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Choose Boring Technology
But what I’m aiming for there is not technology that’s “boring” the way CSPAN is boring. I mean that it’s boring in the sense that it’s well understood. It’s bad, but you know why it’s bad. You can list all of the main ways it will let you down.
architecture  technology  programming  development  engineering 
december 2019 by whip_lash
How a Bitcoin Evangelist Made Himself Vanish, in 15 (Not So Easy) Steps - The New York Times
Mr. Lopp viewed the exercise as something of an experiment, to find out the lengths he’d have to go to extricate himself from the databases and other repositories that hold our personal information and make it available to anyone willing to pay for it. That helps explain why he was willing to describe the steps he’s taken with me (though he did so from a burner phone, without disclosing his new location).
privacy  security  technology 
march 2019 by whip_lash
You want HOW MANY years experience?!
This is a handy tool for tech recruiters who ask for fifteen years experience in technologies that have only existed for three months.
career  humor  technology 
february 2019 by whip_lash
Why We Haven’t Met Any Aliens § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM
This, too, may be happening already. Christian and Muslim fundamentalists and anti-consumerism activists already understand exactly what the Great Temptation is, and how to avoid it. They insulate themselves from our creative-class dreamworlds and our EverQuest economics. They wait patiently for our fitness-faking narcissism to go extinct. Those practical-minded breeders will inherit the Earth as like-minded aliens may have inherited a few other planets. When they finally achieve contact, it will not be a meeting of novel-readers and game-players. It will be a meeting of dead-serious super-parents who congratulate each other on surviving not just the Bomb, but the Xbox.     
evolution  psychology  space  technology 
april 2018 by whip_lash
The Inside Story of BitTorrent’s Bizarre Collapse | WIRED
Nearly everyone to whom I spoke had a different perspective on what had gone wrong at the startup. Infighting. Profligate spending. Strategic mistakes. But to a person, every last one agreed on one thing: the technology that Cohen invented was brilliant. Said one person, “It’s a testament to Bram’s genius that no one has yet built a better trap for moving this big data over bad networks.”

Perhaps the lesson here is that sometimes technologies are not products. And they’re not companies. They’re just damn good technologies. Vint Cerf did not land a Google-size fortune for having helped invent the TCP/IP protocols that power the Internet (though he did get the U.S. National Medal of Technology). What’s more, to be successful, a startup requires both a great idea for a product or service, and a great idea for how to make money off of it. One without the other will fail.
business  technology  bittorrent 
january 2018 by whip_lash
The Past and Future of IT Service Management -
Many people found the transition from a process focus to a service focus very difficult; we still have people working in ITSM who insist on meeting SLAs even when it hurts their customers. I’ve had many conversations with these people, face-to-face and on social media, trying to persuade them to move on from their very old-fashioned process-focussed approach. Sometimes I succeed, but often they continue working the same way, causing issues for their customers wherever they work.
technology  services 
january 2018 by whip_lash
The 1970s Xerox Conference That Predicted the Future of Work | WIRED
Xerox would go on to try to commercialize a successor to the Alto, so it is not accurate to say that the company had no enthusiasm for the technology presented at Futures Day. But the reaction that Taylor witnessed among the assembled executives—a mix of indifference, incomprehension, and rejection—is understandable. Xerox made most of its profit selling paper. The California upstarts were insisting that work in the office of the future would be centered on screens, which would leave paper’s future uncertain.
technology  history 
december 2017 by whip_lash
MIT Just Created Living Plants That Glow Like A Lamp, And Could Grow Glowing Trees To Replace Streetlights
Lighting accounts for around 20 per cent of worldwide energy consumption, so replacing them with naturally bioluminescent plants would represent a significant cut to CO2 emissions. The researchers’ early efforts at the start of the project yielded plants that could glow for about 45 minutes, which they have since improved to 3.5 hours.
environment  technology  energy 
december 2017 by whip_lash
Ashamed to work in Silicon Valley: how techies became the new bankers | Technology | The Guardian
I look forward to the day that this industry is too uncool for commies to even apply for.
culture  technology  idiocracy 
november 2017 by whip_lash
You Are Not Google – Bradfield
Don’t even start considering solutions until you Understand the problem. Your goal should be to “solve” the problem mostly within the problem domain, not the solution domain.
eNumerate multiple candidate solutions. Don’t just start prodding at your favorite!
Consider a candidate solution, then read the Paper if there is one.
Determine the Historical context in which the candidate solution was designed or developed.
Weigh Advantages against disadvantages. Determine what was de-prioritized to achieve what was prioritized.
Think! Soberly and humbly ponder how well this solution fits your problem. What fact would need to be different for you to change your mind? For instance, how much smaller would the data need to be before you’d elect not to use Hadoop?
architecture  engineering  technology 
august 2017 by whip_lash
Go Daddy 'negligent' in handing over ownership of accounts • The Register
"Companies that register the names of websites can be held responsible for wrongly transferring their ownership, a US appeals court has ruled."
technology  law 
may 2011 by whip_lash
All Radio, All the Time, and Free (for Now) - State of the Art -
"But that’s about to change. One phrase should tell you all you need to know about the latest development: free TiVo for radio.

That’s the promise of, a Web site that lists every single radio show on every one of 1,800 AM and FM stations across the country. (It stands for Digital Audio Recorder.) "
technology  tech  radio 
may 2011 by whip_lash
How Singapore Could Become the Most Important City in the Emerging World
Welcome to Singapore’s rare impractical side: Government-subsidized research conducted mostly by welcomed immigrants who can’t find this kind of science-fair-project cash elsewhere.
business  cities  culture  economy  globalization  technology 
november 2010 by whip_lash
The Great Battery Race - By Steve LeVine | Foreign Policy
Indeed, the battery, among the most humble and unsexy of inventions, might just be the most important technological battleground of the next two decades. The discovery of the next key breakthroughs in the field could mean not just a fortune for a handful of companies, but the remaking of whole economies -- and the rebalancing of geopolitical power that typically accompanies such shifts. A Chinese triumph could speed the country's global advance; an American one could give U.S. dominance a new lease on life.
technology  politics  economics 
october 2010 by whip_lash
HP Printer Naming – What Do All Those Letters & Numbers Mean? | Laptops, Netbooks, Printers & Technology News, Reviews & Services
When it comes to choosing a HP Printer it may be worthwhile understanding what all those numbers and letters actually mean so you get exactly the right printer you want. All HP Printers, whether for home or business, follow the naming structure as shown below.
technology  printing 
october 2010 by whip_lash
Medical Daily: Reading terrorists minds about imminent attack
In the Northwestern study, when researchers knew in advance specifics of the planned attacks by the make-believe "terrorists," they were able to correlate P300 brain waves to guilty knowledge with 100 percent accuracy in the lab, said J. Peter Rosenfeld, professor of psychology in Northwestern's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

For the first time, the Northwestern researchers used the P300 testing in a mock terrorism scenario in which the subjects are planning, rather than perpetrating, a crime. The P300 brain waves were measured by electrodes attached to the scalp of the make-believe "persons of interest" in the lab.

The most intriguing part of the study in terms of real-word implications, Rosenfeld said, is that even when the researchers had no advance details about mock terrorism plans, the technology was still accurate in identifying critical concealed information.
psychology  technology  terrorism 
august 2010 by whip_lash
Washington's I.T. Guy | The American Prospect
Malamud has taken it upon himself to see that all public information -- from court decisions to financial disclosures to Army training tapes -- is actually, well, public. Malamud, 51, has worked as a network administrator, run technology startups, and taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab and in Japan. He has written for Wired and Computerworld, and on one memorable day in the early 1990s, he hooked up the first White House Internet connection. Since 2007 he has devoted himself -- and his bank account -- to using technology to open the government to the people. He's the sole employee of an organization,, dedicated to that purpose.
government  information  technology 
july 2010 by whip_lash
The Agnostic Cartographer - John Gravois
Just five years since the release of Google Maps and Google Earth, the corporation may well be the world’s most important mapmaker. More than 600 million people around the world have downloaded Google Earth. As a testament to ambition, that number alone would be remarkable. But Google is also intent on upending our very notion of what a map is. Rather than produce one definitive map of the world, Google offers multiple interpretations of the earth’s geography. Sometimes, this takes the form of customized maps that cater to the beliefs of one nation or another. More often, though, Google is simply an agnostic cartographer—a peddler of “place browsers” that contain a multitude of views instead of univocal, authoritative, traditional maps. “We work to provide as much discoverable information as possible so that users can make their own judgments about geopolitical disputes,” writes Robert Boorstin, the director of Google’s public policy team.
china  google  information  internet  politics  technology 
july 2010 by whip_lash
How even the dumbest Russian spies can outwit the NSA
But as incompetent as these spies were, they were bright enough to at least partially outwit the large-scale e-mail snooping efforts of the NSA's backbone taps and multibillion-dollar datacenters. How? By using steganography to encode secret text messages in image files, which they then placed on websites.
security  technology 
july 2010 by whip_lash
The Law of Accelerating Returns
An analysis of the history of technology shows that technological change is exponential, contrary to the common-sense "intuitive linear" view. So we won't experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century -- it will be more like 20,000 years of progress (at today's rate). The "returns," such as chip speed and cost-effectiveness, also increase exponentially. There's even exponential growth in the rate of exponential growth. Within a few decades, machine intelligence will surpass human intelligence, leading to The Singularity -- technological change so rapid and profound it represents a rupture in the fabric of human history. The implications include the merger of biological and nonbiological intelligence, immortal software-based humans, and ultra-high levels of intelligence that expand outward in the universe at the speed of light.
technology  singularity 
june 2010 by whip_lash
Superfast Bullet Trains Are Finally Coming to the U.S. | Magazine |
Believe it: Bullet trains are coming. After decades of false starts, planners are finally beginning to make headway on what could become the largest, most complicated infrastructure project ever attempted in the US. The Obama administration got on board with an $8 billion infusion, and more cash is likely en route from Congress. It’s enough for Florida and Texas to dust off some previously abandoned plans and for urban clusters in the Northeast and Midwest to pursue some long-overdue upgrades. The nation’s test bed will almost certainly be California, which already has voter-approved funding and planning under way. But getting up to speed requires more than just seed money. For trains to beat planes and automobiles, the hardware needs to really fly. Officials are pushing to deploy state-of-the-art rail rockets. Next stop: the future.
technology  trains 
january 2010 by whip_lash
My 7 Days Using Haiku Alpha Release 1
Since I encountered BeOS 5 Personal Edition, my experience with BeOS PE led me to purchase the BeOS 5 Professional Edition, which I used for some years. I am not ashamed to say that I love using this OS. After the demise of Be Corp., I still used BeOS as my "main OS" since it would do everything that I needed to do, except for gaming and academic works. I closely followed all the developments of the BeOS contenders after Be's fall... Until Zeta OS became the leading standard for a short time. I purchased every Zeta OS release that YellowTab produced. It is currently my favorite BeOS version today.

That is until last week. I downloaded the CD image of Haiku Alpha Release 1.
haiku  os  technology 
october 2009 by whip_lash
How Team of Geeks Cracked Spy Trade -
One of the latest entrants into the government spy-services marketplace, Palantir Technologies has designed what many intelligence analysts say is the most effective tool to date to investigate terrorist networks. The software's main advance is a user-friendly search tool that can scan multiple data sources at once, something previous search tools couldn't do. That means an analyst who is following a tip about a planned terror attack, for example, can more quickly and easily unearth connections among suspects, money transfers, phone calls and previous attacks around the globe.
software  government  intelligence  security  technology 
september 2009 by whip_lash
Why Craigslist Is Such a Mess
The long-running tech-industry war between engineers and marketers has been ended at craigslist by the simple expedient of having no marketers. Only programmers, customer service reps, and accounting staff work at craigslist. There is no business development, no human resources, no sales. As a result, there are no meetings. The staff communicates by email and IM. This is a nice environment for employees of a certain temperament. "Not that we're a Shangri-La or anything," Buckmaster says, "but no technical people have ever left the company of their own accord."
craigslist  business  technology  entrepreneurship 
august 2009 by whip_lash
The Matrix, but with money: the world of high-speed trading - Ars Technica
Experts guess that between 60 and 75 percent of the NYSE's daily trading volume is just computers trading against one another using a variety of strategies. Recent HFT investigations by Donefer, Themis Trading, and sites like Zero Hedge have brought to light a lively ecosystem of algorithms, or "algos" in the parlance, that use ECNs in different ways to make money.
finance  technology 
july 2009 by whip_lash
World’s Fastest Broadband at $20 Per Home - Bits Blog -
Cable executives have given several reasons for why many cable systems in the United States are going very slowly in upgrading to Docsis 3. There’s little competition in areas not served by Verizon’s FiOS system, which soon will offer 50 Mbps service. And some argue there isn’t that much demand for super-high speed.

Mr. Fries added another: Fear. Other cable operators, he said, are concerned that not only will prices fall, but that the super-fast service will encourage customers to watch video on the Web and drop their cable service.

The industry is worried that by offering 100 Mbps, they are opening Pandora’s box, he said. Everyone will be able to get video on the Internet, and then competition will bring the price for the broadband down from $80 to $60 to $40.
internet  technology  network  broadband 
april 2009 by whip_lash
Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable « Clay Shirky
One of the people I was hanging around with online back then was Gordy Thompson, who managed internet services at the New York Times. I remember Thompson saying something to the effect of “When a 14 year old kid can blow up your business in his spare time, not because he hates you but because he loves you, then you got a problem.” I think about that conversation a lot these days.
news  technology  internet  journalism 
march 2009 by whip_lash
The Vertical Farm Project - Agriculture for the 21st Century and Beyond |
The concept of indoor farming is not new, since hothouse production of tomatoes, a wide variety of herbs, and other produce has been in vogue for some time. What is new is the urgent need to scale up this technology to accommodate another 3 billion people. An entirely new approach to indoor farming must be invented, employing cutting edge technologies. The Vertical Farm must be efficient (cheap to construct and safe to operate). Vertical farms, many stories high, will be situated in the heart of the world's urban centers. If successfully implemented, they offer the promise of urban renewal, sustainable production of a safe and varied food supply (year-round crop production), and the eventual repair of ecosystems that have been sacrificed for horizontal farming.
technology  food  environment  architecture  design 
february 2009 by whip_lash
Inhabitat » Whisky Power! Distillery Unveils Scotch Green Power
We pretty sure that the expression “drunk on power” was never meant to be taken this literally. Recently the Rothes consortium of whisky and scotch distillers announced that they have partnered with Helius Enery to install a power plant fueled by none other than, well, whisky by-products! We think that we can drink to that.
technology  energy 
january 2009 by whip_lash
word of.. oh look a shiney thing | Ask Metafilter
How does one develop a thriving side-consulting gig in IT?
career  technology 
september 2008 by whip_lash
Internet Traffic Begins to Bypass the U.S. -
Internet technologists say that the global data network that was once a competitive advantage for the United States is now increasingly outside the control of American companies. They decided not to invest in lower-cost optical fiber lines, which have rapidly become a commodity business.
technology  communications  security 
august 2008 by whip_lash
MIT Project aims human buffer overflow at Secret Service
Essentially, each printer outputs its own serial number. This is great for busting counterfeiters but raises all sorts of privacy concerns. Now, MIT students are getting involved in the campaign against the dots with the new Seeing Yellow project.
law  privacy  security  technology 
july 2007 by whip_lash
Damn Interesting » On the Origin of Circuits
It seems that evolution had not merely selected the best code for the task, it had also advocated those programs which took advantage of the electromagnetic quirks of that specific microchip environment.
evolution  technology 
june 2007 by whip_lash
Researchers Suggest Quantum Dots as Media for Teleportation
Tiny clusters of atoms known as quantum dots may be excellent media for quantum teleportation, a physics phenomenon in which information can be transmitted almost instantaneously to a distant location without having to physically travel through space.
physics  technology 
june 2007 by whip_lash
Nokia phones could be barred from US in Qualcomm patent squabble
There's more at stake than writing large patent-licensing checks, however; if Qualcomm prevails in the dispute, Nokia's phones could disappear from US store shelves.
patents  technology  intellectualproperty 
may 2007 by whip_lash

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