Wednesday, April 30, 2003
"You're In Control": The MIT Media Lab has developed a new series of games controlled by the player's urine stream, hence the name "You're In Control (Urine Control)". The picture of the woman play-testing the system is worth a visit to the site. Here's their paper on the subject. (Via Boing Boing.)
How valid is the Rorschach inkblot test? According to a recent psychology book, not very. One author claims that tarot card readings would be just as accurate. If you want to see the official Rorschach figures as well as the supposedly "correct" answers, click here and decide for yourself. (Via Plastic.)
Tuesday, April 29, 2003
Happy Spammiversary :-( Spam turns 25 this week. The first spam was a cheesy announcement sent on May 1, 1978 about an open house for the hot new DEC-20 minicomputer sent to everyone on the West Coast Arpanet, although the term "spam" wasn't coined until 1993. Since then, the problem has gotten worse, and even the recently proposed Lawrence Lessig solution has several problems. As Brad Templeton observes:
Spam fascinates me because it sits at the intersection of three important rights -- free speech, private property and privacy. It's also the first major internet governance issue (possibly in tandem with DNS) that the members of the internet community have been so deeply concerned with.Excellent article. Templeton has more thoughts on the spam issue here. (Via Boing Boing.)
Monday, April 28, 2003
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Wednesday, April 16, 2003
"Automated Denial-of-Service Attack Using the U.S. Post Office". This is a very clever method of attack. Interested readers can also download the original paper, Defending Against an Internet-based Attack on the Physical World (.pdf format).
Tuesday, April 15, 2003
Monday, April 14, 2003
Sunday, April 13, 2003
If the (former) Iraqi Information Minister worked for Apple Computers:
"Do not believe the lies of the PC infidels. The PC chips have not reached 3GHz. It is Apple that is at 3GHz. Our initial assessment is that the PC is still at 250MHz, and we will slaughter Microsoft in the server market and in the home. Our market share is at 90%."(Via Ars Technica.)
"We are in control. The PC users are in a state of hysteria. They do not even have control over themselves! Do not believe them! Losers, they think that by building fabs and plants and chips and trying to distort the feelings of the people they will win. I think they will not win, those bastards."
"NO! We have retaken the education market! The infidels attacked the education market but we have killed them all with bullets and shoes. There are NO PCs there. I will take you there to the public schools and show you. IN ONE HOUR!"
Saturday, April 12, 2003
Friday, April 11, 2003
Singapore's government will be making aggressive use of webcams to enforce its SARS quarantines. Their Ministry of Health, states that the hundreds of home quarantine patients "will be called at random intervals daily and requested to turn on the camera and present themselves in front of the camera to show their presence".
Thursday, April 10, 2003
Wednesday, April 09, 2003
Tuesday, April 08, 2003
California physicists have discovered a new phenomenon known as "electrostatic rotation" in which electrostatic forces induce spin, not just a mere push or pull. According to the report, this phenomenon "was not expected and could not be explained by available theory" and may "impact fields as diverse as atomic physics, chemistry and nanotechnology". (Via BottomQuark.)
Tomorrow's kitchen may include this "refrigerated microwave that can be controlled over the net or by mobile phone." Or not.
Monday, April 07, 2003
The warblogging site The Agonist admits to plagiarizing material without attribution from the for-fee subscription news/analysis source Stratfor.com. Diana has more information and commentary. Update: At least Sean Paul Kelley appears to be accepting full responsibility for his actions.
Stefano Bettelli is devising an object-oriented programming language for quantum computers.
Sunday, April 06, 2003
"How to Keep Your Perspective When the Media Lose Theirs": Writer Orson Scott Card describes what media coverage of a football game would be like if written by some of the uninformed war correspondents:
"The Redskins seem to be worried about getting the ball. They're all huddled up, apparently planning something. Now they're coming out and lining up -- but they don't match up with the Cowboys' men! What is going on here? What kind of plan is this? And look at that cowardly quarterback, he gets the ball and goes backward! All those Cowboys that weren't matched up are coming right at him and -- oh, look at that, who would have guessed it, he threw the ball and there just happened to be a Redskin right under it!".(Via Heretical Ideas.)
Saturday, April 05, 2003
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Thursday, April 03, 2003
Wednesday, April 02, 2003
Rand Simberg notes, "Japanese videogame makers are staging a futile effort to prevent hackers from coming up with patches to remove the clothing from CGI-generated female beach volleyball players. Apparently there are already such things for a nude version of Tomb Raider, with Lara Croft in the buff. Seems like an oxymoronic use of the word 'patch.'" (Via Transterrestrial Musings.)