during his precious visitation time he was posting to SE again!

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Monday, 21 August 2017

Do You Copy?

quote [ How the lineage of the walkie-talkie reaches from World War II to the modern cell phone. Walkie-talkies even inspired a major cell phone network. ]

Well you're walkin' and a talkin'
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Friday, 18 August 2017

Here?s what happens to your retina if you view an eclipse without protection

quote [ Americans are making their last dashes for glasses and viewers to watch the rare total solar eclipse that will glide across the continental US on Monday. Meanwhile, eye doctors are trying to clear away any orbiting debris that's obscuring vision safety information?and spotlight the dangers of unsafe viewing.

Everyone knows that watching an eclipse?or staring into the Sun in general?can damage eyes. But in a series of articles published Friday in JAMA and JAMA Ophthalmology, a group of ophthalmologists explains in detail how sunlight damages the retina, plus dispels some misconceptions about viewing techniques for the rare event. They also provide a case study of what happens when you go into an eclipse event eyeballs-out. ]

Don't stare at the sun on Monday.

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Digital Immortality, The Future of Memory, and Sci-Fi Utopias: An Interview With Dr. Phil Frana

quote [ When you sit down with Phil Frana, you better buckle up for a conversation that ranges from the history of artificial intelligence (he's literally writing the book on it) to visions of the future, including uploading our minds to the singularity and 3-D printing our way to a utopian society. Phil is one of the speakers at the upcoming Escape Velocity 2017, the Museum of Science Fiction's annual sci-fi and science event, where he'll be leading a talk on matter duplicators. Ahead of Escape Velocity, we sat down with Phil to talk about sci-fi, tech, and the future. ]

Digitally uploading consciousness seems like a variant of the teleporter problem. Which one is you? And if you're so unattached to the idea of your singular self why would you care about living forever if that's not going to be you anyway?
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Sunday, 13 August 2017

The Google Memo: Four Scientists Respond

quote [ Hey, has Google fired that ignorant sexist shitball yet?
-John Scalzi (@scalzi) Aug. 7, 2017 ]

Ouch. Embarrassingly-no-humiliatingly-blown out of the water. I just want to apologize to everyone.

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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Ethereum Is Coding's New Wild West | Backchannel

quote [ Ethereum is more than just digital cash. It's also a decentralized computing platform?and developers are all over it. ]

Code is run publicly, but users are pseudonymous. It?s like Amazon Web Services, except instead of Amazon as the seller and users as the buyer, users can play either role. No individual controls the system. That makes Ethereum something genuinely new?something unprecedented.

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Introducing SMALT, the world's first Smart Salt Dispenser, may God have mercy on our souls

quote [ SMALT is the perfect complement to any meal and a great way to shake up the night! Play your favorite music through SMALT?s impressive Bluetooth speakers and set the mood with multi-colored lighting. Plus you can track your salt intake for a healthier dining experience. Get a pinch or exact measurement of salt directly from SMALT or with our easy-to-use app. SMALT can also be used with Alexa, so upgrading your health and smarthome is easy! ]

We as a species have lost our way.

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Biohackers Encoded Malware in a Strand of DNA

quote [ a group of researchers from the University of Washington has shown for the first time that it?s possible to encode malicious software into physical strands of DNA, so that when a gene sequencer analyzes it the resulting data becomes a program that corrupts gene-sequencing software and takes control of the underlying computer. ]

It's not practical, but it is clever.

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

'Bollywood blocks the Internet Archive'

quote [ Access to the Internet Archive is being barred within India.

The move appears to be the result of two Bollywood production companies attempting to stop pirated copies of their films being viewed online within the country.

A government agency emailed the BBC copies of the court orders involved.

They list 2,650 websites that a judge ordered internet providers to block. Most are file-sharing services, but the Internet Archive is also included.

The San Francisco-based non-profit is best known for its Wayback Machine - an online tool that allows the public to see old versions of websites. It contains more than 302 billion saved web pages. ]

I'm kind of surprised this isn't a regular thing.

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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Brace for a truly terrible hurricane season

quote [ ?Forecasters predict a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which five to nine could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including two to four major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher),
Five named storms ? Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don and Emily ? formed prior to Aug. 1. ?This is slightly above normal,? says senior meteorologist and climatologist David Dilley, of Global Weather Oscillations, whose predictions for the 2017 season call it ?the most dangerous in 12 years.? ]

Batten down the hatches... Shes gonna blow.
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Thursday, 3 August 2017

Microsoft is killing Teal

quote [ The Windows Console's colors are getting their first overhaul in more than 20 years! Hurray! The default color values have been changed to improve legibility of darker colors on modern screens, and to give the Console a more modern look & feel. ]

Unless something is done to stop them, Teal (aka DARK_CYAN) — originally RGB(0,128,128) — will be changed to a light Blue-de-France-esque garbage color — RGB(58,150,221). Write your congressman before it's too late!

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