1. 04:45 18th Jul 2011

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    I guess my tin foil hat is not as good an idea as I thought…

Among a fringe community of paranoids, aluminum helmets serve as the protective measure of choice against invasive radio signals. We investigate the efficacy of three aluminum helmet designs on a sample group of four individuals. Using a $250,000 network analyser, we find that although on average all helmets attenuate invasive radio frequencies in either directions (either emanating from an outside source, or emanating from the cranium of the subject), certain frequencies are in fact greatly amplified. These amplified frequencies coincide with radio bands reserved for government use according to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). Statistical evidence suggests the use of helmets may in fact enhance the government’s invasive abilities. We speculate that the government may in fact have started the helmet craze for this reason.

(via berkeley.intel-research.net/arahimi/helmet/)

    I guess my tin foil hat is not as good an idea as I thought…

    Among a fringe community of paranoids, aluminum helmets serve as the protective measure of choice against invasive radio signals. We investigate the efficacy of three aluminum helmet designs on a sample group of four individuals. Using a $250,000 network analyser, we find that although on average all helmets attenuate invasive radio frequencies in either directions (either emanating from an outside source, or emanating from the cranium of the subject), certain frequencies are in fact greatly amplified. These amplified frequencies coincide with radio bands reserved for government use according to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). Statistical evidence suggests the use of helmets may in fact enhance the government’s invasive abilities. We speculate that the government may in fact have started the helmet craze for this reason.

    (via berkeley.intel-research.net/arahimi/helmet/)

     
  2. 11:47 17th Jul 2011

    Notes: 2

    During those years the unsocialized were snarling at Martin for being lazy or procrastinating or indolent or whatever, he wrote about as many words for novels as I had. By this superficial but easy-to-quantify metric, on the novel front he was as productive as I was, and most people seem to agree that I’ve been pretty productive these last six years. I just spread my words around five novels while he poured all of his into one.

Sing it, Scalzi. 
 (via A Small Observation Regarding Words and Releases « Whatever)
    During those years the unsocialized were snarling at Martin for being lazy or procrastinating or indolent or whatever, he wrote about as many words for novels as I had. By this superficial but easy-to-quantify metric, on the novel front he was as productive as I was, and most people seem to agree that I’ve been pretty productive these last six years. I just spread my words around five novels while he poured all of his into one.

    Sing it, Scalzi.
    (via A Small Observation Regarding Words and Releases « Whatever)

     
  3. 07:53 16th Jul 2011

    Notes: 1

    Whitman’s body was taken to the morgue, his skull was put under the bone saw, and the medical examiner lifted the brain from its vault. He discovered that Whitman’s brain harbored a tumor the diameter of a nickel. This tumor, called a glioblastoma, had blossomed from beneath a structure called the thalamus, impinged on the hypothalamus, and compressed a third region called the amygdala. The amygdala is involved in emotional regulation, especially of fear and aggression…. Whitman’s intuition about himself—that something in his brain was changing his behavior—was spot-on.
     
  4. 16:20 15th Jul 2011

    Notes: 3

    (via Murdoch apologizes - Boing Boing)
     
  5. 13:37

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    I do feel a smidgen sorry for the GOP leadership on this, because they’re trying to be grownups and I suspect they recognize, aside from any political gamesmanship issues, that at after a certain point one does not destroy the nation’s economy simply to make a point, and they have to deal with dogmatic morons ideologues who are either too ignorant or too stupid (or both!) to realize what a very bad thing it is for the United States to default on its debts. Only a smidgen sorry, however, because they actively encouraged the American people to vote in these dogmatic morons ideologues. This is one of those “You made your bed, complete with a dogmatic moron ideologue ready to screw you, now sleep in it” moments. Alas, the rest of us are in the same bed, and we have to watch.
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  6. 18:33 14th Jul 2011

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    What a preposterous world we live in, where developments in invisibility cloak tech are common enough to elicit yawns. Fine, you unmovable automatons, how about a time cloak?

Cue Dr Who Episode…

(via Scientists Punch a Hole in the Fabric of Time with a “Time Cloak”)
    What a preposterous world we live in, where developments in invisibility cloak tech are common enough to elicit yawns. Fine, you unmovable automatons, how about a time cloak?

    Cue Dr Who Episode…

    (via Scientists Punch a Hole in the Fabric of Time with a “Time Cloak”)

     
  7. 05:54

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    And he did this thing, and to this day I have no idea whether he did it on purpose, whether he’s even aware of it, but he just stared at me, like the whole time, even when other people were speaking, his eyes never left my face and it was like he was studying me, and I just went to pieces.



(via Neville Longbottom, the real hero of the Harry Potter franchise, speaks out)
    And he did this thing, and to this day I have no idea whether he did it on purpose, whether he’s even aware of it, but he just stared at me, like the whole time, even when other people were speaking, his eyes never left my face and it was like he was studying me, and I just went to pieces.


    (via Neville Longbottom, the real hero of the Harry Potter franchise, speaks out)

     
  8. 06:00 12th Jul 2011

    Notes: 3

    Practically any Internet user can be framed for copyright infringement today. By profiling copyright enforcement in the popular BitTorrent file sharing system, we were able to generate hundreds of real DMCA takedown notices for computers at the University of Washington that never downloaded nor shared any content whatsoever.
     
  9. 07:51 7th Jul 2011

    Notes: 5

    America?" he says. "I’ll tell you about America." I must look wary, because he quickly explains that, after years of 50-hour workweeks, he’s probably spoken with more of my compatriots than I have. "America is not all honey and roses the way they tell you," he informs me. "Truth is, 90 percent of the people there, you will find, they’ll do the most stupid things, impulsive things. I know for a fact. At the same time, Americans are bighearted people, and the remaining 10 percent of them are smart. Bloody smart. That’s why they rule the world.
     
  10. 07:19

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  11. 21:41 19th Mar 2011

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    (via http://xkcd.com/radiation/)
     
  12. Bahrain is roughly the same story as Libya—only instead of pro-democracy protesters being murdered by a terrorist-sponsoring monster of a dictator who has been on America’s enemies list for ages, the pro-democracy protesters are being murdered by a government that is America’s very own dear ally. And where Qaddafi brought in foreign mercenaries for support, King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa of Bahrain brought in troops from our even more vital ally, Saudi Arabia.
     
  13. 10 years ago a browser was born. Its name was Internet Explorer 6. Now that we’re in 2011, in an era of modern web standards, it’s time to say goodbye. This website is dedicated to watching Internet Explorer 6 usage drop to less than 1% worldwide, so more websites can choose to drop support for Internet Explorer 6, saving hours of work for web developers.
     
  14. 08:15 2nd Mar 2011

    Notes: 8

    Doodles and Works: 015
     
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