Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Naked Zoom

"Canadian lawmaker caught naked during video conference"

"This was an unfortunate error," Amos said in a statement sent by email.  "My video was accidentally turned on as I was changing into my work clothes after going for a jog. I sincerely apologize to my colleagues in the House of Commons for this unintentional distraction. Obviously, it was an honest mistake and it won’t happen again."


Reporting Dissent

"China launches app to report people with 'mistaken opinions'".

I'm just glad no one would ever want to implement something similar here in the US!

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Surviving An Asteroid

Wired: "How To Survive A Killer Asteroid"

Calebresi's Fable

Calebresi's Fable. (Source NYT, 19 April 2021).

Related link.


Monday, April 19, 2021

Skynet Wants To Go On A Date

"Artificial Intelligence Learns To Flirt Thanks To Colorado Scientist Janelle Shane". (Via D.M. and J.S.)

Tell-Tale Tattoos

"A Mafia fugitive hiding out in the Dominican Republic was arrested when investigators found his YouTube cooking channel and identified him by his distinctive arm tattoos." (Via Bruce Schneier.)

Friday, April 16, 2021

Tastes Great, More Filling

"Human Taste Buds Can Tell The Difference Between Normal And 'Heavy' Water". (Via H.R.)

Bad Algorithm

"Life's a Bitche: Facebook says sorry for shutting down town's page"

Life’s a Bitche for one historic town in north-east France that has received an apology from Facebook after its page was shut down for apparently using offensive language.

Bitche in the Moselle, population 5,000 and home to the Bitchois, fell foul of the social network’s algorithm, which deemed it insulting and removed it without explanation last month.

On Tuesday, after reports of the Facebook suspension spread, the social network restored the Ville de Bitche page.


Thursday, April 15, 2021

FBI Hacking Others' Computers

"The FBI is remotely hacking hundreds of computers to protect them from Hafnium "

Printing Bone

"3D Printing Bone Directly Into the Body". (Via H.R.)

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Algorithm Vs. Heuristic Vs. Machine Learning

"Algorithm Vs. Heuristic Vs. Machine Learning" explained. (Via FB.) 


EFF's take on SCOTUS decision on fair use and APIs: "The Supreme Court Reverses the Federal Circuit in Oracle v. Google"

Monday, April 12, 2021

Particle Update

"'Last Hope' Experiment Finds Evidence for Unknown Particles"

Alternatives To Injections

"Scientists have spent nearly 100 years searching for a better way to give vaccines"

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Universal Language Traits?

"Alien Languages May Not Be Entirely Alien to Us".

I suspect the author might still be thinking too narrowly about how languages could develop.

Cosmic Rays In Japan

"Cosmic rays causing 30,000 network malfunctions in Japan each year"