Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Good Apple

"Man discovers 30 year old Apple computer still in working order":
“My oldest, who is 9, exclaimed “that’s a computer?!” in genuine surprise, and then pointed at the floppy drives and asked “what are those?” My younger twins just kept laughing at how silly it seemed to them.”

Bad Plagiarist

Courtney Milan: "Cristiane Serruya is a copyright infringer, a plagiarist, and an idiot".

The evidence is pretty convincing.

Plus as the victimized author notes: "[I]f I were an unethical plagiarist and I was looking to plagiarize a romance author, I would pick literally anyone except the one who clerked for the Supreme Court, taught intellectual property as a law professor, and doesn’t back down from a fight."


Bruce Schneier: "The Evolution of Darknets". More here.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Monday, February 18, 2019

More Prefixes

"You know kilo, mega, and giga. Is the metric system ready for ronna and quecca?
A proposal lodged with the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) in Paris recommends new names -- ronna and quecca-- as prefixes for 1027 and 1030, respectively. They would be joined by their microscopic counterparts, ronto for 1027, and quecto for 1030. If approved, the new terms could be formally introduced in 2022. They would be the first prefixes added since 1991.

The planned update responds to the massive growth in global data storage, which by the early 2030s is forecast to reach 1 yottabyte (1024) -- the top of the existing scale. Without new prefixes, computer scientists will have no way to officially talk about what comes next. At the other end of the scale, quantum physicists have measured atomic forces as small as 42 yoctonewtons. Much smaller and they run out of metrological road.

Wingsuit Jump

Um, wow: "2 wingsuit flyers BASE jump into a plane in mid-air"

Da Vinci Stamps

"Stamps Featuring Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci"

Friday, February 15, 2019

'Drinkable' Potato Chips

"'Drinkable' potato chips: The products keeping your phone grease-free":
Among the concerns facing today’s social media maven: how can one scroll through Instagram and enjoy a bag of potato chips without getting their phone all greasy?

It’s a dilemma Steve Jobs was never able to solve, but that hasn’t stopped today’s innovators. A Japanese snack company is offering chips that require only a single hand to consume – and you don’t have to touch the chips at all. The Tokyo company Koike-ya is behind One Hand Chips, which come pre-smashed so that you can essentially drink them, according to the Wall Street Journal. Now you can swipe with clean hands, and while the calories pile up, you don’t have to waste valuable energy chewing. As one enthusiast tells the paper: “I can just take it and chug it.”

Laundry In Ancient Mesopotamia

"How to Get Your Laundry Done in Ancient Mesopotamia"

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Tinder For Cows

"Cows Can Swipe Right for Love on This New Dating App".

The app is called Tudder, of course.

Earth Kitty!

"Did you know the Earth is actually a kitten?" (Via Cynical-C.)

Drunk Memories

"Drunk Witnesses Remember a Surprising Amount: Interviewing an inebriated person at the scene may be more accurate than waiting until he or she is sober"

Secure Messengers

"Thinking About What You Need In A Secure Messenger"

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Metallic Wood

"Penn Engineer's 'Metallic Wood' Has the Strength of Titanium and the Density of Water". (Via H.R.)

Dining At 5:30

"Why 5:30 Is the Ultimate Dining Time"

Palm Pilot Tribute

"Remembering the PalmPilot and its spinoffs"

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Monday, February 11, 2019

NYPD Vs. Google

NYPD is complaining that Waze users are posting the locations of the police checkpoints.

Google tells the NYPD, "too bad". I'm siding with Google on this one!

AI Finds Unknown Human Ancestor

"Artificial Intelligence Study of Human Genome Finds Unknown Human Ancestor"

Asteroid Defense Test

"A plan to knock an asteroid off course":
In what’s being called humankind’s 1st planetary defense test, space scientists are planning to visit a double asteroid -- Didymos and its tiny moon -- and crash into the moon in attempt to change its orbit. 

Friday, February 08, 2019


"Today We Learned You Can Sail In A Straight Line From The UK To New Zealand"

New Chargers

"The next generation of wall chargers is getting smaller and better". (Via H.R.)

Superman Physics

"The Way Superman Picks Up a Building Is a Physics Travesty"