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Ian Watson
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Watch Jupiter's moons orbit the planet
In the weeks leading up to the spacecraft's arrival at Jupiter Monday night (July 4), Juno captured a stunning video of the four Galilean moons — Callisto, Europa, Ganymede and Io — circling the giant planet in a first-of-its-kind view of celestial dynamics...
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You may not need to pay that parking fine!
The Guardian reports that a free online chatbot called DoNotPay has reportedly helped appeal over $4 million in fines. " Dubbed as “the world’s first robot lawyer” by its 19-year-old creator, London-born second-year Stanford University student Joshua Browde...
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A tricky puzzle from the past
My colleague, Bob Doran , recently ran across a link to some 1950s technology advertisements . It is noticeable that the advertisements are positive as well as being striking designs. There  are not many computing ads. in the set. We have some nice examples...
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Limits of Quantum Computing: A Sceptic’s View
Quantum computing isn't an easy subject to understand - let's  be honest nothing quantum really makes sense. As Neils Bohr famously said: " If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you, you haven't understood it yet ." Fortunately two of my colleagues...
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Totalisator Counter in Context
Bob Doran continues his discoveries into totalisators on NZ, writing:  Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is New Zealand’s moving image and sound archive. Recently they put online an amateur movie made of the 1940 Manawatu Hunt races at Awapuni in Palmerston North, ...
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Not enough people to fill tech jobs
An article in the New Zealand Herald yesterday highlights the critical shortage of IT professionals in the country causing tech companies to have to bring in immigrants to fill their vacancies. Fortunately for us, New Zealand is a popular country to emigrat...
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Wow, a bit breathtaking really...
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Don't pay that parking fine...
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Can you crack this?
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Great article on quantum computing...
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I've just written my 3rd book, called The Universal Machine, a popular science history of Alan Turing's universal machine  - the computer. I'm also a regular contributor to NetGuide magazine and I'm a keen blogger. I research in Artificial Intelligence and currently my team is working on memory-based approaches to Game AI. 
I cook, have dogs, read avidly and love my friends and exploring New Zealand.

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I never check luggage. I recently spent 2 months in Europe with less than 7kg of stuff.
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The App I Used to Break Into My Neighbor’s Home | Threat Level | WIRED
www.wired.com

Leave your ring of cut-brass secrets unattended on your desk at work, at a bar table while you buy another round, or in a hotel room, and an

A publisher finally understands (some of) what an author wants
brianclegg.blogspot.com

Authors are generally of the opinion that most publishers couldn't run an efficient, modern business to save their lives. (To be fair, most

Facebook Home And Windows Phone Are Making The Same Apps-Related Misstep...
techcrunch.com

The problem for Home is Facebook has underestimated how important apps -- and, crucially, the customisation apps afford -- are to the smartp

Secure Yourself by Using Two-Step Verification on These 16 Web Services
www.howtogeek.com

Two-factor authentication, also known as 2-step verification, provides additional security for your online accounts. Even if someone discove

TOXIC: Garbage Island | Toxic | VICE
www.vice.com

Come aboard as the VICE crew takes a cruise to the Northern Gyre in the Pacific Ocean, a spot where currents spin and cycle, churning up ton

9 Reasons to Switch from Facebook to Google+
www.pcworld.com

Can Google+ steal users from Facebook? Yep. There are good reasons to switch from Facebook to Google+, ranging from ease-of-use to respect f

Tatsuya Matsui – Robot Design Seminar
www.japantrends.com

Robot designer Tatsuya Matsui is known for his innovative humanoid robot creations Posy and Palette, the former having appeared in Lost in T

Art Project powered by Google
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Login with your Google account to create, save and share your very own artwork collection: Add artworks to your own collection. Save specifi

Is a rat smarter than Google? That's what two AI experts say
www.msnbc.msn.com

And that's no dig at Google, according to artificial intelligence researchers Yann LeCun and Josh Tenenbaum. The two spoke at the World Scie

Kurzweil still doesn't understand the brain : Pharyngula
scienceblogs.com

Ray Kurzweil has responded to my criticisim of futurist fortune-telling. It really just compounds the problems, though, and gullible people

Guardian Goggles: because life's too short to think for yourself - video
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Alan Rusbridger, editor in chief, unveils the latest exciting step in the Guardian's mission to harness the power of online media: Guardian

100 years of stainless steel
universal-machine.blogspot.com

We have another centenary to celebrate - it's 100 years of stainless steel. It's worth thinking about what a remarkable material stainless s

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - watch live from LA
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Want to watch Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds perform songs from their new album Push the Sky Away? Can't get to Los Angeles? You can watch the

A faster, simpler Google Search app for iPhone
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Get results, fast. When you're on the go, you usually want to get things done quickly. Autocompletion of search suggestions is significa

Going global in search of great art
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South African rock designs. Brazilian street graffiti. Australian aboriginal art. Today we're announcing a major expansion of the Google

The Universal Machine
universal-machine.blogspot.com

The Universal Machine. I believe that the computer is an invention like no other in our history. Computers, as Alan Turing realised are &quo

OUPblog » Blog Archive » Turing : the irruption of Materialism into thought
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By Paul Cockshott. This year is being widely celebrated as the Turing centenary. He is being hailed as the inventor of the computer, which p

Steve Jobs Listened To Vinyl At Home, Neil Young Says : NPR
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That's not a slam at digital music, the rock 'n' roll legend says. It's a recognition that current formats don't match vinyl's sound. He and

First Look at Alan Turing Exhibition
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Rory Cellan-Jones gets a sneak preview of an exhibition dedicated to the life of work of scientists and compute...

Excellent tapas menu with interesting mains as well. Friendly local restaurant
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Excellent for fresh local organic veggies. We do most of our weekly veggie shopping here. Also has breads, eggs, honey, deli goods etc...
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reviewed a month ago
We've stayed here twice, once for a friends wedding, and it's rally hard to fault. Sure it's not cheap but the service is excellent, very friendly and relaxed; the ambience is beautiful with lovely tropical gardens, and the restaurants and bar are all great. They have several 2-for-1 Happy Hours during the day, which keep your bar tab down and if you really "must" do something you can snorkel or kayak in front. Across the road is a convenient superette, cafe/takeaway and a bottle shop. The bus stop is right our front and the resort is quite close to town and the airport (but not under the flight path). A really lovely place and we're planning to go back again.
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Great range of beers on tap and an interesting menu.
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