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Got soul? Here’s your money! | Art&Fun from 2009-06-19 | RT
Yes, someone in Russia is giving out loans secured by your soul.
funny  via:digg  banking 
june 2009 by mcherm
IMDb's vision: Offer streaming for every title | Digital Media - CNET News
They get it! IMDb wants to offer streaming video for every title. Not that they can DO so, but they have articulated the dream.
via:digg  personal_net  imdb 
march 2009 by mcherm
Computer scientists deploy first practical, Web-based, secure, verifiable voting system
A cryptographic system that allows voters to verify their votes without revealing them. Interesting, but doesn't get at the REAL root of the problem.
cryptography  voting  via:digg 
march 2009 by mcherm
New service unmasks anonymous cell callers | Wireless - CNET News
Another level of "but I clearly can't choose the wine in front of me" in the battle to hide/show caller ID.
security  anonyminity  phone  via:digg 
february 2009 by mcherm
Delete Cookies, Save Cash | Smart Spending | Mainstreet
Some internet vendors will charge different prices to different people. Typically, deleting your cookies gets you a better deal.
shopping  internet  privacy  via:digg 
february 2009 by mcherm
Technology giants propose white space plan - Networking - iTnews Australia
A consortium of tech companies suggest that the old TV spectrum should be used for wireless internet.
politics  wireless  via:digg 
february 2009 by mcherm
Study: racial profiling no more effective than random screen - Ars Technica
Math says, don't screen people based on their profile... screen randomly with a bias based on the square root of their profiled probability of problems.
via:digg  statistics  math  terrorism  ArsTechnica  security 
february 2009 by mcherm
Extinct ibex is resurrected by cloning - Telegraph
Extinct animal recreated from DNA and cloning. But it died.
science  biology  animals  via:digg 
february 2009 by mcherm
Firefox in Russia dumps Google for Yandex | Webware - CNET
Firefox switches to a default search engine other than Google in one region (Russia).
via:digg  personal_net  firefox  google 
january 2009 by mcherm
How Did Life Begin? RNA That Replicates Itself Indefinitely Developed For First Time
Here is an experiment that validates the theory that life started as self-replicating RNA. Scientists were able to mix together the right components and create self-replicating RNA.
science  evolution  DNA  via:digg  biology 
january 2009 by mcherm
Hack your brain: How to hallucinate with ping-pong balls and a radio
Several interesting "illusions" you can get with simple equipment, some visual, some having to do with body part ownership.
via:digg  vision  brain  illusion 
january 2009 by mcherm
Student Who Created Facebook Group Critical of Teacher Sues High School Over Suspension | Threat Level from
Kid sues school because she was suspended (and kicked out of all honors classes) just for making a facebook group for people to complain about a teacher.
via:digg  kidsrights  freespeech  censorship 
december 2008 by mcherm
'I didn't want to have any more operations': Girl, 13, says why she would prefer to die with dignity than have transplant | Mail Online
A 13 yr old girl says she's had enough of hospitals and she does NOT want a heart transplant to replace the heart damaged by leukemia treatments. Hospital goes to court to force her to accept treatment, but loses.
kidsrights  via:digg  law  rights 
november 2008 by mcherm
Spam gets 1 response per 12,500,000 emails | News | TechRadar UK
Some actual measurements of the rate of spam responses. It's low... one in ten million responds. That's still enough to make huge profits, because the cost of sending is so very close to zero.
via:digg  spam 
november 2008 by mcherm
Record Label ‘Infringes’ Own Copyright, Site Pulled | TorrentFreak
Site taken down because they hosted copyrighted music: their own.
ip-law  copyright  via:digg  riaa 
october 2008 by mcherm
The Future Ruins of the Nuclear Age
The tale of the man who accidentally stuck his head in a particle accelerator.
personal_net  via:digg 
october 2008 by mcherm
Voter Purging: A Legal Way for Republicans to Swing Elections? | | AlterNet
A story about Republicans - even the department of justice - making efforts to remove people from the voter rolls to swing the upcoming election.
voting  election  via:digg  politics 
september 2008 by mcherm
Chrome antics: did Google reverse-engineer Windows?
Very interesting speculation into whether Google did reverse engineering on Windows to find some of the APIs they had to call to build Chrome. Such reverse engineering is explicitly prohibited by Microsoft's EULA for Windows. Google's Chrome, by the way, has a similar prohibition on reverse engineering (curious, for a product with open source code!).
google  chrome  Microsoft  EULA  law  ip-law  reverseengineering  windows  programming  security  via:digg 
september 2008 by mcherm
Fake popup study sadly confirms most users are idiots
An actual study on popup windows shows what we probably could have guessed: people don't notice the difference and just see them as an annoyance. And they may click some likely button, just close the window, or just drag it out of the way so they can get on with the work... any of these responses is more-or-less random.
security  popup  spam  via:digg 
september 2008 by mcherm
Japanese Girl Sensation: Virtual Boyfriends (Webkare)
Japan is the source of many strange-seeming practices. Here is a game with virtual boyfriends (set in highschool). It apparently is attracting lots of players in their 20s and even 30s.
japan  via:digg  socialcomputing  dating 
september 2008 by mcherm
Use Ubuntu Live CD to Backup Files from Your Dead Windows Computer :: the How-To Geek
How to restore files from a windows system after it has crashed, using a Linux live CD.
windows  linux  backup  via:digg 
september 2008 by mcherm
Firedoglake » FBI Wanted Obama Plotters Charged, But A Rove Appointee Said No
It's a biased newssource, but may still be accurate: there was apparently a plot to assassinate Barak Obama, but the Republican-appointed US Attorney refused to prosecute.
politics  obama  terrorism  via:digg 
september 2008 by mcherm
Southwest: This Apology Letter From Southwest Is Refreshingly Honest And Informative
Southwest sends letter explaining what went wrong, and a voucher. This is customer service done right.
via:digg  customerservice  personal_net 
september 2008 by mcherm
BBC NEWS | Technology | Letter lottery defines spam load
Curious thing: the percentage of email received which is spam varies significantly depending on the first letter of your name. Why this should be is not really explained.
spam  via:digg  hash 
september 2008 by mcherm
Pennies to Millions
A few of the companies that have had the most stock appreciation over the years.
via:digg  investing  personal_net 
august 2008 by mcherm
The sound that shouldn’t be » Noise Addicts
This violin player can generate subharmonics. In theory, that shouldn't be possible (or so says someone unspecified).
via:digg  physics  sound  personal_net 
july 2008 by mcherm
Jupiter's Third Red Spot Destroyed
Jupiter's great red spot (storm) swallowed up a smaller (but still enormous!) one. Our optics have gotten so good that amateurs contributed to the information gathering!
science  space  astronomy  via:digg 
july 2008 by mcherm
Bank of America to support Firefox, finally | Community
Yes, it's mid 2008 and Bank of America doesn't officially support Firefox yet. I guess some banks are really backward.
banking  firefox  via:digg 
july 2008 by mcherm
On day care, Google makes a rare fumble - CNET
Google offered good day care as a benefit. They upgraded to astonishingly good daycare. Then they realized it cost too much so they raised the cost. Despite serious outcries, the change went through and many googlers are unhappy.
google  benefits  via:digg 
july 2008 by mcherm
How smart is the octopus? - By Carl Zimmer - Slate Magazine
A detailed article about just how smart an octopus is. Answer: surprisingly so, but it's not well understood.
via:digg  brain  science  animals  octopus 
june 2008 by mcherm
Obama Calls Muslim Women Barred From Stage - The Caucus - Politics - New York Times Blog
Two Muslim women were told they could not sit where they'd be on camera with Barack Obama because they had on headscarfs. When Barack found out, afterward, he objected and called them personally to apologize.
politics  rights  obama  discrimination  via:digg 
june 2008 by mcherm
Firefox 3: Fonts and text
Apparently, the rendering of text in Firefox 3 is totally revamped: it can handle kerning, ligatures, even highlighting PART of a ligature when selected. It will also search around for a font (any font) that can render an otherwise unavailable character.
typography  fonts  firefox  via:digg 
june 2008 by mcherm
Humans can 'see' future - LiveScience-
Because the brain has a processing delay, it pre-processes the image to take into account movement and you "see" what it expects to find 0.1 sec in the future. This explains a bunch of optical illusions.
brain  vision  via:digg  illusion 
june 2008 by mcherm
Inside the Attack that Crippled Revision3
An attack by "MediaDefender" against a company that used Bittorrent legitimately to distribute their media. Apparently the reason was because the company stopped MediaDefender from abusing their system.
bittorrent  evil  needstags  via:digg 
may 2008 by mcherm
InfoQ: JavaOne: Cliff Click on a Scalable Non-Blocking Coding Style
Article talks about a data structure implementation that's tweaked to work well with large numbers (hundreds) of processors.
parallelprogramming  java  datastructures  concurrency  via:digg 
may 2008 by mcherm
The freedom to say 'no' - The Boston Globe
Why are women underrepresented in the tech fields and some others? This says that the biggest component is self-selection: the qualified women want to do something else.
gender  career  via:digg 
may 2008 by mcherm
150-year-old Monkey puzzle tree facing chop because health and safety say its needles are 'like syringes' | Mail Online
Local council says we should cut down the tree because "it's needles are sharp, like syringes -- and think of the children!".
via:digg  personal_net  tree  nature 
may 2008 by mcherm
Teenager's Science Fair Project May Deliver Us From Plastic
Student science project: isolate a bacteria from soil that can decompose plastic bags. Successful!
science  environment  via:digg 
may 2008 by mcherm
Mad Neuroscience: The "Trust Me" Drug That Makes You Take Social Risks
This claim (somewhat dubious - I suspect it's true but overstated) says that dousing someone with oxytocin makes them trusting.
science  brain  via:digg 
may 2008 by mcherm
Why Zappos Pays New Employees to Quit—And You Should Too - Harvard Business Online's Bill Taylor
A startling idea: after training and a little experience, offer to PAY your new employees to quit. It'll raise your hiring costs (since you'll lose some at this point) but it increases the quality (in terms of dedication) in the employee base.
business  jobs  recruiting  zappos  via:digg 
may 2008 by mcherm
Nigerian Scammers: It's Now Completely Impossible To Sell A Laptop On Ebay
Wow! It's been a long time since I've used Ebay, and after reading this I'm not sure I want to try again!
ebay  craigslist  scam  via:digg 
may 2008 by mcherm
Backlash starts against 'sexy' databases [printer-friendly] | Reg Developer
Discusses the debate over whether RDBMS is the ultimate data storage facility, or some other model.
database  personal_net  via:digg 
april 2008 by mcherm
Sharing Salary Figures on Facebook - New York Times
In my opinion, it's a stupid taboo anyhow. Apparently some young people agree with me and are willing to divulge their salary (in an appropriate manner, with friends).
personal_net  taboo  via:digg 
april 2008 by mcherm
Astrologers fail to predict proof they are wrong
Scientific evidence that astrology is bunk. Do we really NEED scientific proof of this?
skepticism  proof  science  astrology  via:digg 
april 2008 by mcherm
An appetite for sex : Nature News
An interesting suggestion: mothers with calorie-rich diets have more boys. But I'm skeptical until I see some better research.
sex  medicine  gender  science  via:digg 
april 2008 by mcherm
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