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Weizenbaum examines computers and society - The Tech
I think the computer has from the beginning been a fundamentally conservative force. It has made possible the saving of institutions pretty much as they were, which otherwise might have had to be changed. For example, banking. Superficially, it looks as if banking has been revolutionized by the computer. But only very superficially. Consider that, say 20, 25 years ago, the banks were faced with the fact that the population was growing at a very rapid rate, many more checks would be written than before, and so on. Their response was to bring in the computer. By the way, I helped design the first computer banking system in the United States, for the Bank of America 25 years ago.
computers  programming  business  politics  history  technology  via:jomc 
21 days ago by ignatz
Timeline of Russian innovation - Wikipedia
very odd list of russian innovations, starting with baked milk
wikipedia  russia  history  technology  wtf 
november 2018 by ignatz
my 1990s NEC computer had a horrible proprietary disk setup
NEC  vintagecomputing  1990s  technology  failure  history  DOS 
july 2018 by ignatz
Cache stampede - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A cache stampede is a type of cascading failure that can occur when massive parallel computing systems with caching mechanisms come under very high load. This behaviour is sometimes also called dog-piling.
technology  computers  software  caching  failure  wikipedia 
january 2014 by ignatz
alex varanese: tortured artist, rogue scientist and international playboy
re-imagining four common products from 2010 as if they were designed in 1977: an mp3 player, a laptop, a mobile phone and a handheld video game system.
design  history  technology  sf  1970s 
october 2012 by ignatz
Medical Device Security Center
Official blog of the Medical Device Security Center, a cross-disciplinary research initiative on medical device security, privacy, safety, and effectiveness.
healthcare  technology  security  doom 
june 2012 by ignatz
Texting error leads to lockdowns at West Hall middle, high schools
wrong number autocorrected SMS message leads to lockdown at schools
technology  doom  sms  autocorrect  schoolshooting 
march 2012 by ignatz
Google uncloaks once-secret server | Business Tech - CNET News
Google's big surprise: each server has its own 12-volt battery to supply power if there's a problem with the main source of electricity. The company also revealed for the first time that since 2005, its data centers have been composed of standard shipping containers--each with 1,160 servers and a power consumption that can reach 250 kilowatts.
google  hardware  design  technology  sysadmin  infrastructure 
april 2009 by ignatz
Spaceflight Now | STS-119 Shuttle Report | Legendary commander tells story of shuttle's close call
"I think the words 'we're in deep doo doo' were said in the cockpit, this could be a problem, guys, you know? This looks bad" ... "...a perfect storm of poor communications, caused in part by military restrictions that prevented the crew from downlinking clear images showing scores of chipped and broken tiles, ultimately resulted in a flawed analysis on the ground that indicated the crew had nothing to worry about."
via:thepouncer  space  nasa  shuttle  failure  technology 
april 2009 by ignatz
Cycling into the Future: 15 Crazy Concept Bicycles WebUrbanist
Innovation never ceases, and as a result we’ve been treated to a wild assortment of ideas from giant amphibious contraptions to bikes that fold up into backpacks.
technology  bicycles  concept  design  toys  yow 
march 2009 by ignatz
That's Not Cool
Ad Council attempts to deal with abusive dating situations in online contexts. The call out cards are the best part.
sex  technology  im  sms  teenagers  psa  adcouncil 
january 2009 by ignatz / Comment / Analysis - California scheming
Everyone wants a piece of the green action that supposedly will get hot with the new administration
commerce  usa  politics  obama  technology  environment  green  stimulus 
january 2009 by ignatz
Alternative health capital turns its 'negative energy' on pioneering wi-fi system - Telegraph
Some healers even hold that electro-magnetic fields (EMFs) generated by the wi-fi system are responsible for upsetting positive energy fields of the body, which are known as chakras, and positive energy fields of the earth, which are known as ley lines.
failure  technology  psychoceramics  newage  via:regine  radiation  tinfoilhat 
december 2008 by ignatz
What Your Computer Does While You Wait : Gustavo Duarte
This post takes a look at the speed - latency and throughput - of various subsystems in a modern commodity PC, an Intel Core 2 Duo at 3.0GHz.
technology  computers  sysadmin  engineering 
december 2008 by ignatz
chip chop shops :: hyperexperience
recycling old microchips and selling them as new or different chips entirely
technology  counterfeiting  grimmeathookfuture  electronics  fakes  recycling 
october 2008 by ignatz
The Hot Room - The Daily WTF
For as long as anyone could remember, there had always been two server rooms: the Cool Room and the Hot Room.
wtf  work  technology  sysadmin  doh 
october 2008 by ignatz
Preventing train crashes | Blind man at the brake | The Economist
Automatic trains promise more safety than those driven by drunks or texters
risks  accidents  transportation  trains  technology  robots  safety 
september 2008 by ignatz
Tubes Blog
Blog which identifies and describes old vacuum tubes
vacuumtubes  tubes  electronics  photos  vintage  technology  blog 
december 2007 by ignatz
Airline Sacrifices Goats to Fix Technical Snag
Actual sacrifice of actual goats to fix actual technical problem. Go NAC!
goats  animalsacrifice  technology  engineering  failure  nepal  religion  no  ha 
september 2007 by ignatz
Kevin Kelly -- Street Use
Mods, folk innovations, ad hoc alterations, and homebrew everything
technology  improvised  madmax  grimmeathookfuture  folktechnology  streetuse  kevinkelly  blog 
october 2006 by ignatz
The Devil’s Dictionary (2.0)
Homage to Bierce, the Web 2.0 Devil's Dictionary.
technology  misanthropy  ha  yes 
october 2006 by ignatz
Acoustic Radar.
history of acoustic locator devices, many of them absurd
war  history  steampunk  audio  oddities  technology 
june 2006 by ignatz
Category:Failed Apple initiatives - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
When your company has a whole category on the wiki for its failed initiatives...
wikipedia  technology  business  doh  failures  hubris 
may 2006 by ignatz
Livermore's Centennial Light Live Cam
The light bulb has been going for more than 100 years but the webcams on it keep breaking.
webcam  oddities  technology 
may 2006 by ignatz
Modern Mechanix
the past of our future, or something. retro science future crazy crap
blog  retro  technology  future  history  gadgets  ephemera  science 
march 2006 by ignatz
Welcome to Wrightspeed Inc.
0-60 in 3 seconds, 170 mpg equivalent: an electric Ariel Atom. Aww yeah.
autos  automotive  cars  energy  technology  electricity  electriccars  sportscars  performance  motorsports 
february 2006 by ignatz
David Cerny - uplne oficialni stranka
Interactive piss fight sculpture controlled by SMS. Yes.
art  humor  technology  interactive  sms  sculpture 
september 2005 by ignatz
Find-A-Human -- IVR Phone S... - Approved*
How to get a human; shortcuts for major voicemail systems.
reference  tools  technology  usa  howto  hacks  consumer  cool  business 
september 2005 by ignatz
Web site for museum exhibit of "technical textiles" that are used in extremes of heat, pressure, velocity etc.
exhibits  textiles  technical_textiles  cool  technology  materials 
august 2005 by ignatz
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | 'Eternal planes' to watch over us
Oh great. We're going to have permanent surveillance aircraft everywhere.
security  police  surveillance  privacy  politics  aircraft  technology  augh 
august 2005 by ignatz
Fry's Electronics Ad
independent site that tracks fry's ads
shopping  technology 
august 2004 by ignatz
blogging site for microsofties
technology  blog 
july 2004 by ignatz
EnviroMission Limited
building a gigantic solar power plant in Australia
energy  technology 
july 2004 by ignatz

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