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Is This A Crazy Guy Just Walking Miles In The Snow Or A Creative Genius? -
Is This A Crazy Guy Just Walking Miles In The Snow Or A Creative Genius?
"Beginning today, you will not be able to forget Simon Beck, even if you’re just meeting him for the first time. His wintry works of art will work their way right inside your heart. I can’t think of any artist well known as Simon when it comes to creating exceptionally fine and meticulous pieces of art in the snow." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
How to add a brain to your smart phone « Pete Warden's blog -
"That’s why I’ve decided to release DeepBeliefSDK, an iOS version of the deep learning approach that has taken the computer vision world by storm. In technical terms it’s a framework that implements the full Krizhevsky stack of 60 million neural network connections, with a customizable top layer inspired by the Decaf approach. It does all this in under 300ms on an iPhone 5S, and in less than 20MB of memory. Here’s a video of me of me using the sample app to detect our cat!" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Open Source is a process for overcoming the traditional weakness of the commons. Clearly did not work for OpenSsl. The shallow bug conjecture is more of a statistical notion, not something to bet your security on.
I think it depends on your perspective, though. If OpenSSL *wasn't* open source, we probably wouldn't know about this vulnerability until a massive exploit was actually deployed that screwed millions and millions of people the world over. - Victor Ganata
Um, how do you know one hasn't been deployed? - Todd Hoff
"It is surprising that a project that is quite mission critical is completely at the bottom of the scale when it comes to how much the development process is oriented toward reliability. There are no systematic unit tests, no systematic documentation, the best you get is a bunch of disorganized integration tests, so it is not even at the level you would expect for a decently maintained business project" - Todd Hoff
Fair enough, maybe something has already been deployed, but no one has reported losing billions of dollars to OpenSSL exploits yet. - Victor Ganata
OpenSSL 1.0.1 (which I think is the first release that has this vulnerability) was released in March 2012, so I imagine two years is probably enough time for someone to have crafted an exploit that would've wreaked massive havoc by now. - Victor Ganata
And they will never admit to anything like that. Keep in mind these libraries are used in gazillions of routers, firewalls, proxies, and other appliances. Updating those is non-trivial. - Todd Hoff
Certain bugs are more likely to be found if you have a large number of users doing diverse things with your software. Security vulnerabilities have never worked like that. It's not statistics, it's the nature of this bug. - Bruce Lewis
The notion is that with so many eyes on code that bugs will be more quickly found and fixed, it's not just a use argument. - Todd Hoff
Yeah, but if the argument is that closed source software is inherently safer, the millions of pwned zombie Windows machines that are part of malicious botnets seems to contradict that conclusion. Nobody's development process is perfect. - Victor Ganata
I don't recall making that argument. - Todd Hoff
Not saying you did, but closed source is the only alternative to open source. - Victor Ganata
Bugs happen. All you can do it mitigate the risk. It still seems that open source is less risky than closed source, even given all its flaws. - Victor Ganata
Heartbleed does put the Apple SSL goto fail bug in perspective, though :D - Victor Ganata
Bugs don't just happen. People write them. Processes help prevent them. When they aren't prevented you look to your people and to your process. That's what good groups do. Every bug is tracked back to see how it could have been prevented and the process is changed to make sure that happens. What is clear is that relying on the shallow conjecture doesn't work on core critical... more... - Todd Hoff
Sure, the "many eyes" idea vastly overestimates the number of people who will actually bother combing through the source code, and sure, you can implement processes that minimize the risk of people introducing devastating bugs, but it's always a cost vs. benefit argument. And people are gonna f- up. I guess the question is, ultimately, who pays? - Victor Ganata
Todd, you're right that the shallow bug conjecture is not just a use argument. If it were just a use argument it would be more accurate. If I were Linus Torvald's I'd be really annoyed that ESR named his inaccurate conjecture after me - - Bruce Lewis
Interesting: BTW, all these issues are trappable by tests. - Todd Hoff
It does make me wonder how everyone came to rely on something that seems to have been written in such a slipshod fashion. Who's more irresponsible, the OpenSSL developers, or the people who put together the distros that include it? - Victor Ganata
"was added to the open-source OpenSSL protocol on New Year's Eve 2011" - Todd Hoff
Obesity Linked to Genetics: People With Higher Number Of ‘Carb Breakdown’ Genes Less Likely To Be Overweight -
Obesity Linked to Genetics: People With Higher Number Of ‘Carb Breakdown’ Genes Less Likely To Be Overweight
"Unfortunately, overeating carbs often leads to obesity… but not for everyone. Now, a new study conducted at King's College London and Imperial College London suggests a "carb breakdown" gene exists, and it may help to explain all these differences. In fact, people with fewer copies of this gene, which instructs the body to make a carb-digesting enzyme, are less effective in digesting certain foods and so they are at higher risk of obesity. Amlyase is an enzyme that breaks carbohydrates down to sugar, which is converted to energy used by the body. The amylase that resides in the mouth, salivary amlyase, begins the process of carbohydrate digestion, while pancreatic amylase continues that process in the small intestine. Two amylase genes exist, AMY1 and AMY2, coding for salivary and pancreatic amylase, respectively." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
<Shouts to the world> SEE! I TOLD YA! <Grabs another mocha fudge brownie> #VictimofMyGenes - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Unfortunately I overeat "everything". I only eat one meal a day... all day long. - MoTO Moca Blend
Supplements are on the way? - April Russo
Perhaps probiotics? - Todd Hoff
The Expert (Short Comedy Sketch) - YouTube -
Inducing Peer Pressure to Promote Cooperation : Scientific Reports : Nature Publishing Group -
". For instance, in one experiment aimed at promoting more healthy behaviour we compared the strategy of giving participants cash when they improved their behaviour to the strategy of giving cash to the participants' buddies. We found giving buddies the reward was more than four times as effective as giving rewards directly to the participants. Similar social network incentives have yielded even more dramatic results when used to encourage energy savings and voting" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Interesting look at the rational maximizing actor. - Todd Hoff
Universal computing by DNA origami robots in a living animal : Nature Nanotechnology : Nature Publishing Group -
Universal computing by DNA origami robots in a living animal : Nature Nanotechnology : Nature Publishing Group
"Biological systems are collections of discrete molecular objects that move around and collide with each other. Cells carry out elaborate processes by precisely controlling these collisions, but developing artificial machines that can interface with and control such interactions remains a significant challenge. DNA is a natural substrate for computing and has been used to implement a diverse set of mathematical problems1, 2, 3, logic circuits4, 5, 6 and robotics7, 8, 9. The molecule also interfaces naturally with living systems, and different forms of DNA-based biocomputing have already been demonstrated10, 11, 12, 13. Here, we show that DNA origami14, 15, 16 can be used to fabricate nanoscale robots that are capable of dynamically interacting with each other17, 18 in a living animal. The interactions generate logical outputs, which are relayed to switch molecular payloads on or off. As a proof of principle, we use the system to create architectures that emulate various logic gates... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Myths Illuminated In Shadow Boxes Make Believers Of Us All -
Myths Illuminated In Shadow Boxes Make Believers Of Us All
Myths Illuminated In Shadow Boxes Make Believers Of Us All
"Deepti Nair and Harikrishnan Panicker, collectively known as Hari & Deepti, are an artist couple who create stunning storybook scenes with light and shadow. Check out this collection of their most stunning work!" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
So Google thinks ads from a company advertising on my site pointing to their own site asking for people to sign up are "unnatural links." Looks like a yellow link scare.
Elisabeth Rosenthal's dazzling series on healthcare costs at The New York Times. | Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT -
Elisabeth Rosenthal's dazzling series on healthcare costs at The New York Times. | Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT
"“It looks like a beeper,” the woman told Rosenthal. “It’s made of plastic and runs on triple-A batteries, but it’s the most expensive thing I own, aside from my house.” A new model, Rosenthal reported, can cost tens of thousands of dollars. And the pump and related supplies will cost the woman $5,000 this year, even with good health insurance. That includes insulin that once "cost a few dollars" and "now often sells for more than $200 a vial, meaning some patients must pay more than $4,000 a year," Rosenthal wrote. Part of the reason is that each pump comes with related items that are specific to a particular model. Purchasing a new pump means throwing out other supplies and gadgets and buying a whole new array of equipment." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
If Jesus Never Called Himself God, How Did He Become One? : NPR -
If Jesus Never Called Himself God, How Did He Become One? : NPR
"You do find Jesus calling himself God in the Gospel of John, or the last Gospel. Jesus says things like, "Before Abraham was, I am." And, "I and the Father are one," and, "If you've seen me, you've seen the Father." These are all statements you find only in the Gospel of John, and that's striking because we have earlier gospels and we have the writings of Paul, and in none of them is there any indication that Jesus said such things. ... I think it's completely implausible that Matthew, Mark and Luke would not mention that Jesus called himself God if that's what he was declaring about himself. That would be a rather important point to make. This is not an unusual view amongst scholars; it's simply the view that the Gospel of John is providing a theological understanding of Jesus that is not what was historically accurate." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Bart Ehrman is the best - Todd Hoff
Almost all of the truly American faith's with the exception of Seventh Day Adventist's, I think?, reject the Trinity doctrine. - Eric Logan
Caesar's Messiah which I still have not finished in its entirety has a fascinating take on this topic also. - Eric Logan
What qualifies as a truly American faith? o_O It's my understanding that the largest Christian sects in the U.S. are all trinitarian. - Victor Ganata
I believe in eggs. - Todd Hoff
Matthew definitely mentions the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, but, yeah, the concept of the Trinity isn't really explicated concretely until several centuries after when Christ was supposed to have lived. - Victor Ganata
He covers all this stuff with some authority. - Todd Hoff
I play all my video games under the character name God so that my opponents don't feel so bad when I smite them. Does this make me an actual God since I call myself God? I think so. - Steve C
Most Christian denominations accept it. Curiously most "American" faiths started in America after the formation of the country don't. Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Scientists etc. - Eric Logan
Even the SDA apparently- "Adventism teaches a different "Trinity" doctrine than the historical, orthodox Christian doctrine of the Trinity, as defined by the Christian Church throughout Christian history in its creeds and confessions." - Eric Logan
Sacred Geometry, Rocket Science, Fractals, UfO's And Architecture In A 3D Model Gifts By Tom Houha | -
Sacred Geometry, Rocket Science, Fractals, UfO's And Architecture In A 3D Model Gifts By Tom Houha |
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"Tom Houha is an Architect working in the Portland & Seattle area designing commercial and residential buildings. He also has a passion for designing 3D models and home decor that will adorn your space with a touch of art, science, and mathematics. He design and create unique Geometric and Architectural Model Kits:" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
If there is Sacred Geometry, then there must be Blasphemous Geometries ! - Jean-Marc Liotier
The source of dark magik? - Todd Hoff
[Pinterest: The Occult & Sacred Geometry] - Sean McBride
Wow, imovie kind of sucks.
And amazon cloud drive is pretty useless with a 2GB file size limit. - Todd Hoff
The trick to Cloud Drive is that it's unlimited for Amazon Digital Purchases. - Not Me
I feel like I've been tricked all right. - Todd Hoff
And google drive has a 10GB limitation. WTF? - Todd Hoff
That's the free versions. You can pay for more, if you want to use them for backup. - Not Me
GDrive: $2/mo. for 100GB - Not Me
Oh you were talking about file-size. Nevermind everything I've said. - Not Me
I gave up. It was impossible to upload a 16GB file to S3. - Todd Hoff
Do people really not understand the Kevin Rose protests?
Game of Thrones: why hasn't Westeros had an industrial revolution? -
Game of Thrones: why hasn't Westeros had an industrial revolution?
"But the key difference is Westeros has been more or less like this for some 6,000 years. When you consider the evolution of Western Europe in the time since the fall of the Roman Empire – a mere 1,500 years ago – it’s worth asking how its literary sibling could have stayed so undeveloped. Why has Westeros not experienced an industrial revolution?" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
I'm guessing regular long winters combined with periodic near extinction events from zombie attacks makes it hard to progress. - Todd Hoff
Yeah, I'm guessing more the wildly unpredictable weather more than anything - the walkers haven't been seen for such a huge amount of time, and there were enough people left after the last one to build the wall (which aside from magic, required some pretty impressive engineering, so you know technology wasn't really lost.) - Jennifer Dittrich
Do we know if winter impacts Easteros too? - Todd Hoff
I think the limiting factor are a combination of the gods and the periodic zombie attacks. The gods seem to be scripting events to amass overwhelming forces at the right time and in the right place so that humanity can defeat the zombies. Kind of like god in LoTR pulls very subtle strings over immense time frames to influence events. We can only assume the losses are devastating in the... more... - Todd Hoff
Yeah, given Martin's comments on the role of religion, I'd be extraordinarily skeptical of any invisible hand theory. The walkers didn't decimate the population enough to prevent the Wall. You still have written history from that time, even if people don't pay it credence. You have far more people killed by long winters every few years, which is described in the text as stretches of... more... - Jennifer Dittrich
There's no gnomes or dwarves tinkering underground. I would imagine dragons would show up every so often and wreck stuff too. - Rodfather from Android
We'll see Jennifer. That's the fun of it :-) The gods and magic play a very subtle role. So why are they there? And there's a very precise orchestration of forces for a great battle that is way beyond chance. The wall was created with magic so we don't actually know many humans were around at that time. Few enough that the immense effort of building the wall was deemed a necessity. You only build great walls when you are very afraid. - Todd Hoff
If Walmart Paid Its Employees a Living Wage, How Much Would Prices Go Up? - YouTube -!
The answer is 1.4%. Or a penny per box of mac and cheese. - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
When the $15/hour protests started in McDonalds, it was reported that the price of just the Big Mac woiuld only have to go up something like 35-40 cents to make up the difference...such a little cost that would make a huge difference. - Chris Topher
Why the elites are so ruthless that they destroy themselves -
Why the elites are so ruthless that they destroy themselves
Why the elites are so ruthless that they destroy themselves
"As you see, here society literally commits suicide by having the elites draw so much wealth from the accumulated resources that nothing is left to commoners - who die out. But, as the elites don't produce anything, the wealth stock disappears and the final result is that they also disappear. The elites are so ruthless that they destroy themselves." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Good vampires know when to stop sucking. - Todd Hoff
Seven fundamental cross species emotions: seeking, rage, fear, lust, care, panic/grief, play.
When you read Locke and the idea all that matters is equality before the law now seems quaint in practice. Equality of outcome, equality of property, equality of education, etc wasn't a guarantee. And that makes sense, until you realize how equality before the law is impossible without some balance of the other equalities.
List Beats Grid: Linear Feeds Perform Two to Three Times Better Than Grids -
List Beats Grid: Linear Feeds Perform Two to Three Times Better Than Grids
I hate the linear style, but I think I hate being treated like everyone else even more. - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"Standard rational-actor models of economic behavior, of course, depict humans as income maximizers. This depiction leads one to expect Proposers to offer very small amounts to Responders, and to expect Responders to accept all non-zero offers. But that's not how Kahneman's experiment turned out. Instead, what Kahneman (along with his co-authors Jack Knetsch and Richard Thaler) found was that Proposers typically offered about $4.50 to their responders—a result that has since been replicated in scores of experiments. Proposers don't behave like rational actors should. They behave like creatures that are balancing a love of income with some other sort of concern. That other concern, it seems, is the conviction that their Responders will rebuke them for unfair treatment—a concern that turns out to be a well-founded one. Kahneman and colleagues found that the typical Responder was willing to refuse offers that would net them less than $2.25 or so. Far from behaving like Homo economicus... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Material Substance: When Material and Mechanism are One | ArchDaily -
Material Substance: When Material and Mechanism are One | ArchDaily
Material Substance: When Material and Mechanism are One | ArchDaily
"Carl de Smet combines material science and design in his firm Noumenon to push the boundaries of shape memory application. Polyurethane furniture is engineered in such a way that its behavior takes on characteristics suitable for transport and self-assembly. Eschewing the Ikea Allen wrench approach, Noumenon’s website states outright that “the material is the mechanism; packing = product.” Prototype chairs are shipped in compressed bricks that expand to their final shape under the appropriate stimulus." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Monetizing education through in-test purchases. Buy with edudollars a hint to a test answer during the test or just go crazy and skip a level with enough credits.
Great Unsung Science Fiction Authors That Everybody Should Read -
Great Unsung Science Fiction Authors That Everybody Should Read
Just yuck - Ed Yong: Suicidal crickets, zombie roaches and other parasite tales | Talk Video | TED -
Just yuck - Ed Yong: Suicidal crickets, zombie roaches and other parasite tales | Talk Video | TED
"We humans set a premium on our own free will and independence ... and yet there's a shadowy influence we might not be considering. As science writer Ed Yong explains in this fascinating, hilarious and disturbing talk, parasites have perfected the art of manipulation to an incredible degree. So are they influencing us? It's more than likely." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"This caterpillar is a head-banging zombie bodyguard defending the offspring of the creature that killed it". SIGN ME UP NAO! - Big Joe Silence
Sounds like a future business opportunity. "Want to be more assertive? Lose weight? Try our new Trematode 2000." Parasites will be the probiotics of the 20/20s. :) - Ken Morley
Well, there is already precedent for people introducing tapeworms on purpose. - Spidra Webster
There you go. :) - Ken Morley
Why Light Inspires Ritual - Issue 11: Light - Nautilus -
Why Light Inspires Ritual - Issue 11: Light - Nautilus
"Wonder comes from all sorts of light. People tend to appreciate unusual light phenomena such as sunrises and sunsets, rays from behind clouds, exciting color contrasts, and rainbows. And while cultures vary, our shared sensory avenues for engaging with the world explain why we’re similarly affected by light. The Aboriginal people in Queensland, Australia, where I have worked for many years, may not have the same conversations that we do about the beauty of light and water, but they do sit and gaze at water bodies. And they generate ideas about what water and light mean." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Possible earthquake alert. Locals report dogs gone missing and our dog is acting anxious. This is an official prediction backed by science.
Episode #137: Not Pollyanna | The Agroinnovations Podcast -
Ranching is currently not profitable or sustainable in the US. - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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