A. Suppose there's a standard recipe for people who want to make coffee: harvest and prepare (or simply buy) some coffee beans, grind them up, boil them for a few minutes, and serve. B. Suppose a company — let's call it Feurig — declares a patterned approach toward following this recipe: Provide penetrable cups of a certain […]
Talking around the edges of what's classified is all the rage these days. See, for example, the commercial for the NSA that ran on 60 minutes tonight. In that vein, a former employee of Tailored Access Ops explains (within Info Assurance guidelines) what he did at the NSA and why he's ok with it. Insufficiently discussed […]
If you've been hangin' around here lately, and you're lookin' to cleanse the computer fakery, mistakery, and opaquery from your palate, look no further than the brilliant and hilarious essay The Night Watch, by the hilarious and brilliant James Mickens of Microsoft. Bonus: he's a good writer. Here's his self-blurb from the MS research site: Excellence. […]
Qióng: Shīfu Shíjú! Shīfu Shíjú! Shīfu Shíjú: Qióng, what do you want? Qióng: Please, tell me why size matters? Shīfu Shíjú: Idiot! Go finish your chores. Qióng: I have done them, Shīfu! I am ready to know! Shīfu Shíjú: Very well. Sit down. Now, first I will show you the way of integers. What is the next digit in this series? 12345… Qióng: […]
http://kieranhealy.org/blog/archives/2013/06/09/using-metadata-to-find-paul-revere/ Has entertainment value. "Perhaps I should not say 'terrorists' so rashly. But you can see how tempting it is."
Why bother with artificial intelligence when we're still pretty incompetent with natural intelligence? And yet the fact that a venture is ill advised has never stopped us before. We aspire to control others without being able to control ourselves. We judge others more harshly than we judge ourselves. We take more readily than we give. […]
Time to deprecate the 88? Here's where old pianos go to die. Nearly 365,000 were sold at the peak, in 1910, according to the National Piano Manufacturers Association. …In 2011, 41,000 were sold, along with 120,000 digital pianos and 1.1 million keyboards….
With the Facebook Timeline just around the corner, and with Steve Jobs shuffling off this mortal coil, I'd like to consider what makes some technologies so different, so appealing. Continue reading….
Via Bruce Schneier, a good description of a common fallacy: Imagine you've invented a machine to detect terrorists. It's good, about 90% accurate. …you receive urgent information … that a potential attacker is in the building. Security teams seal every exit and all 3,000 people inside are rounded up to be tested. The first 30 […]