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samedi 13 janvier 2018, 16:42
Here's a paper outlining a way to make logic gates out of nothing but links and rotary joints. It's quite ingenious -- binary states are indicated by the lean of the mechanisms, so you do calculations via entirely mechanical means, with the links shifting back and forth on...
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When the Zaring family had their family portraits done, they had no idea they'd end up looking like cartoon characters in the photographer's final edits. (more…)
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Telcos despise community-owned broadband, and fight like mad whenever a city announces it's going to build its own network. Why? Because when communities provide their own broadband, it costs users way less than broadband from telcos. That's what the Berkman Klein Center at...
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Knowing how to write isn't just handy for keeping embarrassing typos out of your emails. The truth is that companies are in dire need of talented copywriters who can tell the story of their brands, and they're willing to pay top-dollar. You can join the ranks of other...
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Claude Mellan's copper engraving 'Face of Christ' (1649) consists of a single line starting at the tip of the nose and spiraling out with varying thickness to create the image. The copper plate is approximately 17' x 12.5'. From ArtGallery.nsw: Starting with the tip of his...
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vendredi 12 janvier 2018, 21:48
I was once invited to attend an event in Dubai, but after I read stories of people going to prison there for stupid reasons (like a man from Britain who received a four year prison sentence when customs officers found a microscopic speck of cannabis stuck to the bottom of...
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An inebriated gentleman in Russia thought it was a good idea to steal an armored vehicle from a paramilitary driving school. While taking it for a spin – crushing a parked car along the way – the chap found he couldn't turn the daggum thing around on a narrow street, so...
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The Rusty Spotted Cat of Sri Lanka weighs two pounds when it is an adult. (more…)
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Donald Trump, who once said, 'I think I'm much more humble than you would understand,' was careful not to be too boastful in this Wall Street Journal interview about his successes: Just — and so — so I was successful, successful, successful. I was always the best...
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Luxturna is a gene therapy drug to treat a hereditary blindness. The FDA approved it last month, and the one-dose treatment costs $850,000. From Oddity Central: Spark Therapeutics, the company releasing the drug, had initially planned to sell Luxturna for 1 million USD but...
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Talking to the dead has never been easier or more closely tied to a hit TV show than with this Stranger Things Ouija board. Its letters match the makeshift wall alphabet-lights that Joyce made to communicate with her son (who was in the 'upside down,' not dead) in season...
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This board game was found in Poprad, Slovakia inside a German prince's tomb that dates to 375 C.E. Now, researchers at Switzerland's Museum of Games are trying to figure out how to play it. From Smithsonian: It’s likely the board is designed to play Latrunculi or Ludus...
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danah boyd (previously) writes enthusiastically about Virginia Eubanks's forthcoming book, Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor, which she calls 'the best ethnography I’ve read in years,' 'on par with Barbara Ehrenreich’s...
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Sandra Louise Garner, 55, of Maypearl, Texas, was arrested this week for allegedly murdering her husband, Jon Garner. (more…)
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Every Friday on SundayMagazine.org, Jesse Rifkin posts fascinating articles from the New York Times Sunday Magazine from that weekend 100 years ago. Two recent examples are below. (Click to see a PDF.) For background on the project, read this 2011 Slate article about it by...
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Ben Lorica, O'Reilly's chief data scientist, has posted slides and notes from his talk at last December's Strata Data Conference in Singapore, 'We need to build machine learning tools to augment machine learning engineers.' (more…)
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Thank you, DJ Cummerbund. Thank you for perfectly combining Pearl Jam's 'Jeremy' and Kenny Loggins' Footloose theme (and a little of Tina Turner's 'Proud Mary' too) into 'Jereloose.' That was thoroughly enjoyable. YouTube commenter Ramanan amusingly calls it 'the jauntiest...
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Vestaboard is a clever app-controlled version of the old split-flap display that you'd see in train stations of yore. It's the same electromechanical analog display technology used in old flip alarm clocks, but with Vestaboard you change the text using your mobile device....
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Working cryptography's pretty amazing: because of its fundamental theoretical soundness, we can trust it to secure the firmware updates to our pacemakers; the conversations we have with our loved ones, lawyers and business colleagues; the financial transactions the world...
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Wall Street consultants Quinlan & Associates have published 'Fool's Gold: Unearthing The World of Cryptocurrency,' a $5000, 156-page report that predicts that Bitcoin will drop to $1800 by next December, and down to $810 by 2020 (it is currently trading in the $14,000...
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