Saturday, August 01, 2015
Friday, July 31, 2015
"How brand-new words are spreading across America":
One region is particularly influential: the south. Several of Grieve’s emerging words got their start there. It’s true of boolin (chilling), baeless (single), bruuh (bro), unbothered (happily oblivious), to name a few.
This tells us two things. First, it is evidence of the “north-south split,” a linguistic divide separating two dialects of American English at the Mason-Dixon Line. Grieve called it the “strongest dialectical pattern in the United States.” Some of these fast-growing words, like unbothered, have barely left the south at all. Perhaps it will reach the north this year.Second, we can see how African-American English is largely responsible for the coinages that secure a place in the lexicon. New words on Black Twitter grow to be used on the rest of Twitter...
"How Many Parents-To-Be Want To Know The Baby's Sex?
* 58 percent of women and 58 percent of men said they had found out or planned to find out the sex of the fetus
* "Almost all parents feel strongly one way or the other about whether it is best to know the fetal sex before birth"
* Most parents (84 percent of mothers and 80 percent of fathers) say they don’t have a strong preference about the sex of the baby.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
[Off topic]: My latest Forbes column is now up, "Genuine Charity Requires Freedom".
"These Researchers Just Hacked an Air-Gapped Computer Using a Simple Cellphone"
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
"The optimistic gamble: A bold new programme financed by a Silicon Valley tycoon will revitalise the hunt for alien civilisations"
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
[Off topic]: PJ Media has posted my latest short column, "In Praise of the Market Economy".
"Nanostructured Glass Can Switch Between Blocking Heat and Blocking Light". (Via H.R.)
Monday, July 27, 2015
"State of the art: $20,000, 1 megapixel. This is what digital cameras were like in 1995"
This episode of CNET Central from the summer of 1995 features the "B-2 Stealth Bomber" of digital cameras, a Fuji X/Nikon hybrid. Roughly the size of a volleyball, this camera packed 1.3 megapixels and a removable 131 MB card capable of storing 70 images, all for $20,000 or (equivalent to $31,000 in 2015).
Friday, July 24, 2015
"You Are Now Liable for Your Butt Dials":
A federal appeals court in Cincinnati ruled yesterday that somebody who accidentally calls somebody else isn't protected by a right to privacy; whatever the person on the other end hears is fair game. Having a mobile device that everyone knows can trigger calls accidentally means you can be snooped on when the gut-wrenching mistake occurs, the panel of judges decided. Having a butt has never been more dangerous.
This is only the second time a court case has used the phrase "butt dial," as far as Eric Goldman, a law professor at Santa Clara University in California who directs the school's High Tech Law Institute, knows...
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
"Mother Robots Build Children Robots to Experiment With Artificial Evolution"
Wired: "Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway -- With Me in It"
All of this is possible only because Chrysler, like practically all carmakers, is doing its best to turn the modern automobile into a smartphone. Uconnect, an Internet-connected computer feature in hundreds of thousands of Fiat Chrysler cars, SUVs, and trucks, controls the vehicle’s entertainment and navigation, enables phone calls, and even offers a Wi-Fi hot spot. And thanks to one vulnerable element, which Miller and Valasek won’t identify until their Black Hat talk, Uconnect’s cellular connection also lets anyone who knows the car’s IP address gain access from anywhere in the country...