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Should Airplanes Be Flying Themselves?
Airline pilots were once the heroes of the skies. Today, in the quest for safety, airplanes are meant to largely fly themselves. Which is why the 2009 crash of…
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18 hours ago
The little-known Soviet mission to rescue a dead space station
It’s getting dark, and Vladimir Dzhanibekov is cold. He has a flashlight, but no gloves. Gloves make it difficult to work, and he needs to work quickly. His…
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4 days ago
Star Trek in Cinerama - Nick Acosta
Stitched together "Star Trek" shots into gorgeous wide screen.
art  startrek  tv  post 
4 days ago
Font Awesome, the iconic font and CSS toolkit
Font Awesome gives you scalable vector icons that can instantly be customized — size, color, drop shadow, and anything that can be done with the power of CSS.
css  font  icons  typography  webdev 
5 days ago
Platypus | Sveinbjorn Thordarson
Platypus is a developer tool for the Mac OS X operating system. It creates native Mac OS X applications from interpreted scripts such as shell scripts or Perl, Ruby and Python programs. This is done by wrapping the script in an application bundle along with a native executable binary that runs the script.
osx  perl  python  mac 
5 days ago
David Brin: Temptation
Jijo’s ocean stroked her flank like a mother’s nuzzling touch or a lover’s caress. Though it seemed a bit disloyal, Makanee felt this alien ocean had a silkier…
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6 days ago
Certificate Transparency - ACM Queue
On August 28, 2011, a mis-issued wildcard HTTPS certificate for google.com was used to conduct a man-in-the-middle attack against multiple users in Iran. The…
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11 days ago
Instagram
Watching the "Flow Show" at Parkgate!
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14 days ago
Dropping Science: 'XKCD' Cartoonist Randall Munroe on His New Book
“Stand back, I’m going to try science” is one of the enduring mottos of the XKCD webcomic. That’s exactly what cartoonist Randall Munroe has done: applied his…
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17 days ago
Electromagnetic Warfare Is Here - IEEE Spectrum
In the 2001 action movie Ocean’s Eleven, criminals use an electromagnetic weapon to black out a portion of Las Vegas. Very futuristic, you may say, but the…
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18 days ago
Inside Google’s Secret Drone-Delivery Program
A zipping comes across the sky.
A man named Neil Parfitt is standing in a field on a cattle ranch outside Warwick, Australia. A white vehicle appears above the…
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22 days ago
A Career-Spanning Conversation With Berkeley Breathed
Ever since Bloom County became a sensation in the early ’80s, Berkeley Breathed has had an incredibly varied career. He followed Bloom County‘s initial success…
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24 days ago
The Strange Tale of the North Pond Hermit
Photo: Andy Molloy/ Kennebec Journal/ AP Photo
The hermit set out of camp at midnight, carrying his backpack and his bag of break-in tools, and threaded through…
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26 days ago
How The Zebra Got Its Stripes, With Alan Turing
Where do a zebra’s stripes, a leopard’s spots and our fingers come from? The key was found years ago – by the man who cracked the Enigma code.
In 1952 a…
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28 days ago
Solomon curve - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Solomon curve is the graphical representation of collision rate of automobiles as a function of their speed compared to the average vehicle speed on the same road.
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4 weeks ago
Leslie Lamport: Thinking Above the Code - YouTube
Here is the point in the video where someone suggests specification by example and Lamport lays down the goddamn law:
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6 weeks ago
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Sunflowers outside Bram.
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6 weeks ago
Instagram
Another fine day on the Canal du Midi.
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6 weeks ago
Atlas Shrugged: The Hidden Context of the Book and Film
Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates. — Mark Twain
First a couple of honest disclaimers:
It may seem…
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6 weeks ago
Instagram
Waking up to this, now off for a croissant.
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7 weeks ago
Dispatches From The Future | Popular Science
“In the old days,” she said, “we used hydrogen. The lightest gas in the universe. But,” she added, lighting a cigar, “not without drawbacks.” She puffed. Smoke…
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7 weeks ago
First Day of Terror—Vol. 2, No. 3—The Appendix
feature illustration A winter day in Vienna when the world’s most powerful oil barons stared down the barrel of a gun. City of Vienna Carols echoed through the…
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8 weeks ago
Why Do Americans Stink at Math?
When Akihiko Takahashi was a junior in college in 1978, he was like most of the other students at his university in suburban Tokyo. He had a vague sense of…
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8 weeks ago
Assuming Everything Goes Perfectly Well: NASA’s 26 January 1967 Apollo Applications Program Press Conference | Science Blogs | WIRED
NASA
AAP was mainly about modifying Apollo spacecraft and Saturn rockets to do things other than put men on the moon, though the program also promised to expand…
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9 weeks ago
I, spy: Edward Snowden in exile | World | The Guardian
Fiction and films, the nearest most of us knowingly get to the world of espionage, give us a series of reliable stereotypes. British spies are hard-bitten,…
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9 weeks ago
What Canada's national television network could learn from the BBC | Technology | theguardian.com
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) occupies a cherished place in the bosom of Canadians that shares much with the relationship of Britons with the BBC.…
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10 weeks ago
Glenn Greenwald on Why the Latest Snowden Leak Matters | Threat Level | WIRED
Flickr user Gage Skidmore
After weeks of broadcasting his intention to “name names” and publish the identities of specific Americans targeted by the NSA and FBI…
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10 weeks ago
Because .com Wasn't Available: Cognitive Biases in Software Engineering
Human logic, unlike that of the machines which we program and use every day, isn't perfect.  We make mistakes, we establish bad mental habits, and we have many…
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10 weeks ago
The Joy of Exercising in Moderation
I wonder sometimes if I was born hating exercise. Ever since I had to climb the rope in second-grade gym class, I regarded physical activity with confusion and…
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10 weeks ago
In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are
Files provided by Snowden show the extent ordinary Web users are caught in the net
Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber…
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11 weeks ago
Down on the Farm by Charles Stross | Tor.com
Ah, the joy of summer: here in the south-east of England it’s the season of mosquitoes, sunburn, and water shortages. I’m a city boy, so you can add stifling…
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11 weeks ago
Editorial 1.1: Another Step Forward for iOS Automation
Editorial, Ole Zorn’s text automation tool and Markdown editor for iOS, has changed the way I work on my iPad.
Combining an elegant text editing experience with…
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11 weeks ago
The Big Lobotomy
How Republicans Made Congress Stupid
Credit: Amy Swan
Last September, as they scrambled to decide on one final ultimatum before shutting down the federal…
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11 weeks ago
The Fermi Paradox - Wait But Why
Everyone feels something when they’re in a really good starry place on a really good starry night and they look up and see this: Some people stick with the…
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12 weeks ago
H.E.L.G.A. - A Tale of Artificial Intelligence | OMNI Reboot
a science fiction space craft flying in the air H.E.L.G.A. – A Tale of Artificial Intelligence December 20 – 5:32 AM (Miami time) 10:32 GMT An Undisclosed…
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12 weeks ago
If the world is a computer, life is an algorithm | Science News
Cellular automata could describe quantum physics, the universe and biological evolution 12:31pm, June 18, 2014 Each pixel of a cellular automaton can be either…
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12 weeks ago
Stephen Hawking: 'Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence - but are we taking AI seriously enough?'
With the Hollywood blockbuster Transcendence playing in cinemas, with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman showcasing clashing visions for the future of humanity,…
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june 2014
Palmström: The Lambda Calculus for Absolute Dummies (like myself)
If there is one highly underrated concept in philosophy today, it is computation. Why is it so important? Because computationalism is the new mechanism. For…
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june 2014
The Truth About the CIA and Iran | Foreign Affairs
RAY TAKEYH is Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Back in 2009, during his heavily promoted Cairo speech on American…
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june 2014
How America became uncompetitive and unequal - The Washington Post
Lina Khan is a policy analyst for the Markets, Enterprise and Resiliency Initiative at the New America Foundation. Sandeep Vaheesan is special counsel at the…
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june 2014
Daring Fireball: Only Apple
“Only Apple” has been Tim Cook’s closing mantra for the last few Apple keynotes. Here’s what he said at the end of last week’s WWDC keynote:
You’ve seen how our…
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june 2014
Launched
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osx  sysadmin  mac 
june 2014
Life, After
Denial is powerful. It can be a crucial coping tool when experiencing loss or trauma, but it also can unmoor you from reality. From the time I lost most of my…
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june 2014
NASA Adrift: Part 2 - Houston Chronicle
About the series This is the second story in a series that will look at the state of America’s space program. In this installment, we examine NASA’s efforts to…
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june 2014
Eugene—the supercomputer, not 13-year-old—first to beat the Turing Test | Ars Technica
Simulating a 13 year old boy to pass a Turing test sets the bar pretty low for AI. Source: I used to be one.
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june 2014
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