to ban Tesla from selling its cars there, the Garden State has joined with Arizona, Texas, Virginia and Maryland in making law only an auto-dealers association could love. Tesla has a presence in those states, but its “stores” are really nothing of the sort. They are instead “galleries” where its representatives are not salespeople and cannot tell you what the car costs, nor can they actually help you purchase one. Instead, thanks to the free-flowing capitalism of Republican governors like Jan Brewer of Arizona, Rick Perry of Texas and Bob McDonnell of Virginia, would-be Tesla customers get to look at the cars and then head home to buy them online. (So far, you can still do that everywhere.) Not that things are much better in Maryland, where Democrat Martin O’Malley runs things. There, you can at least take a test drive at a Tesla gallery. After that? Still no purchase allowed.
'Die Hard' Is Much Cuter When a Pug Plays the Hero [VIDEO]
YouTube animal channel The Pet Collective worked its puppy magic on the 1988 action flick for its latest pet parody video.
Microsoft Is Doing Us All A Favor By Killing Windows XP
The end is nigh. No, really. Less than a month from now Microsoft Microsoft will officially stop supporting the Windows XP operating system. Many security experts predict that it won’t be pretty for Windows XP users once the security patches stop rolling out, and some feel that pulling the plug on support is a mistake that will come back to bite Microsoft. The reality, though, is that Microsoft is doing us a huge favor that will make us all more secure—albeit with some potential short-term growing pains.
10 Most Popular St. Patrick’s Day Dishes
According to Yahoo , searches for Irish food recipes soar as St. Patrick's Day approaches. The phrase "Irish food" alone received an 820% boost, while recipes for corned beef and cabbage jumped 685%.
The Most Certain Ways to Battle Uncertainty
You might be all too familiar with the feeling of uncertainty. As traditional, linear career paths become a thing of the past, and structured, hierarchical organizations give way to flat and collaborative workplaces, there’s more and more responsibility on you to chart your own course. Especially when these situations have a lot of unknowns and their consequences are unpredictable, uncertainty looms larger than ever.
The Google Alphabet: An Autocomplete Snapshot From A to Z
Google's "instant" results appear in the search box the moment you begin typing a search term. For every letter of the alphabet, Google autocompletes popular search terms.
Five Best To-Do List Managers
Todoist has been around for a long, long time, but it's really evolved in recent years into a powerful, cross-platform productivity tool. It's available on the web, for iOS and Android with desktop apps for Windows and OSX, add-ons for Firefox and Chrome, plug-ins for email apps like Postbox, Gmail, Thunderbird, and Outlook, and more. It's free (ish, we'll get to that) and feature-packed. Todoist offers recurring tasks with fine, plain-language recurrence options. It also packs sub-tasks and dependencies, real-time syncing, projects and sub-projects so you can manage daily checklists or big plans that involve lots of people, understandable due dates (like "Friday at 5pm," for example), multiple priorities, categories and projects you can set, and more. $30/yr will get you a premium account, which is required if you want notifications or reminders via email or push notifications on your mobile device—which is kind of a bummer, so keep that in mind. You also get labels and filters to further organize your to-dos.
US Government Cedes Control Of The Internet
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Alibaba Confirms It Will Begin I.P.O. Process in U.S.
Alibaba Confirms It Will Begin I.P.O. Process in U.S. — The Alibaba Group, China's online commerce giant, confirmed early on Sunday that it planned to begin the process of becoming a public company in the United States. — In a post on its corporate blog, the company said it planned …
Razer's Slim Yet Crazy-Powerful Laptop Inches Closer to Perfection | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
Razer is calling its new 14-inch Blade “the highest power-per-cubic-inch laptop in the world,” and it looks like that isn’t just empty talk. It’s incredibly thin and light, but it’s built to be a gaming workhorse. Pound-for-pound power aside, the marquee feature of this new laptop is its 3200 x 1800-resolution IGZO touchscreen display.
Children's Book Teaches Kids 'Death Is Wrong'
The book, written for children ages eight and above, is filled with more text — not to mention more philosophic and scientific reasoning — than the average Dr. Seuss. The sentences are simple, but the concepts are complex, and it's not always uplifting. Early on, Stolyarov lists the many ways a child might die: illnesses, car crashes, falls. He then enumerates, with derision, the religious and secular justifications parents use to pacify children when they first learn about death. He explains why, in his view, they are all wrong.
The Highest-Paying Internships
Since Forbes hired me in 1995 to write a legal column, I’ve taken advantage of the great freedom the magazine grants its staff, to pursue stories about everything from books to billionaires. I’ve chased South Africa’s first black billionaire through a Cape Town shopping mall while admirers flocked around him, climbed inside the hidden chamber in the home of an antiquarian arms and armor dealer atop San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill, and sipped Chateau Latour with one of Picasso’s grandsons in the Venice art museum of French tycoon François Pinault. I’ve edited the magazine’s Lifestyle section and opinion pieces by the likes of John Bogle and Gordon Bethune. As deputy leadership editor, these days I mostly write about careers and corporate social responsibility. I got my job at Forbes through a brilliant libertarian economist, Susan Lee, whom I used to put on television at MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. Before that I covered law and lawyers for journalistic stickler, harsh taskmaster and the best teacher a young reporter could have had, Steven Brill.
Why You Should Hustle Every Day
He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day. ‘After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain.’”
Apple Maps may get major 'under-the-hood' upgrade
In addition, Apple has added public transit functionality to the app, ensuring that users can find directions when using bus, train, or subway transit. Initially, public transit info will be available only in major cities, but will find its way to other municipalities over time, the report claimed.
Map Shows 634 Runways in Range for Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane
Operating under the assumption that the plane flew for a maximum of five hours, that it could have landed on a runway at least 5,000 feet long, and using data provided by a company that lists coordinates for runways around the world, the Data News team at WNYC put together a map that details all of the possible runways that the plane could have reached.
This list is brought to you by 25 years of the world wide web
When Tim Berners-Lee penned a memo to his boss at CERN in March 1989, he was looking for a better way to manage information about complex evolving systems. He proposed an interconnected network of information that would improve communication at the facility, but there was no way of knowing what a tangled web we would weave. That memo would eventually spawn the world wide web and the various memes, crowdfunded gadgets and user-generated porn sites that it made possible. Hell, you wouldn't be reading Engadget if it weren't for Sir Berners-Lee. In homage to that great network of information that we all know and surf today, we present you with 25 things made possible by the big ole' W3.
Forget dual-booting Android PCs, give us Chromebook-Windows hybrids | PCWorld
But while the Android/Windows mix is a compromise stemming from manufacturers' desperation to move beyond pure PCs, rather than an actual desire from everyday users, a laptop that combined Chrome OS and Windows would be a downright drool-worthy combination. And that's despite the fact that most dual-booting devices are, well, almost appallingly awful.
'Privacy Will Be Something Only The Upscale Enjoy': 15 Predictions About Our Digital Future
The World Wide Web, birthed in a paper authored by Sir Tim Berners-Lee on March 12th, 1989, turns 25 today. After some gawky adolescent years, filled with technicolor gifs and tasteless design, along with rampant fraud and lawlessness, it’s emerged as the defining force of today’s world. There are least 2.4 billion people connected to the Web, with millions more joining each year. Entire industries—music, publishing, media, and now retail—have been transformed. Many more will be threatened and overturned in the coming years.
New Stealth Spy Drone Already Flying Over Area 51 | Danger Room | Wired.com
Aviation Week points to financial reports from Northrop Grumman that suggest the possibility of the new airplane, as well as satellite images of the company’s facility in Palmdale, California and Area 51 that show new hangars capable of holding aircraft with a wingspan of at least 130 feet — larger than a Boeing 737. When asked about the existence of the RQ-180, the Air Force told the trade publication that it “does not discuss this program.”
Our brains deliberately make us forget things, to prevent insanity
The ability to retain and recall information is an imperfect process even at the best of times — a shortcoming that now appears to be no accident. A new study shows that our brains are actively making us forget unimportant details, and that if it didn't, we'd probably go insane.
Overcoming the User Engagement Crisis with Gamification
In its simplest sense, gamification is showing users how to do something and rewarding them for doing it right or figuring out the problem.
Adobe Bets on an iPad Pen and Ruler in Hardware Debut - Personal Tech News - WSJ
“This is an opportunity for Adobe to make creativity accessible to everyone, because anyone who can use a pen and a ruler will be able to use this as soon as they pick it up,” he said. “That’s a sweeping, beautiful mission, but it’s also good business sense. We want everyone to be a potential Adobe customer—not just creative professionals.”
An iWatch For Epileptics, With A Brilliant UI
One particularly slick idea about Dialog is the interface. Featuring a UI based around natural interactions, Dialog allows patients to call for help with just a grasp of the wearable patch, which may be all they can do in the middle of a seizure. A double tap allows a patient to record an aura, which is the sensation many epilepsy sufferers feel before a seizure, allowing them to have time to prepare; the typical time between an aura and a seizure could then be measured. Just tracing a smiley or frownie can track current moods on the patch's display; vibrations alert users that it's time to take their medications.
Growth vs. Profit: What Should Rising Startups Focus On First?
And, although slower movers can achieve success, their road will be littered with many competitors in their way, making it a much harder journey. So, where you can, focus on growth up until the point you are comfortable you can “lift off the accelerator” without sacrificing your long term market leadership position.
This holographic iPhone 6 concept could change everything
It's not the first iPhone 6 concept, or even the first holographic phone concept. But it is the first time we've seen both ideas combined into one, and the result is causing serious drool-induced dehydration.
Google Encrypts Search, Aims To Foil China, NSA
Its latest step is to start automatically encrypting searches made in China, in an effort to counter the censorship system known as the Great Firewall of China. Using this, the Chinese government intercepts searches to check for prohibited phrases such as ‘ Dalai Lama’ and ‘Falun Gong’, using its findings to target possible malcontents. That should no longer be possible.
'Lowcost Cosplay' Is Your Hilarious Guide to Costume Inspiration
Thongchiasri told Mashable that he and Sangchat are longtime friends who came up with the idea for Lowcost Cosplay about a year ago. They agreed that expensive, perfectly-constructed cosplay costumes lack imagination, and instead set out to create funny and original costumes from reusable materials.
New Payments Startups Face An Uphill Battle To Disrupt The Credit Card Processing Industry
BII The credit card industry processes a massive volume of transactions — about $4 trillion this year in the U.S., according to BI Intelligence estimates. With so much money in play, it's no wonder that a host of startups are trying to carve out a niche for themselves and offer services to merchants and consumers that will rewrite the value they get from every credit card payment.
Warren Buffett Fundamentally Misunderstands Bitcoin
In conclusion, Warren Buffett isn’t really the most intelligent man on earth, let alone well versed in emerging and innovative markets. If you are looking for device about Coke, Walmart, Proctor Gamble, Johnson & Johnson or any other obnoxiously safe, shit paying safe security, then you shouldn’t be even reading about Bitcoin. Also and further more, Bitcoin is an important occurrence currently in the financial world, but it is not the only one. Does the financial world not realize that their are literally hundreds of ALTcoins, which are just as substantial, lucrative and freely available to trade, transfer and spend all over the world. I have a question for Mr. Buffet and god like financial wisdow, If bitcoin is a mirage, and that would make all other cryptobased coins also “unimportant/mirage”, then why did I spend 31,000 last year on different mining equipment and to this day still make about 2,900/week? Also, why did I make a daily return of 180% for 50% of February during the Mt Gox Crash. Oh, while I am at it, is my new BMW M3 and house purchased with a bitcoin escrow a mirage? This is frankly blastphomy, whenever something comes into the picture that puts these professionals at risk, they can never accept it, well I am here to say: Get Use To It.
The poor neglected gifted child - The Boston Globe
Lubinski’s unusually successful cohort was also a lucky group from the start—they participated in the study in the first place because their parents or teachers encouraged them to take the SAT at age 12. Previous research into gifted children has shown that many, or even most of them, aren’t so lucky: They aren’t identified early, and they don’t necessarily get special attention from their schools. Even among Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth participants, the Vanderbilt researchers have previously found that those who weren’t challenged in school were less likely to live up to the potential indicated by their test scores. Other research has shown that under-stimulated gifted students quickly become bored and frustrated—especially if they come from low-income families that are not equipped to provide them with enrichment outside of school.
Why Tech Startups Should Incorporate Philanthropic Strategies
The gains of this boom, however, have been partially overshadowed by a debate about the impact of tech’s dazzling success on the general welfare of our communities. From gripes about outrageously high rents to protests about the Google buses unfairly using public bus spaces, the boom has a ripple effect that touches every individual in our community.
No, 'Newman' From 'Seinfeld' Is Not Dead
"Actor Wayne Knight, better known to most for playing one of the most indelible roles on NBC's 'Seinfeld' as the charater 'Newman' is dead and two other passengers are critically injured after their vehicle slammed into a disabled semi-tractor-trailer late Saturday night along Route 446 near the Pennsylvania-New York state border in Eldred Township," usmagazine.us breathlessly reported.
The Price Of Amazon Prime Just Went WAY Up
On Thursday, Amazon announced that the annual price of Amazon Prime, a service which gives members free two-day shipping on millions of eligible items, will increase from $79 to $99. The discounted fee of students will be going from $39 to $49.
Mozilla Scraps Metro Firefox for Windows 8
Mozilla today announced it is abandoning the Metro version of its Firefox browser, before the first release for Windows 8 even sees the light of day. Firefox Vice President Johnathan Nightingale ordered the company’s engineering leads and release managers to halt development earlier this week, saying that shipping a 1.0 version “would be a mistake.”
Rapper Tyler, the Creator, Charged With Inciting SXSW Riot
AUSTIN, Texas — Rapper Tyler, the Creator, of the hip-hop collective Odd Future was arrested this weekend at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for a misdemeanor charge of inciting a riot earlier in the week during a South by Southwest concert.
Study: Greenland Melting is More Pervasive, Adding to Sea Level Fears
Jonathan Bamber, a professor at the University of Bristol who is a coauthor of the study, told Mashable that the researchers aren’t entirely sure what caused the outlet glaciers in northeast Greenland to speed up their melt rate, but they suspect that a warm period between 2003 and 2006 played a role. However, even with a return to lower temperatures since, the ice has continued melting at an increased rate of more than 10 gigatons per year, which suggests this trend is likely to continue, he said. (One gigaton is equal to 1 billion tons.)
PS4 Continues To Beat Xbox One Through February
It will be very interesting to see how these numbers pan out next month, when Titanfall and Infamous: Second Son start driving some new hardware sales. Titanfall has already gotten more buzz than Infamous, and I suspect that this is going to be Microsoft’s first and best shot to turn what has become the dominant narrative around. It still faces an uphill battle, however, mostly because of the price (which is mitigated by bundles that include Titanfall for free).
7 things you might not know about St. Patrick
7 things you might not know about St. Patrick
StopMo Studio for iPad: Stop Motion Made Easy
Stop motion, an animation technique used to make static objects appear to move on their own, has been made far more accessible in recent times thanks to affordable, consumer-focused software.
Patrick: Evil Awakens Review - IGN
Patrick: Evil Awakens has all the right ingredients to be a perfectly enjoyable horror yarn: a creepy hospital, an even creepier doctor, a bloody mystery, and some creative deaths. Unfortunately, even the best ingredients can amount to nothing when not blended correctly. Patrick: Evil Awakens offers some talented actors doing their best with lackluster material, peppered with some amusing practical make-up effects, but offers nothing of substance to make this a movie worth spending your money on. It’s late-night cable fodder at the very best.
Web firms face a strict new set of privacy rules in Europe -- here's what to expect
The European Parliament has passed the EU’s first major overhaul of data protection legislation since 1995, taking into account today’s online landscape. Meanwhile, parliamentarians also approved a resolution calling for the suspension of a key deal affecting U.S. web firms.
Compare the NSA's Facebook Malware Denial to its Own Secret Documents - The Intercept
I don’t know why you reposted Pitt’s excerpt. I disagreed with it because I had read it. Repeating it doesn’t change what he wrote, it just repeats it. If you and PItt think that voting for Obama as “the lesser of two evils” helped in any way at all, I disagree. Also, not that I think there should be any need to repeat myself, but I did say that I would be voting for Cindy Sheehan, so, fuck Pitt and his look in the mirror horse shit. Sheehan has about a 5% chance of winning, if that, because the system is rigged. That’s the system that Pitt is telling me to trust with my vote. I don’t trust it at all. There is no reason why I should. I’ll vote for Sheehan for reasons that can be seen by clicking on the link I provided. She won’t win but she will raise a lot of hell and do a lot of educating during her run. So that is worth a lot, and that’s the statement(s) that she and I and all who get behind what she will be saying and doing will be making. Pitt, if he wasn’t the tool that he is (which is what I believe him to be by my readings of his past work) could learn a lot about where we’re at by reading what Sheehan and the Peace and Freedom Party are about.
Under the Gun, Crimea Goes to the Polls to Decide Its Future
KIEV, Ukraine — In what seemed to be an ominous beginning to the day, dark clouds and heavy rains swept over Crimea as residents of the Black Sea peninsula went to the polls to decide their future in a move backed by the Kremlin but denounced by the acting Ukrainian government and the West.
The Best Typefaces from February 2014
February may have been a short month, but with it came a slew of new typefaces that we just had to share. Let’s take a look.
Satellites Unlikely To Find Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777
Thanks for your comments. However, as noted in the story, if the plane were to be spotted by satellite imagery, it’s the view of Weeden that it would likely only be detectable over water. This story didn’t exclude the possibility that the 777 might have surreptitiously landed intact at some clandestine location. But again, these two experts think it would be unlikely to spot the aircraft either intact, on land; or in the form of crash debris either on land or at sea.
Nobody likes to look stupid. If you’re a professional and someone puts you on the spot to answer “how long will this take?” it’s only human to want to provide an answer. Whether you call it professional pride or ego, it’s a powerful driver.
Good IT workers really don’t like saying “I don’t know.” If they say it, they probably mean it. So stop pushing for a definitive answer when one doesn’t exist.It’s perfectly reasonable to want some sort of plan up front. I’m actually one of those funny types who believe up front planning is a necessity. So long as everyone understands an estimate is just that: an estimate. You learn as you go along and discover more detail. So you revise the estimate accordingly.
20,000km undersea cable to link Singapore to Europe
The Sea-Me-We 5 consortium, a group of 15 telecommunications companies, has awarded Alcatel-Lucent and NEC a contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars to lay an undersea cable that will bring a high-speed network link between Europe and Singapore and points in between.
Mophie Space Pack
The Space Pack looks and performs like Mophie's other iPhone 5/5S battery-pack cases: it's a bit thicker than the Juice Pack Air , but has the same 1,700mAh battery. Stick some extra storage in there, and you have the idea. At $149.99 for the 16GB Space Pack or $179.99 for the 32GB model, it's a pretty expensive iPhone case, but it amounts to only $50 or $80 more than what the $99.95 Juice Pack Air costs. Expanding your iPhone's storage from 16 to 32GB costs $100 anyway, so $149.99 for a battery pack and 16GB isn't such a bad proposition, even if Android owners with microSD cards end up laughing. If I were buying one, I'd pony up the extra $30 for 32GB. The Space Pack comes in black or white. My review unit, a 16GB model, is white: it's glossy, and snapped on the iPhone easily, but as with other Juice Pack cases you need to run a headphone jack extender to listen to music while using it.
Top 10 Tools Airbnb Hosts Should Have in 2014
FlyCleaners is an on demand dry-cleaning service and mobile app for iOS/Android based in Brooklyn, NY that allows users to place orders for pickup and delivery. It’s a perfect solution for Airbnb hosts who need to get their laundry done but don’t have a washer and dryer in their apartment, or don’t want to offer theirs to guests. It’s also a great way for hosts to get bedding and towels quickly cleaned in between guests.