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AJ Batac
An Update is Available For Your Computer - http://www.makeuseof.com/tech-fu...
An Update is Available For Your Computer
Hey FaceTime was only $0.99, so that's a steal. ;) - Meryn Stol
LOL. I don't even want to use it. - AJ Batac
That's a pretty dumb comic. Updates are available for my mac at least once a week, and the last time one of them cost $99 was in 2007. - Kevin Fox
The last major Mac OS upgrade was Snow Leopard, and it only cost $29. - Kevin Fox
"Ooh, only $29!" - Andrew C (✔)
It still ignores the difference between a semi-monthly software update and a once-ever-two-years OS upgrade... - Kevin Fox
Linux: "Maybe this one will give me a better looking UI!" Windows: "Crap, I hope the security holes this patches didn't already turn my PC into a spambot." Mac: "If this is one of the ones that makes me restart my Mac I'm gonna be pissed." - Kevin Fox
Kevin Fox, you're my favorite Kevin Fox! - Akiva
Kevin Fox in Socks. - Rochelle
'I would not eat them in a box! I would not eat them with Kevin Fox!' - Akiva
not again! - bizon
Linux updates don't make you restart either, except for the occasional kernel update. - Kevin L
Goran Zec
The Last Psychiatrist: The Decline Effect Is Stupid - http://thelastpsychiatrist.com/2011...
The Last Psychiatrist: The Decline Effect Is Stupid
"The problem isn't that the Decline Effect happens in science; the problem is that we think psychology and ecology and economics are sciences.  They can be approached scientifically, but their conclusions can not be considered valid outside of their immediate context.  The truth, to the extent there is any, is that these fields of study are models, and every model has its error value, it's epsilon that we arbitrarily set to be the difference between the model and observed reality." - Goran Zec from Bookmarklet
"... the article attributes its inability to summarize the variety and complexity of nature in a 140 character Twitter message to an underlying failure in the 500-year-old guiding principle of science." - Goran Zec
"A wide range of fields from the almost entirely made-up to the slightly less made-up are losing their "truth?" This phenomenon isn't occurring in physics. You could (and people did) build a Saturn V launch platform on the unscarred edifice of Maxwell's equations, and then 40 years later build an iPhone on top of that same edifice. It's amazing what you can do with the black magic of electromagnetic theory. " :) - Ken Morley
This article is quite inconsistent with itself as well as containing several inaccurate generalizations. Given that its whole point is to accuse others of sloppiness and overgeneralization, the irony is too much for me to feel it's worth my time to figure out if he has any nugget of a good point in there somewhere (I suspect he may have). I say "he" but I haven't managed to find any about page with this person's credentials, even pseudonymous ones. - Ruchira S. Datta
I don't have time to get into my objections, but let's just take one sentence that Goran quoted. "These fields of study" i.e., psychology, ecology, and economics, "are models" (so not sciences). As an example of a science, he gives physics, and says F=ma is not a model. Does he actually know any physics? F=ma is Newtonian mechanics. It is a model which worked very well for hundreds of years, but was superceded by relativity and quantum mechanics. It's still valid in some contexts. - Ruchira S. Datta
I actually do believe that replicability of observation is the distinguishing characteristic of science, which is the nugget of a good point I suspect there may be. (Observation without replicability is some kind of history.) - Ruchira S. Datta
"Anyone running a clinical trial is required to register it in advance, saying what they're planning to do and crucially, to spell out which statistics they are going to run on the data when it arrives. [...] What's really silly is that most scientists already do this when applying for funding: most grant applications include detailed statistical protocols. The problem is that these are... more... - Goran Zec
Wildcat
Virtual reality needs real writers-The rapidly developing world of video games is fertile ground for authors – so why have so few taken up the challenge? | Books | guardian.co.uk - http://www.guardian.co.uk/books...
Virtual reality needs real writers-The rapidly developing world of video games is fertile ground for authors – so why have so few taken up the challenge? | Books | guardian.co.uk
Virtual reality needs real writers-The rapidly developing world of video games is fertile ground for authors – so why have so few taken up the challenge? | Books | guardian.co.uk
"There's an interesting video from gametheoryonline.com currently doing the rounds on Twitter about the role of writing in video games. There's no real news here – except that this is a good, thought-provoking video. Indeed, the main stab at headline creation in the film is the one part that I didn't find convincing: an attempt to suggest that we're having a renaissance in storytelling in videogames. Of course, that might be right and I'd be glad to hear about any games that do support this idea – but next to no evidence is produced in the film itself. What the film does do well is give a coherent overview of the perennial problem of why writers have so far failed to make the most of videogames. And why, as the industry expert John Walker puts it, "gaming is seemingly still years away from its 1984, its Slaughterhouse-Five, its Annie Hall." On the face of it, you might think that this relatively new, rapidly developing art form would be exciting and fertile territory for authors.... more... - Wildcat from Bookmarklet
Wildcat
Rhizome | The Search for a Center: Vito Campanelli's Web Aesthetics - http://rhizome.org/editori...
Rhizome | The Search for a Center: Vito Campanelli's Web Aesthetics
""Why look at Gustave Courbet when you can download free porn?" is a question posed by one of the animated characters in Parker Ito's sardonic Artist Statement (2009), a piece that both mocks and celebrates a selection of trite, blanket statements regarding media art. Ito's humorous animation is one of the many projects enmeshed within the dense weave of Vito Campanelli's new book Web Aesthetics: How Digital Media Affect Culture and Society (NAi Publishers), a sprawling examination of post-web visual culture and the cultural implications of various forms of digital media. While the last decade has yielded a considerable amount of scholarship judging and qualifying online interactions, tracking the transformation of identity and contemplating the changing nature of attention, Campanelli's writing project extends beyond these stock investigations and sets out to identify how the web has altered our means of experiencing and evaluating contemporary art and media. The browser, internet... more... - Wildcat from Bookmarklet
Cliff Gerrish
The need to protect the internet from 'astroturfing' grows ever more urgent | George Monbiot | Environment | guardian.co.uk - http://www.guardian.co.uk/environ...
Wildcat
"A sincere artist is not one who makes a faithful attempt to put on to canvas what is in front of him, but one who tries to create something which is, in itself, a living thing. ~ William Dobell The image above represents two kinds of chaos. One is a quantum mechanical one that shows a random quantum wave on the surface of a sphere; the second one is the classical one that depicts chaotic electron paths launched over a range of angles from a particular point. Don’t get confused with such high scientific terms. Have you ever thought about what it would be like to look from the top down into a three dimensional perfect crystal? Or a superposition of 21 plane waves? Or maybe an image of a quasicrystal, showing some aspects of a crystalline order? Scientist Dr. Eric J. Heller has come forward with very interesting research work that involves the theoretical investigation of wave behavior, chaos and quantum mechanics and collision theory." - Wildcat from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
Remember when demanding fairness for the common people wasn't Communism, but democracy?
Wasn't that the the standard on which the USA was founded? - Jeff P. Henderson
"fairness" isn't in the constitution. - Alex Scrivener
It is, actually. All citizens have the equal right to pursue happiness. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
That isn't fairness. That is justice. Of course, if you want to define "fair" as "just" then I am all for fairness. - Alex Scrivener
I believe the founding fathers of our country were interested in providing everyone with equal 'opportunity' and not in guaranteeing hand outs for the poor or denying rich people their wealth because they have 'too much'.. - Jeff P. Henderson
I suppose it depends on what you believe "general welfare" means. - Victor Ganata
Alex, the operative word happens to be, "pursue." All citizens have the equal right to pursue happiness, that does not mean they all have the equal privilege of finding happiness. To find happiness requires effort, and lot's of self-introspection. - NOT THE CRICKET
It means that no organization or person shall abridge another's right to pursue their happiness. It also means that our society should at least attempt to make the starting line equal for all citizens. There's a lot about justice and fairness in those words. To deny them makes a mockery of the constitution. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
The starting line is the same for all human beings. The moment just prior to birth is the starting line, and right after birth you are either lucky or not. In fact you're lucky enough up to that moment, because you already be millions of other contenders out of the race. It doesn't change your ability to pursue happiness. - NOT THE CRICKET
Being born isn't the starting line at all. If it was, there would be a lot more fairness/justice in the world. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
And who your parents are absolutely changes your ability to pursue happiness. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Yes, let's have the state raise our children! - Kevin L
The state can't do any worse than many parents. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Also, Alex, it changes your ability to *achieve* happiness. - Kevin L
Yes, let's make strawman slippery slope arguments! - Victor Ganata
Oops, yeah that C-word comes up in that slippery slope doesn't it? - Kevin L
No, it changes your ability to pursue it as well. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
"Twin and adoption researchers studied human health, intelligence, happiness, success, character, values, appreciation, and more. Their answers are beyond surprising. With a few important exceptions, they learned that nature handily wins its ancient cage match with nurture, especially in the long-run. Traits run in families primarily due to heredity, not upbringing. The mighty effects that people ascribe to parenting are largely imaginary." http://econlog.econlib.org/archive... - Alex Scrivener
Alex, you can't begin pursuit of happiness until after birth, and yes, who your parents are changes your ability, but that is pure luck. - NOT THE CRICKET
Clearly poor kids made the wrong decision to be born to poor parents. If society made any corrections for that like school breakfast/lunch programs, that would only encourage more kids to choose poor parents... - Andrew C (✔)
And that's the starting line...who your parents are...what genetic material they give to you. And people who say that the starting line is equal are living in some sort of fantasy world. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Or what Andrew said. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Alex, life is luck, if you want to go further back, it's at the point of conception. Parents have nothing to do with that point, everyone is just a sperm and an egg. or a small set of cellular bodies. That is equal, who's womb you pop out of is luck, figuratively. - NOT THE CRICKET
And failure to combat the bad luck of some children is failure of the system. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Never mind that there really isn't a well-agreed upon line of demarcation between nature and nurture. If you haven't identified a gene and the mechanism by which this gene affects the outcome, then I would be quite hesitant to declare that trait as definitely an effect of nature alone. - Victor Ganata
Andrew, that's why birth is luck, the child doesn't choose, they luck out into the stature of their parents, the culture they're born into, and even the location in the world, and conditions into which their born. Up to that point, all children(men) are equal in their capacity to pursue happiness. - NOT THE CRICKET
If people are totally OK with taking away other people's opportunities, but will then fight long and hard if something will affect their own identical opportunities, that seems to have little to do with starting points, actually. - Victor Ganata
Who said anything about taking away other people's opportunities? Life is a giant Markov Chain. Up to the moment of birth, the privilege of all man is equal, figuratively. After birth, variables are tossed into the mix, and your chances change, and will continue to change throughout your life, based on your actions, your parents actions, your friends actions, numerous other environmental factors, and luck. - NOT THE CRICKET
Wrong. Many people's fortunes are determined long before they are even born. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Alex, again, they got lucky to be born to that family, in those conditions. They could have died before birth, so technically their fortunes were never predetermined. - NOT THE CRICKET
My OP was prompted specifically by the fact that privileged classes are demanding the common people give up their opportunities without giving up any on their own. To me, that seems to throw the whole idea of equality of opportunity out the window. - Victor Ganata
When it comes down to it... You're in a democracy. If 50%+1 of the population vote that monies should be used to create a base line of assistance... Suck it up - Johnny from iPhone
Yep, that's democracy. - Alex Scrivener
That would be great if our legislature would actually let the people vote on whether we want to extend tax increases, or take $13.5 billion in horrendously deep cuts on essential services like a functioning justice system. http://articles.latimes.com/2011... - Victor Ganata
I always took stuff like equality of opportunity in the Constitution as laid-out goals for our society & system of government. They can't be guaranteed, the notion of true equality in the real world is so ludicrous it's comical. Life isn't fair, and efforts to make it more so are a cause whose nobility is obviously not agreed upon. I know that I have been quite fortunate & generally not received what I deserved from sheer merit or effort. - Lo
The greatest good for the greatest number. - Jim Norris
It does seem that these days, people aren't willing to grant equality of opportunity, much less equality of outcome. Human beings are ultimately creatures of hierarchy, I guess - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Spaceweaver
"Leave your body and shake hands with yourself, gain an extra limb or change into a robot for a while. Swedish neuroscientist Henrik Ehrsson has demonstrated that the brain's image of the body is negotiable. Applications stretch from touch-sensitive prostheses to robotics and virtual worlds. Ask a child if their hands belong to them and they will answer, "Of course!" But how does the brain actually identify its own body? And why do we experience our centre of awareness as located inside a physical body? In a series of studies, neuroscientist Henrik Ehrsson of the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet has shown that the brain's perception of its own body can alter remarkably. Through the coordinated manipulation of the different senses, subjects can be made to feel that their body suddenly includes artificial objects or that they have departed their body entirely to enter another. His experiments have been published in Science and other leading scientific periodicals and journals, and have garnered considered international attention." - Spaceweaver from Bookmarklet
Alexander Kruel
Morgellons is a disease of the internet age. http://neuroskeptic.blogspot.com/2011...
fascinating:"Morgellons is a classic case of a disease that consists of an underlying experience filtered through the lens of a socially-transmitted interpretation. But every disease is that, to a degree. Even the most rigorously "medical" conditions like cancer also come with a set of expectations and a social meaning; psychiatric disorders certainly do." - Wildcat
Wildcat
The real avatar: Swiss researchers use virtual reality and brain imaging to hunt for the science of the self - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
The real avatar: Swiss researchers use virtual reality and brain imaging to hunt for the science of the self
"That feeling of being in, and owning, your own body is a fundamental human experience. But where does it originate and how does it come to be? Now, Professor Olaf Blanke, a neurologist with the Brain Mind Institute at EPFL and the Department of Neurology at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, announces an important step in decoding the phenomenon. By combining techniques from cognitive science with those of Virtual Reality (VR) and brain imaging, he and his team are narrowing in on the first experimental, data-driven approach to understanding self-consciousness." - Wildcat from Bookmarklet
Iphigenie
"I no longer depend on Google to find stuff" Alex Campbell << amazing how long it took people to notice how bad the results are, must be the absence of alternatives I guess... - http://www.alexjcampbell.com/post...
"This is the fundamental problem with Google search: there is no trust. Once upon a time we could trust that the best products would be at the top of Google’s search results for any given term. This is no longer true. In fact we should be especially skeptical of those who come up first in Google results - as they are more than likely to be the ones whose products suck and are gaming the system." - Iphigenie from Bookmarklet
The abundance of advertisements everywhere kills the trust into all sites afficiated with the advertisers. Reminds me of cult Russian/Soviet movie Kin-Dza-Dza, where everybody could read the mind of anybody else and as a result, nobody thought what they really wanted to think. This could still turn out the same way with social networks though. Instead of tweaking Google search results,... more... - Ashalynd
Since I worked in search around 2005 I did a lot of work around what makes "good" results - relevance, diversity, the right level of granularity (i.e. overview page or detailed page depending on the detected level of specificity in the search) and timeliness (again, depends on query analysis). It was obvious back then how the signal to noise ratio was already pathetic in google and it... more... - Iphigenie
note that Google *was* better than everything else, and then it came up with a geniously simple way to monetize search and sites, and created a new boom in online (self) publishing on the side. This was all very good, except that a whole bunch of people saw a way to lazily play the system by putting superficial useless content that fools google. And they are winning the race at the... more... - Iphigenie
"black SEO" is a bane of all search engines, not only Google's. who is providing most relevant results now? - 9000
typically? vertical search engines, if there is one on topic. social search, often. semantic search - including the ones that take google/yahoo/bing and "massage" it with post processing. But it is not just black SEO, it is the thousands of people telling other thousands of people "you can get a nice supplemental living by making landing page sites" - many of these use "white SEO" techniques and it still creates pollution. - Iphigenie
Adriano
Colarossi + Saracino :: Solar Wind bridge concept - http://www.engadget.com/2011...
Colarossi + Saracino :: Solar Wind bridge concept
"Why just use solar power or wind power when you can use both? Designed by Francesco Colarossi, Giovanna Saracino and Luisa Saracino as part of an Italian design contest to re-imagine a decommissioned bridge (for which it placed second), this so-called Solar Wind concept would have solar cells embedded in the roadway (an idea that's already catching on) and an array of 26 wind turbines underneath, which the designers say could produce enough energy combined to power 15,000 homes." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Halil
Africa through a lens is a set of thousands of images taken from a broader photographic collection of Foreign and Commonwealth Office images, held at The National Archives. Starting with some incredible early photographs from the 1860s, the images span over 100 years of African history. These images are now available, for the first time, to view online. - Halil from Bookmarklet
MikeAmundsen
Jazz pianist Shearing dies at 91 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
Maitani
Wildcat
Stephen Wolfram: Can he topple Google? | Technology | The Guardian - http://www.guardian.co.uk/technol...
Stephen Wolfram: Can he topple Google? | Technology | The Guardian
"Stephen Wolfram had a dream: to invent a search engine that could work stuff out for us. Alex Bellos meets the scientist who might just change the way we use the internetThe British scientist Stephen Wolfram has a clear vision for the future – a vision that dates back to his childhood in the 1960s and 70s. In those days, we didn't prophesise that computer technology would bring us convenient ways to shop, or new ways to talk to our friends in short sentences. The dream was much grander – that computers would work out stuff for us, a bit like Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey (without the murderous intent)." - Wildcat from Bookmarklet
Ashalynd
What would be life like if we would not need language to communicate? No words to stay in the way, and thoughts mixing up like air currents.
Wildcat
The role of the Internet as a platform for collective action grows - O'Reilly Radar - http://radar.oreilly.com/2011...
"A survey released this week by the Pew Research Center's Internet and Life Project shed light on the social side of the Internet. The results offered insight into the differences between the connected and the disconnected, revealing that Internet users are more likely to be active participants, with some 80 percent of Internet users participating in groups, compared with 56 percent of non-Internet users. These findings confirm the impact of the the Internet on collective action, observed Beth Noveck, NYU law professor and former deputy CTO for open government at the White House. "Internet users are more active participants in groups and are more likely to feel pride and a sense of accomplishment." Perhaps we are all not, as Robert D. Putnam suggested, relegated to "bowling alone." "Technology may not be the corrosive force that Putnam imagined in American life," wrote Jared Keller in The Atlantic. "Instead, it may provide new lifeblood for civic organizations by making participation... more... - Wildcat from Bookmarklet
"If we want to defend an open Internet, we have to establish that it's promoting democracy," he said, not simply a vehicle for content consumption or commerce. - Wildcat
Ashalynd
RT @jdickerson: Origin of the word deadline from Adersonville prison overcrowding. http://bit.ly/hMcVKB
Cliff Gerrish
RT @owenj2o: A Higgs Boson walks into a church. The Priest says "Sorry, but you cant be in here". The boson replies "But without me you cant have mass"
Spaceweaver
Have scientists discovered how to create downpours in the desert? | Mail Online - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/science...
Have scientists discovered how to create downpours in the desert? | Mail Online
"For centuries people living in the Middle East have dreamed of turning the sandy desert into land fit for growing crops with fresh water on tap. Now that holy grail is a step closer after scientists employed by the ruler of Abu Dhabi claim to have generated a series of downpours. Fifty rainstorms were created last year in the state's eastern Al Ain region using technology designed to control the weather. Most of the storms were at the height of the summer in July and August when there is no rain at all. People living in Abu Dhabi were baffled by the rainfall which sometimes turned into hail and included gales and lightening. The scientists have been working secretly for United Arab Emirates president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. They have been using giant ionisers, shaped like stripped down lampshades on steel poles, to generate fields of negatively charged particles. These promote cloud formation and researchers hoped they could then produce rain. In a confidential company... more... - Spaceweaver from Bookmarklet
Alexander Kruel
People Neglect Who They Really Are When Predicting Their Own Future Happiness http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
Adriano
Benejou RABINOWICZ :: Psalms 9:18 \ 110:7 \ 123:1 . [circa 1959] - http://ajourneyroundmyskull.blogspot.com/2010...
Benejou RABINOWICZ :: Psalms 9:18 \ 110:7 \ 123:1 . [circa 1959] - http://ajourneyroundmyskull.blogspot.com/2010/09/light-in-darkness-benns-psalms.html
Benejou RABINOWICZ :: Psalms 9:18 \ 110:7 \ 123:1 . [circa 1959] - http://ajourneyroundmyskull.blogspot.com/2010/09/light-in-darkness-benns-psalms.html
Benejou RABINOWICZ :: Psalms 9:18 \ 110:7 \ 123:1 . [circa 1959] - http://ajourneyroundmyskull.blogspot.com/2010/09/light-in-darkness-benns-psalms.html
Wildcat
Pay Attention, Please The new Darwinian imperative may be 'the survival of the focused.'Book review: Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think? - WSJ.com - http://online.wsj.com/article...
Pay Attention, Please
The new Darwinian imperative may be 'the survival of the focused.'Book review: Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think? - WSJ.com
"In the mid-20th century, the French sociologist Jacques Ellul posed 76 "reasonable questions" that he thought we should ask about any new technology. They included moral questions such as "What values does its use foster?" and "What is lost by using it?" and social ones such as "What are its effects on relationships?" Today, as we rush to embrace the latest gadgets and apps, we tend merely to ask: "What does it do?" Luckily, John Brockman, the founder of the online science-and-technology site Edge.org, decided to pose a bigger question to a varied group of 150 writers, artists, scholars, scientists and pundits: "Is the Internet changing the way you think?" The result is a diffuse but provocative sampling of the ways in which we live with technology today and think about its effects. Although the sciences are heavily represented among Mr. Brockman's contributors, the volume ranges beyond the usual suspects (e.g., the ubiquitous technology booster Clay Shirky) to include visual... more... - Wildcat from Bookmarklet
Ashalynd
cold branches of trees / highways from earth to heaven / glitter in the sun --- #haiku
Wildcat
John Gray on humanity's quest for immortality | Books | The Guardian - http://www.guardian.co.uk/books...
John Gray on humanity's quest for immortality | Books | The Guardian
"How do we deal with a purposeless universe and the finality of death? From Victorian séances to the embalming of Lenin's corpse to schemes for uploading our minds into cyberspace, there have have been numerous attempts to deny man's mortality. Why can't we accept the limits of science?" - Wildcat from Bookmarklet
Sami
RT @gretchenrubin: Ability to control design of work space can make you up to 32% more productive--happier and more motivated. http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
chaz2b
Isaac Asimov Explained Climate Change in 1977 (Video) : TreeHugger - http://www.treehugger.com/files...
Isaac Asimov Explained Climate Change in 1977 (Video) : TreeHugger
wow, 31yrs ago, :o - chaz2b
Back when everyone was worried about global cooling? - Kevin L
naw, 31yrs ago, they were wondering how many pictures there were of them in disco pants, ;) - chaz2b
Adriano
Richard THALER :: Wrong Scientific Beliefs held for long periods (2010) . [65 Edge contributors] - http://edge.org/3rd_cul...
Richard THALER :: Wrong Scientific Beliefs held for long periods (2010) . [65 Edge contributors]
"The flat earth and geocentric world are examples of wrong scientific beliefs that were held for long periods. Can you name your favorite example and for extra credit why it was believed to be true? Please note that I am interested in things we once thought were true and took forever to unlearn." \\ scroll down to get to 65 detailed responses. - Adriano from Bookmarklet
"Claim: Thought is conscious. But neuroscience shows that thought is about 98 percent unconscious. Claim: Reason uses formal logic. In reality, reason is frame-based and very largely metaphorical. Claim: Mathematics exists objectively and structures the universe. Mathematics has actually been created by mathematicians using their human brains, with frames and metaphors. Claim: Emotion... more... - Adriano
Speculative Realism
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