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I especially like the part towards the end, that applies to so much: saving money means nothing to the 1% because they're trying to show that they don't need to do that.
Felix Salmon argues that driverless cars are coming, and that this will result in massive efficiency gains: If and when self-driving cars really start taking off, it’s easy to see where the road leads. Firstly, they probably won’t be operated on the owner-occupier model that we use for cars today....Given driverless cars’ ability to come pick you up whenever you need one, it makes much more sense to just join a network of such things....therefore...
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I'd forgotten about the effects of assuaging the populace (following the Arab Spring) on the prices of oil. I'm glad he reminded me.
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I especially like, "Poetry was transformed from an intermediate-level literacy skill to a medium for self-indulgence." That's my bandwagon-mounting for today.
I’ve been experimenting lately with aphorisms. Pithy one-liners of the sort favored by writers like La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680). My goal was to turn a relatively big idea, the sort I would normally turn into a 4000-word post, into a one-liner. After many failed attempts over the last few months, a few weeks ago, I finally managed to craft one I was happy with: Civilization is the process of turning the incomprehensible into the arbitrary. Many h...
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Woo!
Global Guerrillas. Networked tribes, system disruption and the emerging bazaar of violence. A blog about the future of conflict. Tip Jar. March 2012. Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat. 1 · 2, 3. 4, 5 ...
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I can acquiesce to the machine on this one.
Coded, informal communication — significant messages buried inside innocuous messages — has long interested me. I don’t mean things like “NX398 VJ899 ABBX3″ that the NSA might deal with (though that’s related). I mean things like this: You: let’s get coffee sometime Me: Sure, that’d be great We both know that the real exchange was: You: let’s pretend we want to take this further Me: yeah, let’s do that The question of how such coded language emer...
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I signed up for the Numenta beta. It looks interesting. I think that a human construction of english grammar is impractical if not impossible through conventional means (There's basically two schools of thinking on this. I'm leaning towards there being a way to create a grammar but not standing on it's own.). I've done work with things similar to Numenta, but I have a feeling that Numenta is more powerful than what I've been working with (feedforward backpropogation neural networks). I've been applying what I can to create Biometric web authentication using the face for basic authentication, and for higher security applications, the iris. I'm hoping to slowly move this project towards identification and it looks like Numenta might be what I'm looking for. Especially when accounting for facial aging, damage, etc...

...I think that I might name this project HAL.... ;)

Also http://www.nlp-class.org/ among others offered there.
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"November 2011 – January 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the Luddite uprisings, in which artisan cloth workers smashed machines which were destroying their trades, undercutting wages and forcing them into unemployment and destitution. Today, the industrial system that the Luddites were rebelling against has led to climate change and huge losses of biodiversity, and its new technologies, such as information technology, genetic engineering and ...
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I like the Complexo do Alemao video; simple, intelligent design decisions that aren't limited by the seeming unusualness of the solution.
A quick look at some of the highlights from around the world of Urban Gondolas, Gondola Transit, and Cable Propelled Transit: While the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, British Columbia had been the focus of intense debates in the past, the province has officially given the project the green light. After a malfunction last week, the Telluride gondola has since reopened as of Wednesday. While my grasp of Portuguese is basically zero, based on the ...
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"We were given no choice but to file suit against one of our largest distributors, Dish Network, because of their surprising move to market a product with the clear goal of violating copyrights and destroying the fundamental underpinnings of the broadcast television ecosystem," Fox said in a statement.

I'm curious, Fox - exactly how is ignoring commercials a copyright violation? Does this mean that going to the kitchen during a break is also a violation?
Fox Broadcasting Co. has sued Dish Network, becoming the first television network to fire a legal salvo over the satellite company's controversial new ad-skipping device called AutoHop.
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This is definitely relevant to the effects of climate change on our continued presence on the round dirtball.
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We'll do well to remember that politicians can do absolutely nothing to decrease gas prices; but we can, if we collectively use less.
The New York Times had a piece over the weekend that looked at the political risks to the Obama administration due to rising gas prices: Rising gasoline prices, trumpeted in foot-tall numbers on street corners across the country, are causing concern among advisers to President Obama that a budding sense of economic optimism could be undermined just as he heads into the general election. White House officials are preparing for Republicans to use c...
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Don't read the comments on this; they're full of people saying dumb things like, "Yeah, he's bad at writing." What I want to say is this: this demonstrates that prize committees give awards to what they like; Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings as a prose romance, and those generally weren't popular after 1600, even when they're executed at a high level of technical competence. There are lots and lots (and lots) of styles, and they can't all win back-pats from the current coterie. Why do you think Tolkien and Lewis formed the Inklings to begin with?
Morty writes "In 1961, C.S. Lewis nominated JRR Tolkien for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Tolkien did not receive the prize. 50 years later, the archives for that year have been made available, so now we know why. Tolkien's prose was viewed as low quality." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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