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5 Languages That Could Change the Way You See the World
Riffs on Sapir-Whorf, via Rita Tan

"Linguist Roman Jakobson described this line of investigation thus: “Languages differ essentially in what they must convey and not in what they may convey.” In other words, the primary way language influences our minds is through what it forces us to think about—not what it prevents us from thinking about."

"Guugu Ymithirr, ... use cardinal directions to express spatial information ... speakers of languages that use cardinal directions to express locations have fantastic spatial memory and navigation skills"

"For the Kuuk Thaayorre speakers, the passage of time was intimately tied to the cardinal directions"

"Yélî Dnye, ... speakers talk about color as part of a metaphorical phrase, with color terms derived from words for objects in the islander’s environment."

"the Matses people speak with what seems to be great care, making sure that every single piece of information they communicate is true as far as they know at the time of speaking. . . The language has a huge array of specific terms for information such as facts that have been inferred in the recent and distant past, conjectures about different points in the past, and information that is being recounted as a memory"

"The Pirahã speak a language without numbers, color terms, perfect form, or basic quantity terms like “few” or “some”—supposed by some, like color, to be an universal aspect of human language"
8 hours ago
Why widely spoken languages have simpler grammar - Johnson
" tend to find that “big” languages—spoken by large numbers over a big land area—are actually simpler than small, isolated ones. This is largely because linguists, unlike laypeople, focus on grammar, not vocabulary"

"... is not entirely foreigners and their sloppy ways that are to blame for languages becoming simpler. Merely being bigger was enough"

"Neither the more systematic nor the more idiosyncratic languages were “better”, given group size: the small and large groups communicated equally well"

"As groups grow, the need for systematic rules becomes greater; unlearnable in-group-speak with random variation won’t do. But languages develop more rules than they need; as they are learned by foreign speakers joining the group, some of these get stripped away"
TheEconomist  language 
8 hours ago
Thinking technicity: Cultural Values: Vol 2, No 1 - Richard Beardsworth

The evermore explicit technicization of the world, together with the immeasurable nature of the political and ethical questions that it poses, explicitly defy the syntheses of human imagination and invention. In response to this challenge, how can philosophy, in its relation of nonrelation with politics, help in orienting present and future negotiation with the processes of complexification that this technicization implies? The article argues that one important way to do this is to think and develop our understanding of technicity from out of metaphysics, its destructions and deconstructions. The argument proceeds from the aporia of knowledge in Plato's Meno, situates continental philosophical thought's various articulations of the ‘other’ of metaphysics in relation to the problematic of this aporia and claims that certain understandings of this alterity can be further articulated in terms of technical supplementarity. Working between the concept of ‘arche‐writing’ in the thought of Jacques Derrida and that of ‘epiphylogenesis’ in that of Bernard Stiegler, the article then develops this supplementarity in terms of a play between originary technicity and its historical differentiations, one that both holds to the articulation of alterity in recent continental philosophy and develops it further in terms of its relation to historical determination. This relation, posited through a thinking of technicity, permits, finally, the ‘development’ of an ethics of giving time with which negotiation with processes of complexification can be undertaken in the name of justice. An ethical relation to these processes thereby emerges through the very excess of the human.
philosophy  technology  technicity 
11 hours ago
GNSS Threat Monitoring and Reporting: Past, Present, and a Proposed Future | RNTF Aug 2019
The authors of this excellent paper, which was named the Journal of Navigation’s best paper for 2018, propose a technical architecture to enable collection and use of diverse GNSS threat monitoring sources.
RNTF  GPS  GNSS  Interference  measurement 
13 hours ago
GNSS Threat Monitoring and Reporting: Past, Present, and a Proposed Future | The Journal of Navigation | Cambridge Core
Via RNTF blog, Aug 2019


Vulnerability of satellite-based navigation signals to intentional and unintentional interference calls for a high-level overview of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) threats occurring globally to understand the magnitude and evolution of the problem. Therefore, a mechanism needs to be developed whereby disparate monitoring systems will be capable of contributing to a common entity of basic information about the threat scenarios they experience. This paper begins with a literature survey of 37 state-of-the-art GNSS threat monitoring systems, which have been analysed based on their respective operational features - constellations monitored and whether they possess the capability to perform interference-type classification, spoofing detection, and interference localisation. Also described is a comparative analysis of four GNSS threat reporting formats in use today. Based on these studies, the paper describes the Horizon2020 Standardisation of GNSS Threat Reporting and Receiver Testing through International Knowledge Exchange, Experimentation and Exploitation (STRIKE3) proposed integrated threat monitoring demonstration system and related standardised threat reporting message, to enable a high-level overview of the prevailing international GNSS threat scenarios and its evolution over time.
GNSS  GPS  Interference  measurement 
13 hours ago
Softbank loses £380m stake in OneWeb as British satellite start-up races to get launches off the ground - aug 2019
Softbank took an impairment loss on its stake in OneWeb earlier this year, while some early investors have lost as much as half of the value of their stakes, a source said.
15 hours ago
(77) (PDF) "O, Boereplaas, Geboortegrond!" Afrikaner nostalgia and the romanticisation of the "platteland" in post-1994 South Africa, South African Journal for Cultural History November 2008 | Danelle van Zyl-Hermann -
In present-day South Africa, a sense of longing for life in the countryside (the
platteland) increasingly seems to be resonating among Afrikaners. This sentimental yearning is predicated upon the re-imagining of life on the platteland as being wholesome, simple and virtuous, and it seems that Afrikaners are longing for the values and security that they associate with the platteland. This has resulted in an unprecedented rural property boom, the development of agri-tourism and the deliberate marketing of small towns as these romantic notions draw urbanites to the platteland.

This article investigates different articulations of this nostalgic yearning within the context of the political, economic and cultural transformation with which Afrikaners have been trying to come to terms since the advent of democracy in 1994. These developments will be refracted through the prism of nostalgia as a particular kind of memory, and consequently connected to this group’s collective mentality. Theoretical insights regarding the nature of nostalgia will be applied to the phenomenon of Afrikaner nostalgia by analysing a miscellany of cultural texts. Rather than merely describing the nature of Afrikaner nostalgia, this article therefore seeks to explore its contextual function by identifying and laying bare the processes that underlie its developments.

This article does not suggest that other South Africans do not also have a
special affinity for the platteland, but does propose that other communities’ mentality and experiences of the platteland are qualitatively different from Afrikaners’. This article therefore restricts its focus to the role of the platteland in Afrikaner mentality. In so doing, it hopes to provide provocative insight into this group’s historical experiences and self-conception since the advent of democracy in South Africa.
Afrikaans  South-Africa  culture 
Galaxy S7 keeps showing “SIM Card not inserted” error, “No SIM card” error, other issues
Wipe the cache partition

Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S7.
Press and then hold the Home and Volume UP keys, then press and hold the Power key.
When the Samsung Galaxy S7 shows on the screen, release the Power key but continue holding the Home and Volume Up keys.
When the Android logo shows, you may release both keys and leave the phone be for about 30 to 60 seconds.
Using the Volume Down key, navigate through the options and highlight ‘wipe cache partition.’
Once highlighted, you may press the Power key to select it.
Now highlight the option ‘Yes’ using the Volume Down key and press the Power button to select it.
Wait until your phone is finished doing the Master Reset. Once completed, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and press the Power key.
The phone will now reboot longer than usual.

Restart the phone to safe mode to verify if a third party app is the cause

Turn your Galaxy S7 off.
Press and hold the Power button.
Once the ‘Samsung Galaxy S7’ logo appears, release the Power key and immediately press and hold the Volume Down button.
Continue holding the button until the phone finishes rebooting.
Once you see the text “Safe mode” at the bottom left corner of the screen, release the Volume Down button.
Let the phone run in this mode for at least 24 hours. This should be enough time to let you notice any difference.

To factory reset your S7, do these steps:

Back your personal data up.
Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S7.
Press and then hold the Home and Volume UP keys, then press and hold the Power key.
When the Samsung Galaxy S7 shows on the screen, release the Power key but continue holding the Home and Volume Up keys.
When the Android logo shows, you may release both keys and leave the phone be for about 30 to 60 seconds.
Using the Volume Down key, navigate through the options and highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset.’
Once highlighted, you may press the Power key to select it.
Now highlight the option ‘Yes — delete all user data’ using the Volume Down key and press the Power button to select it.
Wait until your phone is finished doing the Master Reset. Once completed, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and press the Power key.
The phone will now reboot longer than usual.
Android  Samsung  smartphone  SIM  troubleshooting  GalaxyS7 
2 days ago
Devastating Banana Fungus Arrives In Colombia, Threatening The Fruit's Future : The Salt : NPR
One of the biggest fears of the fresh fruit industry just came true.

A fungal disease that has been destroying banana plantations in Asia has arrived in Latin America.
NPR  monoculture  fruit  agriculture  bananas 
2 days ago
Pressure mounting for UK’s GCHQ to reveal CIA torture and rendition support – Hawkins Bay Dispatch
However, the committee has now unearthed a number of examples of GCHQ’s intelligence being used to locate and detain terrorism suspects who were subsequently rendered and tortured.
4 days ago
How to Install OneNote 2016 from Office 2019 or Office 365? - Office OneNote Gem Add-Ins
If you are in Windows 10, you can download and install the free version of OneNote 2016. Although it is a free version of OneNote 2016, it changes depending on the permissions that Office Activates. If you're a subscriber, this free OneNote 2016 will become a paid OneNote 2016 and you can create a local notebook.
office  OneNote  howto 
4 days ago
How to troubleshoot non-browser apps that can't sign in to Office 365, Azure, or Intune - Office 365
Resolution 2: Firewall or proxy servers require additional authentication

To resolve this issue, configure an exception for Office 365 URLs and applications from the authentication proxy. For example, if you're running Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA) 2006, create an "allow" rule that meets the following criteria:

Allow outbound connections to the following destination: *

Allow outbound connections to the following destination: *

Allow outbound connections to the following destination: *

Allow outbound connections to the following destination: *

Allow outbound connections to the following destination: *

Allow outbound connections to the following destination:

Ports 80/443

Protocols TCP and HTTPS

Rule must apply to all users.

HTTPS/SSL time-out set to 8 hours
Office  Microsoft  troubleshooting 
4 days ago
(14) (PDF) Unwanted effects: Is there a negative side of meditation? A multicentre survey
Objectives Despite the long-term use and evidence-based efficacy of meditation and mindfulness-based interventions, there is still a lack of data about the possible unwanted effects (UEs) of these practices. The aim of this study was to evaluate the occurrence of UEs among meditation practitioners, considering moderating factors such as the type, frequency, and lifetime duration of the meditation practices. Methods An online survey was developed and disseminated through several websites, such as Spanish-, English- and Portuguese-language scientific research portals related to mindfulness and meditation. After excluding people who did not answer the survey correctly or completely and those who had less than two months of meditation experience, a total of 342 people participated in the study. However, only 87 reported information about UEs. Results The majority of the practitioners were women from Spain who were married and had a University education level. Practices were more frequently informal, performed on a daily basis, and followed by focused attention (FA). Among the participants, 25.4% reported UEs, showing that severity varies considerably. The information requested indicated that most of the UEs were transitory and did not lead to discontinuing meditation practice or the need for medical assistance. They were more frequently reported in relation to individual practice, during focused attention meditation, and when practising for more than 20 minutes and alone. The practice of body awareness was associated with UEs to a lesser extent, whereas focused attention was associated more with UEs. Conclusions This is the first large-scale, multi-cultural study on the UEs of meditation. Despite its limitations, this study suggests that UEs are prevalent and transitory and should be further studied. We recommend the use of standardized questionnaires to assess the UEs of meditation practices.
meditation  side-effects 
5 days ago
Hack in the box: Hacking into companies with “warshipping” | Ars Technica
"For under $100, compact hardware can turn a shipped package into a horse for attacks."

"Using less than $100 worth of gear—including a Raspberry Pi Zero W, a small battery, and a cellular modem—the X-Force Red team assembled a mobile attack platform that fit neatly within a cardboard spacer dropped into a shipping box or embedded in objects such as a stuffed animal or plaque."
cybersecurity  vulnerability  cyber-spectrum  ArsTechnica 
5 days ago
5gs Waveform Is A Battery Vampire - IEEE Spectrum Jul 2019
"Wireless standards are frequently updated, and in the next 5G release, the industry could address concerns that OFDM may draw too much power in 5G devices and base stations. That’s a problem, because 5G is expected to require far more base stations to deliver service and connect billions of mobile and IoT devices."

"So how did 5G get into a potentially power-guzzling mess? OFDM plays a large part ... OFDM has a high peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR)"

"One promising alternative that Yuan’s group is considering, non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA), could deliver the advantages of OFDM while also overlapping users on the same spectrum."
IEEE-Spectrum  5G  3GPP 
6 days ago
BBC - Travel - Why the French love to say no - aug 2019
via Rita Tan

"Although the default answer to almost every question, request or suggestion is a disheartening ‘non’, a ‘oui’ is often hiding in the context of what is being said."

"Julie Barlow and Jean-Benoît Nadeau, co-authors of The Bonjour Effect, the Secret Codes of French Conversation Revealed, agree with Giraud about non and its roots in the French obsession for protests. "

"Countries like the US and Australia are low-context cultures where people generally say what they mean and mean what they say. However, France, like Russia and Japan, tends to be a high-context culture, where “good communication is sophisticated, nuanced and layered. Messages are both spoken and read between the lines,” she writes."

"Meyer suspects one of the factors leading to this divide can be found in the numbers: according to her book, there are 500,000 words in the English language, but only 70,000 in French. This means that Anglophones are more likely to have the exact word to say what they want, whereas Francophones must often string together a series of words to communicate their message."
language  French  BBC  culture 
6 days ago
Prepare to jump to light speed: Inside the mission to go interstellar | New Scientist issue 3225
"Proxima Centauri is 4 light years away. Ambitious space mission Breakthrough Starshot is developing a way to push spacecraft there at a fifth of the speed of light"
dreams  awe  NewScientist  inspiration  Space 
7 days ago
Messages from the Mines
Messages from the Mines (MFTM) excavates and archives custom messages that have been permanently embedded in the Bitcoin blockchain. The distributed Bitcoin ledger contains hidden love messages, cryptic poems, ASCII art, signatures, eulogies and more. These messages are a creative misuse of the Bitcoin transaction protocol, a form of digital graffiti; unique cultural artifacts forever embedded in one of the most contemporary digital technologies.
blockchain  art  bitcoin 
7 days ago
"Messages from the Mines (MFTM)
"Messages from the Mines (MFTM) excavates and archives custom messages that have been permanently embedded in the Bitcoin blockchain. The distributed Bitcoin ledger contains hidden love messages, cryptic poems, ASCII art, signatures, eulogies and more. These messages are a creative misuse of the Bitcoin transaction protocol, a form of digital graffiti; unique cultural artifacts forever embedded in one of the most contemporary digital technologies."
bitcoin  blockchain  art  technology  text 
7 days ago
From About page : "Collusion is a not-for-profit company that creates ambitious, disruptive, immersive, and interactive public artworks and events that consider the impact of emerging technology on society."
art  technology  society 
7 days ago
Is religion good or bad for humanity? Epic analysis delivers an answer - Harvey Whitehouse | New Scientist issue 3224, April 2019
"A scientific review of 10,000 years of history is finally revealing the unexpected truth behind religion's role in human civilisation"

"Another popular hypothesis is that cooperation in complex societies is intimately connected with the invention of “Big Gods”: deities who demand that their moral code be observed by all, and who have supernatural powers of surveillance and enforcement. Most of today’s world religions have these moralising gods, but they are rare in small-scale societies, where supernatural beings tend to care only whether people discharge their obligations to the spirit world."

"Other researchers, including me, have examined the role that sacred rituals might have as social glue."

"Instead of helping foster cooperation as societies expanded, Big Gods appeared only after a society had passed a threshold in complexity corresponding to a population of around a million people. . . . The most parsimonious explanation is that something other than Big Gods allowed societies to grow."

"Piecing all this together, here is what we think happened. As societies grew by means of agricultural innovation, the infrequent, traumatic rituals that had kept people together as small foraging bands gave way to frequent, painless ones. These early doctrinal religions helped unite larger, heterogeneous populations just enough to overcome the free-riding problem and ensure compliance with new forms of governance. However, in doing so they rendered them vulnerable to a new problem: power-hungry rulers. These were the despotic god-kings who presided over archaic states. Granted the divine right to command vast populations, they exploited it to raise militias and priesthoods, shoring up their power through practices we nowadays regard as cruel, such as human sacrifice and slavery. But archaic states rarely grew beyond 100,000 people because they, in turn, became internally unstable and therefore less defensible against invasion.
"The societies that expanded to a million or more were those that found a new way to build cooperation – Big Gods. They demoted their rulers to the status of mortals, laid the seeds of democracy and the rule of law, and fostered a more egalitarian distribution of rights and obligations. To our modern eyes, “bad” religions gave way to “good” ones. In reality, religions were always “good” in the sense that they promoted cooperation. What changed was that societies began valuing social justice above deference to authority. In other words, they changed their ideas about what constituted “good” cooperative behaviours to ones that more closely align with our modern agenda."
NewScientist  religion  culture  rituals  gods 
7 days ago
Gaia rebooted: New version of idea explains how Earth evolved for life | New Scientist issue 3222 Mar 2019
"The controversial Gaia hypothesis sees Earth as a superorganism adapted to be perfect for life. A weird type of evolution may finally show how that actually happens"

"As far as we know, Earth is a one-off: there is no population of competing, reproducing planets for natural selection to choose between to form the next generation. And yet, like a superorganism honed by evolution, Earth seems to self-regulate in ways that are essential for life. Oxygen levels have remained relatively constant for hundreds of millions of years, as has the availability of key building blocks of life such as carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus. Crucially, Earth’s surface temperature has remained within the narrow range that allows liquid water to exist. It is true there have been upheavals: during a “snowball Earth” episode about 700 million years ago, for example, almost the entire surface was frozen. “But the key question is, why does it spend so much time in a stable state and not just flying all over the place?” asks Tim Lenton at the University of Exeter, UK."

Def of "selection by persistence":

"[Tim Lenton, Execter] suggests, Earth and the early life on it might have interacted haphazardly at first. Unstable configurations – those, say, with little or no cycling of key elements such as nitrogen – would have failed quickly, requiring life to reboot nearly from scratch. Eventually, though, the system must have stumbled on a stable configuration, with better cycling and tighter regulatory mechanisms. It should be no surprise, then, that the planet of today has strong regulatory systems."

"From Bouchard’s perspective, natural selection favours traits that enhance persistence, with reproductive success being one way to do that, but not the only one."
equilibrium  NewScientist  evolution  complexity  geology 
7 days ago
Schrödinger’s kittens: New thought experiment breaks quantum theory | New Scientist, issue 3222, Mar 2019
"A twist on the famous Schrödinger’s cat thought experiment could undermine quantum physics – or provide a path to a deeper understanding of how the world works"
physics  quantum-mechanics  measurement  paradoxes  NewScientist 
7 days ago
AI-powered smartphone cameras are changing the way we see reality | New Scientist, issue 3221, Mar 2019
"Smartphone cameras now use artificial intelligence to completely transform the pictures we take, and it could change the way we see reality"

"The goal of digital photography was once to approximate what our eyes see. “All digital cameras, including ones on smartphones, have always had some sort of processing to modify contrast and colour balance,” says Neel Joshi, who works on computer vision at Microsoft Research.
Computational photography goes beyond this, automatically making skin smoother, colours richer and pictures less grainy. It can even turn night into day. These photos may look better, but they raise concerns about authenticity and trust in an era of fakeable information. “The photos of the future will not be recorded, they’ll be computed,” says Ramesh Raskar at the MIT Media Lab. "

"Other clever things your phone’s camera can do

Google Translate’s camera feature lets you point your phone at a sign in a foreign country or words in a book (see picture), superimposing an on-screen translation of the text to make it appear in your own language.

Microsoft’s Pix app detects if you are taking a picture of a whiteboard or receipt, automatically straightening and cropping the image to the text contained within. The firm’s Excel app can capture printed data tables and automatically put them into a spreadsheet, doing away with the need for tedious data entry.

Samsung’s Bixby virtual assistant has a calorie counter built into its camera (see picture below). Point it at what is on your plate and it will give you an estimate of the food’s energy content.
photography  AI  cameras  NewScientist 
7 days ago
Chinese class comes to South Africa. How do you say 'No thanks'? - May 2019
"Learning another language can feel adventurous, or even liberating. But in South Africa, where generations of students were forced to study colonizers’ languages, new Mandarin classes have sparked debate. The country has 11 official languages of its own. Should schools focus on those first?"
CSMonitor  Chinese  language  South-Africa 
7 days ago
NASA report: Passenger aircraft nearly crashes due GPS disruption - GPS World | RNTF - Aug 2019
A report filed with NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System and published in June outlines how a passenger aircraft flew off course during a period of GPS jamming and nearly crashed into a mountain. Fortunately, an alert radar controller intervened, and the accident was averted.
GPS  RNTF  GPSWorld  jamming  cyber-spectrum  spectrum-vulnerability 
7 days ago
Projection - Jung. Definition, examples and discussion
Projection. An automatic process whereby contents of one’s own unconscious are perceived to be in others
CGJung  psychology  psychotherapy  psychoanalysis  projection  Frith  Luton  * 
9 days ago - alles oor gekruide taal
Via Taaldinge, RSG 16 Jul 2019

"Ek is Gerhard van Huyssteen, 'n taalkundige aan die Noordwes-Universiteit, Potchefstroom, Suid-Afrika.

Vloek, swets en skel is besonder interessante sosiale, sielkundige, neurologiese en les bes taalkundige verskynsels. Op hierdie webblad deel ek en ander kenners allerlei interessante navorsing oor vloek. Lees meer by Oor in die menu."
Afrikaans  language 
9 days ago
Navigation War in Persian Gulf Hits the News | RNTF, Aug 2019
Blog Editor’s Note: Below are a warning published by the US Maritime Administration, and a press report that quotes an unnamed US defense official. Long time readers will discern that there is a bit of confusion in the two reports about what exactly is going on in terms of spoofing (GPS or just communications?), jamming, and so on. But there is certainly a lot happening.

It should be no surprise that Iran is jamming GPS and perhaps spoofing signals as they have clearly done that before and these are common, easily employed techniques in today’s low intensity warfare.

This kind of navigation warfare has been going on around the world and in the Persian Gulf for quite some time. The first public report was when Iran bragged about capturing a CIA drone operating in Afghanistan in 2011 by spoofing its GPS receiver.

A couple thoughts on the below reports:

The “AIS spoofing” discussed is not the same thing as spoofing GPS signals. AIS is identification equipment carried by a vessel that be programmed to report that the vessel is any type the user wishes. So an Iranian patrol boat can enter into its AIS that it is an British oil tanker, for example in the hopes of deceiving other vessels that don’t have it in sight.
A “US defense official” claims that Iran has been “jamming GPS signals” in the hopes ships will wander into their waters. That would not really be effective, and it wouldn’t make sense, since they clearly have the ability to spoof signals. This could make the ships sail, not wander, into their territorial seas. The folks we have spoken to haven’t seen any signs, yet, of spoofing, but we wouldn’t be surprised if they discover it eventually.
We are not sure about the US defense official’s credibility, though, as at the end of the CNN article “The official said the Iranian jammers have no effect on US military warships and aircraft.” – Yeah, right.
RNTF  GPS  cyber-spectrum  jamming  spoofing  navigation 
10 days ago
Hacking Cars To Trigger Gridlock IEEE Spectrum - IEEE Spectrum, Aug 2019
Via Dale

"Paralyzing 20 percent of cars during rush hour could gridlock Manhattan"

"physicist Peter Yunker at the Georgia Institute of Technology and his colleagues wanted to explore what might happen if hackers attacked not just single cars, but multiple vehicles simultaneously. "
IEEE-Spectrum  spectrum-vulnerability  cyber-spectrum 
12 days ago
Jung's theory of neurosis
"Although adjusted well enough to everyday life, the individual has lost a fulfilling sense of meaning and purpose, and has no living religious belief to which to turn. There seems to be no readily apparent way to set matters right. In these cases, Jung turned to ongoing symbolic communication from the unconscious in the form of dreams and visions."
CGJung  psychology  psychotherapy  dreams  Wikipedia 
13 days ago
(1) Why “No Problem” Can Seem Rude: Phatic Expressions - YouTube
""Hello!" "Thank you!" "You're welcome!" These are all phatic expressions, and people can argue about them. "
Tom-Scott  language  culture  video  YouTube 
14 days ago
D-Link Agrees to Make Security Enhancements to Settle FTC Litigation | Federal Trade Commission
"Smart home products manufacturer D-Link Systems, Inc., has agreed to implement a comprehensive software security program in order to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations over misrepresentations that the company took reasonable steps to secure its wireless routers and Internet-connected cameras."
FTD  D-Link  cyber-spectrum  cybersecurity 
14 days ago
(6) Tai Chi Hip Rotation Exercises - A 30 10 2017 - YouTube
"Two exercises to help Tai Chi students get a better understanding of proper use of the hip when performing Tai Chi Chuan."
tai-chi  exercises  video  YouTube 
16 days ago
Only a God Can Save Us
Via Pasulka, American Cosmic

Martin Heidegger, "Nur noch ein Gott kann uns retten," Der Spiegel 30 (Mai, 1976): 193-219. Trans. by W. Richardson as "Only a God Can Save Us" in Heidegger: The Man and the Thinker (1981), ed. T. Sheehan, pp. 45-67.

" SPIEGEL: Fine. Now the question naturally arises: Can the individual man in any way still influence this web of fateful circumstance? Or, indeed, can philosophy influence it? Or can both together influence it, insofar as philosophy guides the individual, or several individuals, to a determined action?

Heidegger: If I may answer briefly, and perhaps clumsily, but after long reflection: philosophy will be unable to effect any immediate change in the current state of the world. This is true not only of philosophy but of all purely human reflection and endeavor. Only a god can save us. The only possibility available to us is that by thinknig and poetizing we prepare a readiness for the appearance of a god, or for the absence of a god in [our] decline, insofar as in view of the absent god we are in a state of decline.27"

"27. In all probability, Heidegger is not using the word "god" here in any personal sense but in the sense that he gives to the word (often in the expression, "god or the gods") in his interpretations of Hölderlin, i.e., as the concrete manifestation of Being as "the Holy." "
philosophy  Heidegger  religion  DerSpiegel 
17 days ago
When did OneDrive last sync your files? How to force OneDrive to sync (all Windows versions) | Digital Citizen
If you are using Windows 10 or Windows 7, triggering a manual sync for you OneDrive files is easy, although it is not intuitive. All you have to do is stop the OneDrive app and then start it again. To stop it, right-click (or tap and hold) on its icon from the taskbar notification area and then press "Quit OneDrive."
OneDrive, Windows, sync

Then, start OneDrive again. Both in Windows 10 and Windows 7, a quick way to do this is to look for the OneDrive shortcut in the Start Menu.
OneDrive  Windows  sync  howto 
17 days ago
5G security enhancements take aim at emerging threats | FierceWireless Jul 2019
"While complex 5G networks present an expanded threat surface for potential security attacks, enhancements in the next-generation technology also provide transformational security safeguards, according to 5G Americas president Chris Pearson."

"5G Americas, along with project leaders from AT&T and Cisco, released a white paper (PDF) Wednesday detailing 5G security threats, enhancements and standards development meant to handle more stringent protections that will be required by new services and applications."

"Specific 5G security enhancements, according to 5G Americas, include:

Unified authentication framework that enables seamless mobility across different access technologies and support of concurrent connections
User privacy protection for vulnerable information often used to identify and track subscribers
Secure Service-Based Architecture and slice isolation, optimizing security that prevents threats from spreading to other network slices
Native support for secure steering of roaming (SoR), allowing operators to steer customers to preferred partner networks, which improves customer experience, reduces roaming charges, and prevents roaming fraud
Improved SS7 and Diameter protocols for roaming
Improved rogue base station detection and mitigation
Additional proprietary operator and vendor analytics for more layers of security
5G  cybersecurity  cyber-spectrum  FierceWireless 
18 days ago
Benford’s Law can detect malicious social bots | Golbeck | First Monday
Abstract: "Social bots are a growing presence and problem on social media. There is a burgeoning body of work on bot detection, often based in machine learning with a variety of sophisticated features. In this paper, we present a simple technique to detect bots: adherence with Benford’s Law. Benford’s Law states that, in naturally occurring systems, the frequency of numbers first digits is not evenly distributed. Numbers beginning with a 1 occur roughly 30 percent of the time, and are six times more common than numbers beginning with a 9. In earlier work, we established that Benford’s Law holds for social connections across online social networks. In this paper, we show that this principle can be used to detect bots because they violate the expected distribution. In three studies — an analysis of a large Russian botnet we discovered, and studies of purchased retweets on Twitter and purchased likes on Facebook — we show that bots’ social patterns consistently violate Benford’s Law while legitimate users follow it closely. Our results offer a computationally efficient new tool for bot detection. There are also broader implications for understanding fraudulent online behavior. Benford’s Law is present in many aspects of online social interactions, and looking for violations of the distribution holds promise for a range of new applications."
bots  socialmedia  statistics  maths  FirstMonday 
18 days ago
How to use selective sync – Dropbox Help
Selective sync helps you free up space on your hard drive without deleting anything from your Dropbox account.
howto  Dropbox 
19 days ago
John Locke, the Fall, and the Origin Myth of Capitalism
"So begins one of the most significant stages in the development of the origin myth of capitalism. Locke inherited the myth from Hugo Grotius before him and would pass it onto to none other than Adam Smith and a host of later economists, so much so that it would become one of the most important stories ever told under capitalism. Refined and developed in each hand, that myth has become a vital underpinning for the capitalism itself, an ideological justification for a certain view of human nature that is ‘naturally’ predisposed to engage in commercial activity."
John-Locke  politics  philosophy  myths 
20 days ago
(4) Can you guess the interval by its emotion? - YouTube
"I asked my friend Ben Levin to guess what intervals matched with which emotional reaction based on the research of music cognition scientist David Huron."
AdamNeely  music  music-theory  harmony 
20 days ago
Google Sheets Query Function · Coding is for Losers
The Google Sheets Query replaces so many other spreadsheet functions it’s not even funny - FILTERs, AVERAGEs, and SUMs all go out the window when it enters the picture.

There are a few nuances to queries though, so let’s go step-by-step. This post contains eight videos, with cliff’s notes embedded beneath each
programming  howto  Google  GoogleSheets  SQL 
20 days ago
Google Sheets Query function: Learn the most powerful function in Sheets
Have you heard of the Google Sheets Query function?

It allows you to use powerful database code (a pseudo-SQL, Structured Query Language, the code used to communicate with databases) to manipulate your data in Google Sheets and it’s SUPER powerful.
programming  Google  GoogleSheets  SQL  database 
20 days ago
APOD: 2019 July 30 - Star Forming Region NGC 3582 without Stars
By digitally removing the stars, this image showcases dense knots of dark interstellar dust, fields of glowing hydrogen gas ionized by these stars, and great loops of gas expelled by dying stars
APOD  astronomy  images 
20 days ago
Learn Tai Chi Online: Turn in the Kua - Protect Your Knees. Empower Your Tai Chi Moves. - YouTube,
"Turning in the kua is important for all neijia - especially tai chi. It heals/protects the knees and strengthens your stances and applications. Learn tai chi properly, and the more you do it, the more you rejuvenate! Here, Shifu Loretta Wollering - owner of Internal Gardens (tai chi NJ school), and content editor of the last edition of Master Jou's bestselling tai chi book - introduces the basic concept."
tai-chi  kua  exercises 
21 days ago
"The Extended Mind" by Andy Clark and David Chalmers
via DW Pasulka, American Cosmic, footnote 29 to Ch 4

"Where does the mind stop and the rest of the world begin? The question invites two standard replies. Some accept the demarcations of skin and skull, and say that what is outside the body is outside the mind. Others are impressed by arguments suggesting that the meaning of our words "just ain't in the head", and hold that this externalism about meaning carries over into an externalism about mind. We propose to pursue a third position. We advocate a very different sort of externalism: an active externalism, based on the active role of the environment in driving cognitive processes."
22 days ago
FACT CHECK: Did Facebook Shut Down an AI Experiment Because Chatbots Developed Their Own Language?, Aug 2017
"Facebook's artificial intelligence scientists were purportedly dismayed when the bots they created began conversing in their own private language."

Snopes  Facebook  AI  language  bots 
22 days ago
Function of the Kua - interview with Chen Zhonghua
This interview we conducted with Chen Zhonghua, is the prepublication version of an article which appeared in the Fall of 2005 issue of TaiChi Magazine. It is offered here as a source for future discussion and feedback, for interests of the readers.
TaiChiMagazine  tai-chi 
23 days ago
Best Graphics Cards 2019 (UPDATED) - 4K, HDR, VR, 240Hz
Best Budget Graphics Cards For 1080p Gaming
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
AMD Radeon RX 560
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 To
reviews  GPU  PC  graphics  NVIDIA  AMD 
23 days ago
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