Thursday, January 18, 2018

Pentagon AI

"The Pentagon's New Artificial Intelligence Is Already Hunting Terrorists"

Underwater Volcano

"We All Nearly Missed The Largest Underwater Volcano Eruption Ever Recorded". (Via H.R.)

Learning From Hawaii

"Learning From Hawaii's False Missile Attack Fiasco"

Monday, January 15, 2018

Harry’s Razors Review

"Harry’s Razors review"

Toll-Free Numbers

"Why Do Toll-Free Numbers Start With 800?"

Pencil Factory

"Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories". (Via H.R.)

Friday, January 12, 2018

Remote Driving

"I Rode in a Car in Las Vegas. Its Driver Was in Silicon Valley"

Dolphin Intelligence

"Why dolphins are deep thinkers":
Kelly the dolphin has built up quite a reputation. All the dolphins at the institute are trained to hold onto any litter that falls into their pools until they see a trainer, when they can trade the litter for fish. In this way, the dolphins help to keep their pools clean.

Kelly has taken this task one step further. When people drop paper into the water she hides it under a rock at the bottom of the pool. The next time a trainer passes, she goes down to the rock and tears off a piece of paper to give to the trainer. After a fish reward, she goes back down, tears off another piece of paper, gets another fish, and so on.

…Her cunning has not stopped there. One day, when a gull flew into her pool, she grabbed it, waited for the trainers and then gave it to them. It was a large bird and so the trainers gave her lots of fish. This seemed to give Kelly a new idea. The next time she was fed, instead of eating the last fish, she took it to the bottom of the pool and hid it under the rock where she had been hiding the paper. When no trainers were present, she brought the fish to the surface and used it to lure the gulls, which she would catch to get even more fish. After mastering this lucrative strategy, she taught her calf, who taught other calves, and so gull-baiting has become a hot game among the dolphins.
(Via A.B. and Marginal Revolution.)

Ikea Marketing First

"Ikea’s New Ad Is A Pregnancy Test You Pee On. Really." (Via J.A.)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

New Rules For Border Inspection Of Electronic Devices

"New Rules Announced for Border Inspection of Electronic Devices":
The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol announced new restrictions on when agents can copy data from digital devices at border crossing points.

Agents now need “reasonable suspicion” in advance of searches of phones, computers, tablets, cameras or any other digital device belonging to people entering or leaving the United States. Border agents will also be restricted from accessing data stored remotely in the cloud.

The new guidance published (PDF) on Friday update existing rules introduced in 2009 regarding “advanced” searches that can be conducted at random and without warrant.

Under the new rules, border agents would still be able to conduct “basic” searches “with or without suspicion,” which entails physical examination of digital devices, such as sorting through photos and examining messages. “Advanced” searches based on “reasonable suspicion” will still be permitted and agents can still review, copy, and analyze a digital device’s contents.

The directive states travelers may be asked to provide passcodes to unlock a device. If the border agent is unable to inspect the device because it is passcode or encryption-protected, the agent may detain the device for up to five days.

Crown Casting

Side-by-side photos of The Crown's cast with their real-life counterparts. Excellent casting!

Taiko Drummers

"The arcane world of Japan's taiko drummers"

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Monday, January 08, 2018