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Weaving software into core memory by hand
The software of the Apollo guidance computer was hand woven into rope core memory.
An Introduction to the Web Notifications API
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It's time for a rational perspective on Wi-Fi
Using the rough approximation that a national footprint requires covering half of total geography, and assuming a generous 100-meter Wi-Fi operating radius, an operator would need to deploy over 150 million access points to cover the United States—an economic and logistical impossibility. History has not been kind to networks with partial coverage. Companies providing service using Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD) and Metricom Ricochet failed to sign up many users for their limited-coverage footprints, despite state-of-the art technology.
The sweet sound of... your phone? - Telegraph
There’s nothing so irritating as someone else’s ring-tone. First comes the
jolt to one’s nerves. Then comes the thought, “You really think THAT’s
amusing/good to hear?”, as a burst of One Direction or a mooing cow scrapes
tinnily at one’s ears. Of course our own ring-tone is always a model of
discreet wit and taste. And yet when it rings we’re always desperate to turn
it off, which shows wit and taste aren’t really the issue. The ring-tone is
simply beyond redemption. It’s irritation in its purest form, like cold
calls or being put on hold.
I miss the old blogosphere -- we've gained a lot, but we've also lost something
A post by long-time tech blogger Dan Gillmor about the decline of the “indie web” got me thinking about the old days of the blogosphere, and how powerful the unedited voice of a single passionate blogger can be. Have we gained as much as we’ve lost?
Atari cartridges found in New Mexico landfill
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) - Documentary filmmakers digging in a New Mexico landfill on Saturday unearthed hundreds of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" cartridges, considered by some the worst video game ever made and blamed for contributing to the downfall of the video game industry in the 1980s.
Freelancer.com is destroying my life
Edited for clarification: I had reservations about including the real estate situation in this post. I felt that the context was important, but I also didn't want most of the post to be about it, and I didn't want it to come across as a pity party. I summarized a lot of the details. To clear things up, it was a long drawn out series of events, it wasn't something that happened in the span of a few weeks, it happened over the course of two years. I spent months going back and forth in courts and ultimately lost. There is still a lot more to this, but the goal of this post is to warn people about freelancer.com and to put the pressure on them to resolve my account issue.
Construction workers unearth legendary cache of Atari games in New Mexico desert
According to urban legend, a massive stockpile of Atari gear — including truckloads of the notoriously awful game E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial — has laid buried in a New Mexico landfill for over thirty years. Today, that story is no longer a myth. Construction crews have uncovered copies of the Atari 2600 game at a landfill deep in the New Mexico desert, near the city of Alamogordo.
TODAY puts 'meatless' meat to the test: Does it taste like chicken? - TODAY.com
Meat substitutes have had a hard time making it to the dinner tables of Americans over the years, but the tech giants believe these newest products will pass the "tastes like chicken" test. Gates has met several times with Ethan Brown, whose product, Beyond Meat, is a mash-up of proteins from peas and plants. Just don't call it "fake" meat.
The Hackers Who Recovered NASA’s Lost Lunar Photos | Raw File | WIRED
Sitting incongruously among the hangars and laboratories of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley is the squat facade of an old McDonald’s. You won’t get a burger there, though–its cash registers and soft-serve machines have given way to old tape drives and modern computers run by a rogue team of hacker engineers who’ve rechristened the place McMoon’s. These self-described techno-archaeologists have been on a mission to recover and digitize forgotten photos taken in the ‘60s by a quintet of scuttled lunar satellites.
Flappy48 is a work of diabolical genius
How do these two concepts work together, you may ask? Rather well, actually. Instead of a bird, you have a number to guide through the gaps in the pipes by hitting the spacebar or left-clicking with your mouse. In between, you collect more numbers; two adjacent numbers of the same value will merge, and your score is predicated on those merges.
17 Fixes To Common Internet Problems We All Know And Hate
But are you doing it correctly? Is your web browsing as efficient, productive and fun as it could be? If you're unsure, and you should be, follow our 17-step guide to solving some of the Internet's many annoying problems.
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Lytro changed photography. Now can it get anyone to care?
Lytro product director Colvin Pitts wants to show me the camera he’s been working on since 2007. He cautions that it’s just an early model, then gently lifts the stark, black device out of an unmarked box. It looks like a cross between a DSLR and a futuristic weapon. It’s big, with a wide round lens and a large grip, but it weighs less than 2 pounds and is perfectly comfortable in my hands. Its back face is slanted, like someone chopped off part of a larger camera to form this one. Its big, 4-inch touchscreen is glowing. I hold the camera up, point it at the black Sharpie on the table in front of me, and press the shutter. Nothing happens. I press it again. Still nothing.
The Virtual Reality Renaissance Is Here, But Are We Ready?
The most recent indication of VR's potential mainstream viability is Facebook's purchase of gaming headset Oculus Rift in March. But is that an accurate sign of VR's return or simply an exaggerated uproar because it's Facebook? Even advanced devices like Oculus don't beget applications far beyond gaming — yet. The average consumer still can't picture what the practical applications could be, or even whether we need them at all. Jaron Lanier, writer, computer scientist and futurist.
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These Sites Tell Which Of Your Accounts Have Been Hacked
First, very cool. Thanks for sharing. Second, thing, I agree we need to change passwords for accounts if we show up in a list. But I was kind of curious about how the term “compromised” is defined, so I looked at pwnedList.com to see how they were using the term (I didn’t see how the others defined the term). PwnedList define compromises as …”an email address has been found in a data leak with an associated password.”Sounds start forward enough. The email I used for Forbes, like Adam’s also showed up. However, I suspect that the password assocated with the account was the one associated with accessing Forbes, not for accessing the email account itself. I use the email account but the password for logging into Forbes is different then the password for accessing the email account. (Another reason to use different passwords for different accounts). Now I changed them both anyway but the email likely wasn’t compromised just the Forbes account. If I had used the same password I would have been clearly pawned. That said, very cool info. Thanks.
Here's How Much Money Big Tech Companies Make In Just One Second
We all know the major tech companies have a ton of money. But just how much money do these companies bring in every day? How about every second?
Woman Dies in Car Crash While Posting How Happy "Happy" Makes Her
At 8:34, the High Point Police Department was called with a report of the crash. Further investigation into Sanford's online activity revealed she was also taking frequent selfies as she drove down the highway.
Early Stage Startups: The Biggest Killers
Fascinated by what drives start ups to succeed, I look at the entire process from inception to fundraising and everything in between. I was previously an editor at Global Security Finance, a London-based newsletter covering security and defense for the finance community which meant uncovering start ups with exciting technologies as well as interviewing VCs, government officials and defense giants on their financing, funding and M&A strategy. As a Columbia Journalism School student I delved into an eclectic mix of city politics, struggling Harlem businesses and the interactive theatre scene. Although I’m British, a childhood spent in Malaysia has meant a lifelong addiction to Asian food. I continue to hunt down the perfect bowl of noodles in NYC, Sriracha sauce bottle in hand.
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Statoil | Partner Webcast | MIT Technology Review
Jonathan Matthews is Vice President of Statoil Canada’s Heavy Oil Technology Centre (HOTC) and is located in Calgary. The primary focus of the HOTC is on delivering innovative technologies that will help make Statoil’s Kai Kos Dehseh Oil Sands Partnership (KOSP) profitable while supporting continuous environmental performance objectives. Prior to joining Statoil, Jonathan spent 20 years working in the Canadian Oil Sands with Shell Canada and Syncrude Canada in various technical and leadership roles. Jonathan graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Geological Engineering degree and a Master's of Science. He is a member of the Association for Professional Engineers, Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and has provided leadership to various initiatives in the Canadian oil sands.
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Solar Power Is Booming, But Will Never Replace Coal. Here's Why.
This is doable, for awhile. Electricity generation from solar PV generation nearly tripled from 2009 to 2010. It more than doubled in 2011. And more than tripled in 2012. Achieving such a growth rate is easy when you’re tiny, but the bigger the base the tougher it gets. Wind power is a good model — it managed to grow 19% last year from a much bigger base, to 168 million Mwh. But keep in mind that both wind and solar have to overcome the challenge of geography — developers install systems in the most windy and sunny spots first. The worse the location, the more panels or windmills you need to get the same amount of electricity. That’s why it’s less important how many megawatts of solar capacity gets installed, and more important how much actual electricity that gets generated by those panels.
For all the talk of “grid parity” the simple reality is that even combined with far more power generation from natural gas, renewable alternatives will need decades to push out coal. And the irony will be that as demand for coal lessens, it will become cheaper and cheaper, making it even more attractive for the coal-burning power plants that survive the coming cull.
To test whether the same processes could have helped spark life on Earth, they approached colleagues in the Earth sciences department who had been working on reconstructing the chemistry of the Archean Ocean, which covered the planet almost 4 billion years ago. This was an oxygen-free world, predating photosynthesis, when the waters were rich in iron, as well as other metals and phosphate. All these substances could potentially facilitate chemical reactions like the ones seen in modern cells.
Harvard-Backed Experfy Aims to Disrupt the Big Data Consulting Industry
"It required a great deal of patience to hire four or five people before we could find one who could perform the job," she explains. Experfy co-founder Singh, whose background includes work for large corporations like Citigroup, experienced a similar disconnect with big consulting firms. "Corporate strategy appeared to be synonymous with corporate waste, largely because the right talent was not involved," says Singh. "Spending six figures on a deck was not uncommon, and there were no cheaper alternatives."
5 Tips to Optimize Your New Twitter Profile Layout
While you wait your turn to find your way around your new profile, you might be interested to plan ahead. We collected some Twitter tips from past stories, some psychological studies on marketing best practices, and some ideas on how each of these different factors might combine for some truly terrific tips on how to handle your new Twitter profile.
Google Maps meets 'Game of Thrones' in interactive Westeros map - CNET
But wait, there's more. Clicking on the "nobility of Westeros" option places the sigils of noble houses large and small onto their proper locations on the map. Hover over to see the house names and marvel about how complex the social structure of "Game of Thrones" is. A similar option for constituencies shows where each region's loyalty lies.
22 'Mean Girls' Accessories for Your Totally Fetch Lifestyle
Just imagine how much better wearing pink on Wednesdays will be with a pair of Damien earrings that are almost too cute to function.
12 Cocktails to Pair With Your Favorite 'Mad Men' Character
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When it comes to net neutrality, either the FCC thinks we're idiots, or it just doesn't care
And as such we owe it to all participants to have a real debate about how we’re going to deliver the exponential increase in network traffic over our private networks. That’s a debate that the FCC must referee, not after the damage has been done, but in advance. Instead of calling its efforts net neutrality when they clearly aren’t, it should be honest and point out that it thinks neutral networks won’t work given the technical demands we’re placing on the internet. Then we can have a conversation about if that’s the case, and then what we should do about it.
Ray Fisher Cast as Cyborg in Batman vs. Superman - IGN
Variety reports that "Victor Stone or Cyborg, while not a major part in the Batman-Superman feature, is a member of the Justice League, and the role will become much more significant role as Warner and DC develop more films related to the Justice League universe, sources confirm."
It's time for the FCC to stand up for Americans instead of ruining the internet
If cowardice caused the FCC to lose its first major net neutrality battle, complicity with the ISP industry is leading to its second major failure. The proposed rules would mark a complete capitulation to the monied internet interests, harming consumers in the short and long-term. The ISPs that control the "last mile" of the internet — the pipes that connect to your home — would love nothing more than to extract tolls from companies that deliver internet services. Netflix’s surrender to Comcast sits in the murky waters of "peering," where major ISPs connect to one another, but the new rules could mean that similar deals are made in the last mile of the internet where net neutrality thrives. In the future, your internet provider could allow companies with the most cash to shut out other services that have to wait in line to reach you. That means the next YouTube or Facebook could be slaughtered by wealthy competitors instead of being tested on their merits.
Meet Yahoo Answers' Most Fantastic Troll
Berlin is an Emmy Award-nominated comedian who's written for "Da Ali G Show," "Crank Yankers" and other TV series. In his spare time, he gives hilariously unhelpful advice to people on Yahoo Answers under the name "Puploveheart."
PayScale's Top 25 Return On Investment Colleges For 2014
Bardaro’s response: “In no way are we saying, “Don’t major in art,” instead we are saying, “If you want to major in art and not live in debt, potentially consider these schools.” In fact this year PayScale has included helpful features that allow users to see lists of different types of schools. Filter for art, music and design schools and you find that alums of Academy of Art in San Francisco, Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and Massachusetts College of Art and Design (in-state) have a 20-year ROI of more than $200,000. (The list has no music schools; maybe PayScale should change the title of this category.) To be sure, selective schools are likely picking the applicants who are most talented, and thus most likely to earn a living in an arts-related field. But it’s worth considering that the selection process could help a student decide whether they have promise in their chosen field. If you can only get into the Maryland Institute College of Art, perhaps you should consider a different career path. At the least it’s helpful to realize that if you go there, your diploma isn’t going to guarantee that you make a good living.
SageVoice: Three Easy Tips For Effective Social Media Marketing
That said, there are some simple solutions that can make a difference in reaching and connecting with your audience. Here are three strategies you can add immediately to your social media marketing arsenal.
San Francisco Is Dead. Long Live San Francisco.
I’m all for rushing the barricades when there’s an enemy to fight and a battle that can be won. I’ve engaged in my share of such battles. But it’s time to reckon with reality: There is no enemy here. Or if there is, it’s an enemy that won’t be defeated. What has hit San Francisco in the last couple of years can be summed up in one word: capitalism. And that is a tsunami that no seawall can keep out. Herb Caen once described San Francisco as “surrounded on three sides by water and on the fourth by Republican reality,” but that reality—right now taking the shape of free-market capitalism—does not magically stop halfway across the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge. We may wish that it were otherwise, but San Francisco is no more exempt from the almighty market than anywhere else in the United States. As a result, much of the left’s response to what is happening here is what philosophers call a “category violation”: the confusion of surface phenomena (techies, new construction, city policies) with the economic system that is actually responsible for the problem.
A New Frontier: OpenSignal Creates Crowdsourced Sensor Network
You have a smartphone, tablet and probably now, these days, a Fitbit or a smartwatch. Maybe you are an an early adopter or sports addict and have a sports shirt with sensors in it. All of these things, plus cameras, navigational devices, are full of sensors. All kinds of sensors and lots of sensors – somewhere between 15-20 sensors on each smartphone today.
Microrobots Work Together to Build with Metal, Glass and Electronic Components | MIT Technology Review
Wong-Foy also thinks his approach might be useful for assembling devices that combine electronic and optical components, for example to interface with fiber optic cables. Because silicon and optical components can’t be processed in the same step, that industry often uses manual assembly to put them together. “In the field of optical electronics people have not found a good way to integrate indium phosphide lasers with silicon components,” says Wong-Foy. “The scale of those things is the size of carbon rods we’re using here.”
7 Things That Have Been Around A Lot Longer Than You Think
With talk of a 366-year-old emoticon surfacing, it seemed like a good time to round up other "Internet things" that have been around for a surprisingly long time. It's a bit tricky to pinpoint cultural phenomena to exact dates, but basically, they've been around longer than you think. If you thought Drake invented YOLO or that BuzzFeed created the listicle, then you need to keep reading because EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS WRONG.
The 72 Worst Internet Sayings, Ranked
The Internet has given us a lot of great things. Wikipedia comes to mind. Maybe email and online shopping make your list. I don't know (or really care).
Harsh Reality Break: 234 Girls Kidnapped from Physics Test
The world has a lot of terrible, horrible things happening in it, but this is insane, crazy, and heart-breaking . I'm a female scientist in Canada, where the Montreal Massacre is an annual reminder of the power of hatred, sexism, and violence in limiting women's access to education. I'm a geophysicist who ran a field crew in Africa, working in a camp directly next to a school and hiring locals who told me about their dreams for the future. I know this first-hand: education is a powerful tool for reshaping the world, and making this a better, cooler, more interesting place to live. This shit cannot be tolerated .
You might also like this story about weaponized clickbait
Reading news online over the past year, I came to realize that more or less every story now includes a beautiful woman. Tucked into modules with names like "around the web" or "you might like," there she is, demonstrating her bosom or backside or pearly-white smile. Often she is a celebrity, talking about weight loss, filing a lawsuit, or collapsing onstage. Other times she is a fitness guru, or a fashion expert, or (in at least one case) a "former pole vaulter" who is "still smoking HOT." The women of "Around the Web" are ubiquitous, they are alluring, and they only want one thing — your click.
It’s Insanely Easy to Hack Hospital Equipment | Threat Level | WIRED
When Scott Erven was given free rein to roam through all of the medical equipment used at a large chain of Midwest health care facilities, he knew he would find security problems–but he wasn’t prepared for just how bad it would be.
Lost Andy Warhol artworks discovered on Amiga floppies from the '80s
Rediscovered artwork like a napkin Picasso or unearthed Matisse can be identified on sight, but pieces crafted in the digital age by pop-artist extraordinaire Andy Warhol and encoded in an outdated format are far more difficult to ascertain. In fact, it took the retro know-how of Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Club and a team of artists, archivists and curators to wrangle some of Warhol's lost pixels into the physical world.
Andy Warhol's Amiga Experiment
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World's Fastest Elevators Will Be a Smooth Ride to the Top
A skyscraper currently under construction in Guangzhou, China will house the world's fastest elevators when it is completed in 2016. Hitachi, the company building the elevators, claims that once they are finished, the elevators will offer smooth, comfortable rides — despite moving at top speeds.
Batman's is bigger than Iron Man's -- headquarters that is - CNET
The infographic offers up an interesting visual comparison because the hideouts get bigger from left to right on each line. So on one line, the X-Men's X-Mansion on the left looks teenie in comparison to the Fantastic Four's Four Freedom Plaza at the far right. Jump down a line though, and the Plaza can't even begin to compare with the Batcave to its right (who knew that thing went so far down?).
A is for algorithm
“LET’S do it again,” calls a ten-year-old. Once more, pupils clasping printed numbers follow tangled lines marked with white tape on the floor of their school hall. When two meet, the one holding the higher number follows the line right; the other goes left. Afterwards they line up—and the numbers are in ascending order. “The idea is to show how a computer sorts data,” explains their teacher, Claire Lotriet.
3D printing solves watery-ketchup conundrum - CNET
The duo is now seeking a provisional patent for their invention, which could possibly revolutionize ketchup packaging, but mostly they're just enjoying themselves. "Mostly it's just been kind of fun, because there's not many classes where you can do a year-long research project on ketchup," Richards said in the video below that gives more details about their what-took-us-so-long-to-come-up-with-this invention.
SATOSHI'S REVOLUTION: How The Creator Of Bitcoin May Have Stumbled Onto Something Much, Much Bigger
In this future scenario, the roads on which Jen is driving will have also become autonomous actors, doing trades with the car on TradeNet. They can submit bids to the car about how much they're going to charge to use them. If she's in a hurry, Jen can choose a road that's a bit more expensive but which will allow her to get into the city faster.
Nintendo's Game Boy turns 25 today.
I got mine in November of 1994, and recall getting picked up to talk down to Argos on a truly black and wind-soaked night to go buy the unit with my own money. It came with Tetris and Super Mario World in a special bundle, and while I’d planned to devote all of my time to Mario, Tetris clearly was the drug of choice. After about a week, the family insisted that I play with headphones, since they were all sick to the back teeth of the A background music. I do recall that I hated spending the pounds on batteries, and so saved up my pocket money for an AC adapter after about six months, after which point I was never off the damn thing. I’ve still got it, of course, in mint condition, under my bed at my mum’s house. Should get it back and give it a play for old times' sake soon.
Watch an Incredibly Complex Lego Machine Make Electronic Tunes | Design | WIRED
Play House, as he calls it, was built for AudioGraft, an experimental music festival in Oxford, England. Spread out across a small tabletop, the assembly triggers sampled drums and digital notes based on those of the Roland TB303, the synthesizer whose belching bass gave rise to acid house in the ’80s. (The machine, Allmont tells us, is not concerned with “the white-gloves-and-whistles sort of acid house, but the more spatial stuff, inspired by artists like Plastikman and Basic Channel.” Glad we cleared that up!)