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How about a flying drone class of Battlebots?
I would like a drone destroyer, call it privacy protector. - Todd Hoff
What Charles Murray Doesn't Get About Women and Philosophy - Noah Berlatsky - The Atlantic -
What Charles Murray Doesn't Get About Women and Philosophy - Noah Berlatsky - The Atlantic
"Feminist thinkers have actually spent a lot of time philosophizing about women's inclusion and exclusion from lists of most important this or that, especially in the context of literary canons. Murray is willing to acknowledge that there have been important women writers, (since he believes literary thought is less abstract than philosophical thought) but he glosses over the fact that the literary canon, too, is tilted very male. In the Modern Library's list of the 100 greatest novels of the 20th century, for example, the top 14 are all by men (Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse is 15.)" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"What accounts for this? In How To Suppress Women's Writing (1983) science-fiction author Joanna Russ looked at this imbalance and argued that when women are not included in the canon, the problem is not with the women. Instead, she said, "A mode of understanding literature which can ignore the private lives of half the human race is not 'incomplete': It is distorted through and... more... - Jessie
"Murray's statements about women and about philosophy are based on a slew of preconceptions—about what philosophy is, about which intellectual traditions are significant (not feminism for him, apparently), about which communities get to define "philosophy," and about what influence is considered consequential. When he says that there have been no significant female contributors to... more... - Jessie
Charles Murray is a dude whose mind is utterly trapped in the 1500s. - Victor Ganata
It can't go unstated the irony of a man philosophizing about what philosophy supports talking meaningfully about women. - Todd Hoff
I don't have much exposure to philosophy, but my impression has been that the field in general has a serious problem with sexism. Like, even more so than STEM fields. - Jessie
Absolutely. For some reason when men use their natural reason to plumb the depths of natural law, women almost always come up wanting. Plato and John Stuart Mill being notable exceptions. - Todd Hoff
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Quantum Entanglement Drives the Arrow of Time, Scientists Say | Simons Foundation -
"Now, physicists are unmasking a more fundamental source for the arrow of time: Energy disperses and objects equilibrate, they say, because of the way elementary particles become intertwined when they interact — a strange effect called “quantum entanglement.” “Finally, we can understand why a cup of coffee equilibrates in a room,” said Tony Short, a quantum physicist at Bristol. “Entanglement builds up between the state of the coffee cup and the state of the room.”" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"When two particles interact, they can no longer even be described by their own, independently evolving probabilities, called “pure states.” Instead, they become entangled components of a more complicated probability distribution that describes both particles together. It might dictate, for example, that the particles spin in opposite directions. The system as a whole is in a pure... more... - Todd Hoff
"Using an obscure approach to quantum mechanics that treated units of information as its basic building blocks, Lloyd spent several years studying the evolution of particles in terms of shuffling 1s and 0s. He found that as the particles became increasingly entangled with one another, the information that originally described them (a “1” for clockwise spin and a “0” for... more... - Todd Hoff
Resistance is futile. The collective awaits you. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
"In the new story of the arrow of time, it is the loss of information through quantum entanglement, rather than a subjective lack of human knowledge, that drives a cup of coffee into equilibrium with the surrounding room. The room eventually equilibrates with the outside environment, and the environment drifts even more slowly toward equilibrium with the rest of the universe. The giants... more... - Todd Hoff
From what I understand from Shannon's formulation of information and entropy, though, maximal entropy *is* maximal information. At maximum entropy, you need to describe the state of every particle in order to describe the state of the system. At minimum entropy, you only need a few bits of information to describe the state of the entire system—if you know the state of a few particles,... more... - Victor Ganata
It seems more like magic to me. - Todd Hoff
Well, Shannon had to have gotten something right, otherwise we wouldn't have zip files, JPEGs, or mp3s :D - Victor Ganata
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Pyro Board: 2D Rubens' Tube! - YouTube -
Amazing demonstration of standing waves - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Damn https - Todd Hoff
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Awesome! Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds' : The Salt : NPR -
Awesome! Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds' : The Salt : NPR
"A group of scientists and food activists is launching a campaign Thursday to change the rules that govern seeds. They're releasing 29 new varieties of crops under a new "open source pledge" that's intended to safeguard the ability of farmers, gardeners and plant breeders to share those seeds freely." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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How Americans Die - suicide and drugs biggest killers for 45-54 -
Very cool graphs and information. - Todd Hoff
My guess is the 45-54 time period is a hard one. You aren't where you expected to be, your body is failing, and the future is a big stop sign. - Todd Hoff
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House of Lies. Great show. Edgy, great acting, and another world I'm glad I don't inhabit.
Nobody else watches this show? - Todd Hoff
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10 Incredible Images From This Year's Smithsonian Photo Contest -
10 Incredible Images From This Year's Smithsonian Photo Contest
10 Incredible Images From This Year's Smithsonian Photo Contest
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That frog is the coolest. - Todd Hoff
agreed! - imabonehead
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How Many Americans Have A Passport? (by state ranging from almost 20% - over 68%)
I do - Todd Hoff
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Google is eliminating search results for "how to become a drug dealer"
It's such a subtle yet probably one of the most powerful means of control ever invented. Hiding knowledge in plain site. - Todd Hoff
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The first Silicon Valley episode was pretty funny. Enough to watch it again at least. Love all the make the world better sarcasm. There's a lot of insuferability to mine for the show.
I don't get HBO but my friend showed me it is on their youtube channel, can't wait to watch. - Laura Norvig
Second episode was still pretty good, though not as funny. I wonder how general the audience is for this? It's fairly technical and I might think it boring for most people. - Todd Hoff
Saw the first episode last night. I love it - agree, "change the world," "disrupting digital media," "making a difference" was some of the funniest stuff. But yeah, not sure this will resonate with the normals. - Laura Norvig
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One those things that no longer makes sense: making a circling motion with your hand to indicate that you want someone to roll down their window.
Simulating the motion of the motor which drives the armature to lower the window. That's how I choose to see it :-) - Steel Penguin Slippy
Rationalization is a wondrous super power :-) - Todd Hoff
I'll add it to the list. - Steel Penguin Slippy
...and I'll keep rationalising, because otherwise, we'd also have to stop saying "roll down the windows" :-D - Steel Penguin Slippy
The hand crank window operator has not disappeared from new model vehicles. Percentage has decreased, true. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Indeed. My stepdad has a Nissan with manually-operated everything. - Steel Penguin Slippy
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Solar’s Insane Cost Drop | CleanTechnica -
Solar’s Insane Cost Drop | CleanTechnica
"As you can see, the cost of solar PV has come from – quite literally – off the charts less than a decade ago to a point where Bernstein says solar PV is now cheaper than oil and Asian LNG (liquefied natural gas). It does its calculations on an MMBTU basis. MMBTU is the standard unit of measure for liquid fuels, often referred to as one million British thermal units." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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March Was 4th Warmest on Record Globally | Climate Central -
March Was 4th Warmest on Record Globally | Climate Central
"March 2014 was the fourth-warmest March on record globally, according to recently released NASA data, making it the 349th month — more than 29 years — in which global temperatures were above the historic average. The amounts that temperatures around the world differed from the historic average. Credit: NOAA The planet’s average March temperature was 57.9°F — 0.7°C (or 1.2°F) above the average temperature from 1951-1980 — behind only the March of 2002, 2010 and 1990, in that order. Data is still coming in that could change the temperature deviation from this March, but likely only a few hundredths of a degree in either direction, said climate scientist Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, which compiles the temperature data." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Farmer Robert Sampson ploughs fields in the way his family has since 1885 | Mail Online -
Farmer Robert Sampson ploughs fields in the way his family has since 1885 | Mail Online
"Eight mighty horses toil in a farmer's field in an image that evokes an idyllic rural Britain at risk of vanishing forever. Robert Sampson is shunning modern machinery and employing old-fashioned horse power on his land in Hampshire. Five generations of his family have used this method to plough the fields since 1885. And the 58-year-old is keen to keep the tradition alive. Every day, he takes his Percherons out to plough his 256 acre plot. The method may take a little longer than using machinery, but he saves on diesel and road tax as his horses are content to munch grass at the end of a day’s labour. He said: ‘I do it because I love it. People think I’m mad … and there are times when I think I am too!’" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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The new pulse of digital music -
The new pulse of digital music
"Besides creating their powerful music, the students have invented a series of interfaces and musical gadgets. The first is the app sensorUDP, which transforms musicians’ smartphones into motion sensors. Available in the Android app store and compatible with iPhones, it allows performers to layer up to eight programmable sounds and modify them by moving their phone. Music student Pieteke MacMahon modified the app to create an iPhone Piano, which she plays on her wrist, thanks to a mount created by engineering classmates. As she moves her hands up, the piano notes go up in pitch. When she drops her hands, the sound gets lower, and a delay effect increases if her palm faces up. “Audiences love how intuitive it is,” says the composition major. “It creates music in a way that really makes sense to people, and it looks pretty cool onstage.”" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
This reminds me of the stuff Interval Research was doing in the late '90s (movement to create sound, sound to create visuals, etc.) - Laura Norvig
I want to put these things on the dogs and see what kind of music they make :-) - Todd Hoff
this is kewl - Peter Dawson
Christina Pikas
I find we use "resources" too much on our website... what other words? databases - too narrow. stuff - too informal. services - too narrow, not exactly right. suggests thingamabob, but somehow doesn't see right. suggestions?
our department has had multiple meetings about this and we decided that "stuff" was just about the right term to use. - Marie
maybe verbs instead of nouns would help? what should they be doing with the stuff at particular places on your site? - RepoRat
Time to reclaim "silos"? - Meg VMeg
Snoopdoggify it and call it shit. The Web of Science? That shit is da bomb. - Joe - Systems Analyst
I think you mean shizz. - kaijsa
I for one would like to revive the word index for citation indexes that don't necessarily include full text. - maʀtha
Is that like shizznit? - Joe - Systems Analyst
I have been advocating "stuff" for over a decade... it really is all stuff in there - awd
I explain to students in instruction sessions that "databases" means "searchable collections of online stuff" in library-ese. - Rebecca Hedreen
Content? And where that doesn't work try enlightenment. - Todd Hoff
Inventory - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Anyone getting Glass?
nope. - imabonehead
I have a glass with lemonade in it. Does that count? - Amit Patel
does it come with Netscape? - Steve C
Hell to the no. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Waiting for the next version. - Todd Hoff
The library has one but I haven't tried it out. - Betsy
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Glowing swarm mimics drawings and gestures - YouTube -
"Now's your chance to make other Earthlings quail. Platoons of palm-sized glowing robots stand ready to obey your every gesture. Built by Javier Alonso-Mora of Disney Research in Zurich, Switzerland, and his colleagues, these dayglo "pixelbots" scurry along the ground in swarms coordinated by someone using a tablet or a gesture-sensing camera." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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How to Use Swales on Your Homestead -
"Simply defined, a Swale is a Ditch dug on Contour that captures water so it can slowly soak into the land. We are all probably familiar with a ditch. Well then, what the heck does “on contour” mean?  The easiest way I have found to understand this concept is to think of a topographical map, which depicts changes in elevation." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Swales are important for controlling storm runoff. Ever moreso as more and more of our cities' surfaces become impermiable. We had one on the boundary between our sideyard and our neighbor's sideyard and it kept our basements from flooding many a time. In other words, swales are swell. #sorry #dontHitMe - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
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Jeobox – This Guy Creates What Seems Like A Meaningless Mess. But Put A Light On It And… WOW. -
Jeobox – This Guy Creates What Seems Like A Meaningless Mess. But Put A Light On It And… WOW.
Jeobox – This Guy Creates What Seems Like A Meaningless Mess. But Put A Light On It And… WOW.
I had an idea for something like this. The shapes that generate the shadows are fascinating. An encoded message looking for the right decoder. - Todd Hoff
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Black and White Street Portraits by Then-Unknown Photographer Vivian Maier from the 1950s-60s « The Wall Breakers The Wall Breakers -
Black and White Street Portraits by Then-Unknown Photographer Vivian Maier from the 1950s-60s « The Wall Breakers The Wall Breakers
Black and White Street Portraits by Then-Unknown Photographer Vivian Maier from the 1950s-60s « The Wall Breakers The Wall Breakers
Black and White Street Portraits by Then-Unknown Photographer Vivian Maier from the 1950s-60s « The Wall Breakers The Wall Breakers
Some great pictures. Being able to find and see these kind of compositions is a real art. - Todd Hoff
She was a great photographer. Last year I bought the book: - Nils Sandin
The documentary "Finding Vivian Maier" is currently in limited release in the US: - Nils Sandin
Nice, thanks Nils - Todd Hoff
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Three Expensive Milliseconds - -
Three Expensive Milliseconds -
"In short, we’re giving huge sums to the financial industry while receiving little or nothing — maybe less than nothing — in return. Mr. Philippon puts the waste at 2 percent of G.D.P. Yet even that figure, I’d argue, understates the true cost of our bloated financial industry. For there is a clear correlation between the rise of modern finance and America’s return to Gilded Age levels of inequality." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Jeobox – I Seriously Have No Idea How A Man Did This With Just Cardboard And Box Cutters. Unbelievable. -
Jeobox – I Seriously Have No Idea How A Man Did This With Just Cardboard And Box Cutters. Unbelievable.
Jeobox – I Seriously Have No Idea How A Man Did This With Just Cardboard And Box Cutters. Unbelievable.
Fabulous. - Todd Hoff
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Is global warming just a giant natural fluctuation? | Research and International Relations - McGill University -
Is global warming just a giant natural fluctuation? | Research and International Relations - McGill University
"An analysis of temperature data since 1500 all but rules out the possibility that global warming in the industrial era is just a natural fluctuation in the earth’s climate, according to a new study by McGill University physics professor Shaun Lovejoy. The study, published online April 6 in the journal Climate Dynamics, represents a new approach to the question of whether global warming in the industrial era has been caused largely by man-made emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. Rather than using complex computer models to estimate the effects of greenhouse-gas emissions, Lovejoy examines historical data to assess the competing hypothesis: that warming over the past century is due to natural long-term variations in temperature. “This study will be a blow to any remaining climate-change deniers,” Lovejoy says. “Their two most convincing arguments – that the warming is natural in origin, and that the computer models are wrong – are either directly contradicted by this analysis, or simply do not apply to it.”" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Woohoo! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Now you can lounge around and drink for 2 days without guilt :-) - Todd Hoff
Excellent! - Louis Gray
No lounging around, Todd, but we're saving up for a blót or two during our little Easter holiday starting later this week :) - Eivind
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Evernote CEO: Apps will become obsolete - Fortune Tech -
"Session length shrinks each time we move to a smaller, faster, more convenient computing system. We went from desktop computers to laptops, and then to smartphones and tablets, and now to wearables and connected devices. We use desktop computers, or laptops, for two to three hours, and we use smartphones for two or three minutes at a time, 50 times a day. On computers with long session lengths it makes sense to use powerful software with files and databases. On phones, it makes more sense to use apps for our two-minute interactions." - Sean McBride
"But when we move to wearables, session length will drop from two minutes to two seconds, Libin said. The challenge will be figuring out how to make someone productive for one second at a time, 1,000 times a day. Apps are irrelevant in the world of wearables, because "when any given interaction is a second long, you definitely don't have time to think about apps," Libin said. "It has to be more of a service."" - Sean McBride
I just read something where the average interaction on a phone is 80 seconds. I imagine wearables will be task specific, a combination of context and learning, reactive, so it doesn't mean apps are dead, they will just do what they are good at doing. - Todd Hoff
Perhaps specialized apps will merge seamlessly into AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) distributed throughout every nook and cranny of one's environment (including wearable computers). - Sean McBride
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Sperm can pass trauma symptoms through generations, study finds | The Verge -
"A group of European researchers have discovered that early life traumatic events can alter a non-genetic mechanism governing gene expression in the sperm cells of adult mice. And they think that this finding, published today in Nature Neuroscience, explains why the offspring of these mice exhibit the same depressive-like behaviors that their parents do." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism -
The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism
"In The Zero Marginal Cost Society, New York Times bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin describes how the emerging Internet of Things is speeding us to an era of nearly free goods and services, precipitating the meteoric rise of a global Collaborative Commons and the eclipse of capitalism. Rifkin uncovers a paradox at the heart of capitalism that has propelled it to greatness but is now taking it to its death—the inherent entrepreneurial dynamism of competitive markets that drives productivity up and marginal costs down, enabling businesses to reduce the price of their goods and services in order to win over consumers and market share. (Marginal cost is the cost of producing additional units of a good or service, if fixed costs are not counted.) While economists have always welcomed a reduction in marginal cost, they never anticipated the possibility of a technological revolution that might bring marginal costs to near zero, making goods and services priceless, nearly free, and abundant,... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Not sure if I'll buy this or not. Abundance seems a real possibility with nano manufacturing tech on the horizon, and as Marx noted our social structures mirror our economic structures, so this should be interesting in the large, I just don't see a connection with IoT. I reads too much like "and a miracle will occur." - Todd Hoff
Victor Ganata
What if there really is a Galactic Federation of highly technologically advanced a superhuman/godlike species with a Prime Directive not to interfere with primitives like us? So the reason why we haven't seen any signs of extraterrestrial life is because they're deliberately withholding them from us.
If we manage to get our shit together, they'll offer us membership, but they're betting we'll annihilate ourselves first. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I am more likely to believe that than there is zero life elsewhere and we're it for the universe. - (Curtis/Alan) Jackson
So this is the naturalistic version of a providential god? - Todd Hoff
I'm betting that there is plenty of other life out there, but 1) lots of worlds will have one celled organisms, or plants, or animals that are in the dinosaur stage for hundreds of millions or years, or 2) there are highly technologically advanced species, but the energy needed to get their physical bodies from one star to another at a speed of like 0.5c or 0.9c is too great. Space is... more... - Joe - Systems Analyst
Sure, interstellar travel is difficult. Although if you think about it, we already possess the technology to send probes to nearby stars—it's not really a technological problem, but a resource allocation and political stability problem. Still, it's very low probability anyone will send a starship, but radio waves are fairly cheap. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Yeah, communication and radio waves are cheap. We probably just can't listen in to the conversation going since they may be doing communications that seem like static to us, but we don't have the right software to decode that static. I wonder what a digital version of a PDF document sounds like. - Joe - Systems Analyst
In other words, another life form would have a hard time decoding our PDF documents. But, they might be able to figure out our radio and tv signals. - Joe - Systems Analyst
We just watched Contact again recently, so I have been thinking about this kinda stuff. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Reaching the Andromeda Galaxy would take 2,900,000 years. Humans started using fire 80,000 years ago. - Todd Hoff
Yeah, but with currently existing ion propulsion drives, you could actually reach a velocity of 0.3c. At that velocity, it would only take about 13 years to get to Alpha Centauri and 20 years to get to Barnard's star (although the lengthy acceleration and deceleration phases would probably add a lot of travel time.) - Victor Ganata
Lets say the round trip to Alpha Centauri is 26 years and ignore the accel/decel phase. One would also need to feed the person for 26 years, and food storage would take a bit of space and weight. By the end of the trip, he or she is going to be very bored of the MREs. - Joe - Systems Analyst
I doubt we'd send people. I bet no one in the galaxy sends people. They just send robotic probes that will send zettabytes of data back to the homeworld and if anyone really wants to visit distant planets and colonize them in the flesh, they just load up the data in their holodeck and play SimTerraformer. - Victor Ganata
We will probably turn into robot/cyborgs anyway to extend our life spans. Then, human life forms will essentially merge with the robotic probes. No more meat space for us. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Yeah, I could see cyborg starships. A definite one-way trip in more ways than one. - Victor Ganata
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