Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Police Encrypting Radio Communications

"Encryption efforts in Colorado challenge crime reporters, transparency". (Via Ari A.)

AIs Understanding Rats

"Scientists Use AI to Decode the Ultrasonic Language of Rodents"

Beer Therapy

"Doctors Saved Man's Life by Pumping 15 Cans of Beer Into His Body".

This is a unconventional, but legitimate way to treat methanol poisoning. (Via H.R.)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Silmarillion Primer

Jeff LaSala: The Silmarillion Primer.

Learning Robot Dog

"A robot dog has learned to run faster with machine learning"

Legendary LA Bookstore

Downtown LA's The Last Bookstore:
The massive store, covering 16,000 square feet, also boasts a coffee shop, a record store, and a used books section—but the “labyrinth” upstairs is where the magic really happens. It’s a maze of bookshelves arranged into tunnels of paperbacks, offbeat art installations made of flying books, little shops and displays of art, trinkets and antiques, and rainbow-colored rows and stacks of assorted volumes. To sweeten the deal, everything up in the labyrinth is $1 each, half of which goes to charity. Leave plenty of time to get lost here.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Embroidered Computer

"Artists Irene Posch & Ebru Kurbak have built The Embroidered Computer, a programmable 8-bit computer made using traditional embroidery techniques and materials."

Last Words

"What People Actually Say Before They Die"

Dirty Dealings In Amazon Marketplace

"Dirty Dealing In The $175 Billion Amazon Marketplace"

Some of the dirty tricks include sellers buying fake 5-star reviews for their competitors to frame them for violating Amazon terms-of-service. Or setting competitors' products on fire, then posting a fake customer review that the product exploded.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Friday, January 18, 2019

Password Breach

Troy Hunt: "The 773 Million Record 'Collection #1' Data Breach".

Related: If you have 1Password, here's how to "Use Watchtower to find passwords you need to change".

The Route of a Text Message

"The Route of a Text Message": How a text message is typed, stored, sent, received, and displayed.

Buffett On Bogle

I appreciated this tribute to Vanguard founder Jack Bogle, by Warren Buffett:
"If a statue is ever erected to honor the person who has done the most for American investors, the hands down choice should be Jack Bogle. For decades, Jack has urged investors to invest in ultra-low-cost index funds. In his crusade, he amassed only a tiny percentage of the wealth that has typically flowed to managers who have promised their investors large rewards while delivering them nothing – or, as in our bet, less than nothing – of added value. In his early years, Jack was frequently mocked by the investment-management industry. Today, however, he has the satisfaction of knowing that he helped millions of investors realize far better returns on their savings than they otherwise would have earned. He is a hero to them and to me."

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Net Neutrality Repeal Update

"A Year Without Net Neutrality: No Big Changes (Yet)"

Bad Aphorisms

Josh Greenman: "What famous, widely accepted aphorism do you find least true or least helpful?"

Click through to see plenty of interesting responses. (Via Tyler Cowen.)

Moon Seed

"Giant leaf for mankind? China germinates first seed on moon"

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Quantum Cable

"The Super-Secure Quantum Cable Hiding in the Holland Tunnel"

Brutal Typos

Fergil Mills: "Ever catch a typo so brutal it leaves you scarred, even though you fixed it?"

Some of the responses in the comments are pure comedy gold. (Via J.M.)

Chinese Anger Rooms

"All the rage -- Beijingers vent their stress in 'anger room'"

Monday, January 14, 2019