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Need To Know | http://www.ntk.net/
Need to Know is a useful and interesting UK digest of things that happened last month or might happen next month. You can read it on Friday afternoon or print it out then take it home if you have nothing better to do. It is compiled by NTK from stuff they get sent. Registered at the Post Office as "well, you wouldn't want to pull teeth too often"
technology  news  uk  newsletter  thewaythingswere 
december 2018 by kme
In The Age Of The Smart Machine: The Future Of Work And Power by Shoshana Zuboff (1989-10-02): Shoshana Zuboff: Amazon.com: Books [https://www.amazon.com/]
I first read this book back in 1989 when I was working for NeXT computer, and it has remained in my mind as a landmark book. I heard a presentation from a person from Allegeny college that referenced this book. He was discussing the fact that when people are given different tools they solve problems in different ways. If all you have is DOS you abiltiy to solve information problems will be based on what you can do with DOS. But if you had a NeXT... Since reading this book I have tried to apply these concepts to my teaching object-oriented programming and high reuse problem solving techniques. This book really helped me understand that using advanced computers is a lot more then just teaching people a different windowing system. It is about getting them to rethink they WAY they solve thier problems using the cognative styles enabled by advanced software systems. Tim Berners-Lee could never have drempt of the web from a DOS system. But from a NeXT...
technology  automation  workplace 
april 2017 by kme
Andrew Sullivan: My Distraction Sickness — and Yours
I haven’t given up, even as, each day, at various moments, I find myself giving in. There are books to be read; landscapes to be walked; friends to be with; life to be fully lived. And I realize that this is, in some ways, just another tale in the vast book of human frailty. But this new epidemic of distraction is our civilization’s specific weakness. And its threat is not so much to our minds, even as they shape-shift under the pressure. The threat is to our souls. At this rate, if the noise does not relent, we might even forget we have any.
technology  culture  internet  distraction  socialmedia  life  addiction  quiet 
september 2016 by kme
Upon This Wrist — The Message — Medium
And I show them the remote camera and they Ahhhhh. And I say, look — my heartbeat. And they say, Wow, you have a high resting heart rate. And I sigh and say, I know. Oh, how I know.
applewatch  humor  technology 
may 2015 by kme
Write-only language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A more rarely used term is read-only language, which refers to systems with so many boundary conditions that the code can only be written through constant experimentation and not from first principles. The resulting code is perfectly readable by other programmers, but any attempt to duplicate it in another context will fail. The canonical example of a read-only language is AppleScript.
programming  language  technology  humor  applescript 
january 2015 by kme
Our Comrade The Electron - Webstock Conference Talk
We can build an Internet that's distributed, resilient, irritating to governments everywhere, and free in the best sense of the word, like we dreamed of in the 90's.
internet  surveillance  talks  technology  slides 
march 2014 by kme
NMAH | Polio: The Iron Lung and Other Equipment
“Breathing”

Grasping for straws is easier;
You can see the straws.

“This most excellent canopy, the air, look you,”
Presses down upon me
At fifteen pounds per square inch,
A dense, heavy, blue-glowing ocean,
Supporting the weight of condors
That swim its churning currents.
All I get is a thin stream of it,
A finger’s width of the rope that ties me to life
As I labor like a stevedore to keep the connection.

Water wouldn’t be so circumspect;
Water would crash in like a drunken sailor,
But air is prissy and genteel,
Teasing me with its nearness and pervading immensity.

The vast, circumambient atmosphere
Allows me but ninety cubic centimeters
Of its billions of gallons and miles of sky.

I inhale it anyway,
Knowing that it will hurt
In the weary ends of my crumpled paper bag lungs.
—Mark O’Brien, 1988
polio  medicine  technology 
october 2013 by kme
Humor: What is the geekiest joke? - Quora
Some people say the glass is half full.
Some people say the glass is half empty.
Engineers say the glass is twice as big as necessary.

An engineer, a physicist and a mathematician are standing in a field – each one is given equal amounts of fencing and told to accommodate in as many sheep as possible.

The engineer builds a strong square shaped sheep pen; the physicist builds a circular pen and claims that his pen would hold the most sheep.

The mathematician builds another circular fence; he then sits inside his fence and says, “I declare that I am outside this fence.”


An infinite crowd of mathematicians enters a bar. The first one orders a pint, the second one a half pint, the third one a quarter pint...

"I understand", says the bartender - and pours two pints.


"An SEO expert walks into a bar, bars, beer garden, hangout, lounge, night club, mini bar, bar stool, tavern, pub, beer, wine, whiskey..."


Hey, what's your sine?
It must be pi/2 because you are the 1.


An infinite number of mathematicians walk into a bar. The first one tells the bartender he wants a beer. The second one says he wants half a beer. The third one says he wants a fourth of a beer. The bartender puts two beers on the bar and says “You guys need to learn your limits.”


A line of boys is standing 1 metre away from a line of girls. The boys move 1/2 metre towards the girls in 10 sec, 1/4 metre in the next 10 sec, 1/8 metre in the next 10 sec and so on.
The question was - "when will the boys meet the girls?"
Mathematician - They will never meet
Physicist- They will meet at infinite time
Engineer- After about 40 seconds, they will be close enough for all practical purposes.
engineering  math  technology  geek  humor 
july 2013 by kme
Revenge of the Nerds

That sounds like a joke, but it happens so often to varying degrees in large programming projects that there is a name for the phenomenon, Greenspun's Tenth Rule:

Any sufficiently complicated C or Fortran program contains an ad hoc informally-specified bug-ridden slow implementation of half of Common Lisp.
phb  lisp  programming  java  management  perspective  technology  opinion  essay  interesting  history  thewaythingswere 
march 2013 by kme

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